Ayoa’s What’s On Your Radar template will help you to rank your tasks and ideas based on their importance, so you can easily determine what should be the key priorities for you or your team.
What’s On Your Radar is a popular activity that can help you organize creative ideas or items on your to-do list based on how important they are to you – so you can see at a glance what you need to prioritize. Using a three-ringed radar with successive circles to add your tasks or ideas into, the items closest to the center are the most important and should be focused on first, while those outside the radar might need to be reassessed. The center circle is deliberately small to enable you to decide what your key priorities should be and focus on what is really important to you.
The What’s On Your Radar template can be used by individuals or as part of team activities to generate important conversations and ensure that everyone working on a project is on the same wavelength. This activity is commonly used as a design thinking exercise, which is an iterative five-stage problem-solving process. Commonly used by design and development teams, design thinking combines a variety of methods to help businesses gain a deeper understanding of their customers, redefine their problems, and create innovative solutions that can be tested.
Like many design thinking tools, What’s On Your Radar is a flexible and versatile activity that can be applied to various scenarios – whether you’re working alone or with a team. Thanks to its highly visual nature, you can easily see what tasks and ideas are the most important, and thus should be addressed first.
For this reason, this template can be used by individuals to organize their personal to-do lists and determine how to best prioritize their workload. This will enable you to stay productive by helping you to focus on the tasks that will bring the most value and bring you a step closer to achieving your goals.
What’s On Your Radar can also be a great activity for groups to undertake. Whether you’re part of a design, development, sales, customer service or marketing team, you can use our template to instigate interesting conversations about what’s important to each member of the group, so you can ensure that everyone is on the same page, and determine if there’s something vital you’re missing. For example, one person may give you a great reason why you should focus on a task that you were happy to put on the backburner sooner rather than later.
The What’s On Your Radar template can also be shared with key stakeholders in your business so you can check that your priorities are aligned, as well as between creative agencies and their clients to ensure that everyone is clear on what will be delivered and in what timeframe.
The What’s On Your Radar template is a versatile tool that can be used alone or with a team as part of the wider design thinking process or even as a stand-alone activity. Whichever option you choose, discover how to use our template below.
To access the template, sign up to Ayoa. Once you've signed up, navigate to the homepage to create a new whiteboard, mind map or task board and choose this template from the library.
Begin by deciding the topic you will be exploring and adding it to the space provided at the top of the template. Try to phrase this as a question to be answered, such as ‘what are your plans for the week?’ or ‘how can we boost customer retention?’ You may want to split the radar up into different segments and name them, so you can organize your ideas or tasks. In the case of your personal to-do list, this could be ‘work’, ‘sports’, ‘entertainment’ and ‘education’.
If you’re conducting this as a group activity, pose the question to your group and ask them to add their ideas to the template using sticky notes. They should place these on the template depending on their importance level, with the most important sticky notes being placed closest to the center of the radar. If you’re mapping your personal to-do list or working on your own, do the same with your own sticky notes.
If you’re working on your own, you should now have a better idea of what ideas or tasks you should focus on first, then start putting them into action using Ayoa. If you completed this activity with others, ask them to describe why they placed each sticky note where they did. This can open up an interesting conversation about what is important to your team – so you can determine exactly what your key focuses should be.