James Clear

James Clear quotes on planning

Author of the #1 NYT bestseller Atomic Habits. I write about building better habits.

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When making plans, think big. When making progress, think small.


When failure is expensive, plan carefully. When failure is cheap, act quickly.


Build small habits, but make big plans. (1) Keep your daily actions small. Strive to get 1% better every day. (2) Keep your daily mindset big. Think about how you can play a bigger game. Always start small. Never play small.


A goal is a desired outcome. A strategy is a desired outcome combined with a plan for achieving it. Create strategies, not goals.


It’s good to have a plan, but it’s also good to avoid getting fixated on one version of success.


The art of living well is a dance between extremes. Planning for the future vs. being present in the moment. Seeing the big picture vs. focusing on the details. Working hard vs. relaxing fully. On then off. Off then on. The challenge is knowing which move life calls for now.


Start now. Optimize later. Imperfect starts can always be improved. Obsessing over a perfect plan will never take you anywhere on its own.


You shouldn't expect to fail, but you should plan for failure. The fastest way to get back on track is to know what to do when you're off it


Setting goals can be useful for planning your progress, but you need to design a better system to actually make progress.

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