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20,000 ft - Areas of responsibility

I'm a recent adopter of GTD. I've been focusing solely on the project and next action level for about three months. It's been great at helping me get a lot of niggling actions and decent projects knocked out, but it hasn't helped me at all with the big life-goal kind of stuff. I decided to try out the vertical map, mimicking the one Patrick Rhone posted here some time ago.

I've been going through it, and it's going pretty well. I can see how using and reviewing this can help me generate a lot of projects and actions to achieve my larger goals, but I'm stuck at the 20,000 ft level. I just don't get it. In Patrick's example, it's just a list people and what he does with them. What's the point?

Does anyone have an example of what they do with this info to help them get stuff done?

MikeGreene's picture

My first attempt at 20K


I know just how you feel - until I saw Patrick's vertical map, I had virtually no idea what it meant for me. I've always been the kind of guy who takes good ideas and makes them better, rather than the kind of guy who can create from nothingness (hard work instead of genius, I guess). Patrick's map turned on my proverbial lightbulb. I saw it as a way to put down what I'm expected to do at the most basic level - these are the largest buckets I can imagine and don't get rolled up into anything else. Another way to look at it is these are things I can't delegate. If it can be delegated, it's only at 10K or Runway-level. Good luck, and please let us see what you develop.

Here's what I came up with for 20K:

20,000 Feet ? Areas of Responsibility

> Relationships
> [My Wife]
> Be a loving, supportive husband.
> Support her career decisions.
> Be a best friend.
> Happily reach our financial goals.
> [Our 2 Boys]
> Be a good father.
> Be involved in their education, including knowing their teachers.
> Ensure their health and safety.
> Keep them active and intellectually curious.
> [La Casa Verde]
> Make our house a home.
> Manage the bills.
> Take care of home-related responsibilities (oil, septic, etc.).
> Lifestyle
> Get active to ensure my health and fitness.
> Get out of the house more often.

> Management
> Develop junior leaders.
> Manage my own career.
> Planning
> Manage force structure.
> Ensure smooth mobilizations.
> Maintain lineage and honours for all units.
> Training/Certification
> [Career development] coursework.
> [Specific computer program] certification.
> Functional area coursework and certification.
> Facilitator training.
> Lean 6σ.




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