Intro to Waypoints

Overview

Waypoints are concrete markers along the way to your Landmark. If your Landmark is big and vague like, 'I want to be build cool stuff and feel good', that's great—because Waypoints are where you'll be able to make things a little more actionable.

Scoping a Waypoint

A good checklist for a Waypoint is:

  • It can't be completed in one sitting;
  • When you reach it, you'll feel accomplished and glad about it (celebration-worthy);
  • It should change something about your journey moving forward: e.g. 'Now I have a website, I can start sending people to it,' or 'Now I have a title, I can start writing...'

If your Waypoint is something you can get done in one sitting (or even one day), it's probably not worth marking as a Waypoint—instead, you'll want to list it as a Subpath: you can learn how to do that here.

Flow Factors

The Flow Factor is what makes some musicians and lyricists stand above the rest. Flow Factors, however, are how we start to pay more attention to our work than just 'Did you do it or not?'

This is a quick breakdown of each Flow Factor—but we'll be releasing more information about each later, because we know that you just can't wait to read more tutorials.

Flow Factors are scored on a slider scale. It is subjective. You can try to be objective about it if you like, but it will still ultimately be a subjective rating—and that's good. Landmark wants to understand how you feel about a task. Over time, that will help you gain insights on things from:

  • Do you spend more or less time on tasks you find interesting?
  • What time do you work on your most important Waypoints?
  • Who framed Roger Rabbit?
  • And how do 'high effort' tasks affect the likelihood of you completing your Day Plan?

Interest: This is sometimes called 'Engagement' on long or useless internal employee surveys. We changed the name so now it's less useless. Basically, you should just give you intuitive response to whether or not you think the Waypoint will be interesting or not—it doesn't have to turn out to be true (you may love something you thought you'd hate and vice versa), the key is what you expect it will be like.

Effort: Some tasks are harder than others. This is where you'll define that for your own tasks.

Impact: Think about what it would mean for your Landmark if you completed this Waypoint. Would it be make or break? Or is it more of a 'would be nice' kind of thing? That's the 'impact' scale.

Tracking progress on Waypoints

To track progress on your Waypoint, you'll need two forms of ID, a blue biro pen and a signature from a trusted government official to prove that it was indeed you making progress toward your Landmark.

Otherwise, you can just press Play on items in your feed, in your Day Plan or linked to Challenges and Landmark will automatically keep track of how many steps you take, how many tokens are earned and a bunch of other stuff we can't tell you about.

Completing a Waypoint

Landmark will never mark a Waypoint as complete for you. This is a burden you and you alone must bear. But really. Landmark doesn't know when you've completed a Waypoint, so if you'd like to stop seeing it in your feed; if you'd like to receive the +15 Token Bonus; and if you'd like to see the little celebratory animation for completing a Waypoint, then 2 out of 3 of those things will happen when you:

  1. Navigate to your Profile;
  2. Select the Landmark that Waypoint belongs to;
  3. Scroll down to the Waypoints list at the bottom of your Profile page;
  4. Swipe the Waypoint you'd like to mark as 'Done' to the right;
  5. Press 'Done';
  6. The Waypoint is complete! And it will be removed from your feed.

And that's Waypoints.

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