Many people with ADHD—and without—have difficulty getting their financial records ready in time to make this deadline.
If you see that you are unlikely to have your taxes ready to mail by April 15th, file for an extension now, to avoid penalties for late filing (you’ll still have to pay taxes and interest, so the sooner you file, the better).
It is possible to overcome major avoidance, which is what keeps many people from getting their taxes done on time.
It is then less overwhelming to manage this project by breaking it down into steps (tasks) and working on just one task at a time. Entering each task on your calendar, as a Task-Appointment, makes it more likely you’ll get them done, as you’ve assigned specific times for working on each ‘baby step’ for your Tax Prep project.
It is easier to get your head, and energy, around doing a specific task then it is to think about accomplishing the entire project.
Take your Tax Prep Project a baby step, or Task, at a time, and it will be easier to complete it without getting into a state of overwhelm or frustration.
Hopefully you can do this in time to file by April 15th , but if not, by or before the extension deadline.
If you don’t want next year to be as stressful, work with someone to set up a simple system for managing your financial papers. It’s worth the investment, given the possible penalties and interest of late filings, the potential savings from having a clear record of all deductible items, and, perhaps most important, the reduced stress you’ll experience.
© Susan Lasky, Organizing & Productivity Solutions
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