January 01, 2012 by
Find your checkbook, break out your receipts, and grab those W-2′s and 1099′s because it’s time to start thinking about taxes.
Actually, I feel a little odd writing about this because I am not an early filer. In reality I start thinking about taxes in March, and then in April I take it a bit more seriously and actually get them done. That’s what works for me, I just don’t feel really “taxy” in January.
I am not a CPA, accountant, or anything of the sort so I am not going to give a list of recycled tax tips for the self employed, but I will say this-
1) If you prefer to fill out forms by hand (do people still do this??) the IRS website is a great resource for downloading forms.
2) If you prefer a computer based solution, try out Tax Act. I started using it years ago. I’ll be honest and say the only reason I tried it was because it was cheaper than another popular tax software program. But, over the years it has proven itself to be a great solution.
December 23, 2011 by
I like to multitask. In fact, I call myself the Queen of Multitasking. But lately I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed. I’ve just jumped from being a mom of one to a mom of two, I have a lot of household projects to complete, I have several work projects going on, and things have just been very crazy.
I received some advice that I’ve been repeating to myself daily….”one at a time”. How simple yet profound!
When the baby is crying, the clothes need drying, documents need typing, and I’m trying to finishing skyping….one at a time. When dinner needs cooking, the house is dirty-looking, a client wants me facebooking….just one at a time.
Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and do one thing at a time. Don’t panic, don’t get overwhelmed, just relax and don’t focus on every single task on your list. Focus on one thing at a time and things will flow much easier.
By the way, you can thank my sleep deprivation for that little impromptu poem.
July 07, 2011 by
There are all kinds of fancy mind mapping tools, organization apps, and other technologies that are supposed to increase our productivity and keep us organized- but do we really need them?
I’ve tried the mind mapping software, and it’s left me confused. I’ve tried a few organization apps, but I can never remember to use them. Now I’ll admit, there are a few tools that I find quite handy. But really, what I need in my life is a notebook and a sturdy binder. Every time I try something else, I come back to this good old strategy.
With my notebook I can write down ideas as they come to me. I can keep track of any usernames and passwords that I need on a regular basis. I can map out my to-do lists in a simple fashion. And I can access all of this without trying to recall where I stored the information, and how to log on.
My binder is useful because it contains my notebook. It also contains articles of interest and other things that I might want to print out and save for later. The pockets in my binder are handy for storing random pieces of paper that I sometimes need.
Technology is great, but sometimes you just have to keep it simple. Buy a notebook, buy a binder and you just might notice an increase in organization and productivity.