With just under 2 weeks until the filing deadline stress levels are on the rise. Hopefully you’ve identified a couple of areas for improvement next year and have made a note of them to help streamline processes for future tax season. But a deadline is a deadline and stress mounts as we approach them.
I saw this on Mark Albrecht’s blog Going with the Flow and thought I’d share.
12 tips for managing your stress this tax season
Research suggests that there are a number of small things you can do to help mitigate the stress. After 35 tax seasons, I’m more than a little familiar with the job hazards caused by our profession’s annual cram session. Here are some of my favorite tips for reducing burnout.
1. Don’t let long hours be your excuse to eat poorly – sugary snacks can leave you feeling drained of energy. A balanced diet with healthy snacks will help keep you energized. (poor diet can contribute to stress!)
2. Resist the urge to procrastinate. Start tough assignments in the morning when you’re freshest. Even if you have to go back to complete it later in the day, it’s often easier knowing you’ve already made progress.