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MS Project for personal goals and milestone management

I am a personal systems guy. I'm up to system number 4222.1 from my early days with DayTimer pocket books to the "What they don't teach you in Harvard" rolodex card system, to a custom filemaker database of to dos and projects to palm then treo then GTD then paper and round and round...

....and after all that one thing is true.

The most inspiring thing is to have a goal and to knock off the steps until you get there and to see how your actions affect WHEN you'll get there.

Enter Microsoft Project.

Not for corporations, not for business... just for plain personal goals.

I just started recently putting in a simple goal like "Having a 5 days holiday with my wife in Florence Italy" and using Projects many tools to prioritize and manipulate the various factors until I have a holistic view of the many things I'd love to do balanced with the things I have and need to do, to start to get a clearer idea of when there is chance these might happen....

This is especially rewarding when you can do scenarios where other things get in the way and your deadlines and milestone dates get pushed... it helps so much to prioritize and make good decisions...

If you like the idea I can share a template with you.. feel free to comment if you want and Ill send you one...

10/6/08: Due to popular demand a template for what I am talking about is available here.

Click here to see some notes about the template.

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