Yes... I did have way to much fun trying to say that title a lot! 😁
Templates & Toolkits are RIIPEE this Cyber Monday! (and probably afterwards too)... but sometimes they aren't as helpful as you might think!
In this episode I talk about why!
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The tantalizing trap of templates and toolkits.Jonathan Stewart:
I really wanted to say that out loud.Jonathan Stewart:
Productivity and systems templates have a problem.Jonathan Stewart:
They are often marketed because that's what you're supposed to do asJonathan Stewart:
the one stop shop that'll solve your productivity and system problems.Jonathan Stewart:
The sad thing is they very rarely do.Jonathan Stewart:
And they're often misused by the users thinking thatJonathan Stewart:
it's going to fix everything.Jonathan Stewart:
It is the black Friday weekend cyber Monday.Jonathan Stewart:
And chances are a lot of digital products are on sale with templatesJonathan Stewart:
that are promising you to get you more productive, more organized,Jonathan Stewart:
and more efficient in your business.Jonathan Stewart:
The sad reality of that after experience with many clients is it'sJonathan Stewart:
unlikely to do any of those things.Jonathan Stewart:
In fact, I dare to say that the templates that are on offer areJonathan Stewart:
probably chopped up versions of the original creators systems that theyJonathan Stewart:
probably won't even use themselves.Jonathan Stewart:
And that is where my problem with templates start.Jonathan Stewart:
When you create a template or a pre done system as i've done in the past, I'd haveJonathan Stewart:
to chop pieces out to make it closer to what a typical business owner would need.Jonathan Stewart:
And that's the exact problem it's generalized.Jonathan Stewart:
And so it fits.Jonathan Stewart:
It's sad because of the templates or tool kits and solutions aren't necessarilyJonathan Stewart:
terrible and awful per se, more misguided, misunderstood and sometimes yes.Jonathan Stewart:
Now, I'm not saying don't buy tantalizing, templated toolkits.Jonathan Stewart:
I love that.Jonathan Stewart:
At all go for it.Jonathan Stewart:
But here's my.Jonathan Stewart:
Caveat and consideration for you.Jonathan Stewart:
Don't use it as is.Jonathan Stewart:
Don't just use it as the template exists because it's highly unlikelyJonathan Stewart:
to work for you because it doesn't have all of the context that you do.Jonathan Stewart:
Don't try to force yourself and shove yourself into theJonathan Stewart:
process that another person uses.Jonathan Stewart:
Take a look at it from a higher view.Jonathan Stewart:
Let me explain.Jonathan Stewart:
Look at how it's put together, what constraint has it added, that mightJonathan Stewart:
actually be really helpful for you.Jonathan Stewart:
A good example of this is many notion templates constrain the viewJonathan Stewart:
by creating dashboards that are filtered to see only certain things.Jonathan Stewart:
What do you want from this system?Jonathan Stewart:
What things did you see that you want?Jonathan Stewart:
For example with these dashboards would less information suit your system better?Jonathan Stewart:
Would it help you?Jonathan Stewart:
And if so, how will it help you?Jonathan Stewart:
Then take a peak at what you have, what already exists in the thingsJonathan Stewart:
that you have created or bought in the past and perhaps have abandonedJonathan Stewart:
due to it not quite working for you or perhaps you completely forgot about it.Jonathan Stewart:
Can you use the constraint that you found that you have liked in this recentJonathan Stewart:
product with what you previously used?Jonathan Stewart:
For example, the new template you bought has things broken down and put intoJonathan Stewart:
different places that can support you all of these things allow you to adaptJonathan Stewart:
a system so that it really does fit you.Jonathan Stewart:
Instead of trying to reinvent the wheel and force yourself to workJonathan Stewart:
into something that someone else has created, but often isn't even the sameJonathan Stewart:
as what they use on a day-to-day basis.Jonathan Stewart:
We are bombarded by hundreds of templates and toolkitsJonathan Stewart:
promising solutions that fit you.Jonathan Stewart:
However often they're solutions that are lacking the key component that fits you.Jonathan Stewart:
Instead of starting from a template that doesn't have you in mind, start from you!Jonathan Stewart:
Don't want to go it alone or want help tweaking a template to fit you.Jonathan Stewart:
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