How to Think About the Future Again

And why making plans feels so good

Annaliese Griffin
Forge

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Photo: Klaus Vedfelt/Getty Images

We are all everyday time travelers. The human brain is wired to function in the moment and deal with daily life, while simultaneously sorting through the past and imagining the future. This process isn’t just cool—it’s fundamental to understanding ourselves and forming identity.

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Annaliese Griffin
Forge

Annaliese Griffin is a writer and editor who most recently led the Quartz Daily Obsession, an award-winning newsletter. She lives in Vermont with her family.