Creating a System to Achieve Your Goals

I am working on creating a system which will help me achieve, or at least help me work toward any goals I set for myself. Not only will the system help me achieve the goals I set, it should also give me the foundation to build habits which are healthy and productive and which are to be used in other parts of my life. That is my thinking anyway.

For instance, I know I need to return to a healthier lifestyle. And in the past, I was quite an active person. I would often spend my free time biking and hiking. But, I slowly lost all the gains I had worked to achieve when I stopped taking care of myself, and became the primary caregiver for my father for the last 7 years of his life.

I mentioned in a previous post how much reading the book; Atomic Habits has invigorated my thinking. One thing he writes about is how we need to set up a system which will help us build better habits and achieve our goals. With this in mind, I have set aside time during my lunch to go out and take a walk. But better than just setting aside time and saying I will take a walk, because doing that opens the door for a lot of excuses, I am setting up a system. A system where I specifically focus on the details. For instance, on the days where I will take a walk, I set my workout clothes on the chair in my bedroom. And I mentally tell myself that at a certain time after I have eaten lunch, I will put on those clothes and take a walk. Doing this removes any barriers I might have, or which I might make up as an excuse to not walk.

And that is it, really. I am focusing on setting up systems for things I want to do. My system is simple right now, I set out my workout clothes in the morning while I am getting ready for work. This takes away any barriers which I might use as excuses. I mean hey I could just tell myself that it is too much trouble to find my clothes, to find my socks and my shoes during my lunchtime. For me it would be easier to sit on the couch and keep watching friends repeat until it was time to go back to work. But each day that I strive for 1 percent better means I am getting some place. I have a favorite you-tuber I enjoy watching. He sort of explains it as we don’t have to be 100 percent perfect, really we only need to try for 70 percent. Or maybe 60 percent.

No matter how we look at it, if it is striving to be 1 percent better than the day before, or trying to be a 70 percent out of 100, we are in fact improving.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

Remember, it’s the Journey, not the destination.