CPAs, follow these smart tips to stay productive during the holiday season

CPAs, follow these smart tips to stay productive during the holiday season

Posted by  on 13 December, 2016  5 minute read

Because once the holidays end, tax season will commence!

With the spirit of Christmas at an all-time high, it is becoming increasingly difficult to concentrate on work these days. Irrespective of profession, everyone wants to plan holiday getaways, attend parties and shop for gifts (in case they haven’t already). December proves to be a difficult month to stay on-target with professional commitments.

For CPAs and accounting firms, January means the start of a 3-month long tax season! Hence there’s no scope of wavering one’s attention for even a day! But then again – it’s almost Christmas, and completing the to-do list is a feat in itself for accountants! To fight such lulls at work – especially during this time follow this listicle:

1. Have an informal session with the team
Do it on a regular basis, if possible. Discussing work and clients informally will help everyone gauge the pressure they’re in and even come out with better ways to wrap up all the work. According to a 2015 Accountemps survey of 1,000 workers across USA, 22% of them revealed their productivity decreases during the holiday season.

Such informal meetings not only create a tempo but also motivate everyone to put their best foot forward.

2. Make a to-do list and check it twice
It’s a clichéd advice but it works provided you stick to it. Therefore, make one and check it at least two times a day to see where you have reached so far. Strike off the activities done. This will give you a sense of fulfillment and even further motivate you to wrap up everything on that list.

3. Focus on your tasks; don’t rush
Usually CPAs pay attention to the initial work product. They have to because their work involves so much risk. For instance, reviewer comments are minor but if you don’t look into them with rapt attention, you are going to have a mutiny in your hands with your reviewers getting upset over the fact you didn’t make the mentioned changes. So read all comments, make adjustments and strike the task off the list!

4. Review other’s work with attention
Well – a lot of people are going to be absent from work. These planned and unplanned absences by managers and co-workers will prompt you to take over other’s work from the middle. This means you have to pay more attention to activities such as asset relocation and reviewing spreadsheets.

5. Do take your lunch or frequent coffee breaks
Just because you have tons to do, doesn’t mean you don’t give yourself a break from time-to-time and recharge your batteries. You can only be productive if you give your body and mind a break, irrespective of how small the break is.

Everything is pretty, shiny and frosty other than your work but it doesn’t need to be all work and no play for you.