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most important tasks 1st feb

most important tasks 1st feb

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love it when 1st feb arrives - until i look at the things i need to be getting on with this month

I am trying to prioritse my tasks 1st feb what order should i be proceeding

completing remnant returns that missed the deadline

getting bang up to date with confirmation statements 

finishing those drafted accounts i didnt have time for last month

get back to tidy desk and room policy (starter for ten i think)

catchup on holidays (last on the list)

make a start on the december vat returns that got parked.

chase clients for normal year end stuff not in that i may regret chasing later

broach the subject ot when i can start winding down to retire and asking for mini me to take my place.

hmmmmm where do i start 

On the positive side i feel like the next 12 months will be the easiest in the last 5 years with very little new major things to implement and past implemantations should now be bedded in.

 

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By MattS
01st Feb 2022 09:42

I'd start with the catching up on holidays!

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By bernard michael
01st Feb 2022 09:58

FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFiling!!!

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By Catherine Newman
01st Feb 2022 12:13

And me. It's just like how everybody blitzed their houses in the first week of lockdown.

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By mkowl
01st Feb 2022 10:31

Having what I have called my methadone day. Not good to go cold turkey after the heroin dose of tax return season.

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By DJKL
01st Feb 2022 10:39

Get a clear day and make a start in the fresh air on the garden. (yesterday morning next door had a family of three foxes playing on their lawn, quite enchanting) I have leaves need cleared, some pruning to do and general tidying.

Also look and listen to the birds, we acquired a pair of magpies last year who do restrict our visitors but others do sometimes turn up when the Mags are not on their usual tree.

Study the seed and plant catalogues (actually mine all ordered except seed potato) and plan the works for the year, in my case some decking outside my DIY summerhouse (hideaway) to be built, some shelves for barbecues need created, one of the chairs needs some remedial work and I need to make a potting bench for the allotment.

Of course this week I will get little done, daughter arrives tonight from Nottingham and we have a royal visit on Saturday as my MIL is coming down for a bite to eat (our second M & S Christmas turkey that did not get cooked in December as daughter in law ended up not flying in from USA, so it now needs eaten)

However the best thing to do at this time of year, when weather permits, is just sit outside and appreciate nature.

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By Jimess
01st Feb 2022 12:59

The gardening bit is what I am looking forward to next week but I need to get some VAT returns and a few other jobs sorted first- the thought of a week to potter about in the garden and to repot and tidy up my Japanese Maples ready for the spring has kept me going all through the winter. The ground is still a bit soft to walk on in my garden but another week will see that OK as long as the rain keeps away.
Enjoy!

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By DJKL
01st Feb 2022 13:18

Mine is a small two walled garden (50ft x 15ft) with mainly raised beds/planters and either stone or gravel paving, so I do not really need to worry re ground condition and can reach over most beds (the one with the Azalea and climbing rose will need to wait).

My allotment is also all raised beds with grass (weeds) surrounding these and acting as paths, it is still WIP as only acquired last July, so this will be my first full year ( at least I got fruit plants in late last year)

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By Jimess
01st Feb 2022 13:53

Much of my garden is gravel, but the borders are quite large and we are in an area of clay soil so it stays wetter and colder for longer. At this point in the year I am worried about unwittingly treading on the new shoots coming up from the bulbs and compacting the soil when working on the borders. It's not a huge garden, but we started a major revamp about five years ago and that is still ongoing. It's a never ending but very enjoyable task and I love every minute of it, particularly in the spring and autumn when the colours are at their best. I envy your allotment, they are like gold dust around here.

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By accountantccole
01st Feb 2022 14:42

A good inch or two of snow in our garden - the only pottering we get to do is snow shovelling

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By DJKL
01st Feb 2022 15:07

But you can probably ski to the shops.

When we had the house in Sweden we got the odd person zooming along in front of our house on skis, to the right there was actually a decent length straight then a left turn and reasonably steep descent down to the bridge. If they had gone down the other way there was a small climb then a veritable slalom course as that road twisted and climbed to us.

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By mbee1
01st Feb 2022 11:18

Managed a lie in this morning
Took the dog for a longer walk than usual
Leisurely breakfast
Had a major tidy up of the home study
Caught up on the emails that got left last week
Should get a longer lunch away from my desk
Still a pile of shredding to do

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By Catherine Newman
01st Feb 2022 12:11

I'm carrying out Operation Chaos today. I am sick of filing. I have bought a wireless scanner and have finally worked out how to use Onedrive and Cloud drive. I am looking at everything critically and am going to use my computer, ipads and Macbook Air as best possible.

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By JD
01st Feb 2022 12:51

Its simple - Sack D clients

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
01st Feb 2022 13:00

It's LofE time for me.

I don't much like our existing LofEs because they state we'll perform this, that, and the other tasks but fail to clarify just whose responsibility it is - ours or the client's - to ensure that things are done in time or indeed done at all. I want the onus to be on clients to instruct us; not for us to be proactively chasing them up.

I'm also not fond of the rolling contract nature of our LofEs, and would prefer a periodical version (of say 12 months) capable of being reviewed, re-priced, and actively renewed annually. Like motor insurance. Simples!

Two clients in my sights for culling. One's already been sent a final statement this morning, and HMRC agency has been withdrawn. Way to go! The other PITA can go in March - I know enough not to fight on two fronts at once. Operation Barbarossa, and all that!

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By Red Leader
04th Feb 2022 13:07

Second Front now!

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By SteveHa
01st Feb 2022 13:05

I have a stack of advisory stuff that I'd parked, and now need to get on with.

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
01st Feb 2022 13:27

Your car scraped through its MOT?

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By johnny fartpants
01st Feb 2022 14:04

I finish the December VAT returns then start to wind down on the 8th. I usually get my practice management tasks completed in early Feb (renew "fit & proper" forms, upload cpd records, go through the client annual reviews checklists etc.). Then have a nice holiday in half-term week . March is when I really get to start relaxing ready for things to get hectic again in April.

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By spilly
01st Feb 2022 14:24

Had a client visit arranged this morning as I was desperate to get away from staring at a computer.
Lovely trip though the sunny Sussex countryside, with a bonus of being able to watch the lambs gambolling in the field next to client premises.
Taking the rest of the day off now in recompense for working the weekend. Still got 3 SAs unfiled but they all came in late so can wait another day or so.

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By accountantccole
01st Feb 2022 14:44

1) Book a holiday or at least a day or two off! Don't move them - you have probably earned the rest
2) VAT returns
3) Stuff that will bring cash in - may be the accounts

I always blank out the first two weeks of Feb to catch up but seem to have been inundated with potential new clients.

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By Hugh Simpson
01st Feb 2022 16:38

Attend to the tasks tomorrow and then the day after and then the day after and ...

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By ketteringUK
01st Feb 2022 19:18

So today our staff turned up to work and have been sent home. Job well done in the last 2 months and in reality since march 2020!

I personally went home too and had a nap! Few calls missed out but those were like how do I pay my self-assessment? Will reply to those tomorrow.

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By spilly
01st Feb 2022 23:19

You could have told them yesterday so they would have enjoyed an unexpected lie-in!

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By KateR
04th Feb 2022 10:58

My kind of Feb 1st - book travelcard and head to London. Lunch in favourite brasserie, afternoon in an art gallery and evening at the theatre. Did meet up with a couple of clients but purely social.

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
04th Feb 2022 11:07

My daughter in law did the same as you on Tuesday, but tested positive for Covid the following day :-(

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By Barry Adams
05th Feb 2022 07:54

February is for client year end tax planning

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