Most of the week I had a high temperature, runny nose, coughs and I did not feel like doing much work. I went to my office only when there was no other option. I was not able to cycle for the whole week. I have not yet fully recovered. I think it will take another week or so. It is rare for me to ill.
My man flu meant it turned out to be a tough week.
January 2014 took a lot out of me. It was a stressful tax returns season. We completed 100% of all our clients’ tax returns by 31 January. This took some doing. It involved a lot of nagging and the nagging again for missing/further information. We also worked on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The only day we had off apart from the weekends (I was in) was Christmas Day. All this has taken its toll on my health now. Of course I will recover.
The lack of physical activity during the week has resulted in me feeling worse. It would have been difficult to cycle with my cough and a high temperature. Plus I did not want to. For me to say I do not want to cycle means I really needed to take a rest.
As you may know from my previous blog I had two potential client meetings. I do not know the outcome of these meetings. More recently, I have found that I am managing to get clients knocking on my door. This is excellent. My sign up rate could be so much better. I think I need to change my mindset on first meetings and view these as sales meetings. On reflection this is what they are.
Of course it is important to be honest, but the words I use and the way I come across should be as if I am in a job interview. I was very good at these. All this means is that I should sell the positives in my response. There is a way to answer where even the downsides do not sound like downsides. In the past I was just too blunt. On reflection it is a job interview since the potential client would decide whether to hire us for his accounts and tax affairs.
As if tax returns seasons was not enough things on a personal front got stressful as well. We recently took on a carer for my mother. She did a good job. My mother was happy with her. About 6 weeks into her job, my mother’s Asian gold jewellery went missing. My mother had it for over 40 years. In addition to the high value there was also a lot of emotional attachment my mother had to the jewellery.
We have no evidence, but there could not be anyone else who would have taken the jewellery. I called the Police. The matter is under investigation. We are not expecting a positive result bearing in mind carers wear gloves when it comes to personal care. They would not be any finger prints.
Carer number 2 has not worked out. Carer number three did not turn up. Carer number 4 has been arranged for next Tuesday. All this is emotionally exhausting not only for me but also for my siblings.
I sometimes think I should leave out personal matters from my blogs. Like many accountants do. I am not able just to talk about work since life is so much more than how I earn my living. Though I have an advantage in that I am using a pseudo name. This makes it easier for me.
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