Because you spend more time at work than you do at home, you want to make the most of it. By maximizing your time at your job, you will reach your potential and excel in your career.
Invest your time with positive coworkers. They will keep you in the right frame of mind and help you out when needed. You will find the best in situations, figure out answers to problems and move forward in your career.
2) Ask Questions
Inquire about different topics every day. Talk with successful accountants about anything relating to your industry. Discussions can be in person, over the phone, on email, through LinkedIn or by other methods. You will show you are a diligent worker, expand your knowledge base and discover new career opportunities.
3) Request Additional Responsibilities
Ask for work that falls outside your list of job responsibilities. Taking on new challenges helps you expand your comfort zone. You will gain insight into how colleagues perform their work, gain expertise in other areas and work your way up through the company. If you discover something you especially like, you may be able to more regularly perform that work.
4) Take Breaks
Take frequent breaks from work. Go for a walk, eat a healthy snack or talk with a coworker who is also on break. Leave at the same time every day so you can spend time with family and friends. Stay home when you are sick. Go on vacation so you come back rested and refreshed. Use all of your paid time off for activities you enjoy.
5) Set and Achieve Goals
Continuously set and achieve short- and long-term goals. Envision what you want to have and what steps you need to take to attain it. Implement your plan into your daily routine. Be an example for others to follow.
6) Continue Learning
Participate in ongoing professional development. Attend accounting seminars or conferences. Take a class related to your field. Earn an accounting certificate, degree or designation. Join a professional association.
7) Become a Resource for Others
Share your knowledge and experience with others. Help a colleague in need. Offer to mentor a new coworker. You will be influencing a new generation of accountants and building your reputation as an expert in your field.
8) Be Prepared to Move Forward
When you reach your potential at one company, make plans to move to another. You need to continually move on to grow your career. Keep your options open so you always have choices as to which direction to move in next.