So I have some ways that I deal with these things…for example, I try to either do things right when I remember them or at least create an effective reminder for myself to make sure it’s done later. Or I make sure to get a TON of work done when I’m “on” so that I don’t screw myself when I’m having an “off” day.
I try to consolidate a lot of things in my life too…for example, I will send a landlord a stack of signed checks for the term of a lease so that I don’t have to forget to send a single check every month. Or, if I have the money, I will actually pay chunks of rent at a time…right now I don’t need to pay rent on my apartment until March because I already paid three months in advance. (You then have to set a reminder to actually then PAY it in March!)
However…sometimes people don’t “get” these things. The person I pay my work studio rent to, for example, was utterly baffled as to why I would want to pay the rent for the entire remainder of the lease now, so we got into a mini-standoff of her saying “no, you can just pay me each month” and me responding “right, but I have the money now, so I’ll just pay you now”…until I finally just said ” Ah…I try to pay things in chunks to eliminate repetitive tasks and make sure things are done when they need to be done. If it’s truly not convenient for you, that’s okay, but if it IS, it would be much better for me to pay you now.”. That did the trick.
However, there ARE times when our “accommodation” isn’t reasonable for others to have to put up with. This wasn’t one of those times. But it’s good to remember in the back of your brain that the world won’t always work the way you want it to, even when YOU are in fact having the best of intentions…