Stopping to create procedures will appear a waste of time at first.
In the time it takes to document a new procedure, you could have the task done already.
But that’s not the point.
The point is that while you may need to perform the task many times, you will only need to document it once.
Sure, the document may need to be updated from time to time. But that won’t take anywhere near as long as it did to create it in the first place.
Further, by the time you’ve documented a task, you can delegate it and have someone else handle it. You can free up time in your own schedule to focus on what you do best.
In systems, there’s always a short-term sacrifice for a long-term payoff. From a zoomed-out perspective, building a team is effectively the same way – there’s a short-term sacrifice for a long-term result.
Through the years, I’ve used my journal in a lot of ways.
In the last couple of years, though, I’ve gone from using a paper journal to an iPad and Apple Pencil.
There are pros and cons to both, so it’s not as though one is better than the other. One of the reasons I wanted to go with an iPad was because I was planning to travel more and having a tablet would allow me to handle rudimentary tasks, read, browse online, and keep myself busy in situations where using a laptop would prove far more onerous (such as on a plane). I also wasn’t planning on bringing a lot of paper with me on my trips.
Anyway, my journaling efforts have mostly consisted of generating new ideas for life and business. I have created entire routines, schedules, to-do lists, frameworks, as well as goals and plans in my journal. Yes, I’ve acted on them too. The guide you’re reading now began as a seed of an idea.
Critically, things not documented have a way of escaping our consciousness or slipping through the cracks. They are easily forgotten.
How many million-dollar songwriting, marketing, business, or investment ideas have you let pass you by? You probably don’t know because most of them were never captured to begin with. Opportunity cost is real.
The difference is this. We have the power of taking what we’ve written down and turning it into our reality, even if we don’t know how. We just need to get started. And while that might seem obvious, it’s not appreciated enough.
Do you know how incredible it is to write down and achieve your goals? Increase your income by $500? Buy a new car? Move to a new city?
At one point, it was just a seed of an idea. Now it’s a reality.
The process of accomplishment starts somewhere, though, and in my experience, it usually begins with the simple act of writing down your ideas, goals, and plans.
Let yourself dream. What would you do if there weren’t any limitations, time, money, or otherwise? What would you do if you weren’t uncomfortable or scared? What would you try if there were no risk, no fear, no consequence?
Document all of it.
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