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Time management – a phrase that we’re all familiar with in accountancy but many of us don’t know how to implement it. But it really is a crucial skill when it comes to gaining that certification you have your eye on, and pretty necessary for securing that desired spot at an accounting firm. So whether you just got your accounting degree or you’re a seasoned financial professional, the bottom line is time management is key.

Maybe you’re studying for the CPA exam, or working towards becoming a Certified Management Accountant…whatever it is, if you’re finding it difficult to get through your to-do list and get tasks done in a timely manner, check out these five time management tips to help you achieve your goals.

1. Use task boards.

This is one that a lot of you with work experience may have seen in action, and that’s because with tax professionals’ busy schedules – this is a savior. List out all your tasks and add due dates to help achieve your goals and improve your time management skills. Check the task board at the beginning and end of the work day to make sure nothing was missed.

2. Use a review course that helps you to manage your workload.

Surgent has comprehensive exam review courses for CPA, CMA, EA, CIA and CISA exams that personalize your study plan to create manageable bursts of educational content towards the career path you wish to take.

3. Limit social media use.

Social media has become a driving force in our society and one of the most common distractions. Try limiting the number of times you look at your phone by placing it in your desk or turning off notifications on all social channels and avoid searching the channels on the internet.

4. Don’t be afraid to say no.

Many employees don’t have the courage to say they have too much on their plate. By not saying no, it causes stress and frustration when they are unable to complete the tasks on time or present their best work. Don’t stretch yourself too thin, it is not good for you or the accounting firm.

5. Don’t procrastinate.

This may seem obvious but procrastination is the leading cause of the decrease in productivity and the increase of stress. You can use anti-procrastination tools like those in this blog post here!

Jordan Junqua is the Marketing Associate for Surgent CPA Review. Jordan graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in the United States with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree concentrated in Marketing. Before joining Surgent CPA Review, Jordan worked for a full-service luxury travel consulting firm, where she gained knowledge in digital marketing, product development, social media and public relations