Maturity is an interesting, elusive concept. What qualifies as mature? When do claim to have “matured?” Is it age? A certain amount of experience? Pure knowledge of history and random current topics? Etiquette perhaps?
I’m sure there are more intelligent people than myself that could very likely quantify maturity in some way and could give me a de facto answer here, but it’s likely subjective and difficult to determine definitively.
Regardless, I think it’s safe to say that maturity is something that occurs over time. And as someone who keeps an eye on my systems, I’ve noticed that as I mature, my systems mature as well.
I mean that in two ways. The first is purely through the iteration process. I have developed a system of working with email that has matured over time. Yes, I’m regularly critiqued on my practices, but it does exist and it is much better (for me) now than it used to be. Essentially, this maturing of my email system has led to a process of dealing with email that I’m comfortable with and feel good about.
But the second way systems mature is broader. They can become entirely different and have significantly more restrictive requirements. I see this in my push for simplicity and portability in tools. I want to own the data behind the tool and avoid the restrictions of custom file formats.
In other words, I want to be able to move from tool to tool without a big migration headache full of scripting and translation. That is primarily due to being tired of the moving process. I want to settle into a workflow and focus on the subtleties over learning macro feature sets.
This is why I have a text file-based notes system and regularly focus on simple formatting. If I do that, I can become more intentional with the what over the how.
Systems mature. Workflows mature. And we mature. Whatever that means.
This is open to everyone! I really enjoyed meeting Jeff and learning about the origins and details of the Analog card system he’s developed. Now I’m simple itching for mine to show up. Give this a watch and see how Jeff came up with and uses his Analog card system.
Early last week I received a text message from my friend, David Sparks, that said he was recording an episode of Automators on OmniFocus the next day and wanted to know if I could make it last minute. Who says “no” to that? Not me.
Some interesting conversation and scripting is going on in the discussion thread for this episode. If you want to nerd out, go here.
If you’re having issues with the double-dash process required by the Auto-Parser, check out this.
Links of interest
[Team Analog] Teaching Kids to Bullet Journal - Wednesday, Feb. 24 @ 1 PM Central
My oldest daughter, Emma (8), is going to join us for this one. She’s super excited to show you her Bullet Journal. Proud dad right here.
[Team Analog] Finding Your Life Mission - Wednesday, Mar. 10 @ 1 PM Central
I know. I know. This is one of those things that people tell you to do but always seems like a nebulous hole of uncertainty. But that’s exactly why we need to learn about it. There is a set framework for deciding this if you’re willing. And there are a few key components that every life mission needs.
All The Things