Don’t Just do it, Create a Process
Brandon Turner, in his Entrepreneur article, 4 Productivity Tips That Changed My Life This Year, talks about using the power of creating processes. He gave an example of how instead of “doing a Webinar”, he created a complete webinar process.
This got me to thinking about how this idea that he used in his business could also be expanded for use as a student or a homemaker or at work. It’s useful for jobs that need to be repeated, and especially for ones that can be hired out,
More than a way of doing things, it’s a state of mind that has you approaching your task from a systems viewpoint. Instead of just jumping into doing the job, you look at the way it’s done to be most efficient. You design the process of the task. Think about it as if you were going to teach someone else to do it.
For example, as a student you can design a series of study processes. You can have a process for your regular at home study times, a different process for studying at odd times and in odd places or a process for studying with a partner.
A study-at-odd-times process could look like this:
- At the beginning of the day, think of what things are suitable to study in short blocks of time.
- Think of how you could reward yourself for using a certain number of odd times to study in a day.
- Prepare what you need and can have with you so you will be ready for those odd-time opportunities. This could be making flash cards or making sure what you need to read is downloaded onto your phone or is with you. You could also be sure to have something to jot notes for a project you’re thinking about.
- Consider what would be a good reminder for you to make use of those odd-time opportunities.
- Study the certain number of times you decided on earlier.
- Reward yourself.
A house cleaning process could look like this:
- Decide how you want to clean your house, whether room by room or activity by activity (wash all the windows, dust all the wall art, etc.).
- Pick up all the things that will get in the way of your cleaning.
- Assemble all of your tools and products.
- Begin cleaning
- As you’re cleaning, be mindful of ways to be more efficient. Is there something you’re doing with one hand that could be done faster with two? Are there other things that could speed your process?
- Be mindful of ways to make the job more enjoyable and put that into the process.
- Your reward will be a clean house, but it will be even more powerful if you give yourself an additional reward.
Looking at your task from a process orientation helps you set it up so it can be done most efficiently. It’s also a good hedge against procrastination. If procrastination is a challenge for you, the online course, Take Back Your Life can help by providing a comprehensive program that addresses this challenge from different perspectives.