Many business advisors talk about the importance of "systems" and how you should use them to reduce the effort you need to achieve your business (and personal) goals.
People who you have probably heard of who talk explicitly about the importance of systems include:
But someone who you may be less familiar with is Sam Carpenter.
The term "4 hour work week" has become a by-word for the ultimate in systematizing your business, based on the huge popularity of Tim Ferris's book. But Sam Carpenter claims he works only half as hard as that!
Watch this interview with Sam where he describes how he turned a 100-hour work week into a 2-hour work week….
….then go get the pdf version of his book….
I think Sam explains the ideas better than most in terms of mind-set and practical methods to use. I've just finished re-reading his book, and I have made a very good start on following his recommendations for documentation.
I recommend this book to my mentees as background reading and guidance for both the Visioning and Planning stages of the Internet Professionals Master Agenda.
A word of warning, however. Sam's presentation suggests that his ideas can solve just about any problem. But there are no magic bullets in life, and his ideas do have their limits.
BUT that's not a reason to ignore his approach. Personally, I find it very helpful.