We tend to overestimate the short term and underestimate the long term.
If you’ve ever felt like your hair was on fire and waking up was a fire drill, heed the words above.
Try ten-year planning.
Though I’ve thought of it often, I’ve not sat down until recently to plan out 10 years and think about what each year means, what will be accomplished, and what matters.
It’s a good exercise. When you do it, you start to see there’s plenty of time if you look ahead. You can do some pretty amazing things over 10 years.
When you only look to this year or next, you realize it’s a false sense of what needs to happen, and it can melt into everything right now. And this is where the firefighting begins.
Do your work, write it out – see what happens.
Let the underestimating begin.