Day 5: A System for Success
Yesterday, nothing went as expected. Even what I planned to write never made it onto the page.
Oh well, today’s another day! I guess now is the time to share what I thought I was going to share yesterday. Better late than never…
On Day 3 of the 21-day Challenge, I wrote about generating a “Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)” page on a website. Today, I want to remind you to use that FAQ page to make your life easier. Don’t make the same mistake I did.
After I set up the FAQ page, I got an e-mail asking how the Training the Trainer course on “Coping with Stress” (CWS) was different from Jon Kabat-Zinn’s “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction” (MBSR) program. There is quite a bit of difference because they focus on a completely different way of approaching stress. MBSR concentrates on individual, self-reflective meditative strategies. CWS uses an assessment to pinpoint what relationship coping resources will decrease stress. The tools of CWS include problem solving, communication, closeness and flexibility. The tools of MBSR are meditative practices.
When I received the question, I just went right into action and answered it, completely forgetting that I had already answered that question on the FAQ page! Rather than creating an answer from scratch, I could have saved myself some time by cutting and pasting my answer on the FAQ page into the e-mail, highlighting a few key points about how MBSR and CWS work well together. Sigh.
How many times do we recreate the wheel in our work?
In his book “The 4-Hour Workweek,” Timothy Ferriss teaches how to work less, gain more freedom, and automate your work so that it can run without your constant attention. I’m a long way from this dream. But I do see how important it is to set up systems and processes that keep us from needless repetition.
The FAQ page is a perfect example. I could have used previous work to make answering this question a snap. I could also use the FAQ page to train an administrative assistant to answer the question. I could use the FAQ page to save time and energy in countless ways – but I guess I just need to remember to use it!
What are some systems you have implemented that have saved you time? Do tell…
Take the Challenge:
- 21-Day Yoga Marketing Challenge (overview)
- Day 4: Trust the Process
- Day 5: A System for Success
- Day 6: Magic Connections
[tags]Megan McDonough, training the trainer program, yoga business, business marketing consultant, 21-day yoga marketing challenge[/tags]