A simple heuristic for identifying next steps:

  1. Set a vision of your desired end result, including the why
  2. Ask “and how will I do that?”
  3. Repeat step 2 until you define a task that can be done in the next 30 minutes
  4. Do it

This approach clearly aligns activities to the desired end result and helps differentiate what can be controlled with what cannot.  So many people have broad aspirations with no clearly defined path to achieve them. So many organizations have ongoing activities that do not connect to tangible results. Aligned steps lead to progress.