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From: Phil Chichoni <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:39:38 +0200
Subject: A better way of actually getting things done
To: chichonip <email@example.com>
" I believe that our very survival depends upon us becoming better
systems thinkers." - Margaret J. Wheatley
As we close the year, it is that time again to review our goals and
set new ones for the coming year. Of the dozen people I asked this
week, none managed to achieve all the goals they set for themselves
for 2103. It gets even more daunting to start thinking of setting
bigger goals for next year, knowing how unlikely they are to be
achieved. For that reason, some people have stopped bothering
themselves with setting goals.
There is a better way of getting things done.
Look at people who are struggling to lose weight, for example. How
many actually lose the number of kilograms they set for themselves in
the period they want to? Very few indeed. Why is that?
This is because a big goal puts a huge burden on your mind. Some
over-exercise in order to lose weight quickly, while others starve
themselves. The end result is that most give up. Over-exercising leads
to over-exhaustion and sometimes injury, while starving yourself
increases hunger pangs, leading to over-eating and more weight gain.
Now look at someone who sets a system for exercise sessions. If you
schedule specific days and times for exercise each week and stick to
it for 21 days, it will become a habit. Once something becomes a
habit, you will begin to do it almost automatically and effortlessly.
The results will come without much pressure on your mind.
Another example, say you want to write a book. If you set it as a
goal, it will look daunting knowing that you need to write around
80,000 to 100,000 words. However, if you make it into a system it will
be much simpler to accomplish. I write at least three articles every
week, for the press, my blog and this newsletter, about 1,600 words in
total. Multiply that by 52 weeks and you get 83,200 words, enough for
A system makes difficult tasks easier. So, set up your schedule for
the important things you need to be doing weekly in 2014 and start
doing it, you will find the results amazing.
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