Systemizing & Optimizing Repetitive Tasks

I have a 2 year old dog named Trey.   I’d say Trey is a pretty happy dude and one reason is probably because he eats pretty darn good food.

You see, after having the dog for about a year, I started to notice that we would run out of dog food and it would cause us to have to run to the store just to get said dog food.

I also began to realize (from observing my wife shop) that the price of the food in the grocery store doesn’t reflect the quality so much as that particular brands advertising budget.

So I systemized and optimized.

I went online and did some research into what makes the “optimal” dog food and then I spent about an hour locating one that met my new standards for quality, was convenient to purchase, as well as affordable.

I found one that met all the requirements and purchased a 3-month supply.

Once Trey cheerfully approved, I went into my Google calendar and set a reorder reminder in 2.5 months and every 3 months after that.

Now life is good – for me and the dog.

We always have a supply of high quality food and the only work involved is a one minute amazon checkout process every 3 months.

(In case you have a dog and are wondering, HERE is the one we choose)

Adopting it as a rule

My life has been much improved by adopting this routine.   I have basically added it to my standard operating procedures and thus far have experienced only amazing results.

And so far it seems like optimizing then systemizing can be done for about any repetitive task in your life.  We have applied it to our diet with amazing results, which made a huge impact on my health and happiness levels.  I’ll probably share those details with you in a later blog post.

As of now, anytime I notice a new repetitive task entering my life I ask, “How can I make this task painless or even enjoyable?”

I grab my notebook and go to work.

A Powerful 15 Minute Ritual

It’s amazing how much value a quick ritual can add to your day. Here is a good exercise for you to do sometime when your at home and your feeling a little down or disconnected.

I’ve used this to drag myself out of a funk.  This routine will alter your current perception of the world and make you feel a deeper connection to your surroundings and life in general.  It will make you feel happy and healthy.

Step 1:  Brew up a glass of amazing high quality tea.  I find good tea here.  Put it in a mug you can wrap two hands around.

Step 2:  Click here to play a song by Krishna Das on Grooveshark.

Step 3:  Sit cross-legged or in lotus position on a pillow in a quiet clean corner of your home.

Smell your tea.

Feel your cup.

Sip your tea.

Breathe in. Breathe out. Smile

Whenever your ready, go enjoy your day, each present moment.  Make the best of it.

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