Originally Posted by John Curran
I think that writing down my long term goals every day would drive me loopy...after about three days! However I can see the attraction of having them written down and clearly on my radar. What I decide to do each and every day (to do lists) may not always get me nearer to those goals but having them there means that I know when I am straying from my ultimate destination.
I think we should make a distinction between short term goals that are:
- daily to do stuff, that are not necessarily related to long term goals
- steps towards long term goals
Personally, to me, my long term goals are pretty clear and present on my mind at all times. I do have them written down (for a different purpose), but I don't feel the need to be reminded of them on a daily basis. It's the short term goals and to do items that I really need to keep track of. And even though I don't do that systematically, I prefer to have separate lists to each of those. Short term goals would go on a somewhat "permanent" list and to do items are listed on a "disposable" list that I throw away after everything gets done.