Yesterday, I managed to sort through my clothes and the only reason I was able to do it so quickly is because I had a baseline. I put in the effort beforehand, so getting back to the baseline wasn’t so hard. Once you get things to a certain level, it’s easier to maintain them.
So today, I’m going to start eating the frog (1) I’ve been thinking about for a while. I’m talking about my accounts. So why is this year different? This year, I have booked an appointment with my accountant in January instead of September so I can close the accounts of the previous year as quickly as possible. With that in place, the plan is to go through the rest of year month by month instead of waiting the whole year and more to do the accounts.
Some people outsource this task completely, collecting receipts and handing them over to someone. It’s been one of my pet peeves forever so I considered it as well. However I like to see the figures otherwise it feels too abstract.
Sometimes the simple things make a big difference. I purchased a folder that has 12 dividers so each month’s receipts goes into one of the sections. That alone has saved me time sorting.
So first things first, I’ll get the receipts in order ready for the next step. Do you use a tool to help you and would you recommend it?
1) In case you think I am going nuts, I’m referring to the book “Eat that frog” by Brian Tracy where you tackle your biggest and ugliest task first.
2) Banana – My accounting tool