151: Making Your Systems Work For You

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151: Making Your Systems Work For You

Have you ever wondered how to focus on your passions and priorities when you feel stuck doing mundane tasks like laundry, buying groceries, and paying bills? I think it’s safe to say we’ve all been there, but I’ll let you in on a secret - systems. Today I had a conversation with Laura, a wife, and mother of two sons, ages 10 and 12. She has a Ph.D. and works at a university with faculty, students, and staff to support the use of technology in the curriculum. We dive into how she can make systems work for her so she can live a life that’s more centered around her priorities. We discuss embracing yourself and the imperfections we all have, zoning in on areas that need a system in place, and making others responsible for their own productivity systems.

Show Notes

What’s In This Episode:

  • Zoning in on specific areas that need a system in place
  • Giving people responsibility for their own productivity systems
  • Getting systems up and running to put your tasks on autopilot
  • Using a springboard to help you overcome obstacles
  • Embracing your imperfect self

What To Do Next:

  • Think about how you can start to create systems in your life to bring more order around the things that you do. What is one area that you want to hone in on? Start there and create a system that works with you and your lifestyle. 
  • Sign up for my free live video series, Let Go of the Holiday Hustle, to help bring more joy into your holiday season.
  • Watch my TonyaTV episode, Our Family’s Weekly Planning Routine, to find out how my family and I become more productive together and plan out our weeks.
  • If you haven’t already picked up your copy of my book, The Joy of Missing Out, head to joyofmissingout.com or your favorite retailer. Read section three for an in-depth guide on creating systems. 

Resources and Links

Today’s episode is sponsored by the University of California Irvine or UCI’s Division of Continuing Education. It’s a great resource for anyone who is looking to gain credits towards a master’s degree or maybe if they want to reenter the workforce after some time off or perhaps just to learn some new skills to help you with a new business you’ve been thinking about. Now for those of you who are trying to juggle work and family while attempting a career change, UCI is 100% online courses so that’s convenient and it’s flexible. And they have a great assortment of courses that are taught by industry practitioners with real-world experience.

So no matter what you’re looking for, they have tons of specialized studies from healthcare to business and education to paralegal, digital marketing, human resources and so many others. Registration is now open and they have a great deal for Productivity Paradox listeners. Simply go to ce.uci.edu/productivityparadox. Enter the promo code paradox to get 15% off a continuing education course and again, it’s ce.uci.edu/productivityparadox. Don’t forget to use that code paradox to get 15% off of one course. This offer is valid until December 31st, 2019.


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Tonya Dalton
Tonya Dalton