5 Ways to Stay Healthy During Tax Season

Posted on March 10, 2016 · Posted in CSEA Society News, Industry News, Latest Updates

3/3/16 – CSEA Members push themselves hard during tax season. Here are five tips for avoiding wear and tear and making the most of the season:

  1. Don’t get overwhelmed. Make an estimate of how long it will take you to complete your workload each week and then prioritize what you need to accomplish each day.
  2. Be strategic. If you’re working on a particularly tough return, move to another task or take a brief walk or coffee break. This can help you avoid burning out early in the day.
  3. Get help from your peers and your professional Societies. With more than 1,500 members, CSEA’s LinkedIn Group is a great place to get answers to tough tax questions. CSEA’s Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee (E&PC) helps with difficult ethical situations by offering peer-to-peer advice for avoiding or resolving client complaints. Check out the new E&PC Frequently Asked Questions tab with common practitioner scenarios including 7216 questions, the return of client records and fee disputes. NAEA’s Member Forums provide feedback on diverse questions including tax practice management, trusts and estates, collection issues and more.
  4. Be good to yourself. Stinting on sleep can actually make it harder for you to concentrate and solve problems, and lack of exercise can raise your stress level. Make sure you take regular exercise breaks, eat right and get enough sleep so that you have the mental and physical energy to sail through tax season.
  5. Visualize success. Visualization is a proven method of improving performance. When you visualize an action, you stimulate the same brain region as when you actually perform the action. Envision what you must do during each step of tax season, and then see yourself victorious on April 19!