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Want to do 160 Productive Hours a Month? You Need Systems, Not Goals

James Clear
“When you focus on the practice instead of the performance, you can enjoy the present moment and improve at the same time.”

James Clear

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Want to do 160 Productive Hours a Month? You Need Systems, Not Goals

Want to do 160 Productive Hours a Month? You Need Systems, Not Goals

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Key Ideas

A system is...

  • Something you do on a regular basis that increases your odds of success regardless of the immediate outcome.
  • A collection of goals, tools, habits, and methods is not the same as a purposeful system.
  • A working system allows you to reduce your tasks to a manageable set of inputs and outputs, and establish some predictability.  

Systems vs. goals

  • If you do something every day, it’s a system.
  • If you’re waiting to achieve it someday in the future, it’s a goal.

James Clear

James Clear

“When you focus on the practice instead of the performance, you can enjoy the present moment and improve at the same time.”

To build an effective system...

  • Take yourself mentally from step one all the way to the final step.
  • At each step, ask yourself what tools, resources, information, or people you might need access to.
  • Put them in a designated space or build in the easiest possible method for getting what you need when you need it.
  • As part of the system, plan a regular time to restock the consumable resources that the system requires.

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  6. Define your goals for the day the night before.
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Having no routine or structure is so much more draining mentally, physically, and emotionally than any routine could ever be.

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  • Following a daily routine can help you establish priorities, limit procrastination, keep track of goals, and even make you healthier. 
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Start the day with a mantra

... to get you into a positive mood for the day ahead. Put your mind in a good state right away, because left unchecked it will try to tell you the things that are wrong.

Pick a phrase or question that resonates with you. It could be as simple as smiling and saying "thank you" out loud, acknowledging that you have been gifted with another day.

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Most goals are out of our control. We have limited control to reach them. In a system, your focus is on all the parts that you do control. And system is a fancy word for “repeatable process”...

Leverage the Compound Effect

When you focus on developing systems and work every day, your work compounds over time, developing exponential growth. 

The more advantages you create, the more your next advantages pay off. A 1% gain every day compounds to almost 38x increase over a year.

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