There are certain times when we head into the office already knowing that it’s going to be a tough day in terms of productivity. Maybe the weather has us down, or perhaps it’s the opposite and we’re just trying to get out as soon as possible to enjoy the nice weather. Whatever the reason, your head is somewhere else and you have to try extra hard to finish your tasks.
For accountants and bookkeepers, this can be disastrous. What if a client is depending on you to figure out company finances? Or what if it’s tax season and it’s getting down to crunch time and you can’t afford to mentally check out? There are a number of tools that can be of great help during these times. For instance, leveraging accounting software means that many, if not most, tasks can be automated, so even if you’re off, your work doesn’t have to be.
It might also be a good idea to stack your schedule so that you can meet deadlines on the days when you’re most productive. Recent research published by Accountemps revealed that, within the corporate world, not all days are created equal.
Use Tuesdays to your advantage
According to the report, the average worker is most productive on Tuesdays. That’s not to say that other days, especially Mondays, should be chalked up to a loss, but if an accountant has tough tasks he or she needs to tackle, they might want to make their start or due date on a Tuesday, if possible.
The Accountemps information found that 39 percent of human resources employees ranked Tuesday as the most efficient day, while Thursday and Friday tied for last place with 3 percent of the vote. And even though it’s a stereotypically slow day, Monday took second place as the most productive day, with 24 percent of respondents answering in that way.
“On Tuesday, employees may begin to have time to focus on individual tasks and become more productive,” noted Accountemps Chairman Max Messmer. “The goal should be to maintain the positive momentum established on Tuesday throughout the week.”
What does this mean for accountants?
This is all well and good for the average office worker, but how can accountants maximize their productivity? According to Accounting Web, financial experts usually have to assess their own productivity, so they have to be disciplined and maybe consider giving themselves self-imposed deadlines.
Armed with the knowledge that both themselves and their co-workers are likely going to be most productive on Tuesday and that they’re going to have to be strict on themselves, accountants and bookkeepers can ensure they are as efficient and effective as possible.