The Flow – Friend or Foe?

where did you order clomid We all love THAT moment. You hit a stride.

Mingguang You have set a system in place that just works! You are in the groove. Productivity is high.

And then…. a huge elephant sits in the middle of the room. Suddenly the system doesn’t work as well anymore.

This can be caused by any number of different reasons. Everything from technology change to personal change in day to day routines can affect your system.

The question then becomes – what do you do?Flow - Friend or Foe?

All too often I see people moving from being in the flow and allowing things to fighting to keep that system – no matter what! Their perspective shifts from going with the flow to forcing their system to “work.” Of course, it doesn’t anymore, but they keep trying.

When the flow stops flowing here are some tips to get your mojo back:

  • Acknowledge what is not working. You KNOW when something is broken. Face it. Denial will only create friction in trying to follow the broken system.
  • Check on the health of your system. By this I mean – are the pieces that build your system healthy or are you using a component that is either ending, going out of business, or becoming less and less compatible with other components. An example would be using Windows 2000 when it is no longer supported and does not work with newer technologies.
  • Is the total system a failure now or just a piece of the system? Don’t scrap the total system if you only need to change one piece. You will only be creating more busy work which will take away from productivity. You may also be creating additional points of failure by replacing too many pieces at once, especially if it’s not necessary.

An example of a system that does not work anymore is how I write for my blogs. I used to write on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I accessed graphics as I wrote content. Then I loaded my posts to my website. I had been using this system for months. It worked like a charm.

Then my daily routine changed and that affected how I achieved my finished posts. I had to review my current system and see what needed to change to accommodate my new daily routine.

I no longer write on those two days.  I write on different days when I have more time. I upload my graphics to my website on different days. Then I upload my blogs and keep them as drafts. Now when I want them to go live I can do that from my phone and do not need to be in front of my laptop.

I have learned a couple of things from this process.

Reviewing how I needed to change my system gave me the opportunity to try new things. Some of them didn’t work such as using my tablet for the complete post. But it was good to try different approaches.

I also saw that my whole system wasn’t broken. There were just a couple pieces that needed adjustment. My posting schedule stayed the same, my topic range stayed the same, my providers stayed the same, etc. There were just a couple of schedule tweaks that were needed.

If I kept trying to force the old system into a new environment that wasn’t conducive I would have been consistently frustrated. My posts may have not made it live on schedule. I would have lost the opportunity to try new approaches. And I would have lost a lot of time trying to force things.

Now with only a couple tweaks I am still on track. In fact, I am more proactive with my new writing schedule – an unforeseen benefit from maximizing my system.

So don’t be afraid of systems changing. By fighting the necessary review and changes that can easily result in stunting the opportunity for growth. And that is a definite foe!


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24 Responses to The Flow – Friend or Foe?

  1. I had a few weekends destroyed because of unknowns: computer glitches, unexpected outside business meetings, etc. I decided I needed to shift from publishing on Mondays to publishing on Wednesdays because, if anything went wrong with my system during the week, it meant messing up my entire weekend as the task sat festering in my head until finished. I moved the publishing date and now only have to worry about messing up the day of Tuesday. Works much better … 😉

  2. Pat Moon says:

    My biggest interrupter of flow is interruptions by my husband, other family, not scheduling enough time to complete the planned task, or computer issues. I am probably my own worst enemy in expecting to accomplish more than possible in a set amount of time. One adjustment I have found necessary to make is my expectations of writing 2 blogs weekly. Most of my blogs do require some research so I decided some time ago to only blog 1 time per week. That seems to work best for me.. it took a huge burden off my shoulders when I made that decision. Great article. Thanks.

    • You are welcome Pat! If something remains too burdensome for too long then it just won’t happen. Way to go in adjusting – because your posts are great! Way to keep them flowing in a way that works for you!

  3. Thanks for sharing this article with us. Will be sure to share this so that others can benefit from this information!

  4. Ashley says:

    You’ve included some great tips! It’s good to be open to try new approaches to test and see which one works best for you.

  5. Yvonne Brown says:

    So happy to learn that someone else has a similar blog system!

  6. Kungphoo says:

    A lot of great tips here! I will definitely keep them in mind, thank you!

  7. This is wonderful information! My new website goes live next week and the blog that’s attached will be a new adventure for me. Yes, it’s wordpress, so I should be familiar with it, but I haven’t tried it yet. I hope to figure out how to “schedule” publication so I can work on the blogs when I have time and have them publish like magic. You have given me inspiration to work at the times that are best for me. Thank you.

  8. Norma Doiron says:

    Great advice here. Moving along, I see it happen all the time, things need to be tweaked, adjusted or changed totally. The old saying, `Learn to bend so you dont break` certainly still applies today! Thanks!

    • I love that saying Norma! Sometimes people don’t see that only a small tweak might be needed – not a complete overhaul. So they don’t move and stay in a broken flow.

  9. Excellent advice! I too, recently changed my system for blogging services. Amazing how we can get stuck in a pattern of working, even when the signs are there that it simply isn’t working. Sometimes it’s time for a change! Thanks

  10. alexandramc7 says:

    It is always a good idea to check our system and what is working or not, on a regular basis. I also scheduled days for blogging but sometimes, I didn’t feel like doing it on that day, so it was forced. Not a good thing. Now, I set a goal to blog 1-2 times per week….when I feel like it and it works much better. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

    • I love your strategy and find myself doing the same thing. Set a goal of 1 OR 2 times a week. Let the magic happen when it does. As long as I get one post out per week I am ok. Content turns out better too because it’s not forced.

  11. It is so true. Systems can be changed by just tweaking a few things. Over the last 10 months I have learned a lot about tweaking systems and time management.

    This post has great insight and thank you for taking time to share it.

    • It seems so odd sometimes when you look back after accepting to tweak here and there and wonder why wasn’t that done sooner. It’s those small tweaks that get you closer to perfecting your system.

  12. I know what you are saying, I currently have a new problem that I am struggling with. I have to decide what I need to do to make it work, even if it means a new provider. Thanks for your great advice.

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