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How to Create Systems that Boost Productivity

How to Create Systems that Boost Productivity
Excerpted from The Productive Me

Last time you learned about using tools to boost your productivity. Now this time you’ll learn about using systems. Let’s jump right in…

Using Systems

First, let’s define what a system is: It’s simply a method you devise or learn to do a process more quickly. It doesn’t have to be a complex system – indeed, basic systems often work the best. But your system does need to give you some benefit.

Let me give you an example of an extremely simple system. Let’s say you’re trying to lose weight. Instead of taking the time to create healthy meals every day, you devise a system where you do all your grocery shopping and cooking for the entire week at one time. You may even do it in an assembly line style, where you line up food containers and put the meat in first, then the starch (like rice) and then the vegetable. Then you label the containers and put them in the fridge.

Again, that’s just a simple example, but it…