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    Could you please help me formulate the name of the projects. I'm in for sports playing tennis (two times a week) and lifting weights (three times a week). I want to put that on my project list. There's no any particular finish line for these projects. I play tennis to support my cardio system and doing lifts to support and develop my muscles. I hope they are never ending projects

    Could they be areas of focus under my Health area of focus? What it the best way to formulate them?

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    Areas of Focus. Key would be that they don't end. Projects have an end in mind within 12-18 months. Areas of Focus don't end until you no longer want to manage or maintain that area.

    One of my Areas of Focus is Vibrant Health & Fitness. Various projects at times to support that have been around sporting events I've completed.

    Hope that helps!

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    • #3
      So tennis would be an area of focus as well? I can't imagine any particular project. I just come and play tennis, don't need to win any competition or whatever. Just play for my health, two times a week.

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      • #4
        Tennis projects.

        Originally posted by Fritz58 View Post
        So tennis would be an area of focus as well? I can't imagine any particular project.
        Win the US Open (or Wimbledon) tournament?
        Win the Olympic Games tournament?
        Learn 50% reliable backhand volley?
        Encourage a friend to regularly play tennis with you?

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        • #5
          TesTeq, don't want or need to win any tournament, just play because I feel great when doing so. Don't need to learn any back or forehands, just love to play, love the feeling. I don't need to accomplish anything here, just be there in time for the next play!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Fritz58 View Post
            So tennis would be an area of focus as well? I can't imagine any particular project. I just come and play tennis, don't need to win any competition or whatever. Just play for my health, two times a week.
            If there's not an end point in mind, then yes, it's an Area of Focus. You don't have a next action, other than the appointments on your calendar. On the other hand, you do want it on your Areas of Focus so you can consider it every so often - are you going often enough, do you want to put any new projects in place, is there anything else you need to do to aid your tennis (i.e. project - need new tennis shoes)?

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            • #7
              Mastery.

              Originally posted by Fritz58 View Post
              TesTeq, don't want or need to win any tournament, just play because I feel great when doing so. Don't need to learn any back or forehands, just love to play, love the feeling. I don't need to accomplish anything here, just be there in time for the next play!
              So it is a standalone recurring event in the "fitness" Area of Focus.

              When I was able to play tennis I always wanted to do it better and better each time. Not for the sake of winning with somebody but I like to improve my skills.

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              • #8
                Testeq, me too. But my coach knows better then me what to improve and how to do it Victoria, thanks for advice!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Fritz58 View Post
                  Could they be areas of focus under my Health area of focus? What it the best way to formulate them?
                  I don't like deeply nested AOF systems and I also don't think it works quite right to have so many AOF that it's hard to manage. If I counted each and every thing that I want to maintain as an AOF I'd have hundreds of them. As it is I have a 2 level system with 7 top level AOF buckets:
                  Family & Friends
                  Manage our Farm Sustainably
                  Personal Development
                  Computer and Technology
                  Oil & Gas Issues
                  Keep a Comfortable House
                  Work in my Community
                  Within each of those larger areas are separate more traditional AOFs. For example:
                  Under personal development I have these sections:
                  Maintain an Healthy Lifestyle
                  Ongoing Learning
                  Writing
                  Reading
                  Knitting
                  Weaving
                  Sewing
                  Quilting
                  Scrapbooks
                  Photography
                  Misc. Art Media
                  Genealogy
                  My projects are within those folders. I personally have a lot of never-ending projects like that and it doesn't' bother me.

                  I am trying to do a yoga class once a week, weight lifting once a week, bodyweight exercises 2 times a week and an occasional pilates class. So I have projects within my Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle AOF for those items.

                  One is Attend Yoga and Pilates Classes. The actions within that are repeating ones that are set to start the days that there are classes I can go to.

                  Another project is Regular Weight Lifting and I set an action that repeats weekly to do a 20 minute workout with weights. I don't have a set day or time so I set it to start at the beginning of the week and be due at the end of the week. That way I see it if I haven't gotten it done this week. I do the same for the bodyweight project.

                  True, they will never really end but I can't handle having more AOFs to cover every single recurring or never ending project.

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                  • #10
                    Oogie, thanks! Your post hit the wall!

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                    • #11
                      My wrists said "NO" to tennis.

                      Originally posted by Fritz58 View Post
                      Testeq, me too. But my coach knows better then me what to improve and how to do it
                      I'm jealous. My wrists said "NO" to tennis. No negotiations allowed.

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                      • #12
                        TesTeq, time cures, try again in a few years!

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                        • #13
                          My orthopedist suggests not to try.

                          Originally posted by Fritz58 View Post
                          TesTeq, time cures, try again in a few years!
                          My orthopedist suggests not to try. I say: "I feel pain when I play tennis." He says: "Don't play."

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by TesTeq View Post
                            My orthopedist suggests not to try. I say: "I feel pain when I play tennis." He says: "Don't play."
                            It's up to you to decide whether to take that advice; or to consult other experts who might give different opinions; or to form your own decision. It depends partly on how important it is to you to play tennis. The orthopedist may be an expert on wrists but not an expert on how important (or unimportant) tennis is in your life. I imagine there might be wrist braces and things; a sports injury expert might know about that. You could use the other hand (or switch hands from time to time). Maybe you could play ping pong or soccer instead.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Fritz58 View Post
                              ...just love to play, love the feeling. I don't need to accomplish anything here...
                              I personally would tend not to find any value in putting things like this into any part of GTD. But there's probably no compelling reason not to shove it into AoF either.



                              Cheers,
                              Roger

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