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“So tell me Annalena, where do see yourself 5 years from now?” “Still thinking about the answer to this question” I thought.


– “So tell me Annalena, where do see yourself 5 years from now?”
“Still thinking about the answer to this question” I thought.

-“Still thinking about the answer to this question” I said, damn… I didn’t mean to say that out loud…

I have always known it, I have terrible foresight. A diabolical sense of future thinking. It’s not because I lack ambition, it’s not because I worry about failing so I avoid setting goals, it’s not because I don’t care… It’s because I find it impossible. I live like a mayfly, one day at a time – and while that’s great for inspirational quotes and pinterest boards it’s crap for the rest of my team.
If I’m not hungry, I can’t think about what I’d like to eat for supper. Even though my current state of appetite satisfaction won’t last I still can’t muster up the self discipline to prepare a plan for later when, inevitably, I get hungry…

I’ve narrowed my lack of ability down to one undeniable source: me.

While I spent years assuming it was a personality defect that I was just going to have to put up with I’ve decided to test a different theory: it’s a weakness. And we’re all aware one of the first steps to combatting a weakness is acknowledging it. After all I’m eerily good at predicting the outcomes of television shows, I can predict even the most minor character plot lines and am the undisputed Queen of spoilers through pure guesswork. So why can’t I do it with myself and the decisions I make for work?
If I commit to this theory then I need to set out steps to follow and practices to embrace in order to improve. I’m going to start my battle to improve my foresight with ammunition I already have available to me – my current workload and my experience.

Let’s start by thinking about our recurring tasks. The things we have to without fail. Because these tasks have become familiar I have omitted analysing them for effectiveness and reason. They are perfect for practicing my foresight microscope and examining them more intently – why do I do it, is it pertinent to my role, who assigned me this, and am I doing it in the most effective way? Although they’re recurring, what does the overall timeline look like? By asking these questions I can map out the impact my work has on the future of the company and hopefully attune the way I think for a more well rounded understanding and future analysis of the outcomes of my work. The beauty of this is that because they are recurring tasks, I can practise, fine tune my predictions and test my theory as often as I like without interfering too much with my work load.

Anyone who has worked with me will have heard me say ‘I haven’t lived enough life’ at least three times a day. I put my pitiful lack of forward thinking down to the fact that I don’t have enough experience or exposure to be able to make a confident prediction, and I complain about it all the time. But now it’s time to fix that. While I moan about not having enough experience I now realise that I haven’t been making an effort to use the experience I have gained. I haven’t taken note of my previous actions and their outcomes and dissected them to extract the information I now feel I lack.
To test my new theory I will now mentally categorise my decisions and their consequences. I will use the good and take note of the bad. I will invest in my experiences and build up a repertoire that I can refer to. I pledge that nothing will be dismissed and that value can be found in all reasoning processes from now on.

These are two hefty mental adjustments to make. Only dedication and the will to improve can help me and for the sake of my team and quality of my work I know I need to get better at this.

How will it all pan out? I’ll get back to you on that.

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