frauenfelder at June 2nd, 2014 13:50 — #1
glitch at June 2nd, 2014 14:03 — #2
Such first world problem.
allenmcbride at June 2nd, 2014 14:17 — #3
This is weird advice. I'm pretty bad at preparing ahead of time, but I'd have to be abysmal at it for it not to matter whether something is a day away or a month away.
grey_devil at June 2nd, 2014 14:20 — #4
The thing is, give anyone enough time to think about most things and they might change their mind. Heck no I wouldn't want to do most things tomorrow or later on, yet I say yes anyway because I like to support friends or be there when they want to put together a social gathering. It's polite. To think "would I do this tomorrow?" Is a selfish thing when you have no other obligations.
Now if its for something that doesn't involve close friends then I could care less if I go or not.
chione at June 2nd, 2014 14:24 — #5
Okay. It may be because I'm tired and grumpy, but that has got to be one of the most inane pieces of advice I've ever read. Jesus wept. I can think of a hundred different events I generally would like to attend, but not if they would suddenly be tomorrow. That "advice" pretty much prohibits everything that would take the tiniest bit of preparation to achieve. I would love to perform in a musical or visit Antarctica or even just attend a friends wedding or an awards ceremony or my own graduation, but if you sprung any of those on me tomorrow I would not be happy. All of those require planning and preparation, and I bloody well wouldn't want to attend any of those without the chance to do just that. Hey, come defend your thesis tomorrow! NO. If a person is so tractable and easily led astray that they cannot say "no" to invitations and apparently doesn't have the perseverance to actually prepare for those occasions they have agreed to, they might try growing a goddamn spine instead. Aaarggh.
acerplatanoides at June 2nd, 2014 14:37 — #6
I think it is a very good piece of advice. If it would make you happy in the short term, then it's probably worth putting on the calendar.
I also see there are some more.... process oriented people in the room.
lakelady at June 2nd, 2014 14:46 — #7
I suppose it might be good advice for people bad at time management. Other than that it's pretty stupid.
redesigned at June 2nd, 2014 14:48 — #8
this is the best advice for picking up people in bars!!!
chickied at June 2nd, 2014 15:05 — #9
I'm not sure if I get what problem this is solving. Is it that you accept invitations because you think later I will enjoy this? But in reality you won't enjoy it later if you wouldn't enjoy it today. Is that you accept a lot of invitations thinking, "but it's later so it's okay?" But in reality, it's not okay today so it's not okay later. ????
awjt at June 2nd, 2014 15:11 — #10
LOL, because the question I usually ask myself is, "Well, do I want to or not?" And if I don't, I don't. And if I do, I do.
steampunkbanana at June 2nd, 2014 15:17 — #11
Well, of course I can't do it tomorrow, tomorrow is already planned with all that stuff I put in my calendar weeks ago.
chgoliz at June 2nd, 2014 15:20 — #12
It seems to be saying "Is this important enough to me that I would cancel whatever I have planned for tomorrow, no matter how inconvenient, in order to do this instead?" At least one of the examples being blowing off an event with your child to do the other thing instead. So yeah, advice by someone who doesn't have deep commitments to people and/or long-term projects.
daneel at June 2nd, 2014 15:20 — #13
Tomorrow is already full with all the things I should have done today.
chickied at June 2nd, 2014 15:33 — #14
So, then it's, would I find this so interesting that pissing off my family/friends/co-workers is totally worth going to this great event!
Now I'm firmly on the side of this is really stupid advice.
chgoliz at June 2nd, 2014 15:38 — #15
acerplatanoides at June 2nd, 2014 15:47 — #16
I disagree. I would agree that that is how you chose to read the question, for whatever reason. My example would be, "Should I get a dog". I would love to tomorrow, but it is impractical tomorrow. But I should probably make a point to organize things such that I get a dog, if practical. I seem to want one. Follow?
timquinn at June 2nd, 2014 15:47 — #17
Gee, I took it to mean, "ask yourself if you would answer the same after giving it a day to sink in." Often I will say yes to something just to appease or please the asker. Then later regret having said yes because I don't really want to do it. I take the advice to be step back and be honest with yourself before committing.
acerplatanoides at June 2nd, 2014 15:49 — #18
I didn't. But I still think its good advice.
steampunkbanana at June 2nd, 2014 15:51 — #19
That's not a good invitation question.
A better one would be "Do you want to come to my dog's birthday party."
acerplatanoides at June 2nd, 2014 15:56 — #20
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