February 15, 2022

How Your Values, Goals, and Systems Can Work Together

After all the goal setting, habit tracking, and willpower overdrive in January, most of us fall off the path we’ve planned.

Not because we’re inherently lazy or incompetent. But as one of my favorite creators, Rowena Tsai, suggests it may be because we lack these 5 things:

  • Confidence
  • Purpose
  • Systems
  • Focus
  • Right environment

In the last 3 atomic essays, I’ve shared some goals that I want to work on this year: To ship 100 atomic essays, improve my communication skills, and spend more time reading.

And all of those goals can be traced back to the values I’ve identified.

After reflecting on what matters to me most, I’ve set goals aligned with my values, then set up systems to support those goals.

Values → Goals → Systems


Value: Creativity

Goal: Write 100 atomic essays

System: Sit at my desk every 9 PM, write for 25 minutes, and ship.

Try it if you haven’t yet. It might just work.

I used this free Notion worksheet from Rowena to get clarity and set goals for 2022. You can get it here:

This post stemmed from my atomic essay How to Set Goals According to Prolific Creators. You can read it here if you’re interested. Thanks for reading! 👏

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