Overconfidence

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Why is it, the tasks you think will be the easiest frequently are the ones that give you the most trouble.

Case in point, at my part-time job I am in charge of the year-end accounting work. Now, this is a new job for me (I started in July) but the tasks themselves are not. I am very familiar with accounting software and year-end processes.

So, when I picked up a package of 1099s and saw that it came with three 1096s, the transmittal form required by the IRS, I thought. How wasteful, I only need one.

Ha, Ha silly me.

First, I had a printer alignment problem. Okay, shred that form, and run it the next one through.

All right, this 1096 looks great, let’s get the whole shebang in the mail…and I am just about the seal the envelope when I glance at my file copy and spot a typo. Uh oh, can’t send a typo to the feds. That’s form #2.

While fixing the typo, I notice that realize information was omitted from the form, which required I reprint the whole run. That’s another form. If you are keeping track you realize I am now at form #3.

Yes, I managed to use all three forms and still not have a clean copy to submit. I had to buy an entirely new package of forms, that’s right now I have three more 1096s, so that I could submit the documents.

So, my simple little task that I was positive would take me 20 minutes-tops, turned into an all-afternoon job that required a trip to the office supply store.

Uh huh next year when I’m buying the industrial size package that comes with 10 extra forms and I am will not complain about the number of extra forms. Instead, I will praise the forethought the company had to include extra forms for my inevitable screw-ups.

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10 Responses to Overconfidence

  1. Mike Staton says:

    Hang in there, Jennifer. Some days the biorhythms really act crazy. You obviously were trapped in a biorhythm meltdown. 🙂

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  2. This is why I have volunteers at the senior center do my taxes for me. I hope you were able to avoid many unhappy returns.

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  3. Been there, done that (well, not exactly that, but “thought it would be simple then took the entire afternoon to finish” something! Ah, frustrations … I nearly wrote my weekend blog post on that topic. You covered it, Jennifer, so I’ll go back to my other idea: to write about dogs! Thanks for a peek into some of your frustrations, and I hope tomorrow is a much better day!

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  4. Neva Bodin says:

    I seem to be doing more of that even! Easy to relate to Jennifer. So frustrating. And seemingly so easy. I think we multi-task and have too many distractions! Good luck if you have more to do in that department.

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  5. Doris says:

    Agreed. It’s the simple (you think) that takes the most time. Doris

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  6. I think you hit a nerve with all of us Jennifer. We’ve all been there, done that. Believe me, there have been times when I’m sewing a little project, it becomes a big one when things don’t go write and I have to take stitches out time and time again until it’s right. But I always feel it gives me more experience, so I don’t get too upset.

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  7. S. J. Brown says:

    We have all been there. The simples tasks seem to take the most effort. Perhaps it is our mindset when we begin. Maybe it is just life poking us a bit. I don’t dare attempt to do our taxes. It just seems very intimidating to me.

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  8. katewyland says:

    Your afternoon sounds so familiar. Done it plenty of times myself. Life is funny, isn’t it?

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  9. Nancy Jardine says:

    Evferything takes me longer these days! I thought my final run through of my manuscript for formatting reasons – after the final edits had thrown up some issues and they had been corrected- was the end but…I then find something else. the trick is to keep going… and going …

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  10. Kathy Waller says:

    Now I don’t have to write my memoirs. I’ll just adopt your post. Thank you for saving me a lot of work.

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