Introduction to Task Analysis

There are several ways to determine the meaning of any word or concept. Below is a bulleted list (we love to use bulleted lists) of the methods we use to determine the meaning of any word, idea or concept. We use these sources for credible, factual information: Encyclopedia Britannica, Merriam-Webster, Wikipedia, WordPress, Linux, W3C and How-It’s Made (to name a few). To aid in the pursuit of the definition of any word, idea or phrase, we use synonyms, antonyms and context.


The value of factual research based information in setting goals and using valuable resources cannot be overstated. Data and Facts should guide decision making ALWAYS! Choose your sources carefully.

Goals

To begin the process ask yourself the following questions and record your answers. Use whatever method you prefer to define the meaning of each term. The answers to these questions should give you enough information to decide whether to continue, modify or just move forward with something else. If you decide to continue then move to the Objectives listed below.

  • Is my goal meaningful?
  • Is my goal motivating?
  • Is my goal broad?
  • Is my goal realistic?
  • Is my goal achievable?

Objectives

After a goal is established by using the criteria listed above, the next steps are listed below. This is where the real work begins. All kinds of discomforts will appear during this process as your brain is being forced to do things that are unfamiliar (Neural Pathways). If you are a smoker, the first thing you will want to do is ‘light up’ for some anxiety relief (former 45 year smoker now with COPD). Learning new things leads new habits (replace the tobacco with something healthier). Take your time.

  • Specific
  • Sequenced
  • Descriptive
  • Measurable
  • Time-bound

Use the same methods outlined above to expand upon the meaning of each term. Take some time with this section. After you have recorded all of your responses make another decision to either continue, modify or move forward with something else.


Obstacles

There are plenty of things that get in the way of achieving goals. I’ve tried to categorize a few but am sure there are many more. Use these or add your own as part of you personal project.

  • Situational
  • Environmental
  • Social
  • Personal
  • Economic

Once again, use the same methods outlined above to expand upon the meaning of each term. Take some time with this section. After you have recorded all of your responses make another decision to either continue, modify or move forward with something else.


Summary

The success of any project will heavily depend upon your investment of time, resources and energy. While going through the process, be honest with yourself, answer all of the questions thoroughly and keep an open mind about the end result. You might start with a goal pertaining to baking bread and end up with a modified goal of selling shoes to bakers. Give yourself permission to be flexible and open-minded. Sometimes turning something you like to do into a work project ruins all the fun. Save some things for yourself just to enjoy. If you do decide to proceed with your goals then be very precise in defining what success will look like and stick to a time schedule.


I am available as a Task Analysis Consultant on a fee-for-service basis going forward. Feel free to Contact me with any comments, questions, concerns or proposals. There is no fee or obligation attached to any email messaging. Best wishes.

JD Hunter | Task Analysis Consultant