How Far In Advance Do You Plan Your Future?

@wolfie34 (26877)
United Kingdom
October 20, 2008 5:36pm CST
We all need goals, we all need things to look forward to but just how far ahead in the future are your long-term goals? I have a love of travel and visiting new countries. Two countries have always fascinated me and I long to visit, they are New Zealand and Sweden, I have always wanted to go and explore and have a big adventure on my own! I have planned to go to New Zealand in 2010 and Sweden in 2012, by then I should have had plenty of time to save up enough money to pay for a holiday of a timetime, my dream holidays! So do you plan well ahead? Or with the world being so precarious are you careful not to plan anything in the future just in case? As long as I get to live to see New Zealand and Sweden in my lifetime I will be very happy! And feel I have achieved what I wanted to achieve in life and I will die a happy man Do you know what you will be doing in 2012? Have you thought about 2012?
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@balasri (26577)
• India
21 Oct 08
We have a different approach for planning for the future in this country Wolfie. Education is very expensive. I mean the quality education by the private institutions which loot the public. Government education is so bad and of very low quality. So we plan to save for the studies of our son. And the next most expensive thin is getting your daughter married. The more educated and well settled the bridegroom is the more the dowry. He may coolly demand a couple of million rupees, car, furniture and jewels as dowry. So we have to plan for it. I leave it to you friend how advance we have to plan for these
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@wolfie34 (26877)
• United Kingdom
21 Oct 08
That's what I love about Mylot learning about the different cultures all around the world, you can learn so much and something you take for granted in one culture is prized in another, thank you for sharing as always my friend. Learning is very important too and pretty soon I will be starting my psychology course.
@balasri (26577)
• India
22 Oct 08
You are right friend.Mylot is a knowledge source.
@kbourgerie (8775)
• United States
21 Oct 08
Are you kidding? 2012? What a foreign concept. I AM the world's biggest procrastinator. I'm lucky if I plan for tomorrow. I just take things as they come, one day at a time. Its a horrible way to be, but thats me for you. I fly by the seat of my pants and I couldn't save money for a vacation two years from now for the life of me. I really should change that, but at this point I'm just used to thinking like that. If I want to take a vacation, I'm liable to leave this afternoon, empty pockets and all. Smile.
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@wolfie34 (26877)
• United Kingdom
21 Oct 08
That's not such a bad thing my friend, at least you live for today instead of wasting today planning for tomorrow, if that makes sense and spontaniety is also a good thing too, it's not horrible, we are all different it's the way we cope with life. Call it our foibles if you like!
@ellie333 (21029)
21 Oct 08
Hi Wolfie, I believe that I have already shared my long term goal story about wanting to live by the sea before I was forty and I achieved that one before then in my mid thirties. I don't really make plans as such other than a few dates in the diary, Christmas, people visiting etc. as life is too short so I tend to just I tend to live for more today these days and set little plans and goals along the way and that way when I achieve them I am more encouraged to set a longer term one but right now other than finishing a degree I am doing and getting to visit my mother abroad next year no longer terms ones really. It is great though that you have set dates to have visited these places as by doing that it will make it happen. I would at some stage like to visit Australia at some stage and Fiji too whilst over there, in fact I might set that for myself for 2012 and go via Singapore so I can see that years F1 night race and experience some lovely cuisine too. Until now though I haven't thought about 2012 although some say the world will end then, I personally believe it will just be a shift in conciousness about how people will be rather than the end so to speak, doesn't leave a lot of time though if it is true eh. Huggles. Ellie :D
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@wolfie34 (26877)
• United Kingdom
21 Oct 08
I have heard about the world ending in 2012, something about Nostradamus isn't it and a meteor wiping us out, similiar to what happened to the dinosaurs. I guess it's also important to live for today too, trouble with planning ahead and making future plans and dreams you forget to live for today. I hope you achieve your dreams my friend but if you put your mind to it you will! Blimey I've swallowed a Talk yourself Positive Self help book today I think!
@chrislotz (8207)
• Canada
21 Oct 08
Right now I am having trouble just living for today. I have so much stress in my life, with my ex, that I don't make any future plans. I have to choose if I am going to go back to him or not, and it is really stressing me out. So I don;t have any future plans right now. I just want to get through day by day and see what happens without making any future plans. I just want to get rid of the stress I am feeling.
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@wolfie34 (26877)
• United Kingdom
21 Oct 08
I am sure you will get through it my friend and have strength that you will make the right decision which is right for YOU. After all it's you that matters you have to put yourself first. Maybe some time away or going to a place where you can relax and think clearly about what you really want. Good luck my friend
• China
21 Oct 08
Hi wolfie. Yup, I am planning now and actually I have been planning for a long time about future life, but, sorry, it is yet to come, lol. I don't like a long-term plan coz I hate doing things according to a plan. I would rather do things freely when I have the feeling for it and I always follow my passion. Short-term plan is ok with me, like what I will do at this weekend and next month. One year is an accceptable period, haha. These days I have been thinking about my career life and it concerned me a lot. I am just tired of doing my old job and trying to figure out which profession is more suitable for me. But I haven't got a clue yet and I am feeling low, feel like I am capable of doing nothing. How about changing the life totally? Say, continue my study and work hard for a good school, get a postgraduate degreee or move to a brand new city and start a new career... So many choices! I think it's time for me to make some plans.
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@wolfie34 (26877)
• United Kingdom
21 Oct 08
We spend most of our time at work so it is very very important to be happy. Sometimes money is less important with jobs as enjoying them. I hope your career goes well and wish you all the luck you deserve it thank you.
• United Kingdom
21 Oct 08
I guess I have my whole future mapped out all ready! Whether I achieve my plans and goals though is another matter! I tend to review my goals once per month on the first of every month. I draw those mind maps where you link things up and this is where I have all my ideas for my future. The only thing that I know about 2012 is that the Olympic games will be hosted in London, right around the corner from me! I get on with doing what I have to do on a daily basis otherwise. It's nice to be well travelled! I have not done any serious travelling to speak of and New Zealand sounds like the ultimate adventure! I have never actually travelled alone and so, I would like to think that I can experience this. Do you just pack your bags and go? How do you feel travelling alone? Anyway, I try and remain positive and think to myself that my future will be bright and rosy! Andrew
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@wolfie34 (26877)
• United Kingdom
21 Oct 08
I love travelling alone my friend, I can do as I please, go where I please and there's no compromise, I only have to worry about myself! I travelled alone this time last year in actual fact when I went to Rhodes, it was the first time I went on a plane on my own and now I've done it I can do it again, but it's a bit further to New Zealand. You only live once and if I don't do it I'll only be wondering what if... for the rest of my natural!
• United States
21 Oct 08
I am not one to plan for the future other than saving for retirement. Even then you never know what will happen. I cringe to think about my 401k! I am a dreamer though. Often I think about a nice holiday in Hawaii, but really, do I want to sit in a climate that has high humidity? Another dream is to travel the USA. How? Perhaps by auto. Thought about buying a travel trailer but with the price of gas, that thought was quickly erased. Now I live from one day to another. If I am so lucky to be able to travel in the future it will happen. If it doesn't, I will be happy to be home where I am most relaxed and at peace.
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@wolfie34 (26877)
• United Kingdom
21 Oct 08
I think we are all dreamers at heart my friend, sometimes dreams happen and sometimes it's best that they stay dreams. I don't like the high humidity either, so I will time it right when my visits to the countries are at the coolest!
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@mssnow (9495)
• United States
21 Oct 08
My dearest darling wolfie, The only plans I have for my future is to live to be 125. I have to make it so I can see all of the wonderful things we have in store for us. I will make it Wolfie. Hugs
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@wolfie34 (26877)
• United Kingdom
21 Oct 08
125? Well I hope you will be as beautiful then as you are now! I just want to reach 70 that's good enough for me ;0)
@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
20 Oct 08
I try to plan in a range of about 5 years. I always leave room for chnages and adjustments.I am looking at different plans according to my success with saving and circumstances that may or may not change.I try to have back up plans and sometimes, I do need to use them.
@wolfie34 (26877)
• United Kingdom
21 Oct 08
It sounds though you have a Plan B set in motion just in case, which is very wise, I also know you have a big challenge facing you at this time my friend but I know full well you are strong enough to move on!
@pumpkinjam (5749)
• United Kingdom
21 Oct 08
I try to plan some things in advance although, by the time that time gets here, there is usually something stopping those plans being carried out anyway. I am determined to take my children on holiday and, hopefully, we will be able to do that next year but I think I said that last year and the year before. However, finally something appears to be going my way so it might possibly be possible that I can afford to take them somewhere. However, I won't actually plan it until only a couple of months in advance because things tend to have a habit of not going my way. I certainly don't know what I'll be doing in 2012. There is not a lot of planning to the things I want to do. I intend to have a better job by then so we can do more enjoyable things but I don't like to plan too far ahead. I find it difficult to plan ahead for a week, let alone four years!
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• United States
20 Oct 08
now THERES and idea, I mean I have ideas about what I want to do up through till 60, But I never thought about giving them a deadline, and adding ways to do it (strictly i mean) Now I have to rethink EVERYTHING, thank you...such a simple concept and yet I never thought of it...
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• United States
21 Oct 08
The future? I'll live it when I get to it and never plan anything ahead. 2012. the Mayan Calender ends, so what? Couldn't it be that when that calender was made, someone just got tired of counting into the future. Why worry about anything? Whatever will be, will be... Live for today and smile as often as you can!
@wolfie34 (26877)
• United Kingdom
21 Oct 08
Que sera sera as they say, a good motto to have, live for today, many of us don't do that and forget that there may not be a tomorrow! Thank you for your response.
@hiddenwing (3721)
• China
21 Oct 08
I guess I would be in the united states in 2012, or I travel to Japan to see my friend. It is scary! Four years ago, I will be four years older. Bear this in mind, I wish the time stands still
@wolfie34 (26877)
• United Kingdom
21 Oct 08
Time goes very quickly my friend, 2008 is nearly over, the year has shot past! We have to make the most of our short time on Earth, so enjoy, but in four years, you will be four years wiser, always look on the positives.
@kellyjeanne (1578)
• United States
22 Oct 08
I would say that I usually only plan from a few weeks to a month or so in advance. There are exceptions though. I am planning on going to Horrorfest, which is going to be in January of 2009 this time around. At the end of this month I am planning on going trick or treating with my housekeeper and her husband and next Saturday we are planning on going to the haunted house in Balboa Park in San Diego. I'm very excited about all of this! LOL! Purrs, Catwoman=^..^= & Mija
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
22 Oct 08
I used to plan my future until the beginning of this year. So many things happened this year. I have learn not to plan too much ahead of time. Life can ruin all plans. I started to plan only for a month or two ahead.
@sweetie1026 (1724)
• Philippines
22 Oct 08
I agree with you, but right, now i have plans for 2010 which will be the year when my eldest daughter will be coming home to get married here.She has been away for 2 years now, and i miss her a lot. But i also plan for my youngest college education for she will be graduating this year from high school.Maybe after she finishes college, i can plan a vacation of a lifetime for myself too,like you do. So far, i have plans only for 2010, that is just how far i will go. I wish you could fulfill your dream vacation in New Zealand and Sweden. That would be great! Good day ahead, my friend.
@ssj3goku (113)
• United States
21 Oct 08
I like to have three plans. One for the immediate future ie. a week or two. One for times between a week and a year. and one for the rest of my life. Each time i make a plan for a time period farther away I have less and less detail. For example my plan for this week would be study for midterms and take midterms. For the full year I would like to finish this school year and get a summer job and transition into next school year. For the long term future I would like to be a doctor and that's like 8 years into the future. I think it's completely logical for you to plan to go somewhere in 2012. I certainly try to have a course of action in my life.
@flagella08 (5069)
• Philippines
21 Oct 08
2012 if four years from now. i promise myself to have a hassle free life y that time. this would mean that i would be less in debt and have more savings in my account and more earnings in mylot of course. i hope mylot is still alive by that time. i really hope so.
@ljq897 (77)
• China
21 Oct 08
It was long time that i did not make goals for me in the future.Since i had employed in my company three years ago.It was little time for me to think my future.I had to work hard to make enough money and send it back my family.For my family is not well-off ,so i had to earning enough money buying my future house and getting married in other three years.
• India
21 Oct 08
i don't plan my future in too much but i do just near to the present.