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Why You Shouldn’t Spend Too Much Time Planning

Have you ever planned something extremely well, and then finally realize that things don’t go the way that you want them to?

We have all been down that road before, but it increasingly seems that we still seem to spend a lot of time getting every single thing down to the details. As much as it might pay to be a perfectionist, in many cases it can actually also be detrimental to overall progress.

This is the case when we think too much about the fine details of every single thing to the point where we’re already overthinking it. In a sense, it can be the biggest hindrance to success in any of our affairs.

However, the good thing is, what you can instead apply is the Dynamic Step Algorithm, which should allow you to get things done in a more efficient manner.

The Dynamic Step Algorithm involves the following steps: Envision, Advance, Review, Pivot, Repeat.

It seems simple enough, right? Well, that’s because it is. All you need to do to get things done is to follow those steps. In essence, it’s actually a smarter way to plan things.

First, you envision what you need to get done – your overall goal or what you’re really seeking to accomplish. Once you’ve defined it, you will be able to achieve it.

Second, you go and execute it head-on. With everything that you currently have, advancing involves taking the very first step with everything available at your disposal.

Thirdly, once you have already advanced with your very first step, you review what you have done, the effects, and what you were able to achieve in total. See what worked and what didn’t. See what you can improve upon. Then again, in this stage, don’t dwell too much on the smallest details. In keeping with efficiency, change only what needs to be changed.

Fourthly, once you have already analyzed and cross analyzed the do’s and the don’ts, the goods and the bads, and the what works and what doesn’t, pivot by adjusting your overall strategy and angle towards what you now know will work.

Lastly, once you’ve done all of the above, repeat the process and try again.


This is a process that I have found useful when I’ve found myself in a situation where I am bogged down with work. I found myself spending so much time trying to plan my way out of the situation rather than just getting on and doing the work.

The Dynamic Step Algorithm: Envision, Advance, Review, Pivot, Repeat allows you to systematically pick off individual goals and projects and start working on them immediately, rather than wasting time planning how you will juggle them.

Do you have any methods for productivity? Or any tools that have sharpened your mindset?

If you do, please tell us about them.

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