Your vision’s looking pretty exciting now isn’t it?
You’ve got tags, you’ve got loads of pictures I hope, you’ve figured out which ones you want to work on first … all kinds of good stuff.
Now what? How do you link it to the runway? How do you get to projects and actions?
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What links you to the runway
There are two key actions or points that help you keep your vision linked to the runway.
This first technique, I have already spoken about.
It is the decomposing of each high level horizons of focus item into one or more nodes, or an end point.
An end point is something that is directly actionable. It is an area of focus or responsibility (20k), a project (10k), an action (5k) or a habit or routine (0k).
Each one of these items ends up in a typical GTD® map or artefact.
- area of focus or responsibility = reviewed during weekly review
- project = list manager; define outcome and next action(s)
- action = list manager; define next action
- habit or routine = checklist
So have the confidence level that if you can regularly break down your higher level of horizon of focus elements into these end nodes, you will be on a regular basis, be getting them done.
The second technique has been mentioned above already. This technique is not only the key to linking your horizons of focus vision map to your runway list manager – it is also the key, I think, to getting to ‘black belt’ GTD® level.
And that is the weekly review.
The weekly review doesn’t have to happen every 7 days. It could be every 10 day or every 4 days for instance. The weekly review happens whenever you see your system needs to be cleared and made current.
So during the weekly review step where you review your horizons of focus, this is the perfect place to make sure that, at a minimum:
- every 20k that has an ‘in progress’ status has been reviewed and you’ve asked yourself “is there something actionable here?”
- every 10k that has an ‘in progress’ status is in your list manager and you have a next action
- every 5k that has an ‘in progress’ status is also in your list manager with an appropriate context
- every 0k that has an ‘in progress status is on a checklist and that you have defined the trigger for that checklist or routine
With these two techniques, the big huge vision mindmap can easily be filtered and compared to your runway to make sure that the items in focus (or ‘in progress’) in your life at any point in time, are directly on your runway … just a context and 10 minutes of free-time away.
Give this a whirl during your next week review. Do you feel less disconnected from your life vision now?
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