Susan & Renée
Goals Aren’t Enough
“You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.”
James Clear, author of Atomic Habits.
At G2 Solutions, one of our goals is to help businesses make their systems sing so that the company operates smoothly and staff can easily accomplish their goals. One thing we routinely do with our clients is a time study. This involves having them keep track of when and how much time they spend doing what.
When we analyze the results, the lessons learned from this are very revealing.
What we see over and over in our clients, is not that they are spending hours playing Candy Crush on their phones or binging Netflix shows. Rather, they are diligently spending every minute on the business. But despite this hard work, they continue to feel overrun by a seemingly impossible list of things to do. The problem lies not in their motivation or work ethic but with how they have set up their systems.
Effective systems are created by efficient daily habits and a productive work environment. Use this sampling of questions to help you consider how you can improve your systems:
What time of day are you at your best? At your worst? If you’re trying to do something that requires a lot of concentration, avoid scheduling it during the post lunch afternoon slump. Leave that time for more mindless activities.
Is your environment set up to make it easy to complete the task at hand? If information or supplies you regularly use take several steps to access, reconsider how to organize things so they are readily available.
Do you have a quick and easy way to keep track of your great ideas or things you need to remember? Every time you change tasks you lose precious time, concentration and momentum. Having an efficient way to capture great ideas without interrupting your work flow will help you feel accomplished at the end of the day and keeps you motivated moving forward.
We all get the same amount of time each day. Are you making the highest and best of your 24 hours?
Stay tuned for more tips on building successful habits and smooth systems.