Many accounting firms earn half (or even more) of their annual revenue during a single four-month stretch. Some employees work tirelessly, clocking in 60 or more hours a week and feeling thankful for the opportunity to get a single day off. To say that this is rough would be a massive understatement. Accountants dread this challenging season for obvious reasons, but with a few workarounds, they’ll be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Consider Your Home Life
It will feel like you live at work, but you still have home responsibilities to tend to. You’ll already be spreading yourself too thin, and nobody can expect you to be a superhuman. Before you’re about to become devoted to the office, take care of all the chores that have been piling up. Deep clean the house, get all the laundry done, and prepare some meals ahead of time. You’ll need to get some rest when you get home, and putting your home life on “maintenance only” mode will allow you to do so.
Learn to Delegate
There’s no way you’re going to be able to get everything done on your own, and imposing unrealistic expectations on yourself will only make your situation more stressful. Talk with your coworkers, and make sure everyone’s primary area of focus is an aspect of the job they best excel in. By allowing everyone to rely on their talents and strengths, you’re eliminating the potential for error and therefore increasing the chance that every move you make at the office will be successful on the first try.
Get a Great Call Management Service
The phone’s going to be ringing off the hook. How do you intend to handle such a high call volume? It’s worthwhile to invest in good call management services that can keep customers on hold, redirect calls, and take voice messages. Companies like eVoice provide these services to all sorts of businesses. You can even direct calls to ring different lines at different times of day, making it easier to work remotely.
Optimize Your Schedule
If you’ve already survived a busy season, you know what it’s like to be glued to your desk. You know that at some point, you’ll need to check your emails and eat lunch. Set yourself a schedule that works in harmony with your workflow. Pack lunches you can eat from your desk, so you don’t have to spend any more time than necessary preparing for your meal break. Set aside an hour specifically to deal with things like emails, rather than having to jump back and forth and break your train of concentration.
Know When Enough is Enough
No matter how much work needs to be done, you need to value your own health and sanity. You can’t bring your work home with you, and you need to actually enjoy your days off. If you don’t give yourself enough time to recharge your batteries, you’ll be burned out before you’ve reached the middle of the busy season. Overworking yourself can lead to burnout. This means a decrease in performance and accuracy, which will only make your work harder in the future. As difficult as it may be, you need to pencil in the time to do things you enjoy, and get plenty of sleep.
Sooner or later, busy season will pass, and you’ll be free to resume your day to day life. Though at times it may feel like things will never end, it’s important to remember that all of the chaos is just a wave that will eventually break at the shore. Stay optimistic about the future, and plan to take a vacation after all is said and done.