Both goals and systems are powerful tools we should seek to leverage in our pursuit of learning, thinking and doing better and the relationship between the two is what makes them so powerful.
Reflections are a powerful tool to solve the problems of reading with intention and retention. They encourage us to (1) take smart notes (2) retain what we read (3) revisit lessons and turn them into action (4) capture who we were when the ideas of a book resonated with us...
Philosophy, as Ryan Holiday puts it, should be seen as an operating system for making better decisions in our lives. Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations is a perfect embodiment of that idea.
As with anything, we should start with the why.