This same thinking of working across multiple time horizons can also be applied to our personal lives. In most cases, we tend to take things as they come. But with a little planning, we can also make things fall in line the way we would like them to.
For this, one needs to spend time thinking about the future and what one would like to accomplish. As I have said before, a good way to think about this is to write one’s obituary and then work backwards. This is never an easy exercise, because we mistakenly believe that there are many variables we do not control.
In fact, if there is personal clarity about the future roadmap, we can start working towards them, and then we will find a new richness to interactions because we are not thinking just of the here and now. We will find that there are opportunities where previously we would have seen them as not useful conversations.
Crafting a person multi-horizon plan can add a new dimension to life, especially for those in their late 30s and early 40s, where half their work life still lies ahead.