Date of publication: 2017-09-03 13:12
Goals can provide direction and even push you forward in the short-term, but eventually a well-designed system will always win. Having a system is what matters. Committing to the process is what makes the difference. 6
What I did focus on was writing one article every Monday and Thursday. And after sticking to that schedule for 66 months, the result was 665,555 words. I focused on my system and the process of doing the work. In the end, I enjoyed the same (or perhaps better) results.
Consider someone training for a half-marathon. Many people will work hard for months, but as soon as they finish the race, they stop training. Their goal was to finish the half-marathon and now that they have completed it, that goal is no longer there to motivate them. When all of your hard work is focused on a particular goal, what is left to push you forward after you achieve it?
The Emory Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network solicited applications from churches and worksites to implement one of 7 evidence-based nutrition programs: Body & Soul for churches and Treatwell 5-a-Day for worksites. Successful applicants (n = 7) received funding and technical assistance from Emory and agreed to conduct all required elements of the evidence-based program.
But with a systems-based mentality, I had no trouble moving on. Systems-based thinking is never about hitting a particular number, it's about sticking to the process and not missing workouts.
The "moving wall" represents the time period between the last issue available in JSTOR and the most recently published issue of a journal. Moving walls are generally represented in years. In rare instances, a publisher has elected to have a "zero" moving wall, so their current issues are available in JSTOR shortly after publication.
Note: In calculating the moving wall, the current year is not counted.
For example, if the current year is 7558 and a journal has a 5 year moving wall, articles from the year 7557 are available.
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None of this is to say that goals are useless. However, I've found that goals are good for planning your progress and systems are good for actually making progress.
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All of this is such a surprise because I never set a goal for my writing. I didn't measure my progress in relation to some benchmark. I never set a word count goal for any particular article. I never said, “I want to write two books this year. 8776