We all get invited to do all kinds of things. Whether it's a dinner party or an invitation to speak on a panel, Slate suggests you ask yourself if you'd to it tomorrow before you agree to it.
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The idea here is pretty simple. We agree to do stuff we don't actually want to do in the future because it's far away. We think we'll have time to get everything in order, but more often than not, that's not the case. Slate's suggestion is pretty straightforward:
Anytime anyone invites you to do anything, ask yourself this question before you accept: Would I do it tomorrow?
That's it -- those five words. Not: Would I do it on some theoretical day in the future? This is the crucial question: Would I upend whatever I am doing tomorrow so that I can got here and do that...
When you get the invitation, pay no attention at all to its far-flung date: Move it mentally to tomorrow.
Obviously you'll still have plenty of invitations you want to plan for, but Slate's point is that this is a great way catch yourself from agreeing to do something you really don't want to.