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  • Do separate your 30k Goals List ? Work / Personal ?

    I always had it as one list, but know I have a ton more goals under work and like the more focused view. Just wondering if anyone else has fried this ?

  • #2
    Well, not really....

    I separate my horizons of focus into 10 categories:

    Beauty
    Health
    Intellectual
    Family
    Organisation
    Professional
    Relationships
    Service
    Spiritual
    Wealth

    So in a sense, most of 'work' shows up under professional but there are some 30ks that could show up under one of the other categories. For instance, there could be some relationships that are both professional and personal and those show up under relationships.

    So I don't think of it as separated 30k goals list, but in reality most of 'work' stuff will show up under professional and it is helpful to see it separate from all my other categories.

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    • #3
      I keep one list for all my goals. But what I do to thelp with the focus issue is, I divide them by their timeline. On the list I first have my long-term goals. Then my annual goals, quarterly and then monthly. They tend to support each other. For example, a longer term weight loss goal might have a quarterly goal to build out a set of simple habits to support it.

      I know that in the quarterly and monthly range, you'd usually treat those as projects, and I to that, but I like to list them as goals, too.

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      • #4
        I thin it's easier to hit them all when they are separated. You are not only focusing on one goal but many goals at a time.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by JamesSP View Post
          I always had it as one list, but know I have a ton more goals under work and like the more focused view. Just wondering if anyone else has fried this ?
          How do you manage your lists? I use OmniFocus. However, I've still not settled on the best way to do manage my 30K goals lists and have been experimenting with different ideas.

          In OmniFocus, I use folders (down the left side) that represent areas of focus. The projects go inside the correct AoF folder. I've started placing the goal lists within each specific AoF folder.

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          • #6
            Personally I don't think one's 30K goals need to be integrated into a project list and next actions system.

            What I do is have my 30K upwards goals/areas of focus in my weekly journal, which is separate from my GTD system. I review that weekly(ish) and just reflect on how my life is against those AoF or goals. Then if anything that looks like a project or next action comes occurs to me I just make a note for my inbox and then process it at the weekly review, or whenever.

            Because I have always used computer list managers, thinking about 30K+ issues just doesn't seem right. They need a bit more of a relaxed reflective environment to work I think.

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            • #7
              Mindmaps for goals

              I use a mindmap for my goals. I found that a list was too restrictive and a mindmap helps me visualise my goals much much better.

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              • #8
                Mind mappers unite!

                Originally posted by enyonam View Post
                I use a mindmap for my goals. I found that a list was too restrictive and a mindmap helps me visualise my goals much much better.
                I mind mapped my life (as much as I could, which turned out to be quite a lot) at the end of last year when things were getting out of hand. If you can see the attached photo, each of those individual sheets is an area of focus (20k). Across the top of each of the sheets I put the Goal and/or Vision (30K & 40k) that relates to that area, along with the over-arching (50k) Purpose. The green blocks are routines; daily, weekly, monthly, annual, whatever). Then I put down all projects I could think of for each Area with a next action for each project. I didn't separate out any of the someday/maybes because I wanted a big picture view of, well, everything.

                It really gave me a lot of perspective on how much I'm responsible for, who I'm responsible to and, really, what's most important.

                But to get back to the question of separating out Goals from the other lists...
                I could not have even formulated those goals without working my way through the big picture. I saw patterns... the "inter-connectedness of all things", if you're a Dirk Gently fan... that I couldn't have anticipated. I could create a separate list now, but I like seeing it in context.

                Good question, James.

                Dena

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                • #9
                  Thanks for sharing Dena,
                  What software did you use to make those graphs/charts ?

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                  • #10
                    That's amazing! Thanks for sharing.

                    I did something similar in a book-format with some ideal scenes written out and inspiring quotes and affirmations. One chapter for each area of focus.

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                    • #11
                      Wow ... life map on a wall

                      That's incredible Dena! That must be the best view to have when musing about life, the pursuit of happiness and all that. Do you just sit in front of it an meditate some days?

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                      • #12
                        Funny!

                        Originally posted by enyonam View Post
                        That's incredible Dena! Do you just sit in front of it an meditate some days?
                        I probably should! That's funny! More likely my family will meditate on the things on there I haven't finished yet! Talk about accountability!

                        SolidSnake: I used MindNode on the Mac. It also syncs to the iPad version so I can update mind maps on the go. This one is a very, very wide map!

                        It's really just a snapshot of where I was at that point in my life. I'm going to revisit it thoroughly after a year, I think. It will be nice to see what has been accomplished.

                        Thanks for the feedback!

                        Dena

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