As a CPA, people are always turning to me for advice as to how to run their business more effectively or to manage their personal finances better. Every once and a while, I notice life getting too hectic and realize that in keeping up with the demands of the business and life that I have lost sight of the bigger picture items in my life. How do I notice that happening? Typically, it is when you realize you should have a thoughtless process in place for something or when I start to miss or procrastinate items outside of my client deadlines.
What is the solution? I believe it is to avoid getting caught up frantic pace of the details that cause you to lose sight of the bigger picture. Another solution is to delegate more and/or to bring in experts to help you. My family has been using mint.com for about a year now and it has been a blessing for the management of our family finances. Like anything else, I recommend using these experiences to learn and to improve processes moving forward.