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 Organize Your Office With These Smart Tips – And Get More Done

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You may think that you don’t have time to get organized, but truthfully, you don’t have time not to. While it doesn’t do any good to rearrange piles of papers or clear off your desk if you don’t really file or eliminate anything, there are things you can do to establish an orderly and neat office space that increases your productivity and results in less time-wasting.

Rather than set aside day after day for a reorganizing project, do it a little at a time – then consider maintaining your office organization an ongoing project that you work on a little every day. Use these tips to get things off on the right foot:

1. Start with purging. Eliminate everything you don’t want or need. This means de-cluttering shelves of trinkets, emptying bins and wastebaskets and shredding papers you won’t use again. Start with a corner or a cabinet and get rid of everything you haven’t used recently. If it needs repair, give it to someone who can fix it. If it’s something of value that’s no longer needed, donate it to someone who can use it. If you have anything that collects dust but isn’t useful, send it on its way.

2. Redistribute. If you have items in your office that don’t belong there, give them back to their owners or return them to another part of the house or office building. Your office doesn’t need to be cluttered with things that don’t belong there in the first place.

3. Go for a zoned system. Determine what activities happen in each area of your office and make sure things that are used for those tasks are within reach. You might establish your desk as your workspace, your shelves, binders or file cabinets as a reference area and a particular closet, drawer or shelf as the supplies area, for example. Do you need a mailing or shipping center, a designing and creativity area or an entertaining or discussion space?

4. Label what you can. There’s no reason to go overboard, but it helps to label shelves, baskets and drawers with what goes in them. This helps you, as well as others who may have to invade the space while you’re at lunch or away on vacation.

5. Reconsider your filing system. We’re in the digital age, so you may not need to store certain papers at all. You certainly don’t need any duplicate files. File things by action – either physically or online – and create categories like “for a meeting”, “waiting on a response”, and “long-term storage”. Move items you won’t need for a while to a storage area and out of your workspace.

6. Organize your computer desktop too. Don’t let your computer derail your organizational strategy. Eliminate unnecessary files and junk from your desktop and all folders you use regularly. Folders that aren’t used often can be grouped together and hidden away.

7. Clean your desk every evening. De-clutter your desk before you go home, at the very least, using a spray cleaner to remove any spills, fingerprints or dirt so it looks fresh for your next workday. Your morning will be easier to approach if your desk is clean and clear.

Don’t forget to organize drawers, clear away any new piles that accumulate and deal with mail quickly and only once. Filter emails so you don’t see all the junk. Having trouble resolving an issue because you don’t know what needs to be done? Get help or outsource, if possible.

Everything you see, do, or touch in your work area should be properly organized. When you break organizational work into manageable tasks and do a bit every day, you can prevent becoming overwhelmed. You’ll never be finished with getting organized, but you don’t have to be behind in the game either.

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Top 5 things you need to know about bookkeeping

  1. What is bookkeeping?

Bookkeeping is the first step towards financial accounting and reporting of a company. It is the process of recording all the business transactions of an entity occurring throughout the financial year. The main types of entries include sales, purchases, other income, operational expenses, investments, payroll, taxes and loans.

Once the transactions are recorded, they’re posted to ledgers and later systematically summarized into many different financial reports. The four main reports are:

  • Income Statement – represents the net profit earned for any given time period.
  • Balance Sheet – represents the assets, liabilities and capital owned at any time period.
  • Cash flow Statement – represents the movement of cash during any time period
  • Statement of Equity – represents movement in owner’s or shareholder’s equity
  • Chart of Accounts:

A chart of accounts is the list of all accounting heads used to book entries in the general ledger. It is a tool offered by accounting software to analyze and aggregate the financial information for the annual financial reports. Each entity can customize its COA as per its requirements; however, it typically appears in order of the financial statements. First, balance sheet items are listed and are followed by income statement items in the following manner:

Balance Sheet:

  • Assets
  • Liabilities
  • Shareholder’s Equity

Income Statement:

  • Operating Revenues
  • Non-operating revenues
  • Operating expenses
  • Non-operating expenses
  • Types of Bookkeeping:

There are two types of bookkeeping systems; single-entry and double-entry.

A single-entry bookkeeping system involves booking of only one journal entry for each transaction. Only one aspect of the transaction is booked leading to incomplete records at the end of the year.

A double-entry bookkeeping system requires you to enter a double entry for each financial transaction. It shows both aspects of a transaction by following the debit credit system. For every debit, there is a credit and vice versa.

  • Cash-basis Accounting vs. Accrual-basis Accounting:

There are two types of accounting methods used for financial reporting. As the name suggests, cash-basis of accounting revolves around booking journal entries only when a cash transaction occurs. It disregards the entire credit system. For example, it reports sale on cash-receipt basis only, and no credit sales are reported.  

On the contrary, as per the prudent and matching concept of the generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), journal entries should be booked according to accrual-basis of accounting. Earned income should be booked regardless of it being received in cash, and accrued expenses should be reported regardless of it being paid.

  • Keeping Records:

An essential part of bookkeeping is to document all the evidence of every transaction reported. All invoices, receipts, goods delivery notes, goods received notes, tax invoices and other relevant documents shall be maintained. Documentation is done to provide proof to the auditors about transactions that occurred throughout the year. It may also be requested by tax authorities to verify sales tax and income tax bills.


Professional bookkeeping is an integral and most basic function of financial accounting and reporting. It not only serves the purpose for preparation of financial statements but also helps in efficient management of money. Hence, success of a business lies in keeping track of cash flow and managing it accordingly.

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