First, let me just say – if being an adult means working through Halloween, then I don’t care for it!
On another note, I’ve discovered that working from home = not working that much. While I was working from a friend’s couch during hurricane Sandy, it was all too easy to fall into the regular procrastination habits developed in my youth and honed at my alma mater. Procrastination is super annoying, because I usually know exactly what needs to be done, and why, but my actions tend to veer from what my brain knows I should do. (Unless you, reader, are super-human, I’m probably preaching to the choir.) And of course, that train of thought made me think about all of the ways I (and my friends) have learned to trick our brains into accomplishing things.
Outside of cleaning my bathroom, laundry is my least-liked household chore. Something about committing 2+ hours of my time to stay home and time the wash & dry cycles … is really hard. Yes, even though my extracurricular activities are eating cheese, reading my own blog, and hating on the Kardashians while watching their shows, all things I can do from my apartment, there’s such an opportunity cost to knowing that I HAVE to stay home. Consequently, it’s about 1-2 weeks from idea (“I need to do the laundry”) to execution (“Ok, I’m doing the laundry now”). So I was absolutely cracking up when my friend told me that he hides a pair of underwear every time he does laundry!
That’s right, he’ll hide a pair of underwear, so that when he inevitably gets into the situation where clean clothes are gone & the laundry’s not done, he can save himself another day, and put off laundry for the next day. Brilliant, amazing, etc.
I trick myself with financial tasks: by setting up automatic withdrawal from my paycheck into my 401K account, I literally never see (and mostly don’t miss) the money. You can bet that if it was deposited into my checking account first, I wouldn’t be able to afford the contributions I’m currently making. I also tell myself that rent is due by the first – it’s actually the 5th, but by pretending it isn’t, I have a convenient buffer (and have actually paid by the 1st every time).
Any awesome tricks for how you out-smart yourself? I'd love to hear them!