eProductivity Weekly Tip: March 4, 2011   

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Weekly Tip: Tracking Your Success with Completed Items

It can be inspiring to take a high-level look at your accomplishments and realize that you're really getting things done. An easy way to do this is with the Completed View.

This view gives you a picture of the projects and actions that you've completed over time. What you may not know is that similar to other eProductivity views, the Completed View can be run in Categorized or Advanced mode.

This feature has been available in the last few eProductivity versions - download the latest version if you don't have this feature.

Today we're going to take a quick tour of the new Completed View, and see how this helps you get a clearer picture of what you are - and are not - getting done.
The Completed View in Basic, Categorized, and Advanced Modes
The various Completed View modes provide different ways to slice and dice the data in the Completed View.

Basic Mode: Provides a flat list of your completed projects and actions.

Completed View - basic mode

Categorized Mode: Categorizes your completed projects and actions by context, and by completion date.

Completed View - categorized mode

Advanced Mode: Categorizes your completed projects and actions by context.

Completed View - advanced mode

Using the Completed View
As mentioned in this tip, a primary use for the Completed View is to get a big picture look at what you're getting done. Whether you need to report to others on your accomplishments or simply want the motivational boost for yourself, it's worth spending some time in the Completed View.

Choose the mode that best suits you (we find Advanced mode to be particularly useful, for what it's worth) and evaluate what you've gotten done. Are you meeting your expectations for yourself? Are some things taking longer than you thought? Are you getting the right things done?

Note that for all items in the Completed View, regardless of mode, the listed completed date is when you actually clicked the 'Mark Complete' button. If you're like us, many items are marked complete on the days that you do a Weekly Review of your system. For that reason, you may find it more helpful to look at the month-to-month trend of how much you're getting done, rather than focusing on the actual completed date.

Until Next Week...
The Completed View is an important tool to help you get the right things done and stay on track with your goals. Another tip coming soon!

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