Tips for Surviving Busy Season
As busy season winds down, CPAs across the public accounting industry are finally having a chance to catch their breath. And as I bring my third busy season in public accounting to a close, I can’t help but be amazed by how fast the first few months of each year fly by as I transition from client to client. I also can’t help but notice how much I learn during these very demanding – and often taxing – seasons of life. While busy season undoubtedly comes with its set of challenges, there are a few key things to keep in mind to make sure you are taking care of not just your work, but yourself:
No matter how much work there is to do! For some, this may go without saying, but for others who are workaholics, it may make you “feel better” to work late and mark a few additional items off of your to do list. However, this can actually result in you feeling worse in the long run as the sleepless nights start to pile up and take a toll on your mental state and your health. It is important to remember that being well rested is essential to the well-being of your brain, your body and at the end of the day, your productivity!
Make time for yourself
Find some time to for the hobbies and pastimes that help you reset and feel refreshed. For me, these include things like reading, yoga and watching sports, and I try to do each at least three times a week – especially during busy season! Figure out what activities allow you to take a step back from work and become more in tune with yourself – then make sure you commit and actually make time for it during busy season. This can require extensive planning at times, or even setting aside time on your calendar for yourself, but at the end of the day it is worth it and important for alleviating the stresses that comes during the busiest time of year.
Open communication, not only with coworkers and clients but also family and friends is critical during busy season. It can be easy to neglect relationships with family and friends, but fight the urge! Set aside a day of the week that you can call and touch base with a few family members or your closest friends. This prevents the isolating feeling that can sometimes come along with working long hours and constantly being surrounded by all things accounting. More importantly, maintain open communication with your coworkers and your clients as it relates to what is on your plate, timelines and expectations. Keeping everyone in the loop prevents any misunderstandings and just makes everyone’s life easier in the long run!
Keep these three essentials that I employed during my busy season at Atlanta Accounting Firm Porter Keadle Moore in mind and you will not just survive, but hopefully thrive during January through April!