I just finished reading "How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big" by Scott Adams. In his book and also on his blog he talks about "goals vs systems" as if they're opponents. His views ...
There are quite a few applications that track and notify time (Google Calendar,... ) but I found that none of them has the ability to help planning over a long period (let's say, 5 years, 10 years ...
I use Evernote as a way to record ideas and web clippings that interest me. Some are ideas for projects. Some are collections of ideas that relate to prospective projects. There are quotes, metaphors, ...