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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Systems and Structures- why they're good for you (as I'm finding out)

Recently, well, half a year ago,( but that's pretty recent, ain't it?), I did a business course with Mark Silver of Heart of Business. Six classes that were illuminating, and inspiring and almost every superlative I can think of. I really love Mark's approach and I have been following him for over two years, and that's before I joined twitter! I know I gained alot from it even though, to be honest, my business is not taking off yet and I have still so much to implement from that course alone.

Well truth is I'm kind of ashamed to say that I didn't even listen completely to the last lesson, entitled: " Structures and Systems". Only now I am beginning to understand why.One of the hardest things for me to do is to create a structure for myself in my life. It's like I am rebeling against it. Somehow, it's always gotta be something from the outside that does it for me. Maybe, yes, there is a slight chance I am being a little hard on myself, but I have a theory why it's so hard to create a structure for me to work in - and it's connected to schooling. I won't get into it now, but I am finding that creating a structure, a routine, gives me alot more freedom and more importantly, a sense of comfort and much less stress.

I wonder what it's like for you? What methods do you use to create structure and a routine in your lives that isn't imposed from the outside?


  1. Yael, I've been in business for years but I find myself still creating systems and structures and then not always following them. You have a creative spirit and though there is nothing wrong with that at all, it seems that I can identify with that side and friends who are creative seem to struggle with the same issues.

  2. Thank you Julie! That is so kind of you to say to say this ,it helps me see myself in a different light and be less hard on myself.What helps you the most to stay on track, I wonder?

  3. Well, Yael, I have to constantly remind me to stay focused. I write lists, see: http://designresumes.com/2010/01/the-colored-pen-to-do-list/ And sometimes I use a timer and set it for 15 minutes (a Flylady strategy)... you can do anything for 15 minutes.

    It seems the older I get, the more I need to do those things. Right now I need to be getting the house ready for Easter dinner. But I find myself playing with the new phone and checking the web on the computer. Distracted easily. So off I go to change laundry, dust and vacuum. But then, I like rewards, so I might reward me with permission to pop back in a 1/2 hour to check Twitter or Facebook or my blog stats... :-)

    Then if I am disciplined, I will use the computer after that to get rid of the backlog of financial updating I need to do.