Your life is a series of systems. Systems for working, systems for relaxing, systems for exercising, systems for everything. I’ve been taught a lot of systems, from things like GTD, YNAB, BASB, etc, and I’ve tried to apply them in my life. I’ve had varying success, but the lesson I learned was the need to adopt a system that suits you. This applies to many areas in life. All too often, we get told this system is the One True Way*, we set out to adopt it, and we fail, blaming ourselves. The reality is more often there’s a mismatch between the system and us. A good system does change us, but it makes the change “easy”. A good way I think of this is squats with a barbell. When done correctly, a squat is a smooth fluid motion that doesn’t have pain. The challenge is lifting the weight, not the squat itself.
- This applies to all systems, including religion.