Making the most of a beautiful evening
We only get so many great summer nights a year, and it’s up to us to make the most of them. If you’ve got an opportunity to get out of the house, take a walk and be alone with your thoughts, then you really shouldn’t let it pass you by. But how do you fight the urge at the end of the day to crash on the couch instead of going out and getting active?
Well, I find it helps to leave your computer at the office. Pack it full of files you know you’ll need later that night, and then just go home without realizing you’ve left it there. After that, all you’ve got to do is not realize you’ve forgotten it until well after dinner. Before you know it, you’ll have shut off the TV, thrown on your shoes and hit the town!
“But Matt,” you might ask, “don’t I have to go to work tomorrow? Couldn’t I just pick it up then? What’s to stop me from writing off the work I’d planned to do and taking the rest of the evening off?”
Sure, you could do that, but you’d be denying yourself a great walk all the way back to your damned office on a beautiful night. In any case, if you need an extra kick in the ass, just make sure you’re not a hundred percent positive you actually left your computer at the office. Tell yourself as often as you need to that you might have accidentally dropped it on the sidewalk for all you know, and soon you won’t be able to relax until your computer’s in your hands and you know you won’t have to spend the rest of a really busy week trying to track it down. It’s just that simple!
For added fun, go all the way down to your office without the keycard you need to get inside after hours. I didn’t actually do this, but I did spend a couple of minutes rifling through my wallet thinking I had, cursing all the while more than someone who’s trying to get into a secure building has any business cursing.
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