I haven’t wrote in a while on this blog.
Why? Partly because I was (and am) very busy. And partly because from what I saw, I’m not really appealing to a mass audience. It may be my blogging skills at fault but from what I saw, if you want to get traffic and retention, there are SOPs to follow.
Procedures like writing blog posts with “Eight Ways To Achieve X” and click-baits.
So for the few people that actually care about the content and are not in the search of a magic trying to solve all their problems, today, I will talk about system optimization.
As I’ve mentioned at an earlier point, the underlying theme of existence is optimizing the resource requirements of any systems. To help you understand what I am talking about, let me give you an example.
Washing the dishes by hand takes 60 minutes. Putting them into a dish washer takes 5 minutes. Fewer resources towards achieving a goal.
Walking from A to B takes 3 hours. Using a bicycle takes 1.5 hours. Using a car takes 30 minutes. Each new introduction reduces resource consumption towards achieving that goal.
I’ll give you a practical example from my life. I go to the gym. I’m not very good at it. I don’t think I’m doing most of the exercises right because I don’t feel stronger, I just feel joint pain. This at a point turned into avoidance. Since life is a feedback mechanism in which A determines B and B influences A back, if positive, do more, if negative, do less, I entered a negative reinforcement feed.
The system was simple A was me at the gym, B was me leaving the gym with a good workout that is indicative to achieving the results I want. A leading to B was very inefficient, the process between them. I can say it was at 25% efficiency, since I exercised but it was not efficient and in a way not effective (I was doing the right exercises though).
So I tried to do process optimization. I had several choices, each with a different degree of success of improving efficiency at the gym. I could watch YouTube videos on how to do the exercises right. I could learn in time, since eventually, other people would correct me and I would learn. The first one may have raised the efficiency to 40% while the second 40% – 45% but with the potential of the negative feedback loop to prevent me from going at all to the gym.
So I’ve just hired a personal trainer. He will both show me how to do them right and force me to do them. It is efficient (doing things right) and effective (doing the right things). Plus, I’ve made a commitment to be there and no matter if I go or not, I’ve paid for it. Therefore, it raises the efficiency of the system to 65 – 70%, maybe more.
Now you can understand what I mean about system resource optimization. It is the design, the design of your life, of your business, so you can be both effective (doing the right things) and efficient (doing them in a right manner) towards your goals.
Because in the end … all we do is use resources to buy more resources. We use time to buy time. We use money to buy money.
Let me explain. When we go to college, we invest maybe 2000 hours of study. This 2000 hours provides us with opportunities to earn income at a rate of let’s say $50/hour. This means that it would take 1000 hours to hit the $50.000/mark.
If we don’t go to college (I know that this is a BS example, I haven’t been to college either, it’s just to make a point) our opportunities may be limited to $25/hour, taking 2000 hours to hit the $50.000 mark. In other words, by investing 2000 hours in education, we are saving 1000 hours in work per year towards hitting our goal.
The same can be said about healthy eating. Eating healthy and eating often is expensive. If you want to eat fast-food, food may cost you $15/day. If you want to eat five high quality meals, it will cost you $50/day. But that $50 gives you an extra two or three hours of productive time which if put to the right use, pay for themselves. So you pay an extra $35 to get two more hours in which you can be and act your best.
The same can be said about the gym. I’ll use a rough example. As we all know to a degree, how you look matters a lot when it comes to social connections, especially the romantic side of things. In theory, anyone can be had if you want this. You can be poor, ugly and stupid and with enough work have a significant other that scores ten.
But it is about the effort required. If you are a 5 (physical, out of 10), it may take 100 hours to get a partner. If you are a 10, it may take 5 hours. It is not really a science but there is a direct proportion between the effort you need to put in for anything and your capabilities, who you are.
Time is the constant factor in all of things. Money is not infinite but there is a lot more available than time. There are people who earn $50.000.000/year and people earning $20.000/year but they both live a maximum of around 100 years, no more, no less.
So what we do must saves us time. It must reduce the cost of acquisition for anything we want and that cost, in the end, it turns down to time. Time is the building block of everything. A new car costs $50.000. It is not so much about the $50.000 but the time you invest in getting it. The weeks, months, years at work, saving the money to get this car. So as I’ve said it comes down to time and optimizing systems also comes down eventually to time.
Right now, my life is about two things, PC and P. Production capabilities are investing in myself in all areas of life, doing small or big changes (I’ve realized for example today that a $1 band-aid could have saved me one hour) while also heavily investing into production, into putting what I am into use towards achieving worthwhile goals. And a large part of those goes go back into PC so I can achieve a complete feedback loop that will eventually feed on itself.
That’s about it for today.
Have a good one,