Making Time for Long-Term Planning

Lynne Taetzsch Health Guide
  • It’s hard, when we’re just managing to get by day by day or even moment by moment, to think about setting goals. But whether we’re talking about work and career goals, or personal health goals, it’s important to have a plan to get wherever it is we’d like to go.

    I tend to get caught up in the every-day buzz of working on my art, answering email, tinkering with my website, and just responding to the latest thing that comes up. Before I know it, my day is mostly gone and I’m thinking, “Oops, better get a walk in before dark.” By the time I’ve made supper and we’ve eaten, all I want to do is chill out in front of a Netflix flick. The day is essentially over.
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    I know I need to take some time out for long-term planning for my art business. There are so many directions one could go, and limited time to go there. Responding to opportunities and crises as they come up is necessary, but it is more important to make steady progress toward a long-term goal.

    It is also necessary to set health goals and to integrate healthy living into my day, not just fit it in when I can. I’ve spent my life focusing on the short-term in everything. I’ve never learned to build a plan for the future. This is true in my work life as well as my personal life. If I feel good in the morning, I don’t worry about how I’m going to feel tomorrow. If I’m depressed, I can’t imagine there’s any other state to look forward to.

    Being bipolar, I think we get so used to change that we forget about duration—the things that last. Yet, if we want to be as healthy and successful as we can, we need to think about our long term goals and what we need to do to get there.

    Take time out today to begin to do that for yourself. I promise to do the same.

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Published On: November 15, 2006