How to Minimize Stress in Reporting Period

Reporting periods have the reputation of the most stressful stages of an accountant’s professional life. However, there are plenty of effective strategies on how to handle this part of the job without experiencing the tone of unnecessary pressure.

Have a Professional Mindset

Not being able to motivate yourself always involves risks of creating a huge unproductivity gap. Since accounting requires consistency and discipline, right from the very beginning it is important to consider the significance of a professional mindset. Google offers numerous personality coaches and techniques of how to get motivated to do anything. The simplest one comes down to a self-reward system. It can be a big reward depending on the results of your entire reporting period or small one for each of your submitted reports. And the value of the reward must be adequate to your work, otherwise you will not be interested in investing your best efforts in it.

Reduce the Amount of Distractions

It is no secret to anyone how easy it becomes to catch a distraction while living in conditions of informational society. Live or phone conversations, texts, internet surfing, news, chats, memes, videos, clips, music and many other fun procrastination factors raise your chances to experience upcoming stress due to uncompleted work.

To avoid these types of failures it is necessary to reduce the amount of annoying distractions to a minimum and accustom yourself to the rules that dictate the maximum time you can spend on rest. Needless to say, most people find “short breaks” strategy the most effective, but only if they are good at not getting sucked into the sources of their distractions.

Stick to a Certain Plan

Being aware of the timing and procedure of preparing the report allows you to plan the time in advance. That way you will have far less chances to get into a rush without knowing where to start. Sticking to a plan will enable you to excel at simple and straightforward time management techniques. On top of that, consider your biorhythms while planning your tasks. If you are the most productive in the morning – schedule the most difficult tasks that require 100% of your concentration at this time of the day. That way you can devote the time when you feel a lack of energy to a simple routine.

Get Rid of Paper Mess

The most unspoken accounting detail that makes a big difference between failing and succeeding at this job is the importance of not having a mess. That is why in order to handle the reporting period better you should never underestimate the benefits of following the basic principles of physical order of documents (not having a stack of useless papers) as well as digital (proper names of folders, tables, files, etc.).

Choose a Time Gaps When People Can Bother You

It is difficult to concentrate on such causal accounting things as balance when you are surrounded with a bunch of fussy coworkers and executives. If you happen to work offline and you have no option to do it remotely – politely, delicately, and respectfully inform your colleagues that during the reporting period you will be able to answer all of their questions only within a strictly defined period of time of the day. The best time to choose is after launch hours. That way after having a meal everyone (including you) will be less aggressive and more friendly which will positively reflect on the whole group. It will not be difficult to convince the CEO that by following this method the productivity within the company will increase and the risk of silly mistakes will lower.

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