Whether you’re an accountant or business owner, when someone mentions busy season, chances are that the first image that pops to mind is a desk covered with books and coffee-stained receipts.
If you’re an accounting professional, there is a way to achieve life-work balance. Yes, even during busy season.
Here are eight tips to keep in mind!
Setting boundaries will help you in every walk of life, especially when you’re dealing with deadlines. By blocking out time for different activities, you’ll be able to enjoy them without worrying about what’s coming next.
A great question to ask yourself is: when is busy season the most challenging for you? This is the time when you need to minimize distractions and plan everything within your professional and personal life.
Be realistic about how much work you can do and set the time when you’ll be going home. Most importantly, stick with it. Even if you have to work from home, it may be an opportunity to spend time with loved ones before heading back to work.
Create Mini Goals
Every project, no matter how big it is, can be broken down into smaller projects. Those projects can then be broken down into actionable steps. While the amount of work you need to do won’t change much, you’ll be less likely to feel overwhelmed if you tackle just the next step you should be doing instead of thinking about all the work that needs to be done to finish the project.
Finishing these smaller tasks and achieving milestones will keep your spirits high and keep you motivated. You’ll also be more likely to take more breaks along the way and avoid the burnout.
Don’t Make Major Changes
When you’re in the middle of busy season, the last thing you want is to start using a new tool, tax software, or system. Not only will you (and your teammates!) take more time to get used to what you’ve implemented, but you might end up feeling frustrated with the slower pace.
Think about the tasks around the house and the office that you can delegate to someone else, so you can focus on the more important tasks. Consider even food delivery services that deliver either ready meals or all the groceries with recipes such as Blue Apron if you really enjoy cooking your own meals.
Eat Right and Drink Water
With deadlines approaching, even the healthiest people will buckle down and dive into unhealthy options such as fast food and lots (and we mean lots!) of caffeine. Eating healthy and keeping yourself hydrated will help you avoid fatigue and maintain your focus.
Sitting at your desk for long periods of time can do a lot more harm than you think. Even if hitting the gym isn’t really at the top of your list of priorities, there are things you can do to reduce health risks. Make sure you sit up every hour, do some light stretching, take your dog for a walk, or even get a standing desk.
When you have a ton of deadlines, you may find yourself pulling all-nighters or working 14 hours a days. In these instances, communication can slip off your list of priorities.
However, you’ll want to maintain effective communication with your clients, family, and colleagues. Even if you have to do a video call with your family, keeping the communication going will help you keep your relationship healthy and avoid burnout.
Have a Sense of Humor
Humor relieves stress, keeps you positive, and can help you get the most out of those short breaks. Whether it’s watching stand-up comedians or funny animal videos, find what works best for you and work it into your schedule.
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