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Life's Operating System

Melvyn Tan
Melvyn Tan
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Life's Operating System

In strategic planning, we have the different levels of goals.

In Balanced Scorecard, you have the different perspectives.

David Allen has the 6 Horizons of Focus.

I combined the best to create a framework for my life’s operating system.

Identity. This is about who I am. It is a deep question and I admit it took me years before I have a clear sense of who I am.

Purpose. With my identity, the next thing to figure out is my purpose. When I became a believer, this was one of the first thing I did. The Purpose Driven Life was a great book to start.

Vision. If someone were to ask you, “what’s your vision?“, how would you answer that question? To me, vision is the end-in-mind. For this, I further break it down into three main areas: discipleship, relationship, and leadership.

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight and no vision.

~Helen Keller

Approach. The approach you take to achieve your vision are largely determined by your core values. For me, I chose an approach that mirrors the leadership style of Jesus Christ.

Projects. While the approach determines the broad stroke strategy, the projects are the initiatives that will led to the vision. Here, for each area, I have a series of projects to achieve the goals.

Habits. This is probably the most crucial. Without the right habits, goals would never be achieved. I’ve been a student of constructive habits for the longest time.

What’s your framework for your life’s operating system.

Melvyn Tan

Despite living the good life at midlife, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. My aim here is to reinvent midlife, learn new skills, and understand how the world works post-COVID.