Whatever your dreams and goals are — running a 5K, ramping up your retirement savings, or throwing your best friend the most amazing birthday bash ever — time travel can help you reach them. You don’t even need a time machine — just a calculator. Call it a quirk of the human brain, but thinking about goals in terms of days, rather than months or years, ramps up inspiration and motivation. Say you’d like to take a trip to Italy in three years. Here’s how to plan and save for it: Whip out your calculator and multiply 3 x 365. Whereas “three years” may seem far off and abstract, “1,095 days” — and the person you’ll be then — sounds closer and more tangible. Feeling connected to your “future self” helps to light a proverbial fire under your derriere. Forgoing instant gratification (the latest-model car that you want but don’t need) in favor of saving money feels less like a sacrifice and more like an investment. Talk about mind over matter.
"Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now." Alan Lakein