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March 14, 2013  
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<script src="//storify.com/rsidneysmith/prodchat-1-2-2013-resolutions-v-goals.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/rsidneysmith/prodchat-1-2-2013-resolutions-v-goals" target="_blank">View the story "#Prodchat - 1/2/2013 - #Resolutions v. #Goals" on Storify</a>]<h1>#Prodchat - 1/2/2013 - #Resolutions v. #Goals</h1><h2>For this week's #Productivity Chat, we discussed the topic of new year's resolutions versus  goals (and their differences) to see if we could strategize making, starting and keeping either/both better in 2013! It was a great conversation!</h2><p>Storified by <a href="http://storify.com/rsidneysmith">Ray Sidney-Smith</a>&middot; Thu, Jan 03 2013 11:54:32</p><div>#prodchat is starting in a few minutes! Topic: starting/keeping #resolutions/#goals in 2013! If you've got some, join us!Ray Sidney-Smith</div><div>RT @rsidneysmith: #prodchat is starting in a few minutes! Topic: starting/keeping #resolutions/#goals in 2013! If you've got some, join us!Augusto Pinaud</div><div>@apinaud Happy New Year, Augusto! Welcome to the chat! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>anyone here on 2013's first prodchat?GTDbloke</div><div>WELCOME TO #PRODCHAT, FOLKS! THIS IS OUR WEEKLY #PRODUCTIVITY CONVERSATION. TOPIC: #RESOLUTIONS &amp; #GOALS! Intro yourself. Q1 coming...Ray Sidney-Smith</div><div>Happy New Year!!! :) #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>Happy New Year, everyone! How we're your holidays?  #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>quiet holidays - but that's fine by me #prodchatGTDbloke</div><div>@michgunn @tararodden @GTDbloke Welcome to the chat, Michelle, Tara and Martin! Great to have you here! Happy New Year to you! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>Me, too! RT @michgunn Psyched for #prodchat... here we go... #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>@GTDbloke Sometimes quiet is the best! I'm just returning from the vet hospital with my cat...I could use some quiet! LOL #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>Hi, everyone! :) @rsidneysmith @apinaud @tararodden @ GTDbloke @bshorr @profkrg @mikevardy @ supreve &amp; everyone else tuning in! :) #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>@rsidneysmith hope all is well  #prodchatGTDbloke</div><div>Q1: HOW DO YOU DEFINE NEW YEAR'S #RESOLUTIONS VERSUS #GOALS YOU MAKE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR? WHY NY RESOLUTIONS AT ALL? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>Hello! @michgunn, @rsidneysmith @tararodden @ GTDbloke @bshorr @profkrg @mikevardy @supreve &amp; everyone else  #prodchatAugusto Pinaud</div><div>@TaraRodden Quiet holidays at home with my wife and our various critters. In other words...perfect. #prodchatBen M. Schorr</div><div>unsure if goal but in response to a swollen tendon I've installed Nuance's Dragon speech recognition - looks impressive  #prodchatGTDbloke</div><div>@rsidneysmith A1: I don't really do resolutions. I think difference is goals have a date. Resolutions are just a vague &quot;change&quot;. #prodchatBen M. Schorr</div><div>Dinnertime at the Vardy abode means no #prodchat for me tonight...at least not until afterward. Have fun and i'll chime in later!Mike Vardy</div><div>@rsidneysmith A1: I &quot;begin&quot; my year every Nov withy birthday retreat. Do my review @ set yrly goals then.  #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>I don't make resolutions (that I am aware) I make goals. Not many. Really specific &amp; in Writing. Ex: I will read 52 books in 2013#prodchatAugusto Pinaud</div><div>well a resolution is a firm decision whereas a goal might not be  #prodchatGTDbloke</div><div>Hello, friends! Happy New Year! #prodchatKenna Griffin</div><div>A1. I think a resolution is like a promise to my future self that, sadly, usually doesn't stand the test of time... or willpower #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>Sweet! RT @bschorr @TaraRodden Quiet holidays at home with my wife and our various critters. In other words...perfect. #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>I like Augusto's POV  #prodchatGTDbloke</div><div>A1 but Goals have some umph behind them... and a plan. They're what resolutions want to be when they grow up... like me ;) #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>I missed Q1. Who's driving this train? #prodchatKenna Griffin</div><div>sorry if pedantic but shouldn't a resolution involve resolve? #prodchatGTDbloke</div><div>NICE! MT @GTDbloke: unsure if goal but... Ive installed Nuances Dragon speech recognition - looks impressive  #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>RT @GTDbloke well a resolution is a firm decision whereas a goal might not be  #prodchat &lt; A goal isn't firm?Ben M. Schorr</div><div>RT @GTDbloke sorry if pedantic but shouldn't a resolution involve resolve? #prodchat &lt; It should, yes. But it doesn't always. :-) Ben M. Schorr</div><div>@profkrg I'm hosting this evening, Kenna! I've posted the questions in all CAPS to make them easier to read in the feed! Welcome! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>@GTDbloke ...which is why the gym is always a lot quieter after about January 21st. :-) #ProdchatBen M. Schorr</div><div>@bschorr agree! there's grammar and then the real world!  #prodchatGTDbloke</div><div>Q1.2: I make sure that are a challenge, but possible. for ex I have read over 60 books the last 5y Regardless my goal is 52 per y #prodchatAugusto Pinaud</div><div>Well said RT @michgunn Goals have sum umph behind them &amp; a plan. They're wht resolutions wnt 2 B when they grow up... lk me ;) #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>@rsidneysmith I missed it. Not sure how. #prodchatKenna Griffin</div><div>@bschorr :)  #prodchatGTDbloke</div><div>RT Q1: HOW DO YOU DEFINE NEW YEARS #RESOLUTIONS VERSUS #GOALS YOU MAKE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR? WHY NY RESOLUTIONS AT ALL? #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>A1: Resolutions = hopes. Goals = hopes with a plan of action. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>for Kenna... :) #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>@apinaud I tried to do something similar but found I was sacrificing reading comprehension for the sake of ticking the box. #prodchatBen M. Schorr</div><div>RT @michgunn: RT Q1: HOW DO YOU DEFINE NEW YEARS #RESOLUTIONS VERSUS #GOALS YOU MAKE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR? WHY NY RESOLUTIONS AT ALL? #prodchatKenna Griffin</div><div>Re: resolutions I prefer to set intentions. And I practice setting &amp; following thru on those consistently.  #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>@michgunn thank you! #prodchatKenna Griffin</div><div>@bschorr I agree need to be careful. for that reason I don't move the 52 number. I read for pleasure, I just read a lot #prodchatAugusto Pinaud</div><div>A1: I don't do resolutions. I have a list of priorities. My goals are the result. They're ongoing. #prodchatKenna Griffin</div><div>RT @TaraRodden: Re: resolutions I prefer to set intentions. And I practice setting &amp; following thru on those consistently.  #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>can't remember who said it but... goals/resolutions are more like wishes if they don't have a plan behind them. Very true! #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>@apinaud I like to think I read well, but the reality is my attention-span is such that I just can't read that quickly and absorb. #prodchatBen M. Schorr</div><div>I set a goal to read #100Books in 2013. I would love for you to join me. #prodchatKenna Griffin</div><div>I could join Kenna for 100 Books, but I'm committed only to reading&nbsp;52 books this year (it's my usual&nbsp;a book a week routine!). See my 2013 Reading List, themed, "Re-Reading," because many (if not all)&nbsp;of these books are ones I'm re-reading to annotate and summarize into my Evernote notebook for recall and cross-referencing down the road. -&nbsp;http://goo.gl/OMV7h - I will certainly read more than 52 books because I didn't include any business management, technology or productivity books I'll like read along the 2013 journey! I'll try to publish more book summaries of those on ProdPod.net throughout the year!</div><div>@GTDbloke even I don't like (my own) twert  #prodchatGTDbloke</div><div>@bschorr This year I am trying something new. I kept my 52, but I will focus every month on one book. This month is War of Art #prodchatAugusto Pinaud</div><div>+1 MT @michgunn: A1 Goals have some umph...and a plan. Theyre what resolutions want to be when they grow up...like me ;) #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>Holy! I read only 52 books per year. How? RT @profkrg: I set a goal to read #100Books in 2013. I would love for you to join me. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>@bschorr and that it may be the key to your productivity, and one really important discovery. if I may said #prodchatAugusto Pinaud</div><div>Q2: WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR NEW YEAR'S #RESOLUTIONS / #GOALS FOR 2013? (THOSE YOU CARE TO SHARE.) #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>@bschorr If I don't read I get so grumpy #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud</div><div>whatever we read hopefully, they're mainly paperless :) #prodchatGTDbloke</div><div>@apinaud I'm with you on that - soon as I get these book writing projects cleared off the deck I look forward to more reading. #prodchatBen M. Schorr</div><div>@rsidneysmith I love reading! I was going to set it at 52, but realized I read more than that last year without trying. #prodchatKenna Griffin</div><div>I'm flabbergasted by the numbers of books being thrown around! 52! 100! Wow... I'm feeling mighty underachiever right now. ;/ #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>Hahaha RT @apinaud: @bschorr If I dont read I get so grumpy #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>@rsidneysmith A2: It's not really a NY resolution though it does seem to coincide - I've started keeping more detailed journal. #prodchatBen M. Schorr</div><div>@profkrg I would love to hear about you meeting that goal. I continue beating my 52 and happy about it  #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud</div><div>RT @rsidneysmith: Q2: WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR NEW YEAR'S #RESOLUTIONS / #GOALS FOR 2013? (THOSE YOU CARE TO SHARE.) #prodchatKenna Griffin</div><div>@rsidneysmith I made only 3 #goals for 2013! But they're big ticket items.  #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>@rsidneysmith Mostly I want to do it so I can better evaluate and refine my process. The journal really helps. #prodchatBen M. Schorr</div><div>@profkrg That's amazing! I can only read about a book per week (or less if things get crazy). I can commit to 52 with you! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>A2: I already gave my book reading goal. I also plan to finish my dissertation. #prodchatKenna Griffin</div><div>(leisure) reading is a pastime not a virtue surely so whatever meets one's one needs rather than a number? #prodchatGTDbloke</div><div>@michgunn No way I can read (and understand) 100 books in a year. Or 52 for that matter. #prodchatBen M. Schorr</div><div>+1 RT @bschorr: A2: Its not really a NY resolution though it does seem to coincide - Ive started keeping more detailed journal. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>@michgunn everyone had a number... find yours and enjoy it! #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud</div><div>@apinaud I wrote a blog post about my plan. #prodchatKenna Griffin</div><div>@bschorr Isn't it amazing what starts to happen when you track what happened?! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>@rsidneysmith I've been doing the journal for quite a while...but I'm stepping it up in order to get more value from it. #prodchatBen M. Schorr</div><div>RT @rsidneysmith: @bschorr Isn't it amazing what starts to happen when you track what happened?! #prodchatBen M. Schorr</div><div>@michgunn I'm with you! If I set a number like that, I'd get reader's block.  #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>Wow... yeah, I try to read a lot. I have three books going right now, but I don't think I come anywhere near that in a year. #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>@profkrg sorry... can you provide me the link #prodchatAugusto Pinaud</div><div>@bschorr @michgunn I migrated/merged my note-taking from Kindle to Evernote...each book is summarized/annotated there! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>@rsidneysmith I do mine in OneNote. #Prodchat @michgunnBen M. Schorr</div><div>Please share link! RT @profkrg: @apinaud I wrote a blog post about my plan. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>Ha! Great phrase! :) RT @TaraRodden: @michgunn Im with you! If I set a number like that, Id get readers block.  #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>@profkrg Go, Kenna, go! And let us know when you defend so we can cheer you on and call you Dr.  #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>@rsidneysmith I would love to hear about your 52. #prodchatKenna Griffin</div><div>for me a goal is a journey towards a target rather than necessarily needing to meet it  #prodchatGTDbloke</div><div>@michgunn That's the trick...1 work &amp; 1 leisure book at a time. Read at the same times every day and during the little moments! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>@apinaud I didn't know if that was allowed. Some chats discourage that. http://www.profkrg.com. #prodchatKenna Griffin</div><div>@GTDbloke Not me. Unmet goals feel demoralizing.  #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>A2:-52 books-Focus 1 on study 1 book a month-learn to type 100wpm (keyboard) 80wpm (ipad screen)#prodchatAugusto Pinaud</div><div>I like that! Very accepting. RT @GTDbloke: for me a goal is a journey towards a target rather than necessarily needing to meet it  #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>@profkrg 2013's Reading List is themed the &quot;Year of Re-Reading&quot; so I'll share my list in the storify transcript tomorrow! ;-) #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>.@profkrg's 2013 100-Book Reading List blog article --&gt; http://www.profkrg.com. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>But what if they didn't have to? zen approach. It is what it is. RT @TaraRodden: @GTDbloke Not me. Unmet goals feel demoralizing.  #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>My reading challenge http://www.profkrg.com/my-100books-reading-challenge @rsidneysmith: Please share link! @apinaud I wrote a blog post about my plan. #prodchat”Kenna Griffin</div><div>@michgunn make a list and count them. you will be amazed #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud</div><div>@TaraRodden thanks so much for your support! It's an uphill battle. #prodchatKenna Griffin</div><div>Thanks, Augusto. I think I will. I might be surprised. RT @apinaud: @michgunn make a list and count them. you will be amazed #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>We're cheering for you, Kenna! RT @profkrg: @TaraRodden thanks so much for your support! Its an uphill battle. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>@rsidneysmith you've already chosen all of your books? #prodchatKenna Griffin</div><div>@michgunn @TaraRodden yup some goals really need a measure - I think of that as an objective but maybe wordsmithing here  #prodchatGTDbloke</div><div>RT @apinaud: A2:-52 books-Focus 1 on study 1 book a month-learn to type 100wpm (keyboard) 80wpm (ipad screen)#prodchat #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>RT @profkrg: My reading challenge http://www.profkrg.com/my-100books-reading-challenge @rsidneysmith: Please share link! @apinaud I wrote a blog post about my plan. #prodchat”Claire Griffith</div><div>@michgunn I'm not there yet. An unreached goal still feels like an unmet commitment.  #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>@rsidneysmith @tararodden You are amazing. Thank you! #prodchatKenna Griffin</div><div>The link isn't working for me RT @profkrg:I didnt know if that was allowed. Some chats discourage that. http://www.profkrg.com. #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>Q3: WHAT ARE SOME STRATEGIES OR TACTICS YOU'VE USED SUCCESSFULLY TO KEEP YOUR PAST #RESOLUTIONS? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>@profkrg Oh, yes! They're decided in Oct. for the next year. Similar to @tararodden, I start new year on 11/1...birth month! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>@profkrg I hear you! Writing up just about killed me. Love having that degree, tho!  #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>@michgunn did you try this? http://www.profkrg.com/my-100books-reading-challenge #prodchatKenna Griffin</div><div>nevermind... User error! ;) @profkrg RT @michgunn: The link isnt working for me RT  #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>@michgunn Delete the &quot;.&quot; in the URL when when you the final T . CO link in the URL bar. :-) #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>RT @rsidneysmith: Q3: WHAT ARE SOME STRATEGIES OR TACTICS YOU'VE USED SUCCESSFULLY TO KEEP YOUR PAST #RESOLUTIONS? #prodchatKenna Griffin</div><div>@rsidneysmith A3: Seems obvious but...write them down somewhere you can see them. And for some of them, tell others. #prodchatBen M. Schorr</div><div>@GTDbloke @michgunn Goal versus objective. Nice distinction me thinks.  #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>@rsidneysmith @tararodden Wow! That's amazing. What about things released during the year? #prodchatKenna Griffin</div><div>A3: For me, it's been accountability (telling important people I don't want to let down) and tiered rewards (for milestones). #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>@TaraRodden @michgunn methinks too :)  #prodchat it seriously was a way I was &quot;brought up&quot; at a previous companyGTDbloke</div><div>@profkrg @tararodden Things can be shuffled if it's a need-to-read-now book, but otherwise they're added to next year's list! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>A3. I write them down. In detail. If I reach the goal, I don't change it. I celebrate it!#ProdchatAugusto Pinaud</div><div>Accountability rocks! RT @bschorr Seems obvious but...write them dn somewhere U cn C them. &amp; 4 sum of them, tell others. #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>@rsidneysmith if a resolution is meaningful should you need to reinforce trying to meet it? A measure of a meaningful resolution?  #prodchatGTDbloke</div><div>+1   GTDbloke @TaraRodden @michgunn methinks too :) #prodchat it seriously was a way I was &quot;brought up&quot; at a previous company #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>Slow down!! I can't keep up! ;)  LOL! #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>A3: My &quot;resolutions&quot; are focused more on life priorities. Desire makes me more focused on accomplishment. #prodchatKenna Griffin</div><div>A3: I read my goals once a week (during Weekly review) it allow me to keep awareness #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud</div><div>A3b: I'm a huge SMART goal planner. I need to write them out in that format before I follow #GTD natural planning model. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>@TaraRodden Definitely. But be careful which goals you tell to whom. :-) #prodchatBen M. Schorr</div><div>@apinaud That was one of the most significant insights I ever had, when you explained that to me. :)  #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>@apinaud Wow I am (honestly) impressed  #prodchatGTDbloke</div><div>@GTDbloke For some, it's motivating and necessary. Life sometimes gets in the way. I feel frequently out of sight out of mind! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>@TaraRodden and I am so happy about that you have teach me so much my dear friend #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud</div><div>#prodchat in the past I’ve focused on building momentum which leads to new habits rather than solely relying on the willMike St. Pierre</div><div>@michgunn jajajajajaja #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud</div><div>@rsidneysmith yup - perhaps another observation - is that defining a goal is different for each of us?  #prodchatGTDbloke</div><div>@TheDailySaint Welcome to the #productivity chat, Mike! Good to have you join us! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>@GTDbloke it is a simple trick, will take you seconds, but will keep them in your conscious mind and help to achieve them #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud</div><div>@rsidneysmith And I tell ppl that SMART goals are overrated. Focus on learning goals instead. See research  by Carol Dweck.  #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>Agreed! MT @GTDbloke: yup - perhaps another observation - is that defining a goal is different for each of us. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>along the lines of @apinaud's suggestion, I review mine weekly, but I've built my goals into my project containers in my system #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>RT @apinaud A3: I read my goals once a week (during Weekly review) it allow me to keep awareness #Prodchat &lt; Good idea.Ben M. Schorr</div><div>RT @apinaud: A3: I read my goals once a week (during Weekly review) it allow me to keep awareness #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>I realized I needed the extra self-directing when my personal projects weren't moving... made a world of difference! #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>RT @TaraRodden: And I tell ppl that SMART goals are overrated. Focus on learning goals instead. See research by Carol Dweck.  #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>@TheDailySaint Hey Mike!  #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>yeah RT @GTDbloke: @rsidneysmith yup - perhaps another observation - is that defining a goal is different for each of us?  #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>Completely agree! MT @apinaud it's a simple trick, takes seconds, but will keep them in your conscious mind &amp; help to achieve them #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>Q4: FOR THOSE WHO DON'T MAKE RESOLUTIONS, WHAT PLANNING DO YOU DO THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO IMPROVE YOURSELF? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>RT @profkrg: A1: I don't do resolutions. I have a list of priorities. My goals are the result. They're ongoing. #prodchatChris Shattuck</div><div>does meeting goals take more willpower than achieving the daily/weekly task load? #prodchatGTDbloke</div><div>@rsidneysmith A4: For me it's a more/less constant feedback loop of evaluating &amp; improving. That's why I don't do NY resolutions. #prodchatBen M. Schorr</div><div>@rsidneysmith SMART goals are very binary: Got it or didn't. Success is more nuanced than that. #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>@rsidneysmith In a manner of speaking I have sort of constantly evolving resolutions throughout the year. #prodchatBen M. Schorr</div><div>@TaraRodden Thanks! I think I've read Dweck's work before. I see SMART goals as goal's starting point not the end, I suppose? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>A4 I'm doing a year end review, really taking time to reassess my bigger picture &amp; working down from there. Is that what you mean? #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>RT @TaraRodden: SMART goals are very binary: Got it or didnt. Success is more nuanced than that. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>RT @rsidneysmith: Q4: FOR THOSE WHO DON'T MAKE RESOLUTIONS, WHAT PLANNING DO YOU DO THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO IMPROVE YOURSELF? #prodchatKenna Griffin</div><div>@ChrisShattuck Welcome, Chris! Happy New Year!  #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>Yes! RT @michgunn: A4 Im doing a year end review, really taking time to reassess my bigger picture &amp; working down from there. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>@TaraRodden @rsidneysmith having browsed Wikipedia entry I can appreciate that #prodchatGTDbloke</div><div>RT @bschorr: A4: For me its a more/less constant feedback loop of evaluating &amp; improving. Thats why I dont do NY resolutions. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>A4. I think I also just naturally gravitate to self improvement. Maybe that's not the &quot;norm&quot;, but I'm always looking to learn. #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>A4: I work on improve constantly just focus on 1 thing at the time I love to read but I need to write so I learned to type faster #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud</div><div>A4: This seems like an every day battle. However, I do focus on blogging every day and making it to the gym four days a week. #prodchatKenna Griffin</div><div>A4: Quarterly review and reflection. Lots of journaling. I really dig journaling.  #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>@rsidneysmith @bschorr Amen #prodchatGTDbloke</div><div>A4 #prodchat  I use journaling via @dayoneapp to listen to areas of focus (I.e. family, fitness, faith, etc). January is also key for eval.Mike St. Pierre</div><div>A4: Every October I spend the month working on my next year's goals (11/1-10/30) then map out all the projects. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>Agreed. I'm big on journaling. Always have been. MT @TaraRodden: A4: Quarterly review and reflection. Lots of journaling.  #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>A4b: Every month I focus on a different area of my life. &quot;Monthly focus category&quot; #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>That's awesome! MT @profkrg: A4: ...However, I do focus on blogging every day and making it to the gym four days a week. #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>I also use Journaling.RT @TaraRodden: A4: Quarterly review and reflection. Lots of journaling. I really dig journaling.  #prodchatAugusto Pinaud</div><div>@rsidneysmith Dweck's work suggests that performance bar type goals can derail motivation and decrease engagement.  #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>A4c: Every quarter I do a more thorough Weekly Review; helps me determine if I'm on track twd goals. First review is end of Jan! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>I love that idea, Ray! RT @rsidneysmith A4b: Every month I focus on a different area of my life. &quot;Monthly focus category&quot; #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>RT @TaraRodden Dwecks work suggests that performance bar type goals can derail motivation and decrease engagement.  #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>@TaraRodden Yes, Dweck's work is very Rainer Maria Rilke-esque! I love his poetry, BTW. ;-) #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>@michgunn It's great, it lets me take a Horizon of Focus / Life Area and spend a few minutes contemplating it throughout the day. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>Quarterly reviews... oh boy... that's a great idea I didn't think of doing formally... wonder if I've been doing it naturally. Hmm #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>Too cool. RT @rsidneysmith @TaraRodden Yes, Dweck's work is very Rainer Maria Rilke-esque! I love his poetry, BTW. ;-) #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>MT @profkrg: A4: This seems like an every day battle. However, I do focus on blogging every day and making it to the gym 4x week. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>I'm stealing that... well, borrowing ;) MT @rsidneysmith: lets me take a Life Area and contemplate throughout the day. #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>Q5:  ARE THERE #PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS OUT THERE THAT CAN HELP YOU KEEP ON TARGET TOWARD YOUR #GOALS / #RESOLUTIONS? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>@TheDailySaint I've not seen that app before...will check it out! Thanks! I've been journalling in a special @Evernote account. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>@michgunn I thrive on review and reflection. Almost too much so.  #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>@michgunn Hahaha. Good! Let me know how it works out for you! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>I'm sure we're all a little guilty of that. ;) RT @TaraRodden: @michgunn I thrive on review and reflection. Almost too much so.  #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>@rsidneysmith A5: For me OneNote/Outlook help me journal and manage/review tasks. #prodchatBen M. Schorr</div><div>A5: I've been using the iOS app, Simple Routine. It has NO bells or whistles...just a daily reminder. I'm actually loving it. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>RT @bschorr: A5: For me OneNote/Outlook help me journal and manage/review tasks. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>a5: write it down... paper, electronic, your arm, doesn't matter. write it down and review often... #Prodchat I use Omnifocus and iMemosAugusto Pinaud</div><div>@rsidneysmith I should add that I use them in conjunction with Windows Phone 8 so my tasks/notes are always with me on the go. #prodchatBen M. Schorr</div><div>+10 MT @michgunn: we're all a little guilty of that. ;) MT @TaraRodden: I thrive on review&amp;reflection. Almost too much so.  #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>@bschorr @rsidneysmith Ah OneNote - an app I got out of the habit of using due to Evernote but I still love it #prodchatGTDbloke</div><div>Q5 Omnifocus - really does help me be aware of my whole world and be confident in my choices... #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>@GTDbloke It's a toolkit - whatever tool helps you get the job done. :-) OneNote/Evernote #prodchat @rsidneysmithBen M. Schorr</div><div>A5b: I have time blocked in my calendar to review my journals (productivity and personal experiences) monthly. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>Oh, and GTD, of course. ;) #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>@bschorr @rsidneysmith absolutely #prodchatGTDbloke</div><div>@rsidneysmith Yes, I have a couple of different kinds of review blocked out on my calendar every week. #prodchatBen M. Schorr</div><div>What's that app you've been using Ray? Superhero? Superbetter? #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>A5: some folks really like OhLife as a journaling app. I haven't used it much tho.  #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>RT @TaraRodden: A5: some folks really like OhLife as a journaling app. I havent used it much tho.  #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>I also use Clear on iPhone to keep me laser focused for times when I'll forget what my goal was walking into the other room... :p #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>+1 RT @michgunn Q5 Omnifocus - really does help me be aware of my whole world and be confident in my choices... #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>@michgunn I've been using SuperBetter too! Amazing!! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>RT @TaraRodden: +1 RT @michgunn Q5 Omnifocus - really does help me be aware of my whole world and be confident in my choices... #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>A5: for journaling I use #DayOne #prodchatAugusto Pinaud</div><div>Oh, and I'm using mindmapping to help me think through my goals and the actions before dropping them into my #OmniFocus #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>@michgunn Do you use a particular app/program for mindmapping? #prodchatBen M. Schorr</div><div>@michgunn What mindmapping tool do you use?  #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>Q6: IN OUR LAST MINUTES, WHAT ARE THE KEY TAKEAWAYS OR IDEAS THAT CAME UP/OUT FROM OUR #GOALS / #RESOLUTIONS TOPIC? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>Does anyone separate out their journaling, like a work journal, a feeling journal? I've heard of that, but seems a little forced #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>MT @michgunn: Oh, and Im using mindmapping to help me think through my goals and the actions before dropping them into #OmniFocus #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>@bschorr @michgunn Great minds think alike. :)  #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>@TaraRodden I was just about to tweet the same thing to you. Which proves the point I guess. :-) #prodchat @michgunnBen M. Schorr</div><div>A6: I just realized that I plan too much and so I'm going to in coding lingo, refactor! Simplify, simplify, simplify! :-) #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>@michgunn I just throw it all into a single running journal in OneNote. Tho it does tend to mostly be work. #prodchatBen M. Schorr</div><div>I'm using Mindjet Mindmanager. I liked the cloud/platform capabilities and the FastTrackSchedule integration. #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>But there are plenty of great free mindmapping apps out there.. Free mind. Mind Node. #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>@michgunn no I just keep it all as one #prodchatMike St. Pierre</div><div>Takeaways: distinction bt goal vs objective.  #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>@michgunn Yes, I definitely do. One is a daily productivity journal (which includes work contexts) and a personal journal. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>RT @TaraRodden: Takeaways: distinction bt goal vs objective.  #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>@bschorr @michgunn Freemind but mainly because it is free  #prodchatGTDbloke</div><div>A6b: I also realized I'm much more fluid with paper mindmapping and I can just snapshot them into Evernote. Duh! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>@TaraRodden I have to endorse that  #prodchatGTDbloke</div><div>thanks for the input on journal separation... interesting idea #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>Multiple journals: longhand thinking/writing, gratitude, exercise log. Others ad hoc.  #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>@michgunn There's also http://Mind42.com which I'm a huge fan of! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>@GTDbloke And you get credit for it, too! :)  #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>RT @TaraRodden: Multiple journals: longhand thinking/writing, gratitude, exercise log. Others ad hoc.  #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>A6 I'm not going to feel guilty not making resolutions. I'm already ahead of the curve by planning to meet goals through the year #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>How's that for a takeaway?! ;) #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>Okay, we're all out of #prodchat time! We'll back next week, welcoming our veteran prodchat-er, @apinaud, to discuss his book!Ray Sidney-Smith</div><div>MT @michgunn: A6 Im not going to feel guilty not making resolutions. Im already ahead of the curve by planning through the year #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>RT @rsidneysmith: Okay, we're all out of #prodchat time! We'll back next week, welcoming our veteran prodchat-er, @apinaud, to discuss his book!Augusto Pinaud</div><div>thank you all  #prodchatGTDbloke</div><div>@michgunn You're ahead of the curve purely because you know why/how to plan! Most people do not, sadly! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>EXCITING! MT @rsidneysmith: ...next week, welcoming our veteran prodchat-er, @apinaud, to discuss his book! #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>Good night, all! Who you got in the Sugar Bowl? I'm rooting for Louisville.  #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>No, thank you, Martin! See you next week! RT @GTDbloke: thank you all  #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>Night everyone! Thanks for sharing your great ideas, as always! Have a great week! #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>RT @rsidneysmith Ok, we're out of #prodchat time! We'll back next week, welcoming our veteran prodchat-er, @apinaud, to discuss his book!Tara Rodden Robinson</div><div>Good NIght #prodchatAugusto Pinaud</div><div>@TaraRodden As a Floridian (only by birth), do I have an obligation to them? LOL #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div><div>I'll be posting the transcript tomorrow at some point, so keep your eyes peeled for the #prodchat transcript via @storify. Please RT it. :-) Ray Sidney-Smith</div><div>Thanks, Ray! MT @rsidneysmith: Ill post the transcript tomorrow so keep your eyes peeled for the #prodchat transcript via @storify #prodchatMichelle Gunn</div><div>@rsidneysmith Thanks, Ray. You rock!  #prodchatTara Rodden Robinson</div><div>Good night all, good chat. #prodchatBen M. Schorr</div><div>Thanks everyone for some great ideas in #prodchatMike St. Pierre</div><div>@TaraRodden Awww, thanks, Tara! Here's to a rockin' 2013! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith</div></noscript>