First, what do we mean by “systems”? Systems are, simply, the way we do things. Habits, routines, and rituals are all systems. When you put something on autopilot or do it by muscle memory, you have a system in place. Systems allow our days to run more smoothly; things get done without fuss.
Systems allow you to THINK less, which gives you more capacity to think bigger thoughts. Systems allow you to TALK (nag) less, which gives your relationships more space for joy. Less doing, more being. Systems are central to being prepared and present. Some examples:
- Morning coffee or tea ritual
- Bedtime routine, for the kids and yourself
- A packing list, so you don’t need to recreate one for every trip
- Toy rotation that results in less work not more
- Laundry — hint, it’s not just one task
- Food — planning, shopping, prepping
- A capsule wardrobe or uniform
You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits. I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.Barack Obama, as quoted in Fast Company
And since everyone has different circumstances, priorities, temperaments, and interests, I’ll help you tailor systems to meet your own needs, simply.