Look to the present plan

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FO­CUS­ING too much on the fu­ture and not enough on the present has made Aus­tralians some of the most over­worked peo­ple in the world, be­lieves well­ness coach Anna Ma­col­ino.

‘‘We all have th­ese five-year, or 10-year, plans,’’ Mrs Ma­col­ino says.

‘‘We cre­ate th­ese vi­sions that we want to re­tire by the time we are 40, we want to have three amaz­ing cars in the garage, we want our chil­dren in the finest schools.

‘‘We have lost the abil­ity to fo­cus in the mo­ment.’’

Mrs Ma­col­ino, di­rec­tor of Swift Life Coach­ing at Prospect, en­cour­ages clients to ex­am­ine which ar­eas of their life they want to spend more en­ergy on, and ques­tion whether ex­tra work hours are nec­es­sary.

‘‘ Some peo­ple are work­ing (longer) be­cause they lack the con­fi­dence in them­selves, and they feel they have to do more and more and more to prove them­selves,’’ she says.

‘‘Oth­ers are do­ing it be­cause they can’t meet their fi­nan­cial obli­ga­tions.

‘‘If they’re the rea­sons, then you’re do­ing it for the wrong rea­sons and there’s a prob­lem.’’

AWARE: Well­ness coach Anna Ma­col­ino.

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