Yesterday, while doing the quarterly lawn mow in our front yard I had something of an epiphany.
You see – I embark on this task so occasionally that it is an absolute nightmare. Grass so long that it takes much more effort to push through – countless grass-catcher emptying – no discernible edging strip visible as the grass made its way to the roadside.
Well, the weather was so lovely that we were actually enjoying this process, especially as the contrast between before and after was so stark. At some point during the proceedings our friendly neighbour popped down to lend some genuine support. He was armed with a weeding tool and wanting to find the base of a particularly fast growing weed that always became quite prominent and had a front row seat in the middle of our yard. I mean, even I had noticed it. We were very happy for his support and interest – so much so that I asked him what tool he uses to get such a defined mowing strip around his well maintained lawn, I was presuming it must be some kind of Mattock that was responsible for this deep edge and was stunned when informed that it was just a petrol whipper-snipper (like I have) held on an angle so that the cord cuts vertically.
It was around this moment that I made a promise to myself. Let’s look after our yard every week;
- the job will be so much easier physically
- it will take less time
- it will give us some good outdoor activity
- that great satisfaction of seeing our lawn looking good.
- the smell of cut grass (ok I’m out of bullet points)
At some point whilst creating the mowing strip edge it struck me. The same thing applies to doing our businesses bookkeeping. Doing a little bit of work on it everyday, or few days saves a lot more effort that would be required when left alone for an extended period.
The cloud and app based model of processing business transactions and paperwork also fits in very well with this model of “do it now” and do it regularly. With Receipt-Bank I really enjoy uploading an image of the invoice at the purchase point and then, next day seeing it match up with the payment via the automated bank feed.
Back in the day we would have clients who kept an entire quarter or even years worth of paperwork, before handing it over to crunch the numbers. Forgetting the aspect that they had no day to day visibility of the businesses performance – what a mess!
Next week, I intend to remove some persistent weeds in the yard as well, a little lawn food, some tree trimming.