On GTD Fast, DA talks about how often we should clear our in baskets. He compares it to brushing your teeth – how often do you feel you have to brush your teeth? The answer is that people have their own personal standards: some will brush after every meal, some just in the morning and last thing at night etc. It all depends on you internal setting. Likewise, one person’s acceptable level of tidiness might be another’s idea of a mess.
So, when it comes to areas like fitness and healthy diet, the actual goal is to establish a benchmark within yourself. For example, I am currently several pounds above the weight I was this time last year, which was the “right” weight for me. I know that I do not look overweight, and that I certainly do not stand out in a crowd as being overweight, yet I am still totally unhappy, and am now embarking on a diet to get my weight back down to my “ideal” weight again.
This level of dissatisfaction provides the drive to get me to diet and hit the gym. When I get back to my “ideal” weight, my conscience is clear.
So, the goal is to achieve a lifelong compass reading that keeps you to the lifestyle standard you feel is right for you.
This will generate specific goals along the way, for example in my case, a short term weight loss target.
I have read elsewhere on this site that it takes 30 days to form new habit. I guess that this also means that you can form a personal standard in this time also.