We’re all well into the swing of the new year by now, so let’s take things up a notch, shall we? If you’ve been following along, you’ll have ditched some things that were dragging you down, you’ll have backed up all your digital devices, and sorted out all your important papers. Basically, you got started on the right foot. Ready to take the next step?
For me, I organise things because I want to make my life as easy as possible. But that’s difficult when you’re a procrastinator/lazy arse. How many things on your ‘to do’ list have rolled over to the next day? And then the next? [Guilty.]
The first step is obviously to start trimming your list. If you consistently find that you can’t finish everything, then you need to start dumping some things. I’ve already written a post on how to write an effective ‘to do’ list so you should click the link and have a read of that if you haven’t already.
But there’ll also be
rare days when you complete everything on your list, or something gets cancelled and you unexpectedly find yourself with a lot more time than you anticipated (you lucky bastard), or you’re just having a not-so-rare lazy day and not feeling very productive at all. Instead of wallowing in sweat and slippers, you should take the opportunity to take the pressure off your future self.
With that in mind, on days when I’m feeling particularly lazy and unproductive, I’ve started asking myself one question:
There’s nothing quite like the promise of being able to be lazy in the future to stop yourself being lazy in the present. So instead of having one day where you slob around and feel guilty for not achieving anything more than walking to the bathroom and back, and then spending the next day running around like a blue-arsed fly, you spend both days doing a small bit of work, and the rest of the time kicking back and feeling mighty pleased with yourself.
For example, I recently had a lazy day but knew that, the following day, I’d have a play date for my little girl, a grocery shop to do, and then a friend coming over for a visit. So I asked myself what I could do that would make the following day less hectic for me. The answer? Picking out outfits for me and Scout to wear to the play date so I didn’t have to fuss with clothes the following morning, writing out a shopping list so I could get in and out of the supermarket as quickly as possible and without forgetting anything, and a quick tidy of the house so I wasn’t panic scrubbing everything moments before my friend’s arrival.
The result? I still got to enjoy 95% of my lazy day, with the added satisfaction of having also achieved something, and I got to feel smug and super-organised the next day.
Here are some examples of things you could do to stop yourself feeling like you’ve become one with the sofa:
- A quick tidy of the main surfaces in your home (counters, tables, beds, etc.)
- Pack a lunch or prepare a meal for the following day (maybe chop some veg or scribble a quick meal plan)
- Pick out an outfit, including shoes and accessories
- Gather your keys, wallet, and anything else you’ll need for your next outing
- Wash and shave (both sexes)
- Write out a plan/’to do’ list for the following day
So if you have some free time, and you don’t already have a plan in place for such eventualities (tut tut, bad GYST student), remember that it’s better to share the load over several days than to burden yourself on one day and feel shit for the rest of the week.
WHAT COULD YOU DO TODAY THAT WOULD LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD TOMORROW?