Before I head out, though, I wanted to tell you what I did yesterday. I wrote my future self an email. I recapped ALL that I had done, personally, professionally, and yes, even here at The New York Budget. I wrote about my investments, my real estate purchases, my ukulele playing/rapping in my band. I wrote about getting engaged this year and the birth of a new niece. I wrote about how my company sent me on much more work travel, greatly hindering my ability to explore NYC and all it has to offer in the summer (of course, this just makes me more motivated to work towards early retirement/financial independence). I tried to be honest with myself. I recapped the progress I had made via net worth numbers, but also in how I approached life.
And then I wrote my goals. I wrote about what IS going to happen to and for me in 2015 (even dipping into 2016 in some cases). I wrote about the projects I am going to focus on and my priorities, financially and personally. I talked about the trips I want to take and the sights I want to see. I talked about how much I hope to grow my net worth. I talked about getting back into the studio with my band to record more of our original songs. I talked about entrepreneurship. I put down an overview of 2015/2016. All of this is subject to change, of course, but I can’t choose new paths if I don’t start walking down SOME path.
I wrote all of this down and it ended up being over 2,600 words – hey, it was my life! Before I started writing, I had no idea it would be that long (and I wrote as much at the end of my email to myself). I gave it a subject line and sent it. But, what email address did I send it to? I sent it to three email addresses:
So in 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years, I will get my 2014 email sent back to me. In one year, the email will be useful. I will be able to review my goals and see what I accomplished and where I fell short. I can use it to adjust my path for 2016. In 5 and 10 years, it will be a whole lot of fun, seeing my thoughts in 2014. I may learn something or rekindle a passion for a certain project, but at the very least, it will be fun re-living the story of my engagement, past goals, dreams, and projects. It will be fun reviewing my own history. And while I am confident that I will have fun reading this in the future, I didn’t expect to have as much fun as I did writing it now.
I recommend doing something similar. It’s easy to do and FollowUpThen.com makes it simple. Of course, their service may not even be around in 5 or 10 years, But if they go out of business, I can always dig up the email manually in my gmail inbox (let’s hope Google sticks around at least long enough for me to download my emails!)
It can take you as little as a few minutes, or as long as an hour (as it did for me). Why not start now?
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