I started a blog about systems. Here’s why.
The entrepreneur is one who recognises a painful problem in the world. She believes it can be solved and so she takes the brave plunge to start her own business.
With all the gusto and determination she can muster, she works A LOT… and she works HARD.
Days and weeks fly by and sacrifices are made, but that’s okay, one day it will pay off. One day she will look back at this moment, and be proud of what she accomplished.
Soon, reality starts to set in. Building a business is NOT easy!
Who knew there were was so much to do?
She’s simultaneously playing the role of the entrepreneur, the finance controller, the technician, the marketer, the customer support team, the sales team, the thought leader, the record keeper, the floor sweeper, the counter cleaner and the shopkeeper…
Nevertheless, she’s in it now. There’s no going back. Not even if she wanted to, she’s already come so far.
Every day her to do list gets longer. Every day the deadlines she set for herself fall further and further behind. It seems there’s no choice but to work longer and harder. She has to turn it around and get things back on track.
Before she knows it, she feels trapped. She can’t work longer, there are no hours left! She can’t work harder, she’s already burning out.
Her business stops growing. Her time is spent in a seemingly endless reactive state, killing fires and managing the day to day operations of the business.
With no growth in sales, she can’t afford to hire any help. And with no time to spare, she can’t get to the bottom of the problem herself.
What would you do?
Entrepreneurship is a lonely journey, but at some point you come to realise that you can’t do it all yourself.
Far too many people don’t have the space to maximise their core strengths because they’re unproductive and spending far too much time doing things that:
- Could be done by a computer
- Could be done by somebody else, or
- Don’t need to be done at all
We’ve all heard of the 80/20 rule: 20% of the things you do in business provide 80% of the results. If you’re supposed to spend your time on the most important 20%, what should you do about the rest?
Unfortunately, the answer for many business owners is to try to do the other 80% also.
The Plight of the Solopreneur
At the start of 2018, there were 5.7 million SMEs in the UK, accounting for at least 99.5% of businesses in every main industry sector.
However, only 1.4 million of these were employing businesses. The remaining 4.3 million were “non-employing businesses”.
That means that a whopping 75% of businesses did not employ anyone aside from the owner(s). source
That’s as many as 4.3 million business owners potentially trying to do it all themselves.
That’s a staggering amount of people operating completely solo. As David Allen says…
Creator of Getting Things Done®
Your job as a business owner is not to do ALL the stuff. It is to decide what stuff needs doing… and then make sure it’s done. Nobody said you had to do it all.
More time spent on low-value tasks means higher opportunity costs and very little positive impact made. Of course, more time spent on high-value tasks is what creates that positive impact.
It’s simple logic, clearly, but a classic case of “easier said than done”. The hard part is creating the time and space to do so.
I believe the answer lies in systems. Solid, reliable, predictable systems.
Ultimately, systems are there to help you to:
E nergy &
If you ever find yourself asking why you need to bother with “yet another system”, use this handy little mantra to remind yourself.
That’s why I’m here talking to you and it’s why this website exists.
“You do not rise to the level of your goals, you fall to the level of your systems”
“Systems permit ordinary people to achieve extraordinary results predictably.”
So what am I actually doing?
Over the years, I’ve come to discover that my biggest strengths lie in building systems and creating order from chaos.
I love solving difficult problems. I’ll happily sit for hours, doggedly picking away at them until I’ve figured things out, completely oblivious to the passing of time. It’s where I find my flow. I’ve always been fascinated by finding new ways to create better results, more easily, in less time.
And so my guiding light is to use this ability to help people to maximise the value and impact of their business by day, and bring an end to the relentless plight of soul-sucking late nights at the office.
This isn’t about a pipe-dream fantasy of working 2 hours per month and making passive income (which is mostly a lie). These blogs are designed to share simple, practical steps towards eliminating the incredible wastage of time, money and effort that is holding so many people back and eating away at their time, profits and mental well being.
Why am I doing this?
There’s over 500 million blogs on the internet, and yet it’s hard to find genuinely useful articles about systemising your business.
Don’t get me wrong. There are an abundance of blogs promising “10 Easy Steps to Systematise Your Business” but let’s face it, these are about as useful as those “10 steps to becoming a millionaire” listicles where tip number 1 is “make lots of money”. Yeah, thanks a lot.
I don’t believe vapid listicles have much practical value to offer the world so my aim is to create valuable material that will actually help you. (If you need help, just ask!)
Moreover, I want to destroy the silly misconception that systems are big, confusing things that take forever to create and are too difficult to manage.
Unfamiliar? Perhaps at first… Everything has a learning curve after all. But I firmly believe that the ongoing and consistent act of building systems into your business and life is a compounding investment. And the good news is that it doesn’t have to be difficult. The best systems are often the result of many small and surprisingly simple actions; all borne of good decision making and good habits.
“Increased quality/productivity is made up of 1000s of small improvements. Just like Gulliver who was held down by 1000s of threads. Each one doesn’t seem to mean much, and in the case of a thread, can be easily broken. But 1000s of them can have a very strong effect.”
There are many small tweaks that literally take seconds to implement but can have a profound effect over time. My goal here is to share valuable improvements from the simple everyday tweaks to the major game-changing course-corrections that will help you to stop working on the low value tasks, so that you can start working on the high value ones.
I’m on a mission to rid you of needless busy work and give you the frameworks you need to massively increase your output.
There are many topics that I’d like to write about, and while I may not be an expert in all fields, I am good at seeing the patterns and reverse-engineering the frameworks underlying them. And so at the heart of this blog is a simple philosophy:
I may not be an expert, but somebody is.
…so I’m making it my mission to:
- Find out who knows best
- Find out what they know
- Leverage that to build simple and repeatable frameworks.
I want to help 10,000 people to free up time and reduce friction in order to grow their business and live an easier, happier life.
I’ll do this by sharing how simple, incremental improvements to every day activities can compound over time and produce magnificent results.
What I’ll be creating to help you
I will be creating articles, videos, courses and free resources as well as sharing key insights on my social media channels and mailing list.
The main subjects I will be covering include:
- Business Finance Systems
- Personal Finance Systems
- Decision Making Systems
- Habits & Personal Development Systems
- Marketing Systems
- Efficiency Hacks
- Life Hacks
- Health & Well Being Systems
- Productivity Systems
- Work Management & Collaboration Systems
I’ll also be building a community of systems-minded business owners and life hackers. If you’re interested in becoming a founder member, please take the survey below for more info.
I firmly believe understanding what makes you tick is key to building a business you can be proud of, as well as positive working relationships. Clear values act as a useful filter when making important decisions.
If you’re interested in working with me, it may be helpful to understand what drives me.
- Integrity & Morality
- Duty & Responsibility
- Teamwork & Service
- Continual Growth & Mastery
- Clarity & Order
- Truth & Transparency
- Flow & Productivity
As a client, I’ll work with you to double your 40 hours of weekly output, with only 4 hours of weekly focused input into systemisation.
As a community member, I’ll listen to your valuable feedback and work with you to create the content and resources you wish you had already.
As a reader I will do my best to create the content I think you need, and will give you the respect you deserve by staying humble, honest and transparent.
I’d LOVE to hear back from you. To let me know what type of content you would be interested in seeing and implementing, please take this super quick 20 question survey. It will take less than 2 minutes and will give me a solid insight into what I could create to help you accelerate your systems development.
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Cards on the table here, I do this because I enjoy new challenges, it’s great practice and some people later decide to become a client.
I can’t promise how long I’ll be doing this though. My diary tends to fill up quickly. If you’re interested, please go ahead and book your free strategy call while spaces are still available:
Finally, how can I help you?
Thank you for reading this article. I’d love to know how I can help you (yes, you). Please take just 12 seconds and tell me:
What low-value activity takes up the most of your time?
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