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January 29, 2015
By Sally M. Cook
“‘Busy season.’ These two words often bring a sense of dread and a belief that what lies ahead will likely suck all the fun out of life for the next few months.”
—Upstream Academy 2015
Is this what busy season does to you? Our firm recently viewed a presentation from Upstream Academy titled “Don’t be a Donkey: Taking a New Approach to Busy Season,” in which this concept was specifically addressed. Now, at first blush, I was a bit insulted by the “don’t be a donkey” comment, but then came to find out that what the presenter was getting at was readjusting our thinking. Rather than putting our head down and working harder (like a donkey or mule) when things get tough, we need to think smarter and come up with a better solution.
The presenter then went on to suggest the following strategies for turning busy season into “opportunity” season:
- Take the stress out of the season: Most will find that our efficiency and effectiveness drop dramatically after 10 hours of work. This is especially true when you work those 10 hours with few breaks. Some tips to alleviate stress include getting up and walking for a few minutes each hour; taking a real lunch break away from your desk to eat healthy foods (avoiding caffeine and sugar); and going home for dinner with family/friends and then working a couple more hours, if necessary. Some other suggestions are to schedule a long weekend during opportunity season, via effective scheduling and planning of your engagements, and to make sure to take one day of rest each week.
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Join your CalCPA colleagues and friends Thursday, April 16, for peanuts, Cracker Jack and great baseball. Celebrate the end of tax season in style with unlimited food, beer and wine; indoor and outdoor seating; and your own private entrance into AT&T Park. Step onto the field and take part in a networking grand slam and meet CalCPA members from throughout the state. Don’t miss an inning between the 2014 World Champion Giants and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Register today.
Time: 4:30 p.m./doors open; 7:15 p.m./first pitch
Location: AT&T Park
Cost: By Feb. 28: $100/members and guests
(after Feb. 28: $125/members and guests)
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- Public Service Award, which is given to a CPA who has been especially active in service to the profession and community.
- Distinguished Service Award, which is granted either on the basis of long and distinguished service or for some singular act resulting in extraordinary contribution to the profession, CalCPA and/or the community.
The AICPA also recognizes our winners, who automatically become eligible for consideration for the AICPA Public Service Award.
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