Two months ago, I signed up for a webinar about my state pension.

The webinar was yesterday. It was two hours long and not exactly riveting, but I did learn quite a bit about how my retirement system works, and the knowledge I gained might save me many thousands of dollars in the future. I’m glad I went.

And if the sign-up process had taken place last week instead of two months ago, I never would have attended.

Back in January, my schedule for this week was wide open, and it was easy to sign Future Jonathan up for a webinar. Why not? It’s two months away!

This tactic—committing our future selves to act in our best interest—is worth keeping in our mental toolbox. It’s a great way to get ourselves to do what needs to be done.

Now, if you’ll pardon me, I need to go sign up for a 5K in July.