We all love THAT moment. You hit a stride.
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.
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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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