Work/life balance

These posts are all themed around the challenges of balancing your work and home life

4 key must-dos to survive big 4 busy season

Just the word “busy season” makes accountants at Big 4 firms shiver with fear. It conjures dark images of long hours, tight deadlines, constant pressure, and grueling hard work that lasts for weeks. If you feel like this at the very mention of the word, don’t fret. Here is how to survive big 4 busy …

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12 ways high-performers at the Big 4 avoid burnout AND still hit their targets

Do you know any of those people who are so busy yet they are always able to hit all of their targets? Not only that, but they are always somehow able to take on even more work without their performance suffering. How do they do it? No, they are not superheroes (as far as we …

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5 signs that your role in the Big 4 is leading you to accounting burnout

Working in a Big 4 accounting firm comes with a whole lot of respect and rewards but it’s not without its challenges either. The biggest one is surviving the demanding pressure day after day whilst somehow keeping your mental, emotional, and physical health intact. Is your Big 4 firm leading you to accounting burnout? Here …

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13 reliable ways to deal with work burnout as a lawyer

It’s no surprise that the law industry has one of the highest employee burnout rates. This is due to its unforgiving culture, long hours and billable time, not to mention high-pressure and lack of adequate resources. Lawyer burnout can become inevitable with such a demanding job, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are 13 …

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3 big warnings signs of burn out (and why you need to stop dismissing tiredness)

Are you feeling worn out, stressed, and overwhelmed? Do you tend to dismiss it thinking “I’m just tired” or “I’m tired because it’s a busy season, I’ll be better once it’s over?” When I say tired, I don’t mean feeling like you need a siesta. I’m talking about exhaustion from doing more than you are …

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How to make partner lesson 9 – pace yourself

In summer 2016 Heather Townsend revealed the 10 lessons that every potential partner needs to learn to an audience of 200 lawyers and accountants. In the ninth lesson, Heather talks about the importance of pacing yourself, if you want to make partner. The road to partnership is long, it’s winding, and it’s tough.  And in these …

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This is essential if you are not going to burn out on partnership track

I regularly speak to audiences of lawyers, accountants and consultants about the challenges of making partner. In my talks I often share the ten lessons that my clients have learnt along their journeys to make partner when they were on partnership track. In this blog post I am going to share the ninth lesson; the …

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Is this common mistake jeopardising your performance at work?

I had been forewarned that my coaching client was likely to be emotional in our coaching session. What I didn’t expect was for the tears to start rolling from the start of our conversation. I was reminded of this coaching session recently. I was having one of those days. You know, the ones that happen …

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6 strategies to increase your ability to cope with higher levels of pressure and stress

As your career progresses within a partnership, your stress levels and the amount of pressure you will need to handle will increase. The successful accountants, lawyers, and consultants who make it to partner have learned coping strategies and mechanisms to be able to cope with ever high levels of stress, without becoming overwhelmed.  In this …

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The ultimate guide to switching off when you are on holiday

With the school holidays starting today in the UK, it is now peak holiday season. However, it can often take people 4-5 days to truly switch off and wind down. Meaning you are just getting into the swing of recharging your batteries by the time the holiday is over.  This article will look at what …

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