This morning, as I wandered into the kitchen, still half asleep, I remembered that there were pre-made smoothie bags in the freezer from this week’s meal prep.
For a delicious berry + greens protein smoothie, all I needed to do was:
- Pop the bag out of the freezer
- Dump it into the blender
- Add soy milk
- Turn the blender on
(Spot the critical missing step yet?)
I followed my remembered process, prep my smoothie, turn the blender on, and smoothie promptly coats my kitchen cabinets and counter.
I forgot to put the lid back on the blender.
You don’t ever think to yourself:
I should write down the steps I follow to make my morning smoothie
or, for the business equivalent:
I should write down the steps for how I use my budgeting software
Or Google Analytics. Or add a page to your website. Or send an email to your list. Or invoice a client.
And then, when you don’t expect it, smoothie flies up into your face.
No matter how small the action or project, if it’s something you’re going to do more than once, write the steps down. Create a Standard Operating Procedure you can follow. Future you will thank you for taking the time to write down the steps:
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