The Year Of Systems

2014 The Year Of Systems

The year of Systems

There are no New Years resolutions being made on this website.

I know what I need to do in order to improve my life.

I need to implement systems in my working and family life.

This fact slowly started dawning on my towards the back end of 2013 when I found out that will power alone isn’t enough to make substantial behavioural change.

Each time I sat down and promised myself that I would change – I haven’t.

Each time I’ve sat down and created a new system – its worked.

The first system implementation I undertook last year was sitting down and writing out my first ever spending plan.
The second was diarising my daily expenditure – to keep it under £275 a month.
I’d never done either of these before in 29 years of my adult life and they both resulted in an immediate improvement in my financial situation.

The third system I introduced was to diarise my working day, splitting my time up into 15 minute working blocks.
This seemed to work very well for the first week, but family events took my mind off work through December and this systemisation of my working day fell by the wayside.
This third system is now back in place for 2014 and is going to be the cornerstone of my working life.
Systemising my time-management will take away all the mental turmoil and angst I endure.

Just like everyone else, I have goals and dreams (see my previous post) – goals are meaningless without systems to achieve them and dreams will remain nothing but dreams.

At present – I get new business clients on an ad hoc basis, the majority through personal recommendation or networking.
I have spent some time analysing why I’m failing – the result is that I have no system in place to drive potential customers to my door on a regular basis.
Once I have new clients – I have a very poor system of dealing with the paperwork and maintaining client files. Again – this can change by implementing a client workflow system and a client folder system.

Losers have goals, winners have systems

So rather than make a new years resolution which relies on will power and wont last a week. I’m going to focus making 2014 the year of systems.
This blogs theme for the foreseeable future is going to be about creating systems for my business – which in turn will deal with my debt.

My credit card debts currently stand at £21,112 which is down from £22,649 in the 4 months since I’ve started taking control.  This means that I’ve been reducing my debts by £384/month. At this rate it will take 5 years+ to get rid of my debts.
By concentrating on earning more, I hope to reduce this repayment timescale down to 2 years.

Roll on 2014 – I’m looking forwards to you!


  1. I’m not a ‘resolutions’ guy myself, but always curious to know what goals others set! Good luck with all your goals –nah, systems!

  2. Systems can make it easy, in the sense that making things automatic or habit can then result in less effort put forth. I try to handle things that way, though probably need to do so in more situations.

  3. Happy New Year, amigo.

    How about having goals which will be made possible by a system? As an example, I have a very definitive goal, a portfolio value of $2.5M when I retire in 13 years. However, I fully understand that it is not possible without developing practices and behaviors – a system – that guide my daily actions with regards to my finances.

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