“The journey of a thousand miles begins tomorrow.” -Low Stu
Last year I revealed my powerful system for reducing clutter and organizing your life: the do it later method. Since then millions of people across the world have been saving their trivial cleaning tasks for later. If you haven’t checked it out, you should read the original article tomorrow!
The do it later method is simple. Instead of doing tiresome, trivial tasks like washing dishes the instant you see them, make a mental note and continue what you are doing. At the end of the day, do all of the tasks that have piled up. This means you don’t interrupt enriching activities like watching TV or playing video games.
Getting Started Fast
“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% waiting until later.” -Thomas Edison
How can you start doing things later, immediately? Easy. Look around at all the things you want to get done. Dirty dishes, organizing a desk, feeding your cat, etc. For each item, make a mental note in your head. Then, at the end of the day, do all those tasks!
The end of the day is the best time to get chores done because you have nothing left to do. All the TV has been watched, video games played, and ice cream eaten. There is nothing distracting you from glorious uninterrupted productivity.
What if you forget, or don’t have energy at the end of the day? Relax! The do it later method is 100% stress free. Make another mental note, and remember to do it tomorrow. The dishes will eventually get cleaned, and somebody will change that diaper.
Join the Millions of Devotees
“The secret to getting ahead is getting started (tomorrow).” -Mark Twain
Why should you try it? Because millions of people already have. Look around. Wherever you see a snickers wrapper on the sidewalk, or a rusted out Ford occlusion in front of a house, there is a savvy organizer waiting to do it later.
Your wife may think that laying on the couch for five hours makes you lazy. What she doesn’t understand is that you are an Amish Organization Master, making detailed plans for everything you will accomplish. When the clock strikes 11 PM, you will rise from the couch and zip around like a tornado of productivity, unless you are tired, in which case it can wait until tomorrow.
What makes the do it later method so revolutionary is that it is a natural human instinct. People implement the system without ever having read my inspirational treatise. Does that mean they owe me money? In a sense, yes. I’ll work on collecting that money at the best possible time: later.
Outside the House
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door at the end of the day.” -Julian Wickers
Can you implement the do it later method outside of the house? Absolutely! All it takes is a willingness to save trivial tasks for the end of the day.
Let’s say you’re out for a hike in a pristine mountain wilderness. Instead of hauling out all of those heavy candy bar wrappers or empty chip bags, just throw them on the ground, and remember to pick them up later! The same goes for cans of beer, empty water bottles, and old motor oil – just leave it all on the trail, and pick it up later.
Maybe you’re walking your dog around the neighborhood when all of a sudden he does the doo doo dance? Don’t sweat it! Remember where he went, then come back and get it later. You can tell when you get to a neighborhood full of productivity experts, because the ground is covered in dog shit.
What if you’re at the Apple store, and you see an external hard drive you want, but can’t afford? Apply the do it later method by surreptitiously putting it in your pocket and walking out the door. Remember, it’s not theft so long as you remember to pay them back later!
“If you can believe it, you can achieve it – tomorrow. For now take a load off and relax on the couch.” -Julian Wickers
Are you stuck trying to implement major life changes? Apply the do it later method, and get started tomorrow!
Maybe you are a little overweight and want to become jacked like Amish Habits creator Julian Wickers. Apply the do it later method by starting to exercise – later! All you need to do is make a mental note to exercise at the end of the day, just before bed.
You could get up and run to the gym right now, but why interrupt your web browsing? Instead, make a mental note and get those push-ups done at the end of the day. If you’re worried about being tired, eat a pint of ice cream after dinner, and you will have a ton of energy before bed.
Want to write more? Or learn a new language? Apply energy to these tasks at the end of the day, just before bed. To help get focused, try this technique: turn off the lights and lay out on your bed. With your eyes closed, breathe deeply and count backward from 1000. When you get up, you will be refreshed and ready to go!
Have more goals that I didn’t mention? Check out my simple three step system for demolishing life goals and finding success, no matter how lazy you are.
We reached out to dozens of successful practitioners of the do it later method.
“I will send you a glowing testimonial about your powerful system later today.” – Joe
“The do it later method is so powerful because it lets you put off inconvenient tasks, like this testimonial, until the best possible time: later.” – Mr. Stevens
“Finally, somebody put in writing what I’ve been doing all my life. Thank you Julian Wickers for helping explain my organization habits. Have a dollar. Better yet, have my house. You are amazing.” – Bill Smith
“The do it later has had an enormous positive impact in my life, which I will describe in just a minute. It has helped me accomplish all of my life goals, which I will list shortly. The many benefits, which I will describe later, make it well worth your time no matter who you are.” -Susan
“Julian is a true pioneer in the minimalism movement. He says the things other people are afraid to say, and looks good too. I love him.” – Not Julian Wickers
“As a pilot the do-it-later method has made my job a lot easier. For example, yesterday I found a serious malfunction in the left engine. Instead of a costly and laborious incident report, I decided to make a mental note, and report it promptly next week.” – Captain Rick