Tomorrow I’m starting a five-year plan. No, it’s not about blogging more. And no, it’s just a coincidence that today is March 31.
The five-year plan was inspired by reading the book Designing Your Life with my friend Linus. The core of the book is a set of exercises that walk you through envisioning and investigating several possible life paths for yourself, particularly over the next five years. These exercises can be very helpful for moving beyond the counterproductive mindset that each person only has one true answer to the question of what to do with their life to be happy. That’s a valuable point to remember even if, like me, you came out of the book with more or less the same answer that you brought into it.
As with any business or self-help book, Designing Your Life will be most useful if you’re willing to skim over parts that don’t speak to your current needs and ignore the trope where the authors imply that their book contains the universal solution to every problem.
Here are a few highlights from writing my plan:
- In five years, my wife and I will have been married for 18 years. Our marriage will be old enough to vote and go off to college.
- My plan is about writing novels. I might go into more specifics eventually, but for now I don’t want to jinx anything. Perhaps I’ve already said too much.
- When you put it down in a five-year plan, 2022 really seems like the far future.