Every year I, like many others I suspect, create a list of new year’s resolutions. Sometimes the list is just in my head – which is a problem in itself – and sometimes I write the resolutions down somewhere. However, again like many other people, I fall short on many of those resolutions. Even more discouraging is the fact it doesn’t take me long to completely abandon many of my goals for the new year. I won’t speak for anyone else, but if I had to guess I’d speculate that I’m not alone in this regard.
Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less (Austin, TX: Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2011)
Work The System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less, guides the reader in modifying his or her perception of the world, moving from a false vision of chaotic conglomeration, to a more accurate one: that life is an orderly collection of individual linear systems each of which can be improved and perfected. The reader is guided through the process of ”getting” this new vision, and then through the specifics of applying it via a ”system improvement” protocol. For start-ups or existing businesses the methodology is simple, believable, and mechanical; not mystical or theoretical. Carpenter developed this “Systems Mindset” protocol in the business he purchased in 1984 and still owns today. With that company, he moved from an 80-100 hour workweek to a 2 hour workweek, while multiplying his income dozens of times over. He is CEO of an international business consulting firm and several other businesses and non-profits, each operated in the same systems mindset fashion. With a diverse background in engineering, construction, publishing, telecommunications and journalism, he calls his approach a “workingman’s philosophy.” Seeworkthesystem.com/testimonials.
Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less will show business owners how to achieve a positive macro result by looking at their business and work on a micro level; by analyzing and refining each of the internal systems, the systems that, added together, comprise the whole business entity. Readers will learn how to tweak this “system of systems” in order to maximize profits, create client loyalty, and develop autonomous employees. The strategies also help individuals dramatically improve performance as well as decrease the stress of being overtaxed and disorganized, ultimately resulting in a substantially shorter work week and a much improved bottom line. See testimonials of readers at workthesystem.com/testimonials.
My entire life is in my calendar. I can’t imagine not having immediate access, regardless of where I am, to my schedule. That’s why I use a calendar that syncs between my Mac, my iPhone, and my iPad. All I do is enter an appointment on one of my devices and, like magic, it shows up on all my devices. Syncing, of course, is not new. It’s been around quite some time, but it is nonetheless, critical to me – and I suspect many others.
While reliable syncing is a non-negotiable in terms of my scheduling, another key factor is the actual tool itself – the calendar. For quite some time, I’ve used Calendars+ by Readdle. Calendars+ works great. I love it. It has made my life much easier. If you’re a Calendars+ user, you know what I mean. Calendars+ offers lots of advantages over the built-in iOS calendars on the iPhone and iPad.
It seems every time I go online, there’s a new task manager app available. Some to them look pretty good. Some, well… not so much. I’m sure there are some fantastic apps out there to help me manage my To-Dos, but I really don’t want to take the time to learn another system. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve tried lots of other task management solutions. I download the free trial, give it a shot for 30-days, then realize it’s either no better that what I was using or it’s just too complicated and I’m not getting (and may never get) the full benefit of all the product’s bells and whistles.
Today, we’re all busier than ever. Technology has not reduced our workload. In many cases, it has added to the amount we’re expected to accomplish each day. In the midst of our chaotic days, we don’t have to look very hard to find the latest advice regarding how to be more productive. The problem however, is we don’t have the time to learn a new productivity system. So, what do we do?
Do you ever reach the end of a day and feel like you’ve accomplished nothing? It’s a depressing feeling for sure. We hit the ground that morning ready to conquer the world and then, the end of the day arrives, we look back and our To-Do list appears to have actually grown. I hate when that happens. However, over seventy-percent of the time, I can point to one thing that sabotaged my day. That one thing is also what, most often, sabotages your day. What is it?