about good systems
this one is hard. let me try a definition: a personal system would be something like: a set of behaviours/practices that can lead to a productive use of your mental resources towards your happiness. as possible success criteria, I would suggest:
Originally Posted by bcmyers2112
- focus management: how trustful is your system with enabling you to make the right choice for your focus / how well does the system protect you from non-paced new inputs if you need deeper concentration? / how well does it allow for a more playful and light but yet productive atmosphere if that's what you feel like / how pertinent is your visual representation of tasks (i.e. you don't see tasks that you don't need to see)
- control: how well does it address your need for the safety of knowing how everything is going / how well does it enable easy status reporting with minimal review effort / how well does the system make clear that you are procrastinating when you are doing so, enabling you to detect and unblock valuable tasks
- direction: how well is the system moving you towards what you want to achieve, avoiding energy spending in tasks that are less critical for your desired outcome / how well does your system keep present that your outcome is more about what you want to be feeling all the time than what you want to accomplish (which we do in order to feel something)
A good personal system would achieve this with minimal use of discipline, favouring naturally appealing procedures.
Gonšalo Gil Mata