DISCLAIMER:- This is one of those What-is-life-psycho-bullshit-posts, so yes you have been warned.
I always like to have lots of short-term goals and very few long-term goals.And probably of this approach in most of the cases, the long-term goals just feel small after you have achieved some short-term goals. For an example: When I joined college, I just wanted to land in any job after my four years. Short terms goals varied from having a participating in topcoder to getting a course project published in a conference. At end of third year, I just felt that getting into any job is such a compromise.
The second problem I always faced was that my goals were divided into two big chunks, i.e career ( acad/professional) , personal ( health/relationships ). And finding a balance between them is really difficult. Its even more difficult if you see people excelling in career or personal stuff. Pushing you harder and harder to excel in both, and which usually ends up screwing up both.
So whats the use if you got your dream job, and have to leave your 2-3 month relationship behind which were the best 2-3 months of your life ? Whats the use of celebrating an anniversary, when you are under-performing than the rest of your colleagues.
The balance between both is really important. Setting very high aims in any of them, could effect your other side and in end screw you. That is why I never believe in “Aim for the moon,even if you miss , you will fall among the stars” philosophy.
Get a job which you love, try to find a partner with whom every second is a bliss. And if you have got both, then its time to just sleep.
I would like to quote few lines from the Song “I’m Only sleeping” by Beatles. Which btw, is one of my favorite Beatles song.
Everybody seems to think I’m lazy
I don’t mind, I think they’re crazy
Running everywhere at such a speed
Till they find, there’s no need
PS: Thanking Himank for introducing me to Beatles
PS1: Thanking her to make my life worth living.
PS2: This is not a HOWTO guide of living life, its just a food for thought
PS3: After re-reading the whole post, I have no idea what I wrote and no I was not smoking crack.