To Stay in the Present, You Must Plan for the Future

Do you ever have trouble focusing on today’s tasks because you are thinking about what you want to do with your life or business in the future? I find it extremely difficult to get anything accomplished when I’m preoccupied with “what’s gonna happen next?”

We often talk about strategic planning and budgeting in our blog posts. We encourage you to create a business plan and set goals for your business. But please understand, planning isn’t only about setting goals for the future, it also frees up your mind to stay focused on today.

The importance of planning is to help you stay present, so you are not anxiously thinking about the future all the time.

So, if you are having trouble concentrating on the task at hand, I suggest you stop what you are doing right now and look at this week’s calendar. Carve out 2 hours of uninterrupted time to work on this year’s Strategic Plan for your practice. During those 2 hours:

  1. Brainstorm all the things that you want to happen.
  2. Create 5-10 goals based on the most important things from your brainstorming session.
  3. Make those goals specific and measurable, and set deadline dates.
  4. Consider all the action items it will take for each goal down to the smallest details, including doing research on the feasibility of the goal itself.
  5. On your calendar, plugin each action item on the appropriate date you will need to work on it to ultimately meet the deadline date for each goal.

Now, as you create your to-do list for each day going forward, start with the action items on your calendar for that day. Focus on just those items. Don’t worry about “what’s gonna happen next” because you will find out when you get to tomorrow’s list.

You will be able to stay in the present moment more often. And if we each do that, maybe we can all find that little bit of peace and happiness—right here, right now.

Good luck! And let me know how it goes…