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 toJonathan Stewart:
fix you or make you better.Jonathan Stewart:
A system is a safety net.Jonathan Stewart:
In a previous episode, I redefined systems as a series of components thatJonathan Stewart:
work together towards a common goal.Jonathan Stewart:
Now in the way things are spoken about currently, it's about trying to fixJonathan Stewart:
things that's wrong with you to make you fit in a certain way of working.Jonathan Stewart:
However, it's designed to be a safety net to support your way of working.Jonathan Stewart:
Not trying to completely change it.Jonathan Stewart:
If the way you work doesn't support what you're trying to achieve,Jonathan Stewart:
which can indeed still be a thing.Jonathan Stewart:
A system can be that safety net for when things fall over a bit.Jonathan Stewart:
Because you're human, not a robot.Jonathan Stewart:
A good example of this is a non-business thing.Jonathan Stewart:
I mentioned a kettle in a previous audio . I often operate on an outJonathan Stewart:
of sight out of mind mentality.Jonathan Stewart:
This has never been more truer when it comes to making myself a hot drink.Jonathan Stewart:
Now, my studio is not the warmest, so hot drinks are a must.Jonathan Stewart:
I also get super dehydrated very, very easily.Jonathan Stewart:
So I need to drink plenty and do have a tendency to drink a lot of tea.Jonathan Stewart:
If you see any of the videos or the podcasts that I'm on.Jonathan Stewart:
I always have a drink by my side, often two.Jonathan Stewart:
Now previously I had a traditional kettle, which required at least two three, maybeJonathan Stewart:
even five minutes to make a cup of tea.Jonathan Stewart:
So I used to put the kettle on, I go back to work.Jonathan Stewart:
Three hours past.Jonathan Stewart:
I forgot that I was trying to make myself a drink.Jonathan Stewart:
I'm dehydrated.Jonathan Stewart:
Oh, I boiled the kettle and now it's cold and I have to do it again.Jonathan Stewart:
That process then repeats itself over and over.Jonathan Stewart:
So instead of trying to force myself to fix that, I thought, well, is itJonathan Stewart:
possible to buy a kettle that super fast to boil and also fills up my cup?Jonathan Stewart:
So even if I do forget.Jonathan Stewart:
I'll have a drink.Jonathan Stewart:
Now I could have created reminders to try and force myself to remember force myselfJonathan Stewart:
to wait and focus and probably a host of other, just get better at it things.Jonathan Stewart:
But instead, the kettle that I've bought and use is a mundaneJonathan Stewart:
example of a component of a system.Jonathan Stewart:
That's part of the safety net.Jonathan Stewart:
I am piece of that system and it supports me.Jonathan Stewart:
Do I still forget things?Jonathan Stewart:
Will that ever change unlikely, but have a catalog boils faster?Jonathan Stewart:
That means more times than not.Jonathan Stewart:
I always have a drink ready to drink, whether it's hot or cold.Jonathan Stewart:
Is another story.Jonathan Stewart:
We are bombarded by things we should be doing each and every day in our business.Jonathan Stewart:
However, sometimes things in our real life.Jonathan Stewart:
Outside of our business can have a fantastic influence on the way we work.Jonathan Stewart:
Remembering that your system shouldn't fix you and be focused on providingJonathan Stewart:
a support network or a safety net to support you allows you to getJonathan Stewart:
things done in a way that fits you.Jonathan Stewart:
If you're interested in learning how you can create systems that support yourJonathan Stewart:
brain in your business and your life.Jonathan Stewart:
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