What is a System? - And Why This Works For Non “Type A’s”

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A system is a word that is thrown around a ton. “I need to create my system” is a funny phrase that makes little sense. A system by definition is just a way of doing things. Now we can connect multiple ways of doing things together, to create a way

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May 17, 2021
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A system is a word that is thrown around a ton. “I need to create my system” is a funny phrase that makes little sense.

A system by definition is just a way of doing things.

Now we can connect multiple ways of doing things together, to create a way of doing a bigger thing, but in a really, really simplistic model (because I’m a simplicity specialist for a reason.) It’s just the way we do things.
Systems are NOT what tools we use. If you design how you do things around a single app, you’re setting yourself up for failure. You’re making your life harder,

The system I created for myself uses Notion as a vehicle, not as the system.

A common misconception I see is that people have to be Type A to be a systems thinker.
Do you get up in the morning, do you walk down the stairs and do you eat breakfast? This is what you do each morning, this is a system.

You already do things a certain way. It’s about bringing it out into the forefront.

Here’s a practical example, This is how I create content for Ship 30 for 30.

  • I open my 30for30 Dashboard in Notion
  • Read the quick bulleted notes I made last night
  • expand the bullets into full content based on those notes.
  • I edit briefly using ProWritingAid
  • Paste it into my Figma Template
  • Export the finished Image
  • Post to twitter via Hypefury
  • Update my pinned post.

That is a system - it’s the way I do things.
Building a system is an odd way of describing “What you do” - do you build your breakfast routine? Do you build how you get out of bed in the morning?


Now if you’re a systems designer - probably yes, but for someone who doesn’t have that much time to think about it all - you just do it!

The best way to design your system - is to pay attention to what you already do.