Solving Busy Season Worries

January 15, 2014

D'Angelo Charlton
Audit Staff

January 2, 2014 marks my first year at Porter Keadle Moore (PKM) and also signals the start of busy season. During recruitment I had lots of questions about busy season, specifically what should I expect and what was expected of me. After one year at the firm, I find myself worrying about those questions again.

Two things I have realized over the past year are busy season can provide lots of worries and worrying deters progress. In preparation of busy season and also to minimize worrying, I am currently reading “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living” by Dale Carnegie. In the book he tells the story of Galen Litchfield, an insurance executive in Shanghai. When faced with situations that caused worry, Mr. Litchfield prepared and completed the following analysis:

  1. What am I worrying about?
  2. What can I do about it?
  3. Here is what I am going to do about it.
  4. This is when I am going to do it.

According to Dale Carnegie, completing the analysis reduces worrying by identifying the cause and providing a solution. I intend to employ this analysis not only during busy season but also with day to day worries and I encourage you to do the same. Here’s to solving busy season worries and a successful 2014!