Past, Present and Future: 3 things that no matter what can be the joys of our lives or can haunt us. Should you plan for all these, and if so how? Let’s have a little look.
The 3 Ghosts as Charles Dickens would say can completely take up our lives. Reminders of the past can keep us from attempting our wildest dreams of the future. This could very well be why so many say you should only focus on the present moment, or today. This is all very well and good, but without the past, you wouldn’t have today, and without a dream, there is no reason to do anything for tomorrow. All 3 elements are incredibly important to me, but how do you find the balance?
The Past – Memory Journal
When it comes to the past, the best way I find of planning it is by somehow finding a way to remember all the happy times of your past. What made you grow, made you smile, your achievements? Having a scrapbook or even just a simple notebook with your most precious memories written down can be a great way to help you revisit those moments that helped you to become who you are today.
The Future – A Goal Planner
Now we have find a way to reminisce about the lessons we have learned and the happy moment which have sculpted us, we can now focus on why we are doing things the we want to do – also known as our goals! Although unrealistic dreaming or dreaming too far into the future can be unhealthy for us, having an idea of what we are aiming for is the best way to help us prioritise what we are doing.
A great way to plan your goals is by having a separate notebook, planner or even a section in your planner to help you write down the things you want to accomplish in a way which is specific and complete it with all the reasons as to why this will benefit you and your life.
It is very easy to get so caught up in everything that we forget about today. Using a memory journal and a goal planning can help you focus without taking too much of the present.
How can you use the past and the future to shape today? A great way to do this is to ask yourself a couple of questions when you are planning out your daily to do list.
1) Will this task help me to be the best I can be?
2) Will it help me to achieve what I need to achieve? Is it important?
3) Have I tried this before? Did it work, or not work? Why?
4) When I look back, will I be happy/proud/content?
Knowing the difference between a good to do list and a not so good to do list is understanding what and why a task should be important or a priority. When we complete tasks that mean something to us, we are more likely to take our time and enjoy it, then completing the same tasks which we don’t even need to be doing.
What item on your to do list helps you to learn from the past, enjoy today and benefit your future? Let us know!
Until next time…