Systems are wonderful — they’re one of the best productivity tools available to you. When you set up a system, you make it easy to get things done because you know exactly what you need to do next and you’ve automated as much as possible.
Whether you realize it or not, you use systems all the time. Your computer and word processing programs are systems of a sort. So is your email program. If you use a calendar or a daily to-do list, those count as systems.
Systems are great until you have to change them or set up a new one. Then you’ll probably experience some resistance. It takes a lot of mental energy and some time commitment to set up or upgrade a system. In the long run, you’ll be saving both, but the upfront costs (both financial and time) can make you decide that what you’ve been doing is good enough.
It’s not, though. You could be doing better. Earning more. Working less. Finding more fulfillment. If you resist finding new ways to make things easier … well, you’re just making your life harder … maybe not right now, but in the future.
A lot of what you’ll find here on the Wealthy Web Writer site are systems. They might not be labeled as such, but many of the articles, webinars, and tutorials are laying out systems you can use to build your success.
Even this last week, contributors showed you some systems you can use to start making positive changes in your career … we’re talking bigger success, faster, so it pays to employ these systems.
Let’s take a look …
Systemizing Your Business
First, if you missed Pam Foster’s article on landing seven clients in seven weeks, you really should check it out. Pam lays out a clear system for specializing your services and landing more of the kind of clients you want to work with for the fees you want to charge.
Next, make sure you review Mindy’s blog entry that reveals a five-point plan for ensuring your success in the coming year. Mindy takes you step-by-step through her proven system of setting goals — this isn’t your usual goal-setting pep talk. Mindy uses some steps that you’ve probably been skipping that can make your goals much more real.
Then, take a look at the article I wrote last week on basic tools and habits that a successful web writer should use. These are systems at their most basic, but they can make a huge difference in your day-to-day productivity.
Finally, read through member Katherine Andes’ case study of the Getting Things Done system for organization. She looks back over the last three years of using this system and gives you some insights into how you can adapt the system and how it can help you become more organized.
Taking Advantage of the Wealthy Web Writer Systems
Wealthy Web Writer has a ton of proven, actionable information that can make a significant difference to your career and your success. But, you have to use what you learn. So, this week my challenge to you is to do just that.
Day One: Pick one of the articles above — or another of your favorites on the site — and make a commitment to implementing it step-by-step in your own career. Read through the article today.
Day Two: Read through your chosen article again and make a plan to use the system in your own career. Write down each step you’d need to take to implement the system.
Day Three: Martial your resources. Read back through the plan you made yesterday and make a list of things you need to acquire in order to succeed. You might need a mailing list or a specific marketing book, for example.
Day Four: Set your milestones. Schedule specific dates as deadlines for significant steps in your plan.
Day Five: Begin taking action based on the plan you’ve made.
That’s all for this week. Remember to let us know what you want to learn more about.