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Systems Come Next

Got a great email from a reader about the value of systems for consistency and enabling you to do more. My reply -

Awesome email B, 100% agree.

I've been thinking about this a lot lately. I think you could define three stages towards becoming very very successful -

1. Basic learning/understanding: Figuring out what's worth training in/learning, what's legit, what isn't, starting to read the right books, figure out what to work, confront unpleasant reality when necessary, etc.

2. Start spending your time on what matters: Fitness, building, sales, connecting with people, interpersonal skills, etc, etc.

Going Crazy In Multiple Projects? Fences. Build Fences.

If you work on multiple, unrelated projects, one of the biggest potential nightmares you'll see as you scale up is work flowing over into other work, blending together, getting mixed up, and otherwise ruining your ability to think without being stressed out. 

The answer? Build fences.

Clearly separate out different types of work.

Obviously, separating out completely different categories and unrelated projects makes sense, and is even necessary as volume increases. I used to have one email address that all my mail went through. It was easy for a while, but eventually work that was imminently crucially important got mixed in with casual whenever emails, got mixed in with bills to pay, and all sorts of things. I broke things into three discrete inboxes, and that helps. If you have too much email volume on things of varying importance, multiple email addresses by topic -- kept separate -- could be an answer.

Then, letting deals blend together is no good. I just recently created a "Deals" folder on my desktop, with subfolders with everything I'm working on. It's a godsend. All my files are in the right places. I used to do this much more ad hoc, and this is so much better. Actually, I created folders for every major campaign I have... and so far, I haven't had a single thing that doesn't belong in one of them.

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