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Systems, not goals

Dear Reader,

I spent many years setting New Year’s resolutions only to see them slip by the wayside by the end of January to be forgotten like a child’s toy whose batteries had run dry. Then one year I just stopped. I recognized the futility of the process and just stopped making New Years resolutions. Or at least I stopped telling people that I made them. I still ha them in my mind. I changed what I was calling them, they are now  ‘goals for the new year’.

It didn’t help.

Then somewhere around March of last year, I started reading again. One of the books I read was Scott Adams’ “How to Fail at Everything and Still Win Big“. In it he talks about ‘systems, not goals’. For example, if you want to write more, don’t set a goal of 1,000 words per week, setup a system that will force you to write.

So this year, while I still have resolutions/goals, I am setting up systems to get to them and focusing on working the systems, not the goals themselves. Time will show us if this is a better way.

Until next time,
I <3 |<
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One thought on “Systems, not goals

  1. An interesting idea. I’ve also not made any resolutions this year, and have instead implemented the GTD methodology (or my own flavour of it), so that rather than setting the goals you ever reach, I’m continuously tracking my progress in the direction that I want to face at any time. Who knows where I’ll want to be heading in 3 months time, but I hope I’m still moving forward as well as I’ve started this year.

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