Tax Season Management: Multi-Tasking Is a Myth

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By Hitendra Patil

It’s October 14th. You are preparing a complex tax return. The cell phone rings. You look at the phone. It’s your wife calling. You answer the call. While on the call, you look at the third screen of your computer. There is an email from your largest client, with subject line “Emergency; please help.” In walks your receptionist, frantically gesturing that there is an irritated client at the front desk.

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Yes. You may recognize the multiple demands on your time and your brain. But multi-tasking is just a myth. The science is in: No one performs as well multi-tasking as they do when focused on a single task at a time.

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Hitendra Patil

About the Author

Hitendra R. Patil, the author of Accountaneur: The Entrepreneurial Accountant, has been named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting and among the Top 10 Accounting Influencers to Follow on Social Media.

He provides insights to the accounting profession about practice growth, entrepreneurship in accounting, client accounting services, and emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, and cybersecurity. 

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Patil serves as the director of customer success at AccountantsWorld, responsible for helping accountants become more successful by leveraging AccountantsWorld’s software solutions more powerfully and advancing the company’s leadership in cloud solutions for accountants. AccountantsWorld is a leading provider of cloud-based solutions for accountants, offering a complete, integrated suite of innovative accounting, payroll, and practice management solutions that help accountants work collaboratively with clients to foster greater client loyalty and improve practice bottom lines.

Prior to AccountantsWorld, he worked as the chief operating officer of Pransform Inc., a processing solutions provider for small- to medium-sized accounting, CPA and tax firms in the U.S. Before that, Hitendra was the assistant vice president of global financial services at Viteos Technologies. 

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