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    Interesting topic. I find it increasingly difficult to think ahead past a month out. I may have a loose year plan but so many things could happen! I like to have contingency plans A thru V and it is just too hard the further out I plan.

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    When there are too many variables to think about. Example would be something like "What do you want to be when you grow up."

    If it is something like "I'm going to get X in a few months," or I am going to do something on a specific day in a few months, I would not consider those as far.

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    In 50 years, I'll probably be dead so that is probably too long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highlander View Post
    In 50 years, I'll probably be dead so that is probably too long.
    Where will you be in 49.9 years?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rail Tracer View Post
    Where will you be in 49.9 years?
    Dead then too.

    Maybe 40....

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    It depends on whether I think the situation will be pleasant or a chore. If it's the latter, any time earlier than 5 minutes before it happens will be too soon to be thinking about it. I am a Perceiver after all
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    I think years and years down the road, but I don't expect my plans to unfold down to the last detail. Basically, the further down I think, the less accurate I expect my plans to be.

    I'm usually not thinking any more than 5 years ahead, but there are instances where I'm thinking farther than that.

    Thinking in such a way also helps me in the present moment--"how much is this going to matter in 5 years?" certainly puts any worry into perspective, and thinking about a future goal mobilizes me in the present.

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    It's probably too far ahead if there's really nothing you can do about it and it's making you anxious.
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    Depends on what you are thinking, only answer i can give is when there comes so many variables that it becomes impossible to actually foresee what will likely happen(how likely, it depends on the degree of importance of getting it right), then its pointless trying to figure out what might happen. When its about things i can effect, i like to think how i could improve my chances to get the desired result, from start to finish.
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