Accountants Crave Time

24th Jun 2021
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We’ve just passed the longest day of the year, yet many of us still feel like there is not enough time in the day to do all the things we want to do. This might sound unbelievable, but there are some tricks that can help you find more time. Analyse how you spend your time, make a schedule prioritising the things you most want to do, and adopt tools that automate some of your necessary tasks. Services like Ordo, an online invoice system, can assist with that last suggestion. Ordo not only helps you get paid, but works with your accounting software to reconcile your payments giving you extra hours in your day.   

Break it down

Many of us feel like we have no time to spare, but it turns out that we might have more than we think we do. In her book Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving, Celeste Headlee explains that often we feel more pressed for time than we actually are. It is only when we break down our day that we see how we really use our time. Headlee recommends keeping a diary for a few weeks where you record how you spend your time in half-hour increments. You may find that you’re spending more time scrolling through social media or on-line shopping than you thought you were. There is nothing inherently wrong with either of those activities if that’s how you would like to use your time, but often the internet and TV suck hours from our days without us even realising it. Keeping track of how you spend your time will make you aware of where your time is going and give you the information you need to restructure your days going forward.

Make a schedule

Once you know how you really use your time, you can then create a schedule of how you’d like to spend your time in an ideal world. Making a schedule might sound restrictive and intense, but it actually serves to remind you of what is important to you. Writing down what you would like to do with your days will help you make time for these activities. 

 

Remember, the tasks in your schedule don’t have to be things that are commonly considered productive. Build in time to help you recharge. To figure out what activities give you strength rather than sap your energy, ask yourself some questions such as:

  1. How much sleep do you need to be your best throughout the day? If you find yourself yawning and nodding off after lunch, then you should build in more time for sleep.
  2. What sort of exercises keep you feeling good? Whether you are a gym goer, a rambler, a yogi, or a swimmer, it’s important to get your body moving.
  3. What are your favourite activities or hobbies? Cooking, knitting, watching sports, doing some DIY – think about what activities make you feel your best.
  4. How can you make more time to be outside? It has been proven that even just a little time outdoors can help boost your mood, so this one is especially important for those of us with a desk job.

Once you have answered these questions ensure that you make time for them in your schedule.  

Make friends with automation 

In work and personal life there are many tasks that we have to do, whether we like it or not - paying bills, doing your taxes, invoicing clients, reconciling payments. While we might not be able to omit these tasks from our schedules we can automate them if we choose the right services or tools. Ordo is the easy-to-use online invoice system that works hand-in-hand with your favourite accounting software to invoice your clients and reconcile your payments. Ordo is the official payments Open Banking partner with Sage and is available in the Sage marketplace. It is also fully integrated with Xero and Quickbooks. By automating reconciliation, Ordo helps you cut down on data entry and leaves you with more time in your day. Find out more about how Ordo can help you save time and money by arranging a demonstration today.

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