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January 24, 2014 | Uncategorized | Beth Schneider

Just wanted to see how things were going for you.

What are you working on? What's new?

It's early in the year, but I've already noticed a couple of trends. 1. Folks are kicking butt by offering and delivering awesome content. 2. Systems are in the air. I'm in a couple of cool secret Facebook groups and people keep asking for advice on things like getting the right team members, handling customer service issues and basically just trying to figure out how to get what they want.

The cool thing is that these problems can get fixed...with the right system. But it's hard when you feel like you're constantly dealing with problems.

This week's article is my system for creating systems. Building systems is like building your business on a solid foundation...and it makes all the difference in the world. As Outrageously Effective Systems Coach Sandye says, "a good system is like having the right bra...it will make sure everything looks really good and is pushed into place where it's supposed to be."

Enjoy,
Beth

P.S. Did you see that we're hosting a brand new training? It's all about building the right foundation. You should be there. www.processprodigy.com/bringhomethebacon

Systemize Your Business...One Bite At A Time

By Beth Schneider Wachner, President/CEO, Process Prodigy

Sandwich

I was having a conversation with a client yesterday that I feel is really relevant to all of you.

He was overwhelmed and confused and the main reason was because he's trying to do everything at one time. He gets excited, gets motivated and tries to do a year's worth of work in a week.

He starts off strong, but it's not long until he's overwhelmed, exhausted and totally burned out. This flashflood method doesn't get him where he wants to be...and that is what a lot of small business CEOs do when they are trying to implement systems.

Here are four steps to getting started with systems:

Step 1: Stop Shoving the Entire Sandwich in Your Mouth You have to take human bites. It's not realistic to think you can systematize your entire business in two weeks. It takes time to develop quality systems, it takes time to train your team (or find your team for that matter), it takes time to incorporate everything into your day-to-day workflow. So give yourself the gift of time.

Step 2: Get Focused The number one question we get is, "where do I start?" Spend some time looking around the business to determine what's just not working right. What's keeping you up at night? What fires seem to always happen? What areas are not producing the results you'd like to see? Make a list of what's not working right and then prioritize what needs to get fixed first...start there. But only work on one piece at a time.

Step 3: Set Aside Some Time So now you've got a list of things to work on. Make a recurring appointment with yourself and/or your team to work through your list. If you don't set specific time in your calendar, then somehow you'll always be too busy. But if you set aside the time, then you'll see regular progress and somehow all the other things you need to do will also be done.

Step 4: Hold Your Feet to the Fire If you had an appointment with your most important client, would you arbitrarily blow them off? I doubt it. Treat the appointment you set for yourself as if it was a meeting with your most valued client. Sometimes this is easier said than done, so if you need it (and you know who you are) find an accountability partner. Give permission to someone to remind you and ask you about your progress or reward yourself with something special once you've completed your system. Sometime we all need a little kick in the pants, which is why all of our Outrageously Effective Systems program come with access to our Accountability and Systems Coach, Sandye Linnetz.

Follow these steps and feel free to eat all the sandwiches you want.

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© 2014 Beth Schneider, Process Prodigy, Inc.
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