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Chapter 10. Designing for Power > Tasks Are Not Goals

Tasks Are Not Goals

Goals are not the same things as tasks. A goal is an end condition, whereas a task is an intermediate process needed to achieve the goal. It is very important not to confuse tasks with goals, but it is easy to mix them up.

If my goal is to laze in the hammock reading the Sunday paper, I first have to mow the lawn. My task is mowing; my goal is resting. If I could recruit someone else to mow the lawn, I could achieve my goal without having to do the mowing.


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