This is a checklist with proven practices for improving your ability to take action:
- Ask yourself: What actions have I taken?
- Balance “good enough for now” with “perfection.”
- Balance your buckets.
- Build a library of reference examples.
- Build feedback loops.
- Build a system of profound knowledge.
- Carve out time for what’s important.
- Check your ladder.
- Chunk it down.
- Decide and go.
- Deliver incremental value.
- Do a dry run.
- Do it. Review it. Improve it.
- Do more, think less.
- Don’t spend $20 on a $5 problem.
- Establish a rhythm of results.
- Expand your toolset.
- Get the ball out of your court.
- Have a compelling What.
- Have a compelling Why.
- Improve your network.
- Just start.
- Know the sum is better than the parts.
- Know what you’re optimizing for.
- Make it work, then make it right.
- Manage energy for results.
- Model the best.
- Play to your strengths.
- Put in your hours.
- Reduce friction.
- Reduce your context switching.
- Schedule it.
- Scrimmage against results.
- Set a quantity limit.
- Set a time limit.
- Start with something simple.
- Stay flexible in your approach.
- Think in terms of a portfolio of results.
- Use checklists.
- Use focus as your weapon for results.
- Work backwards from the end in mind.
For an elaboration of guidelines for improving your ability to take action, see Action Guidelines.
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