One of the biggest knocks I and the entirety of “productivity” people get is that when you plan you're not sitting down and doing the work. While I do see that in some sense, I do want to talk about this concept and tie in some stoic philosophy regarding James Clear's concept of motion versus action.
A quote from James Clear on the concept:
“When you're in motion, you're planning and strategizing and learning. Those are all good things, but they don't produce a result action. On the other hand, is the type of behavior that will deliver an outcome. And an example he gives is that if I align 20 ideas for articles, I want to write that's motion. If I actually write and publish an article that's action. If I emailed 10 new leads for my business and start conversations with them, that's motion. If they actually buy something and turn into a customer that's action.”
For me as somebody who plans I find this concept so intriguing because there's also a claim from Brian Tracy that planning gives an exceptionally high time/energy return. Basically, if you plan, you get a lot of time back.
From my perspective, I think everyone should try to implement planning into their life. In my opinion, when you take the time to do certain things on a daily basis, it's important to understand the structure of how your day is going to be.
That is because if you manage to batch things, it's going to help you in the long run. The other week I started implementing this concept at scale. Essentially I figured out how I could theoretically batch all of my YouTube and Rise Productive tasks on a monthly level.
I said to myself, what if I took each week and broke it down by the stages of content creation. Week one I would write, week two I would record, week three I would edit and week 4 I would focus on business projects.
What sparked this idea was because I’ve been working on business projects while also trying to create content and I was asking more of myself than I should have. So I actually took a day and did a fair amount of motion, did a task framework overhaul, and I figured it out. I took a situation where I was able to make four videos a week into making 16 videos in three weeks based on the new framework.
I tasked batched better and this freed up a week of time for me a month. Think about that. I spent some motion that then turned into action. Now, if I don't use the new framework as a place to take action from and I just do the motion part then it's very difficult to say that it was worth it.
However, if you take the time to make the time and you implement some simple stoic philosophies then your planning won’t go to waste.
“You may leave life at any moment. Let that determine what you say, do and think.” - Marcus Aurelius
After planning I focus on the here and now and what I can control. The planning side of things is great, but what really matters is sitting down and doing the work on a day-to-day basis.
What I noticed in the last year is just. And, and stop getting distracted by random things. Like, for example, I lowered my screen time in the past few months with this 30-day challenge, the chance that I did. And that was great. My average probably went from like six to, I don't know, two and a half hours, which is way better than I thought it would be.
I would recommend every week to take 45 minutes to an hour a week and plan out your tasks and their priorities. After that, however, just do the work. No distractions, no procrastination just do the work. Try your best to build the habit of doing the action the majority of the time rather than being in motion, and hopefully, that will become your default mode during “working” and “growth” hours in your life.
Have an awesome week!
❤️ My Weekly Favorites
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✍️ Quote of the Week
"Expect problems and eat them for breakfast." - Alfred A. Montapert