My life planning has definitely undergone some evolution in the past two years. Sometimes it becomes more precise and time consuming. At other times it’s loose and free flowing. Then it becomes non-existent. I think it’s best to avoid the extremes.
It’s good to do a lot of planning for awhile and then back off a bit. Sometimes execution of plans is more important. Since the beginning of the year (2010) I have been using Goalscape. It allows me to see my goals in organized pie charts. Then it lets me check them off and use percentages of progress. Checking off every goal every day can become burdensome. I haven’t worked through that puzzle yet.
Laying out and modifying my plans on the fly as needed has a good effect. I can see my whole life laid out in perspective, espcially when I use the Goalscape importance percentages in conjunction with my life audit. This way my pie chart slices, at least at the top level, are roughly equivalent to the amount of time in my day that each goal area is taking.
Using this computer oriented numbers approach is not entirely without opposition from my significant other. However I think it still has merit and hopefully he will see the light.
One area of focus that has been increasing lately is entertainment. I have found more time for figure skating, ice dancing, ski jumping, etc. I realize that since I have put some time into getting the home in shape, time into my studies, time into my exercise, etc. that I am not doing any harm spending a little more time in front of the television. I look forward to the 2010 Olympic Games!