Geeking out about SOPs with reader Mike Wolfe

Sent by Jonathan Stark on March 29th, 2019

Reader Mike Wolfe wrote in about my 10-Day Systems Challenge. He and I had an email exchange that I think you’ll find useful if you’re interested in systematizing your business (shared with permission):


Michael:

I’m a big fan of this. I’ve been doing it for years. I spent 10 years as the secretary and treasurer of a tiny borough. The job paid $1200/yr; it was basically a community service. I didn’t want to keep doing it forever, but felt guilty stepping aside because I knew the borough would struggle to fill the position. To make the position easier to fill (and to reduce my guilt when I stepped aside) I started making step-by-step lists for all my duties, reports, etc. The idea was to ease the transition for my successor. I was not expecting it to improve my own productivity as much as it did. It was mind blowing. Since then I’ve applied the same approach to my day job. Until I saw your email, though, I never considered it as a noteworthy business practice. As for the secretary position, I passed the torch on that last January. And I handed my successor a 50+ page PDF printout of my DokuWiki SOP. Thanks for listening, Mike P.S. I love DokuWiki for this for a whole bunch of reasons, but I’ve rambled long enough. I’ll gladly share them if you’re curious, though.

Jonathan:

Thanks for your note, Mike! I’d love to hear more about why you like DokuWiki :)

Yours,

—J