Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Long term goals are hard

It's funny. I have lots of ideas about things that I'd like to get done, but only the short term projects are the ones that ever seem to get accomplished. It's all too easy to put off long term tasks. Really the only way I can see getting around that problem is to meticulously plan and schedule ahead of time. That's much easier said than done of course, but otherwise you just end up doing your short term tasks, and then killing time till bedtime.

When we rarely have free time, we seem to just waste away the precious moments that we get (although maybe that's the point!). But when we have lots of free time, we aren't motivated to get things done. Why put off today what you can put off tomorrow?

After reading some more of that post from Two Plus Two about happiness, I'm starting to think happiness is tied to feeling productive. Each of us defines this differently, but regardless, if you just sit around watching TV all day, it's going to be nearly impossible to be happy. For some people it's family, for others it's helping people, and still others it's career and business success.

Being useful, helpful, and productive makes us happy. Now we just need to each figure out what each of those terms means to ourselves.

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