Summary of “On Simple Productivity Systems and Complex Plans”

Last month, I wrote a post about the popular bullet journal personal productivity system.
BuJoPro appealed to me because it promised to unite my disparate and admittedly ad hoc systems into one elegant notebook.
I’ve since abandoned BuJoPro and returned to my old creaky productivity system that consists of Black n’ Red notebooks for daily plans, printouts of plain text files for weekly plans, and a collection of emails sent to myself describing temporary plans and experimental heuristics.
I learned an important lesson from this experience: there’s a difference between simplifying the complexity of your productivity systems and simplifying the complexity of your plans.
As I first argued way back in Straight-A, overly-complex systems create too much friction – leading you to eventually give up the system altogether.
The weekly plans I type up in plain text files require, on average, 3 – 5 single-spaced and chaotically formatted pages.
Don’t even get me started on the temporary plans and heuristics lurking in my inbox.
Try to keep your systems simple, but make peace with the reality that what these systems contain might be too wild to capture on a few elegantly-formatted pages.

The orginal article.