pyramid to dna

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Master action list design help
  • Underlying principles:
    • The actions that are in our best long term interest are not obvious.
      • We are responsible for allocating our lives, nobody is going to do it for us.

        See Joshua Abrams example
        in Part 5 "Developing Yourself: as a person, as an executive, as a leader"
        Chapter 5: "Summary: The Action Implications"
        in Managing The Non-Profit Organization
        by Peter Drucker

      • What does it mean to have a life worth living?
      • Performance measures in life health areas
      • Don't fight the glacier
        The constant movement of significant events
    • Due to time constraints we are going to have to choose to abandon some items
  • Application specifications
    • The master action list is easiest to work with if it has an outline structure and columns with multiple views
      • Several screen shots that provide examples of the master action list
        • Master action list planning view

        • Detailed work plan outline view

      • Daily work plan (appointments and to do items)

    • Date columns should have a pop-up calendar
    • Choice columns should offer the option of a pop-up menu or typing completion
    • Rows should be sortable by any column using the list order in the column choice definition
    • There should be a row matching function that allows progressive filtering
  • Columns and column choices in the master action list.
    • Action items–Master action list (MAL) content
    • Row types
      • Category records
        One place holder for each category
      • Appointments
      • To do items
    • Categories (life areas and sub-areas)

      Every category in this structure should have a computer folder to match it and a bookmarks favorite folder

      • Life management system categories
      • Life area examples
        • Life design work
        • Education (learning)
        • Professional life
          • Job
          • Career
        • Spiritual life (The Unfashionable Kierkegaard)

          True faith is effective in through charity (i.e., in and through social responsibility)

        • Financial
        • Personal business
        • Relationships
          • People types
            • Spouse
            • Children
            • Friends
            • Moving on
            • Interest associates
          • Pets
        • Health
          • Exercise & physical capability developement
          • Risk aversion
          • Food system
        • Personal care
        • Home management
        • Vehicle management
        • Fun life
          • Fun life planning
            • Fun scenarios
          • Fun areas
            • Tennis
            • Pro tennis viewing
            • Food
            • Travel
            • Music
            • Adventures
              • Outdoors
              • Camping
              • Biking
              • Water fun
                • Jet ski
                • White water
            • Videos
            • Night scene
        • Citizenship
          • Political activism
            • Transnational
            • Regional
            • National
            • Tribal
          • Social needs
            • Charity
            • Changing the community/people
            • Volunteer
    • Priorities (action contribution & timing relative to an informed life design)
      • Life contribution assessment
        • Rows that need to transferred to a supporting document
          This cleans up the MAL
        • List of current (immediate future) major projects
          • Current major project
          • Next major project
          • Project after that
          • And so on
        • PyramidTop
        • Life/livingEssence
        • Major life change
        • Meaningful life change
        • Moderate life change
        • Desirable life maintenance
        • Under consideration
        • Unavoidable
        • Near trivial pursuit
        • Trivial pursuit
        • Negative pursuit
      • Timing (attention focus)
        • Now
        • Very, very soon
        • Very soon
        • Soon
        • Later
        • Much later
    • When during a day would this action typically occur?
    • Typical time block duration
    • Date—start
    • Date—end
  • Master action list notes
    • The items with today's date provide the text for a daily work plan (Don't have to rewrite or remember)
    • Provides the tool to examine our lives
    • An auto-pilot system
      Stress reduction


“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic”. — Peter Drucker

The shift from manual workers who do as they are being told — either by the task or by the boss — to knowledge workers who have to manage themselves ↓ profoundly challenges social structure

Managing Oneself is a REVOLUTION in human affairs.” … “It also requires an almost 180-degree change in the knowledge workers’ thoughts and actions from what most of us—even of the younger generation—still take for granted as the way to think and the way to act.” …

… “Managing Oneself is based on the very opposite realities: Workers are likely to outlive organizations (and therefore, employers can’t be depended on for designing your life), and the knowledge worker has mobility.” ← in a context




These pages are attention directing tools for navigating a world moving toward unimagined futures.

It’s up to you to figure out what to harvest and calendarize
working something out in time (1915, 1940, 1970 … 2040 … the outer limit of your concern)nobody is going to do it for you.

It may be a step forward to actively reject something (rather than just passively ignoring) and then figure out a coping plan for what you’ve rejected.

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