Hospitals use simple systems to eliminate possibly fatal errors.
A simple tool like a Sharpie pen was responsible for eliminating the error of operating on the wrong limb. To avoid the mistake of treating the wrong body part, surgeons were required to write their name on the correct body part that required treatment. Additionally, the alcohol-based ink stored in a standard Sharpie reduced the risk of transmitting infectious bacteria.
We tend to make mistakes when we are careless.
The opposite of being careless is not to be more careful with your actions but to adjust the systems.
Design Better Systems To Avoid Mistakes
We need to build care into our systems. Surgeons wash their hands before any kind of procedure. This seems like an unnecessary action because they wear sterile gloves anyway. However, this practice is part of a systematic approach that eliminates the risk of contamination.
We often tend to overlook checklists and processes although these practices are essentially systems that were created to avoid mistakes.
How To Create Better Systems
An everyday example of systems thinking is building useful habits into our lifestyle.
Some people develop the habit of organizing their wardrobe to ensure that their clothes are easily accessible. And they build a system for rotating through all their clothes.
Reduce the time it takes for you to get dressed by creating such simple habits in your lifestyle.
It also reduces the overwhelm of having to make that often difficult decision, “What am I going to wear today?”
All it takes is a better system.
Meditating daily is a system that brings more peace into your life. Regular workouts and good dietary habits reduce the possibility of illness.
The next time you catch yourself making a mistake or getting frustrated, remind yourself to build better systems to avoid making the same mistake twice.
Sheevaun Moran is a business advisor, master coach, quantum energy thought leader and the founder of Energetic Solutions. She uses business principles with energetic techniques to help more than 25,000 entrepreneurs, CEOs and leaders bring instant focus and shifts to clarity, purpose, and profits.
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