Currently I work off of a written to-do list of short term goals/objectives which has proven to keep me organized and helped shape me into a proactive individual. This structure has served me well with short term goals, however I am starting to realize that a lot of my wants in life are more long-term related.
I have decided to sit down and write a list of everything whether short, mid, long term related. My problem is when I think about the organizing/executing aspect I get stuck in vicious circularity.
For example: two or more years from now I would like to volunteer with a specific organization that has Spanish as a requirement. OK, no problem I speak English and French fluently so learning Spanish shouldn't be too difficult. Do I learn it now in a couple months and run the risk of forgetting what I learnt or being out of practice? But if I wait too long I run the risk of not learning the language in time and hence jeopardizing the volunteer opportunity.
I end up doing this infinite loop of scenarios and planning the planning of the planning of the goal as opposed to commencing the work on the actual long term goal! This problem is not encountered with short term as I just do do do with quick, assertive and logical thinking. I am over analyzing the long term goals!
So I ask: How does one identify, organize and execute long term goals.