I am sure that I am not alone when I say this… but do you ever just get bogged down in day-to-day life? The household chores, the scrolling through social media, the menial tasks? The little things that take up the day that with hindsight, do not actually matter (or could be done more efficiently).
Yes, we need clean clothes, want home to feel like a sanctuary, and need to deal with any immediate issues that arise, but are we doing enough for our future self? Because when it comes down to it, our future is made in the present.
I came across an article recently on the Harvard Business Review that made me realise that I’m getting too bogged down in the little details of life, thinking about my future self but not actually doing that much to effectively help her.
The title alone felt a bit like an epiphany for me: “You Need to Practice Being Your Future Self” – and the rest of the article pretty much hammered home this idea.
“We focus on what’s present for us at any particular moment”, failing to consider our future selves because we are working on gratifying ourselves in the here and now. We seek instant satisfaction from a job ticked off, whereas we do not get that sense of accomplishment when working towards our goals. These are not overnight successes after all.
We contradict ourselves – wanting success but getting distracted by the present moment, the menial tasks and perceived importance of them. Don’t get me wrong, some things crop up that are of major importance, but we should be making a more concerted effort to carve out a little time in our day to work towards the future.
What we really need to ask ourselves is “what can I do for my future self today?”.
It won’t always seem like you are making progress but your future self will thank you for it.
© The Motivation Project 2020