Plan ahead; be prepared. Apart from that magical time around New year’s, planning is often forgotten.
The problems surrounding planning are:
- Presence – how can you remain ‘in the moment’ when your thoughts are occupied by the future?
- Foresight – hindsight is twenty-twenty but there are no certainties in the future so how can you prepare for what it has in store?
- Keep track – you’ve planned ahead but how do you stay on the right path?
You need to strike a balance. Most of your time should be occupied by the present, though failing to plan is like a ship with no destination; aimlessly floating about the seven seas.
Also, reassess often and adjust as things change. Regular reminders, like mobile apps, can help with accountability.
Like a captain uses a map and a compass to find land, planning helps to guide you toward your goals.