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Overcome procrastination - work incremental




Planning an incremental approach to me is one of the best techniques to get something done which you really don't want to do. Why ? Because:
# it is easier to get things done if those things are small
# you can celebrate more successes

This year the situtation is more difficult since second week of May I am starting a four-week vacation, thus my runway is a lot shorter.
So, here is my iterative approach to get my tax done:

# Obtain and install latest tax software
# Import old dataUpdate income data
# Update donations done
# Update income related expenses
# Collect receipts for donations
# Collect receipts for income related expenses
# Final check
# Submit to collection office

Did the first steps today. Hurray. Two successes to celebrate, and I see some progress. I also have a small next step in front of me which I easily can squeeze in somewhere. Any after a few more small steps I am done, and it probably didn't hurt that much.
Iterative approach, isn't this one principle behind Agile ? The art to do small steps instead of no steps because that one step would be just too large ? And the benefit to see progress, to reach milestones, to celebrate in between ? Let's go for it !



2 blog comments below

Thanks for the tip. Now that sounds like a great plan to actually write the steps down. I visualize it, but I think once one has written it down, it's almost at the commitment stage ... Razz
deanhills on Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:07 pm
Taxes! Yuck! Pushed through mine and my businesses taxes in January when weather is not good and business is slow until companies get money allocated for projects.
standready on Sun Apr 09, 2017 2:54 am



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