economy stems from Greek for household management.
So, you can start with “what would goalless household management look like”?
Goalless has two common meanings:
a) “denoting a game in soccer, hockey, etc., in which no goals are scored.
b) lacking purpose or direction.
An example of a goalless economy might be:
Keeping accurate records.
But the record keeping is for its own sake and not for the purpose of decision-making.