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The Plan So I Don't Waste the Last Year of My 20s

Certainly I'll come up with more practical uses of the iPad than for quirky photos....

2. Practical Life on Tuesday: Learn to Set a 4-Part Daily/Annual Schedule With Specific Goals and Then Utilize Technology to Achieve Them.

Since last week I've begun consciously trying to figure out how best to use the combination of iPad, new iPhone, Macbook Pro, and extra large moleskine journal to better organize my days and pursue concrete goals. If I set multiple devices to remind me of the same schedule  -- three devices pestering me to stay on track and a hardback record to look back on later -- then could I better navigate the multiple streams of infinite information coming at me on a daily basis?

We'll find out. So far it looks like it could work. But one needs more than tools to build something. The gadgets are just the means by which to implement The Big Plan, which I first hinted at in the conclusion of my "10 Secret Reasons Why The Avengers Is the Best Superhero Film" article from earlier this month in this collage which I knew some would find confusing and a few even blasphemous:

Something that Charlie Martin pointed out a few weeks back at PJ Lifestyle: 13 weeks (the name of his blogging-fitness-self-improvement regiment) is a quarter of a year. That means each 13 week period -- each season if you time it properly -- can be utilized as a set period to pursue specific goals. At the end of the 13 week period one can then assess progress, change goals, or continue further development. That's what I'm going to explore here on a daily basis with these 7 focuses.

My friend Bookworm rightfully argues that federal laws should have expiration dates. The imaginary personal laws we live by should too. So four times a year I'm going to make a point to either shift course with, reaffirm, or reevaluate my goals and routines. Since I want to align this habit with the seasons I'll just pretend that Spring is starting early this year. March 20 is the official first day of spring in North America, but I figure I'll need a few extra practice weeks first to get situated and make adjustments. (So expect a version 3.0 in 6 weeks or so.) From then on the first day of summer is June 21 -- so that'll be my deadline for concrete progress toward these goals.

I'll replicate this four-part structure not just during the year but as individual days too. A habit I've begun and will try and keep up this year: every morning surveying the day's workload and personal obligations and then writing down some organization of how and when I'd ideally like to accomplish it during the four sections of the day (morning, afternoon, evening, night). If I visualize the ideal day in the morning, can I figure out how to use technology to program it into becoming reality? Only through increasing my understanding of how these tools work.

Tuesday Bookshelf and Blogging Focus: New Media, the Internet, and the practical use of technology, with Glenn Reynolds' An Army of Davids first in line.