Building a System That Works: Three Important Factors for Effective Home Systems

Building a System That Works: Three Important Factors for Effective Home Systems- Chelsijo

September 20, 2023

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Are you tired of the frustration that comes with trying to implement effective home systems, only to feel defeated when they don’t work as expected?

I’ve been there: You finally decide it’s time to systemize a specific aspect of your life. You’ve done your research, chosen a system to start with, and even discussed it with your family. But when you put it into action, things fall apart. It’s disheartening, and you might even start questioning yourself.

You’re not alone! In this blog post, we’re diving deep into the art of making your new systems not just work but thrive. So, grab your pen and paper because I’ve broken down the three most crucial factors to consider when starting a new system in your home!

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Making Your New Systems Effective in Your Home: Overcoming Discouragement

Are you tired of putting in the effort to create new systems, only to see them fall apart? It’s a common struggle, and you’re not alone. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the key strategies for ensuring your systems not only work but lead to success. Let’s tackle this challenge together!

The Common Frustration

It’s disheartening when you invest your time and energy into a new system, only to watch it crumble. You had high hopes, and now it feels like all your effort has gone to waste. But remember, this happens to everyone, and there’s nothing wrong with you.

I recently had someone slide into my DMs with questions about this very issue. It made me realize that we need to address this topic openly. I want you to feel encouraged and not just for the sake of feeling encouraged, but because I know that feeling encouraged leads to you taking action and sticking with your systems.

Balancing Motherhood and Ambitions

Success isn’t just about making money from home or pursuing your passions outside of motherhood. It’s about finding balance and excelling in all areas of your life! Whether it’s a side hustle or simply enjoying a hobby like pickleball, you can manage your home, your kids, and your ambitions effectively.

You don’t have to wait until your kids are grown to pursue your dreams. The magic starts today, with systems that work for you! Embrace the possibility of failure because it’s a stepping stone to success. Let’s get into the three factors that make it possible.

Factor #1 for Effective Home Systems: Setting Realistic Expectations for New Systems

When starting on the journey of establishing a new system, the first crucial consideration is the time it takes to see it through. It’s important to have realistic expectations, not only for yourself but also to effectively communicate with your family. Understanding the time commitment required is key to achieving success.

The Challenge of Long-term Commitment

Let’s take, for instance, the Menu Board Meal Planning System. If you’ve listened to Episode 8 of the podcast, you’ll know that this system has transformed the lives of so many listeners. It’s incredibly simple to set up, taking no more than two hours. 

Here’s where many people go wrong: they expect instant results. You might think, “I can set up time blocks, download Chelsi’s method, put it in my planner, use a menu board, and create a workflow – all in no time.” And you’re right; these systems can be implemented quickly.

However, the real challenge lies in seeing these systems through until they become an integral part of your family’s routine. It’s important to realize that this transition takes time! While you can set up a system quickly, making it work seamlessly for your family is an ongoing process.

Overcoming Initial Hurdles to Have Effective Home Systems

The initial enthusiasm is there. You set up your Menu Board Meal Planning System, and it feels fantastic! You choose your family’s top five favorite meals, list them on the board, and you’re off to a great start. But then, reality strikes.

At some point during the week, you might forget to prepare the meal scheduled for Wednesday. Panic sets in, and you wonder how to adapt. This is a common scenario, and it’s completely normal!

The true test of your commitment is whether you’re willing to keep going. Are you ready to face the challenges, learn from them, and adapt your system accordingly? Remember, these hiccups are part of the process.

The 4 to 6 Week Rule

A helpful rule of thumb is to give your system four to six weeks. Within the first two weeks, you’ll have a sense of whether it’s a terrible fit or has potential. Don’t judge it after just one week; it’s too short a timeframe. You need to give things a fair chance.

Ultimately, your commitment determines the success of the system. It’s crucial to ask yourself if you’re truly committed to making it work. The choice to see it through is in your hands.

Factor #2 for Effective Home Systems: The Importance of Dedication: Are You All In?

Moving on to the second critical aspect, your dedication level is so incredibly important when adopting a new system. It’s time to ask yourself how serious you are about this system. Are you genuinely ready to commit to this system wholeheartedly? Dedication is the key to success, and here’s why.

One of the most crucial aspects of implementing any system is the ability to follow through consistently. Let’s take the Menu Board Meal Planning System as an example again. You may have set up your menu cards on the board, but if you don’t actually buy the ingredients and prepare the meals, the system falls apart. It’s about executing every step, not just the initial setup.

Embrace the Challenge

Here’s one of my biggest pet peeves: when students start on the journey to systemize their lives, and they hit a roadblock, claiming, “It’s not working.” When the truth is, they often skip the challenging steps. These steps are challenging for a reason—they push you to grow.

You can’t slap a Band-Aid on a deep wound and expect it to heal. Similarly, you can’t expect a system to work without putting in the effort to address the underlying challenges. Systems provide a structure, but your dedication is what makes them effective. It’s about delving deep and doing the work, even when it’s not what you initially signed up for.

The Path to Success for Effective Home Systems

Undoubtedly, this journey demands hard work. You might be juggling a family, a job, homeschooling, or any combination of responsibilities. It’s exhausting, but here’s the question: Do you want to work your tail off and achieve something remarkable, or do you want to work hard and feel defeated at the end of the day?

Take a moment for an honest conversation with yourself. If you find that you’re halfway dedicated, that’s okay. Acknowledge it. But remember, the outcome will mirror your dedication. If you’re only halfway committed, don’t expect the system to work miracles. It’s crucial to keep your expectations aligned with your level of dedication.

Evaluate your dedication level carefully. Are you ready to go all in and do the hard work, or are you only partially committed? Be honest with yourself!

Factor #3 for Effective Home Systems: Choosing the Right System

Moving on to the third crucial aspect, selecting the right system is essential. It might seem daunting and overwhelming, but knowing you’re on the right path is a game-changer. Let’s explore how to make the right choice.

Not having the right system in place can be frustrating. It’s like trying to assemble an Ikea piece of furniture without the instruction manual. Trust me; it’s a recipe for chaos. In life, efficiency matters, and using a system that doesn’t fit wastes valuable time.

Identifying the Right System

So, how do you know if you have the right system? First and foremost, consider who created it. Does the system align with your lifestyle, needs, and challenges? It’s essential to seek systems crafted by individuals who understand your unique circumstances.

Imagine trying to follow a time management system designed by someone whose life is vastly different from yours. It’s a recipe for frustration and inefficiency. Seek guidance and systems from those who resonate with your experiences and can provide solutions tailored to your world.

Simplicity Over Complexity in Order to Have Effective Home Systems

While systems may be challenging, they should never be overly complicated. The key is simplicity with depth. A system can have many layers but remain straightforward to follow. Mechanical systems are a great example—complex yet not complicated. They consist of gears and moving parts, but they work seamlessly because they are simple at their core.

“Challenges are where growth happens. Embrace the work and effort required to make the system successful.”

Remember, systems are not meant to be easy; they are meant to be simple. They should make sense to you, even if they challenge you. Challenges are where growth happens. Embrace the work and effort required to make the system successful.

Before starting to implement any system, evaluate it thoroughly. Does it align with your needs? Did someone who understands your world create it? Is it simple at its core, even if it may seem challenging? Consider these factors when deciding if a system is the right fit for you.

Conclusion: Mastering Systemization: The Three Essential Factors for Effective Home Systems

In wrapping up, let’s swiftly recap the three indispensable factors to consider when diving into the world of systems.

Factor 1: Understanding the Time Commitment – To succeed with your chosen system, understand the time it demands to actually work in practice. Embrace patience as you start on this journey, knowing that lasting results often require time and persistence.

Factor 2: Dedication and Intentions – Figure out your intentions and dedication levels. Clarify your commitment and what it truly means to you.

Factor 3: The Right System Fit – Ensure that the system you choose aligns with your unique circumstances and challenges. Seek systems crafted by individuals who grasp your world, and favor simplicity over complexity.

As we conclude, remember that these factors go beyond mere scheduling; they transform your approach to life and productivity, leading to more fulfilling days! 

Looking to Learn More About Creating a Effective Systems?

To start, this blog post shares my tips for getting your home systems established from ground zero if you need a fresh start! Wanting some simple systems you could start with today to transform the way your house functions? 3 Simple Systems To Optimize Your Cleaning Routine – How to Stay In Control of the Laundry, Dishes, and Toilet! can be a great starting point.

As we wrap up, keep in mind that you’re not walking this path alone. Whether you have questions, need guidance, or want to share your achievements, our community is here to provide support throughout your journey. Don’t hesitate to reach out through our FREE Facebook Group if you want to connect with others on this journey.

Your path to creating effective home systems begins now, and I can’t wait to hear about the positive transformations these steps will bring to your life! You can do it! I am here to support you ever step of the way!

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