Plan for Happiness

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

Posted on September 14, 2015 and filed under wellness.