As I mentioned in a post earlier today, I have a schedule of activities that I use to help me achieve goals. I started in 2001 by having a “to-do” list of New Year’s resolutions, but since then it’s evolved to be specific and focused on practical planning and activities to reach those goals. I’ve used the format below for the last three years.
It’s really more of an ideal than a practical record of how I actually use my time, as I fall very short of consistently doing many of these things. For example, for about two years my early weekday mornings really did look like this, but I got out of the habit last year and am still trying to get back in. I’ve done better with the weekend planning than at first, but it’s still not a habit. I try to view goals and resolutions as things to develop over time by a process, rather than a monolithic thing that I’ll “start doing” on a certain day, anyway. It helps me avoid burnout.
My schedule is based on two things: my life list at 43 Things.com, and my patriarchal blessing. (I once went through my patriarchal blessing and made a list of all the things that I could glean from it that might be beneficial for me to work on, yielding a lifetime “to-do” list of 15 items.) This year, I specifically noted on my schedule which items from those lists each of my goals is meant to develop, with the intent that it will help me keep those long-term goals in mind and stay motivated.
Here it is: