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:
Five folders:Complete, but review occasionally: Has things in there like quit video games (done), work every single day (day), quit spectator sports (done), take vitamins each day (done), get available by phone (I jailbroke my iPhone from the States so it works now, done) - I have other goals I've checked off the list, I only add them here if it's something I want to review and make sure I'm on track with every so often </li>Energy, Discipline, Productivity - Be more conscious of how I spend my time, make decisions once, be straightforward and say it like it is, only check email when ready to respond, websites to visit - once - done, always improving my environment, sleeping 4 to 7 hours per night, most organized motherfucker I know (yeah, that's actually how I wrote it down), default time waster - reading books or listening podcasts </li>Connected With People - Assemble my counsel, regularly in touch with people, join the counsels of good people </li>Health - caffeine six hours before sleep minimum, skin care - exfoliating and lotion, checkups and bloodwork, breathing, quit sugar, diet, track diet, exercise, research, relaxation/meditation, immune system </li>Consumption - a long list of my things to read list, includes Fortune's Formula, the Richest Man in Babylon, the Federalist Papers, Aristotle, Tacitus, Livy, Thomas Aquinus, Guns Germs and Steels, lots others</li>
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.
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