Dreams to actions … Part 7: Satisfaction Level

By Benjamin Aggrey 5 years ago4 Comments
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If you are a GTD’er you know by now that one of the techniques to prioritise between two or more next actions, is to trace each next action up the horizons of focus and from that determine which one is more important. 

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So for example: It’s 5pm and you have just enough time to either call your mom or your colleague … but not both. Who do you call?
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Well, you climb up your horizons of focus and you realise that calling your mom is related to your sister’s wedding gift which is happening in two months versus calling your colleague which is related to a report due in two weeks but might be hitting a snag. You’ve probably got to call your colleague.
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The third set of tags I use allow me to do a similar approach with my dreams, but this time from the top down.
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Satisfaction Tag 
About once a month, during my weekly review, I add one additional step to my Horizons of Focus review.
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At the ‘life category’ level (remember that’s Beauty, Health, Intellectual, Organisation, Professional, Receational, Relationships, Service, Spiritual and Wealth), I assign a value of 0 to 9 for how satisfied I am with that aspect of my life.

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0 is a category that I am completely dissatisfied with
9 is a category that I am supremely satisfied with
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I make these assessments only at the highest life category level which means I will have 10 ratings.
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Narrowing your focus 
Once I do this, I can make a decision about where I may need to shift my focus for the next month.
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It could be that one area is so down in the dumps that I need to put additional attention on that life category and find 3 or 4 projects I can spin up.
Or it could be that there are 2 areas that I want to shore up in the next month because after that I could really use the benefits to help with a major life move or change.
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Whatever the case it, this drives which projects I may move from active status to someday/maybe, or move from someday/maybe to active. This ability to pivot my focus based on this 10 x 10 rating scale I feel is key to staying aligned with what I need at any stage in life.
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Tweaking the satisfaction scale
You can use whatever scale and measurement system you want – you can use a scale of 5 or you can review it quarterly. Or whatever you like.
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The important this is to build some kind of high level review of your horizons of focus on a regular basis to drive where in your vision you will want to focus.
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