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Fight Procrastination and Plan Your ‘Someday’ Now

September 14, 2015 • By

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Last Updated: November 6, 2023

A woman thinks while using the computerThe check is in the mail …

I am going to get better organized …

I need to plan for retirement…                                                           

I am going to open a personal my Social Security account …

If these promises sound familiar, you aren’t alone. Most of us procrastinate from time to time, and more than 20 percent of us are chronic procrastinators. We tell ourselves we’ll get to those tasks someday, but someday never seems to arrive.

On September 6, we celebrated Fight Procrastination Day — but the battle is not over! You can defeat procrastination at any moment by opening a personal my Social Security account and get started planning for a financially secure retirement now.   

Even if you’re years away from retirement, you can still take advantage of a free personal my Social Security account and verify your Social Security earnings record, get an estimate of future benefits, and have access to your Social Security Statement.

If you’re currently receiving Social Security benefits, there are many advantages of not waiting to establish a personal my Social Security account. You can open it online. You’ll find it’s a great tool to manage your benefits. Once you establish a personal my Social Security account, you’ll be able to change your address or update your direct deposit, print a benefit verification letter, get a replacement Medicare card and a replacement 1099 or 1042S statement.

Procrastinators love to find reasons for not doing something, but you can access your personal my Social Security account from a desktop, laptop, or tablet. You can login from your favorite easy chair or Wi-Fi hotspot. In fact, establishing your account only takes a few minutes. Someone opens a new personal my Social Security account every six seconds!

You can always  put off those household chores for another day, but don’t procrastinate about your financial future. Join the millions who have already overcome their inertia and established a personal my Social Security account.

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Doug Walker, Deputy Commissioner, Communications

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  1. SHANE H.

    will get steniles check

    • Vonda

      Hi Shane, thanks for using our blog. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), not Social Security, issues the Economic Income Payments. Social Security cannot answer EIP questions about your specific situation. Check out our Social Security and Coronavirus web page for more details. We hope this helps.

  2. Douglas M.

    I need to send SSA a copy of my DD-214, but I am not sure where to send it. Assistance appreciated.

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Douglas, thank you for your question. You should call us at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance or you can contact your local Social Security office. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this information helps.

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