Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Future me will appreciate it

A few months ago, I commented to Kent that “future me will appreciate this” as I finished up some task that could have reasonably waited. He was puzzled so I explained that I used that phrase when I was doing something that could wait but by doing it now, I’d be making things easier in the future—for future me.

Now that phrase is baked into our private language and we use it all the time:

  • When he takes out the recycling the night before trash day
  • After I fill up the water bottle I use to top off the cats’ water fountain so I don’t have to do it in the morning
  • As I pull together probably 90% of my lunch the night before

It’s similar to an idea I read about years ago in the book Messies Manual—if a task takes six minutes or less, it’s a mini task and you can do anything for six minutes so you might as well get it done.

Got any tricks like that that you use, that help future you?

1 comment:

Magpie said...

I use the two minute rule - I think it's in the book called "Getting Things Done". Sometimes I'm amazed at what you can do in two minutes.

Also, sweet lunch box!