Where and how do you keep track of your higher horizons?

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  1. Lagerbaer

    Lagerbaer Registered

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    I find that most GTD implementation guides focus on Next Actions and Projects and leave it at that, with FacileThings being a welcome deviation.

    In looking at the sample PDFs for the implementation guides, I also notice that they mainly talk about next action lists and a project list, but not where the higher levels fit into all of this.

    I would be interested in hearing from you how you keep track of and interact with your list of areas of focus, goals, vision and purpose.
     
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    DEVONThink Notes is where I keep all of that stuff.
     
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    I have them as simple text lists, one list per level and review them at appropriate intervals. I have repeating reminders in my calendar to review them. When it comes up on the calendar I make it into a Next Action e.g. "Review 30k list" under the context I use for undisturbed time.
     
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    I keep my aims, area of focus and so on in Freemind as a mindmap. My first level is topic / area for example Skills, next level is more detailed like let's say Cooking and this can be inspiration for me to put into my GTD system Project: "Learn to cook lobster in muslin sauce" :)
     
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    I keep them everywhere!
    In Nirvana, in every computer I use, in my mindmaps, now in xmind ex-freemind, in my digital reference a-z on Gooogle Drive, printed on my desk where I work at home.
    Those are the important things to do! ;)
    I'm forgetting...I have an image with a symbol I choose to remember me to do first these things as screensaver on smartphone and computers.

    Even every morning when I take the DE razor to shave there is the same image! ;)
     
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    The projects list is kept with the context lists "in the system"…

    I maintain the Areas of Focus as a (digital) mindmap, like @Tom_Hagen and like the David himself. At least he used to do it. Here's David's mindmap from ~2010 or so…
    areasoffocus.jpg
    …notice how he has some branches hidden, for reasons of privacy I suppose.

    My 30k, 40k and 50k items I just type out into my journal. These come in all kinds of formats. Sometimes it's a simple list, sometimes a table, other times I write a paragraph of prose.

    The key is to review and update often enough. That will build your intuition, which in turn lets you make better decisions in the moment of choice.
     

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    This is a sample map of Coach Meg Edwards, that she showed on a webinar we did. It’s not David’s. Just wanted to clarify that.
     
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    Yes, it would be strange to see two cats on David's map... :eek:
     
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    It's nothing compared to "Annie" while his wife's name is Kathryn :) I am sure that he will have a difficult conversation at home today. ;)
     
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    That's how RomComs start, isn't it?

    "Who's Annie!?"

    "Wait! I can explain!"

    "I don't want to hear it!" (Storms off in a huff and sets wacky plot in motion to win her back, probably involving a grand romantic gesture)
     
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    Geeko GTD since 2017

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    I have my higher horizons on separate pieces of paper in a separate section of my paper planner (finally I managed to write everything down). And I use my tickler file to schedule them for through reviews over the year. Like this I have them at hand when I need them and I won’t forget to review everything in time.

    Cheers,
    Tristan
     
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    Thanks for the clarification! My mistake, I apologize.

    I did confuse the prior posted image with the one I was thinking of. Here is the right image:
    DA-AoF.png

    @TesTeq Re the cats, yeah I first thought "What a cool way to name your cats!" But then, DA is a pretty cool guy, so that didn't throw me off.
     

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