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How do you stay ahead of all of your work? I'm tired of just barely keeping up. I need to stay in front of things. What's some tips you have?

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The faster you realize you’ll always be behind the happier you’ll be

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Whenever you “get ahead”, you will be given more work to help in a different area. That’s just how it works in PA. Not saying slack in your areas, but just realize you rarely will be caught up... especially as you move up.

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Act 3x more busy than you actually are. Otherwise you’ll get 3x too much work

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Write. Stuff. Down. And constantly reevaluate the list. I use MS word (I know one note is more popular) and use bullet points to categorize things. What I always have as points are: priority items, morning tasks, evening tasks, GDS, client discussions, team discussions, and then worksections such as WTs, controls, etc etc. And then I shift things around (ie move temporary items from client / team discussions to my work sections to ‘update’ them)

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Have a client list that list all important info and task lists, have a regular everyday to do list, make sure everything is on your calendar so you can plan ahead. Delegate where you can, and make a short list of things you need to do every morning. I try to clear up things I didn’t have time for during the week over the weekend. It’s more of a habit you need to develop!

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I think the suggestion that someone should work on the weekend is symptomatic of a poor culture. People need their personal time. I see it happening here sometimes but I won’t do it. Made the mistake once and that was enough.

It comes a bit with clear foresight and experience. Having been on the same two clients for a number of years now, I know certain transactions xyz will be happening in q4 and I actually request that stuff in q4. The more you frontload, the easier busy season will be. Knowing what to frontload comes with experience on that particular job.

As a staff you probably can’t do this but at the senior level definitely can

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Work hard, not smart

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Agree with everyone on making lists, using organizers, taking time to reprioritize. Particularly as you move up in responsibility (both in and out outside of PA) the amount of to do’s continues to grow and rarely do you make it through everything you want or need to. I organize my to do into 3 buckets...what I absolutely have to get done, what I should get done but if it slips to the next day / week no harm done, and what would be nice to get done or reminders for the future

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‘What would be nice to get done’ haha do you ever get this far!

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Sounds crazy but I got to the point where I started writing out my to-do list from scratch every morning on a piece of paper. The more I had to keep writing the same thing over and over (because I didn’t get it done), the more irritated I got and that irritation motivated me to start crossing things off my list, so I started getting things done quicker. I found a lot of the times that I was “too busy” or “didn’t have time to get to things”, it was just me wasting time a lot longer than I thought. 🤷🏽‍♀️

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1. Prioritize. If a task isn't necessary, don't do it. If it is, schedule time to do it and get it done.
2. Check email 3 times daily (early in the day, just after lunch, right before leaving). Keep closed otherwise.
3. Don't dread small tasks-if an email takes less than 5 minutes to address do it immediately.
4. Plan in advance. Have an idea of what you're doing at work each week for the next year. If you can't control the year, try 6 months or 3 months. Put deadlines and travel on your calendar. Plan out when CPE and personnel reviews need to be done.
5. Have goals at the beginning of each day. Address those things before reading your email.
6. Do not work after you're done with work. Have a firm cutoff and stop. You need rest and relaxation, self care and sleep. Family time matters.
7. Schedule a workout 3 days a week.

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Check email 3 times/ day? Not realistic in PA, unless you're talking how often to check on your day off!

Planning help making a list prioritize and communicate and also making sure that you have a plan establishing check points

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Anyone have any screenshots of their calendar setup, excel organizer, tasks, one note, or other- that they can share? I would appreciate assistance with that. Thanks

Haven’t been caught up once in 29 years

That is extremely depressing

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