Focusing on the future can be helpful when it comes to taking control of your own productivity and achieving your goals, but there's a downside we don't often acknowledge. As many of us know, focusing on the future can sometimes turn into worrying about the future.

While it's important to be curious about the future, it's equally important to stop obsessing about the future once it becomes unproductive or detrimental to what you're doing right now.

Here are three things we risk when we worry too much about the future:

1. Not living in the present moment.

When you constantly worry about the future, you don't have time to live in the present. This prevents you from thinking clearly and being fully invested in what you're doing right now. This is something you need to work on ASAP. If you don't, you'll always find something to worry about (because the future never arrives), and you'll also waste a ton of energy along the way.

Instead, think about dedicating time to a meditation practice or building mindfulness habits into your routine. This will help you focus more on the present and less on what will or won't come to pass at a later date.

2. Burning out.

Although the signs seem obvious, many of us don't know we're burning out until it's too late. By living in a constant state of anxiety about the future, you're more likely to miss the surprising red flags that show things are about to go from bad to worse.

Step back and think about what you can do right now to get off the burnout track. It can be something as simple as downloading a few apps or making work feel more like a vacation.

3. Never achieving a good work-life balance.

We all want a better work-life balance, but worrying about the future makes that even more difficult to achieve. When we get fixated on things that are out of our control, we become less aware of the things that are within our control.

That's why I encourage my clients to figure out their Zone of Genius. Once they start operating from that place, they'll naturally be more likely to put themselves in the way of opportunities that serve their goals and bring more balance into their lives.

Now that you have a few more reasons to stop worrying about the future, figure out how to optimize the present moment. Once you do this, you'll be able to live the life you want.

Published on: Jun 1, 2017