Goalist Training 2

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You need a bit more data before you can start drawing conclusions and move to the next stage. In the meantime we’ll discuss another important subject.

Pursue the goal – not the path


“Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen.
Few in pursuit of the goal.”

Friedrich Nietzsche


In the process of working on achieving a goal it’s easy to fall into various traps. One of the worst is losing the initial intent. To get anywhere you need to choose a path. And at any stage you can only clearly see its short segment that lies before you.

Each path has forks, bends and obstacles. So if you follow the path without checking regularly if you’re still on the right one and if still leads to where you initially thought it does – you can get off the course. And you can lose a lot of time and energy if you don’t detect it early enough. But how do you do that?

Think & rethink – why & what for?

At the root of every goal there’s a WHY? For instance:

  • You start jogging and eat healthier because you VALUE the health of your body and good condition
  • You start meditating because you VALUE the sanity of your mind

Armies noticed long ago that detailed plans rarely work. So they prefer to use a “Commander’s Intent”. It’s a clear description of a purpose of an activity. It represents what the commander wants to achieve and why. It is expressed using effects, objectives and desired outcomes. Then whatever happens along the way soldiers are able to make appropriate decisions that help achieve the goal. They can correctly decide what to do even if the enemy completely thwarts the initial plans.

Similarly in life – various events and obstacles are constantly ruining your plans. You should not only not worry about it – but expect it and treat it as a normal part of the journey! Constantly review your WHYs, correct the course of action and make new plans that reflect the current situation you’re in.

Further reading

Brian Tracy, the Personal Development Guru, has a “proven system for defining exactly what you want and then achieving it”. He can teach you how to set your goals and objectives to maximize your performance and blast through your goals.

How Goalist helps you understand and remember

The structure of Values and Goals in Goalist is designed to help you understand what you value and why you want to achieve some goals and states in your life.

Because you value multiple things, Goalist lets you assign priorities to each value. Then based on the data you collect it helps you realize which domains of your life are neglected and which require most attention. And you can make better decisions on what to do next.

Goalist provides tools that let you get a big picture of your values and goals and dive deeper into details. Then it lets you set up monitors that notify you when you get off the course. You have means to decide what a “balance” means in your life and see if you have it.

Video Lessons with Transcriptions

We’ve prepared videos showing you step by step on how to create and use Values. Each one has a transcription below it.

Creating and editing Values

Video transcript:

To start working with Values use the drop-down menu in the top-left corner to navigate to Categories > Values & Goals.

Values are like folders that contain Goals. Goals contain Tasks. Tasks may be optionally grouped into Task Groups.

If you have just installed Goalist you may find here several example Values. You can keep them and adjust to your needs. Or you can delete them and create new ones.

You can create a new Value using Menu > New value OR the plus button.

  • Type in what you value.
  • Choose its importance. That’s a number between 1 and 100. For now you can leave the default 50. You can adjust this number later once you have more Values defined.
  • Choose its color. The color is inherited by all the tasks that will be part of this Value. The color is then used on the Day Plan. Colors will help you visually assess what Values dominate each of your Day Plans.

Go back to the list of Values.

To edit a Value just tap it and then tap its name to see the same interface as you used for creating a Value.

Go back to the list of Values again.

To delete a Value long-press it and choose Delete. I said a Value is like a folder. So when you delete it you also delete everything it contains – Goals, Task Groups and Tasks.

Data associated with Values

Video transcript:

Newly added Value has 0 Goals. Once you start adding Goals you’ll see a pie chart showing how many Goals you have and what is their state.

Grey color shows goals without monitor. Green and red colors show Goals with a monitor in a successful or failed state respectively.

The Health Score is initially 0. It will not change until you define Goals and Monitors.

The Health Score is a special number that reflects the state of the Value. It is calculated based on the importance of the Value and state of each of its Goals. It will help you realize which Values need the most of your attention at a given time. In another video I’ll show you how to sort your list of Values by this number.

Read more about the Value Health Score in the Forum.

You can configure your Pie Charts to only display Monitors. That is to not show Goals without a Monitor. To do that navigate to Modules > Goal Tracking & Monitoring > Settings and tick the first checkbox. Click OK, back and you won’t see the grey color any more.

Sorting Values

Video transcript:

By default the Values are sorted by name in an ascending order. To change the way they are sorted use Menu > Sort by. Here you can see you can sort them by:

  • Name
  • Importance
  • The percentage of goals with monitors in the OK state
  • The total number of goals
  • The Health Score

Each option has an ascending and descending variant.

You can use the last three types (OK percentage, Number of monitors and Health Score) to narrow down the Values that need the most of your attention at a given time:

  • Because they have much fewer goals defined than other values
  • OR because they have the biggest number of failed Monitors
  • OR because they have the worst Health Score

Would you like to see more videos?

Please let us know how you like the videos and what subjects would you like us to cover next. We value all suggestions and criticism. And we constantly improve the Training and the app based on them – so please write whatever comes to mind!

(This post is part of Goalist Training)

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