Intro to Notion
1. How Notion Changes Everything
Its no-code app. You develop your system on it. But it requires system thinking - which is different from component thinking(which is the default mode of people)
We fall to the lowest level of systems. When doing a lot of things, it generates a structural load on you. Good systems increases your structural integrity so you can handle it.
It will let you see causual relations
Starts with recognizing that all systems are part of a bigger system. And each system is defined by its function in the larger system.
Another method of thinking is Analytical or De-constructive thinking. Its More common. You study each component - and you can integrate the knowledge into a bigger unit.
System thinking is looking at the world as a series of interconnected eco-systems interacting with each other over time. This way we start looking at patterns rather than components.
- Linear Thinking
- Scientific Thinking
- Mechanical Thinking
- Analytical Thinking
They study parts and assume that the bigger thing is the sum of the parts.
The value of system thinking is they show properties and causal relationships that don't exist in their components. You can see emergence. Its behaviors and properties that emerges when systems interact with each other. Identifying emergence is a corner stone of systems thinking.
How to do system thinking
Identify inputs and outputs.
- Define the flow of the system
- how fast do things go thru the system
- is its steady flow - or does the speed change?
- is there bottlenecks? What happens when its builds
Is it linear or circular.
- What parts are linear
- Which are circular. Fundamental parts generally are circular.
Look for patterns.
- Define, describe, visualize.
- Map them out using flow chart.
- If you find patterns in one part, see if you can find the same in other parts. Or at different scales.
- Fractal patterns
Find feedback loops
- Self magnifying or self delimiting pattern - over time. Which each iteration they change for bigger or lesser.
- Find the causality in it.
Understand balancing processes
- What guard rails or counter forces keep things on track.
- How surprises are dealt with.
Study interactions with other systems.
- What larger systems are this system a part of.
- Do the same thing for the larger system.
3. Notion Design with Systems Thinking Approach
4. My Notion Life Operating System Overview
Every system should have goals and objective clearly defined. For this system, the objectives are
- Where everything is
- How is it progressing
- What is stuck
- What matters most
- In what order
- When I sit down to work, I have everything I need - and nothing to distract
Aspects of life - each one is a pillar.
Things in progress - must be tracked
Knowledge Management System
- Waiting on
- Not to do list
- Do On Date
- Due date
- Link to a Aspect of Life
- Dependent Tasks
Daily Tracking - Things you do every day
Pillar -> Pipeline Pyramid
- Overarching Personal Theme
- My Life Flywheel
- My Why : Driving force behind what I do and why I do it
- Life Compass : Guiding Direction
- Annual Plan and insight
- Quarter/Monthly/Weekly Insight
- Value Goals : Aspirations - things we want to happen - soft. Eg. OSM is a success
- Goal Outcomes : Tangible outcomes of the value goals. Eg. OSM Have 10000 followers on Twitter.
At end of week...
- Focus Level
Ideally these roll up from your daily data
Mindset And Identity Sculpting
Habits and Routines