Want to Know How the Suggested Goal is Calculated?

You may notice that Goal Planner Plus displays a suggested goal at the bottom. It suggests which goal you should work on now. This saves you time from having to figure it out for yourself. But have you wondered how the suggested goal is calculated?

The process to calculate it has been carefully thought out on how to choose the most suitable goal to work on now. Here's how it is calculated...

First, Goal Planner Plus checks the goals that are not complete and are started (i.e., goals that have a status of "Started" or "Overdue"). One of these goals will be the suggested goal to work on now. That's because a goal that's complete can't be worked on because it's already complete. And a goal that hasn't started yet is not ready to be worked on.

Among the goals that are not complete and are started, Goal Planner Plus chooses the goal with the earliest completion date. This goal is the suggested goal to work on now.

But what if there is more than one goal that has the "earliest completion date?" For instance, there could be 3 goals that are tied with having the earliest completion date. In this case, Goal Planner Plus chooses the goal among the tied goals that has the highest priority.

What if all the tied goals have the same priority? Then Goal Planner Plus selects the first goal because it doesn't matter which one is worked on first. They all have the same completion date and priority.

You might be thinking, "Why should the completion date take precedence over the priority?" To answer that, let's say you have 2 goals. One has priority D, and its completion date is tomorrow. The other has priority A, and its completion date is one month from now.

In this case, it makes more sense to work on the goal with priority D. If you work on the "priority A" goal that's due in one month from now, you probably won't have enough time to get the "priority D" goal accomplished. And you'll end up only getting one of the two goals achieved.

But if you work on the "priority D" goal first, you can achieve it and still have plenty of time to finish the "priority A" goal. You'll be able to achieve both goals.

So that's why the completion date takes precedence over the priority when calculating the suggested goal.

Of course, the suggested goal is only a suggestion on what to work on now. You're free to work on any other goal. In fact, if you prefer Goal Planner Plus to not suggest a goal to work on now, you can close it by clicking on the "X" in the top-right corner. Or you can click on View -> Suggested Goal on the top menu.

If you change your mind and want Goal Planner Plus to go back to showing the suggested goal, click on View -> Suggested Goal in the top menu.

Goal Planner Plus will also remember whether you have the suggested goal view shown. So if you close the suggested goal view and exit the program, the suggested goal will not be shown the next time you start Goal Planner Plus. That way, you won't have to keep closing the suggested goal view every time you use the program. Goal Planner Plus remembers your preference.

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