Start and Due dates
You can set start or end dates for any goal. Select the goal, click the calendar button () next to 'Start' or 'End' and choose the appropriate date on the drop-down calendar.
When you set time parameters for a goal they are enforced on its descendants and ancestors. The time period allotted to a goal must always be within that of its parent (and higher level ancestors) and outside those of its subgoals (and their subgoals).
The most logical way to set Start and End dates is top down: begin with the time frame for your main goal and work down through all the subgoals, level by level. The constraints on subgoals are:
- Once you have set a Start date for a goal you cannot set the Start dates for any of its subgoals (or any lower-level subgoals) to an earlier date.
- Once you have set an End date for a goal you cannot set the End dates for any of its subgoals (or any lower-level subgoals) to a later date.
- Once you have set a Start date for a subgoal you cannot set the Start dates for its parent (or any higher-level ancestors) to a later date.
- Once you have set an End date for a subgoal you cannot set the End dates for its parent (or any higher-level ancestors) to an earlier date.
Dates that are unavailable according to the above constraints are grayed out in the calendar and cannot be selected.
Time periods for neighbor goals (subgoals of the same parent) may overlap with each other, as long as they all lie between the Start and End dates of the parent.
If you have consecutive subgoals that all contribute to the same parent (each starting when the preceding one finishes) the best way to arrange them is as a set of neighbors (same-level subgoals of that parent), proceeding clockwise from the first to the last. Then you can mark your Progress in each one as you work through it, check it off when complete and move on to its clockwise neighbor. Your aggregate Progress will reflect into the parent according to the relative importance of each subgoal.