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‘Why Put Off Tomorrow What You Can Put Off Today?’ Asks Shakopee Accountant
April 2, 2012 by Roger Menden, Shakopee Tax Professional
On Friday, I remember thinking to myself: Roger, I’ve never seen it this busy before! By that, I mean a RUSH of new clients, referrals and longtime clients streaming through our doors these first couple weeks of April.
And then, I remember thinking the very same thing last year.
That said, the good news for folks here in the Shakopee, MN area (and, beyond, I suppose!) is that we’ve been preparing for this season all year, and our capacity is still not at the breaking point (though truly busier than we have ever been). for these next two weeks (see the bottom of this email for details).
Even at this late hour, we will gladly receive friends of our existing clients — we make a special point to accommodate clients’ friends, because we’ve found that our great clients have very good taste in friends!
So, send this blogpost to five of your friends right now and make sure they let us know you sent them. They can also call: 952-445-8753 and we’ll be their last-minute lifeline!
And, a few words for the possibly-panicked procrastinators in our midst this week…
Oh, but before I go there, two important tax items of note:
1) First off, the actual tax deadline is Tuesday, April 17th this year (due to a DC holiday).
2) That’s also the day which is the LAST day that you can make an IRA contribution which will count for 2011. Don’t miss that chance, because you may even be able to deduct some or all of those contributions for THIS tax year.
Now, I started writing a new Note for you today … and I turned to my Note from last year for inspiration. And, well, I’m not sure that I can even improve on it, and the busyness-induced temptation to offer it to you once more was simply too great :). But it’s just as timely as ever…
Shakopee, MN’s Most Trusted Tax Professional Reveals: When Procrastination Is Really Smart
Right now, there are an infinite number of things you could be doing, especially around here in Shakopee, MN. No matter what you work on, you’re not working on everything else. So the question is not how to avoid procrastination, but how to procrastinate well.
In my view, there are three kinds of procrastination. Depending on what you do instead of working on something, you could work on:
(b) something less important, or
(c) something more important.
That last type, I’d say, is good procrastination.
This is the “absent-minded professor” who forgets to shave, or eat, or even perhaps look where he’s going while he’s thinking about some interesting question. His mind is absent from the everyday world because it’s hard at work in another.
That’s the sense in which the most impressive people I know are all procrastinators. They’re type-C procrastinators: they put off working on small stuff to work on big stuff.
What’s “small stuff?” Roughly, work that has zero chance of being mentioned in your obituary. It’s hard to say at the time what will turn out to be your best work (will it be your thesis for your PhD, or that detective thriller you worked on at night?), but there’s a whole class of tasks you can safely rule out: shaving, doing your laundry, cleaning the house, writing thank-you notes—anything that might be called an errand.
Good procrastination is avoiding errands to do real work.
Good in a sense, at least. The people who want you to do the errands won’t think it’s good. But you probably have to annoy them if you want to get any real work done. The mildest seeming people, if they want to do real work, all have a certain degree of ruthlessness when it comes to avoiding errands.
Some errands, like replying to emails, go away if you ignore them (perhaps taking friends with them). Others, like mowing the lawn, or filing your tax returns, only get worse if you put them off. In principle, it shouldn’t work to put off the second kind of errand. You’re going to have to do whatever it is eventually. Why not (as past-due notices are always saying) do it now?
The reason it pays to put off even those errands is that real work needs two things errands don’t: big chunks of time, and the right mood. If you get inspired by some project, it can be a net win to blow off everything you were supposed to do for the next few days to work on it. Yes, those errands may cost you more time when you finally get around to them. But if you get a lot done during those few days, you will be net more productive.
So here’s where we come in.
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