Hi Janet: Both short and long-term focus are important. My suggestion is to create a long-term plan with specific short-term goals that would allow you to move forward. Short-term goals should align and reinforce your long-term objectives, but they also should keep you engaged in achieving them. For example, if one of your long-term objectives is to graduate from college, your short-term goals should be to get accepted in an undergraduate program you like, receive credit for the classes you take, enroll in summer classes to shorten the time to graduate, study for exams, submit papers on time, etc. As you accomplish those individual short-term goals, you will be put closer to achieving your long-term objective. Good luck!