Sometimes after I get home from work, make dinner, and spend time with the family, I’m just not in the mood to do tax homework. The beginning of the year is always a busy time for me at work. With all the goals I set for the new year, it can be hard to divide my motivation, attention and energy so many different ways. It’s been really important for my sanity to make sure that I schedule specific times for homework, exercise, and my other hobbies so that I can completely focus on the task at hand instead of worrying about whatever it is I’m not currently working on. Tasks I haven’t completed yet tend to hang around the back of mind and distract me from getting things done. I generally like to get a project, see it through to completion and then work on the next project. So when I have multiple items up in the air, I can get a little frazzled if I don’t put together some sort of schedule for everything. However, once I get a routine in place, I’ve found that my mind changes gears appropriately and everything goes more smoothly. I know that as the year progresses, I will start settling into a routine that works for me and get comfortable with all the new activities I’ve taken on.