How Building Systems is More Effective than Focusing on Goals

“I've found that goals are good for planning your progress and systems are good for actually making progress."
"Goals can provide direction and even push you forward in the short-term, but eventually a well-designed system will always win. Having a system is what matters. Committing to the process is what makes the difference.”

James Clear, Atomic Habits.

The formula is focused on building systems rather than focusing on goals, the simple baseline is to Capture, then Process. Yes, today in the age of information we can easily get overwhelmed if we don’t have a system in place to capture and process that information into a tangible valuable output. Regardless what the output you're looking for is, the system will hold in all domains.

Alright, without further ado in the following email series I will be sharing bits and pieces for that system.

New schools of productivity thought that will help you pave the way forward like it helped me grasp the chaos in my life and organize for a purpose. My advice, start with a clean slate once you venture into it. Don’t, and I repeat, do not try to go back to your historical footprint and try to organize your past.

Start from this point onward, and let your system reveal itself with time.

We are all different, and what works for us is different as well. There is no one size fits all here! Take your time to explore but your focus should be, first and foremost, to build the habit of capturing and processing. Once you have found a clear framework and set of tools that work for you, then you can slowly import things from the past into your system.

This is not a task that can be completed once, this is an ongoing endeavor and a lifestyle. One that will help you go the long way, and eventually reach your goals and dreams.

It will change your life, like it changed mine indefinitely.

Here’s an article from James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, comparing between goals and systems:

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