Have you ever apologized for not following through on something because you were “so busy”? Be it a family member, friend, business associate or customer… it conveys to them that perhaps they aren't that important to you… and you have other things that come first.
Yet we're pretty sure that we've all been in this scenario… family time, important time-sensitive projects, and day-to-day business activities… all at once! So we're not lying to others when we say we've been busy, and the stress of it can be totally overwhelming.
The cure for this situation? Systems!
While you are working to get your project completed, the other activities in your business start falling behind. But they don't have to. If you set up systems to handle your regular business activities they can happen almost automatically.
Write down the activities you do in one day, then do it again the next day, and the next, and so on. After a few days you should be able to discover which activities you do over and over again… on a regular basis. These are the activities that you can and should systematize.
If these activities can be completed automatically for you, or if the time to do them can be cut to a fraction of the normal time, wouldn't that be beneficial? We believe it is.
Some activities that we've developed systems for:
- Blog Posts – We write a few when we have time and then have them scheduled to come up in our blog on specific dates.
- Twitter – We schedule certain Tweets in advance to be posted at a later time or date.
- Article Writing – Our system for writing articles at times also involves outsourcing, which is another way to get things done faster, better, and with the least amount of effort on your part.
These are some of our examples. Think about it… what can you systematize?