A life management system is a consolidation of conceptual and physical structures that help an individual embrace intentional living. The structures of a life management system are primarily conceptual (i.e., they exist first in the mind). However, since Action occurs in an external objective physical world, physical structures are needed to extend and realize the conceptual structures.

Although these structures can easily become complex, their sole purpose is simply to accomplish the core process of intentional living. To live intentionally, one needs to set intentions, effectively manage one’s actions, and make sure that one’s actions are aligned with one’s intentions. These requirements are fulfilled by a life management system.

Every human being has a life management system whether they are aware of it or not. But intentional living requires that one’s life management system is more consciously maintained and optimized. While optimization is desirable, a life management system shouldn’t be too complex that it can no longer do the two most important things it should do:

One cannot immediately create an optimized life management system. A more realistic starting point is a Minimum viable life management system that can be iterated and optimized through time. Ideally, a life management system should be an accurate system of managing actions grounded on sound philosophy. And because of this, it is more than just a consolidation of life hacks and productivity tips. It should be a reflection of one’s worldview and life philosophy (see Theory vs philosophy of living vs life management system).

A system has to be put in place whether or not there are inputs so that when inputs do come, one is ready. This principle involves performing regular review even if there are only a few things to review.

My Implementation


Most Lms are prescriptive and autobiographical. To avoid this, we have to use generalities and tautologies in designing LMS.