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How to Stop Spending Time on Yesterday

Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” – Will Rogers

“Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” – Benjamin Franklin

Ben and Will were on to something, my friend. I’m serious: apply these principles to your home and discover magic. Read on.

When I first heard Roger’s quote: “Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today” I started paying attention to what I was doing today that belonged in yesterday.

I spent the morning today putting away yesterday’s blankets, doing yesterday’s dishes, and cleaning up yesterday’s messes. I ran yesterday’s errands that I put off because I was ‘tired’ and responded to yesterday’s emails. I spent today’s time on yesterday.

That’s when I realized that when I spent time today on yesterday’s tasks, I was literally keeping myself stuck in the past. I was investing my time and energy in the past. WHAT? There is no possibility for return in the past. That’s like investing in the worst stock ever.

Let that sink in.

Cue Mr. Franklin’s warning: “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” Anytime you choose not to do something today that you will have to do tomorrow (or at some point), you are POSTPONING YOUR LIFE. You are ensuring that your future self is going to have to tend to things you could have already taken care of. You are keeping yourself stuck.

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When I truly understood these principles and began applying them to my own life, it became clear that I had been operating on a “I’ll do it when it needs to be done” basis. But when I started doing things before they needed to be done, I discovered that things never got to the point where they ‘needed’ to be done. I eliminated so much unnecessary urgency and stress from my life because each day, I took care of that day.

By taking care of the day, each day, you too can arrive at a tomorrow full of space for new possibilities and lacking the urgency that results from getting stuck in yesterday’s tasks.

Once you are in the habit of taking care of all of today’s tasks today, you can then start to think about what you might be able to do today that would make tomorrow even easier.

Think about that: What if you spent time today on tomorrow?

That’s called setting yourself up for success, and don’t be surprised if you propel yourself into a future better than you could have ever imagined.

Here’s 4 tips to start applying these principles in your home today:

  1. Shorten clutter cycles. Eat from dishes, clean the dishes. Spill something, wipe it up. Use a blanket, fold the blanket up and tuck it away. Wear clothes, wash clothes. Put things away, instead of down. The shorter the cycle between the two actions, the quicker you can move on to new things.

  1. Stop thinking: “I’ll do it later.” Period. If you can do it now, do it now.

  1. Remove relics of the past. Do you have totes of yesterdays’ items in your basement, garage, or attic? Those items are taking space and energy from your future self. Decide if keeping them is really serving you and your goals and if they aren’t, let them go and make room for new possibilities. Remember: the items that got you to this point in your life will not be the items that get you to where you want to go. 

  1. Set your environment up for success. Consider what the you of tomorrow wants to spend her time doing. How can you set your home up today to make is easier for her to do that tomorrow?

Your home can be a launch pad into your future. Let it.

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