Actions from goals
I've been using goalscape a bit now but the big trouble I have is how to convert goals into specific actions. Can you recommend any online resources, books or advice in moving goals into specific things to do?
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Support Staff 1 Posted by Richard Parslow on 30 Apr, 2017 11:16 AM
Thanks for your inquiry – interesting question!
Goalscape provides a visual medium for breaking down major challenges into manageable 'bite-sized' chunks, for which you can devise specific action plans. See our original Introduction to goal setting.
Setting SMART goals is in itself a big step towards creating a detailed action plan. Always set Due dates and identify the metrics for measuring your progress. Is a task binary – either not done (0%) or done (100%) – or are there milestones along the way that indicate some percentage of completion?
There are quite a few online sources for action planning – eg Mindtools or Kent University.
How you do this though really depends on the nature of your challenge and the relevant expertise available (either from your own experience or from specialists in that area). Fundamentally you need to be able to identify the specific subgoals you need to achieve in order to reach your major goals in every area.
Although Goalscape is really a goal management solution rather than a task management tool, you can use it for TM if you set Due dates on your tasks and assign Tags like "!Next" and "!Now". Then you can use the Highlight Sidebar Goal List to implement a GTD-type process. There is a video explaining the Highlight sidebar here.
I confirm that we are considering ways to implement 'live' alarms and reminders, probably by integration with third party tools like Google Calendar.
Enjoy the journey!