Plasticity & Stepping Stones
So far into the Training and using Goalist you may have one of these two problems:
1) You struggle with a bad habit or cannot keep to your plan every day. It’s absolutely OK. The fact that you keep trying places you in the top 1% of people!
2) The progress you’ve made encouraged you to set a bold goal. And now you feel overwhelmed by it. Just don’t think about its finish. You don’t even need to split it into steps and sub-goals. All you need to do is to decide what could be the next smallest step in its direction and to take that step.
And you don’t even have to make the right decision on what this step is. Overthinking it may paralyze you and cause procrastination. It’s like with crossing a mountain stream stepping on stones. You may stand there trying to figure out all the stones you need to step on. Or you can step on the first stone and have a better view from it to decide which should be the second one.
- Want to start jogging? Open Google Maps and locate a nice park or any kind of green area close to your house.
- Want to write a book? Just create a Word document for it on your laptop and place a link to it in the middle of your desktop.
- Want to clean your garage? Just check the prices of dumpsters / bagsters.
The practical part
Here’s a few videos explaining automatic plan adjustments in Goalist, and how to fix the durations and start times of tasks. In the next lesson we’ll discuss more functions related to the Planner view.
Day Plan Auto Adjustments in Goalist
Part 1 – Settings
A lot of effort is put into making Goalist flexible. One of such efforts is the Day Plan Auto Adjustments module. You can turn it on and off in the Modules view. Most modules have their own, separate Settings. This one has only 1 setting so far. I’ll explain it later.
So when you have this module enabled you will see several additional options when working with your Day Plan.
First, when you mark a task as done earlier or later than planned, Goalist will propose automatic corrections of its length. You can see it when you long-press the task.
The green icon means: “Mark as done without adjustments”.
The button to the left from it will offer automatic adjustment – in this case – extending the length. When I tap it the task is extended and marked as done. It’s 1h long now. I tap “extend” and now it’s extended to end at the current time. The end time is rounded up or down to the nearest 5 minutes interval. Or to the nearest 1 minute interval if you have 1 minute precision enabled in Settings > Minimum task duration.
You can configure the icons and their behavior in the Settings of the module named “Select Multiple Tasks”. Here you can choose:
- whether the “Mark done” button should be displayed
- whether it should propose duration adjustments
- and whether the additional buttons for duration adjustments should be shown when the task is marked as done too early or too late
Add another task to see more adjustments in action. When the task is selected choose MORE, Mark done. Here you can see how much late the task is. You can also see the same icons as on the toolbar, together with their descriptions.
Part 2 – Affecting other tasks
The adjustments may affect also other tasks in multiple other situations.
For instance, when your plan is full and you want to extend the length of the task being marked as done, all other tasks will be shrinked. Here you can see that the first task is 1h long and the next 23h long – so the list is full. Now when I lengthen the first one it’s longer and the second one is shorter. The total list duration is the same.
The adjustments are performed also when you manually change the length of a task.
When I extend Sleep now, Leisure is automatically shrinked to accommodate that. You can see that when I tap “plus” the duration of Sleep increases and the duration of Leisure decreases at the same time.
Part 3 – Fixed Duration
If there is any task which duration should never be adjusted automatically, you can fix its duration. Tap it, tap MORE > More options > Fix duration. You can see a blue anchor here that indicates fixed duration.
Now when you increase the duration of the first task the system skips the fixed one and shortens only the tasks that are not fixed. If I mark Sleep and click “plus” twice you can see that the “TV” task stays 30 minutes long and the “Breakfast” task is now 20 minutes long.
If you want the “TV” task to always have fixed duration edit it, configure its duration, and tick the “Fix duration by default” checkbox. From now on each time you add this task to the schedule it will have fixed duration.
There is an option to fix durations of all the tasks currently scheduled in Menu > Fix all durations. Now the anchor icon is on in all tasks.
If you want to change the duration of a task now, the system will remind you that its duration is fixed. You can unfix it, adjust the duration and fix again. Or you can configure the module to protect fixed tasks only against automatic adjustments and allow manual adjustments.
Go to Modules > Day PLan Auto Adjustments > Settings, check the “Allow…” option, click OK, back – and now you can change the duration of “TV”. But the system will not change it automatically.
So if I unfix “Sleep” and try to increase its duration the system will say that the plan is full and not try to adjust any duration because all other tasks are fixed.
Part 4 – Fixed Start Time
If you want to start any task at an exact time you can fix its start time so that it doesn’t move during manual or automatic adjustments of the plan.
Let’s say you go to the cinema at 5pm and want to leave home half an hour earlier. Click “Cinema” > MORE > More options > Fix Start and Duration. Now you see an anchor active also next to the start time.
Its start time will remain fixed when I adjust the durations of previous tasks. So when I increase the duration of “Dinner” the duration of “TV” is decreased as much as possible. When it’s not possible the system displays this message that further adjustments are not possible because of the Fixed Start task.
But a behavior you haven’t seen yet is that when I decrease the duration of “Dinner” the duration of “TV” is increased automatically to preserve the start time of “Cinema”.
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(This post is part of Goalist Training)