Cut off unnecessary actions

I have always thought that one man of tolerable abilities may work great changes, and accomplish great affairs among mankind, if he first forms a good plan, and, cutting off all amusements or other employments that would divert his attention, makes the execution of that same plan his sole study and business.   – Benjamin Franklin

There are a lot of things we can do in life; few are necessary to achieve our goals.  If you want to see progress, ruthlessly hack away at the unessential.

If you have a clearly defined outcome, you’ll know what is unnecessary. For example, if your goal is to find a job, changing the font on your resume might be nice but it probably isn’t necessary.