If you’ve been following our podcast, we just wrapped up a three-part series on Hooking Up Your Future Self. We talk a lot about “hooking up your future selves” at Best Life Ever, and we encourage our clients to look for ways to make life easier for the tired, overwhelmed, or burned out future versions of themselves. Managing dinner-time hangriness by throwing a meal in a crock pot that morning, filling up your gas tank on the weekend instead of running on empty during the busier work week, basically anything you can do to prep and plan ahead for that weary, fated future you.
Because I used to only think of this concept in terms of helping out a tired version of myself, I rarely focused on doing things for my morning self. Since mornings are my peak time, it didn’t seem as necessary to hook up this sharp and energized version of me. My thinking was that “Morning Kimi” really didn’t need any help, but what I’ve come to realize is that applying this concept to your peak times is one of the best productivity hacks I know.
Once you identify your peak time, which for most of us is morning, before decision fatigue and other distractions set in, consider thinking about ways that you can hook up this ready-to-rock version of yourself as a way of setting Badass You up for success.
The reality is that most of us waste precious peak time by using our energy on mundane, low-brain power tasks that could be accomplished at other times (by Past You for your example). For example, I used to use my peak morning time to plan my day. I’d get up, make my coffee, figure out breakfast, sit down and decide how I was going to use my morning. Now I “hook up my peak self” by planning and prepping my breakfast the night before, getting my clothes ready for the day, and having my list of Most Important Things I want to get done, so that I can hit the ground running and not waste any of my precious morning hours.
So as you do your Best Week Ever this week, expand your thinking when it comes to “hooking up your future self”. This week, ask yourself, “How can I hook up my peak self?” so that you can make the most of this valuable time and save your lower brain power tasks (picking out your clothes, social media surfing, reviewing your calendar, making your to do list) for naturally lower energy times in your day or your week.