Heart-Centered Biz Tip: Simplification and Systematization
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Purposeful Pathway is a haven for heart-centered entrepreneurs. Part of my mission as a Christian Business Coach is equipping heart-centered businesses with information that is practical, actionable and Scriptural.
The topic of this biz tip is Simplification and Systematization.
There are only twenty-four hours in a day; if you have set large, wonderful goals, you will find there is a limit to how much you can do. It is important then to simplify and systematize.
Simplify your schedule by remaining crystal clear about your priorities and by gracefully saying “no” to other opportunities.
Simplify by removing any clutter in your life, physically, emotionally, relationally, spiritually and otherwise. What might this look like? Perhaps you participate in a number of committees in the community. This is a good thing; yet, if you find these activities are not supporting your primary goals, they are only leading you away from your purpose.
With everything you do, ask if the activity directly relates to your purpose. For example, going to my children’s school plays does not directly relate to my business purpose, but doing so does impact my relational purpose in my role as a mother; therefore, I choose to participate in these activities. Serving on the school committee is a good activity in and of itself; yet, in my particular case, it does not serve my primary goals.
Remember, as written in 1 Corinthians 14:33, “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.” Complicated schedules lead to confusion and distress; simplicity, however, leads to godly peace. The Lord desires you to live in the pure peace of a clearly-focused journey.
Pray for God’s direction in how to simplify your schedule so that you may channel your energies more effectively to your purpose. Learn how to purposefully say “no” to distractions so you can powerfully say “yes” to your goals.
Another important process is systematization; as far as possible, find systems to all the activities that support your goals. For example, setting up an email autoresponder on your web site is a system that supports your business. Scheduling tweets is another. Creating templates and outsourcing elements of your business are other examples.
Ultimately you want to do only those things that you do well and that you love to do. Even if you are not in a position to start outsourcing now, set up systems with specific steps so that it will be easy to outsource with clear instructions when the time comes.
Simplification and systematization together allow you to achieve much more by removing clutter and by allowing others to help you in the process of reaching your goals. The freedom and flexibility gained by a systematized business and a simplified life allow more time to enjoy those things you love.
You will be able to say, as Jesus did in John 8:29, “I do always those things which please the Father.” Our aim should be to please God, not others, in our activities.
This laser-focus on doing always – and only – what pleases Him simplifies our schedules and yields joy. For we live our deepest, truest purpose when we live to please God.
© 2013 Caroline Gavin
How do you simplify and systematize?
How have these processes helped you in serving God, family, friends and clients?