Why we need systems in our lives

We all need lanes so that we could focus on things that are more impactful than trying to keep a straight line.

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It's really hard to drive straight if there are no lanes. A thing that's almost fully automated becomes something that requires attention and mental effort.

The same idea neatly applies to life. We all need lanes so that we could focus on things that are more impactful than trying to keep a straight line.

That's where systems shine.

They come in all forms. We know them as habits, routines, principles, conventions, rules, etc. They could be enforced by someone or merely a contract with ourselves.

"I'm going to write every morning" is such a routine.

But having a system of any kind is useless if not applied rigorously in action. Once you figure out what works, stick to it. Make it an integrated part of your existence. Let it handle the minutiae of life, while you keep your focus on the more creative things.

A good system or principle will give you peace of mind. You won't have to figure out things every time, because you have devised a system, a framework that handles the repetitiveness of life.

All you gotta do is stick to it.