Schedule of Activities to Reach Goals

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, 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:

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Progress Report On Goals

Yesterday was one year since setting up my “bucket list” at 43 Things.  I haven’t reported in a while, so I just did.  At the end of last June, I named goals 1,2,3,5,7,8,11,17,27,34, and 36 as my priorities, and I updated each.  I also added information for 12,14,15,21,31, and 35.

Overall, progress is slow.  I have done some work to move a few of the things forward, but not enough to be significant in anything.  Where’s my passion?

It occurs to me that, as I mention it in a few of my updates, I have a great schedule correlating all my goals with activities and routines set in place to achieve them.  I should put some of that up here. 

For those not inclined to go through and read my progress reports on any individual goal, here’s the list itself:

1. Make detailed notes on the character and ministry of Jesus Christ from the Bible and Book of Mormon, and work on imitating every one


 2. Collect a family history, and do all temple work for at least ten generations back


 3. Share the gospel with 100 people a year


 4. Study each of the Teachings of Presidents of the Church manuals cover to cover


 5. Make a habit of reaching out to people in service and appreciation

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First Half of 2008 Considered

Here we are, halfway through 2008.  Most of what I would call “New Year’s Resolutions” I keep drawn up on a little chart that I have posted in my planner, in my car, and at home (I actually see the one in my car the most–how sad).  Here’s the basic outline (each year, I fill in the boxes with a new goal or two):















Husband and Father








Bishopric counselor
































It needs a little revision: my morning routine is fairly regular, but I’ve never been solid with weeknight routines; I’m just too tired by then. 

Also, I added an update for each goal on my 43 Things page.  I really like this site and hope it motivates me to keep working.  I’m a little discouraged that I don’t have more significant progress to report on much of anything, but I don’t want to give up on anything.  There’s too much good out there to let any of it pass me by.  I’d identify my priorities for the near future (meaning the rest of the year) as goals 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 11, 17, 27, 34, and 36. 

With any luck, I can cram enough living for ten lifetimes into just this little one…

New goal for July: each night, say a prayer of nothing but gratitude.  No requests at all, just thank you’s. 


My “bucket list”

I recently came across the fun web site  It inspired me to work out my own list of life-long goals.  Like this blog, I’m hoping it pushes me to do more with myself.  Check out my list, with some updates:

This reminds me of the huge, impressive life list by John Goddard, the adventurer who, at 15, wrote a list of over a hundred things and worked on nearly all of them overt the next several decades.  I love this list:

If anyone makes a list of their own, let me know so I can cheer you on!