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The Balancing Act - July 2011 Newsletter Featured Article
 
How do you get it all done?  This is a question I am frequently asked and I must say it’s not an easy one to answer.  Like just about everyone I know – it’s a daily challenge to get everything done; and you know what?  Some days, it doesn’t all get done and I’ve had to learn that that is perfectly acceptable.  This is something that isn’t always easy for someone like me who loves to cross things off lists, or use the delete key on items that have been accomplished.  I might be organized; but I am also human and there is only so much one can do.

After being posed this question by some clients and colleagues recently; I thought that it might be a good topic to write about – and share some of the strategies I’ve implemented to help me get it “most of it” done.
 

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Computer Backup - 15 Minutes Could Save a Lifetime of Data
 

Computer backups fall under the list of things we least understand as part of our computer. We all like to take chances and so the assumption is, "I have a new computer, what do I need a backup for?"

Here are a handful of reasons


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Organizing Your Taxes


Often I am asked: "How long should I keep paper records?" The answer to this question varies depending on whether you are filing a personal tax return or taxes for a business you own and operate from your home. Publication 552 (Rev. 4/2005) as published by the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, lists the guidelines for how long records should be kept. Publication 583 gives the guidelines for "Starting a Business and Keeping Records." If you have questions regarding the length of time to keep records for a particular need, you may want to consult with your certified public accountant.
 

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A Game Plan for the School Year

When you think about the start of another school year, do frantic mornings come to mind? Can you hear it already?


"Where's my backpack."

"Where are my soccer shoes?"

"I don't want that for lunch."

"I missed the bus."

The start of the school year (or the rest of the year for that matter) doesn't have to be about frantic mornings. In fact, the school year can run smoothly (most days anyway) with the help of some simple strategies.



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Increase Productivity & Decrease Costs by Implementing an Information Retrieval System
 

The 2nd week of October is National Home-Based Business Week - to help inspire you in your office this month - here are 6 proven strategies for proven office organization!

It was once thought that someday we would be a paperless society, thanks to computers that were going to help us eliminate paper. Today, U.S. workers generate 2.7 billion pieces of new paper a day – that is 45 sheets per person a day! I am fairly certain that all of this information is not being recycled; but just what is happening to it and how do you find it when you need it?

Do you pile instead of file? If you do, you’re not alone. Many claim that if they file it, it is out of sight and out of mind – perhaps never to be found again. It is no longer enough to create and maintain efficient filing systems for paper and electronic information, but one must also consider how that information can be quickly accessed and retrieved when needed. After all, what good is the information if you can not locate it?

Smart Business Magazine reported that U.S workers waste on average at least two hours per week because they are not able to retrieve, share and determine how to store and organize documents and other information. The costs to businesses can be astounding. A company that employs 50 is most likely spending over $125,000 a year on wasted productivity (assuming the average pay rate is $25/hour per employee).


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3 Calendar Tips to Simplify Scheduling at Home
 

The calendar is one of the best "organizing tools" invented.  It helps us keep track of all of our appointments as well as prioritizing those "to dos" that everyone is always trying to get done.

In this edition of our newsletter, I want to share with you two fabulous "calendar tools" I've discovered as well as a tip on calendar usage if you use Microsoft Outlook.


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