Sometimes I get an idea and think "My life should be like that" - I try write it down right away.
I just leave this little things to work on in a file and look at it occasionally. Every now and then I'll make one of them active in my Time and Life Tracking and start paying attention to it every day.
Here's what's in the list right now:
Those cover the general categories. I also have some unfiled goals. (I'm not too picky about making this pretty, I just get it all down quickly when I think of it)
Unfiled general goals:
Every contact from me should be amazing - I think people should jump when they see an email from me or my number on their caller ID, knowing it's going to be something really, really cool and valuable. I should always bring something really good to the table
Being reliable like clockwork - Reliability is good
Realpolitik, stop being such an idealist - Scale down how much I try to convince people that the new program in XYZ place is just a way to funnel money to political supporters; it's a waste of time
Stop arguing politics with stupid people - Same
Feel more gratitude - I've been working on this
Track gratitude - Did this for the first time a couple days ago, it was awesome
Kill fear - I used to think I wasn't afraid of anything, but then I realized I wasn't accomplishing everything I could and realized fear must be a part of that
Kill self-consciousness - I'm not particularly self conscious, but working on being less so
If I updated my daily things to do list, what would be on it? - Some brainstorming
Travel Should... - Some general personal, professional, social things to look for when traveling
Carrying self like rich dickhead - Be demanding but pay well for things
Passive income - Everyone's got this goal, right? I'm actually starting to think it's overrated though
Regularly in touch with people - I've been thinking lately I need to manage this better, I'm in touch with a lot of people
Tracking being in touch with people - Using loose tracking right now, but it's tricky
Speak lower/deeper - Heard an early recording of Tony Robbins - wow, what a difference.
Write letters to people, 1 per day - Connecting with people is good
Get more comfortable with phone - I actually don't like the telephone very much, but I should be on it more
Traveling - Top of the list of places I haven't been is Greece, Egypt, Morroco, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil
Become prolific - I want to put out massive amounts of creativity and production
Less perfectionist, get stuff out the door - Necessary for the above
I should engage in regular mini-projects - Works in harmony with the above
I need to start getting opportunities to speak - I like speaking, going to be doing more going forwards
I keep this file for the mid/low level stuff that occurs to me that isn't related to a project or large thing I'm working on, and it's amazing how just having the list helps me get more of where I'm going.
Could you do something like this? Keep a notepad file on your desktop? It's pretty cool, really.
Regarding skin care, have you heard of no-soap/no-shampoo? It was recently featured on HN, so no doubt you have. Have you experimented with it?
" the Federalist Papers"
Did you read these yet? Be sure to add the Anti-Federalist Papers to the list too. Fascinating from a totally different perspective.
I find such a big list a bit overwhelming, I've tried this before- maintaining a huge list of all the things I need to do, but after some years I found a better strategy (that worked for me).
1. Divide your life into discrete parts - Health, Relationships, Career etc
2. Pick one thing(task/skill) you want to achieve in that domain. Just one, not many and write it in a list under the domain.
3. Finish all the things in all the domains.
4. Clear the list and start over.
The goals for this were pretty simple - All around development, focus on one thing at a time, do things based on their priority and most importantly "simplicity".
Hope this is useful.
INTERNAL SCORECARD #10
This is the tenth internal scorecard I've published. I started it as a bit of an experiment -- I thought it'd be interesting to share and show my thoughts on production and productivity, and it would be valuable for readers here to see ups and downs that come with building a nonprofit organization while maintaining a solo consulting practice, and then mixed with personal interests in creativity, health/fitness, etc.
So far, it's been pretty good and people seem to love these. This one covers 21 July to 27 July.
A STUDY IN CONTRAST
I remember reading a book as a young boy, maybe eight years old. One of the characters was described as square-jawed, confident, rough-and-tumble, and of bold nature. I thought to myself, "I want to be like that!"
Two days into my trip to Tokyo, I sign on to Facebook and go to see if it's my move in Words With Friends. I like WWF because it takes up minimal time, seems to actually be good for the brain, and keeps me in touch with some friends I wouldn't otherwise regularly communicate with.
On the right, where Facebook streams the online actions of everyone I know, I see that my younger cousin has played Tetris Battle. Ooh. I like Tetris. Maybe I can play against my cousin and show him a thing or two. I click the icon, find out I can't play against him, but decide to play a round anyway.
Two days later and I'm a higher Tetris rank than anyone else on my facebook list and I actually bought five bucks worth of facebook credits so that I don't have to wait between games. Writing that now seems tantamount to admitting to shooting heroin. What's more pathetic than spending your day playing Tetris on Facebook when you have tons of work to do and are in a cool foreign country? Luckily I came to my senses pretty much immediately after depositing money. I told my friend Elliot that if I play another game, he must confiscate my computer and keep it. For good measure I block apps.facebook.com from my computer. I'll never play again.