I have a confession to make…
I’m a geek.
In today’s culture the term “geek” can have a somewhat derogatory meaning, but it wasn’t always that way. You see, the word “geek” actually means someone with a lot of expertise in, and passion for, a specific subject which could be anything from computers to history to astronomy to cooking gadgets. The term “geek” actually originated from the circus, and was originally used to describe performers who performed amazing feats.
So what makes allows a geek to do amazing feats? It’s fairly simple actually – they’ve learned to think differently and apply a systems mindset.
Let’s say both a geek and a non-geek (someone without a systems mindset) are both tasked with the same menial job that repeats at a regular interval (like sending out reminder emails). It won’t be long before the geek gets tired of typing the same thing over and over and they’ll start to look for a better way to do things. Initially, this will cause short-term losses for the geek and setting up the system requires more effort than just copying and pasting the email and editing the personal information, but at some point the system (in this case, a TextExpander snippet) provides a significant return for the geek. As the system starts to work, it isn’t long before they quickly pass up the non-geek who is still stuck trying to copy and paste and then edit each message.
The thing is, you don’t need to be a Mac nerd or a computer programmer in order to think like a geek. Systems are all around us, and developing a systems mindset will help you take advantage of and fix inefficiencies all around us if we just learn to look at things a little differently.
If you want some help, you’ll definitely want to check out our personal systems seminar. In this seminar, we’ll teach you:
- how to develop a systems mindset
- the 6 key characteristics of good systems
- the 5 key cogs to a personal productivity system
- several examples of personal systems you can implement right away
- and much more!
I hope you can join us! It’s completely free and a way for you to get some of our best systems training at not cost. You’ll be thinking like a geek in no time ;)
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