I have been slammed at work for the past two weeks, and busy for the past month and a half. I took both days off from work this weekend, but I still feel drained - I just don't have the stamina for prolonged periods of long days.
Last night I was up until 2:30 am finishing a return for a partner who will be out of town after today, so needs to get all returns signed today. That's the latest I've worked so far, and we'll see how today goes. The other problem is, even though I got into bed at 2:30, my brain can't shut off that fast, so I didn't fall asleep until probably 3:15.
I feel like I really need to focus on making myself more valuable by having more knowledge, rather than just feeling like all I'm worth to the company is the sheer number of hours I work. Not the right time to be making any career decisions right now, but I've been thinking a lot lately about trying to pass the exam for either a CFA (Certified Financial Analyst) or CFP (Certified Financial Planner) certification. The main issue is that these both require certain types of work experience hours to get the actual certification, and I don't think I can get that type of experience at this company.
Any advice on how to get away from just being worth the hours I put in? I need to figure out how to scale back on the hours so that I have time to actually learn more things...