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Inevitably around this time of year I am reminded of a personal marathon weekend coming up shortly. It's the weekend when I'll have to spend mega-hours preparing my taxes to send figures to my accountant.
My accountant makes a point of asking me when he can expect my information around November or December, so I enter a weekend — usually the first weekend in March — in my calendar. That means he has entered in HIS calendar exactly when to expect my figures. If I miss his deadline… he may not get my return done in time. That kind of accountability is helpful for someone with ADD.
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How I deal with Income Tax preparation
I know many people would consider my method of recording a year's worth of statements, broken down by category on a pad of paper, to be unnecessarily labor-intensive and time-consuming.
I know there is wonderful software that would do all this for me. But since I spend most of my regular workdays in front of a computer, I can't find the idea of entering more information into software at all appealing.
Instead, I take the big bunch of documents, a legal pad, my mechanical pencils and a calculator to my favorite cafe and get it done in pleasant surroundings. My brain kicks into hyper-focus and I can stick with it for quite a long time once I get into it.
My method is old-fashioned, but it's easiest for me. And when it comes to a “dog task” like taxes for someone with ADD / ADHD, EASY is what matters.
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