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Headlines for Tuesday:
|A||_||Go to Museo Pambata|
|A||_||Life: Determine preconditions|
|A||X||Research work: transcribe part of Julie's recording|
|A||X||Life: Untangle a few more possibilities|
|A||X||Life: Map my goals|
|A||X||Life: Map my methods|
Begin with the end of mind, as the advice goes, so I reviewed the index cards from a previous brainstorming session and summarized them into these ideas about the person I want to be.
I wrote these ideas down using red ink on plain white index cards. I laid the index cards on the floor so that I could see of my goals. Then I started thinking about how I could achieve them, particularly ways that could help me move towards two or more goals at the time. I wrote those down using black ink, and clustered similar cards together. I put down all the possibilities I was considering, even though I'll have to choose them eventually. I also wrote down how those methods were related to my goals.
Doing this, I realized that I was following these principles:
After I wrote down lots of methods, I laid out a timeline. I wrote milestones down in red ink as I organized methods by their requirements and by their fit with stages in my life. Now I have a general idea of what I want to do, how to get there, and what it's going to look like along the way. I know what I can do in parallel. I also have an idea of what I can drop if I need to, and how that affects things down the line.
My draft timeline's pretty packed right now, and I'll need to prioritize it and add conditionals along the way. Also, it doesn't take into account some timing quirks that I need to consider. I'm a little nervous about some of the modifications I want to make, but that's something with which other people can help me.
A flowcharting tool would be perfect for this, but I didn't want to do a lot of mouse-work today, so I just wrote it down in a text file.
I'm pretty happy with the results, and I'm glad that I spent this half-hour sorting through things.
I'd love to get together with other people to brainstorm with them about our lives. If our out-of-town trip pushes through, then Saturday will probably be my only free day for this. It's a good afternoon kind of thing, with index cards and multi-colored pens. Would anyone be interested in a workshop this Saturday afternoon? We can work on the studio floor, so you can spread index cards out as wide as you want. I'd like to do this with other people because people can suggest methods that one person might have overlooked, or ask good questions in order to clarify goals.
So if you're up for goal-setting this Saturday afternoon and you're somewhere in Metro Manila, e-mail me! We can do it from 1:30 - 3:00 or so. E-mail me or leave a comment for directions and contact information, and feel free to invite your friends!
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