1. First, I wake up and look at my calendar to see what I need to prepare for and remind myself what deliverables I need to complete (i.e. turn in)
2. I check my emails to make sure no urgent requests come in.
3. Attend any meetings/calls. The types of calls I am on include:
3 a. Weekly touch bases with my manager or those who I work with to make sure the projects (both short term and long term) that are aligned with my company's goals are on track to getting done. Before these calls, I make sure I am prepared with updates and questions
3 b. Webinars where I take notes and share with the network on how it impacts clients and send them out to team maters later that day
3c. Catch Up calls to see how my colleagues are doing and learn how I can support them by giving them the resource they need.
4. Trend Monitoring - I keep track of current events and any reports that are recently published and see how it would impact our company and clients and write "points of views".
5. Ad Hoch Requests - Throughout the day, I may get client requests and my job is to help pull the information they need (whether it's examples of existing work, contact information, writing a POV or consulting/providing recommendations).
6. Once I finish my meetings, complete any of my projects that were due that day, and feel like I made enough progress, I respond to any outstanding emails, check to see what my first meeting the next day will be and finalize any preparations (especially if it's a morning call.
7. Relax and decompress (it's important to make sure) that after a day of hard work you relax a little and be re-energized for the next day!
I'm a first year tax associate and my days can look very different and at the same time feel very similar. I'd say most days going into the office around 8am I have an idea of things I need to get done that day. However, once I get to the office it can often turn into a different story where clients come up that may need something done quickly. In those cases I press pause on what I was planning to do, address the new problem. When that problem is reconciled I go back to what I had been doing. And, that is most of my day until I try to leave around 6pm (depending on how busy work is). I will add I love when I get to finish something, so those are always highlights during my days/weeks. I've learned a lot of what I do is balancing when to do things and asking what the priority is. It takes a lot of getting used to, but it helps when there are multiple things on your plate. Hope this helps!