Be Nice to Your Future Self

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Have you ever found yourself in the shower trying to get the last few drops out of the shampoo bottle that you meant to replace the day before? Or realizing that you didn't put gas in the car when you are stuck in traffic on the way to an important meeting? 

When it comes to many things, promising yourself "I'll get to it later" is a surefire way to set your future self up to be frustrated, overwhelmed and flustered at the worst possible time.

To be fair, things are bound to happen no matter how well prepared and organized you are - that's just life!  That said, there are many simple ways you can eliminate a lot of the tension.

I like to call these little helpful boosts "Being Nice to Your Future Self." They usually don't take much time and often aren't urgent when you do them, but can make all the difference later if you find yourself in a rush.

17 Ways to Be Nice to Your Future Self

Loading/Running/Unloading the dishwasher.

Soaking a dirty pot or pan.

Anything related to laundry - starting, swapping, folding, putting away.

Grinding coffee beans for the next morning.

Preparing fruit for breakfast (rinsing/slicing strawberries, etc). 

Packing lunches.

Making the bed.

Setting out breakfast dishes the night before.

Sort through incoming mail.

Choosing clothes for tomorrow.

Replacing bars of soap or empty shampoo bottles in the shower.

Emptying the trash can / recycling bin / compost bin.

Restocking your diaper bag.

Putting gas in the car.

Charging your phone/laptop.

Putting school notes, books, show-and-tell items in your child's backpack.

Restocking toilet paper in the bathroom.

Loading any returns or other errand items in your car.

Doing a 5-minute quick tidy of the main living area.

 

My favorite tip to give your future self extra time and less stress? Getting rid of clutter! Don't have time to take that project on or just don't know where to start? I can help!