Being systematic and methodical is not everyone’s strength. Some people in fact find procedural tasks boring or too hard for them to do. This blog post explores some of the secrets of being systematic and methodical. You may find you apply many of them already or you may find some good tips to try for yourself. Why not have a read?
- What is the difference between systemic and methodical?
- Why should you be systematic and methodical?
- How to be more systematic and methodical?
- How Busy Lives! can support with this
What is the difference between being systematic and methodical?
Why do people want to be systematic and methodical? What are the benefits and how do you become a systematic and methodical worker?
Whether you own your own business or simply want to take charge of your life, being systematic and methodical when working can help boost your productivity and help you tick off that to-do list you’ve been procrastinating about.
But what does it mean to be systematic and methodical?
Systematic people are people who do things using a plan or procedure while methodical people do things in an organised way. Both work hand in hand.
Why should you be systematic and methodical?
Being methodical with your decision making often means you’ll be making better decisions. For example when choosing a supplier it may seem easy to just pick the cheapest or the nearest one but if you conduct a little research you may find that although Company X is the cheapest their products are subpar whereas Company Y has the best ratings but in actual fact their products aren’t what you’re looking for. Making the best decision first time around will save you both time and money and prevent the hassle of having to switch suppliers.
Being systematic in your approach to things – by making a plan or following a procedure – can often save you time and effort as you are not wasting time doing things that ultimately will not get your task done any quicker or easier. For example if you are organising paperwork making a list of things to keep, things to shred and things to recycle will make the job easier as you are not wasting time wondering whether or not you should keeping a particular piece of paperwork.
How to be more systematic and methodical?
Being systematic and methodical is not a hard thing to do. Here are some simple steps to help you become a more systematic and methodical worker:
Make a to-do list then cut it in half
Making lists and plans is a simple and easy way to become a more efficient worker. However, when your list becomes too long it can be counterproductive. To avoid this, make your to-do list then strike off anything that doesn’t matter – while it would be nice to reorganise your pen drawer, will doing that really help you complete your deadline task?
I have a Busy Lives! to-do pad at the side of me, so the number of tasks always has be on the one page. The list often lasts for the month but can at times be for a week depending upon the time of year.
Plan out your day
Most people are more productive in the mornings when their brain is fresh. Start your day with the biggest tasks and aim to get them all done before lunchtime, try and schedule meetings for the afternoon. This should help you to boost your productivity and get all those hard tasks done.
Break bad habits
Most of us will have picked up a few bad habits, whether that’s checking your phone constantly for social media updates or putting off tasks until it’s too late. Breaking your bad habits will help you get more done, and free up time. For example, by putting your phone away and getting down to work you may find yourself finishing all your tasks ahead of time meaning you have some spare time to scroll through social media without worrying you’ll get behind on work. Or being methodical with your approach to big tasks can prevent you from having to do the whole thing in one go the day before the deadline – when you receive a large task break it down into smaller tasks and aim to accomplish one or two of them a day.
Trying to do ten things at once is counterproductive. List things in order of importance then work your way down the list. Often, you will find you get things done faster than if you tried to do them all at once.
Keep it simple
Working methodically and systematically can take some time to implement. Don’t try to follow fancy or complicated, planning systems. Keep it simple and you’re more likely to stick with it.
Implementing the above steps and learning what it is to be methodical and systematic with your work can help you become a more productive worker which can translate into more money earned and more time saved.
Learning to prioritise your time and get more work done will ease the burden on you overall and guarantee you have healthy work habits as well as ensuring you get all those to-dos done and prevent any of those ‘impending deadline day mad dashes’.
How Busy Lives! can support with this
Busy Lives! was created when I left a busy career that left me time poor and unable to give sufficient priority to what really mattered to me. I now provide a wide range of business support for people especially who own their own small business in that position.
Everyone has different superpowers, mine are being systematic and methodical especially when it comes to organisation and getting things done. If you find you’re become overwhelmed or just don’t know where to start why not let me help and do it all for you!
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