Days 2 – 4 of the WDYWTDWYL series

(WDYWTDWYL = What Do You Want To Do With Your Life?)

With these three sessions, we begin populating the field of possibilities. Your job across these sessions is to generate All The Things you want to do.

Day 2: Future Vision and Your Five Domains

Today’s session starts with a meditation-or-other routine to put you in the right frame of mind to envision living in the future where you have accomplished things you already know you want to do, and discover what else there is that might be of use and surprise to you.

WDYWTDWYL Day 2: Future Vision and Your Five Domains

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Then, based on Warren Buffet’s advice of 25 things you really want to do in your life, strike out twenty and choose 5. Here we develop that into the idea that you have 5 domains in which you can categorize the things that will render your life complete and meaningful.

In case you get stuck!

Today’s exercise ends with a bonus: Write yourself an email at FutureMe or MyFutureSelf. These two services will deliver this email to you at a future date that you specify. They’re both tools you can use for reflection and journaling.

Day 3: The Master List of Goals

Here I suggest a list of categories for you to record your goals. You’ll use quite a few pages in your notebook, but you should also create a Note on your mobile phone so that when you are out and about during the day, you have a place you can capture the goals that you think of – particularly the “I should do…” and “One day…” and “oh, that’d be fun!” kind.

Here, according to well-known categories such as habits, training and education, career goals, financial goals, community aspirations, and friends and fun, you’ll get down everything you would like to do.

WDYWTDWYL Day 3: The Master List of Goals

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There’s also a strategy here to deal with those goals that have bugged you, but you haven’t done anything about.

Bonus work: Choosing a persona you can use for each set of goals.

Day 4: Mapping Goals into Your Domains

Here you’ll first codify all your goals into the domains they fit into, and notice when you have goals that fit two domains. This is a process of validating your domains. Then you’ll list your “ladder of goals” into each domain, and sketch out a map to show how they can connect together. You’ll begin to see where natural cross-domain efforts emerge, and, perhaps, sightly alter a domain.

WDYWTDWYL Day 4: Mapping Goals into Domains

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Have a goal that doesn’t fit a domain? There are two places to put this goal: The Bucket List, or the Future Box. The Bucket List is for your challenging, pleasurable one-off experiences that you want to have for their own sake. The Future Box is for everything that doesn’t fit, so that you won’t prioritize it until it becomes relevant, or when life dramatically changes.

Note: this session was recorded over two days, and there are little inconsistencies in tone that I’m learning how to adjust with the track volume, equalizer, and other smart controls. I’ve learned that the differences in one’s day-to-day voice can be startling!

Day 5 will be published in two days – on December 22, 2019.

Introducing “What Do You Want To Do With Your Life?” An audio series to plan 2020

Season’s Greetings!
and Happy End of the Year wrap-up.

In celebration of completing my work on “Life’s Battle Plan” with the excuse to learn a new skill, I’m creating a series of audio recordings that walk you through making a life plan – both for the long view and for the coming year.

If you enrolled in the 2-day teaser series for the Life’s Battle Plan email course (the full e-mail course has ended!) or if you bought the Life’s Battle Plan workbook, What Do You Want To Do With Your Life is an audio series you can listen along to in the course of doing your homework.

But if this is the first time you’ve heard of this, then welcome – start here.

This series prompts you to create a workbook full of bigger, bolder, time-planned decisions. You can go at your own pace. You can subscribe to this series both here and at my SoundCloud, and soon, I’ll make the files downloadable from the blog. The audio sessions will be gathered into themes by blog post, which may contain more than one episode. Let’s get into it.

Things you’ll need

  • A journal or notebook
  • A pencil
  • Two colours of pen (you can use these for writing headings and post-pencil edits)
  • Page flags or coloured paper clips to mark the important pages in the book
  • Two different go-to spots for doing this work – such as a seat on commuter rail or a seat at a café and a cozy spot at home.

Day 1: Your Mission and Definition of Success

Like any good company or non-profit or campaign, you have to think first about how you want to be recognized or remembered. What do you want to be best known for, and what meaning does that have for you? How will you know you’re doing right by you?

You design your life’s map. Create one that has a satisfying destination and leaves a positive imprint in the world through your mission. There is no cap to what you can accomplish, but you must aim stupidly high.

Jane Hwangbo, “How Money Doesn’t Work Without Purpose

New Moon and dark skies tonight!

NEW MOON (dark skies!) TONIGHT – Here’s the final Lunar Agile calendar for 2019, three months that include January 2020. Click the link to download the PDF. 

Lunar Agile Calendar: November 2019–January 2020.pdf

I’ve started naming the Full Moons according to convention. Recently I started reading The Equinox Guide to the Night Sky as well as The Farmer’s Almanac (soon to be followed by the Harrowsmith Almanac). I’m considering how to incorporate almanac and astronomical highlights into the calendar. Perhaps next year I will build an entire yearly agenda from the principles I’ve been incorporating into my work.

Are there any specific kinds of dates that you would like to see incorporated into the Lunar Agile calendar? Leave a comment with any ideas or observation of what’s useful or delightful.