Jacko has always written notes to himself, or put a reminder on his phone, so he doesn’t forget to do something. This is one I found one morning on the kitchen bench a few years ago. It made me giggle so I kept it. He’s 18 now and still does the same.
What I love about this is a few things;
He knows his limitations. He says: ‘What’s that the point stressing about remembering it when you can write it down’. True.
He chooses to remind himself of what’s important. He prioritises sharing the load in the house with the implications of not sharing the load. Smart.
He has a system that works for him. He stuck to it for years now as it works for him. Easy.
My favourite is the kiss he gave himself. Cute as.
If you haven’t read Atomic Habits by James Clear – get all over it. He says that; ‘We don’t rise to the level of our goals we fall to the level of our systems’. That is so good.
Jacko doesn’t walk about the house with an intention or goal to buy milk. He knows he’s likely to forget. Teenage brain ‘n’ all that. He has a system.
What do you need a new system for to implement what you need to do? Not a new goal. Maybe there is a new initiative or habit you want to change in your team or organisation. Don’t focus on the goal. Focus on the system.
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