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.
Yesterday, I put up an image Daniella sent me on Ben Franklin's Time Tracking.
After that, we got into a bit of a good discussion on the topic. We shared some thoughts on chaos and structure, and I wrote this -
Re: time tracking, it took me a few attempts and a few false starts before I started doing it. I've gotten a lot out of it, but I'm a big believer that your tools should serve you; you don't serve your tools. Track as much as makes sense for you so you get gains out of it. I'm naturally an unstructured person actually - I try to build structure and routine in the areas that I think it benefits, while letting creativity and chaos reign where it does well. My blog is actually more on the chaotic-just-let-it-flow side - I don't have an explicit pattern or schedule for posting. I just write something every day based on whatever I'm thinking or reading or corresponding about. I try to add more structure/order in areas where it helps a lot - even after doing it for a long time, I still forget to breathe and meditate a little at the start of my day if I don't refer to my time tracking. Likewise, tracking food and spending gives me a pretty good idea of what I'm eating and where my money is going, which adds a lot of value to my life. But again, it should serve you. Try it a little if you want to improve an area, make it work for you, make it yours. If it's not serving you at that time, discard it. I don't know if I'll track forever, but I'm still seeing big gains from it.
D writes back -
Thanks for the quick reply! Have to run to a concert now, but a question did pop into my head as I thought about the unstructured person living a semi-structured life and read your response. I guess I maybe resisted time tracking because it felt like I was self imposing structure on my daily life, which would "bind" me to it in a way. I'm the type of person that naturally resists structure but when I do have it, I do my best to succeed at it.
So back in January, I wrote out my 7 goals for the year. It's been two months, so let's see how I'm doing :
1. Become FULLY polyphasic
I'm close on this one. Many days I go perfectly, sometimes if I have nothing to do I oversleep and then skip some naps during the day. I'm actually pretty satisfied with that, as I'm only sleeping 2.5-4.5 hours per night, I'm never tired, and can always count on being awake early and staying up late. I'll keep pressing to be more consistent, but I'm satisfied with where I am.