6 Ways to Get Organized for Next Year’s Taxes

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Today is tax day in the U.S.

I am always amazed at how many people wait until the last possible minute to file. It is estimated that 30% of Americans file their taxes in the last two weeks before the deadline.

That is some serious procrastination, which leads to much unneeded stress and life friction.

Did you wait until the last second? Or are you among those already relaxing while others scramble to complete their tax returns?

10 Tasks You Should Never Put on the Back Burner

Backburner

When things get busy, we all have tasks we put off.

Sometimes items end up on the back burner out of necessity.

If you are putting off the right things, it can be a good move to reduce your workload. Other times, you are simply setting yourself up for trouble later.

So, what tasks are currently on your back burner?

What a Newborn Can Teach You About Time Management

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This is a guest post by Leigh Fletcher. Leigh is a millennial sales executive, blogger and entrepreneur, with a passion for sales improvement strategies. He writes practical articles with a focus on leveraging personal experience to help others learn new skills in selling or simply refine existing skills on his website.

This month was a big month for me. I executed some of the most crucial time management techniques I have ever known.

Who taught them to me?

Beware Listening To Those Who Can’t or Won’t

Listen to others

The other day someone told me that they had a big idea.

Seeking advice and feedback from others, he was told his idea was foolish. He was told he couldn’t possibly do it. And that he would never be successful at it.

After hearing the criticism, this individual decided not to pursue the idea.

The “can’t do it” crowd was happy. They had convinced another person not to do something.

Beware listening to these naysayers, their sole objective is to convince others they can’t do things.

5 Critical Steps To Take Before You Can Delegate Effectively

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This is a guest post by Holistic Time Coach Julie Gray. Julie works with small business owners who are ready to work less and contribute more, and is offering a free e-course on the 7 Killer Time Management Mistakes You Don’t Realize You Are Making (And What To Do About It).

You hear it all the time – delegate more! Use your team! Empower those that work for you!

Forget that.

I’d rather just do it myself and put an end to the torture of trying to explain the subtle nuances of a job well done.

I’d rather not subject myself to endless inane questions about what exactly it is I am looking for.

I’d rather avoid the possibility of re-doing an entire project and putting everyone behind schedule just so the new office eager beaver can “get his feet wet.”

And why do I feel this way?

How Many Hats Are You Trying to Wear?

Many hats

The other day, a co-worker lamented, “It feels like I am trying to do a dozen jobs at once.”

It turns out they weren’t too far off.

Between work, home, community, kids, and more, they were trying to fill almost a dozen different roles. Each one a different “hat” they had to wear during their week.

That’s a lot of responsibility for one person to juggle and keep in order.

So, how many hats are you trying to wear at once?

How to Do the Right Tasks in the Right Order

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You work your todo list all day long.

However, when the day ends you find that several of your most important todos are still undone.

How can that be?

You got many things done, but are left wondering if they were the right things. Looking back, most of your completed items appear to be of low priority and low impact.

The question you need to ask yourself is, “Am I doing the right tasks in the right order?”

The Surprisingly Simple Fix To My Email Stress

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This is a guest post by Blake Stratton. Blake is a musician and writer in Nashville, whose blog and podcast, Life In The Woods, is all about bringing hope to independent creatives.

How’s your email stress level?
Are you annoyed by how much time email sucks from your day?

Like you, I was frustrated with the power email wielded over my time. Despite all kinds of tools and email management strategies, I was still checking it all the time. You know your “system” isn’t working if you’re doing email in the grocery check-out line.

Have you been there?