Articles by Jeff Davidson

Practice

Help to the Finish Line: Complete What You Start

The first in a series of quizzes from Jeff Davidson that help you gauge how well you are managing your personal and professional lives.
Practice

Everyone Grapples with 6 to 8 Problems

As you go through tax season with your basket of problems, remember that all the people you deal with have theirs.
Practice

How Is Your Accounting Firm Protecting Its Intellectual Property?

Have you ever stopped to think that you have valuable property right on your hard drive?
Practice

21 Work-life Balance Reminders for Tax Season

Tax season is upon us and the challenges of maintaining work-life balance become acute. With that in mind, here are twenty-one ways that professionals with work-life balance are different from others.
Education & Careers

How to Overcome Attachment in the New Year

A new year beckons and I harken back to when my daughter was four years old. Her mother and I bought her an old, upright piano. It was a little beat up, a little banged up, and was missing a few keys, but hey, for a 4-year old, it was fine.
Education & Careers

Tackle Three Small Annoyances Early in the Morning for a More Productive Day

Work-life balance expert Jeff Davidson says that if you can address three small annoyances early in the workday, you often are able to clear away "space" to be at your best more often.
Education & Careers

Indicators You're Living a Saner Life

Several indicators – what you might call moments of truth – let you know you’re on the path to a freer, saner life. For openers, you awake naturally each morning without an alarm clock.
AccountingWEB Life

Mastering Your "To-Be" List

Virtually every accounting professional maintains some type of to-do list. However, how often do you compose a "to-be" list containing a roster of the characteristics and traits that you'd like to attain, develop, or improve upon?
Practice

Spot Trends and Reduce Information Overload

If you're adept at spotting significant industry trends, you can cut down on the amount of extraneous information that otherwise competes for your attention.
Practice

"Cinnamon Girl" - A Corollary for Getting New Clients

Back in college, my friend John knew something that took me decades to learn: When the sparks are flying and you let the interest build, the other party can't wait to hear from you.
Education & Careers

When Unwanted Events Happen to Good Accountants

If managing a professional practice was easy, anyone could do it. Today, in particular, we are all continually besieged by too many things competing for our time and attention.
Education & Careers

Portrait of the Resilient Accountant

The resilient accountant adeptly manages sudden, significant, and complex change with minimal dysfunctional behavior. Rather than shrink from controversy, resilient professionals are more likely to dive into the fray.
Practice

Twelve Voice Mail Greetings That Will Make You Laugh

Jeff Davidson, "The Work-Life Balance Expert," had some extra time on his hands this week and had probably heard one too many voice mail greetings. Here's his solution to run-of-the-mill recorded greetings.
Education & Careers

Your To-Do List: Unforeseen Events Will Happen

No matter how well we organize our to-do lists and how productive we are in handling the products and tasks, invariably, unexpected obligations, interruptions, and other developments arise that are going to throw us off.
AccountingWEB Life

Living in the Present Moment

Most people today feel pressed for time in our society of information and communication overload. One of the most effective ways to alleviate the constant sense of time pressure is to "live in the moment."
Education & Careers

Begin Living in Real Time

In your quest to keep pace with all that's thrown at you, do you find yourself frequently preoccupied? It seems as if many accountants are in overdrive today. We don't enjoy the morning because we're always in a rush. We don't enjoy the evening, because it goes by too fast.
Technology

Smartphones Take Over

In his forward-thinking book "Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology," the late Dr. Neil Postman of New York University observed that the introduction of the automobile at the start of the twentieth century had a dramatic impact on society.
Education & Careers

Constant Interruptions: The Bane of Accountants

This won't come as news to you: We live in an interruption-oriented society. The ability to sneak off, to find quiet, or to rest is challenging in the age of mobile devices. What's more, the noise level has been increasing steadily.
Practice

Too Much To Do, All the Time?

A growing number of accounting professionals face too many interruptions, have too much to do, and not enough time to do it. If this happens to be your lot, and you've been looking for solutions, you'll find some here.
AccountingWEB Life

Nine Tips for Decluttering Your Life

You know when you're hanging on to too much stuff and when you should pare down, but how can you begin to declutter with minimum pain and gnashing your teeth? Guest writer Jeff Davidson offers some suggestions.