“Do you know what happens when you give a procrastinator a good idea? Nothing!” (Donald Gardener). Building a business with effective systems and processes is one of those good ideas you just can’t procrastinate. The cost is too high. So, promise me you won’t delay another day!
Years ago, I watched my father-in-law work on projects. He liked to build furniture. Every day he would go out to the garage and make a few saw cuts, sand a couple of cabinet doors, or apply a coat of lacquer finish to something. He spent little more than a half-hour, but at the end of a year, he had several beautiful pieces of furniture to add to his collection.
I’ve tried to follow his example by breaking large tasks down to smaller ones that I can complete with steady progress. This method has helped me accomplish some formidable tasks, the Box Theory™ eCourse and Software being good examples. It took nearly five years, but the persistence paid off.
Busy entrepreneurs like you can build effective business systems using this same strategy. At the end of the year, you will have an amazing collection of systems and processes to show for it, AND a company with greater customer loyalty, profitability, and growth!
My Question to You
Why would you want to put off creating systems that:
- Help you meet and exceed customer expectations.
- Elevate productivity, quality, safety, and cleanliness.
- Improve employee job satisfaction and worker motivation.
- Reduce training requirements and supervision.
- Allow non-expert lower-cost people to perform at higher levels.
- Dramatically improve profitability and cash flow.
- Help you stand out in a crowded marketplace.
- Reduce dependency on people who come and go.
- Free you from continuous hands-on involvement.
- Enable you to one-day sell, replicate, or hire someone to run your organization.
The benefits are just too many to ignore!
You’re Losing Money Every Day You Wait
While some system innovations can generate large financial returns, most improvements will add incrementally to your bottom line—the “compound effect” (Darren Hardy, Success Magazine).
Don’t suffer from procrastinitis—“a common and deadly disease that takes a heavy toll on success” (Wayne Gretsky, hockey great).
If you can’t work on your business systems in The Zone for an hour each day, do it for a half-hour. BUT START NOW.
One final thought: “If you need a new process and don’t install it, you pay for it without getting it” (Ken Stork, former president, Association of Manufacturing Excellence). Every day you wait is costing more money and good-will than you realize.
I know you should do it. I know you can do it. I hope you will do it!