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One Mind Shift You Need to Think in Systems

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At Asian Efficiency we’re obsessed with systems. We like it when something is step-by-step, easy to follow and repeat.

It’s like a factory: you put something in, do a couple things and you get something out of it with the same consistency.

However, thinking in systems and building systems doesn’t come naturally to everyone. We live and breath systems and we want to help you get there as well.

So today I want to get you to start thinking in systems because it can really help you in your life and business.

One Pro Tip for Thinking in Systems

When it comes to systems, there are a couple shifts that need to happen in your beliefs and how you approach the world. However, there’s ONE that you really must have. Otherwise, everything else that we’ll teach won’t be as powerful.

If you can make this one small change, you’ll start to see how powerful systems are and why they are so important. As a result, you’ll live more productively and become more successful at what you do – even if you don’t consider yourself “process oriented”.

Ask any successful person about systems (they can be “mechanical people” or even “creatives”) – they all understand how systems work and how important they are.

So set aside any opinion you have about systems for the next two minutes. That way you can really soak in the one mind shift you need to make.

This is the mind shift you need to make: everything is a system.

Okay, that sounds very simple.

Almost too simple, so let me explain with a couple examples.

On a personal level, any ritual or habit you have is a system. It starts with some form of a trigger, a routine follows and you get the desired result. For example, your morning ritual is a system. As soon as you wake up, that triggers your morning routine which consists of steps you take every day and by the end of it, you (hopefully!) feel ready to be Asian Efficient.

Every successful person has their own ritual or set of rituals that allows them to be the best at what they do. LeBron James, one of my favorite athletes, has his powder tossing ritual right before the game. Mark Twain, a famous writer, would go to the study in the morning after his breakfast and write until 5pm (regularly skipping lunch).

On a business level, systems are even more apparent. How you bring in clients and sales – that’s a system. The whole process of hiring someone is a system. Balancing your books and your accounting procedures – it’s all part of a system.

Do you feel like you’re doing the same thing over and over again? That’s definitely a system.

Everything you do, see, touch, smell and hear is a system or is a result of a system.

If you accept this notion, then that’s the first step to think in systems.

If that statement sounds crazy to you, then don’t worry about it. We’re here to help you get there.

We have a great introductory article on systems thinking that you’ll like.

We’ve also had Sam Carpenter on the podcast – the man who wrote Work The System which we consider the bible on systems. Check it out here.

If you want to dive right into systems, we have a free online seminar where we go deeper on this topic. On the Personal Systems seminar we cover:

  • How to develop a systems mindset
  • The 6 key characteristics of good systems so you can fix the broken systems in your life
  • The 5 key cogs that every personal productivity system must have
  • Several examples of personal systems you can implement right away
  • And much more!

This training is completely free. Join us for some fun and get to see which systems we use on a day-to-day basis to stay productive.

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1 Comment

Posted by Scott Jasper  | January 23, 2016 at 7:06AM | Reply

That is an interesting concept that everything is a system. I think I could benefit from your approach that is very engineer-like.

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