Sometimes the choices you make today result in a harder tomorrow. Here’s how you can reverse that with simple ways today’s you can help tomorrow’s you.
Imagine this scenario. You come home from work and dump your bag, the mail, and other assorted items on the kitchen counter. You tell yourself that you’ll sort it out later.
You dish out the takeaways you bought for dinner because you’re too tired to cook, even though you blew this week’s budget by doing so. You tell yourself you’ll make it work somehow.
Once you’ve eaten and done all the wife and mom chores for the day, you sit down and start your work – even though now it’s late and you’re exhausted. You tell yourself you can do without the sleep – you have to get this done.
I know that this situation has been incredibly common to me over my life as I’ve struggled to meet the needs of today.
But what occurred to me just recently, that by doing those things for today’s me, I was making life a lot harder for tomorrow’s me.
Try this now. Imagine yourself waking up in the morning, going out to the kitchen, and before you get started on anything, having to sort out the mess from the day before.
Now imagine yourself sitting down to do your budget and not knowing how you’re going to make up for those extra purchases you made.
Now see yourself trying to get through the next work day, exhausted, stressed, and snapping because you needed three more hours sleep than you got.
As wives and moms, we are used to putting other’s people’s needs ahead of our own. But by visualizing ourselves coping with these situations that we are in fact creating, we can imagine tomorrow’s self as a separate person who needs to be looked after too.
And with that in mind, here are some simple things that today’s you can do that will make a big difference for tomorrow’s you.
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