Bookkeeping procrastination is incredibly common. If you have this habit, don’t be hard on yourself, you are not alone!
One of the best tricks for overcoming bookkeeping procrastination is to schedule your money time into your calendar. Literally write it in and block off the time.
Not only that but be strategic about where you schedule it.
When are your prime brain hours throughout the day? For me, it’s 7:00 am to 12:00 pm.
I know I’m the most productive and focused during those hours, so anything that takes a lot of brainpower (writing, complicated bookkeeping, etc.) gets scheduled for those hours.
Anything in the afternoon is a) not guaranteed to get done, and b) probably not going to get done in the most optimal, efficient way because my brain just isn’t at its peak performance by then.
Once you identify your prime brain hours, look at your schedule and block a period of time specifically for your bookkeeping and money management. You may even want to turn off notifications during that time so you don’t get distracted.
The most ideal scenario is to find one day of the week that you can consistently block 30 minutes (or however long you need) for your bookkeeping. That way you know, on Wednesdays, for example, you will do your money tasks (such as categorizing transactions, paying bills, invoicing clients, and allocating your money). Then it becomes a habit and the more often you do it, the more efficient you will become.
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