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That is a start. I would like to add the questions. That is, the reason we wrestle a little with the levels is they are described as 'things' or as nouns. If we describe each level as a question that must be answered, we have now defined the levels in terms of what they mean to us.
The ones I think I remember are:
Project -- what outcome am I committed to work toward over the next few months?
Next Action -- What is the the next sharply-defined step (this is almost like a bookmark) toward that project outcome?
Vision -- what would it look like, feel like, taste like, if my project outcome were achieved?
Goal -- what outcome (possiblly unachievable) do I want to shoot for?
Purpose -- Why am I doing all this stuff?
Originally Posted by ArcCaster
50,000: In addition to "why" - What are the critical behaviors?
40,000: What it will look, sound, feel like with successful implementation.
30,000: What do we want and need to accomplish, specifically, within the next 12-24 months, to make this happen?
20,000: What am I responsible for maintaining in my life? What roles do I play?
10,000: What are the outcomes we want to achieve that require more than one action? (completed within one year)? What does wild success look like? What does "done" look like?
Runway: What is the next physical, visible action?
Source: David Allen Co. GTD Templates--embellished by experience
I'd also like to add that most people probably don't get beyond maybe 30,000 feet in the first 1-2 years. I know I sure didn't. If you're just starting out with GTD, learning about next actions and projects and getting that system set up is pretty all-consuming. That's why learning GTD is a process and, frankly, so much fun! Take your time! If you can't spout your 50K reason for being on earth by the end of the first year, you just joined a huge club!
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I was editing while you were thanking me. Wouldn't you agree with my last paragraph?
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Yes, no, and a tangent
Starting with the tangent:
Initially, working at the next action and the project level, I had things on my lists that just would not go away. I could not mark them complete, no matter how much time I spent on them. My lists became very irritating
Turns out these persistent items did not belong at the next action or the project level. They were higher level. Once I moved them up, my life became saner, and I started crossing things off my project and next action lists. So, you need to know the definition of the higher levels so that you don't stick everything at the lowest two levels.
Yes -- agreed -- still looking for completeness at the high levels.
No -- However, right from the first day, you can put some general stuff there. For example, something that is easy to add to purpose is to enhance the lives of those you intersect with. Seems like a simple general purpose statement -- but it can still be a guiding thought and get you started. And, if you have ever taken a Myers Briggs or Kiersey inventory, your 'type' can go at the higher level (labels like 'teacher' or 'healer', etc). And from that, you can work your way down to lower-level implications. These are not necessarily THE answers -- but they are seeds that you can sow early, giving them time to germinate or to percolate, and maybe they become more 'you-specific' over time.
Wouldn't you agree, Barb?
Last edited by ArcCaster; 01-16-2012 at 10:11 AM.
I agree with all that you've said Rob, but it wasn't my journey. Perhaps it was due to where I was in my life when I was implementing GTD (right around 9/11, just taken a golden parachute, thinking about starting my own business), but I really had all I could do to wrap my blond brain around the basic stuff--maybe through Areas of Focus. Of course, Making it All Work had not yet been written, there was no GTD Connect, I'd never been to a public seminar, etc. Trying to put myself in the shoes of someone who, say, is a super busy professional and a parent with TONS of stuff coming at them and maybe zero time for reflection--well, I think that person is going to probably have a longer journey than someone who has lots of quiet time.
Originally Posted by ArcCaster
I guess the reason I'm putting all this out there is just to encourage anyone who, like me, is taking a while to implement GTD and maybe struggling a bit-- to think of it as a process. Heck, if all you do right away is set up some basic lists you are SO much ahead of where you used to be. And then that Weekly Review sneaks in (and BOY that habit sure does change a lot of things)...if you improve by just 1% per day, think where you'll be in a year! That may seem a long way off, but that year is going to pass anyway....
I hope this makes sense. I'm happy to answer questions if it doesn't.
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Barb - I always love reading your level-headed responses. It's a blast being on Connect with you.
To the original point, I found that my entry into the higher elevations was through mind mapping. I sat down with a white sheet of cardstock and wrote "20,000 - Areas of Focus" in the center then just started scrawling down whatever surfaced. I didn't worry about where I placed things on the page, it happened more or less organically. And I didn't worry of about being complete. Heck, on the higher levels, I didn't even worry about being entirely realistic! My only goal was to dump onto paper what Goals, Vision and Purpose meant to me on that day. I have refined and rewritten them over time but I'm always surprised that the "truth" of me always comes into sharp focus.
Thanks for letting me chime in.
If Steve jobs had a 40k vision, it would not be what he turned out to be. I guess. So do we really need to make one?
The point is that we always make one in our heads. The question is: can we profit by making us aware of what that is, writing it down, changing it (for the better)?
Originally Posted by AlexanderChow
Regarding Steve Jobs, I would say he was fortunate enough to turn his vision into reality.
My guess is you want to be warry to not think to small (and then not have room for big, inovative ideas). This happens easily when we become too early to specific.
Jobs wanted to make Apple an icon of consumer electronics in the digital age. His example was Sony of the analogous age. This was his vision, the details like offering a portable music player in 5 different colors were not part of the overall vision. It would be foolish to narrow yourself down to a specific detail just because you saw it in your vision. The forrest, the forrest.
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