Friday, April 28, 2006

How To Get Going

Kyle McFarlin continues his series on "Conquering Your World With ResultsManager."

In this post, Kyle continues building on the themes he started in his first, second and third posts.

Here, he gives you a practical tool for how to use RM as a Life Balance Tool. I did the exercise to test it out before posting. And it's . . . informative.

Take it away, Kyle:



Up until now my series of posts have been highly theoretical.

I now have a tangible instruction list for you:

1. First you'll need the demo map I created for you, so click here to get it. Next, right-click on it and select "Save a Copy". Place the copy in a folder of your choosing.

2. Open up the Review Dashboard with Areas Template map. In MindManager, go to Tools and select "Install ResultsManager Template". Once it is successfully installed, close the map.

3. Open up your Map Central. Go to File>Create ResultsManager Dashboard and under the drop down arrow select "Review Dashboard with Areas (Power User)".

Make sure the Dashboard is set to scan through all of your Map Central, and click "OK".

4. Once your Review Dashboard with Areas is Created, open up your Committed and Someday/Maybe Project lists. More than likely, all of your projects are listed under "No Area".

That's okay, it's time for you to assign an Area to each of your Projects.

5. Go ahead and add the Areas to Master Lists by using the ResultsManager Edit dialogue (Tools>ResultsManager Options) to set Areas in the dashboard map.

6. Remember to go to File>Send Dashboard Changes before you close the Review Dashboard with Areas.

7. Go back to Map Central and rerun your Review Dashboard with Areas. This time, your Projects should appear under their respective areas in Committed and Someday/Maybe Projects. It's now time for you to Review as normal and decide what you are committed to and what you are not.

If you have 2 or 3 projects you are working on which must be completed or else ... make sure they have a Priority 1 marker (the 1 icon) on the Project.

The main goal is to have a workload that is a) realistic and b) balanced.

I personally like the idea of 70% of projects being professional and 30% personal, but I'm open to your thoughts on it if you'll be open to mine.

8. Kick ass and take names during the week, and repeat the Review with Areas prioritization process one week later.

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