How To Think Ahead Of Time: 12 Best Things You Can Do

If you’ve ever wondered how to think ahead of time, this article is for you.

While no one can predict the future, we all need to make informed predictions so we can make choices and be better prepared for what lies ahead. Our predictions are based on our knowledge and past experiences, with a little bit of observation just in case.

If you don’t want to be caught off guard by the future and you want to be prepared for any problems that life may throw at you, you need to learn to think ahead.

How To Think Ahead Of Time:

1. Think about what you would like to plan or prepare.

The future is a vast area with many possibilities, but you are probably interested in a particular circumstance, challenge, or opportunity. Define that goal as best as you can.

Professional planners are in high demand in the corporate sector. If you can plan ahead, you may want to consider working for a large company. 

2. Trust your instincts.

Not all judgments are sound or well thought out, and instinctive guesses can be quite effective. What seems natural? What do you think will happen? When you use intuition instead of logical analysis, you rely on your experience and knowledge in a new way.

Pay attention to your hunches. Pay attention to your intuition, even if you don’t act on it right away, because it often works best before you have time to examine any facts.

Intuition can help you recognize emotional variables and subtle clues that you would otherwise overlook. If something doesn’t seem right to you in a scenario or you just don’t like someone, don’t ignore it, even if you can’t pinpoint the cause.

Instead of solving the problem, use your intuition as a “clue.” Find out what triggers your gut feeling and keep looking until you discover it.

3. Consider what you already know.

Prior knowledge can come from a variety of sources. Have you tried something like this before? Do you have an idea of how someone will react? Have you seen anything or read anything about other people’s experiences in the situation? Could you ask about others? Can you test something or collect data that might hint at what might happen?

4. Recognize your own biases.

People’s assumptions and behaviors are susceptible to biases in predictable ways. For example, recent events may have more influence on your choices than they deserve, or you may be more likely to believe something just because everyone else does.

If you think this is the case, start by examining factual information (such as facts and figures) and challenging your beliefs. Review the list of cognitive biases to see if any of the common assumptions or biases apply to you.

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5. Create hypothetical scenarios that relate to your goal.

Consider “what if” scenarios for different scenarios and think about potential consequences and possible events. In particular, consider the potential repercussions of certain actions.

Practice. Make predictions and watch what happens, even if you are not the one planning or predicting. This method will help you improve your forecasts. 

6. Consider the worst-case scenario.

What might the worst-case scenario be? Consider the potential dangers.

Is the worst-case scenario something you and others can live with? Could you fix the situation, try again later, apologize, lose some money, deal with criticism or rejection?

Is the worst-case scenario something you can predict, prevent, or mitigate?

Is the worst-case scenario too dangerous or unattractive?

What is the probability of the worst-case scenario and an undesirable outcome?

7. Consider the best-case scenario.

What is the most beneficial scenario? Consider the potential benefits.

What can you do to tilt the decision in your favor?

What should your goals be?

What is the probability that the best-case scenario will have a good outcome?

Best and worst case scenarios (1) help you identify the range of potential outcomes and develop strategies and judgments based on them.

8. Think about what steps you can take.

If you’re trying to plan, it’s usually because you’re thinking about how to respond to a scenario or need, so think about what your options are.

In many cases, inaction is a viable option, but consider the benefits and risks carefully. It may have advantages (additional information may be available later or a person’s participation may hurt their image), but it may also have disadvantages (missed deadlines or missed opportunities). A good compromise may be to wait some time, perhaps just enough to learn more.

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9. Evaluate your actions.

Select or narrow down the actions to take based on your experience and understanding of how similar events often occur.

Mathematical methods for studying outcomes are statistics and probability. If you need numerical information about the probability of an outcome, use these.

10. Prepare

Prepare for everything you need to prepare for, whether it’s people, equipment, facilities, plans, or just fortitude.

An effective planning technique can be through writing. It helps you remember and see your plans in their entirety. A calendar, notebook, checklist, or chart will help you stay organized.

Collaborate on ideas with others (2). Thinking about the future doesn’t have to be done alone, and the perspectives and ideas of everyone you contact will benefit you. What’s more, ideas often drive other ideas.

11. Try it out.

Act on your predictions and intentions. Then let life run its course. See what happens. The next time you have to make a choice like this, you’ll have more experience and knowledge if you follow the results.

Be true to yourself. No amount of wishful thinking will prevent another personal problem, but knowing that one might happen will help you prepare accordingly.

12. Adjust your actions.

Once you see what is happening, make the necessary changes to your actions or responses. You may not be able to change your thinking once you start taking action, but you will have access to new information or results. Use these to determine how to change your current and future actions.

Try to remain calm and focused while doing so.

I want to thank you for taking the time to read my article about how to think ahead of time. I sincerely hope its contents have been a good help to you.

Przemkas Mosky
Przemkas Mosky started Perfect 24 Hours in 2017. He is a Personal Productivity Specialist, blogger and entrepreneur. He also works as a coach assisting people to increase their motivation, social skills or leadership abilities. Read more here