I am curious: How do you people implement goals in GTDNext?
Recap: David Allen talks about six "horizons of focus":
Horizon 5: Life [a) Purpose + b) Principals]
Horizon 4: Long-term visions
Horizon 3: 1-2 year goals
Horizon 2: Areas of focus and accountability
Horizon 1: Current projects
Ground: Current actions
Personally I have gradually come to realise just how important it is to have these higher level of focus properly in order, as I seem to have a long history of not doing so! And by not doing, I have found that the GTD method winds up being a very efficient way of executing.... all the wrong stuff!
In particular when your priorities keep changing - as in my experience they always do, GTD doesn't seem to help!
And I have found myself become increasingly disenchanted with the GTD method because it doesn't naturally seem to help us adapt to shifting priorities. It also seems complicated and time consuming.
[e.g. Personally I now think that writing down EVERYTHING that you might like to do is a _huge mistake_. It takes me days and days to write everything down. And then I end up with a list of stuff that has about 1000 tasks in it that I would like to do at some point. And then, because I am a very, very slow reader, I find it almost impossible to re-read & manage all that stuff... DISASTER!]
So my question is: How do you GTDNext users implement these different "Horizons of Focus"?
Personally, I love seeing the shapes of my hierarchies. This is partly because am I an extremely slow reader and an extremely 'visual' thinker, so seeing the shape of what I am up to really helps me.
[By the way, I am not 100% convinced by David Allen's levels. OK, I am instantly at the limits of my knowledge but other people talk about things like:
"Vision" - Like a visual picture of where you want to get to
"Mission" - a general statement of HOW you will achieve your vision.
"Strategy" - a unique approach of how you will use your mission to achieve your Vision.
"Core Values" – What you think is important & how you will behave during the process.
"Goals" - broad milestones? (=="Objective Key Results"?)
"Objectives" - specific milestones ?
"Action Plans" – These are specific implementation plans of how you will achieve an objective.
Etc etc. ]
[And even more confusing but also critical it managing the combinations of Importance vs Urgency effectively. It's a 2-dimensional problem and a simple "Priority" just doesn't cut it. And worse, the priorities are often relative to each other rather than absolute. But no software that I have felt ever really seems to help with this... A simple Eisenhower Matrix is a good start but is too simplistic and binary and has no room for newance.]
Back to goals etc, I find myself wanting two completely different hierachies at one.
Hierachy by topic
e.g. Business ==> Client XXX ==> Project YYY ==> Sub-project ZZZ ==> Task
Hiearchy by "Horizon of Focus"
50K: Be the world’s best golf player.
50K: Be a great role model for the sport
50K: Provide a stable income for my family
50K: Be the best dad I can
40K: Reach #10 in golf
40K: Have sponsors for equipment.
30K: Have a stable handicap of X
30K: Have been featured in one national and one international golf magazine.
20K: Eat healthily.
20K: Training a minimum of four hours daily Mon-Sat.
10K: Set up a training schedule.
10K: Find & hire a local trainer.
Runway: Call XXX etc
Runway: Call YYY etc
Runway: Buy that new putter
And this is the problem: Although a the Real World tends to map quite nicely into a hierarchy by topic... David Allen's "Horizons of Focus" do not. Instead they are general statements that tend to weave through each other!
As a result putting Horizons of Focus into a nice simple hierachy often doesn't make much sense. Either way they are an utterly different thing from a simple "by topic" hierachy.
I suppose the answer would be to put one's Horizons of Focus on a completely different system (probably on paper?!).
But what about specific milestones & goals? How can I put them into GTDNext?
AFAIK there is no "Goal" field in GTDNext. I guess in theory one could do all the higher level stuff with Tags... but who has time to add all that stuff?! ...To every task?! And then my Context tags will get messed up with Horizons of Focus tags, no?
Either way, I would love to hear how you folks manage your Goals and higher Horizons of Focus.