The System Is The Solution, Michael Gerber.
Creating more systems in our lives does reduce anxiety, however if you are experiencing a different variety of anxiety at the prospect of taking your creativity and writing it down on the back of a postage stamp know that you are in good company, same too for organizing your home.
Many of us feel initial resistance to boxing ourselves in. Think back to the time when you finally cracked the code on that perfect chocolate cake or when you finally worked out how to get your newborn to sleep. Or your morning cup of coffee, the way you explain to the barista to add the honey/splenda/ sugar when it is hot/ cold/ lukewarm and to not forget the soy and to always/ never shake it all up.
The beauty of these systems you already have working in your life is that you have discarded what does not work, you have worked out what works beautifully and you have chosen to stop reinventing the wheel.
So stick with me here, the beauty of incorporating more of these system is that it will free you up to use your mind however you feel fit to without being dragged down by the tyranny of constantly reinventing the wheel. Think of yourself magically turning into Michelangelo whose hands finally are free to paint after months of holding paint pots.
So rather than feeling constrained that you are being forced to live a life devoid of color and spontaneity feel comfort in the notion that the saved energy from not constantly reinventing the wheel will free you up to add any amount of color into your world.
The same magic that your unique way of taking your coffee gives you can spread over into all aspects of your life. And the next time you are behind someone in line at Starbucks who cant quite make their mind up as to what they want …. and you hear their ‘humming and haaing’ and feel their anxiety you will nod sympathetically and be grateful for the simple systems in your life.
From plastic envelopes for your children’s puzzles to meal planning and beyond, these systems will free you up, not restrict you.
I was intrigued by this timer. Was it possible to stay on task for a set period by visualizing the minutes passed as well as the minutes up ahead?
We tried it out at home. The visualization was great and my 8yr old and my 10 year old loved it.
I would recommend it as a tool for staying on task and for minimizing interruptions.
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This Productivity Challenge Of The Week Aint Gonna Be Pretty …… But It Will Be Productive.
Interruptions come in many forms. The flashing red light of an incoming text or a beep of a voice mail not to mention the ping of new emails and iming and phonecalls.
We are so interrupted.
Now, our hum drum ‘to-do’ list can’t compete with the feel good buzz of a buddy’s barb on facebook or a colleague’s wassup im … however our productivity takes a nose dive.
It’s the getting back to the task at hand that is the most taxing. The mind takes a full 11 minutes to get back to right where it left off. Seriously, take this informal poll and count how many times you ask yourself ‘ where was I ??’.
If live is good and you’re living the 4 Hour Work Week then please don’t let me stop you. However, if you are accountable for work then may I humbly suggest you limit those interruptions. Painful as it sounds consider having ‘ interruption breaks’ where you take a short break to check messages and check your facebook status.
A planned break is alot easier to get back to the point where you left off.
What can you outsource or delete altogether ? It’s not about doing it all, it’s about deciding what is priority.
As David Allen, the founding father of GTD (Getting Things Done) wisely teaches ‘you can do anything, but not everything’.