Planning ahead is a necessary and helpful part of surviving in the 21st century. Schedules, planners, to-do lists: they all help organize our lives into neat, efficient packages. But we often find ourselves bound by the idea of basing everything around a calendar, even to our detriment. How many times have you decided to start doing something on a certain day or once a certain condition has been met?
I’ll start going to the gym once my allergies clear up.
I’ll start eating better when I get a raise.
Or the ever popular I’ll start my new diet on [insert date].
But then life happens. An unexpected expense or plan that ruins your current calendar. Not to worry, though—you just create a new one! And before you know it, your plan to start next Saturday is 3 months overdue and showing no signs of stopping.
Why don’t we try something new? Why don’t we try the other side of the right now approach: deciding that, despite the reasons you can drum up not to, you’re going to start right now.
And I don’t mean that you have to make a complete overhaul of any aspect of your life in this very moment. Simply ask yourself “What can I do right now?”
Maybe go wash the few dishes in the sink right now rather than putting it off and being overwhelmed by a full sink later.
Sure, you have a bunch of groceries that you already bought, but maybe right now you can just have a very small portion of the pasta and a lot of meat and vegetables with it.
Maybe you can throw out that half-eaten bag of potato chips right now instead of insisting that you’ll finish this one and then that will be it.
None of this has to be a big change; the most important thing is to start taking action. You can make plans all you want, but none of them will do you any good until you start executing them. Become a person who makes small changes, and before you know it, making small changes will become nearly effortless.