As accountants, we tend to clock ridiculous hours every day. It’s innately part of us – whether working for one of the Big 4, running our own accounting firm, or working in the finance department in another industry.

From the start, we believe that this is just how it’s supposed to be. Everybody does it, so why should we be any different? And for a few years – some longer than others – we can keep up the momentum without feeling the pain. But at some stage, the stress and fatigue start to affect us. It may already affect you, without you realising it.

I recently wrote a blog post for Contador Accountants about how overtime can actually have exactly the opposite effect to what we have planned. If you have not yet decided to slow down a bit, read this blog post. It is worth taking a pause from time to time to reflect on your physical and mental health, relationships, and the health of your firm.

The good news, as you probably already know, is that automation and cloud accounting software, like Xero, can help you to spend less time at the office and more time on your personal life.

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