Time management tips for busy accountants


It’s not about having more time – it’s about making the most of the time you have.

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Juggling multiple tasks, deadlines, and the ever-changing landscape of financial data can make even the most experienced accountants feel like time is slipping through their fingers. We have compiled a list of practical and actionable time management tips that will let accountants reclaim control over their schedules and boost productivity. Let’s dive in!

Set your priorities

Imagine your to-do list as a buffet, and you have a limited plate. What dishes (tasks) will satisfy your hunger for productivity the most? Prioritizing tasks ensures that you tackle high-priority items first, preventing important deadlines from turning into last-minute scrambles.

Example: Use the Eisenhower Matrix to categorize tasks into important/urgent, important/not urgent, not important/urgent, and neither. Focus on the urgent and important tasks first.

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Leave no empty time gaps

Time blocking involves dedicating specific blocks of time to specific tasks. By allocating time to focused work, meetings, and breaks, you create a structured day that minimizes multitasking and maximizes efficiency.

Example: Designate the first hour of your day for uninterrupted focus on critical tasks. Schedule meetings in the afternoon to avoid disrupting your most productive hours.

Leverage technology wisely

Meet your digital allies! Embrace accounting software, task management apps, and communication tools to streamline processes and reduce manual effort. Automate repetitive tasks to free up time for more strategic activities.

Example: Use Bankfeed to automatically import bank statements and accurately match payments with invoices, saving you valuable hours.

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Set realistic goals and deadlines

Unrealistic expectations can lead to burnout and decreased productivity. Set achievable goals and deadlines that consider the complexity of the tasks at hand. Break larger projects into smaller, manageable chunks with their own deadlines.

Example: Instead of aiming to complete an entire year-end report in one day, break it down into sections and set realistic deadlines for each part.

Learn to say 'no' (politely)

While it’s tempting to be the superhero who takes on every task, sometimes it’s crucial to decline additional work. Politely communicate your current workload and suggest alternatives or timelines that work for you.

Example: When asked to take on an extra project with a tight deadline, respond with something like, “I’d love to help! However, I have ongoing commitments. Could we discuss a more realistic timeline or prioritize the tasks?”

Mastering time management is a game-changer for accountants. By prioritizing tasks, embracing time blocking, leveraging technology, setting realistic goals, and learning to say no, you can transform your workdays into highly productive experiences. It is not about having more time; it is about making the most of the time you have.

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