The Systems in Your Life

For some reason I have an enormous affinity for the word ‘system’.

I like to caricature the world as being broken into system-based activities and status-based activities. The former being the entire world economy before, say, 1900, and the latter being 99% of the economy in, say, 100 years.

But this isn’t about economics, this is about Colin Marshall’s post that resonated with me.

…if you want to make a life of some craft, it makes sense to institute a system, a schedule — no matter how basic — as soon as possible.

The point, as I see it, is that you are never going to get good at something unless you do A LOT of it. Very Gladwellian, of course, but I like reminding myself of this. As such, I think Colin’s a bit harsh on this point:

I respect most the work of creators who, broadly speaking, do what they want to do — especially when they don’t want to do it.

Now, Colin might not agree here, but I’d say that he’s got his correlation/causation mixed up. Systematized creators tend to have better work, so he likes them better.

Anyway, all this to say that I do this blog to practice my writing and work out ideas that pop into my head. But if I really wanted to get good at this, I’d have to crank out material on a schedule.

Am I up to it? (A very Colin Marshallesque question!)