No articles or tuturials I can think of aside from the ones in MLO help
files, but here are some ideas to try out.
For the longest time, I kept my goals and supporting tasks in my task
outline view (Outline/All Tasks) also by time period, e.g., a tree for
Week, Month, Year. Bad idea. Just mark them as goals for whatever they
are, and don't try too hard to organize your project/task outline
chronologically. Then use the "Goals" view to work with your goals, and
make sure everything you intend to have as a goal and work and track via
MLO is shown in that view, for the appropriate time period.
(I'm assuming you know to use the task/folder properties window to mark
tasks/folders as "goal for" Week/Month/Year.)
I like to use folders as goals, that is, title the folder in terms of the
outcome or positive statement of the accomplished goal, and then set the
priority at that level. So if I have a goal for the year of something like
"I am under 180lbs, run 10K under 55m, feel strong, can do vigorous hikes,
bike fast, play full 90 minute game of soccer", then I would create that as
a folder and mark it as "goal for"/Year. Then, under that, I might have
additional sub-folders like "I Include a well-researched weight training
program as part of my regular weekly fitness habits" and mark that as a
goal for the month. Then, under that, I might have another folder like
"Draft and trial an initial weight training program for a few weeks".
Under that folder, I might have specific tasks like "Research what
programs would be appropriate for my goals" and "Choose an initial weight
training program and try it for two weeks" as tasks. FWIW, I would
typically mark the folder above those two tasks with the "Complete subtasks
in order" checkmark, so that only the "next" actionable task shows in the
outline, rather than having to see and deal with overwhelming tons of
tasks, only a few of which are currently relevant and actionable.
One thing I suggest is to edit the settings for the default "Goals" view to
sort by "Importance" descending, at least if you use the
Steven-Covey-popularized Important/Urgent Quadrants I-IV approach.
Otherwise, the order in which things appear in your list of goals makes no
Hope this helps. Feel free to ask any follow-up questions and with any
luck you'll get lots of great responses.
On Monday, November 28, 2016 at 12:52:00 AM UTC-8, c.k. lester wrote:
> I would like to see more information about managing "Goals." I have a
> general idea of how they might work, but I'd like to see a tutorial of them
> in practice. Anybody have articles or videos in this regard?
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