Goals aren't always good
I love the experimentation and fully encourage the idea of keeping things fresh to keep them sustainable. Great to see, Oscar!
Thanks for sharing Mitchell! I think your perspective highlights how processes and projects are related but different. Goals are excellent pointing devices for both, but where projects have definitive end dates and deliverables to ship, processes kind of keep enduring for as long as they need to. I'm realizing that I didn't make that distinction in my piece.
Your workflow makes a ton of sense, especially for code development. Goal setting in the context of a project looks a bit different than it does for a compounding system, and I appreciate you helping tease apart the difference.
....as the shoe biz says...just do it...also so happens to be one of my favorite skuzz rock songs [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpUAZ2xSR-0]...but great reminder Jon that plans are just plans until you take action and make them reality...sometimes the do is better than the pre-do [i think there is a haircut analogy in there but i am no going to do it]...
Love the topic!
So that's where your newsletter name came from! Cool. I like the thinking that goes into this, but my brain is so indoctrinated with goal-setting that I can't see another way of looking at it.
Is there at least one more piece to this production puzzle? If goals are about the results, and systems are about the processes, where does planning fit? In a mature system, NEW planning may be accounted for but, what about a brand new project?
Maybe I'm not stating this well, so I'll wait for your reply. 😁
Okay, I'm editing this comment to reflect that I've watched the video and the reiteration was just enough for the concepts to sink into my head! LOL
So, the challenge is to get away from goal myopia, where we're solely focusing on the goal. Instead, we should lean into the DEVELOPMENT of a system that naturally leads to the goal.
Great essay Jon, made me reconsider a few of my goals, and how I set the systems around it. Also love you mixing the two mediums!
Nice to see your newsletter hit my inbox, speaking of goals achieved! And love the newsletter name. This share from James Clear is super useful. "When you solve problems at the results level, you only solve them temporarily. In order to improve for good, you need to solve problems at the systems level. Fix the inputs and the outputs will fix themselves."