Best Laid Plans

Episode #182: Nested Goals Explained!

January 22, 2024

In today’s episode, I share how her year is shaping up so far, including a report on my planner choices for the year.

Then, the episode is devoted to a deep dive into Nested Goal Setting – my method for setting goals and identifying tasks based on time horizon from daily to yearly. I review my methodology in detail and answers common questions from “wait, isn’t that a LOT of time spent planning?” to those about which tools I use and when to refer to each list.

Random notes:

My calculation of how much time is spent planning if this system is used:

12 hours for annual + (4 hrs x 5 seasonally) + (1.5 hr x 12 monthly) + (1 hr x 52 weekly) + ~8-10 min/day = 154 hours

‘Waking hours’ in the year assuming 8 hrs sleep/night = 5840 hours

Percentage of waking time spent in planning sessions: 2.6%

Monthly / Seasonal Example Pix:


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  • Reply Daria January 22, 2024 at 8:13 am

    I really loved this episode! I keep my annual goals/intentions on a google doc; pinned to a task bar. I personally like to look at it weekly, as a reminder of what’s important. Then quintiles, then months, then weeks. Then daily. I find that way life much more manageable. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger January 22, 2024 at 2:50 pm

      love that you do that weekly!! they will remain top of mind that way.

  • Reply Nina January 26, 2024 at 5:23 am

    I have two kids and am struggling with managing multiple schedules. I have two jobs, my husband’s job, kid’s school stuff plus kids activities. What do you use to keep track of where everyone should be when and stuff like remembering dress up days at school etc? Would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

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