Burnout – How to Recover from a Long and Busy Accounting Season


Tax season seems like it was so long ago, but it’s barely been over a month since Tax Day came and went. Have you recovered from the stress? Sometimes it’s hard to do because you’re just now catching up on all things that needed to be done but were neglected since January. But don’t let the high stress of tax season stress you out throughout the year. Here a few ways you can recover from the long busy accounting season and not suffer from career burnout.

Take Half Days on Friday

Now that the busy season for taxes is over, is there any reason you can’t take off on Friday afternoons? Unless you have something specific you need to accomplish in that time frame, go ahead and leave at lunchtime. Most of your clients will be busy wrapping up their week as well, so they’ll be just fine with not contacting you on Friday afternoons.

Don’t Stay Late

Staying late is a hallmark of tax season. Now that it’s over, don’t give in to the temptation to stay in the office after hours. Give yourself a cut off time. All of your clients are going home for the day, you should too. Make it a priority to get out of the office on time every afternoon.

Have a Vacation

Maybe you just need to take more time off. Now is the perfect time for a vacation. You don’t have to worry about tax season and you can take some time off out of the office without impacting your clients in any negative way. Plan a week away for the summer to enjoy fun, sun, and anything else you really enjoy.

Spend Time with Family and Friends

Now that tax season is over, make sure you put your friends and family at the top of your priority list. They understand that you are unavailable from January to April, but now you have no excuse. You can plan a trip, go out for dinner, or just make it a priority to be home at the end of the day.

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