The tax filing deadline is fast approaching, which means that you’re going to be swamped with work if you’re a tax professional. Your huge workload and long hours can cause a significant amount of stress, which can make your life miserable and make it even more difficult to do your job. Here are a few ways to can effectively manage your stress during season.
Have a Good Workspace
One of the best ways to manage your stress during tax season is to be productive so you don’t fall behind on work. And the best way to be productive is to have a great workspace. But what constitutes a great workspace? First and foremost, your workspace should be distraction-free. The advantage to having a small office is that you’ll have a professional environment that’ll shape your mindset and keep you focused.
It’s more difficult if you work from home because you’ll have to contend with both pleasurable and annoying distractions—like watching TV and tending to your kids, respectively. If you’re going to work from home, make sure that your home office is located in a room where you can shut the door. This will help you block out distractions, and it’ll also help you stay in a professional mindset.
Use the Right Equipment
Alright, so you have your workspace—now you’ve got to fill it with the right tools and equipment. Make sure that you have lots of different filing cabinets so you can store your clients’ documents and paperwork. Your cabinets should all have locks so you can keep these papers secure.
Use a dual-monitor or even triple-monitor setup so you have lots of screen real estate to do your work, give yourself a nice big desk where you can spread out your papers, and make sure that you have a fast computer that’ll run all your accounting programs at fast speeds. Speaking of computer programs, you should also equip yourself with all of the latest professional tax preparation software—don’t be stuck with last year’s models.
A good workspace and the right workspace tools will help you stay on top of your work. But if you’re going to effectively manage your stress during tax season, then you also need to develop good habits outside of work.
Exercise is a great way to alleviate stress and make your body feel relaxed. It’s also a great way to shed those extra pounds that are all too easy to gain when working through a stressful period. Consider getting a gym membership or buying some running shoes. Daily walks, weekend hikes, and biking are also great ways to keep your body in shape.
Eating healthy is equally important as exercise. In fact, your exercise will probably be for naught if you’re not supplementing it with healthy food. A good diet will give you a maximum amount of energy throughout the day.
Many people have a difficult time eating healthy because they’re not sure what health foods to cook that are also tasty. Consider signing up for a healthy meal service, which will send healthy ingredients and recipes straight to your doorstep.
Meditation is a great way to calm and revitalize your mind and body, which will help you relieve stress and keep you more focused at work. There are lots of different ways to can meditate. For some people, exercise is a form of meditation in its own right. You can also practice yoga, spend time outdoors, read, write in a journal, or listen to music. Do anything that helps you find your inner Zen, and do it on a regular basis.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Sleep is how we rejuvenate our mind and body after a long day of work. Although you might feel pressured to work long into the evening trying to get ahead on paperwork, it’s important that you try and get 6 to 8 hours of sleep every night. If you’re having difficulty sleeping, try putting away your electronics an hour before bedtime and consider upgrading your mattress.
Plan Your Vacation
During tax season, you’re probably going to spend a lot of time doing daily planning. But why not plan some fun things, like the vacation you’re going to take when tax season is over? Plan an amazing trip to take when your busy season ends. It will motivate you to power through your tasks.
Tax season is a stressful time for any tax preparer, but you can maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle if you follow these tips.