Everything I’d rather do than my tax return

January 13, 2016

One of the best decisions I made after having a baby – in fact, ever, I think – was to go freelance instead of returning to my pre-baby, 9-5 (8.30-7)  job. It’s made my post-baby work / life balance better in ways I could never have imagined, and has allowed me to do things I love as well as branch out into new and different areas.

But the small downside to all this is having to do your own tax return.

I have to admit that it sounds terrifying, but isn’t, actually, that taxing – just very admin-heavy – but the deadline is fast approaching, and guess what? I’m procrastinating.

I know, I know, you can pay people to do it for you, and I know I could have done it at any point over the past nine months, and I know it’s very last minute, and arhhh.

In my – very poor – defence, I started it weeks ago, and have basically sorted all the sums out – I just need to double check and do it, especially as today is one of my rare childcare days. But I’m not.

What are all the things I’d rather do instead?

  • Make ten cups of tea and eat half the tin of biscuits
  • Paint my toenails
  • Unload the dishwasher
  • Load the dishwasher
  • Washing, again
  • Contemplate overhauling my skincare regime and wondering if buying some expensive skincare means I really will double cleanse every day
  • Start tidying out the loft, aka our version of Monica’s messy closet, ahead of our loft conversion
  • Take ridiculous photos for Instagram
  • Anything involving Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc etc.
  • Contemplate what to have for lunch
  • Contemplate what we’re having for dinner
  • Contemplate emptying out the rain-filled paddling pool of doom
  • More tea
  • Wonder about 50 x times what the children are doing
  • Write a blog post about not doing my tax return, in lieu of not writing any other blog posts this week because I shouldn’t until I’ve actually done the thing, to explain why I’ve not written any posts this week
  • Remember to tell my children to do things as soon as possible, instead of putting them off to the last minute
  • Anything.

The thing is, it’s not that bad and once it’s done I’ll be so relieved, and smug.  so why am I not?

Right, I’m going in. But first…I could totally make a tax-themed playlist on Spotify couldn’t I?

More posts, if you’re also putting off doing something important…things they don’t tell you in NCT classes but TOTALLY should, inspiring ideas over on TalkMum, and things to do during naptime.


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