Tomorrow Is a BIG DAY For Me

The second winning submission of October’s Writers Club prompt!

11.05.17

Tomorrow, and all the tomorrows after that, I’ll wake up refreshed instead of browsing on my phone for 30 minutes to prevent myself from falling back asleep. Tomorrow, I won’t get up at the last possible second and frantically rush to the office, feeling behind before I’ve even started. Tomorrow, I’ll arrive calmly, maybe even before everyone else arrives instead of dead last. Tomorrow, I’ll wear makeup and a carefully planned outfit instead of hurriedly throwing on whatever feels the warmest and most comfortable. Tomorrow I won’t drink copious amounts of coffee to stave off the tiredness because tomorrow, I won’t be tired.

When I get to work tomorrow, I’ll start being productive right away. I won’t need to “warm up” my brain by browsing all of the same websites I already browsed in bed because it’ll be ready to go. Tomorrow I won’t have to go to the coffee shop and inevitably buy a chocolate pastry because tomorrow, the coffee I make myself won’t taste like crap.

I will spend every minute in the office working efficiently tomorrow, completing the approximate five hours of actual work I do in five actual hours, instead of procrastinating and making five hours somehow drag into eight. After work, I’ll dive right into some exercise or socializing. I won’t renege on going for a run. I won’t breathe a sigh of relief when the friend I planned to meet cancels, leaving me free to lie around in comfortable clothing, ambling around the house, somehow allowing the hours to pass by neither relaxing nor achieving anything.

I will drink at least two liters of water tomorrow and eat at least five pieces of fruit and vegetables, starting with a big, nutritious breakfast, because I won’t feel nauseous and groggy due to lack of sleep tomorrow morning.

Because I’ll finish work on time tomorrow, I’ll run all my errands. I’ll take the clothes to the tailor. I’ll take my boots to the cobbler. I’ll get ahead and do my taxes in a calm, relaxed manner, not right before the deadline. Tomorrow I’ll sit down and plan out my meals and groceries for the week so I won’t waste precious minutes wandering the aisles every evening, tossing whatever the easiest option is into my basket. I definitely won’t buy snacks. I won’t drink alcohol, because I know alcohol gives me insomnia, which I will regret the tomorrow after tomorrow.

At a reasonable hour, I’ll get straight into the bed I made in the morning, in the silk pajamas I’ve somehow acquired by then. I don’t need to think about the next tomorrow because my lunch will be defrosting on the counter (batch cooking!) and I will have organized my bag. This will all happen by 11 p.m. at the latest. Of course, I will not look at any electronic devices for at least an hour before bed, and I will spray lavender on my (also silk) pillow.

I’ll need that beauty sleep. Tomorrow sounds exhausting. At least I don’t have to think about it today.

Photo by Arthur Elgort/Conde Nast/Contour via Getty Images.

Get more Pop Culture ?
  • Mia

    ummm- please remove your microphone from my brain.
    Tomorrow, I’ll remember to put a post-it on my laptop’s webcam because clearly, you’ve been spying on me and you know exactly what I also intend to do tmr.
    hahahaha thanks for that heartfelt and accurate AF description of my tmr. apirations.

    • Anna Curran

      I’m not stalking you, I swear!

  • Shevaun

    Oh my god OTHER PEOPLE CONDUCT THEMSELVES THIS WAY?

    What a relief.

    • Mottisjandra Mercado

      I know, right?! I thought I was the only person who lived like this, every day promising to start the next one fresh and well rested, ready to work and accomplish something only to end up wasting all my morning on my cellphone and then wasting more time at work browsing gossip sites. Suddenly I don’t feel so alone in my unhealthy behaviors.

  • My inner monologue at the end of every day. You nailed it.

  • Hello. It’s me.

    Charmaine Ng
    Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Anna Curran

    I’ve given myself The Fear reading this again! Hey, tomorrow will be different guys, don’t worry!

  • Bianca

    Ha. The only rituals I manage to religiously follow without fail are the silk pajamas and silk pillowcase. As for the rest, well, life gets in the way sometimes. But for me that little bit of luxury makes the rest more bearable!

  • Dare to dream.

  • Thorhildur Asgeirsdóttir

    So good!

    • Thorhildur Asgeirsdóttir

      Two excellent joint–winners this month!!!

  • www.thatprettydress.com

    This post made me smile 🙂

  • Bo

    BRILLIANT

  • Mbali Mvula

    loved this… your piece was the winner in my eyes… (not that the other one wasnt great)

    • Anna Curran

      Thank you very much!

  • Mareike Borkowski

    Hahahaha! This is brilliant! This is ususally my inner monologue on a Sunday titled: „Next week I’ll get my shit together!” That plan usually detoriates by Wednesday at the latest…

  • Amelia

    This is brilliant.

    But also gave me a little bit of anxiety about the overstuffed tote bag of clothes I can’t wear before I get tailored, and the shoebox of those shoes I love and can’t bother to throw away but urgently need to be taken to the cobbler. I WILL DO THIS TOMORROW

    • Anna Curran

      Today didnt start off so well (arrived at the office at 11…) but I DID go to the gym!

  • Melissa

    Every. single. day.

  • meme

    That last paragraph, though. Brilliant.

  • patyof

    modern day scarlett o’hara. “I won’t think about that today, I’ll think about that tomorrow!” also same.

    • Anna Curran

      I love that book, funny I didn’t think of that quote when writing!

  • If I were a high school teacher, I’d make all my kids read this.

    • Anna Curran

      If I listened to my dad I should have been one myself!

  • Jessica Barthel

    Lavender on my (silk) pillowcase! THAT’S what I’ve been forgetting to do! Thanks for the reminder! Will definitely do this tomorrow evening after I sleep train my son to sleep in his crib (instead of co-sleeping so I can, yunno, sleep). Because I’m definitely sleep training him tomorrow!

    • Anna Curran

      Best of luck! I hear once they get in the bed it’s hard to get them out!

  • Jennifer

    nice to see I’m not the only one! great piece!

  • Isabela Alves

    I LOVE THIS

  • Andie

    It’s supremely comforting to know that everyone else has their lives as totally together as I do. 😉 Thanks for the hilarious (and legit comforting) article!

  • Amber Wolma

    You should thaw your lunch in the fridge rather than the counter (food poisoning!)