Seven Tools To Increase Bookkeeping Productivity

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bookkeeping-2What exactly is productivity? How do we define it? Essentially it’s about setting up systems, which allows tasks to be performed as efficiently and effectively as possible.

There are many posts that have been written focusing on various aspects ofproductivity – they range from checking email at certain times of the day, working in 90 minute blocks to maximize your personal energy, delegating to virtual assistants, and everything in between.

Many small business owners experience high levels of anxiety and frustration when it comes to bookkeeping and understandably so. Today’s technology offers small business owners the ability to automate a number of bookkeeping tasks.

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Office Break Room Hacks for Better Productivity [Infographic]

Here in the United States, smoking is on the decline and has been for several years. Although smoking is dangerous for our health, a colleague of mine recently pointed out a positive aspect of smoking. Back in the days when smoking at work was popular, at least it was a reason to take five or ten minute breaks from work. People would walk outside for their smoke breaks and get a little sunshine.

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These days though, it’s more popular to just work straight through those breaks, which doesn’t help our productivity. The break room productivity hacks I’d like to share with you today will help you make the most of your short work breaks.

According to this infographic called Time for a Break: Break Room Hacks for Workplace Productivity (by Quill.com), what we do and eat during our office breaks can play a big part in how productive we are after those breaks. According to the accompanying blog post:

Taking a few breaks during the day has many advantages. It sharpens concentration, improves health and boosts productivity. That’s why it’s so important to make your office break room inviting so employees want to use it.

With all the bad things I’ve read about caffeine, it’s nice to read the positive effects of caffeine in this infographic. It’s also nice to see the small list of items we can eat during our breaks which can help boost productivity.

Berries, seeds, nuts, avocados, yogurt, dark chocolate and green tea are all things that can recharge our batteries during our breaks, which sets us up for more productive work afterwards. I also think it’s interesting that coffee makes us more friendly at work. I giggled when I read that. I’ve personally noticed that I’m more tolerant, helpful, friendly and support of others after a cup or two of coffee.

If you have any additional tips for how to maximize our office breaks, please leave them in the comment section below. This is fun information that can help us all to be more productive.

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Source: Design Taxi
Photo credit: Sebastiaan ter Burg / Quill.com

The article was written by Diana Adams and seen on PodJam.TV Blog.

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22 Fundable Ideas for Your Next Startup [Chart]

A couple weeks ago, I received a tweet from someone who asked my opinion about which startup he should choose. At first, I thought that was an odd question. Everyone knows that startup entrepreneurs have to eat, sleep and breathe their business, so it seemed obvious to me that the answer would be to pursue a startup that he’s passionate about. Without that burning desire, it’s easy to get burned out.

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However, it turns out the question of which startup to pursue can be more complicated than that. According to an article on TechCrunch entitled How to Choose Your Startup Idea, there are many things to consider.

If I was going to begin another startup, I would want to choose an industry that matters. In other words, I’d want to know that I was making the world a better place. I’d also want to choose something that would make getting funded seem like a no-brainer. But what are those industries?

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Y Combinator is a company that provides seed funding for startups. According to their website:

At Y Combinator, our goal is to get you through the first phase. This usually means: get you to the point where you’ve built something impressive enough to raise money on a larger scale. Then we can introduce you to later stage investors – or occasionally even acquirers.

Recently Y Combinator compiled a list of 22 fundable startup ideas for industries “that matter.” Funders and Founders then took their 22 ideas and compiled them into this handy chart. If you click over on the Y Combinator link above, you can read more details about each one of these 22 startup ideas.

As a technology geek, I’m thrilled to see that almost all of these are technology based. I’m going to send a link to this article to the person who sent me the tweet asking my opinion about which startup to choose. I hope this article helps him with his decision.

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Photo credit: Sunciti_Sundaram
Infographic credit: Funders and Founders

Article was written by Diana Adams and published on Podjam.TV blog.

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The 5 Minute Workout for Workaholics and Bloggers [Infographic]

By now, we all know that sitting too much during our lives can affect our health in a negative way. It’s been drilled into our heads over and over. If you are a workaholic or a committed blogger, it becomes a huge challenge to avoid sitting too much. After all, you need your computer to finish your projects and blog posts. Typing on your computer usually requires sitting in a chair for multiple hours at a time, and therein lies the problem.

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One way to solve this challenge is to get a ‘standing up desk,’ which is becoming more and more popular. In addition to standing up during day, some people add the additional feature of a treadmill into the desk so they constantly walking at a very slow pace. Dr. Joseph Stirt, who is the daily blogger at Book of Joe, has been slowly walking on a treadmill-style desk for years. He even writes all of his blog posts while standing.

If you aren’t quite ready to convert your entire lifestyle to standing up instead of sitting down, there is another option. If workaholics and bloggers can somehow incorporate an exercise routine into their daily schedules, it can make a big difference. It has to be practical so it lasts long term, so no 2 hour gym appointments in the middle of the day will work.

What if you could do your stretches, your cardio and your other exercises right from your desk? If that sounds good to you, this infographic called The 5 Minute Office Workout by Lloyds Pharmacy and NeoMam Studios is just what the doctor ordered. If you click over on the Lloyds Pharmacy link, you’ll see the long list of sources used to compile this infographic. Although the infographic itself looks pretty simple, there’s a lot of thought that went into this one.

If you still aren’t convinced about the dangers of sitting too much, I suggest you click over to this Washington Post article called The Health Hazards of Sitting. It has a depressing picture of an unhealthy person with poor posture sitting in a chair typing on the computer. I don’t want to be one of those people who lives and dies at my computer.

I workout often, but I don’t think that’s enough to counteract the negative effects that come from sitting at the computer as much as I do. To all the workaholics, committed bloggers and anyone else who sits a lot like me – let’s get moving more!

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Article was written by Diana Adams and originally published on PodJam.TV blog.

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Entrepreneur Lifestyle: How to Be Healthy Without a Gym [Chart]

There are a lot of misconceptions about entrepreneurship. One of the biggest ones I can think of is with regard to time. Many people think that since an entrepreneur might work from home, he or she has lots of extra time. That is a huge misconception. The successful entrepreneurs I know have been forced to become time management superheroes in order to fit everything into their schedules.

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Although it may seem counterintuitive, entrepreneurs often have even less time to get to the gym than their friends in the corporate world. For that reason, I always enjoy writing about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

I’ve been an entrepreneur for a long time, and I know firsthand how challenging it can be to take care of ourselves while trying to juggle everything else. If something is going to slip for the day, it’s going to be something I had planned for myself.

About a month ago, I wrote The 5 Minute Workout for Workaholics and Bloggers. Today I’d like to share another fun graphic which will put a smile on your face. It was designed by Anastasia Borko for Funders and Founders, and it’s called How to be Healthy Without a Gym.

Many of the things on this chart aren’t going to get your heart rate up, so don’t think this is the ultimate workout, but still, it’s fun. Being happy goes a long way for maintaining healthiness, so from that perspective, I love this.

The next time you want to do something nice for yourself, but you don’t have time to go to the gym, do some of the things listed here. Carry your groceries like dumbbells; drink lots of water and bend all the way down to tie your shoes. They say it’s the little things we do each day that make big changes over time, and this chart is full of those. Enjoy!

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Source: Funders and Founders
Photo credit: Anastasia Borko / Be-Younger.com

This article was written by Diana Adams  and originally published on PodJam.TV Blog

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