How to align your tasks with your goals (or: How to create an action plan)

Many people struggle to make regular progress toward their goals. This is often because the things they are doing are not actually related to accomplishing their goals.

To create an action plan, I like to start with the end in mind, and then work backward.

Once you have a desired outcome, all you need to do is list the steps necessary to accomplish it.

Break things down into small action items. Schedule time for yourself for when you’ll do the next action item for that goal. As you begin to move forward, you’ll discover that Action Brings Clarity.

PS – What is a goal you have in mind right now that you’re struggling to make progress toward? Hit reply and let me know, or send me a DM on Instagram.

How to align your tasks with your goals (or: How to create an action plan)

Time Management Myth: “If I manage my time, I won’t get to do fun stuff.”

Fact: By managing your time you can protect the fun stuff and ensure the other ares of your life don’t encroach on it. Take control of your time and do MORE fun stuff.

You do this by (a) scheduling it so you have a better chance at getting to that activity; and (b) keeping the less-fun-stuff contained. A healthy schedule includes margin and breathing room, as well as time for you to relax, goof off, have fun, and go on adventures!

Time Management Myth: “If I manage my time, I won’t get to do fun stuff.”

Not all habits are created equal

Some habits will have a disproportionately positive (or negative) impact than others.

If you do a high-impact habit consistently for years then it will bring about a massive change in your life.

Here are 4 high-impact routines that have created a disproportionately positive impact on my life over the years:

  • I have automated my savings, giving, and investing so that I never have to think about when or how much I should be putting into those accounts. It happens on autopilot and I reap the benefits.
  • My wife and I have a date night every week (even if it is merely at home on the back porch).
  • I set aside at least one hour every work day for undistracted time to do focused, deep work.
  • Every day I do at least a 15-minute workout.

Put another way, the whole ****point in having a routine is to make your life better. And, if you’re going to have a routine, you might as well have one that is high-impact.

Not all habits are created equal

Vision and Mission

Without a clear idea of your own core values and the things that drive your decisions and motivation, then your schedule will reflect what someone else wants from you, rather than what you want for yourself. The three primary areas of your life that all need a clear direction: Your business, your family, and your self.

Vision and Mission

A few years ago I finally got some packing cubes to see what all the fuss is about. Now I can’t imagine how I ever went on a trip without them.

Packing cubes allow you to compress and organize your clothes into a much smaller space, making it easier to pack. I got my cubes from Goruck, but the the 10L size is too big. If I were buying new ones today, I’d get these.

Packing Lifesavers

Yes, Yes, Yes … No, No, No

Consider the difference between random tactics and focused strategy.

If you are trying to make progress in an area of your life or business, or when you are fleshing out a new idea, then, at first, you have many new ideas and tactics. You say yes to all sorts of activities, ideas, material, etc…

However, eventually you must transition your energy from going wide and begin to go deep: Focus down on the vital few activities that move you toward your desired outcome.

This transition from yes to no is critical. Without it, you will have no focus, no strategy, and, thus, no meaningful progress.

Yes, Yes, Yes … No, No, No