Monday, June 16, 2014

Are you setting deadlines?

Beth VadeBonCoeur,
As an accountant, my world is full of deadlines. I have deadlines for submitting payroll taxes, completing sales tax returns and filing income tax returns. In order to meet these deadlines, I have to prioritize my work and plan ahead. But, what happens to the projects that don't have a deadline?

If you are like me, everything else takes priority over those projects. The small daily tasks fill our time and the larger projects get pushed to the back burner. We go home at the end of the day and feel like nothing was accomplished.

To overcome this problem, we need to set personal deadlines. I find I work best when I have a "to do" list to keep me focused on what I want to get done instead of letting the little daily problems steal my time.

How many projects in your business do you wish you could accomplish? I encourage you to take the time to make a list, set your priorities and establish deadlines. By creating a list and placing it somewhere visible, you might be surprised at how much more you accomplish.

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