Thursday, December 28th, 2017

More Productive

“Being rich is having money; being wealthy is having time.” – Margaret Bonnano

I recently read an interesting article via HBR on how to be more productive and still reduce the hours your work.

A Gallup poll found that 40% of U.S. workers “were so stressed out they felt burned out”. Stress and anxiety are cited in 70% of calls placed to phone-counseling lines at Workplace Options, a provider of employee- assistance programs. The vast majority of professionals (94%) worked 50 hours or more a week and almost half worked more than 65 hours a week.

You can see why I found the article interesting. Working in public accounting often requires stressful and long hours! Fortunately, many of the more progressive firms have realized the damage excessive hours can cause and have focused more on life/work balance.

The author (Matt Plummer) of the article and a friend set out on a mission to be more productive and work less hours. They set a simple goal, work 10% less hours than their traditional average. For you, in public accounting, working 50 hours per week, it would mean getting the same amount of work accomplished by working 45 hours per week.

How productive are you? Do you even know how much time you actually waste at work during a typical week? Think about it. I bet you can be more productive by working less hours! I urge you to read the article and enlist others to try it at your CPA firm.

Firm leaders, don’t demand that people work a certain number of hours, they can do that without thinking. Rather, focus on results – on what actually gets accomplished during a typical week.

  • "Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else."
  • Peter Drucker

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