Daily Productive Sharing 011 - [荐书] Thinking in Systems

One productive tip per day:)

(The English version follows)

昨天我们做了一个小调查,希望了解大家更喜欢什么样的分享。有同学建议最好多分享一点书籍。既然如此,我们争取每周六分享和生产力有关的书籍。

今天的推荐是 Thinking in Systems《系统之美》。严格来说,这并不是一本生产力书籍,而是一本介绍系统的科普书。然而不少生产力书籍都强调,建立一个系统/体系会对养成好习惯或者提高生产力有极大的帮助。所以我们不妨可以读读这本专门讲系统的书。

以下是这本书的一些摘抄:

A system is more than the sum of its parts. It may exhibit adaptive, dynamic, goal-seeking, self-preserving, and sometimes evolutionary behavior.
Systems can be nested within systems. Therefore, there can be purposes within purposes.
Stocks allow inflows and outflows to be decoupled and to be independent and temporarily out of balance with each other.
A single stock is likely to have several reinforcing and balancing loops of differing strengths pulling it in several directions.
Many of the interconnections in systems operate through the flow of information. Information holds systems together and plays a great role in determining how they operate.

如果实在没有时间, 可以直接翻阅这本书最后的 Summary of System Principles,短短几页就把全书的精华归纳了。

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As we had a survey yesterday regarding the preference of our recommendations. One response suggested that we can have more book recommendations. So here we are, we will try to recommend a productivity-related book each Saturday.

Today’s recommendation is Thinking in Systems. Technically, this is not a productivity book, but a science book about systems. However, as many productivity books suggest that building a systems is an efficient way of changing habits or improving productivity, reading such a book will surely be helpful.

Here are some excerpts from the book:

A system is more than the sum of its parts. It may exhibit adaptive, dynamic, goal-seeking, self-preserving, and sometimes evolutionary behavior.
Systems can be nested within systems. Therefore, there can be purposes within purposes.
Stocks allow inflows and outflows to be decoupled and to be independent and temporarily out of balance with each other.
A single stock is likely to have several reinforcing and balancing loops of differing strengths pulling it in several directions.
Many of the interconnections in systems operate through the flow of information. Information holds systems together and plays a great role in determining how they operate.

If you really don’t have time to read the entire book, you can jump to the Summary of System Principles in the Appendix. 

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