With the new year approaching, I am working on my 2010 goals and priorities. In the past I used Franklin Planners and Outlook. I also have a Blackberry. I continuously look for ways to help me stay on task with my LT goals but still take advantage of unexpected opportunities.
For 2009, out of frustration and a need for more flexibility and visuals, I devised my own system. For big picture long range goals, I use mind maps (present tense phrases linked around say business, health , etc of where I want to be) and a vision board of what I will focus on (pictures and phrases of what I want) that I review daily. Then in the back of a notebook I write my one year goals. In the front of the notebook I write this month’s goals/tasks and this week’s goals/tasks. Then daily I create to do lists at the end of the day or sometimes in the morning. I review and reprioritize my weekly goals every Saturday and my monthly goals at the end of the month keeping in mind my annual goals and the current situation. I have a monthly view calendar for appointments, etc.
What type of time management or other system do you use to stay focused on long range goals but still allow for the flexibility of unplanned opportunities? Do you have special tips and advice that you find of great value for you?