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Monthly Dose for the Monthly Close

For the Evolving Accounting Department

July 2013


About ART

ART equips executives with striking insight into their balance sheet by transforming the account reconciliation process.  Do away with spreadsheets, crazy emailing and manual distractions.  Enjoy ART's powerful workflow management and reporting tools to automate account reconciliations and become more productive without ever installing software.


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We Know That...

Adopting new technology is a big change.  That’s why we offer different ways to help you decide if ART is right for your accounting group. 

Watch a short video on what we do, how ART works and the ways you can benefit.

Schedule a private demo for your group to see how ART can transform your account reconciliation process without breaking the bank. 

See if ART can drive productivity and automation into your monthly close by lightening workload, standardizing and creating total transparency.

Shortcut for Breaking Habits

  Nancy Wu, Head of Client Service

I’m quitting coffee, and it’s not easy.  But being a grown person means that you do what’s best for yourself and kick your own butt when necessary.

Habits are hard to break, whether good or bad, as we are all creatures of routine.  Breaking habits is NOT about forcing ourselves to undo the action.  That is a path to failure because there is simply not enough willpower to go around!  Rather, the secret to breaking a habit is to create a small and desirable alternative habit.  The key word here is small.  Why?  A small habit is easier to form and do not require extreme discipline.

Let’s take my example.  Stopping coffee cold turkey is hard.  But drinking a glass of water before reaching for the coffee is easy.  My small habit is to drink a glass of water in the morning.  Then I decide if I still want coffee.  If I do, then I take my coffee.  Most of the time, I don’t want any more liquids in my system after that glass of water.

Let’s take another example.  Sometimes the office chit chat takes up too much time, and we end up staying late to finish our work.  We want to go home on time, but resisting office socializing is hard, unless you’re a grump.  So what’s the small habit?  Duck out and work somewhere more private during the hour when the office is most rambunctious.  Or, schedule your calls for when colleagues nearby are most chatty, so that you are out of the equation by default.

Small new habits become routine very quickly.  It provides an alternative to continuing on with the old habit, and lets you gracefully exit your “old ways” without having to summon up enormous personal strengths.

We Think You Should Get Out More

At SkyStem, we believe that account reconciliations shouldn’t get in the way of life.  We help you get them done fast, get them done right, so you can get out of the office and on with your life!

See how we can help automate and streamline your month-end account reconciliations.



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