I love country music. Love, love, love country music! Each summer, my husband and I attend country concerts at Blossom Music Center, an outdoor venue located in Northeast Ohio. With most concerts, you pretty much know what to expect. The entertainers will play some music off their newest album, some of their older, yet popular songs, and possibly cover some hits from various artists. Usually the artist will introduce their band, talk to the audience a little, and throw out, “Hello, Ohio, how are you doing tonight!” about 10 times – each time the response from the audience getting a little louder.
The opening act plays for about 25 minutes, the set is torn down, the next act plays for about an hour, the set is torn down, and the headliner plays for about 1 hour 45 minutes. When the concert starts at 7 pm instead of 730 pm, I know I’m either going to get 30 extra minutes of music (since the concerts ALWAYS end by 11 pm) or an elaborate stage design that takes longer to transition to from performer to performer.
The business of putting on concerts is down to a science. No wasted energy, no wasted time. Each person has a job to do, and this job is timed out perfectly.
You want to see checklists, routines, systems at their finest, just watch the stage when one performer finishes as they set up for the next performer. Drum sets removed and replaced, speakers adjusted, lights moved, tarps removed, microphone stands positioned and more.
Just like at a concert, many of us live our lives day-to-day using a series of routines, checklists, and systems.
Using routines is how we become more efficient. This allows us to move from task, to task, to task without forgetting items. Maybe we use a morning routine or an evening routine. Possibly we use a routine for getting the kids out the door on time, cleaning the house, cooking meals. Or we use checklists to pack for business trips, schedule pool maintenance, and fill customer orders. Or we have set up a system for customer service calls, social media marketing, and website updates.