My entire life I’ve been a planner and organized, but once I entered the PhD program, I realized that my system could only take me so far. I started to read more on efficiency and productivity to help me improve and grow. Eventually, I started to intuitively set up better habits that complemented how I naturally moved through life.

During summer 2017, my friend, a business owner felt stuck in his process and asked for advice on how to get organized. When I would tell him to do something, he would ask “well how do I do that?,” and I would send him instructions. Over time, things weren’t connecting and I couldn’t figure out why. Then I realized that I was telling him to do things that I have done my entire life and were now second nature to me. So I tried to think step by step how I would tell someone to work on their goals.

I call this a goal attainment system because it helped me refine my goals. I also call it a work in progress, because the document is still being refined; just like life. My friend calls it an intellectual will because it is putting into writing what you want to do and it is something that can be passed on to others.

Whatever it’s called, consider it something that you can take into the new year to support any goals you have in mind.

Enjoy, and Happy New Year,


P.S. I love feedback. If you work through this document, please send me thoughts on anything that is confusing. I want to continue refining this so it can help people grow.

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