Ever get up the morning not ready for your day?
You didn’t finish things before bed.
Or you didn’t prepare something in advance of your day.
You are trying to get out the door and everything seems “out of order.”
Clothes aren’t clean. Things aren’t packed. Tasks aren’t done.
You tell yourself, “If only I had done this last night!“
Not Ready For Tomorrow
It has happened to all of us.
You wait until the “morning of” to finish packing. Then what happens?
You can’t find something. (Or you forget an important item.)
Things quickly become stressful and rushed.
“Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.”
– Benjamin Franklin
Many years ago, I got a tough lesson on “putting things off” until morning.
I was moving out an apartment and my friend Mike was helping me with the final tasks. The last of my stuff had been crammed into my car. The only thing left was to clean the apartment, so that I would get my security deposit back.
I told Mike not to worry about it. I had 2 hours in the morning before I had to head to the airport.
Mike was insistent. We weren’t leaving until it was done. I finally relented and ordered a pizza to keep us going. We furiously went to work cleaning up the place.
Six hours later… we finally finished.
We were exhausted, but proud of the fact that everything was done. We dropped the keys in the overnight drop and were done.
I thanked Mike and he headed home to his wife who was no doubt already asleep.
As I headed to bed, it hit me square in the face, “What would have happened if I had left it until the morning?”
It had taken the two of us almost six hours to finish the work!
I had planned on leaving it until morning and had allotted two hours for me to do the job by myself before my flight.
Wow. I had averted a mess. Or rather Mike had.
To this day, I still think of that event when I think about putting something big off until morning.
What You Should Have Done
What happens when you don’t finish things before you call it a day?
Before you call it a night, make sure you have finished your day, and gotten ready for the next.
Here are just a few things you should have done last night…
- Laundry – It has happened to all of us. You are getting ready for your day, and the laundry is not clean. Always switch over the laundry the night before. Better yet, lay out your clothes for the morning. It’s not just for kids.
- Prepared for your Day – Some people plan what they need to do the next day, but preparing is even more powerful. Do your homework and actually do whatever is needed to be ready for your day. There is a difference between knowing you have an important appointment the next day and actually putting the needed materials in your bag.
- Packed for Your Trip – Ever try to pack for a trip the “morning of?” It’s not fun. Always pack the night before. To make it easier, keep a “pack list” so that you can quickly assemble your items each time. You will also minimize the chance that you will forget something.
- Finished Your Day – In my apartment story, I had not finished something important that I needed to do that day. When you are at the end of your day and tired, it can be tempting to “put things off till tomorrow.” Sometimes you must find your second (or third) wind and finish what is still in front of you.
- Gotten More Sleep – You’ve got an important day tomorrow, make sure you get the sleep that your mind and body need. Getting enough sleep can make the difference between a productive day and a failed one. Don’t allow yourself to be tempted into staying out all night before an important day.
Do It Last Night
Don’t go to bed when there are things yet to do.
Finish before you turn in.
Complete your day. And get ready for tomorrow.
You’ll thank yourself in the morning.
What should you have done last night?