March 24, 2021

130 CPA Burnout: How to Get Your Energy Back

130 CPA Burnout: How to Get Your Energy Back

Resilience for CPAs and Accountants How many days do you feel like you’re running ragged, and just getting to 9pm without a nuclear meltdown is a win? Once in a while, allowing your tank to run all the way down to the Empty line is ok. But do it too...


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Resilience for CPAs and Accountants

How many days do you feel like you’re running ragged, and just getting to 9pm without a nuclear meltdown is a win? Once in a while, allowing your tank to run all the way down to the Empty line is ok. But do it too often, or run it too far down, and you risk running your business out of gas altogether. 

My guest today is Catherine Morissett - experienced facilitator, speaker, and coach with 30 years experience training around personal and organizational resilience. Catherine is going to share with us how to better maintain your own stores of personal resilience  so that you can get your time and energy back. 

On managing yourself:

There is much discussion on managing time, but what often gets left out are two other important concepts: managing your energy, and managing your Inner Space. 

 

Managing Your Energy

Your body has a finite amount of energy that it creates for you. (You can help it create more, but that’s a topic for another time.) Given the amount of energy you have for your day, where and how do you want to allocate it? The temptation is simply to go about your day at full-tilt, and then hang on through dinner and bedtime, hoping you make it. 

An alternative is to consider the amount of energy you have, and ask yourself how much you want to allocate to the various segments of your day. You might allocate a third to your work, a third to your family, and a third to yourself. Or you may allocate it differently. The point is to make a decision about what you want to have energy reserves for, rather than simply hope that more energy will magically produce itself at the end of the day. 

Managing Your Inner Space

The same goes for your Inner Space. We live in an age of information overload, and the brain will process whatever you put in front of it. Overtime, it does learn what it can tune out, but it still takes effort to filter. You can also help your brain by giving it intentional breaks:

  • Take a 5 minute break every hour
  • Take a 30 minute break at lunch
  • Decide what time you will shut down for the day
  • Decide if you will or will not check your phone in the evenings
  • Take a 15 minute walk or quiet break before starting work, and at ending work, to replace the forced-quite-time of the commute that has gone away in the WFH era.

Rewire Your Brain:

Learn to Focus

If you have been in the habit of task-spinning, from one to the next to the next without fully digging into and completing one at a time, it will take time to retrain your brain to focus on serial tasks. You can begin with the practice of setting a timer for 10 minutes and focusing for that amount of time. 

 

Juiced on Distractions

If you love distracting yourself with email and social media, begin with the small step of setting a timer for 15 minutes and quitting when the timer dings. Social media and technology has been shown to be addictive. Be patient with yourself and be good with incremental progress. 



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