Be kind to your future self. I can’t tell you how many times I could have avoided a last minute rush. I find myself washing my hair in the sink cursing my procrastination. Simple things like washing my hair the previous night or preparing all my work the night before would be doing myself a favor.
My sister is the same, and she pointed out to me this morning that maybe subconsciously we like the excitement of doing things last minute. With shampoo burning my eyes I told her that I didn’t think so. I much prefer taking it easy in the morning.
I am sure that I am not the only one who suffers from the “do-it-later delusion”. I found that thinking of your future self as the most important person in the world helps. How would you treat that person and how would you like to be treated?
This is what I would do.
- I would leave money in my jackets to find later. There is no better feeling then discovering money in your pocket. It’s like Christmas, but better. Because unlike Christmas, I can buy things other than non-refundable socks.
- I would prepare homemade bread with butter to feast on for breakfast. Because there are just so many things to do in the morning, it is so tempting to skip breakfast all together.
- All dishes would be done and laundry finished. Dirty house, dirty mind.
- Maybe I could leave those fancy chocolates on my pillow for when I come home. I could pretend that my invisible maid put them there.
Be kind to your future self. Make things easier for him or her. You think you are doing yourself a favor by choosing to watch an extra episode of Arrow when you have a scroll of things to do. Don’t be selfish! Me,myself, and I have feelings too.