3 benefits of systems, from Tim Grahl:
- Automation saves time.
- Automation decreases the number of decisions you have to make.
- Automated systems bring success.
My most simple daily system is getting dresses everyday: “Grey t-shirt. Black Patagonia fleece, blue jeans, comfortable shoes. Done.”
It’s easy. And one less thing I have to fiddle with each day. And that’s fine by me.
You create systems so things happen automatically. There’s a few reasons this is an important step to start taking. First, and foremost, systems save time. By putting your keys in the same place every day or cooking the same thing for breakfast every morning, you save time in planning, preparation, and doing. You never lose your keys. You always know what you need at the grocery store, etc.
Second, systems save mental energy. You no longer have to decide what to do. Your system takes care of it for you. Also, you stop forgetting to do things because your system always tells you what to do next.
Third, systems set you up for future success. Once you find a good way to do something, you keep doing it that way over and over so you know it will work. Here’s the trigger: Anytime you find yourself doing the same thing over and over, you should turn it into a system.
-Tim Grahl, Running Down A Dream