I make my bed in the morning so it is there to welcome me into restful sleep at night.
I make a week’s worth of granola so nourishment comes with ease.
I get the sleep I need so I feel ready to take on the next day.
I choose my clothes and set them out so the morning has a sense of ease.
I wash the dishes so my kitchen is a clean canvas ready for my next creation.
I email myself tomorrow’s to-do list so I can dive right in.
I vision to prepare myself for what’s coming next.
These are some of the ways I take care of my future self.
This concept, first solidly introduced to me by Hannah Marcotti, seems simple, seems obvious, but it can take practice.
I wake up late and when I am ready for sleep, my sheets are a tangled mess, and one more thing keeps me from rest.
The morning moves quickly and I wish I had a simple breakfast at my fingertips.
I am groggy and wishing I could close my eyes before trudging through the day.
I struggle to find what feels right on my body, for this moment, for my now.
I am too tired to clean the kitchen, so dinner becomes a rice cake with almond butter.
I don’t know where to start, and I feel overwhelmed that all that is yet to do.
I find myself lost in my way, in what dreams I am guiding myself towards.
That is what it can look like, can feel like, when I don’t take care of my future self.
Messy. Groggy. Struggling. Overwhelmed. Unguided. Hurried.
The magic of a few moments can completely shift your day, your life.
That’s right, all it takes is a few moments:
Make the bed – 2 minutes
Make granola for the week – 10 minutes, plus inactive time waiting for the baking
A slightly earlier bedtime – that takes no time, just shifting priorities
Choosing tomorrow’s clothes – 5 minutes
Doing the dishes – 15 minutes to fully unload and reload, yes really, I’ve timed it.
Emailing my to-do list – 10 minutes max
Visioning – okay ,that can be more than moments, can be hours, can steal sleep, but it’s this.
How can you take care of your future self today? How will she thank you tomorrow?
Peace, Love, and Wellness,