5 Ways to Get More Done Every Day

Girl Preparing to Pool DiveDo you feel like you are always behind? Can’t get enough done? There just don’t seem to be enough hours in the day to accomplish everything you need to do. Stressful? Yes. Frustrating? Yes. These emotional states can cause a flood-like release of hormones that cause physical and mental health problems.

Here are 5 tips to help you jump into your (better) day!

1 – Write It Down

You don’t have to spend a lot of money on an expensive day planner. Some people could effectively manage the world with simple sticky notes and scratch pieces of paper. You have a much greater chance of accomplishing something when you write it down, rather than just locking it away on your mental to-do list.

2 – Don’t Think of Your Daily Responsibilities as Tasks or Chores

The words “task” and “chore” don’t taste good in the mouth. They make you think you have to do something, rather than wanting to do it. Tell yourself that your daily responsibilities are something you enjoy doing, and you will look forward to scratching them off your to-do list and moving onto the next one.

3 – Get Plenty of Rest

You may be one of those people who thinks you only need 4 to 6 hours of sleep every night to function properly. Try that 2 or 3 nights in a row and see how productive you are. Adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep on a daily basis for good health and high energy levels. You can’t accomplish much of anything when you are tired, worn down, and suffering from mental and physical fatigue.

4 – Stop “Winging It”

You may be very good at putting out fires, thinking off of the top of your head and working productively on the fly. But is this really the best way to get things done? The human brain craves order, discipline, routine and standard operating procedures. Create routines in your life, stick to those routines, and do them at the same time each day to get more accomplished.

5 – Don’t Check Your Email First Thing in the Morning

Fortune 500 CEOs are some of the busiest people on the planet. Studies and interviews with these uber-productive individuals show most of them get up and get working first thing in the morning, and don’t check their email until after lunch. You don’t have to own a Fortune 500 company to benefit from this productivity hack.

Match Up the Top Ten With Their Company


How familiar are you with powerful women? Can you name the top ten in business?

Here they are, Listed below. Can you match them up with the company they run? Click on the companies to see if you match.

  1. Ginni Rometty
  2. Mary Batta
  3. Indra Nooyi
  4. Marillyn Hewson
  5. Ellen Kullman
  6. Meg Whitman
  7. Irene Rosenfeld
  8. Pat Woertz
  9. Abigail Johnson
  10. Sheryl Sandberg

Home Businesses and Taxes

Did you kinda-sorta earn some extra money with a hobby and are thinking about starting your own small business?  Women are starting businesses at a fast pace, and many of them are home-based, running their businesses out of their home. It’s a great way to get started because it decreases the start-up and overhead costs.  A home business can also be a great tax deduction if you know the current tax laws regarding a home business.

 Home businesses need a dedicated location in the house.  It could be a desk in the den or dining room.  Some people set up in their garage for more space.  To keep the business separate from the rest of the household, you’ll want to find a space that can be used for business purposes only. There are lots of great ideas out there for turning a small space into an efficient work area.

In the past, it was easier to claim a home office deduction.  As long as the business was conducted in the home, business owners could claim a portion of their utility bills, mortgage payments, and other expenses.  Now, the rules are more defined and a business owner who works from home has more work to do to comply with the law.

 The last thing you want is for the tax man to cometh in the form of an audit from the IRS.  For anything and everything purchased for the business, file receipts and records of all business transactions.  In case your number does come up, you’ll be ready to prove what you have claimed.

 The most important rule to know is who can and cannot claim a home business on their taxes.  For the home business office, the area of the office has to be the primary location of the business.  This comes into play when people use offsite facilities for storage or some business activities.  The majority of the work has to be conducted in the home office.

 That is not all.  A home business office is required to be used exclusively for business.  Setting up a computer on the table in your living room is not going to cut it as a home business office if you move the computer every night so the family can eat dinner. 

 If the business meets these requirements, the home business owner is also entitled to deduct a portion of the household bills that are equal to the amount of space and time used by the business.  Add up the entire bill for each utility for the year and then deduct the qualifying percentage. This involves actually measuring the square feet that you are using for your office, and finding what percentage that is of your home’s total square footage.  

 Home businesses can claim other expenses.  Buying office supplies, inventory, and other necessities for the business can be itemized on the IRS business forms.  The entire business can be claimed as a loss if the expenses outweigh the income coming in.  The goal of business is to make money so hopefully the loss won’t last too many years.  

Once the business makes a profit it will be subject to paying quarterly taxes.  If you pay these taxes and the business claims a loss at the end of the year, those funds can be recouped.  Check with the IRS website  for more information

Best, Karen