Last week I talked a little bit about the joys of Spring, but this past weekend I had to deal with one of the downsides: the taxes.
Oh, what I’d give to be an average person who only had to do a simple 1040, like I helped my son do in about twenty minutes last week. Both my husband and I are self-employed and his business is a complex construction based one. As a freelance writer and editor, my expenses are few. I can itemize my printer expenses and my trip to a national conference…and that’s about it. For my husband, it becomes spreadsheets and spreadsheets and hours upon hours of mind-numbing calculations.
(And I’m not even counting the two hours of sitting in front of my computer and whining in pain about how I didn’t even want to start the task!)
But, I’ve found the downside goes even deeper than that.
My plan of action for this weekend was to do our taxes on Friday evening and Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon and Sunday would be reserved for finishing up that first draft (yes, I’m still closing in on the end.) and some household chores. I fulfilled the first part of my bargain with little trouble (minus the whining.) but switching gears from analytical to creative was as hard and felt a catastrophic as throwing a car in reverse while cruising the highway at sixty-five mph. And not wanting to blow out the transmission of my mind, I refused to push it too hard.
While I truly believe in the butt-in-chair philosophy, it would have done little good. After expending so much focus, I had nothing left to give. I’m hoping the mental break I gave myself (and the time spent letting those final ideas simmer) will make pushing those final few thousand words out today (and possibly tomorrow).
What’s next? Round two, or my first round of revisions to the draft. A task that is much more analytical than creative. I have a feeling in a few weeks my creative side is going to be starving!
Is the switch from right brain to left brain activities and easy one for you?