If you wrote a letter to your future self every day, what would you put in it?

post by DonyChristie · 2019-03-12T09:42:37.185Z · score: 16 (7 votes) · LW · GW · 1 comments

This is a question post.

Several days ago, I wrote an email to myself.

That email will now be sent to me every day.

All it is is a single draft in my Gmail drafts folder, with the Mail Conductor extension sending it out at 10:00 am. I can modify the draft whenever I want, each time improving it.

Consider, with the fervent munchkinry of a final exam... What would you send yourselves?

(Helpful anchor point: What would you share with a guaranteed audience of thousands of cooperative strangers who thought very much - but not quite totally - like you?)

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comment by G Gordon Worley III (gworley) · 2019-03-12T17:00:17.086Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Well, I guess I sort of do this, although not with email and only for certain very narrow purposes: I use a few tools (calendars, emails to myself that describe an action item in the subject, a notes app that displays on my phone's home screen) to make sure I don't forget things I want to do something with later. This is basically just part of my personalization of the Getting Things Done method, although what I do these days doesn't look much like GTD as described in the books, but it's carried out in the same spirit: make a decision about what to do now, and then either do it now, put it in a system you trust so you are sure to do it later, or drop it.

Certainly an email to myself every day could achieve the same thing since I could edit it every day to contain the current state of the information I want to store in these systems, although I imagine more could be done with such a generalized mechanism that I can't do with my narrow way of using the tools I currently do.