Could you illustrate use of Goalist with an example?

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Could you illustrate use of Goalist with an example?

Post by AnaBi »

Let's start from the beginning:

- Task1- "Sleep" - added to the list as the first one, so has start time 00:00. I just start planning my day after waking up, so I add "Sleep". I have it configured to be 7h30m in length by default, and it's 8am, so I need to either use +/- to make it 8h long, or I can just long-press (or tap the task, then tap MORE on the yellow bar), choose green "Mark done" icon and then "Lengthen the task" - it will be automatically adjusted to end at 08:00.
- Task2 - I'm planning now, so I'm adding "Planning my day" task. It has the default duration of 30m, I don't know how much time planning will take but that's ok, it will be adjusted after I finish planning.

Then I would like to have breakfast after planning, go jogging and after jogging remember to meditate before going shopping, so I add:
- Task3 - breakfast, set it to 40m
- Task4 - jogging - set it to 1h
- Task5 - meditation - set it to 20m
- Task6 - shopping - set it to 1h

so I have the following plan now:

Sleep 8h 00:00-08:00 DONE (so moved down)
Planning 30m 08:00-08:30 (top-most task on the list now)
Breakfast 40m 08:30-09:10 (alarm will ring at 08:30 for it if I forget to mark Planning done after finishing planning. Anyway - the alarm is set to 08:30 and if you change Planning length the alarm will be rescheduled. And if you mark Planning done, the alarm will be cancelled, because marking Planning done means you have just started Breakfast)
Jogging 1h 09:10-10:10 (alarm set for it at 09:10)
Meditation 20m 10:10-10:30 (alarm set to 10:10)
Shopping 1h 10:30-11:30 (alarm set to 10:30)
+ an alarm & reminding about the necessity to continue planning is set to 11:30. Unless you turn it off in Settings ("Enable planning reminder"), or the time is outside configured frames in Settings ("Planning reminder from/to").

So now you have several alarms set. If you finish breakfast after 30 minutes, mark it done and choose "Shorten the task", the "Breakfast" task will be automatically shortened to 30m and all the alarms will be adjusted by 10 minutes, etc.

Now note that if you finish "Breakfast" 10 minutes earlier, all the start times will move by 10m. If you want to start Shopping exactly at 10:30 you can long-press it, choose "More options", choose "Fix start time and duration" when planning. Then when you choose "shorten the task" for "Breakfast" the app will adjust Jogging and Meditation such that Shopping stays at 10:30.

Thanks to that approach to planning, the plan is flexible and you have a record of your day that strictly reflects what exactly you were doing. Then you can use "Stats" for this day's statistics, or "Statistics" screen for any period statistics to analyze your time usage. Having such exact time record was an important point for us in the app design, because it helped us tremendously in changing our habits. Eg: just by looking at the statistics and seeing that "Sleep" was taking such a huge percentage of the day made us sleep less. Seeing that meals take too much made us organize food preparation better, in a way that saves time, etc.

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