The Mental Model Behind Every High-Performer I Know

By Nat Eliason in Productivity

Published or Updated on Oct 14, 2020

During my first college internship, I completely replaced myself with Visual Basic scripts. Let me explain.

I had been working in Excel for the first month of the internship. Basic market analysis stuff for a government consulting firm. I was annoyed by having to do the same things over and over again, and while cell functions were helping, they weren't handling as much of the work as I thought the computer could.

Then I got some advice from another intern doing some programming work for them:

"If you're doing something manually on a computer more than once, there's probably a way to make the computer do it for you."

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Whatever scale it's at, the systems mindset is a key piece of entrepreneurial and professional success, and even if we've adopted it in one area, we may be blind to other parts of our life where we're failing to employ it.

In this article, I'm going to explore what makes the systems mindset so powerful, how we can use it to be more effective in our personal and professional lives, plus some common challenges with using it and how to overcome them.

By the end, you'll have a roadmap for spotting and creating more systems in your life, freeing you up to focus on your most important work.

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