The Bull Og

Onine since 1994. Offline since 1976.

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Among the pieces of advice my father's passed on to me, I've probably been most influenced by this one: "Plan your work and work your plan." One of the reasons I started started carrying a day planner 13 years ago was that I figured to achieve more, I would have to be more efficient.  To be more efficient, I would have to habe better control of my time.  To have better control of my time, I would need a day planner.  There have been many changes in the tool but I still use a day planner pretty fervently with the intent of getting the most out of the day. My current system for achieving through doing is a Palm Zire 72 synced with MS Outlook 2003 both at work and at home.  As I explore how to integrate my current set of day planning data islands with 43 Things to take advantage of a world of like-minded people looking to learn and do new things, it's interesting to see to which level of detail people refine their goals.  I don't know if some people have heard of SMART* goals.   I try to make all my goals as explicit as possible with a given time frame.  That can be a bit of overkill sometimes, I know, but "Exercise more" is just pie-in-the-sky until you make it "Lose five pounds in the next three months with a plan of aerobic activity three times a week." That's my two cents on goal setting... for now anyway... *Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Tangible