As bookkeepers, you are probably the last person in your office to leave at the end of the day. You may even be the last person in the building. As a result, you have no personal time, no social life, and no time for yourself. It’s no wonder that many new bookkeepers give up their career after just a few months.

Working as a bookkeeper it may have started off glamorous and exciting, but it grew to be challenging and can be extremely stressful and overwhelming if you don’t know how to manage everything from work to home life in an organized manner.

This article will help you find ways to reduce your stress by balancing both your personal life and professional responsibilities.

Create a to-do list for the week

Start by writing down your to-do list for the week. This will help you stay focused and keep track of what needs to be accomplished. You’ll feel less stressed out if you know exactly what you need to get done each day.

Instead of looking at the big picture and feeling overwhelmed, break everything down into smaller tasks that are easier to manage. This will also help you avoid procrastination by listing all your tasks for the week.

If you have to do something that you don’t really want to do, you’ll have plenty of time to do it. You can get it out of the way, so it’s not hanging over your head the rest of the week.

Take time for yourself

You may work long hours, but you also need to set aside time for yourself. This could be an hour or two each day or a full day once a week. Spending time on yourself will help you relax and recharge so you can approach your work with a positive, energized attitude.

It’s also important to spend time with your friends and family so you can build and maintain healthy relationships. Some ways to relax would be meditating, reading, taking a walk outdoors, or even watching your favourite TV show while eating your favourite snack.

You can also set aside time each day to focus on improving yourself in one way or another. You can learn a new skill, such as yoga or another language. You can also read more and expand your knowledge.

Exercise regularly

Exercise has proven benefits for both your physical and mental health. Studies also show that regular exercise can help reduce stress, improve mood and sleep, and increase self-confidence.

You can choose any type of exercise that you enjoy, whether it’s going to the gym, hiking, swimming, dancing, or playing a sport. Regular exercise will also help you manage your weight and reduce the amount of caffeine you need to stay awake during long work hours.

You may also want to drink more water to stay hydrated and reduce the number of headaches and migraines that come with working long hours. Exercising regularly will also help you to be more productive and improve your focus during the day.

This will allow you to get more done during your work hours while also feeling less stressed out and tired.

Eat well and get enough sleep

As a bookkeeper, you are going to need to make sure that you are eating a balanced diet. This will help you to stay healthy and energetic, making you more productive during the day.

You may also want to take a multivitamin to make up for nutrients that you may miss out on. Getting enough sleep is also important so that you can function at your best. It’s recommended that you get between 7–9 hours of sleep each night.

You can also try some natural sleeping aids like lavender or chamomile tea to help you relax and fall asleep faster. These habits will help you feel less stressed out and more energized during your work hours.

You will also be more productive and focused on your work.

Meet with friends or family

Spending time with friends and family will help you reduce your stress and improve your mental health. It’s important to have people in your life that make you feel happy and loved. It’s also important that they know how busy and stressful your work is so they can understand why you can’t always make plans with them.

You can also meet regularly with friends to help you stay accountable and on track with your personal and professional goals. This will keep you motivated and make sure that you’re not spending all of your free time at work. You can also meet with family members for relaxing activities that don’t involve work, such as going to the park or visiting a museum.

This will help you feel less isolated and provide you with support and love from others. It’s also important to maintain healthy relationships with your friends and family. Otherwise, they will feel neglected and you may start resenting them.

Establish a work/life balance routine

Make sure that you are setting aside time for both work and your personal life. You can do this by creating a schedule and sticking to it as much as possible. For example, you may decide to work on your business for four hours a day, and then you’ll devote the other eight hours to spending time with family, friends, and relaxing.

This will help you to avoid giving up your entire personal life in order to get more done. Instead, you can still get everything done that you need to while also having the time to relax and enjoy your life. It’s also important to let go of guilt and shame when you don’t get everything done.

You will make mistakes, and that’s perfectly normal. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Instead, learn from your mistakes and move on.


Working as a bookkeeper can be stressful, but you don’t have to let your job take over your life. You can take steps to reduce your stress and create a work/life balance that works for you.

Create a to-do list for the week, take time for yourself, exercise regularly, eat well and get enough sleep, meet with friends or family, and establish a work/life balance routine.

These tips will help you manage your work and personal life while feeling less stressed out and more energized during your work hours.


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