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Your Systems Are A Safety Net
Episode 623rd November 2022 • Simplicity Specialist Podcast with Jonathan Stewart • Jonathan Stewart, Simplicity Specialist
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What does a kettle have to do with systems?

Actually quite a lot... especially if it's a component of a system 😉

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A system is not something that needs to

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fix you or make you better.

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A system is a safety net.

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In a previous episode, I redefined systems as a series of components that

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work together towards a common goal.

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Now in the way things are spoken about currently, it's about trying to fix

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things that's wrong with you to make you fit in a certain way of working.

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However, it's designed to be a safety net to support your way of working.

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Not trying to completely change it.

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If the way you work doesn't support what you're trying to achieve,

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which can indeed still be a thing.

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A system can be that safety net for when things fall over a bit.

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Because you're human, not a robot.

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A good example of this is a non-business thing.

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I mentioned a kettle in a previous audio . I often operate on an out

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of sight out of mind mentality.

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This has never been more truer when it comes to making myself a hot drink.

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Now, my studio is not the warmest, so hot drinks are a must.

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I also get super dehydrated very, very easily.

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So I need to drink plenty and do have a tendency to drink a lot of tea.

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If you see any of the videos or the podcasts that I'm on.

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I always have a drink by my side, often two.

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Now previously I had a traditional kettle, which required at least two three, maybe

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even five minutes to make a cup of tea.

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So I used to put the kettle on, I go back to work.

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Three hours past.

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I forgot that I was trying to make myself a drink.

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I'm dehydrated.

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Oh, I boiled the kettle and now it's cold and I have to do it again.

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That process then repeats itself over and over.

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So instead of trying to force myself to fix that, I thought, well, is it

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possible to buy a kettle that super fast to boil and also fills up my cup?

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So even if I do forget.

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I'll have a drink.

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Now I could have created reminders to try and force myself to remember force myself

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to wait and focus and probably a host of other, just get better at it things.

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But instead, the kettle that I've bought and use is a mundane

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example of a component of a system.

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That's part of the safety net.

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I am piece of that system and it supports me.

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Do I still forget things?

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Yes.

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Will that ever change unlikely, but have a catalog boils faster?

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That means more times than not.

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I always have a drink ready to drink, whether it's hot or cold.

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Is another story.

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We are bombarded by things we should be doing each and every day in our business.

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However, sometimes things in our real life.

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Outside of our business can have a fantastic influence on the way we work.

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Remembering that your system shouldn't fix you and be focused on providing

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a support network or a safety net to support you allows you to get

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things done in a way that fits you.

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If you're interested in learning how you can create systems that support your

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brain in your business and your life.

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Learn more at simplicity-specialist.com forward slash s f y

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