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Elegant Personal Systems (Explained)

Updated: Nov 16

Today, I've been focusing on establishing better systems. Fewer systems that are less complicated. Simpler, but better systems for my own personal care.


Less, but better.

When it really comes down to it, much of my personal care is categorized by identifying the contents of my life as either an action I need to take, or an idea I want to explore.

"What's the alternative to information and task overload? The solution lies in setting limits to how much we consume and do. It lies in making the most of our time by focusing on the most important things, instead of everything. It all comes down to making choices." โ€” Leo Babauta, The Power of Less

Essentialism is a fine art, getting there is an elegant exercise.



Simplicity =

  1. Identify the essential

  2. Eliminate all the rest

(and this is true for nearly all review processes, in the Getting Things Done ecosphere)


โ€œYou can do anything, but not everything.โ€ โ€” Getting Things Done, by David Allen

โ€œWe donโ€™t have room for everything. We canโ€™t handle the stress of trying to do everything. Limitless is weak. Learn to focus yourself with limits, and youโ€™ll increase your strength. Going from a limitless life thatโ€™s overwhelming and not very effective to a life with limits, focus, and power is an incredible transformation.โ€ โ€” Leo Babauta, The Power of Less

I love synthesizing two separate books on similar topics, but with different angles in approaching and giving recommendations to the reader around the goals those topics are aiming to instill upon a person who values their personal development.


So how am I taking this approach to my life (including both work and personal care?). Iโ€™ve already gone so far as to create a series of Evernote notebooks and Google Keep for monthly processing (learn about my system).


Handle The Overwhelm.

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