Recurring Task Clarification

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Tim Lang

20 Aug, 2019 09:12 PM

I have seen this topic covered,and I watched the recommended video, but I am still not clear, so let me outline a specific example.

If I want to lose 20 lbs, and I am going to run three times a week for a year. Do I need to add 156 (52 weeks x 3 runs) sub-goals? It seems there are some tasks that auto change progress, but I cannot find them at all.

I want so badly to be able to use this because it is visually stunning, but I need a lot of structure to stay on task :)

Please advise.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Richard Parslow on 20 Aug, 2019 10:01 PM

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    Hello Tim

    Thanks for your inquiry.

    Goalscape is really a visual goal management solution rather than a task management tool. We do not recommend using it as a 'visual calendar', with a goal for every week (further divided into a goal for each individual run).

    So if your goal is to lose 20 lbs you can create subgoals for exercise (and diet). Both of these will involve repeating tasks: by their very nature though, these are continuing activities that will never be 'complete'.

    In fact most dieticians and health experts now agree that a diet and exercise routine should be considered 'part of your new way of living', rather than short-term activities that you are only doing in order to achieve a goal of losing a certain amount of weight. Otherwise, having achieved your target weight, you are likely to revert to your previous food intake and stop exercising.

    You can represent your running activity in Goalscape; however you will need to define your own measure of 'Progress'. So you could do a weekly review and set the Progress according to the number of runs you completed (each contributing 33% to that week's Run target), then reset it at the start of the following week.

    Or, since your goal is to lose 20 lbs, each pound lost represents 5% progress. So you could simply use this as your metric. And of course this will reach 100% when you lose the 20lbs – which may well be before the full year is up!

    All the best


  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Richard Parslow on 20 Aug, 2019 10:04 PM

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    PS You may also be interested in Emmett Lazich's article Getting Things Done – with or without Dates.

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