EBER Project -- Crossroads

In case you are coming in late to this, the Early to Bed, Early to Rise (EBER) Project is a three-year personal project with the goals of Health, Wealth (really prosperity), and Wisdom for our household. By the way, I reworked the overly long Index page into sub-pages, so you can see all the EBER posts right here.

I haven't blogged about this project in a bit, but that doesn't mean I'm not still working it. After my year end wrap-up I decided that an interim phase was warranted to reset my thinking. This is exactly the sort of thing that works great for really long projects. After all, if you create an initial plan and never look at it again, there's no way you'd be on target at the end. There's just too much chance for change.

I'm kind of at a crossroads in this project (and considering it's length it probably won't be the last one). I have some really good baseline stuff in place, but there are some decisions to make as to how to move on from here. Here's my process during this major project check in:

First, it's important to revisit the goals you've achieved to see if they are meeting your needs. For example, one of my goals was financial and it was a big success. But after a few months I see that there is a need to focus on follow up processes in order to make sure it stays a success and the need to set next up goals so that I don't lose momentum. So the next phase of my EBER project includes Operation Budget Analysis! (it kind of sounds better in my head honestly). The goal will be to set us up for maximum options for comparative decision making during the final phase of the project.

Next steps: implement a couple of budgeting tricks to keep our finances on track. I may blog about this because a couple of people have asked for more details on how I keep my family budget (in a spreadsheet of doom of course).

Second, it's good to make sure that your focus is correct. I had an information gathering goal that was a success, but only in the short term. So I'm dusting off this goal but setting my sights longer (not "what next" but "what then"). This is important because the end of this project has several major external drivers coming in all at once (economic predictions from Martin Armstrong, some weather stuff I'm following, and the kid graduating high school) and my work is going to intersect with all of that. Timing is going to be critical and tricky.

Next steps: it's time for me to spend some money on a qualified astrologer. The good ones are always booked way in advance too, so I'm going to try to get on someone's radar now.

Finally, a little distance is good for objectivity. While some strides have been made on the health goal, I have to admit our household as a whole has to do more work together to make sure we're all headed in the same direction. Plus I feel like I have more work to do to make sure we've got appropriate luck magic and protections in place since things have been a bit chaotic on that front. This is supposed to be a year of more illness (again as per Armstrong and other indicators I follow) and I need to keep on top of that.

Next steps: the bullet ephemeris has been working OK for me. But the gap is that it it's a daily kind of checking, where some magic I want to do relies on hour-level timing.

It seems crazy to take like a multi-month review period in a project, but when compared to the 36-months I intent to run this thing, it's not so odd. Plus I play these breaks by ear. Sometimes life intervenes with hints as to what I need to contemplate. And frankly, it's easy to burn out. The first part of this project included a huge amount of stress and work (magical and mundane) to come off correctly. We needed a break.

When you are project marathoning, this is the kind of stuff you have to consciously do to get to the finish line.


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