It’s like time-traveling self-sabotage, and it must end!

Dear Future Me,

Okay, I get it. All those things I don’t want to do? You don’t want to do them either. So when I leave them for you because I’m supposedly too tired or don’t have time or apparently I’d rather lie in bed even though I’m awake? You get cranky.

For a while I thought I was “being kind to myself” by letting this and that and the other thing slide in favor of some downtime… but I’ve realized that logic only works when it’s occasional, not when it’s a pattern. It’s not like the dishes do themselves, so I’m not really getting a break. I’m just making more work for someone else. Who is me. In the future.

I’m like that coworker who always leaves part of the job for someone else to do, except my coworker is myself.

And that doesn’t really work out.

So I’m going to do better.

And then maybe you’ll stop giving me that look. The one you give me when you find a big pile of clean laundry on the bed you’re supposed to be sleeping in.

Wishing you all the best,

Current Me

18 thoughts on “It’s like time-traveling self-sabotage, and it must end!

  1. Kendall

    I’m in the same boat. I’m constantly balancing “being kind to myself” and “procrastinating on EVERYTHING”. It’s so easy to justify putting off unpleasant tasks in the name of sanity, though!

  2. Alli

    I’m glad I finally started working through that blog course I paid for two weeks ago before I read this. It makes me feel better about myself. :) Kinda.

  3. Jess.

    This post really really hit home for me. I have been struggling with motivation a lot the past couple of months and using the excuse of being kind to myself/taking time to relax, but it is not serving me because I am just stressed about everything that I am not getting done. I have been thinking a lot about needing to change my recent habits and this kind of put it all in perspective for me. Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. Aria

    this is me also. coincidentally I just was doing my own reflection yesterday and decided I’m tired of the old me. I’m sure the future me is happy I finally got sick and tired of being sick and tired.

  5. Shannon

    I’d like the future me to like the current me much more than the future me is likely going to if the current me keeps up the same shenanigans you’re talking about. Point being, I understand. I think this malady is somewhat common considering I told another friend the other day that maybe she could just sleep under the laundry piled on the bed…

  6. Kellie The Shoe Diva

    haa, yeah, I had to realize that the future me just got stuck with MORE dishes the longer “we” waited to do them. I recently told someone that procrastination is not just putting things off, there is an underlying reason…something we just don’t like. I would much rather go shopping for new clothes before getting around to washing the ones I already have, its more fun :-) Glad to see you are acknowledging that your current self is not being so nice to your future self because no matter how much we avoid it, eventually the 2 will meet and its not going to be pretty (more dishes, more laundry) lol

  7. Jessica

    Someone must have forgotten to tell you that procrastination is an art form carefully learned and passes on to future generations lol… It takes a lot of work to be a professional procrastinator! ;)

    good luck!

  8. Skye

    What I’m taking away from all these comments is that I am not the only one! Kellie nailed it, you’re going to meet up with yourself eventually! And you better not have been too “nice” or too “mean” or you’ll have some explaining to do.

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