Happy New Year!

Hello 2018. It is time to clear the slate and make it a better year. Instead of coming up with resolutions which I will probably break in a matter of weeks, I decided to get ready for 2018. I started the process last week when everyone started going on vacation and it has kept me pretty busy.

Here are some things that you might want to consider doing:

  1. Speak with your accountant about tax planning. It’s probably better to take care of this before December 31st but there are still some stuff that you can do in January 2018.
  2. Declutter and simplify your life. I managed to come up with a few bags which I donated to charity before December 31. It’s never too late to declutter. In fact, this morning, I spent the time going through old receipts and I scanned the important receipts such as stuff purchased for the house, work related receipts, receipt for my marriage license and wedding dress. Everything else went straight to the bin. Digitize as much as you can.
  3. Deep clean the house. What better way to welcome the new year then with a clean and well-stocked house. There is an Asian superstition that requires a house to have a full bag of rice, sugar, salt, oil and water to ensure good fortune for the new year. Rice represents wealth, sugar represents sweet memories, salt represents experience, oil represents things going smooth sailing and water represents abundance.
  4. Prepare your business / career for 2018. Depending on the nature of your business, there are many ways for you to figure out how to improve/upgrade your business. Here are some personal examples:
    • When I started my business, my office email was free but I had issues with spam and clients not being able to email me because my inbox was constantly full of spam so I eventually signed up with a service provide to manage my office email. I lost at least 2 days of work because it took time to transfer all my work email to the new service provider but since then, my office email works beautifully. Spam emails are under control and there is no delay in receiving and sending emails. Besides privacy and security concerns when using free services, there are also other business applications that I can use when I signed up with a service provider.
    • Another example is my accounting. When I started my business, I keep track of everything using Excel spreadsheets but as my business grow, I realize that it’s becoming more time consuming to keep track of things using Excel spreadsheets so I am looking to sign up for an accounting software to replace my Excel spreadsheets over the next few days. It’s a small price to pay for all the convenience of not having to keep track of all the different Excel spreadsheets.
    • Occasionally, when I am in the middle of a project, I feel overwhelmed by what needs to be done. I wish I can hire an assistant to help me with the workload. In anticipation of having a better year, I spoke to my IT friend to figure out a way to set up my IT system so when I am in a position to hire extra help for my business, I am ready and I am not scrambling to take care of things in the last minute.
  5. If you are an employee, you can think about cleaning up your office / cubicle and figure out what you want to do to improve your professional life whether it means signing up for extra courses to learn / improve your skills or figure out a better way to do your work or signing up for a networking group to expand your network.

It probably sounds like a lot but there is still time to take care of things before work goes in full swing. In the meantime, I wish everyone a happy and successful 2018.




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