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2007 -- Setting goals

So are you the "resolution/goal-setting" type? Do you sit down this time of year and work on a list for the coming one?

How do you work these into your GTD system? When you set a goal: "Finish rough draft of short story by January 20," for example, do you put it on your hard calendar, or just break it down to NAs and move forward?

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Another resource

I have been using GTD for about a year now and I really like it. The one thing that I really struggled with when I started was remembering what it was that I was working on. I know that this sounds stupid, but I found it hard. I would get going on so many things and then the real world hits and there I would get consumed in heading down the wrong path. I went searching for something online that could help and found a site that is pretty interesting. It is a combination of a book and an online goal setting tool. I gave it shot. The book is really not very good. It is an e-book and while it does a good job of explaning the concepts behind the tool, it is really high level and not all that compelling. BUT - the concept and the software are really pretty cool.

The concept in a nutshell (then you dont have to buy the book) is to create Cornerstones - these are the big areas of your life (health, family, spouse etc). Then for every cornerstone you are supposed to set goals for 3, 6, 9 months 1,3,5,10,20 years. Its really hard to sit down and do one to begin with, but once you do it is really interesting to see it all laid out like that.

The software then e-mails you reminders on intervals that you set and they have some inspiational quotes in the reminders (which I kind of like, but you guys might think are a little cheezy). I have found it really helpful to get the e-mails, bucause they are hard to ignore.

God I am rambling - the reason I replied to this entry is because of what pooks said about the husband and wife sitting down. The book encourages you to do just that -except every three months. My husband and I have been doing it and it has helped our marriage so much.

Anyway the site is Life's Roadmap - let me know what you guys think.

BTW - If anyone knows of other good books and software please let me know, I LOVE this stuff!!!




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