There is a pattern in many of my failures, my unsuccessful attempts at… whatever: I got too complicated. I created too many rules. I overwhelmed myself because the mental effort of remembering and following and tinkering with and optimizing and applying the rules was too much. The complication depleted my energy and intellectual capacity. I used up my power managing a complex system rather than doing the thing I wanted… Continue reading
Productivity systems work best when they are simple.
Complexity adds complexity, which means that there are more parts and dependencies to manage.
However, simple for the sake of simple doesn’t always work. Too simple is just as ineffective as too complex.
A good system has to be effective, which means as complicated as necessary to actually do the job.
A notebook and a pen might work… Continue reading