Do your future self a favor and work hard today.
I’ve had this thought on my quote board ever since I first heard it coming out of the mouth of Alfie Deyes years ago. But even if you’re not a fan of the UK vlogger, the message is easy to appreciate. Don’t leave everything for the future. Work on something today so that tomorrow can be a better day.
Let’s look at seven somethings that can help your future self look back one day and say “thank you.”
Drink More Water
This one never gets old. No matter how many times someone says it, it’s still one of the best pieces of advice you can get.
We’re all guilty of simply not getting enough hydration on the daily, so a simple habit you can form today involves upping your water intake. You can get one of those apps that will remind you to drink a glass of water, or you can invest in a water bottle you will carry with you at all times, as a reminder you need to keep drinking. Whatever works.
Don’t Deprive Yourself of Sleep
Sleep is possibly the most important thing we do in our day, yet so many of us deprive ourselves of it so often. Sleep is your mind’s and body’s time to rest, recuperate, and get ready for the day ahead. If you keep exhausting them, they are not likely to take it lightly.
Sleep deprivation leads to all kinds of issues: impaired focus and judgment, lack of productivity, mood swings, irritability, a compromised immune system, to name but a few. Do your morning future self a favor and get some sleep tonight.
Help Your Parents Out
As they get older, your parents will need more and more of your help and time. Try to be there for them as early on as you can, and you’ll be helping improve their later quality of life.
You can start by helping them plan for their retirement. You can plan to see how their home might need to be altered one day. Or you can invest in their health to make sure they stay fit and happy for a long time.
Even if it’s just a simple phone call to ask them how they’re doing, make sure you’re there for your parents now so that the future is easier on all of you.
Laughter is the best medicine, and the more of it you have, the better you will feel. Even if it means cracking a fake smile at yourself when you are alone, just the mere act of smiling will help your body produce more happy hormones.
Surround yourself with people who make you laugh, watch movies that make you giggle, and set yourself an everyday quest: to find something that makes you crack a smile.
Don’t forget you can also spread the joy and make others laugh every day too.
Get Off Your Phone
We’re all addicted to our phones to a certain extent. Try to remedy the severity of your addiction a bit, and give yourself phone-free times.
You can start with a couple of hours in the morning or evening if you don’t feel ready for an entire day without your phone. With time, you can work up to a whole weekend without a phone and social media. It will give your brain a chance to detox from the digital, and you will soon find yourself appreciating the real world more and more.
Surround Yourself with Good Vibes
There are people we mesh with well, and there are people we simply don’t gel with. Even though we can’t always choose to surround ourselves with the former, try to avoid the latter as much as you can.
You will figure out soon enough that life is simply too short for spending time with people you don’t really like, people who are negative and who take up a whole lot of your energy.
Look for people who refill your metaphorical cup, as opposed to those who drain it, and notice how your mood and general outlook on life improve with time.
Stop Making Excuses For Your Future Self
You know the saying “Where there’s a will there’s a way”? Well, where there is no will, there is usually an excuse.
While excuses are fine when they keep you from taking on more than you can chew, the excuses you make to yourself are usually not the best kind.
Instead of making an excuse not to do something (or to do something), try to catch yourself at the point of making it. Why are you choosing to go down this route? What happens if you don’t do it? Wouldn’t it be better if you just go through with it?
Let’s just end this by saying there is, of course, nothing wrong with living in the present – quite the contrary! There is no time like the present, in every possible sense of the word. So don’t forget that you don’t always have to be working on your future self – but with positive habits and attitudes, you can enjoy both the present and the future.
Meet the Author
Sarah is a life enjoyer, positivity seeker, and a curiosity enthusiast. She is passionate about an eco-friendly lifestyle and adores her cats. She is an avid reader who loves to travel when time allows.