So let me describe what you’re seeing here; this is a bigger version of the thing I made earlier today, which will eventually be a wall poster.
This is a snowflake life plan.
I got the idea from this site here: https://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/articles/snowflake-method/ which describes the act of writing a novel as building a tessellating snowflake.
I felt that I could apply the same to improving myself in much the same way.
Working outward, I put the goal of my quest in the center: I want to be able to go to Great Britain and put a white rose on the grave of A.E. Housman, the great poet.
Around this goal were the three large tasks I’d have to overcome before I would feel that my quest was complete. The accomplishments of these tasks would also facilitate my trip. They are: Look and feel the part, Make the money, and Be the person worth knowing. In much the same way that only the pure and non-violent could approach the Holy Grail of Arthurian fame, I wouldn’t dare to come before A.E. with anything less.
Not to mention I can’t fly to England on pocket change.
The three large goals each break down to secondary goals, and each secondary has its tertiary tasks:
Look and feel the part:
- Lose the weight (Diet, Recumbent Bike, Milestone Rewards)
- Fight and dance (Flamenco, Belly dance, Stick fighting)
- Makeup, Colors, Clothing (Photo shoot, Update wardrobe, Professional Makeup Review)
Make the money:
- Maximize returns (more VM Patterns, high end commissions, Website and advertising)
- Climb the ladder (vet resume, Spanish, Linked in/networking)
- Minimize lifestyle (small apartment, save extra money, pay off cc’s)
Be the person worth knowing:
- Writing (sonnets, novel, Tempest Shaken)
- Reading (classics, modern thought, poetry)
- Creating (restructure old patterns, more bjd’s, shows/art books)
Some of the tertiary goals are simple and straightforward; some are going to have 4th and 5th level tasks underneath them (thus the external lines). Some can be accomplished quickly (like having someone vet my resume) and some may take months or a year or even more (like learning Spanish).
And there are crossovers between tasks; writing more patterns could go under “Creating” as well as “Maximizing returns” but it was important to me to have an even distribution and relatively clear reasoning.
With my goals spread out and visualized like this, I can attack tasks as the time, money, and health allows. Eventually as each task collapses and they add up to complete the ones beneath them, nothing will be left but my three requirements, and my final goal.
After that? Well, the Grail Knights for the most part chose death; only a few returned and those were much changed.
I might just go back to college. Or take over the world.