The various segments of your life, like your finances, relationships, physical well-being, and career, are all connected and make a whole. If you change one, it will impact the others. Turbocharging your time by developing a good system is about positively impacting your highest priorities with the least amount of energy.
Creating a system will help you get much more done than if you don’t have one. Think about some of the biggest systems we have: government and corporate bureaucracies. While many of us think of the word “bureaucracy” negatively, the fact is they are systems that coordinate and accomplish huge projects.
The parts of a system, by definition, are interconnected and influence each other. Changing one part of a system will affect other parts, even if you can’t see a direct connection. It’s critical to keep that in mind, whether at work or at home.
For you, your system will not just be about your structure or organization; it will also be about the choices you make. If you say “yes” to this, you will have to say “no” to that. They’re interconnected and impact each other.
If you say “yes” to things you don’t believe in, aren’t your priority, and don’t help you reach your goal, by default you will be saying “no” to things you really need and want.
Every time you say yes, it takes away from something else.
The following are basic parts of my system:
- I create routine activities as much as possible. I know it will be easier on my brain if I do the same things at the same times every day whenever possible. This is important because the human brain gets tired easily from making decisions; the fewer decisions I have to make, the more I can get done in the course of the day. For example, I know that the first thing I will do every morning is work on the books in the Get the Nerve series. I don’t have to spend valuable energy wondering what I’m going to work on when I wake up. I go to the gym at lunchtime, then I eat lunch. Dinner is around the same time every evening.
- I know how to handle my food situation. I know that my nutrition, weight, exercise, money, productivity, attitude, mindset, communication style, and relationships are all connected. The more I weigh, the more I tend to snore at night. Excessive sugar wreaks havoc on my body and makes me grumpy. I’ve made certain decisions about food long before the actual moment to decide presents itself. For example, I always say no to dessert at a restaurant. Likewise, I don’t keep ice cream or cookies at home, even though I love both. I don’t have to challenge my willpower about whether to eat it or not because it’s not there.
- I think about my time management when food shopping. For example, I try not to shop when I’m hungry. I’ll be tempted to buy junk food if I do. If I buy junk food, it will impact my weight and require me to exercise harder. This will affect my energy level, my mood, and my time.
You get the idea.
Time management is about every aspect of your life. A system will make your journey easier.