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Filing Deadline Looming Large? April 15, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Life Balance, People.
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Donald-Duck-LazyIt’s April 15th ~ Tax Day!

For most Americans, that means either a grand sigh of relief that tax returns are prepared, signed, copied, and filed . . . or a mad scramble (aided by copious amounts of caffeine, gnashing of teeth, and nibbling of fingernails) to complete returns and get them in the mail (or e-filed) by the midnight deadline.

Late filers standing in lines at Post Offices across the country this evening share a common characteristic and trait with holiday shoppers who fill the malls on December 24th, desperately vying for attention from harried clerks assisting shoppers with last-minute gift purchases.

That characteristic?

Procrastination.

Unless we die (that other inevitable deadline) in the nick of time, we gain nothing and lose much when we attempt to postpone the inevitable.

Procrastination increases stress, causes cortisol levels to rise, robs our peace of mind, detracts from the quality of life, disrupts our sleep, and causes us to gain weight.

It’s like living life under a skull and crossbones, matey!

In contrast, when we start our day by tackling the most onerous task on our To Do List first, the effort energizes us and carries us through the rest of our day with increased ease.

Like a snowball rolling down hill, we gain momentum with each item faced front and center. 

A snowball in motion stays in motion.

At the opposite extreme, when we choose to procrastinate, our underlying inertia invades other aspects of our life causing us to feel fatigued and ill at ease, with less energy and enthusiasm for life itself.

A snowball at rest stays at rest.

So, what are you waiting for?

Roll up your sleeves and get to work . . . crossing that “bear of a burden” off your list!

Quote:  “Our Constitution is in actual operation. Everything appears to promise that it will last; but in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.” ~ Benjamin Frankin (1789)

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1. Richard W Scott - April 15, 2010

Years ago we set up with an accountant, and while it costs a little, we’ve always got any money coming back long before the 15th of April. …and THAT is a relief!

2. nrhatch - April 16, 2010

When we are due a refund, I generally file as early as possible.

This year, with no refund expected, I waited until the beginning of April to file ~ very late for me and it made me “nervous.”

Hence the genesis of this post. : )

3. Tsuchigari - April 16, 2010

My hubby files as early as humanly possible, the first second the forms start coming in the mail he starts up the Turbo Tax program. He can’t stand to have it looming over his head.

nrhatch - April 16, 2010

Delaying filing this year caused me to feel anxious every time I saw an article on “tax tips” or heard someone mention their taxes.

Waiting until April to file definitely added to my stress level ~ you can bet I won’t procrastinate on filing next year. ; )


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