Unless you have invented a time machine, everything you plan to do is going to happen in the future. So there’s really no need to specifically state it. Over and over again. We all know this intuitively. We all have a basic familiarity with the generally accepted idea that something you have not yet done and are not currently doing will be done in the future. And, whether it is scientifically correct or not, we generally buy into the notion that the flow of time carries us in some sort of forward direction toward the point in the future when you plan to do your thing. So how about we all just skip over the obsessive need to tell each other that we will do our thing “going forward”?

I know, the word “forward” has a nice positive ring to it. It conveys a lovely sense of momentum and progress and continuity that makes even the most vaguely defined idea sound optimistic and well planned. But it’s getting silly. I just read a sentence from an HR person that said someone was “taking forward” something and they are “really looking forward to being a part of driving this forward.” Okay, it was two sentences. But come on. Going forward, let’s all stop going forward quite so much. It is starting to make you sound a little backward.

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