Too many decisions lead to overwhelm and under-producing. Just this morning I listened to a podcast from Timothy Ferriss, famous for writing The Four-Hour Work Week. I learned that the energy we take to make decisions leaves us less energy to get things done, so the fewer decisions we can make, the better, even if they sometimes cost more. I realized this concept applies to clutter. My holding onto something because I don’t know if I want to keep it or where I’ll put it drains my energy. I’m better off letting it go and freeing myself of the decision. What physical things are occupying your mind? Read the essay here.
Now that you're almost done with last year's taxes (right?), it's the time to start thinking about tax prep for next year. If you haven’t already, designate a folder just for tax documents. Keep it handy all year. Add to it whenever you come across a donation receipt, property tax bill, anything from the IRS or Social Security, or anything else that’s relevant to your taxes other than obvious monthly bills and regular income. At the first of the year, you’ll add your W-2s, 1099s, and any other tax forms as you receive them. When you’re ready, everything will be in one place and ready to go to the accountant. Whew!
I hope some of these tips are obvious to you, and if they're not, I hope you'll be inspired to do your future self a favor and embrace all these ideas. Be sure your address book includes these things:
Amy is an entrepreneur, and has been a successful designer and business owner since 1996. With an architect father and interior designer mother, she's been thinking about how to make a home work all her life. As a child, she loved organizing her closet and found designing her dollhouse more appealing than playing with dolls. She went on to graduate from Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in industrial design. Due to the breadth of her design education, she’s able to assess a room as a whole and instinctively know how to make it work better. Evaluating the contents and functionality of a space is second nature to her.