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What time frame do you think in?(5 posts)

What time frame do you think in?dr hoo
Jan 13, 2004 5:41 AM
Obviously we all think minute to minute, and about "what to do today". I am sure most here think in terms of "seasons" for riding, or gardening. But I am wondering what causes you to think in longer terms.

A basic interview question is "Where do you see yourself in 5 years". Do people really think about that?

I got to thinking about this because when I start a project, I usually am thinking in terms of 4 years. Concept, funding, research, writing, shopping an article around, and publication takes on average, 4 years. I made a plan when I got my job for 6 years of things to do (to get tenure).

I once read that becoming an "expert" in anything takes 10 years.

Iroquois leaders are encouraged to think of the effects of their decisions on 7 generations.

Some people are trying to think about 10,000 year time frames. http://www.longnow.org/about/about.htm

So, what's your time frame?
I'm a Democrat, soOldEdScott
Jan 13, 2004 6:20 AM
I can't plan anything beyond lunchtime.

I was having this discussion yesterday with a Repub operative, who was talking about something she was shooting for in 2010. Said I really admired her party's ability to plan strategically in 20-year chunks. We look up 20 MINUTES before something's about to happen, belch, fart, and say, "Well, boys, how you think we should handle this?"

One of many explanations for our continuing implosion.

Personally, I tend to think in four-year chunks. Started early. Four years in grade school, four years in middle, four years in high school, four years in college, two years that felt like four in the U.S. A*my ... Then I got into politics and elections come in four-year cycles.
As the Doobie Bros. once sang.....PEDDLEFOOT
Jan 13, 2004 6:36 AM
...Minute by Minute. :-0
could be minutes or yearsDougSloan
Jan 13, 2004 8:11 AM
Hard to say, and things are constantly changing. I suppose before my son was born, I mostly thought in terms of finishing a big case or what big cycling event I'd do that year. Now, I'm thinking anywhere from "the kid needs a diaper" to "where will we be when he's getting married."

Doug
About 10 minutes for myself, 3-4 generations for the worldCory
Jan 13, 2004 10:15 AM
For myself, I rarely plan or anticipate past lunch or quittin' time. As Doug noted, having kids forces you to extend that--I just set my son up in an apartment in Las Vegas to do an internship he needs to graduate, and my daughter's been accepted at Tulane, so unless I can convince her a Nevada girl wouldn't be happy living on my nickel in New Orleans, I'm going to have to figure a way to survive for four years on the 5 percent of my take-home pay I'll have left.
Balancing all that, I fret constantly over the effects of pollution and overpopulation on the world three or four generations down the line, and about what the Bush spending frenzy will do to my kids and grandchildren. I don't think of myself as a tax-and-spend liberal, but that does have some advantages over NO tax-and-spend-anyway.