Working with clients can get pretty stressful especially during busy tax season. And while being busy is a good indicator that business is thriving, things can get pretty frenzy. You surely won’t want looming deadlines and client demands get the best of you and affect the quality of your work.
This is why you have to make sure you know how to manage your time well.
Proper time management is crucial in meeting deadlines and, at the same time, providing quality work. You must learn to use your time efficiently. If you’re constantly cramming and running out of time, you need to switch strategies.
Here are some accounting tips on how you can accomplish more with the limited time you’ve got.
Track the time you spend during the day
It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re too focused on certain tasks, Things like reading and replying to emails or updating records and financial transactions can consume most of your day.
One good way to effectively manage your time is to use a time-tracking app. Audit your day. Find out which tasks take up too much of your time. By identifying where your time goes, you will be able to make the necessary adjustments in the future. This will help you avoid slacking in the future.
Prioritise your tasks
Tasks are not created equally. Some will require more time and effort than others, which is why it is important to identify which ones require urgent attention. Before you start work, take a few moments to scan your diary and see what needs to be done. Go through all the deliverables and see which ones need to be finished first.
Learn how to delegate
One good thing about working with a team is you have people to offer help. There’s no reason to do all the work because each team member possesses certain skill sets that can help get things done quickly and easily. Utilise your team.
Delegating tasks can also foster teamwork. Additionally, it’s a good sign of leadership by recognising and harnessing the individual strengths of your team.
Use available technology
One of the best ways to effectively manage time is to use automation tools. Innovations in technology has made strides in completing time-consuming tasks in an efficient manner. Xero and Quickbooks are just some of the tools accountants are thankful for. By automating the usual processes, you will be able to have more time doing client-facing tasks, like providing financial advice to clients.
Always prepare for the day
Planning ahead is probably one of the best things you can do to be more productive. If you’ve been in this profession for quite a while already, then you will be aware of peak periods. This should make it easier to plan your diary. Identify the goals for the quarter (and then year) so you can plot your schedule properly.
Consider tax time, end of the fiscal year, and other deadlines that you will have. Most importantly, don’t forget your holidays. You have to work these into your schedule.
In this era when customer expectations are changing, it is important for accountants to find smarter ways to work so they can deliver services efficiently and add value to their clients. That starts by managing your time effectively.
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