I'm someone who, generally speaking, prefers to live in the moment. Or at least in the current day, week, and month.
In my job, because I am involved in the planning of products getting to customers, I have to look ahead into May and beyond for some of the orders I cut. Sometimes, it blows my mind that I am always looking 3 months ahead.
We keep a family calendar via Google and try to plan ahead as best we can for times when Jeff is out of town or if the kids have activities or my church and social commitments.
This morning, my boss sent out a memo asking all of us to turn in our vacation requests for the year. That way we can start to determine coverage for the "big quested times."
This morning, as I was trying to gather possible need-off dates without the benefit of next year's school calendar actually being available- I realized I needed to get moving on determining where the kids will be spending their days this summer.
It's hard having the kids split up during the school year- Jeff drives Zach to other side of our little town, Teagan goes right up the road to her school. I miss when they were both across town together- even if they didn't spend the day together, they took comfort in being in the same general place. We took comfort in having 1 drive and 1 pick up.
It's not even the last week of February and I have to book out our entire summer. I have to sit down with the kids and talk about what week of which camp sounds interesting and fun. I have to take time off work to go check out the Y and become a member. I have to figure out the scheduling of 2 kids for the entire 10 weeks of summer and will eventually have to figure out what to do with them for the week at the end of summer before school begins (Grandma Camp, maybe?).
One great thing about "living in the now," is that there is a lot more flexibility and ability to respond to changes in needs or wants. Planning months into the future leaves too many possible unknowns that could come along and change things. Planning months into the future, always focusing on the future plan, leaves me less time to just enjoy what is going on right here, right now.
How about you? Do you focus on the now or get caught up in always looking ahead?