You’ve probably had a pretty busy morning so far. Maybe you’ve answered some emails, written your to-do list, and prepared for the day ahead.

But I have a question for you (and please don’t take this the wrong way). Have you actually done anything?

Rather, have you done anything that’s produced results?

James Clear on the Buffer Blog breaks work into two types: motion and action. Action is the work that directly produces results. Motion is everything else. Sometimes motion is necessary to prepare us to take action. But other times, it’s a way of convincing ourselves we’re getting work done, without actually doing the hard stuff.

Clear gives a few examples of the difference in his post:

He suggests making sure action happens by scheduling it into your weekly workflow or setting a “due date” for when you’re going to move from motion to action on a particular project.

So, your goal for today? Make sure to integrate some “action” work into your daily “motion.” There’s a good chance you’ll feel way more accomplished at the end of the day.


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