I’m curious to know what that looks like for you. I’m sort of in a similar situation.
Here are two messages I sent to Peter re: SheetPlanner
I use Tinderbox and OmniFocus all the time.
My biggest challenge right now is seeing “the big picture” – which I can’t see at all in OmniFocus, and which I can kinda make happen in Tinderbox but don’t really like to. It’s the GTD horizons beyond projects.
Some of the questions I ask:
- Am I investing enough time and energy in my areas of focus?
- Am I fulfilling my responsibilities in the various roles I have?
- Are my areas of focus / responsibilities balanced?
- What projects will I work on this week / month / quarter / year?
It’s really about the stuff that matters to me, rather than the details of daily living (e.g. “mow lawn” wouldn’t be useful to me here)
Additionally, OmniFocus isn’t good at showing me what I’ve done. It has a “completed” perspective, but that’s pretty much a big bucket of every task I’ve finished. I’m more interested in what meaningful work I’ve accomplished over the last week / month / quarter / year.
So to boil it down, what meaningful work have I accomplished over previous timeframes, and what meaningful work am I planning to do over upcoming timeframes?
first I’m trying to put in some historical data. I’ve been taking a go-at-your-own-pace course, and want to see how it’s been going.
I think of it as broken down into:
- the course
- individual lessons of the course
- working sessions to complete the lessons
So for example, on 9/18/17 I started lesson 1. I met with the instructor for an hour (a working session), and did a 2 hour session to complete the homework later that day.
(lots of lessons in between)
I started another lesson on 9/4/18. I met with the instructor for an hour. I did an hour-long working session on 9/8/18, and a 3-hour working session on 9/12/18.
What I’m hoping to see, visually, and get answers to are:
how much calendar time has the course taken? it’s just from the time I started the course, until now since it’s still ongoing
how much calendar time have the individual lessons taken? those are from the time I start the lesson, to the time I submit my homework
how much wall clock time has the course and individual lessons taken? those are aggregates of the working sessions I’ve done
Can I do that? I see I can view the timeline as weeks / months / quarters / years. Right now it’s showing me that the course started some time in September 2017 (which is good enough for me) but there’s no indication that it’s still ongoing.