When we carry out repeated behaviors in a predictable way, we gain a couple of benefits:
- We minimize the mental energy required for making choices and decisions
- We gain confidence that we are proceeding in a manner that will be successful
- We acquire increased clarity as to the length of time needed to complete particular tasks
- We can be relied upon to deliver consistency
Some people naturally gravitate toward handling daily life in a predictable way. Others highly value spontaneity and flexibility. The good news, it is possible to embrace systems regardless of your personality. The key is to customize solutions that feel comfortable.
Today’s quote is, “I must create a system or be enslaved by another man’s,” from English poet and printmaker William Blake. These words remind me that we have both the power and the responsibility for establishing our own patterns for living. If we don’t, odds are that we will end up following someone else’s system, and this may – or may not – work out well.
I challenge you today to consider where you either lack a good system, or where you might be using someone else’s system. This could be a system for something at home, at work, or out and about in society. Pay attention to any situation where you feel awkward, out of control, or like you are constantly “rowing upstream.” Maybe it is your morning routine, the way you exercise, how you pay bills, the way you go about planning meals, how you connect with coworkers on your team, or any other aspect of life. Ask yourself if there is a method of behavior that you could put in place to make things run more smoothly and pleasantly.
Do you typically embrace systems? Can you think of a situation where a new system might improve your quality of life?