I received a great audio question recently about long-range planning.
As in: how / when do you think about your vision, your 3-5 year plan, your life’s purpose?
Honestly, the question stopped me in my tracks. Mostly because I don’t think I have done much of that recently. And I really, really should.
Reasons that long-term planning and thinking doesn’t happen:
❏ Being too caught up in the day to day. When each day is really full, it’s very easy to just . . . not think about the long term.
❏ It’s intimidating. And sometimes a little bit scary. Thinking long term brings up thoughts of mortality, of kids growing up and leaving home, of relatives aging.
❏ There is no dedicated time to do it. I mean, one can dedicate time. But how many of us do? I have scheduled personal retreat days before but often one day is just enough time to relax and not a ton of long term deep thinking goes on.
❏ These conversations may be more valuable with another person, such as a partner. And that makes it even harder to coordinate! Plus, when two busy people finally have quality time together, they may not want to focus on these tough questions. (Reason why Josh and I still have not finished estate planning we started about 3 years ago. Whoops!).
Anyway, I don’t have one solid answer here. And I DO think yearly and quarterly planning can be very helpful, and even those are easy to give short shrift. But I was curious if anyone here has ideas about how to set aside time for crafting a longer-term vision, either alone or with others. It is definitely something I would like to do more of in the future.
Of course . . . you can’t predict things like a pandemic (or the Dust Bowl — Four Winds is all about dreams crushed by forces of nature). But having a basic idea of what you are aiming for still seems worthwhile.
Please share if you have any current practices for longer-term planning! This will be part of a future episode and I will give credit 🙂