Once you have created a Daily Actions Dashboard, you are in a position to use it to manage your day. But remember that you have only collected action items from a couple of projects so far, so there will be gaps in the coverage, and the lists will not be completely reliable - there may be higher priority activities elsewhere that are not yet known to ResultsManager. As you expand the coverage of the actions in your maps, the lists in ResultsManager's dashboards will become more and more dependable.

 

The first place to look in your Daily Actions Dashboard is the section marked "Deadlines I'll Accomplish". This contains activities that have a deadline today or are already overdue.

 

If you entered due dates on activities as dates that you would like to complete things, then you have already undermined this due date list. It must contain only things that must be done on the dates shown, otherwise you will start to ignore it and re-prioritise dynamically. Now is not the time to re-think your projects. You will do that separately, during the project reviews.

 

When ResultsManager shows an Activity in a Dashboard map, it usually adds a Callout Topic to the Activity to show which Result or Project this activity belongs to. This helps you recognise the Activity "out of context" and recall what it is a part of. If Callout Topics are not visible, click View  | Show/hide | Callouts to display them.

 

You can jump back to the original project map by clicking on the Hyperlink Icon  in the copy of the Activity Topic in the Dashboard map. This takes you back to that Activity in its context in the original project. You can also jump straight to the Result or Project by clicking the Hyperlink Icon in the Callout Topic.

 

You can also now see that the Notes for a Result or Project are a very handy place to add information that you might need at any time, such as a client's telephone number. This will be in view above any Activity in that Project or Result.

 

Explore the rest of the Dashboard map to see how ResultsManager has listed the same Activities in several different ways, so that you have a number of options for deciding what you need to do next. The default Dashboard contents are configurable so that you can display and organise your to-do lists in almost any way you wish; the dashboard is created from a template map that tells ResultsManager what to write where.

 

When you complete or update an activity, right-click on it and select Edit Activity. Change it to reflect its new status (e.g. changing it to 100% complete), then click OK. What happens next will depend on how you have configured ResultsManager to send updates from the Dashboard maps, and is described in more detail here. ResultsManager will either send the new status back to your original project map immediately, or it will wait until you click the ResultsManager tab | Dashboard group | Send Changes.

 

You can also change the status of an Activity by editing it with normal MindManager commands. For example, if you right-click on the Task Icon, you can choose a different Icon (e.g. Task Complete). Don't forget to use the Send Dashboard changes command to update your original project maps after editing them with normal MindManager commands.