Mar 12

how to get out the door

I’m notorious for being a little bit late to just about everything.

My friend Arnold Santos once named it “time optimism” – which means that I always think I can get [a lot more done than realistically possible] in a short amount of time, AND I also act in ways that suggest my commute to whatever location will be hassle-free and devoid of traffic. Sound familiar?

Awhile back I was given the suggestion to “just put on your shoes” (source: Marla Cilley via hp) — when you’re dragging your feet on getting ready or just keep procrastinating leaving the house, the small act of putting on your shoes is committing yourself psychologically to the reality of the situation. This works if you’re supposed to be headed out to the gym, or a social event, or a business meeting. Something about suiting up with the right shoes for the task is enough subtle trigger to get the rest of you going.

I have some other tricks I have used since I was young, like putting together my gear bag and picking out the clothes I will want – the night before. As a non-morning adult, if I have a meeting before my preferred rise-and-shine time (10am is about the earliest I can preferentially be clean and hold a decent conversation) I sometimes put out everything from socks to scarf for the next day’s activity. Limiting morning fashion decisions for my not-yet-functioning brain is a smart choice all around.

Here’s some smart advice from Gretchin Rubin of The Happiness Project. I think she’s the source of the “put on your shoes” trick, too.

One Response to “how to get out the door”

  1. Rachel B Says:

    Haha, when I saw the title for this one, I thought it was going to be about going through doorways when you’re 9 months pregnant!

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