3 Simple Steps for Getting Stuff Done


Hey friends

Action and Execution get shit done.

The big difference between knowing how to do something and actually doing it is taking action.


Here is a simple 3 step process for taking action and getting stuff done:

  1. Identify the stuff you need to do;
  2. Work out which stuff needs to be done now, what can be done later, what can be done by other people, and what stuff doesn’t need doing at all; and then
  3. Just Do It.

If you get stuck at any stage, try this.

Prioritise your tasks

Start with a brain dump and list all the small, medium, and big tasks that you need to get done. Small tasks are things to be done right now, medium tasks are things that are less time-sensitive and big tasks are your life plans and big goals.

Now you’ve got an action plan that you can start executing. At the end of each month, review your progress and look at how many tasks you’ve completed, which tasks have been missed, which tasks are no longer necessary, and add new tasks to your list.

Decide the small, medium, and big tasks that you want to focus on next month and go again. Take action, execute, and get stuff done.

Analysis Paralysis

After you’ve completed your first brain dump, there’s a good chance that you will overthink the stuff you need to get done.

There’s also a good chance that you’ll get trapped in the Paradox of Choice, where having too many options and decisions actually stresses you out.

You don’t have to consider every possible outcome on your list of things to do.

Keep it simple, take action and start building momentum by getting stuff done.

Avoid falling into analysis paralysis by:

  • Breaking down tasks into the smallest possible steps that you can take right now.
  • Fuck perfect - learn to make do by settling for good enough.
  • Feeling overwhelmed? Cut back on the stuff you need to get done and reclaim some downtime to re-focus.

Time to get stuff done.

Enjoy your weekly dose of marginal gains!

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