Jon Carson Consulting April 2019

April 2019

Is Tax Time Your Stress Time?

level by about 44 percent during tax time. I can’t offer much advice on reducing your taxes this season, but I can help with the stress.

It’s important to avoid stress whenever possible and learn how to manage it the rest of the time. This is not just for your own health but also for the health of your family. Make a goal for April 15, 2020, not to make more money, but to focus on having less stress.

Here are the numbers I want you to think about.

40 percent of what we worry about never happens.

30 percent of what we worry about already happened. It’s long gone.

12 percent is needless worry

10 percent is petty worry. “Is he mad at me?”

8 percent of worry is something we can change or solve.

Over 90 percent of what we worry about is a waste of time!

Let’s separate worry into two categories:

Category A: There is nothing you can do about it. Weather, taxes, economy, “Does she like me?”

Category B: Things you can influence. Studying for a test, working smarter, creating a new product, your attitude.

Do you sometimes feel like you are holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa? Claudia has just returned from Italy. During her trip, she sent me a photo from the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It should have made me happy. Instead, its precarious position reminded me of the impending April 15 tax day.

You are what you think about. Are you a problem identifier or a solution finder? Do you feel like the weight of the Leaning Tower of Pisa is on your shoulders? Try shifting your focus more toward Category B this year. Choose not to worry; lower your stress. -Dave Tester

It’s not surprising that “tax month” is often very stressful. Most of us, according to the American Psychological Report, increase our stress

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