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How to Balance the Present with Plans for the Future

Updated on April 24, 2022
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Cristale Adams is an online author and publisher. Her articles vary in topics and focus on real life. She always enjoys learning new things.

The Past, Present, and Future

The past is a term used to refer to the totality of events that occurred before a given point in time. The past is contrasted with and defined by the present and future decisions. Time is accessed through memory and recollection, which is based on experiences. The past is often noted through writings, artifacts, and even documents that are being founded during this present time. Humans have recorded the past since the beginning of written language and communication.

The present is a term for the time of 'now' and is composed of the events happening directly for the first time, not as a memory or a recollection. This range of time can vary from a single instant to a day, like current daily life.

The future is a term used for the indefinite time period immediately following the 'present', which has not yet occurred. The future is a time that can not be avoided due to the existence of time and is also inevitable due to the law of physics. Things that currently exist during the present time will be classified as either permanent or temporary in the future, meaning that those things will come to an end or they will not.

What Those Times Can Mean

The past is history that can not be erased or changed, although many people wish it were different. The present, along with the future, is unknown as times come with some form of an outcome. When combined, this is known as life and these times will happen for eternity. Every person has a past, a present, and a future. The time of the past, the present, and the future is overwhelming for many people to think about all at once, but there is a better way to look at it all. It is just a certain time of life that happens, and since time is not permanent, time will change. This article will explain in further detail balancing these particular times for success and for happiness.

Balance the Present With Plans for the Future

The present time is difficult for many people right now, financially and even mentally. The present time has changed very much from the historical time when the world operated much differently. The future involves accomplishing many goals and plans for many people, which is difficult to provide for during these present days. Future plans may include a new home, or maybe a new vehicle, but does not seem possible because of unemployment rates or even the job markets.

There are ways to accomplish goals and plans that are set for the future, which does include hard work and devotion. The present times will change, and the future will be the present so there needs to be a balance put into place to be assured that plans for the future become a reality. This article will explain some great and helpful ways to balance the present demands with plans for the future.

1. Take One Day at a Time.

As we all know, plans will oftentimes change or even become canceled. Remembering this fact can help relieve some pressure and help to focus on giving more quality hard work daily. Always set goals and work towards them but also have the flexibility for change and enjoy the days as they come, they won't come again!

2. Only Two Words: Self-Motivation

One of the best ways to balance the present with future plans is by self-motivation. This is the act of motivating one's self for success and accomplishments throughout life. This is a guaranteed way to ensure that future plans are accomplished. Not relying on other people for motivation and encouragement is also great for increased self-confidence and self-esteem, as well as gaining independence. Just as adults use motivation for children, the same tactics and methods can also be applied to adults.

First, set an outcome or solution that is to be accomplished in the future. Next, set a date as the deadline for the future outcome to be met. The use of certain rewards and incentives act as encouragement along the path to success until an outcome or solution has been reached.

3. Set Realistic Goals.

The most distracting and overwhelming thing is trying to accomplish goals that are unattainable or unreachable. For example, setting a goal of an elaborate and expensive vacation when it is not financially feasible. Then getting discouraged and disgruntled because it can not be accomplished. Setting a goal of a realistic vacation by saving per week or per month is a perfect solution. When the small goals along the way are met, that will provide encouragement for the final goal. This will also avoid feelings of being overwhelmed and may even make the way to obtaining the goal fun.

4. Use Rewards and Incentives Along the Way.

The use of rewards and incentives is beneficial because it is something to look forward to, besides the goal being met in the future. Rewards and incentives like money, gifts, and even certain benefits are always appealing to the mind and to the brain, which always increases hard work and diligence. The rewards and incentives to be used should generally include something small since the future goal is usually something larger. Children and adults alike enjoy this method of self-motivation because it can be seen and touched, while the future goal remains unseen until accomplished.

5. Live a Balanced Life Daily.

Living a balanced life means a more fulfilling and satisfying present with increased future success.

Every person should always have an equal balance within their life, for all aspects. There are many different responsibilities and obligations that each person maintains daily, and sometimes certain parts may begin to take over a person's life. This can cause a person to feel like they are drowning or loosing control of their life. When a person has balanced with every thing that is going on during their every day present life, there is fulfillment from getting every thing a person needs and there is also satisfaction from the true feeling of contentment and happiness.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Cristale Adams


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