For startups and small businesses, the past two years have been extremely challenging. Many had to go out of business. Others that continued working had to go completely remote. A lot of small businesses run of connections and daily conversations, thus going remote has surely been tough.
As things start to gradually open up, the uncertainty still exists. Many businesses find it economical to work from home, as they save up on office rent, electricity, and the daily commute. At the same time, remote work comes with its own set of obstacles. It's normal to feel overwhelmed and lose motivation. Below are a few tips that can help your accounting team manage burnout from remote work.
1. Ranking projects
Every week take out some time to rank upcoming projects in the order of urgency. This way you can divide and conquer your tasks. Remote work though convenient can also bring in a lot of distractions, and thus, a daily to-do list will help your team stay on track. Have a small team meet every morning or make a list of daily goals. At the end of the day see your progress and stick to doing the pressing tasks first.
2. Breaking productivity into small chunks
Finance professionals have a habit of looking at projects as a whole. Oftentimes if you're handling multiple clients, this can be a bit overwhelming. Therefore, after ranking the projects on the basis of urgency, encourage your finance team to focus on one micro-task and gradually proceed from there. Marking off tasks from your to-do list has a positive mental impact and gives you an opportunity to provide feedback on particular matters.
3. Set healthy limits
Avoid the urge to multitask. For instance, if you're updating invoices, avoid checking emails, cooking, or doing other house tasks. Ensure that your team knows about your off-timings. Set some boundaries and then stick to those. Don't respond to emails past your work hours. Make good use of auto-respond messages for those who will send emails anyway. At the same time, when working, make it clear to your family that you need space to focus.
4. Have a daily productive window
Some are morning people while others are night owls. Find a time of the day when you're the most productive and then work every day at that same set time. In small businesses certain accounting and bookkeeping tasks can be pretty time-sensitive. In that case, you might also need to keep a track of your work notifications. To conclude, your aim should be to conquer all the major chunks of work during your most productive work window.
5. Seek help when needed
Don't overburden yourself with a myriad of operational tasks. If you need help, be honest to yourself and seek it. Dividing work will give you breathing space and also avoid everyday mismanagement. At Greyleaf, we understand the challenges small businesses and startups have been going through. Therefore, we designed this no-code tool that simplifies financial analysis.
We are happy to give a free consultation and find a solution that's tailormade to your needs. If any of this rings a bell, hop on a call today.