Reading a different got me thinking about something.
I've noticed that one the frustrations I sometimes have is that I see/hear someone do/say something and am completely baffled at how little they seem to be thinking about the implications of their actions. I'm often struggling with weighing the immediate and long term implications of my words and actions, and try to balance the two but often error on the side of making decisions that have a potential negative immediate impact in favor of thinking about the future and someone that thinks the opposite way of me is probably frustrated and thinks I pay too little regard for the present.
On a simplistic level, Ns are supposed to the future oriented type and Ss the present oriented type, but I don't think its as simple as that. I'd like to get more perspectives on this and get an idea how far ahead and what about specific types are thinking when they make decisions. Even if someone feels comfortable living in the moment, I have a hard time believing that they don't at least sometimes think of the future, so I'd like to know how often and how far ahead others think of the future. I'll start with myself.
Most of the time, I'm thinking about what I expect might or could happen anywhere between the next couple days upto the next month or two. I think about what I want to happen, what I think probably will happen and what I want to avoid happening and try to mentally prepare myself for any of those possibilities and try to think of what to say/do that might favorably influence how short term future events will unfold.
When I have a lot of uninterupted time to think (like weekends with no plans or even just long walks or bus rides), I turn my thoughts to longer range goals and dreams, stuff I want to happen or be prepared for in the next one to five years or so and go into backward thinking starting with the result I want and figuring out what I should do to prepare for it, what I should be doing in the present to move toward those goal and what intermediate steps may be along the way.
Sometimes my short term wants conflict with my long term planning and I have to weigh the benefits of immediate action vs being prepared for the future. I'll post about that in another thread, but I'm curious if that conflict is limited to certain types or perhaps more common amoung certain types (I know it seems like a J thing since its planning related, but that could be a misconception).