If anything in this video resonates with you, the Core vs Mechanics Tracker below might just be your cure-all!
On a serious note the Core vs Mechanics Tracker is a “gamified” daily planning sheet designed to keep you on track during your Core Focus Time [CFT] Sessions – you know, those regular, religious and reliable blocks of time, when you remove every single distraction, to focus on a single task ,that is core to the achievement of a goal.
With this simple tool, each and every day you give yourself points based on the type of tasks and actions completed during your CFT’s, and the tracker helps you measure your progress – and build the momentum every entrepreneur, artist or athlete needs.
Just like David Seah’s Emergent Task Planner (which inspired our tracker):
Because it’s paper, it’s easy to keep your task list in view without fiddling with computer screens. Portable and always-on … it’s designed to make your day more productive by serving as an anchor for your mind.
Key Elements of Core vs Mechanics
My entire personal productivity framework is based around three key principles:
- Core: Any task that is critical to the success of the business (read: increasing profits) that only I can do
- Mechanics: Any action, or sub-task, that the business requires, which someone else can do, to 85% or greater ability than me.
- Core Focus Time Sessions: In a very similar vain to the Pomodoro Technique, CFT’s are all about being very clear on the outcome and purpose of an action I’m about to undertake, and ensuring that I’m only doing the elements that are core to the business.
The Core vs Mechanics Tracker, has been modelled off David’s ETP to meet several (similar) usability goals:
- Fits on a single piece of paper for easy portability and archiving.
- Customisable to your business, projects and personal definition of core + mechanics.
- Incorporating game thinking and game mechanics to engage usability + progress.
Short Video How To Use The Tracker
The Core vs Mechanics Tracker Itself
Download PDF Here
There are a couple of references made in the video above that might be out of context for those new to the blog & Preneur Community:
- Content Leverage System: This is a model of content creation, that combines the principles of core vs mechanics, and the leverage possibilities available to online marketers through outsourcing.
See more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mp4ZocSqjoA
- Forum Posting + Other Core vs Mechanics Examples: A year or so back I was invited to present at an event here in Melbourne… Actually ‘present’ might be a bit misleading – I was asked to get up on stage for 90mins, and let the audience look over my shoulder why I just did my work. It’s where I first spoke about, and demonstrated this core vs mechanics philosophy though a range of workflow hacks.
See more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djHOLuOZrxE