Simple systems

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.

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Dependency, systems, and change

What is a culture but a collection of systems commonly shared within a group of people?

What is a system but an organized set of rules, a set of norms, usually arbitrary, arranged and followed for a purpose?

Language is a system. We agree to certain grammatical rules and standards. The symbols we use to convey sound and meaning are arbitrary. The important part is that… Continue reading

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Simple rules

People crave simplicity.

Well, I crave simplicity. Maybe you crave complexity. I don’t know.

I do know that simple rules we set for ourselves can help us succeed when we might otherwise fail.

For example, I have tried off and on for the last 5 years to get into a regular exercise routine. I’ve had sporadic success. I’ll get on a streak, be consistent for a week… Continue reading

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