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What You & Your iPhone have in common.
Episode 159th August 2022 • Simplicity Specialist Podcast with Jonathan Stewart • Jonathan Stewart, Simplicity Specialist
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I get asked what a system is on a daily basis, and it's something I've not been able to describe, as it's one of those head-y things that no one can truly understand.

But one thing we can all understand is an iPhone!

In this episode, I share how I approach systems, and from an iPhone approach.

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What do you and your iPhone have in common?

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You are both part of a system.

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And you both are a system in itself.

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But what actually is a system?

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An easy way to start is with an iPhone.

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Your iPhone is made out of 17 components each of the 17 components or pieces have

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been put together to serve a purpose.

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To allow you to listen to this podcast episode.

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Okay.

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Perhaps more than just listen to the podcast episode.

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Also to do the things that you want to do and if one of those pieces or parts

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can't communicate with the system.

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For example, your battery dies and you can no longer keep a charge.

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What can you do?

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Now apple has a tendency to lock down that components now

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it is possible to take it apart.

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If you have the specialist tools which means hiring special help they

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come in, they take things apart.

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They replace the battery, they put it together, but it will

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never work quite the same way.

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Again.

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And that's the same when it comes to using templates or other people's systems.

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There are so many courses that teach you how to be organized and productive.

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They talk about one specific app that you're supposed to use.

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One specific tool that will solve everything.

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One specific solution.

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But the problem with that is your components and their

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components are not the same.

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thing.

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You can't see the components of the system.

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You can't see the different pieces and you're interacting with pieces of that

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system, but also you have pieces that need to interact with those pieces.

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For example One of the pieces of me is time blindness.

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I struggle with reading a date.

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even if it's a couple of days, time, if it's in the next month,

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I think it's a whole month away.

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So traditional to do list apps which just show dates.

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Completely and utterly don't work for me I look at it and it's may

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as well be in a foreign language.

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Because one of the components for me is I need some form of translation matrix.

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If you will, if we use the language analogy, Again, To translate it into

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something that I can understand.

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And when you know what your system is and what the components of you are.

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When, you know, the components of you as a system.

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You're able to make sure that the components of other

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programs, softwares apps.

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Fit you.

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Going back to to-do lists every day, we have a lots of things

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that we're supposed to be doing.

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As a business owner now, for some people holding it in your head is enough for me.

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I forget things really quickly.

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And honestly, for most It's pretty difficult to store everything in our head.

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And so we know that's a component or a piece of what we struggle with.

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And so getting it out somewhere is what we need to have another component

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that you can use to make things easier.

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But that involves understanding the components of you.

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First and using them.

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However in traditional productivity advice.

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Sadly people are talking about how you just need to build better habits.

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Get better.

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Do this, do that.

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Now, if what you want from your system is to build better habits.

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Fine.

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That is great.

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And you can create a system to help you.

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But it has to be something that fits you.

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And it has to start from you because you have key components that make up your

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system and the way that you interact with an external system or another system.

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And they come together.

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If you don't recognize those components and realize that when another piece

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isn't fitting you like a battery's dying, you need to replace it.

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And when we go a little bit out of just ourselves our business is a

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system is a lot of different components that make up how we do what we do.

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It's clients, it's finances.

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It's all of the different pieces.

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And they need to work together.

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If you can't find pieces that work for you say, for example, you're trying to

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use mailChimp when you really hate it and it doesn't fit your brain it's like

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having your iPhone in Japanese when you can't speak Japanese at all of course

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you can learn Japanese if you have the time and want to do so but you only have

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a certain amount of time in the day.

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And if you've got to go and learn a new language just to do the things that you

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want to do it's really not going to help.

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Instead, you switch the language back to English.

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And that means creating something that starts from you.

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Now for some switching the language back to English is easier than others.

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And sometimes you don't even know it's in a foreign language.

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You just don't even know where to go.

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If that sounds like you and you want help figuring out your components,

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I'd like to help with one of the things that holds every single

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client of mine back to do lists.

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Wouldn't it be great to just wake up and know exactly what

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you need to do every single day.

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To be able to come to a place where you're like, oh, these are the

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things that I need to do today in order to do what I need to do today.

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The things that I want to get done, the timeframes that I have to make sure I

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follow up with clients instead of just having to guess and feel completely

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overwhelmed all the time you ended up exhausted, tired and want to be

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doing anything, but looking through a massive list, which it looks like

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it's written in a different language.

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If this sounds like something you're struggling with right now.

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I want to help with a translation layer to help with managing

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all of your, to do's and things you've got to do in your business.

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In a way that fits you, we're going to take your components and the way

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that you work and use them to create something that actually fits you

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instead of trying to teach you how to be better and quote unquote, not broken.

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There's nothing wrong with you.

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It's just the pieces of you aren't chatting very well together.

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And i'm going to help you in three weeks to do just that if this sounds

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interesting for you and you want to create something that is actually going to

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help you keep track of all your tattoos, then come and join me for the starter

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system workshop for task management.

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You can find out more at simplicity-specialist.com

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forward slash starter systems.

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That's simplicity, dash specialist.com.

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forward slash starter systems.

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