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Accounting Tips To Effectively Manage Your Time

Things can get really hectic when you’re working with clients. While it should be a good indicator that you’re in a thriving industry, the pace can get frenzy. With looming deadlines and tons of tasks that are still in pending status, it might be difficult to turn in quality work.

The answer to this problem is, you guessed it: proper time management.

Yes, you have heard this before but it doesn’t mean you’ve mastered it already. There’s a reason why you’re still trying to beat the deadline. To hack productivity while ensuring quality work, you must learn how to use your time efficiently.

It’s time to switch strategies if you’re constantly running out of time. Follow the following tips so you can get things done and accomplish more of your business goals.

Track where you’re spending your time

It’s easy to lose track of time when you have so much on your plate. Emails in the morning, updating records, and reconciling bank and credit card details are just some of the things that eat up your time.

Using a tracking app, perform an audit of everything you do on a daily basis so you can have a clear idea of how much time is required for you to complete each time. Knowing how much time you actually spend on specific tasks will help you avoid slacking in the future.

 

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Creating a to-do list can be extremely helpful

Prioritise your tasks for the day

Not all tasks are created equal. This is why you need to figure out which ones require urgent attention. Before you begin your day, take a few minutes to go through all your deliverables and identify which ones need to be completed first. Break down tasks into more actionable steps.

Delegate

If there are big projects and a tight deadline, you can delegate certain tasks to team members. There’s no reason to carry the burden all by yourself when you can utilise the skills and talents of your co-workers. Plus, it can be a good way to foster teamwork.

Delegating tasks is also one good sign of leadership. This allows you to get more done by recognising the individual strengths of the team.

Take advantage of automation

Automation is here to stay. Artificial intelligence has allowed us to complete time-consuming tasks quickly and efficiently. Software and programs like Quickbooks and Xero are an accountant’s Christmas elves. These will give you more time to spend on more important tasks like financial analysis and providing advice to your clients.

Prepare. Prepare. Prepare.

It pays to plan ahead. If you’ve been in this job for quite a while now, then you should be aware of the peak periods. Use this to your advantage. Identify the things you need to accomplish for the quarter and the entire year so you can plot your schedule accordingly.

Take note of tax time, end of the fiscal year, and other deadlines you might have. Remember to consider your vacations. Work these into your schedule.

Moreover, update your software and hardware so you’re properly equipped when all the work comes in.

Managing your time well is one indicator that you’re working smarter. In this age, working smart is the way to success.

 


If you’re looking to learn more tips on time management and how to maximise your productivity, join our webinar entitled Win The War Against Productivity on August 9, 2017.

This free-to-attend webinar features CEO Nick Sinclair on his real life stories on productivity challenges and successes. Register here.


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