Input is the work you do. You should do work every day to make greatest contribution (read Tiny Action Towards the Greatest Contribution).
You should design your days therefore action oriented.
Action is something you, yourself can do and decide about.
It’s about the use of your time and attention within that time. Where are you going to focus your attention to? You can choose and decide where you put your attention.
Where you put your attention, grows and gets stronger.
If it’s not in the right place, wrong things will come to your life and you will feel dissatisfied.
If it’s in the right place and right things, you’ll feel deep satisfaction and sense of progress with your life. Even if the actual outcome is still far ahead.
We are not our outcomes. We must understand that outcomes are shaped by small frequent actions piled on top of each other.
At best there are even many tiny, frequent actions working in harmony (other people), towards the similar purpose or goal. This is what I call the harmony of virtues.
What actions today, would bring about the greatest contribution to others?
Where is your attention?
Where do you spend your time?
How do you measure the actions within that time?
What you measure, can grow stronger. What you measure can be improved.
Measuring gives you feedback. If you do not measure it, it’s not clear enough. Measuring is a key.
Effects usually are seen in single metrics such as sales or cash flow. Yet those metrics are outcomes of actions.
When measuring the actual doing, there needs to be taken account both volume of action and the quality of action. This contradiction is hard to grasp. There are people who vouch loudly for volume or the quality. Yet both can be true at the same time. What times of benefits would the increase of volume and quality bring?
Everything has to start with the volume. Passivity has to be transformed into action (volume and frequency of doing), before it can be transformed into harmonious action (quality).
Keep your focus in the present. Do not cling to past. Do not cling on what other people are doing.
What matters is your virtue in the present. As Jordan B. Peterson puts it: what is the smallest thing you could do that you would do?
Do those tiny things that you do as well as you can. That’s your effort, that’s your energy, that’s your contribution and a gift for the world.