*Puts on red curly haired wig and belts in a tune*
Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya tomorrow!
Ah, tomorrow - truly the favorite date of a procrastin8r. It makes everyday a holiday!
When will it happen? Tomorrow.
When will you do it? Tomorrow.
When will things get done? Tomorrow, of course!
Tomorrow is the precise time in which everything you’ve ever set out to do or promised would make happen will in fact get done and happen.
Yup, good ole tomorrow, a day that never seems to come, and is always just a day away. That’s the beauty of it. It’s a perpetual positive outlook toward the future. As long as you believe in tomorrow, you can continue to believe things will move forward for the better.
We may have chores to do, a work project to complete, or maybe even homework to finish, but ya know what? We’ll do it...tomorrow!
Of course, you’ll be told by the masses not to hold off and to just do it NOW. They’ll tell you to get straight to it! Git r dun!
But really, what’s the rush anyway?
Why are people in such a hurry?
Society is so face-paced and stress inducing, always scrambling to move forward right away and not taking the time to let things grow nice and slow.
I mean certainly if it gets done, then it gets done, why’s it really matter if that’s right now or…tomorrow? People need to chill with their due dates and deadlines. After all, the only thing setting a due date does is assure that the job is done by said date; it doesn’t assure it will be a good job done. The best things in life take time. They take “waiting ‘til tomorrow”. They take a bit of patience and persistence.
Anyway, there are some key benefits of taking the attitude of “tomorrow” when it comes to getting shit done and we’re gonna take a look at them in today’s blog. And without further ado, let’s dive...right into it!
Tomorrow Makes it a Possibility
Anything can happen tomorrow! No but seriously, anything really can happen if you let it, if you believe it to be true. The future is unwritten and anything you set your mind to can happen... tomorrow.
It’s an interesting mindset, if you think about it. By saying that you’ll “do it tomorrow”.
You’re not saying you can’t do it. You’re not saying you won’t do it.
You’re just saying you’ll do it at a later time and that time is not right now.
You believe you have the capability, skills, and knowledge (or at the very latest will tomorrow) -- you have all the resources to achieve what you want to achieve. It’s just that you’re choosing not to get right to it. You’re choosing to procrastinate...with purpose.
And by procrastinating, you’re saying that “this is entirely within my means of accomplishment. I’ll do it later.”
It’s not impossible. It’s not something you won’t actually do. It’s just that -- you’re not going to do right now on this very goddamn second.
Tomorrow is the ultimate possibility. It leaves the door open for things to happen in the way you see fit, when you want to.
Sure, tomorrow never dies, but neither do your dreams if you keep saying “I’ll reach them tomorrow.”
Realize this. Realize there’s undeniable value in “putting it off ‘ til tomorrow” because that means there’s potential in it happening in the future.
Tomorrow Means Never Giving Up
People always say “get out of the habit of saying tomorrow and just make it happen today.” But I wonder how many people with this mindset skip right to doing the thing, fail miserably at it, then decide to give up and never try again.
Tomorrow means there’s always another chance. There’s always another day to pick up your feet and try again. If you don’t make it today, surely you can tomorrow!
If you adapt the attitude that it’s “all or nothing...now or never” then you’re gonna wind up disappointing yourself immensely. Cause chances are, ya ain’t worth shit.
But that’s okay. It’s okay to suck. It’s okay to be an idiot. Being an idiot means you have room to learn, room to grow. By saying “tomorrow”, you’re able to admit that you’re not where you want to be right now, but can be in the future (of tomorrow).
You don’t throw your hands in the air and say “it’ll never happen” just because you don’t have the full potential to do it right here, right now. You lean back, relax, let out a good yawn and say to yourself “Welp, guess I’ll do it tomorrow.”
You do it half ass. After all, half ass is better than no ass. And you’ll finish all the ass tomorrow.
It’s a lot easier to give up if you pressure yourself to do it NOW. Fact of the matter is, you ain’t ready now. Maybe you’ll be ready tomorrow, but you sure as hell ain’t ready now.
Attempting to do it now will only make you feel like a failure, but having the mindset that you can do it tomorrow will allow you to accept where you’re at in the now.
For example, if you want to lose weight and you try to start eating healthy and exercising right now, you’ll likely wind up dropping going to the gym and snacking on veggies sooner rather than later, because you’re not at your goal weight right now and you’ll just feel like you aren’t really getting anywhere.
If, on the other hand, you say you’ll start your weight-loss plan “tomorrow”, you accept the fact that you’re a fat piece of shit right and are in the process of attaining a healthy lifestyle. You’ll be less likely to call it quits on your goal because it’s something you’re ever chasing after, as opposed to something you just expect to have today.
Expecting to have things today only makes you want to give up when you realize you don’t have it. Expecting it to come tomorrow will give you the motivation you need to keep moving forward, ever steady and ever slowly.
Tomorrow Gives You Time to Slow n’ Steady Win the Race
Doing it now “no holds barred”, is berserker mode. You’re rushing in with no idea what you’re going to do or how you’re going to do it, like a dog chasing cars, you just run in with no clear goal or mission.
You get started for the very sake of getting started, just because you’re told you should get started ASAP!
ASAP? More like after A NAP!
Tomorrow gives you time to plan and prepare. It gives you time to think and strategize the best course of action first before just charging in willy nilly with no fucking clue what in the hell you’re doing.
Instead of making haste to launch as quickly as possible, you become more focused on getting it right (as opposed to just getting it off the ground) and that allows you to keep persisting towards your goal until it is right.
You want to soar, not crash. Just because you jump off in an attempt to fly doesn’t mean you won’t fall flat on your face. You gotta make sure you’re ready.
In other words...
Sometimes you don’t have the tools necessary to complete the task at hand. You may not be actually ready. Maybe you’re physically exhausted. Maybe you’re just feeling emotionally drained. Maybe your mental energy is depleted.
It’s ridiculous to try and force yourself to “do it” just to do it, when you can wait “until tomorrow” and perform much better.
Of course, to be fair, there is a fine line between legitimately putting it off ‘til tomorrow in order to achieve a better, more focused performance and flat out making excuses. Let’s get into that..
You shouldn’t say tomorrow if you don’t actually mean it.
Tomorrow is not necessarily the day that follows today or anytime within the next 24 hours, but it’s more of a generic one-word term for “at some point in the future.”
But that’s the thing, you must hold the intention to actually do it in the future and follow through EVENTUALLY.
Sometimes, you may be tempted to say “I’ll do it tomorrow” when you really have no intention of ever dealing with it, EVER.
Look, putting it off is one thing, but negating responsibility entirely is another. You want to achieve a balance of sorts.
Make tomorrow mean “eventually” and not “never”. Be willing to actually do the thing you set out to do at one point or another. Don’t use “tomorrow” as a crutch to avoid doing something in the first place. Use it to “ease on into it”.
Again, that doesn’t mean you should go on and do it right now, whatever it is, that thing you’ve been putting off “‘til tomorrow” but it does mean that at some point, you’re going to have to do it.
Tomorrow is more of a tool used to get you to look forward to the future and not an actual promise to get it done by the next day. However, never pulling through and doing it makes it quite a pointless word to be using.
You might as well say “I’m never going to do it” and just be honest with yourself. Stop making the false promise of “tomorrow” for something you’re never going to follow through with. If you’re never going to lose weight then say that. Don’t say you’ll do it tomorrow.
Only say you’ll do things tomorrow if you have every bit of intention to see it come through at some point in the future (whether that’s literally tomorrow or months from now). The point is, don’t hide your own lack of motivation behind the walls of “tomorrow”.
Be straight and say “I’ll never do it” rather than beat around the bush. And you may think that makes you a bad person, but it’s better to be truthful about your flaws (in this case lack of motivation to ever do something worthwhile) than it is to try and mask them.
I mean either way you have said flaw, either you come in clean or try to lie. And lying just makes you worse.
Don’t lie to yourself by saying “It’ll get done tomorrow” when it’s never going to get done. Flat out say I ain’t ever doing that shit.
Man, be bold and say what you mean. You can do it tomorrow (as in “at some point in the future). Just don’t use that word as some sort of false promise to make yourself feel better.
And you know what? Maybe you did have every bit of intention of doing it (tomorrow) but winded up putting it off again.
To that I say, you’re really not being honest with yourself. And you’re really relying on Impulsive Idleness instead of Purposeful Procrastination.
You’re letting your laziness control you. Be in control of your own superpower.
Either say “tomorrow” and mean it or stfu and don’t say you’ll ever do it.
People live their life from one obligation to another, following strict schedules - when to eat, when to piss, when to grind work at a desk. It’s mind-numbingly insane.
Schedule’s are prisons.There’s no sense in forcing yourself into small time constraints just to appease these arbitrary time gods.
Yeah, sure, our time on this Earth is limited. Life is short. But would you really want to watch it rush on by or enjoy every single moment?
Counting the months, weeks, days, hours, and minutes makes this whole thing a race. Look, life ain’t a NASCAR track, it’s a smooth Sunday drive in the sunset.
But people treat life like it’s meant to be floored to the max and blurred past everything we pass by, until we no longer exist, instead of a fun sight-seeing journey.
Time is nothing but a human construct. Birds, dogs, cats, other animals they have no concept of this “time structure” we human beings created.
Math, numbers. That’s all it is.
Saying “tomorrow” removes the obligations. It removes you from the arbitrary mathematical structure of time and let’s you live in the moment. It lets you be present.
It puts you in a state of consciousness of just “being”, as opposed to one in which you simply exist as the clock ticks down.
You ever see a dog? Man, dogs are happy. They just live in the moment. A spoonful of peanut butter makes their goddamn day.
They have a significantly shorter lifespan than we as humans do, too but ya know what? They don’t give a fuck. They’re just happy to be here.
They ain’t thinking about the “limited time” we have on Earth.
And perhaps that’s why people are so obsessed with due dates and time frames -- the underlying fear of death.
People want things done NOW because they are subconsciously worried about how the amount of days they have alive is limited.
But how much can you really be “alive” if you’re only performing a certain output by a very particular schedule? Sounds more machine-like to me.
Free your mind from numbers of time and think in terms of “tomorrow”. You’ll feel less like a robot following arbitrary commands of some sort of programmed alarm clock and more like...an actual human being.
You’re in no way obligated to ever meet a due date. Remember that. Whatever consequences you face, just roll with it. Be here to live, not exist.
And speaking of due dates...
Due Dates Suck
When you think in terms of getting it done on “x” date by “y” time, the focus becomes more on getting it done within a certain time frame instead of getting it done well (or even fully complete for that matter).
One main example I’ll use here in regards to due dates sucking (and not to mention being terribly ineffective) is the video game industry
There are so many video games nowadays that are rushed to the shelves all just to meet a specific “launch date”
But what happens? They’re released full of bugs. Not little funny graphical glitches, but GAME BREAKING bugs that corrupt save files or crash the game entirely. It’d be like selling a car where the engine didn’t start or died after a few hours of driving. Fact of the matter is, these games are released just...completely unfinished.
Cyberpunk 2077 was probably the most hyped game recently that winded up releasing with a plethora of game breaking bugs to the point where they had to pull it off console markets because of the amount of refund requests (though there are countless other games such as Arkham Knight, Red Dead Redemption, Assassin’s Creed that followed the same suit in putting out unfinished titles, to name just a few).
Had they just waited “til tomorrow” when things were actually fully functioning, or at the very least, at a presentable state, there wouldn’t have been the huge backlash or uproar of unhappy customers.
They didn’t wait til “tomorrow though”. They said “TODAY!” T-t-t-today junior! And put out a terrible excuse for a product. They did the equivalent of serving a pizza with raw dough.
You see, due dates only accomplish one thing and one thing only and that is, ensuring something is “on the shelves” by a specific time.
But that leaves out something important-- completion! It’s best to complete what you set out to do “tomorrow” than it is to “release” something utterly unfinished by today.
I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have delay after delay (tomorrow after tomorrow) and get a good solid (and not mention COMPLETE) product than receive anything “game-breaking” released when ti was scheduled.
And that principle expands beyond just that of the game industry. I’m talking how it’s unsatisfying and disappointing to others, to yourself, when you become so obsessed with doing something under a specific time frame that you fail to actually do it competently.
Sure, ya hit the due date, but you didn’t hit the mark in creating anything worthwhile.
Competency trumps punctuality, in my opinion. I don’t really see the point of meeting a deadline if you can’t adequately meet the minimum criteria of your goal (eg. making a working video game).
It’s better to put off your goal til later, tomorrow, and fulfill it completely, than to meet a deadline but barely scratch the surface of your goal.
You can reach your goals, become who you want to be, see your dreams come to life...all of that....tomorrow!