Goals vs Systems

Goals vs Systems

Most people are familiar with Goals.  New Year’s resolutions are typically goals.  They are usually something like I want to lose 10 pounds by Easter or I want to read one book a month.  Recently, a friend had a goal of cleaning up his garage.  In typical fashion a bunch of other family members had filled it up and left it  to him to inventory, sort, and store all the stuff that had accumulated.  And, he had to g
et it done before winter sets in.  So he set a goal to clean his garage by a certain day.  What a monstrous overwhelming task.  Where do you start? Can it even be done in a day?

The alternative that I suggested was a system that I learned when I had a woodworking shop.  In that shop things would get out of place in a hurry and I hated the routine of major clean ups.  So I implemented a system where I would put away 10 things every time I entered the shop.  The shop was never fully clean, but it was much more manageable and so much more enjoyable to work in.  And when it came to the major clean ups, that was much less of a monster task.  Now my friend will still have to do the monster clean up before winter, but this will probably be the last time it is so overwhelming, at least that’s what we can hope for.

Do you have a mountain of a task that seems overwhelming?  Are you struggling to see your way clear of it? Not sure if a system would be helpful?  Let me know, maybe there is a way that I can help you dig your way out.