Dilbert’s creator Scott Adams has quite famously argued that “systems” are the way to go if you want to succeed in life, whereas “goals” are “for losers.”
Ultimately, when you set goals, you put yourself in a position where you are entirely future-focused. You also can’t feel proper satisfaction in the present moment. In addition to this, it’s impossible to properly judge the future and weigh the factors which may help you achieve that goal.
“Systems,” by comparison, are the habits you act out every day. They increase the chances you’ll experience positive results, while also allowing you to take satisfaction in everyday achievements as they arise.
So, what are a few lifestyle “systems” that might help to keep you sane?
1. Outsource tasks you hate
Whether in your professional or personal life, you will face chores, tasks and obligations you have to deal with, but absolutely hate.
Sometimes, you’ll just have to take a deep breath and do what needs to be done. However, you can also dramatically reduce the stress and irritation by outsourcing those much-hated tasks.
This is as simple as contacting a roofing expert to do repairs or hiring a virtual assistant to manage your dog’s grooming appointments.
With the Internet at your disposal, it’s often possible to outsource just about any unpleasant task you could imagine.
2. Practice a bit of “digital minimalism”
The book “Digital Minimalism,” by Cal Newport, makes a compelling case that being too submerged in digital devices and your favorite online haunts significantly lowers productivity. It’s also proven that spending time on digital devices also significantly boosts your overall stress levels and negative emotions.
In “Digital Minimalism”, Newport’s advised “system” for dealing with tech is to only use tools that have a significant benefit which outweigh the associated downsides. Only use the digital devices as much as you need in order to achieve their benefits.
Want an easy lifestyle systems to adapt? Try spending less time on social media. You can also try turning off your digital devices a few hours before bed.
3. Write things down and plan them out in a paper notebook
There’s a big difference between writing things out by hand the old-fashioned way and typing them on a computer. In fact, they’re not even the same thing psychologically. Research shows different parts of the brain become activated in different proportions when people write by hand.
Writing things out by hand involves something very therapeutic to the process. Some psychologists even advise daily journaling for this very reason.
Try writing your to-do lists down in the paper notebook each day. Consider using Ryder Carroll’s “Bullet Journal Method.”