Spring cleaning for your business

Spring cleaning for your business

According to Harris Interactive, more than 20% of adults pay their bills late and incur fees simply because they are unable to find them. Show of hands if this has ever happened to you (don’t be embarrassed). I have a hard time getting things done when I am surrounded by clutter in my personal and professional life. If my desk is unorganized or if I have too many unopened emails in my inbox, I feel as though I can’t fully concentrate on what needs to get done. I want to dedicate today’s blog post on a few ways to easily eliminate the clutter—both in our personal space and online. And since we’ve finally made it to spring (complete with April showers), I figured now was as good a time as any to help us all stay on track. A few months ago, my boyfriend and I finally made use of the filing cabinet in our bedroom and we sat on the floor surrounded by receipts, old bills, and bank statements. We created folders and filed away items pertaining to utilities, cable, our lease agreement, our dog (yes, Buster gets a folder), and warranties. We shredded statements that were older than seven years or anything that we could easily access online. Since I work from home, I created a separate folder for business expenses and went through my wallet and various paper piles throughout the apartment; I sorted invoices and threw out receipts for items I had purchased that I wasn’t planning on returning and deposit/withdrawal receipts. If you happen to live among paper pile-ups (guilty), create a folder with...
How to Stay Productive on a Snow Day

How to Stay Productive on a Snow Day

I had a very different post planned today but the blizzard that never was on the northeast took up a lot of my attention these past few days. Like everyone else in the tri-state area, I prepared by battling the grocery store lines (which were not as bad as I expected) and making enough food to feed a small army. Despite the fact that I am trying to ignore the dings coming from my boyfriend’s computer in the other room, I’m determined to make the most of my snow day and get stuff done. Here are a few ways you can be as productive as possible today and some helpful resources so you can learn on your day off. Shut off the TV/radio and stop refreshing your CNN feed. While you’re at it, you might as well close out all the distracting social media sites in your browser, too. How many tweets can you possibly read about #Snowmageddon2015 anyway? Stay up to date on the latest trends in your industry. Some of my social media favorites include Mashable, Hubspot, and Likeable Media. Also Marie Forleo has a kick ass weekly video series that always leaves me inspired. Write and schedule your social media posts in advance for your company Facebook and Twitter pages. Get started with some free online training! There are a TON of sites that offer valuable information and great eBooks for anyone looking to boost their LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter traffic. All you need to do is run a search! Take a break. It’s important to keep the juices flowing and in order to do that...