I'll do the work tomorrow. I'll set up my retirement account next month. I'll get the thing done tomorrow than I'm not going to do today. Your future self isn't any more reliable than your present self. Do it now.
Photo by R'eyes.
At the financial blog The Simple Dollar they've taken a moment to highlight one of the aspects of productivity that people don't like to admit to.
Guess what? Our future self is pretty unreliable, too. He/she doesn't think that the task in hand sounds like much fun, either, and he/she is just as likely to put it off as you are.
Actually, your future self is even more likely to put it off than you are because you've already established a pattern that putting off that important thing is okay.
If you want to actually succeed in life, stop relying on your future self to take care of things. Now.
It's an excellent point, so excellent in fact we whipped up a wallpaper image with the sentiment emblazoned on it. Stop waiting around for your future self to save the day. Tackle your tasks and trials in the present.
Saying "I Will Do It In The Future" Is an Excuse for Failure [The Simple Dollar]