My initial blog this month was a bit of a philosophical rant about the importance of systems. Today, hopefully with a bit of humor, I hope to demonstrate the value of having a system that will work for you.
I have my own mapping device for trips I take. It sits next to me on almost all my trips. This little device is my best friend always tells me where I am.
I have had this mapping device for more than 44 years and it’s better than a Garmin. You see my mapping system is my wife.
She always gives me instructions, often more than I need. She is especially good telling me how to drive and always is aware of my speed.
Her system is so fine-tuned I am told when to start and stop. She even knows when I should engage the brakes and even when to pass.
So alert is she that she can tell me when a light is red or green. There is no doubt that she can be counted on when to intervene.
She knows the landscape aware of it far and wide ever knowing who is in front of us, alongside and behind. And as she knows all of this she specifies my gear.
I’m certain that there are no other drivers are lucky as I am to have this special mapping system to count on. It is so comprehensive that when I lock and leave the car it continues to give me advice. I believe that is what is called a value added system.
So you might ask, “why don’t I exchange her for a quieter sort?” Well, you have to understand, she cleans the house, makes sure I am fed, washes my clothes and even keeps me warm in bed!
And while sometimes I wish every now and then I could turn the system off, I don’t know what I would do without her.
The point of all this is that systems, humorous or otherwise, really do work for us. For the most part we can live effectively or efficiently without them. So I guess the moral of this blog is that if you can’t create a good system marry one!
“Don’t be fooled by the many books on complexity or by the many complex and arcane algorithms you find in this book or elsewhere. Although there are no textbooks on simplicity, simple systems work and complex don’t.”
― James Nicholas “Jim” Gray