The refrain "If you don't know where you're going, any road'll take you there" was ... and the Cheshire Cat in Chapter 6 of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland
Divine, Define, filter and refine
It was derived from several sources both divine and inspirational. First the inspirational:
These are the two man books I derived my organization skills from:
The values part of it comes from many sources but what got me thinking about it originally is coming through the Franklin-Covey time management course I took back in 1997. Covey has this concept of a mission statement and values. I don’t dropped the mission statement is being too simplistic in today's complicated and plural society. But I did like his idea of values. Even though it’s tired and worn out phrase it’s still cultural and true today. I just personalize it more.
Ok so you have seen the standard priorities chart, urgent, non-urgent, etc…
I just took that to a different level with the main assumption that there is no humanly way I can accomplish all that I would like to do in this moment or in this lifetime. So that end I now place all perceived tasks or objectives in the following quadrants:
I still apply the classic priority chart from Cover above but only after first running it through the quadrant filter above.
Lastly I set dates to (hard and when I would like to accomplish based on resources, availability and time constraints).
Here are some example goals
- On or before June 6, 2011, I weigh 175 pounds.
- On August 31, 2011 or sooner, I can perform 25 pull-ups.
- I have paid off $30,000 worth of debt on December 31, 2015 or sooner.
- I run my own blacksmithing business by June 30, 2014.
- I live in Vermont in a small cabin and make $60,000 a year selling homemade maple syrup and moose skin rugs by April 1, 2015.
- Life Assessment
- Values/Skills Identification
- Maximizing FIT at Work
- Intentional Living
- Behavior Profiles
- Setting Life Priorities
- Debt reduction
- Weight reduction
- Bible Study
- CAMS and MIP
- Purchase an iPad