Systems put tasks on autopilot so you don’t have to think about them. Which areas in your home and life are taking too much mental energy? That’s where you need to systematize! Systems are the secret sauce for increased productivity.
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The Importance of Systems
Systems take the brainwork out of repetitive tasks.
Do you think about brushing your teeth in the morning? Probably not! And you probably also have a mini-system in place, even if you haven’t thought about it that way.
You probably have your toothbrush and toothpaste stored in a location that makes it automatic to grab. You either get your toothbrush wet first, or put on the toothpaste first – either way, you do it the same way every time.
Then, you probably have a preferred way to brush – fronts, then backs, then sides – or whatever.
You get the point.
It’s a silly example, but it just goes to show that by having a system in place, you don’t need to exert unnecessary brain power each time you complete the task.
How to Create Systems
Now you need to ask yourself which areas of home life need systems. Which repetitive tasks do you find yourself stressed out with and constantly overthinking?
Is it getting the laundry done? Dealing with paper clutter? Meal prep? Getting toys out for your kids to play with? Homeschool subjects or routines?
Once you determine the task that needs a system, ask yourself:
- what is causing trouble with this task?
- are the physical items needed to complete the task easy to access?
- do the people involved know how to do it?
- how can I take the brainwork out of this task?
Now you can create your system! And don’t forget to teach your team how to do it if they’re involved!
Don’t overthink the word “system.” It’s not supposed to be complicated. In fact, it should be rather simple so that it makes the task automatic.
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