The Art of a Well Designed System

I love systems. When systems work they are poetry. Things click. Click. And hum. Not always orderly, per se, but with flow.

 “Well-designed systems are love”, Danielle Laporte has said.


A well-designed system knows that its purpose is to alleviate a problem and facilitate flow.

A well-designed system remembers who – not what – it is designed to serve: people.

A well-designed system leaves pleasure squarely on the bottom line. (tw)

Think of it this way:

A well-designed system is your favorite restaurant that takes care of each sense in detail. The music and volume just so. The lighting. The height of the ceiling, and the tables. The servers, and what they wear. So many things. And of course, the food.

You know that when you walk into this restaurant you don’t have to think about the details because the details have already been thought of.

*You do not have to bitch about the aggressive lights or too-small type on the menu.

*You do not have to adjust your toosh to accommodate poorly chosen seats.

*You most certainly do not have to brace yourself for a mediocre meal.

You’re at ease. And people at ease are capable of so much more than people in bitchy states.  (Need this be explained?)

It boils down to this: 
when enough love is given in the creation of a system, it creates a platform for greatness(tw)

Think about the systems you’ve created – for yourself, for others.

From the getting-your-kids-fed-and-out-the-door morning system to the prospect-to-client flow system at work – it all counts. It’s all relevant.

*Ask this: What hurts? What jangles? What causes hiccups and bad moods?

*Like you would any sore spot, give it attention. Ask questions of yourself, of the system.

*Ask how else can it be done.

*Try it. And be willing to fail, to try again.

*This is an art. A
creative act of genius proportions.

*Remember that this system is to serve people and deliver pleasure.

You’ll know you’ve hit gold when you’ve forgotten you were trying at all and things justclick, hum.

That is the joy of a well-designed system: it feels effortless to use because the effort went into designing it, not in using it. Too much effort required in using a system stymies the flow, and thus, the love.

So let’s say it together:

Give good love. Design good systems.