I used to have a fairly lengthy list of core values, life categories, and goals pertaining to each value and category. Over the past few years, I have simplified.
Now, there are only two things, two actions, that I require of myself every day:
Do something creative.
Do something loving.
If I take care of just those two imperatives, then the day has been a success. If I can just continue to be creative and loving, then I am not a failure.
Amazingly, this does not feel like lowering the bar — because how can I possibly feel that way, when I am giving first priority to the things that matter most to me?