I have tried so many different things to do that and nothing has brought me any real success. I think we all do future planning to some extent, but there's a fine line between planning and obsession and I always get caught on the wrong side.
One of the "planning" exercises I find myself doing is deciding the next thing I'm going to say in a conversation when the other person is talking. I've heard a number of people say they do it too, so I know I'm not alone. Being in the majority is fine and dandy, but the problem comes in that we are not really listening to people; thereby sending the message that they don't deserve a basic human decency: the right to be heard.
I have to make a very conscious effort to tell myself not to do that. I guess that's an effective way to stop doing a lot of things. The hard part comes in training myself to tell myself no. I bet this is how "taking every thought captive to Jesus" starts. Seems like a daunting process.
Thought for the day (or week or until I blog again): Are we incapable of being alive and content in the present moment?