Simplifying the Dormant Clutter

Two things happened in the past week that reminded me of the weight of dormant responsibilities.

The first was that I filed my taxes and, rather than file only my W2 from my employer, I had to file for the minimal amount of freelance income through my photography/design business I started 3 years ago. The second was that I got a notice in the mail that my business account had been overdrawn for seven days and I owed the bank $4.34. I had mostly emptied my business account and it has lain dormant for nearly a year now since I've started at the creative agency but rather than shut it down, I had left it open, accumulating small fees here and there that slowly eaten away at the few remaining dollars that I had left in the account.

The time investment of having to file taxes on a negligible amount of income AND having to zero out my business bank account was an annoyance at best and an opportunity cost at worst. I have better things to do with my day than deal with these sorts of things. Last night I went through all of the paper work to report my business assets, pay remaining taxes, file for dissolution of my business, archive my EIN and shut down my business bank account. Owning and running a small, freelance business for those two years was fun! But good riddance.

When we allow a piece of our lives to lie dormant, it remains mostly inactive except for those moments when it wakes up just long enough to rear its ugly head and cause a few problems.If you have any dormant responsibilities that cause more annoyances than benefits, take the time to shut them down and get them out of your life. The time investment will be well worth it in the long run. It does two things: first, it distracts you from your primary responsibilities that are important to you and add value to your life. Secondly, it relieves a mental burden that you may not have even known you carried. Do yourself a favor and clear out the cobwebs of your life. You'll live better knowing the problems have been put to rest for good.

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.
— Hans Hofmann, Introduction to the Bootstrap, 1993