When Unwanted Events Happen to Good Accountants

Jul 15th 2013
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By Jeff Davidson

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. One way to get a handle on the intrusions and impediments to our progress is to categorize "unwanted events." In descending order, here are six categories:

1. Cataclysm: cata [kata] + clysm [klysmós] = a violent "down wash"

A momentous or violent event marked by overwhelming upheaval and demolition. In business, examples include being forced out of business due to a natural catastrophe, losing a lawsuit, or incurring massive negative publicity.

2. Upheaval: up [elevate] + heave [throw] = to throw things with force up into the air 

A major disruption that leads to turmoil and often significant change. In business, this could be a sudden change in ownership, a reorganization, a strike, or a major crisis.

3. Disruption: dis [apart] + rupt [to break] = to break apart 

A "forcible separation or division into parts", often leading to turmoil or disorder; more severe than an interruption with potentially lasting effects. In business: a break, or a rupture, in the workday.

4. Interruption: inter [between] + rupt [to break] = to break in between

A break in continuity, often temporary, of an action or event. Interruptions are more common and milder than disruptions and can lead to disruption if not handled properly. In business, this could be others intruding upon, hindering, or stopping your progress as a result of their contact with you.

5. Distraction: dis [apart] + tract [to draw] = to draw apart 

Something that draws your mind or attention away from the task at hand, such as an instantaneous random thought or a constant, low-level imposition that impedes focus. In business, this could be construction noise from across the street, a flickering light, or a coworker's constant finger tapping.

6. Irritation: Irritate [annoy] + -ion [condition or state] = the state of being annoyed 

The act of irritating or the state of being irritated, impatient, or angry. In business, this represents a momentary upset of any nature.

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Jeff Davidson is "The Work-Life Balance Expert®", is a preeminent time management authority, has written fifty-nine mainstream books, and is an electrifying professional speaker. He is the premier thought leader on work-life balance issues and has been widely quoted in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, and USA Today. Cited by Sharing Ideas Magazine as a "consummate speaker", Jeff believes that career professionals today in all industries have a responsibility to achieve their own sense of work-life balance, and he supports that quest through his website


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