Next Actions

There seems to be a problem where people can figure out what to do, and then not do it. What gives?

I think a lot of the problem can be solved by coming up with a Next Action.

Well, let’s take an example from my life. I wanted to eat better so that I could be more healthy and have my brain work better. I wanted to spend less time feeling like crap and not wanting to do anything.

Fairly clear goal.

So I’m sitting around intending to do this dietary change, and I do a few things that seem to work. Mostly making some nice omelettes in the morning and having quinoa. (Note: I no longer eat much quinoa)

It pretty much stalled after that. Why?

I didn’t really know what to do.

If you have an abstract goal, it’s difficult to work towards it until you granularize the problem. You know all those times that you talk and talk about a problem and get some really good thinking done, but then forget almost all of it? Next actions let you actually know what to do next.

Fixing your diet is hard, but going to the store and buying some foods that you know to be healthy, looking up a recipe that uses them, and then preparing and eating it is pretty easy.

If you can’t start on something immediately when you have the motivation to do it, the motivation wears off. Having a next action lets you start whenever you want to work on something.

Accomplishing goals is somewhat tricky, but each of the physical actions you have to do to accomplish it are pretty easy. It’s just a matter of figuring out what physical actions lead to your goals getting accomplished.


About atucker

Provisional pronouncements and (hopefully) honest mistakes. I'd like to be differently wrong about things, and helpful to the world.
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