A systems approach segments your goals into different areas of your life. This goes beyond your average goal-setting, because it aligns an area where you want to get something done with the value that will be realized when it's accomplished. For example, you may have a project system, skills system, health and wellness system, home maintenance system, and organization system.

With a skills system, when you achieve the items within the category, you improve capabilities at work, contribute more to the organization, and make yourself a more attractive job candidate. A health and wellness system makes you a more productive, energetic employee by setting aside time for the gym, meal planning, and rest. Approach your goals in this holistic way and see how they support each other. This will help you prioritize more of your long-term goals because you'll see how achievement in one area supports the others.