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One of the most powerful time tools I have in my arsenal is systems. Many years ago I began to put processes in place every time I found something irritating me.
For instance, I used to get stuck ending my emails. I wanted to be informal, but not too familiar; a little trendy, but not faddish; warm, but not gooey. When I was involved in a thread, should I change the sign-off as the conversation grew? You see? The pressure! Finally, I created a sig file, now I think about it every month or 2, not every message and I get more emails out the door.
I have created an events card. It’s an index card with the info I need for the day of an event – phone number of the café where I get the urn of coffee, reminder to grab a thank you card/gift, a couple of points to make in my opening remarks. You get the idea. It means I don’t have to think about it every time.
I have an induction package for new employees. I created it at an HR workshop and finished it the next time I hired. Now I have it ready to go and it covers everything – I mean everything – it takes over 2 hours. We talk about emergency exits, breaks, computer usage, company values, training opportunities – you name it, it’s there.
Next time you come across something that doesn’t work for you, or that slows you down, or irritates you, think it through thoroughly once, create a process and use it.
What are some of the systems you have in place that make your life easier?
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