Sunday, March 22, 2009

Productive Procrastination Is Still Procrastination

So, have you done your taxes yet? I haven't; but I'm getting so many other things done that somehow it seems okay.

I actually thought about my doing my taxes today. I even looked at the folder holding everything I need. Then I went into the kitchen and made lunch and scrubbed (not wiped) every counter surface in the kitchen. After that I just became a whirlwind of productivity.

Scrubbed the toilets. Washed the mirrors. Trimmed the cats's claws. Did 3 loads of laundry--not just washed and dried, but folded and put away too. And spent about 3 hours going through the filing cabinet.

After the beginning of each year I typically go through the filing cabinet and discard and shred any documents we don't need to hang on to. I didn't do this in 2008, so I actually had 2 years worth of paper to sort through. 2007 and the first few months of 2008 were all nicely filed in the cabinet. The rest of 2008 and whatever we've received in 2009 were all piled into a cardboard box that somehow came to serve as the "to file" folder.

My to file box is now empty. Everything we need to keep is now filed, though I did stop short of making sure everything was chronologically filed. And we have a 4 inch stack of paper to shred. Good thing we have a relatively new paper shredder, the old one sounded like a keening banshee just trying to get through a single sheet. I should probably lube up the gears on this one before we try to plow this stack.

But that still leaves me with the fact that my taxes are not done, and they're not going to do themselves.


  1. I can sympathize with you. I allowed my paper work to pile up before getting too tired of it and saying "Enough already!" I now shred every week, any junk mail that I didn't shred the same day I got it. I'm now a document shredding "junkie".