One of my secrets for getting a lot done lies in creating systems. I believe a person is as successful as the systems they create. So what is a system anyways?
I use systems to directly combat the parts of my personality that are weakest. Creating a connection of things, that as a whole, prevent my lack of drive, inconsistent routines or self-control when I need them most. This technique is about knowing your weaknesses and addressing them with patterns of behavior you can rely on when you need them most.
Jake, how does this apply to my life? One example of a successful system that I’ve created is having a gym/workout partner. The Buddy System. By having a buddy system in place for my morning work out I am now accountable to someone else. We meet at the same time every morning and start our days off feeling energized and motivated. While it’s about making it to the gym, I’ve found having a workout buddy also helps me push myself harder. It’s a win-win.
Another example of how I’ve created a successful system is by strategically positioning things around my house that will make it as effortless as possible to accomplish a task. It’s kind of like automating your day. Here are a few ways I do this:
- Plant cell phone chargers at strategic areas of your day-to-day routine so your phone never dies
- Place your cell phone as far from your bed as possible at night
- Set an open journal beside your cell phone with a pen, ready to be written in day and night
- Have a to-do list alongside your journal that you write in morning or evening
- Always keep a cell phone charger and stand in your car so your phone is accessible and energized
- Arrange your wardrobe you will wear in the morning before you go to bed (in my case, gym clothes)
- I set a Towel by my work clothes for post gym success
- Have a large water bottle you carry with you (I use Plant Nanny App to track water consumption)
- Use Everlance App to Automate your automobile mileage if you own a business
- Set the book your reading in a high traffic area where you’re likely to pick it up
- Leave your most important task open on your computer so it’s the first thing you see and close everything else
- Keep a calendar in a high-traffic area for quick visual reference (preferably your workspace)
These are just a few examples of things I tend to obsess about. I set all these little micro and macro systems in place because I know without them, there’s a good chance I’ll forget. They allow my mind to focus on the things that matter most in life while helping me continue to do all the small things that I believe improve the quality of my life.
What systems can you set in place to improve your day-to-day routine and make sure you stop missing out on the gym or hitting snooze on your alarm? How could you improve your writing skills, or what obvious distractions do you encounter in the workplace that a simple system could improve? The secret to getting more done is systems and I hope you share a few ways you use systems in your life.