With every New Year comes the chance to make a new YOU… or, at least, that’s the cliché thing we’re all told. But hey, it’s perfectly noble to attempt a few New Year’s resolutions and we at Accounting Principals are here to help you on your way with a few good ideas! So without further ado, here we go…
I will not procrastinate
Let’s face it: almost all of us are guilty of putting things off from time to time and accounting professionals are no different. Since it just so happens that tax and audit season fall right after New Year’s, there’s no better time to really get serious about staying on top of projects as they arise. Anybody who’s been in the accounting profession and has a few busy seasons under their belt knows the simple truth: the second you get behind, you’re toast. The avalanche of work that hits between January and April is non-stop, so staying ahead of the curve at every opportunity is critical.
I will keep growing in my professional knowledge
The accounting industry is one in which moving up hinges on your value. Two key ways to increase your value are experience (which, of course, only comes with time) and knowledge. While it may not be the most enticing stuff, staying current on FASB propositions, tax code updates, and CPE (for those of you with EA, CPA, and other licenses) is important. To the extent that you can tailor your studies to move you toward your career goals, do so. This may mean something as intense as finally enrolling in that MAcc or MBA program or buckling down to sit for the dreaded CPA exam. Or, it could mean something a little less daunting, such as working on a software certification or signing up for classes pertaining to a certain specialization within your field. In any case, doing so will add value to you as a professional, which means greater opportunity for advancement.
I will get up and get in shape
The accounting industry is notorious for chaining its participants to desks and conference room tables. And there are usually doughnuts, pastries, and other less-than-healthy consumables readily available. The result? A career whose length is directly proportional to waistline circumference and poundage, particularly over busy season. There is really only one option to stem the tide: get up and get in shape. For many, this may mean committing to taking the stairs instead of the elevator and cutting calories by turning down the cheese Danish and going with the fruit platter instead. For others, this will mean a military-style commitment to rising at 0500 and pounding it out in the gym for 60 minutes. Regardless of your specific goals and strategy, make it attainable and know that, to a great extent, healthy living is a marathon, not a sprint. Committing to moving around once an hour and making smarter food choices will result in a far better lifestyle and a healthier, more productive you.
I will save money
If we’re honest with ourselves, we know that if you work in the accounting industry you already know the right things to do with your money. Whether it’s reducing debt, building up your rainy day fund, or socking away for retirement or your children’s college educations, any attempt at saving money is laudable. When was the last time you sat down and actually analyzed your spending and wrote out your personal budget? We do this all of the time in our jobs, but often neglect it in our own personal lives. Commit to sitting down and getting a grasp on your personal finances in order to make smart decisions going forward. After all, if we do this for a living and tell companies, individuals, and other clients how to manage their money, shouldn’t we be doing it for ourselves too?
Regardless of what your resolutions are going into 2016, commit to one significant step: write down your goals and resolutions! Numerous studies have shown that writing down your goals will make you substantially more likely to achieve them. So do it! Identify your resolutions and write them down. Further, chop them up into mini goals with milestones. For example, if you want to lose 30 pounds, commit to losing just two pounds per week for fifteen weeks, write down your target weight each week on your calendar, and then do it! Writing these things out will not only make you more likely to achieve your goals, but also make the goals seem much more attainable.
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