Asking Yourself This Simple Question Will Instantly Make You Happier

It's not a stretch to say that 80% of the time, our present moment selves take precedence over our future selves. This is evidenced in our millisecond decision to take the escalator over the elevator, or scroll through social media rather than striking up a conversation with a co-worker in the elevator. We often give in to what we want in that exact moment, instead of considering what will make us happy down the line. 

That's according to Laura Vanderkam, a time-management expert and the author of Off the Clock, who tells Business Insider that scheduling your day according to what will make you happy looking back is the key to a full life. She argues that each individual has three "selves": anticipating, experiencing, and remembering. If we can successfully prioritize our anticipating (expecting) and remembering (future) selves over our experiencing (or present) selves, we will live a happier life.