The seven Categories are Spiritual, Emotional, Family, Career, Finances, Physical and Social. You can add some others such as Mental. It is not real anal. The point is not to be anal. The goal is to know where you are going or you might not get there. It is more like a vision for your future. It has always been interesting to me that when I have envisioned some goals I find that the path to acheiving them was clearly marked but I could not see it until I knew what I wanted. The other spin off is that this leads to acheiving goals long before you ever thought it was possible.
Ok, I guess that is why life is so simple for me:
Spiritual - I have no need of it. Spirits don't exist.
Emotional - "Don't worry, be happy" has always worked for me.
Family - It's just my wife and I and we are of the same mind/goals/beliefs. I'm not worried about pleasing the limited extended family we have.
Career - I've already been very successful and found it's not all it's cracked up to be. Now my career goal is to have fun during the last few years until my very early retirement.
Finances - I have a few goals here
Physical - Also a few goals (marathon, ironman, etc.)
Social - I'm looking forward to leading those spammer death squads. Beyond that, I have friends but I don't see "social" as being something to have goals related to.
So, I'm not criticizing your list. I actually think it is pretty good. But of the categories that matter to me, I'm getting close to moving beyond them (career). I'd also replace "spiritual" with intellectual.
When it comes to making decisions, which was the original question, how does this play into it? Should one make a quantitative assessment of how a decision affects family, spiritual, etc?