Just Do the Thing: A Guide

How to stay focused on one big goal and stop getting sidetracked by shiny distractions

Sam Rogers
May 31 · 25 min read
All illustrations by the author.

How To Use This Guide

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

- Mark Twain

What is the Thing for me?

Defining Done

Something Important

Something Attractive

Something Specific

Something Doable

Something Measurable

Doing the Thing

One Thing

Where To Start

When to Start

How to Start

Step 1: Remove all distractions

Step 2: Set Reminder

Step 3: Just do the Thing

Where to Stop

When to Stop

How to Stop

Avoidance & Distraction

“It’s not about knowing what to do, it’s about doing what you know.”

- Tony Robbins

Too Many Things!

Talking About The Thing

Planning the Thing

Buying Stuff

Forgetting

Visioneering

Work-Life Balance

Time Management

Priorities

The Beauty of Giving Up

Getting Back on Track

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”

- Vincent Van Gogh

Noticing

Always Practicing Something

Pushing Your Buttons

Today’s First Domino

Other People’s Decisions

Smile

On Your Marks…

Get Set…

Go!

What Remains

“I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.”

- Budda

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Likes to do things. Lots of things. Also writing under https://medium.com/@onemouthband

Better Humans

Better Humans is a collection of the world's most trustworthy writing on human potential and self improvement by coaches, academics, and aggressive self-experimenters. Articles are based on deep personal experience, science, and research. No fluff, book reports, or listicles.