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Mike in Phoenix is doing 43 things including…

plan better

12 cheers


Mike has written 5 entries about this goal

Yeesh... Maybe this year will be better.

Looking at that that last list, which I posted in July, I didn’t really accomplish anything on it. That’s really sad… I really need to address my stress with work. It’s having way too big of an impact on what I’d like to get done.

Anyway, here’s an updated list.

  • Begin learning guitar
  • Learn Adobe Lightroom
  • lose 15-20 pounds
  • Find a race to run (maybe? Depends on if I can get to 220 in Jan. or not)
  • lose 15-20 pounds
  • Begin training for longer hikes
  • lose 15-20 pounds
  • Finish spec’ing to-do app
  • Begin coding (to-do app)
  • lose 45-60 pounds
  • Hike Secret Mountain in Sedona
  • Hike the West Rim Trail in Zion
  • Complete coding (to-do app)
H1 2013:
  • Pay off car

Getting started...
  • Hike Secret Mountain in Sedona
  • lose 15-20 pounds
  • Hike the West Rim Trail in Zion
  • lose 15-20 pounds
  • Run the Moab Other Half Marathon
  • lose 15-20 pounds
  • Finish spec’ing to-do app
  • Begin coding (to-do app)
  • Complete coding (to-do app)
H1 2013:
  • Pay off car

16 plans, and different types of plans

So this is getting pretty complex. :D Apart from plans for specific dates, months, and whatever, it would be a good idea for me to set up plans for things that I need to do on a weekly, monthly, maybe quarterly or annual basis…

I would be nice to have a way to keep track of all of it on a single calendar, but be able to slice and dice it in different ways.

16 plans...
  • Monthly: June, July, August, September, October
  • Quarterly: Q3 2013, Q4 2013, Q1 2014
  • Semi-Annually: H1 2014
  • Annual: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • 5 year: 2014 – 2018
  • 10 year: 2014 – 2023

There’s obviously quite a bit of overlap, but I just want to capture stuff that I want to get done by some specific time.

Now I just have to figure out what I’m going to use to keep track of them…

This one covers a lot

I want to make plans over a lot of periods of time: Daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, annually, 5 year, and maybe 10 year. I’ve got a start on weekly, and by extension daily. I’ve got a couple of trips coming up in June, so that’ll give me a chance to get a jump on planning for that month. I should plan what I’d like to do for July 4th, so that’ll get a start on July’s list as well.

This is something that I’m not sure how I’d like to capture. I really want something digital that wouldn’t let stuff far in the future fall off the radar, but I don’t think anything like what I’m envisioning exists. Maybe I should write it. :)

Mike has gotten 12 cheers on this goal.


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