Reach Your Holiday Goals using Goldratt’s The Goal

The end of the year from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve is a busy time. Christmas and Hanukkah (Chanukah) can create anxiety as we have to pick out gifts for loved ones. Personal lives overlap with work lives as year end performance comes to a close.

How can we balance all these competing goals?

If it worked for Goldratt’s main character – Alex Rogo – then it can work for you too.

Follow a framework. Goldratt’s The Goal is full of personal examples from the protagonist’s life (Chapter 27 is a great example – read a full review here). Alex Rogo uses Goldratt’s system to identify and work towards personal objectives and that method is applicable for the holiday season.

  1. Identify a Goal.
  2. Make that Goal your priority.
  3. Remove constraints between you and your Goal.

There are many nobel holiday goals:

  • Spend time with family.
  • Create family traditions.
  • Rest and recover for the coming year.
  • Share gifts and experiences with friends and loved ones.
  • Use the time off for travel.
  • Many, many more.

You can do all of these things – but one of them has to be the priority. To make one the top priority, some of the others will have to be demoted. This can require awkward family conversations or disagreements. Fear of having those conversations is a constraint.

Our goals (in order of priority) have been:

  • Create time for our family – the 4 of us, to be together with friends and family.
  • Relax and recover for the next year.
  • Set a budget on gifts.
  • Travel locally – since we’ve only lived in the Boston area for 2 years now.

Last year, our kids asked that we not travel anywhere for Christmas and pointed out that we had done a lot of that. Another goal we have is to show them that we respect their opinions and listen to them – this is part of a broader goal of having them be more involved in household decisions as part of growing up. This year, we’re only doing day trips!

By using Goldratt’s systems and methods, it is easy to make small steps that improve your home life in addition to the big improvements it can bring in an operations setting.

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