Work-Life Balance


    Work-Life Balance 

    Strive! Achieve! Make momma proud! Just don’t kill yourself in the process.

    Work hard and you’ll do well, we’re told. Most of the time, it’s true. But work too hard and you’re likely to wind up a stressed out, unproductive candidate for an early midlife crisis.

    Here’s the thing: even if you love your job and career – in fact, especially if that’s the case – it’s essential to keep things in perspective. If you want to be good at what you do for the foreseeable future, you have to stay sharp and maintain focus. And the only way to do that over the long term is to give yourself a break: go play, eat something besides fast food and learn how to say ‘no’ every once in a while. It’s all about managing yourself, and maintaining a healthy equilibrium between what you do, and who you are.

    You probably realize by now that in this business, there are times when balance is impossible. (Exhibit A: tax season; Exhibit B: fiscal year-end) But, every little bit helps. For starters, get out and take a walk on your lunch break. (Yes, that means actually taking a lunch break.) And after those necessary periods of work-related insanity, be sure to build in some time to recharge your batteries.

    Because no matter how driven you are to do a good job, burnout can have a disastrous effect on your career. By all means, push yourself. But give yourself some breathing room along the way.

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    Workplace Dynamics

    Article Business etiquette can help you avoid career damaging blunders and can lead to improved relations with your colleagues. Follow these tips towards creating workplace nirvana.
    Published on April 04, 2013

    Today its Raining Tips to Saving Money

    Article CPAs may be well known for giving off-the-cuff financial advice to employees, employers, and clients, but how about taking some of their own advice and trying to save for a rainy day? Here are some useful tips on how to put away part of your paycheck.
    Published on September 24, 2012

    Rethink Work-Life Balance

    Article Have times changed! Ask a young CPA about the work-life balance his or her parents tried so hard to achieve and you’ll most likely be laughed out of the room. The reality is that traditional work-life balance no longer exists for Millennials, yet how can they maintain a strong professional
    Published on April 15, 2011

    Work-Life Balance vs. Work-Life Fitness

    Article Depending on your personal and professional goals, work-life imbalance may not be such a bad thing. You can’t have it all. The key to work-life fitness is to know what you want and slide the scale until you find your personal sweet spot.
    Published on April 15, 2011

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