As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a firm owner, you know that your job is never done. There is always something that needs your attention, whether it is managing your staff, handling client accounts, or staying up-to-date on the latest tax laws. It can be easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of running a business and forget to take care of yourself. However, it is important to make time for personal and professional development, both for your own well-being and for the success of your firm.
Taking Personal Time
Taking personal time is essential for your mental and physical health. When you are constantly working, you are more likely to experience stress, burnout, and health problems. Taking some time for yourself each week can help you to relax, de-stress, and recharge. This can lead to improved productivity, creativity, and decision-making.
There are many ways to take personal time. I enjoy spending time with my family outdoors, going for a long bike ride, or going to a K-State football game! The important thing is to find activities that you enjoy and that help you to relax, take your mind off work, and de-stress.
In addition to taking personal time, it is also important to make time for professional development. This can help you to stay up to date on the latest tax laws and accounting practices, and it can also help you to develop new skills and knowledge. Professional development also allows you to network with other CPAs and business leaders, which can be beneficial for your firm.
At my firm, Link Wealth Strategies, my team has formed a book club. Each quarter, we choose a book that will help with our professional development. We have read books like, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell, and The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel, both of which I would highly recommend. Every couple of weeks, we take an hour to discuss a small portion of the book and how it applies to the work we do.
The important thing is to find a method of professional development that works for you, and that you are committed to.
Balancing Personal and Professional Time
Balancing personal and professional time can be challenging, but it is important to find a healthy balance. If you are too focused on your work, you will eventually burn out. If you are too focused on your personal life, you may neglect your business. The key is to find a balance that works for you and that allows you to be successful in both your personal and professional life.
Here are a few tips for balancing personal and professional time:
· Set boundaries: It is important to set boundaries between your personal and professional life. This means not checking work emails or taking work calls outside of work hours.
· Schedule time for yourself: Just like you schedule time for work, you should also schedule time for yourself. This could include time for exercise, hobbies, or simply relaxing.
· Take breaks: When you are working, take breaks throughout the day to get up and move around, or to step outside for some fresh air.
· Say no: It is okay to say no to work requests, especially if they will interfere with your personal time.
Balancing personal and professional time is important for your well-being and for the success of your firm. By following these tips, you will find a healthy balance that works for you.
I hope this was helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.