- Step 1: Assume a different name Assume a different name for any risqué second life. This will help you immediately get into character when you hear your name called in public.
- Step 2: Buy a daily planner Buy a daily planner and be maniacal about scheduling every hour of your day. If you’re going to be successful in leading two different lives, you’ve got to keep them from colliding.
- Step 3: Have separate phones Have separate phones and numbers for each persona.
- Step 4: Get a P.O. box Get a P.O. box for the life you consider the 'secret' one.
- Step 5: Don’t allow pictures Don’t allow photos to be taken of you. You never know where they could land, bringing down your whole house of cards.
- Step 6: Be vigilant Be vigilant about assuming the right identity. If you wear the wrong wedding band with the wrong partner, that’s gonna be a hard one to explain.
- TIP: Consider preparing a checklist that you can review when transitioning from one role to the other.
- Step 7: Guard your privacy Guard your privacy, even to the point of rudeness. You never know what a snoopy neighbor may pick up on if you leave him in your den unattended.
- Step 8: Feign incompetence Adopt an absent-minded professor demeanor in both lives; it will make it easier to explain your tendency to repeat and contradict yourself.
- Step 9: Have an emergency plan Have an emergency plan in place, lest your double life becomes exposed. Depending on the extent of your duplicity, having a third identity ready and waiting may be in order!
- FACT: Self-described 'gray, bald, fat, old' British car salesman Melvyn Reed was successfully juggling three wives when he awakened in a hospital room after heart surgery to find all three women ready to kill him.
You Will Need
- A second name
- A daily planner
- A second phone line
- A P.O. box
- A good memory
- An escape plan
- A checklist