Plan your life in 3’s to be more effective

Plan for 3 months

Think about what your goals are for the next 3 months of your life. Planning for less feels too short-term to make meaningful progress and planning for more feels too long-term of a commitment where it is likely your goals may change. I like to align my quarterly plans with the seasons of the year. Just recently, I finished planning my summer goals for July through September.

3 sections: health, wealth, and wisdom


Are you looking to maintain/lose/gain weight? Are there some unhealthy habits that you’ve been meaning to get rid of? Or maybe some healthy habits you’ve been meaning to acquire? This section is reserved for all of your physical health goals. Mental health goals are definitely important too but I put those in the Wisdom section.


What are your savings goals? Do you have debt that needs to be paid off? Are you happy with where you are in your career? Do you want to switch jobs or acquire new skills to make yourself better at your job? Is there a business you’d like to start? All goals regarding money and your work can be defined here.


Should you have a meditative practice? Are there books you’d like to read? Are there skills unrelated to your career that you would just like to learn? Are you being a good friend in relationships that are important to you? This section is the most flexible and is the best place for goals that don’t really fit within the other two sections.

3 bullet points for each section

The third and final 3 is the number of goals you define in each section for the quarter. Define 3 points in each main pillar of your life that you’d like to focus on. You can create sub-lists in each point to go into more detail. It is best to define these in a way that is measurable so that you can measure your effectiveness of achieving your goals at the end of the quarter. Once these are defined, you can start assigning important milestone dates for different tasks to get done.

What it looks like when you’re done

My summer goals for 2020



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Jeff Cannon

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