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How to Avoid Accountant Burnout During Tax Season

Feb 3rd 2016
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For accountants and bookkeepers, this time of year can be very stressful. Although you have prepared yourself all year, still, when tax season rolls around you can still feel the burn of too much work and too little time and relaxation. One thing is unavoidable, the tax deadline looms.

Here at Money Thumb we want to help our accounting readers and others who handle income taxes avoid as much stress during tax season as possible, so we have compiled a list of ways to do that below:

Tips for Avoiding Burnout During Tax Season

Get Plenty of Quality Sleep

Of course it goes without saying how essential getting enough sleep is to avoiding stress. However, it is the quality of the sleep that matters most. This video from The National Sleep Foundation explains in detail how much sleep you need:

The National Sleep Foundation also has a nice list of ways to make sure you are getting good, quality sleep.

Make Sure to Get Regular Exercise

One of the drawbacks of an accounting job is the unavoidable fact of sitting for long periods of time. This article fromWebMD calls it “the sitting disease.” Here is a portion of the article:

“The Price of Sitting Too Much- A growing body of research shows that long periods of physical inactivity raise your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. In January 2010, British experts linked prolonged periods of sitting to a greater likelihood of disease. And that same month,Australian researchers reported that each hour spent watching TV is linked to an 18% increase in the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease — perhaps because that time is spent sitting down.”

The good news is they have great advice for how to avoid the stress and strain of sitting too much. A great and necessary read for those of us who live a mostly sedentary lifestyle.

Eat Healthy

Another tip which we all understand is of crucial importance, to eat healthy food, but when you are rushed, or live alone, that is easier said than done. After years of eating on the run, or eating fast food, even though the medical community has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that a proper diet is the most important thing we can do to positively affect our health, still we are often drawn back to our bad eating habits. A few ways to make sure you are eating healthy that are not outside the realm of possibility for a busy accountant during tax season are listed below:

Keep raw vegetables and fruit always on hand and easily accessible

Pre-prepared meals such as Lean Cuisine and Weight Watchers are actually good and good for you. Stock up on these types of meals.

Make sure to at least once a week take yourself out to dinner or lunch at a healthy restaurant, you need a treat anyway

Cook yourself a delicious, homemade meal at least once a week, with all the food groups.

Avoid fast food as much as possible.

Pace Yourself

Personally, of all the tips in this article, this one is most important. I work from home and sit all day at the computer, so I have found over the years that the best way to keep my concentration fresh and my mind relaxed to handle task to is pace myself. I work a few hours first thing in the morning over coffee, then make myself leave my desk, go for a walk, run errands, etc, and come back to my work after I have taken that big break. Every task is easier when it is broken down into doable sessions.


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