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Controlling Tomorrow Me
Saturday. 6.4.16 10:34 pm
It's 9:something pm and I've just gotten back from jump rope practice. I'm awake, motivated, and ready to start making shit happen. I tell myself "tomorrow, I'm going to cook that badass dish that will impress all my friends / hopefully hook myself a future boyfriend / husband." I wonder about all the new music I'm going to find, and how much I'll learn about front end web technologies. I go to bed, feeling optimistic, maybe even a little inspired, and then....

....Tomorrow Me wakes up the next day.

None of these things seem to matter to Tomorrow Me. I'm tired. I don't have any motivation to write code, let alone learn new concepts. I just want to eat cereal because cooking sounds exhausting. It's a beautiful day out, but that seems even MORE exhausting because it feels like I should be out frolicking in the sunshine. The hours tick by, I answer emails, go workout, commute across the bridge, eat lunch, start writing code, get sidetracked by more emails, have to coach practice, and before I know it, it's 9:00 something pm and I'm back at home, absolutely certain that Tomorrow Me will not be the same.

I kid you not, the only time I have control over Tomorrow Me is if I DON'T SLEEP. I once went to the gym at 4:20am and absolutely killed the rest of the day....but it came with a cost. Tomorrow Me was even worse for the next two days.

I need to figure out how to reign in this beast. I feel like Tomorrow Me is squandering so much potential that Current Me is waiting to unleash.

Here is my battle plan:
  • Find a friend to help keep me accountable
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Only use social media at pre-ordained times during the day
  • Set a big-picture goal for each month.

I'll let you guys know how it turns out. If anybody has any tips on controlling Tomorrow Me, please chime in.

Oh, and on Monday I start a new job, which Tomorrow Me will have no choice but to comply with :)

Muffy over and out
Do not try to bend the spoon. That's impossible. Instead, try to realize the truth. There is no spoon. Then you will see that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.

I set alarms for myself titled with what I need to do at that time. Also, reminding myself of the unending pros of accomplishing the things yesterday me wanted to do. They help. Motivation is hard to find! But you can do it. :)
» jabberwock on 2016-06-04 11:06:30

I like jabberwock's idea of setting alarms. Having stuff scheduled at specific times seems to help me too. Mostly though, if I want to make a change in my life, I try not to save it for tomorrow, and just start today (if I can, at least).
» randomjunk on 2016-06-04 11:23:50

I'm kind of the opposite... tomorrow me doesn't want to do anything. Tomorrow me plans to do nothing, be around no one. Current me sometimes likes to be productive. Jabberwock's alarm idea does sound like a good plan, though. It seems like it would work out quite well for what you're wanting to do =)
» LostSoul13 on 2016-06-05 02:40:16

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