One of the most important lessons I learned early on was that if you truly value the future, most of your focus should be in the Now. A simple statement, yet we often find our minds shackled by actions of the past or pulled on by a future that hasn’t arrived, leaving you with little focus to be in the present. I will show you how I continue to move fast with an organized and productive life with a big emphasis on the present using timelines and a system.
The most important preliminary to the task of arranging one’s life so that one may live fully and comfortably within one’s daily budget of twenty-four hours is the calm realization of the extreme difficulty of the task, of the sacrifices and the endless effort which it demands.
- Arnold Bennett, How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Fortunately, living a fulfilling, organized and productive life is easier than planning a mission to space. Getting a space mission off the ground follows a number of objectives and principles that can be learned from. A space mission could include a technical, scientific or political objective and other synergies. A personal mission would include the mental/intellectual, physical, spiritual, emotional growth objectives of an individual in addition to other areas of purpose or passion.
In a mission to space there is the preparation, planning and design which include: space mission objectives, search and training of flight crew, designing of a spacecraft, collaboration of multi-national parties, getting all these moving pieces to work together and operating on very limited budgets. In life we can act effectively through planning and prioritization. Our family and friends are our “flight crew” on our journeys through life as they share love, experiences, connection and a sense of greater purpose. We cultivate different skills and passions, to build, connect, innovate and grow as individuals and a society. We interact and collaborate with multiple people on a day to day basis and learn the importance of communication, listening, empathy or other ways to understand each other. We take risks, explore and learn.
NASA’s mission is a great endeavor to explore the vastness of space and going beyond our perceived reach. As human beings limited by both time and resources we must not be afraid to explore the vastness of our own minds and capabilities.