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 from last night & create content based on those notes.
- I edit briefly, paste it into Figma – and hit publish, then add it to 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.