Five Post Tax Season Projects for Accountants
Tax season is finally over! It’s time to enjoy a glass of champagne and book your mini vacation in celebration. But, what are you going to do when you return? Although the empty office is a nice contrast to past three months, you’ll soon have the itch to get back in the swing of things.
When that happens, here are some ideas to make the best use of your down time and find your post tax season projects for accountants.
Become a CPA
Advancing your career is a great use of post-tax season down time and there is no better way for an accountant to do so, than by obtaining their CPA designation. It’s not a particularly easy project, but well worth the effort, especially if you’ve been thinking about it for a while now.
Update your resume and cover letter
It is becoming more and more common for professionals to scroll job sites as often as they do their Facebook feeds. The excitement of finding new opportunities that will absolutely advance career often fizzles when they realize in order to apply for said position, they’d have to update their resume and cover letter. Taking the time to update your resume annually makes job searches so much easier when the time comes. Trying to recall events, projects, or accolades of several years prior is mentally exhausting and most of us avoid it like the plague.
Create your annual goals and plans
While most people are busy making New Year’s resolutions, you are eyeball deep in annual reports and tax preparations. It can sometimes feel like everyone else is planning their future, while you are busy reconciling the past. Now that tax season is over, you’ve some free time to make your own twelve month plans and goals. If you’ve been thinking of rearranging your filing system or starting a new morning gratitude ritual, now’s the time!
Knock out your Continuing Education
CE requirements have a tendency to sneak up most of us. Let the lull of the summer be your opportunity to attend conferences or book a luxury hotel to knock out a couple online courses.
Review your SOPs
You know those tedious and repetitive tasks that suck the life out of your workweek? Use this slow period to review your processes in search for inefficiencies and update procedures. Not only will you make your life easier, but you will quickly be the office hero as you simplify life for the entire team.
As Robert Pirsig says, “Boredom always precedes a period of great creativity.” So, if you’ve flown through these ideas, you may want to try a good old fashioned brain storming session and find your next big idea.
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