Systems that Follow You

Systems are perceived as “fixed things” that don't change with us, and so for neurodivergent peeps, it's often seen as a something that can't work for them.

As a neurodivergent business owner… my systems aren't static, and they grow and flex with me… my systems follow me!

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Often when it comes to creating systems, we think about doing it.

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In a way where we all are working with the best possible version of ourselves.

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When we are the most hyper-organized we have the most attention and excitement

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with our business and everything feels really good and so we have all of these

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lists and new project management systems.

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And the way that we work is being made better by having lots and lots

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of new systems that we implement to help us get better and get more

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organized and keep up this flow.

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However we all go through cycles in our business and in our life where we are

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just in that moment of introspection and reflection which is not a bad

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thing, but during those times you are less likely to produce content to

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keep up with all of the podcasts or the content that you're listening to.

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You just pause and that's a natural thing.

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Often in the productivity space, it's not really spoken about.

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That moment where you are just in reflection, where in Gestalt psychology,

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it's known as the fertile void.

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It's this place where things can grow.

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But for that to happen you have to plant the seed and wait for it to grow instead

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of cramming more seeds into your garden.

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It's about pausing just for a second.

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Pausing just for a minute to let it grow, to water it, to nurture it, which means

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some of your systems fall by the wayside.

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However.

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This can be a problem when you come back and you're working into that

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creation phase, where you have ideas and you want to produce and you want

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to create, and you want to be in that.

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Highest state of working where you are moving fast when you're in flow so much.

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However, at that point you get caught up.

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If your systems don't support you in every single flow in

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every single place and position.

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You get stuck in this.

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Spring cleaning, where you have to fix your systems recreate, redesign and

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re-imagine your systems because you've built it for the times when you're most

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productive, instead of building it for the times when you are in reflection.

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Creating your systems based on the way you work in those ebbs and flows

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is how you can abandon your system for two, three months, come back and

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it's still there and it still works.

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You don't have to worry about it and you can go back into creation and generation

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and bringing you forward instead of spring cleaning and trying to fix everything.

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How do you actually do that?

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How do you create a system that doesn't really need spring cleaning?

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It starts with knowing how you work and just.

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Noticing.

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Where you are in these cycles.

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Where you are, where you have these highs when you feel the most productive

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when you are excited about producing content, releasing new offers.

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Working with clients, et cetera, et cetera.

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What does that look like for you and then also on the opposite side.

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What happens when things have to drop by the side, because when you get to that

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state, you will drop things that is part and parcel of the reflection exercise.

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You cannot grow new things without dropping something by the side.

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What you can drop and what you will drop and knowing what that is.

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It starts by knowing how you work.

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And seeing what drops when you are in that reflective state, when you are in

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that fertile void of just integration and figuring things out and working out

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what to do next and where to move and how to process and all of that lovely stuff.

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In that time, what drops by the wayside?

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Start by just looking at what things stop.

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Is it podcasts?

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Do you just start listening to podcasts and you only focus on

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one form of content consumption?

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Do you spend less time marketing yourself and promoting yourself?

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Is that something that drops by the wayside?

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So is your content creation system gonna going to start to flag a little bit?

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What is it that slows down?

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And also to ensure a healthy and sustainable business.

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There are some things that just can't slow down, even when

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you're in the incubation period.

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Now, how do you combat that?

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Could, does your system support you.

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To keep moving forward.

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And whether you have a team or whether it's just you and your own, what are

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the real core things that need to exist?

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What are the core components that.

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Just need to work, even when you are not directly engaging

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with it, that's often your.

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Tasks and your projects and stuff like that stuff for your clients, and it's

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different for every single person.

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And it depends on you just looking and seeing what exists.

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And then building your system around the core components, the stuff

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that has to happen, no matter what.

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You don't necessarily need to always be working on projects.

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You don't necessarily need to be always working on different forms of.

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Big business ideas.

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But what you do need to do is know what you're doing every day, because at the

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time when you're in an incubation and reflection period, you need to just be

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able to show up, do what you do and keep the business taking over as you reflect

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one of the things that you have to do.

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What are the things that you need to do each day?

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For me, it's as simple as every day, I need to make sure that I'm

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replying to my clients as they need me working on work that I've said

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I'm going to do for my clients.

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And apart from that's about it.

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That's about it.

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Where I get to when I am in that.

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Slow down on reflection phase.

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I also need a place to capture things that I'm thinking about.

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Now, whether that be inside of a very complex system.

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Probably not when I'm in my reflection phase, I don't want

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to have to go to a complex page.

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Where I'm organizing and self-selecting what thing I'm

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talking about and topics and stuff.

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So I need somebody that's really simple and just allows

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me to capture my idea and leaf.

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And in fact, this is exactly what I'm doing now.

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I've just got to got off a call with my team and I am capturing this idea

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immediately as I got to for cool.

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In de script.

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It's not a PKM app or personal knowledge management app, but it is for me, it's

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an extension of me and it's how I work.

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It's extending my brain into an app.

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Extended cognition.

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Which we're going to just put aside for now because I'd love to in complicated.

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And lots of sciencey, nerdy stuff.

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But it allows you just to set.

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I come in here, I record this.

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And then afterwards, I'm going to go in and say good morning

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to my kids and see them.

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But I have captured this idea immediately.

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And it's going to be used when I'm ready for it.

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I've mopped.

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It really simply.

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It's in my idea system.

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That is just me talking.

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Without having to plan.

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And it's simple, it's easy.

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And it gets out of my way.

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So even when I have ideas during that incubation period or that fertile

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void, I can capture it simply.

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And then when I want to organize structure and create something from it,

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I can move it into my bigger systems that have more complex organizations

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remember getting stuff out of your head as a business owner, because.

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Goodness me.

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We have so many ideas in our head.

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Is incredibly valuable.

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And the reason I know that this works for me is because I am an audio processor.

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I will talk on Voxer to my team.

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And process ideas and get them out of my head.

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This is what I'm doing right now.

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I'm getting all my ideas out of my head.

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Who knows whether you will actually hear any of this.

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You may not.

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You may do.

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You may not.

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But if you do you'll know, this was me capturing an idea.

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