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#ProdChat – 03/09/2016 – Setting and Tracking Goals

#ProdChat – 03/09/2016 – Setting and Tracking Goals

On March 9, 2016, #ProdChat discussed the topic, Setting and Tracking Goals. Watch the slideshow to see what the productivity enthusiasts on #ProdChat had to say about setting and tracking goals for greater productivity. Enjoy!

Questions:

  1. What are goals? How are they different than a dream, purpose, objective, or project?
  2. Do you make goals? And, why? Are you for or against setting goals? Why?
  3. What motivates you to set goals? And, what motivates you to make progress on a goal?
  4. How do you go about setting personal goals?
  5. How do you go about setting professional or work-related goals?
  6. How do you align your work goals with that of the company/organization?
  7. Do SMART(ER) goals work for you? Why, or why not? Are there other goal-setting methods you’ve tried?
  8. How does setting and tracking *milestones* help you achieve goals?
  9. Do you track your goals? (We’ll get to tools/apps next.) What’s the value of goal tracking?
  10. What tools/apps do you use to track goals?

Raw transcript:

User Tweet Time
rsidneysmith Welcome to #ProdChat, the weekly chat for productivity enthusiasts! https://t.co/C40vBakDrB https://t.co/72anoLqbR4 Thu Mar 10 00:59:05 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith We’re kicking off #ProdChat! Join us #productivity #organization #technology enthusiasts! :) https://t.co/lf8Himc35M Thu Mar 10 00:59:21 +0000 2016
macbikegeek @rsidneysmith hi Ray!
#prodchat
Thu Mar 10 00:59:22 +0000 2016
macbikegeek @rsidneysmith how are you tonight?
#prodchat
Thu Mar 10 00:59:41 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @macbikegeek Hey, Lee! How’re you today? #prodchat Thu Mar 10 00:59:48 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Today on #ProdChat we’re discussing “Setting and Tracking Goals” Join us! #productivity https://t.co/Ku66UkdNb4 Thu Mar 10 01:00:06 +0000 2016
DerekTac hey guys n’ gals #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:00:13 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @macbikegeek I’m doing well! My @livescribe died and trying to revive it. Haha #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:00:19 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DerekTac Hey, Derek! How’s it going today? #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:00:29 +0000 2016
macbikegeek @rsidneysmith great, thanks. hi @DerekTac #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:00:50 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith So, let’s start! In a tweet, introduce yourself. #prodchat https://t.co/E4OqmIjBSb Thu Mar 10 01:01:06 +0000 2016
asonaco RT @rsidneysmith: Today on #ProdChat we’re discussing “Setting and Tracking Goals” Join us! #productivity https://t.co/Ku66UkdNb4 Thu Mar 10 01:01:17 +0000 2016
asonaco RT @rsidneysmith: We’re kicking off #ProdChat! Join us #productivity #organization #technology enthusiasts! :) https://t.co/lf8Himc35M Thu Mar 10 01:01:23 +0000 2016
DerekTac @rsidneysmith I’m alright, how about yourself? #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:01:38 +0000 2016
macbikegeek @rsidneysmith @livescribe that’s sad. :-( #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:01:56 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith What’s a #productivity success you’ve had this or last week? #prodchat https://t.co/4rtJ4yhfJP Thu Mar 10 01:02:06 +0000 2016
macbikegeek Lee here, longtime GTD aficionado and practitioner, Mac enthusiast, SAS Institute employee (all opinions my own) #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:02:26 +0000 2016
DerekTac Hey @macbikegeek. Good to see you @rsidneysmith #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:03:26 +0000 2016
macbikegeek @rsidneysmith got my physical inbox to zero and will get it there again soon. Got a year’s worth of email out of one inbox. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:03:44 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DerekTac I’m doing well, albeit I was just told my @livescribe has bit the dust and cannot be repaired. :( #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:03:56 +0000 2016
caplady1225 RT @rsidneysmith: Today on #ProdChat we’re discussing “Setting and Tracking Goals” Join us! #productivity https://t.co/Ku66UkdNb4 Thu Mar 10 01:04:08 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @caplady1225 Hey, Ke! How’re you today? #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:04:30 +0000 2016
caplady1225 Hello everyone Ke! here cyber security consultant #prodchat https://t.co/klHKaN6nof Thu Mar 10 01:05:02 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q1: What are goals? How are they different than a dream, purpose, objective, or project?

#prodchat https://t.co/hiqbOvpW47

Thu Mar 10 01:05:02 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Please add #prodchat to tweets. Questions will come as Q1, Q2, Q3. Answer A1, A2, A3, for readability! https://t.co/dMhwkxQ724 Thu Mar 10 01:05:02 +0000 2016
caplady1225 Trying to loosely assign times to my daily tasks worked for one day lol will keep trying #ProdChat https://t.co/c2mESy5TAL Thu Mar 10 01:05:51 +0000 2016
cbplan A1 Goals are measurable. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:06:19 +0000 2016
caplady1225 Hello! nice to chat again #prodchat https://t.co/m77p9D7b4z Thu Mar 10 01:06:25 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @cbplan Hi there, Charles! Welcome back to #ProdChat! How’re you today? Thu Mar 10 01:07:01 +0000 2016
macbikegeek @caplady1225 likewise. Hope you are well this evening. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:07:17 +0000 2016
nmhouston Hi #prodchat! I’m Natalie, an English professor and productivity coach. Thu Mar 10 01:07:26 +0000 2016
caplady1225 Ray! I’m well at security talk tonight and #prodchat lol overload. How are you? https://t.co/2AQ021lfB7 Thu Mar 10 01:07:34 +0000 2016
cbplan @rsidneysmith Hi Ray, I’m good. Hope everyone here is doing well. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:07:44 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @nmhouston Hey, Natalie! Welcome to today’s #prodchat and how’re you today? :) Thu Mar 10 01:07:54 +0000 2016
nmhouston Expect more tweets than usual from me over the next hour as I stop by tonight’s #prodchat on “Setting and Tracking Goals.” Join us! Thu Mar 10 01:08:14 +0000 2016
nmhouston @rsidneysmith hi Ray! doing well, we had a beautiful spring-like day! #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:08:48 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @nmhouston Yes, the weather was extra-ordinary today! So glad to see the weather change, hoping for it to stay this way for a bit! #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:09:28 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q2: Do you make goals? And, why? Are you for or against setting goals? Why? #prodchat https://t.co/zjACSMDVil Thu Mar 10 01:10:04 +0000 2016
caplady1225 RT @nmhouston: Expect more tweets than usual from me over the next hour as I stop by tonight’s #prodchat on “Setting and Tracking Goals.” … Thu Mar 10 01:10:08 +0000 2016
DerekTac @rsidneysmith What does a @livescribe do exactly? #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:10:39 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith [email protected] @livescribe is a smartpen that digitizes what you write on paper and for me, pushes it to Evernote. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:11:11 +0000 2016
cbplan A1 Purpose > Dream > Project > Goal > Objective #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:11:23 +0000 2016
nmhouston A1. Goals are specific and measurable — often the outcome of exploring your sense of purpose or big dreams #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:11:54 +0000 2016
macbikegeek a2: yes, provides a target, helps keep important big things in focus, motivates, something to help get from A to desired B. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:11:55 +0000 2016
caplady1225 A1 I feel like goals are overarching to projects objectives etc #Prodchat https://t.co/i5KK20jbz9 Thu Mar 10 01:11:58 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A2: I’m definitely a goal-maker! It helps me set my sights on future achievement. I “think with the end in mind” a la Covey. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:11:58 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith RT @cbplan: A1 Purpose > Dream > Project > Goal > Objective #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:12:15 +0000 2016
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macbikegeek @cbplan @caplady1225 I would put Goals higher than Projects myself. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:12:43 +0000 2016
cbplan [email protected] @DerekTac I’ve had mixed results with the Livescribe pen years ago. Works great, but never stuck with me. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:13:05 +0000 2016
RealMattEaton Sorry #prodchat, but I am not about goals so I will bow out. Have a great chat! Thu Mar 10 01:13:25 +0000 2016
caplady1225 A1a goals are drivers of objectives and projects goals is static the others are actionable #Prodchat https://t.co/i5KK201AHB Thu Mar 10 01:13:31 +0000 2016
cbplan @macbikegeek @caplady1225 That’s the problem with those words. Everyone brings their own definition to them. :-) #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:13:48 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @cbplan @DerekTac I’ve used @livescribe for years religiously and it’s now a 2nd arm. This has been a huge blow my #productivity. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:14:27 +0000 2016
cbplan A2 Aren’t goals basically the same thing as milestones? #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:14:43 +0000 2016
forbrowngirlstx Yes!
#prodchat
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Thu Mar 10 01:14:44 +0000 2016
macbikegeek @cbplan @caplady1225 But as long as you clarify as your (Charles’) sequence did that’s OK. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:14:54 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q3: What motivates you to set goals? And, what motivates you to make progress on a goal?

#prodchat https://t.co/WpSCp156iH

Thu Mar 10 01:15:07 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Exactly, you dream and those dreams usually formulate into goals. #prodchat https://t.co/8zs3cjMund Thu Mar 10 01:15:24 +0000 2016
nmhouston @macbikegeek @cbplan @caplady1225 I mostly agree. Within projects I think about milestones or benchmarks rather than goals. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:15:37 +0000 2016
cbplan @rsidneysmith @DerekTac @livescribe Something happen to Livescribe? #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:15:47 +0000 2016
macbikegeek @cbplan for me, milestones are significant points in projects (I work with formal PMs and projects a lot). #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:15:53 +0000 2016
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Thu Mar 10 01:16:23 +0000 2016
macbikegeek @cbplan Goals are the larger driver for one or more projects for me. The attainment of the goal is typically end of project(s). #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:16:33 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @cbplan @DerekTac @livescribe My specific smartpen’s screen died on me. This is a singular, not a macro, issue. Lol. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:16:34 +0000 2016
macbikegeek wlecome @forbrowngirlstx #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:17:33 +0000 2016
cbplan @rsidneysmith @DerekTac @livescribe Ahh, I see. Btw, I really thought Livescribe visual presentations would be popular. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:17:52 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @cbplan @DerekTac @livescribe Interesting. Like Prezi or RSA-style videos? #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:18:23 +0000 2016
forbrowngirlstx Thanks! #prodchat https://t.co/PYmtNuW9c9 Thu Mar 10 01:18:24 +0000 2016
cbplan @rsidneysmith @DerekTac @livescribe All of the “whiteboard” marker videos out there. That was Livescribe’s wheelhouse. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:18:50 +0000 2016
macbikegeek a3: wanting something leads to a goal, not so sure about being motivated to set one. Goal and value of achieving it are motivators #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:19:00 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A3a: I need to plan/think more about doing than, I think, the average person. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:19:10 +0000 2016
macbikegeek a3b: to actually move projects/actions forward to achieve the goal #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:19:23 +0000 2016
nmhouston A3 Desiring something different — and being willing to take action — leads to setting (and achieving) goals. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:19:51 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q4: How do you go about setting personal goals? #prodchat https://t.co/YYDR34eRLL Thu Mar 10 01:20:01 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A3b: I tie every goal to some part of my life mission statement. This provides all the motivation at that level I need. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:20:10 +0000 2016
caplady1225 A2 meeting goals gives a rush and personally helps when you are achievement focused person #prodchat https://t.co/4P308j9og0 Thu Mar 10 01:20:40 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @cbplan @DerekTac @livescribe I think that’s even more possible today with Livescribe 3 smartpens…not so much with prior version.#prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:20:43 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @cbplan @DerekTac @livescribe Well, since this is a forced upgrade, perhaps I’ll try that out! Haha #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:21:08 +0000 2016
nmhouston A3 sometimes I think people shy away from setting goals, feeling unmotivated because of lack of success in the past #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:21:19 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith RT @nmhouston: A3 Desiring something different — and being willing to take action — leads to setting (and achieving) goals. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:21:25 +0000 2016
forbrowngirlstx a4: Systematically. I’m a big picture girl, so I think of the end result and then back into it. #prodchat https://t.co/q72UCmywWO Thu Mar 10 01:21:34 +0000 2016
macbikegeek a4: like @nmhouston said, goals come from dreams/wanting something. may need to be refined for clarity but often just show up. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:21:41 +0000 2016
caplady1225 RT @rsidneysmith: Exactly, you dream and those dreams usually formulate into goals. #prodchat https://t.co/8zs3cjMund Thu Mar 10 01:22:41 +0000 2016
caplady1225 RT @rsidneysmith: Exactly, you dream and those dreams usually formulate into goals. #prodchat https://t.co/8zs3cjMund Thu Mar 10 01:22:41 +0000 2016
cbplan A4 I have a lean GTD system so it’s hard for me to think in terms of goals or managing them. @gtdguy #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:23:01 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A4: I make the goal into a project(s) and set aside time to perform the #GTD Natural Planning Model. #prodchat https://t.co/36jQqmW274 Thu Mar 10 01:23:39 +0000 2016
macbikegeek @cbplan @gtdguy Charles, can you elaborate on that, please? #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:23:50 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @caplady1225 Yes, there’s definitely a dopamine kick that happens when you achieve a goal, eh! :) #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:24:05 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @nmhouston Oh, how the past likes to creep up and rob us of our future achievements! #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:24:49 +0000 2016
cbplan @macbikegeek @gtdguy There is a project, which is a collection of tasks. Maybe a Due Date. Nothing more. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:24:52 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q5: How do you go about setting professional or work ­related goals? #prodchat https://t.co/cGi6GlFijW Thu Mar 10 01:25:07 +0000 2016
caplady1225 I learned keep goals to few and map to my life themes or my visions for myself #prodchat https://t.co/yOBVgwkIQs Thu Mar 10 01:25:12 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @cbplan @gtdguy Yeah, goals are rather just inputs to a GTDer that captured along with other things. Is that how you see them? #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:25:35 +0000 2016
cbplan A4 For me, personal goals are something that are never reached. Because that is about changing a personal trait. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:25:59 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @cbplan @macbikegeek @gtdguy Gotcha. For me, goals are captured open loops before they become a project. :) #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:26:36 +0000 2016
cbplan A4 A personal goal is me pushing a boulder up a hill. :-) If I stop, it will roll back… #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:26:37 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @caplady1225 I like that! I need to do more visually with my #productivity system. In time… :-) #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:27:14 +0000 2016
DerekTac A5: Light your hair on fire, it makes you work faster and prioritize :) #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:28:24 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A5: Full, semi-annual self-performance reviews. These areas of improvement become part of my own personal development plan. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:29:01 +0000 2016
cbplan @rsidneysmith @gtdguy More or less. Granted, there’s a bit of word-smithing to this. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:29:19 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q6: How do you align your work goals with that of the company/organization? #prodchat https://t.co/LxyRRb08hO Thu Mar 10 01:30:08 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @cbplan @gtdguy Yes, this is true that semantics are at play. :-) I keep goals at arms-length myself so… #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:30:18 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @cbplan they’re naturally captured and clarified into my GTD-inspired system. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:31:03 +0000 2016
cbplan A6 Goals are all fine and good. But ‘time’ is where the rubber meets the road. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:31:12 +0000 2016
forbrowngirlstx Ha! Love #prodchat https://t.co/hk6QMLyitp Thu Mar 10 01:31:32 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @cbplan How Sisyphus of you! LOL ;-) #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:31:36 +0000 2016
macbikegeek a6: the ones of what to do are handed down. The self-development requires thought about where to go. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:31:58 +0000 2016
DerekTac A6: Find out hard/soft deadlines and prioritize which needs to be done first/last #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:32:02 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DerekTac LMAO. Thanks, Derek. DISCLAIMER: Don’t try this at home if what Derek said somehow made you think to do it! #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:32:06 +0000 2016
DerekTac @rsidneysmith The first step in this scenario is to put out the fire on your head ;) #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:32:40 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DerekTac I stand by my, don’t try this at home statement! ;-P #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:33:08 +0000 2016
macbikegeek @rsidneysmith in my terminology, personal development plan includes setting goals, projects/habit forming are doing and achieving #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:33:14 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A6: Every six months I go through a month of daily questions that help me determine prof/business goals. Keeps them aligned. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:33:44 +0000 2016
cbplan @macbikegeek Agreed, the hardest step is deciding what to do and why. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:34:14 +0000 2016
DerekTac @rsidneysmith I didn’t mean it literally, geez! :P #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:34:29 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @macbikegeek That’s correct, the goals start out at the top of the PDP and work into projects, routines, rituals & actions. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:34:38 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q7: Do SMART(ER) goals work for you? Why, or why not? Are there other goal­setting methods

you’ve tried? #prodchat https://t.co/Ba6FQl1Un7

Thu Mar 10 01:35:03 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @DerekTac Oh, I know! But, then some impressionable young #productivity enthusiast lights his hair on fire and spoils the party! #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:35:18 +0000 2016
nmhouston @rsidneysmith Interesting. Can you share an example of these daily questions? #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:35:23 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @nmhouston Sure. October 1: Is what you’re doing feel fulfilling lately? What aspects, and why? #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:36:47 +0000 2016
macbikegeek a7: SMART goals are always better than the stupid ones! ;-) yes, they work for all the conventional reasons. I like a progress bar #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:36:58 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @nmhouston There are two months of these questions, 61 questions in total for every day of March and October. Some overlap. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:37:57 +0000 2016
caplady1225 Nice idea are those shared? like your wr spreadsheets #prodchat https://t.co/8Zs395ZBpE Thu Mar 10 01:38:22 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @cbplan @macbikegeek I usually feel like it’s the place where I feel the most pain that requires my focused energy. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:38:49 +0000 2016
cbplan Side note, the 5 by 5 podcast has great productivity discussion. #261explains why a co-host dropped GTD. https://t.co/4MjvVKaJV3 #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:39:01 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @caplady1225 Those are not shared. I have been working on a for-public version. Maybe soon! :) #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:39:06 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q8: How does setting and tracking *milestones* help you achieve goals? #prodchat https://t.co/NELeoXHZTT Thu Mar 10 01:40:02 +0000 2016
nmhouston @rsidneysmith love this self-coaching process! did you develop the questions yourself, or draw on books/other sources? #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:40:21 +0000 2016
cbplan @rsidneysmith @macbikegeek And what about ‘doubt’? Is one spending their time in the best way possible. Hard paralyzing question. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:41:00 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A7: I make sure to make SMART goals and then Evaluate and Reiterate (where needed) as much as possible. #prodchat https://t.co/UcwCQQ63Sl Thu Mar 10 01:41:15 +0000 2016
cbplan A8 If a milestone is measurable with a due date, then you know if you are meeting your internal commitment. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:42:10 +0000 2016
nmhouston @cbplan ah, I hadn’t seen what Merlin Mann was up to lately. thanks for sharing the link! #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:42:17 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @nmhouston Yes, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable process! I have one for every day of the year in my Productivity Journal. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:42:38 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @nmhouston I developed the questions to suit me, but they’re definitely coming from other sources I’ve read over the years. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:43:12 +0000 2016
cbplan A8 A broken commitment to yourself is damaging, so proceed with caution with those. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:43:23 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @cbplan @macbikegeek The current understanding that I lean on heavily is that “believing” you can is 80% of the win. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:43:53 +0000 2016
macbikegeek @cbplan OTH, commitments should not be made lightly, so they are likely to have impact if not fulfilled/met. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:44:16 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @cbplan @macbikegeek And, this isn’t about overconfidence, but truly believing you can, or support yourself around that deficit. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:44:25 +0000 2016
cbplan @rsidneysmith @macbikegeek Fair enough. But that is entirely dependent on your track record. Some do not have good records. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:44:46 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q9: Do you track your goals? (We’ll get to tools/apps next.) What’s the value of goal tracking?

#prodchat https://t.co/3H7RJA4aA3

Thu Mar 10 01:45:04 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @cbplan @macbikegeek It’s Twitter, so I generalize here. Haha. ;-) Point taken. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:45:18 +0000 2016
macbikegeek @rsidneysmith @cbplan especially when you get something **challenging** thrown at you. Sink or swim! #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:45:19 +0000 2016
nmhouston It’s also helpful to think about setting goals for different time frames: 3 months, 6mo, 1 year, 5 yrs, etc #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:45:56 +0000 2016
cbplan @rsidneysmith @macbikegeek I’m with ya. :-) I think we can believe that we will give it our all. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:46:04 +0000 2016
macbikegeek a9: if you don’t track goals, how do know if you have achieved them? (Are we there yet?!) #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:46:09 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A8: I would merely call these milestones toward a goal a “project” in #GTD terms. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:46:51 +0000 2016
macbikegeek @nmhouston almost sounds like Horizons of Focus #GTD #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:47:23 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A8: I add these projects (milestones) to my Projects list and track actions week by week toward their outcome. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:47:25 +0000 2016
cbplan @nmhouston Spoken like a true GTD’er! :-) #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:47:28 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Q10: What tools/apps do you use to track goals? #prodchat https://t.co/Cm9YhTNUUu Thu Mar 10 01:50:01 +0000 2016
cbplan A8 I feel that #productivity is a “last mile” problem. Your system will get you 99% of the way there. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:50:08 +0000 2016
cbplan A8 But the last mile of you not procrastinating or being effective is a battle fought entirely within. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:51:07 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A9: I definitely capture goals, but turn into projects quickly, so the “goal” disappears and the projects/actions are tracked. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:51:56 +0000 2016
nmhouston @rsidneysmith Thanks for a good topic! I have to cut out early #prodchat — see you all next week! Thu Mar 10 01:52:06 +0000 2016
macbikegeek a10: I keep a @msonenote note with goals at Horizons of Focus that I review periodically to add to #GTD system as projects. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:52:06 +0000 2016
cbplan A10 GMail and Evernote. Other creative tools for fun like MindManager, NotePad++, SnagIt #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:52:09 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @nmhouston Thanks, Natalie! Have a great evening! :) #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:52:26 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith RT @nmhouston: It’s also helpful to think about setting goals for different time frames: 3 months, 6mo, 1 year, 5 yrs, etc #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:52:39 +0000 2016
cbplan A10 And I’ve tried it all… for GTD. Except manilla folders. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:53:17 +0000 2016
DerekTac @rsidneysmith I know, you gotta be careful what you say on Twitter! #prodchat https://t.co/oReujaYpEd Thu Mar 10 01:53:31 +0000 2016
DerekTac A10: Pad and paper #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:53:55 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @macbikegeek @nmhouston Yes, in a way, I think of goals as Horizon 3 and 4. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:53:58 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith RT @DerekTac: @rsidneysmith I know, you gotta be careful what you say on Twitter! #prodchat https://t.co/oReujaYpEd Thu Mar 10 01:54:05 +0000 2016
cbplan A10 Ultimately, my “goal” is to not need a structured productivity system. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:55:00 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A10: I have become a huge fan of @habitica lately. At the request of one of my @gtdnyc members, I’ve even created a #GTD party! #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:55:35 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith A11: I’ve tracked “goals” for years in Excel which became a Google Sheets workbook. Now, in @rememberthemilk @asana and @trello. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:56:53 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith That last tweet was supposed to be A10. LOL #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:57:10 +0000 2016
macbikegeek @rsidneysmith I was wondering… #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:57:31 +0000 2016
cbplan @rsidneysmith @rememberthemilk @asana @trello You login to 3 apps for GTD? #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:57:37 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @cbplan Oh, I still have my calendar file! It used to be very handy in my very paper-heavy former career. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:57:59 +0000 2016
macbikegeek @cbplan @rsidneysmith @rememberthemilk @asana @trello he’s three times as productive! ;-) #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:58:12 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Next #ProdChat: March16 ­ Productivity Foundations: Time Management with @nmhouston
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cbplan @macbikegeek @rsidneysmith Too rich for my blood. I need all eggs in one basket. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 01:59:51 +0000 2016
macbikegeek @rsidneysmith @nmhouston Thanks, Ray, good chat. Good night, everyone. #prodchat Thu Mar 10 02:00:42 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith @cbplan Yup! Two are for specific reasons, and RTM is where I track my actions. :-) #prodchat Thu Mar 10 02:00:56 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Thanks, #productivity enthusiasts, for today’s #ProdChat! Join us next week! https://t.co/86hIbwr79x Thu Mar 10 02:01:04 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith Thanks for helping making it a great #prodchat, Lee and everyone! https://t.co/DGhCLLAu6s Thu Mar 10 02:01:13 +0000 2016
RoseleeDressler RT @macbikegeek: Hi, I’m Lee, GTD fanatic and practitioner, computer geek, @zendoneapp user, #productivity devotee #prodchat Thu Mar 10 05:25:41 +0000 2016
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