See I've just thought of this distinction that doesn't really seem to be made about long term thinking.
I'll use my own example: I tend to think of the long term ramifications of choices, that is for example a basis of my ethical framework. However while this is a data I'll use I do not 'plan' in advance, to the contrary I'm a cliche P: Last minute and never phased by a change of plan. So basically thoughts with spans of weeks/months/years are part of my 'near future oriented decision making' like a type of filter if you will. To me it IS part of now just as say, knowing that you are at risk for a given illness might modify your behavior in selecting specific foods even though you are not sick for example.
How would you fit on that continuum ?
What would be the other aspects of it ?
If I can be a long term thinker & a short term planner is there such a thing as a long term planner who is also a short term thinker?
Car waiting, gotta go.