on February 6, 2012
by Chad E. Burton

Measuring Goals is an Obsession of Mine

I have issues.  Okay, maybe that is an understatement.  Let’s just address one of my endearing personality traits/obsessions — how I deal with measuring goals.

I cannot stop searching for the perfect system on how to measure my goals and maximize time management. Do not get me wrong, I get things done and done well. I just have this ongoing desire to make sure I play all the cards I am dealt to the best of my ability.

I feel like I have read every article and blog post on the Internet regarding time management and productivity — and there are a lot of them.  And, thanks to my friend Zite, and its brilliant algorithm, related and relevant information is shoved in my face every time I pick up my iPad. I also have tested many of the to-do apps on the market, but most seem like they are lacking a feature or two that I believe is essential to my needs.

All of this raises the obvious question: Aren’t I wasting incredible amounts of time — thus, being inefficient — by trying to continually improve on this issue? My wife has posed the same question to me on multiple occasions. Fortunately, I found this blog post that proves she is wrong (for once): My Proof.

After testing different methodologies and products, it is comforting and frustrating to know that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution. These continual test drives have shown me how my mind best functions and the tools and practices that I need in place. I now spend more time tweaking practices than starting from scratch.

What do I use — currently? A combination of Omnifocus and Evernote. These tools have the robust functionality needed for me to gather information and track progress on my high-level goals and every day tasks. This allows me to focus on what actually needs done and in what priority. Add these technology components along with time-blocking for projects and avoiding distractions (such as Zite), a pretty good system exists. Is my current system perfect? No, but it will be soon.

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