Hoping to have my masters by then. My work pays for me to take two classes a semester. I take full advantage of it.
I want to be driving WAYYY before 5 years and in 5 years hopefully have been or be in school
No. At this point, it's not even worth to plan for the next five months, let alone years.
My cancer research work, e.g., that thing my life revolves around in every way, could break ground, become huge and get me all kinds of acknowledgement, financially and otherwise... or it could fall apart just as quickly. If I don't have anything substantial by February, there goes my funding. On the other hand, if I do get something noteworthy, I could go to the government with it and change everything. Too much question marks to even bother planning.
I do hope I'll be done with my PhD in five years though.