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AI Systems Saturday Newsletter

Unlock and Unleash the power of systems thinking to build ease into your life and business with 1 quality email every Saturday.

AI Systems Saturday Newsletter

Never Underestimate Someone Who Practices Systems Mastery in Their Free Time

December 24, 2022 | Jarrad Pouncil


Have you heard the quote “The more you learn, the more you earn”?I believe the more systems you learn, the more you earn (exponentially)I also believe how you think determines how much you earn.And “earn” is more than just monetary dollars (but that is an important part!)It also includes earning self-trust, confidence, happiness, health, well-being, family time, and personal sanity.In this letter, I desire to bring you a new perspective on systems in a way that helps you think, do, and be better in life and business.In the context of living a better life, systems refer to the habits and routines you have in place to help you consistently take action and make progress on your goals.A system can be as simple as a to-do list that keeps you on track and focused on your priorities.Or something more complex like a set of steps or operating procedures that you follow to manage a process at work.

The Case for Creating Systems

"Systems thinking is a way of understanding and managing the world that is different from the traditional, reductionist approach."
-Donella H. Meadows, Thinking in Systems
In high school, I created a system that ended up netting me a cool half-mill for college.If that's not the case for systems...then you just don't like money lolThis will be its own post one day, but the TL:DR of how I won $500k in scholarships:1. Mom telling me she can't afford to pay for college (catalyst) and other family members telling me middle school didn't really count
2. Be a great student
3. Get my teachers to pre-written my recommendation letters
4. Be first to get and return applications to show initiative and get first dibs on scholarship opportunities.
5. Run the scholarship application through my application system and turn it in the next day
6. Reuse essay structures (They asked all the same questions)
7. Apply for 30+ scholarships and win most of them
As you see there are multiple complex systems that were years in the making and required certain inputs and outputs from each component in the system to be successful.And it was definitely worth the effort 💰💰💰

Create Systems with Intention and Setting Meaningful Goals

You may not desire to win scholarship money…But you DO need a system to help break down your goals...whatever they are.Having an effective system in place can help take your big, huge, out-of-this-world goals and break them down into more manageable states.This will make it so much easier to make progress on a consistent basis, stay organized, and focus.Breaking your goals down can also helps:-Make the goal more achievable and manageable by creating small tasks that can be completed. This increases your motivation and reduces your feeling of overwhelm-It allows you to focus on one job, task, or assignment at a time, which will help keep you on track-Track your progress and see where you start and how far you have gone. This will help you stay motivated on the days you don’t feel like giving it 100-Identify issues and bottlenecks you couldn’t see because you were zoomed out. This will help you avoid wasting time, and increase your efficiency-Increase your motivation by celebrating the smaller wins vs. waiting till you accomplish your ultimate goal

Systems Can Hold You Back

Your system can also sometimes hold you back. Running ineffective or inefficient systems that are not aligned with your goals is a recipe in frustration and anger 😠You may have picked up…or let's be honest…built in a system of procrastination and laziness.Avoiding certain tasks all day…cleaning things you have never cleaned before just to avoid taking action on your stated goals.If your system isn’t well designed you will not be well-organized, and you will complete extra, unnecessary steps.Your system is leading to your overwhelm and burnout! No Bueno.

Do You Believe These Myths About Systems?

I was having a conversation with my wife (not a systems expert) about overwhelm when it comes to working with systems in life and business.I can see the stress on her face when I even bring up the topic of a new system...But she was able to help me understand why systems can seem so complicated, and create stress and anxiety!It's because what you have been taught or believe about systems isn't true.Myths people believe about systems:1. Systems are inflexible and rigidFact: Some systems may be structured in a way that makes them more rigid, but other systems can be flexible and agile. The key here is to design your system in a way that allows for flexibility and agility.2. Systems are difficult to understand and are too complexFact: Yes there are definitely complex systems to be found, systems can also be straightforward and simple. The key here is understanding all the components of a system and how they interact with each other to achieve the goal3. Systems are only used in big companiesFact: Companies use systems including small businesses and solopreneurs. The key is to identify where systems can help improve efficiency, effectiveness, or productivity.4. Systems are expensive to implement and maintainFact: There are costs to setting up and maintaining a system. But the real question is what is it costing you to not implement and maintain systems? In many cases, the benefits of a well-designed system will outweigh the costs.

You Blame the System, But You Really Lack Consistency

Your job has consistency and systems built in. It's the personal goals we really suck at.When you get to your personal goals, you get a little shifty.A personal goal of eating healthy requires discipline. It’s you versus your vegetables.Nobody forces you to eat broccoli. If you don’t you won't face any consequences. And we have clever ways to come up with excuses for why we are inconsistent."You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems."
-James Clear
The key to achieving your goals isn’t just setting high goals and hoping to achieve them, but creating and establishing systems, routines, habits, and rituals that make it easy to take action on a daily basis.This is how you set yourself up for long-term success.It will take a sustained effort over time...But developing strong systems and habits will keep you on track when facing any setback.So have one piece of broccoli today, two tomorrow, and three the next 😂

Becoming Successful is a System

No matter what you desire to do, there is a system or systems that can help you reach your goal.It's your leverage of systems that make you successful every day.Then you look up and other people are saying you ARE successful.  This is no accident.What a lot of you don’t know is that while people may look successful and doing great, on millionaire status, taking trips - their health is subpar, or they are stuck in an unfulfilling relationship.You want to design a balanced system…You want to design a balanced life!When you have an unbalanced system, you can cause major damage to other parts of the system.So you have to build maintenance in your system as well.I know all this seems like a lot. That's why you have to…

Make Some Time For Systems Learning

Those who understand systems do better in their life, career, and businessThey leverage systems from one area and apply learnings to other systems.It’s too easy to get caught up in our day to dayIf we just stopped and implemented a few simple changes in our system, we would see real growth and development, much easier than we ever imagined.Real growth lies in being intentional about which systems you implement.The unfair advantage systems give you will have people saying “I can’t believe she got results so fast!”Become obsessed with systems and people will think you’re x100 times smarter. Maybe x1000.Master systems thinking and you will be dangerous. Just don’t use your new superpowers evil 🙂Become the sort of person who looks lucky but secretly has super systems working for them behind the scenes.


What's Going On?

Inside the Self-Trust School and Self-Trust Mastery, we closed out our year with a celebration of all our accomplishments for the year.

Next Week's Topic: In the spirit of kicking off the new year, we will deep dive into how to find the system(s) to best help you achieve your goals in 2023.What do you have going on? Hit me on social and let me know!See you next week,-JP

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AI Systems Saturday Newsletter

3 Systems I'm Exploring In My Life Right Now

December 31, 2022 | Jarrad Pouncil


Welcome to the Systems Saturday Newsletter!Each Saturday I help you learn and discover systems that will save you hours and build ease into your life and business.This week's featured systems will help you:

  • Learn, research, and complete work faster than ever 🤯

  • Save time building your brand ✏️

  • Get rid of your stinky laundry 🦨

AI Revolutionizes Chatbots with ChatGPT: The Ultimate Virtual Assistant 🤯

You may have heard, seen, or read about ChatGPT on social media, news, or from family and friends.If you have yet to hear of OpenAI, or ChatGPT, prepare to have your mind blown.There is tons of hype around the next generation of AI ChatbotsAnd let me tell you I believe the hype is real and game-changing.What is ChatGPT?“ChatGPT is a natural language processing (NLP) technology developed by OpenAI. It is a chatbot platform that enables chatbots to respond to users in a natural, conversational way.”“ChatGPT can understand user input, generate appropriate responses, and remember user data to provide a more personalized experience. It can be used to create virtual assistants, customer service bots, and other chatbot applications.”And yes…I just quoted AI describing itself.I believe the next wave of innovation with AI will be 1000x anything we saw in the internet revolution. And it’s progressing fast.We have entered a world where you can talk with ChatGPT and it can answer almost any question.This is a game-changer for every industry and allows individuals to harness now the power and knowledge of data recorded across human history.It can even give you working code, or debug code!I see millions of one-person businesses being create because owners can use tools to do everything by themselves, in less time than ever before.I am not even sure if I have the words to describe how excited this makes me for the future…
There will be possible side effects of these systems…
But they are here to stay.Using AI will become standard and will be integrated with all systems and applications.How can you take advantage of ChatGPT?See the next system below.Time/Hours Saved: 40+ hours/week!

The Efficient Content Creation: How a Content Creation System Can Transform Your Workflow

For any business or brand, content creation can be a huge undertaking, especially trying to figure out what to write daily.Then you need to schedule it and post it consistently.And so you sit down and stare at a blank page hoping to magically generate ideas and have your content done in 30 min…The reality is it takes you a lot longer unless you already have a system in place.But with the introduction of AI tools such as ChatGPT, it has never been easier to create content and automate your social media post.In this newsletter, I used AI to

  1. Generate an Outline

  2. Find related quotes for inspiration

  3. Create better headlines and titles

  4. Generate ideas when I was stuck

This is just really scratching the surface.ChatGPT can write a paper…ChatGPT can write a book…ChatGPT can write sales copy…ChatGPT can code and debug…ChatGPT can create a product brief...ChatGPT can create a business plan for a $1B company…It also lowers the barrier of entry into fields for non-technical folks.Add this with no-code tools and you can up-skill yourself in months what it took techies like me a career to learn.What is going to be the differentiator in the future is how you can craft authentic messages and distribute your unique thoughts and options on platforms that are seen by your target audience.The final version of my system will allow for this newsletter to be broken up into smaller pieces of content and posted throughout the week using automation.It’s like a partner who is great at doing tasks, research, and reviews, but still needs leadership.I am stoked to continue to learn about the capabilities of ChatGPT and other AI systems and imagine what the future could be like.Time/Hours Saved: 10hrs/week

Outsource Your Stinky Tasks to Save Time and Your Nose 👃🦨

Ever since our son Sage was born in January this year, there are a few things that have fallen by the wayside…Number #1 is laundry!You don’t realize how overwhelmed you are until you don't have any clean underwear 😕And look in the laundry room and see piles of wet, dirty, stinky clothes…And with Sage, there has been an explosion of said clothes.Not just for him, but also for the parents.The tennis and workout clothes also give the laundry room extra flavor. 🎾So a few weeks ago, I found a laundry service.Not only will they wash and fold their laundry…They pick it up and drop it off.And everything can be scheduled through their app.Perfect solution for anyone, especially parents who are also super busy.And now we have clean underwear!And sometime back to spend with Sage 😃Time/Hours Saved: 5hrs/week

Wrapping It Up

This week we saved 55+ hours with systems by

  1. Leveraging ChatGPT as our ultimate virtual assistant

  2. Maximizing your productivity with a content creation system that streamlines your workflow

  3. Getting your unpleasant dirty laundry done outsourcing


What's Going This Week @ The Self-Trust Company

It’s quiet inside of the Self-Trust School and Self-Trust Mastery as we end the year and spend time with our family.But I am excited to kick things off next year with our Yearly Planning Session.We are planning for 2023 including OKRs (objectives and key results), projects, and most importantly planning our vacations!We are also working on a Notion version of the Self-Trust System to help our clients execute their daily tasks with ease.Signup for this newsletter to be the first to know when it drops.To Your Self-Trust,-JP

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AI Systems Saturday Newsletter

A System For Managing Your Overwhelm + Free Notion Template

January 7, 2023 | Jarrad Pouncil


Welcome to the Systems Saturday Newsletter!Each Saturday I help you learn and discover systems that will save you hours and build ease into your life and business.This week's featured systems will help you:

  • Detect when you are headed into overwhelm, and reaching your limits

  • Measure your daily progress of reducing your overwhelm, and burnout and increase your quality of life

The Importance of Capacity Management: A Personal Case Study

I gotta be honest…This week's newsletter creation was going well until Friday evening…During the week I have been working on it for ~20 minutes/day or so, with the plan of writing on Friday evenings.I usually take time after Sage is asleep around 8 PM to knock on the draft of this newsletter and finish the edit in the am…But last night I crashed around 9 PM.What happened?I miscalculated my capacity for the day…I did not have the energy to finish my plan for the day…The wifey even had to wake me up to remind me to brush my teeth…I was dead 🧟

The Basics of Personal Capacity Management

All systems have their limits…All systems have a capacity or the amount of energy that can be used before the system reaches failure.In our everyday life…the system is you 🙂Understanding how to manage your time and energy levels is part of self-care.Including knowing when to work, and when to take breaks.Knowing when to engage in more stressful activities, and when to take physical and mental rest.And knowing when to just go to bed 🛏️At its essence, personal capacity management is the process of balancing your workload and time to achieve peak productivity and develop a healthy balance.Understanding your energy levels, and your well-being and remembering to take breaks.

New Year, a New System: My Plan for Increased Capacity in 2023

In 2023 I am looking to step up my game in a few areas, and this newsletter is a major component of my plan.But I knew that working on the newsletter and posting on social media regularly while working a 9-5 would be a challenge.Everything takes longer with a baby too…I don’t think we have made it on time to anywhere since sage was born.But 2023 is a new year 😎So I created a system over Christmas break to make it a lot easier.But this week was the first test of my new system…And well..things were all good until last night lol.So what happened?

Knowing Your Limits

In short, I reached my limit or capacity or the amount of energy I had available for writing the newsletter.I didn’t take into account the energy needed for:

  • Playing tennis in the morning with my wife and good friend would take…

  • My 9-5 meetings

  • Holding two networking calls

And so by the end of the day, I was a goner.Have you ever been overwhelmed by your day and just crash?It feels like you're drowning in…everything!When you're actually drowning, they advise you to stay calm, and drop any unnecessary baggage…So the newsletter got dropped last night 😣

The Power of Personal Capacity Measurement: The Benefits of Knowing Your Limits

Crashing and burning out do not feel good, but they are important key indicators.And you should listen up.Otherwise, you end up with a host of health issues. Yikes!So having the self-awareness to see your limits is a huge benefit.Having the self-awareness to measure your capacity:

  • Leads to growth and personal development

  • Improved productivity and efficiency

  • Better self-management and time management

  • Better decision-making

  • Reduced stress, and burnout

Tracking Your Capacity

Do you have a system for measuring your capacity and energy?This can be as simple as:

  • Daily Planning

  • A To-Do List

  • Journaling

  • Meditation

  • Asking yourself “how do I feel right now?”

Bonus points if you can check off each daily.Anything so that you can track your progress and know how much you can handle daily.Capacity can be further broken down into mental, emotional, and physical capacity.And capacity is different for everyone.That's why knowing your personal capacity is so important.No one else can define what that is except you!But no matter who you are…Overwhelmed = Overcapacity

The Self-Trust System Daily Planner

In 2022 keeping up my daily habit of planning and measuring my capacity led to our biggest revenue year.To help you in your journey, I am sharing the exact template we use to plan our days.You can copy this Notion template and use it to track your day.Included Sections:

  • What are you grateful for today?

  • What are you focusing on today?

  • Today will be great if…

  • Current Projects

  • Daily Schedule

  • Daily Wrap-up

  • Today's Wins and Accomplishments

  • Tomorrow’s Priorities

  • Journaling and Reflections

You don't have to start with everything from day one…Even if you just list your top 2-3 to-dos, you will find it brings more ease into how you take action throughout the day.Whenever I am lost during the day, or don't know what I should be working on I return back to the planner.I even have it as the first thing I see when I unlock my phone to keep myself focused:

This is the very first version of this template.We have plans to keep expanding this Notion doc into the full Self-Trust System and are excited to share it with you over the next few months.

Wrapping It Up

Key Takeaways:


What's Going On This Week @ The Self-Trust Company

We are kicking off our first sessions of the year at the Self-Trust School and Self-Trust Mastery.When you’re ready, check out our free Notion Daily Planner.See you next week!Peace, Love & Self-Trust,-JP

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AI Systems Saturday Newsletter

3 AI Systems You Can Leverage to 20x Your Productivity

January 21, 2023 | Jarrad Pouncil


Welcome to the Systems Saturday Newsletter!Each Saturday I help you learn and discover systems that will save you hours and build ease into your life and business.This week will focus on the exciting tools and developments around AI systems.I will also let you know how we are using these AI systems over at The Self-Trust CompanyLet’s get into it!

3 Amazing AI Systems

1. Repurpose.ioWith Repurpose.io you can chop up your YouTube videos, Podcasts, other videos, and longer content into smaller pieces of connect for social media.You can repurpose content for TikTok, IG Reels, Youtube Shorts, Facebook Posts, and LinkedIn Posts. They also provide guides on exactly how to reuse your content.The AI finds clips that make great content, and the tool also gives you the option to select clips manually.I created a few pieces of content from a FB Live my wife did this week and will keep playing around to see if we can add it to our workflow.2. Soundraw.ioNeed a beat or music for a Youtube video? With Soundraw.io you create AI generated Royalty-free music.The apps give you several options to select from including mood, genre, theme, length, tempo, and instruments for your song.Right now I am listening to a song that is Dark, Elegant, Heavy, Restless, and Sexy…I'm going to be the next Pharrell.Don’t be surprised if you hear me freestyling over an AI beat in the near future.3. GPT For Sheets
Want to spend less time on Google Sheets?
I know…like everyone!This plugin gives you the power of OpenAI inside Google Sheets and Docs.Imagine not having to know what formula you need, just ask GPT and the AI will add the formula to the Sheet. This is a must-have for my 9-5.Speeds up my workflow tremendously.But Google is on “code red” with OpenAI threatening its search dominance.Which leads us to…

3 Amazing Developments AI Systems

1. Google Calls In Help From Larry Page and Sergey Brin for A.I. Fight2. Microsoft Considers Investing $10 Billion In OpenAI, Maker Of ChatGPT: Here’s What It Means For Investors3. AI chatbot’s MBA exam pass poses test for business schoolsThanks for checking out this week's newsletter!If you enjoyed this post, feel free to share it with friends!


What's Going On This Week @ The Self-Trust Company

We are starting the year strong at the Self-Trust School and Self-Trust Mastery.This week we are finishing our 2023 planning, and getting ready to Play Big in February.When you’re ready, check out our free Notion Daily Planner.See you next week!Peace, Love & Self-Trust,-JP

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AI Systems Saturday Newsletter

3 Interesting AI Systems To Improve Your Writing

January 28, 2023 | Jarrad Pouncil


Welcome to the Systems Saturday Newsletter!Each Saturday I help you learn and discover systems that will save you hours and build ease into your life and business.This week will focus on the exciting tools and developments around AI systems.I will also let you know how we are using these AI systems over at The Self-Trust CompanyLet’s go!

3 Interesting AI Systems To Improve Your Writing

1. Frase.ioWe have been using Frase.io since 2020 to help research, write, and optimize high-quality SEO content in minutes instead of hours.They recently added new features using AI that help improve Blog Posts, generate how-to guides, listicles, IG captions, outlines, product descriptions, and a bunch of other features to speed up your content creation process.They are also partnering with OpenAI + ChatGPT with more advanced features in the works.2. Nichesss.comAnother tool we have been using for a few years is Nichesss.com. This copywriting AI comes with a number of prompts built-in and has a simple user interface.Similar to other writing tools they help you generate anything from long form content, book ideas, boot titles, characters for stories, course descriptions, and even rap lyrics and a rapper name.What makes Nichesss stand out is the ability for anyone to create an AI widget for their website and connect to their API.3. writi.io
Writi.io is a ChatGPT AI writing assistant that creates highly unique and meaningful content in an instant for LinkedIn and email.
It works directly in LinkedIn and your email provider via a Chrome plugin. Once installed, you can generate posts, respond to comments, or send DMs that were crafted with the help of writi.io.I was able to create to generate a few good post while testing the tool, and I can see this AI helping business owners and marketers who are focused on outbound marketing via LinkedIn or email.

3 Interesting Developments AI Systems News

1.ChatGPT banned in NYC schools over learning impact concerns2. ChatGPT is 'not particularly innovative,' and 'nothing revolutionary', says Meta's chief AI scientist3. Humanity May Reach Singularity Within Just 7 Years, Trend Shows

3 Must-See AI Videos

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What's Going On This Week @ The Self-Trust Company

We are starting the year strong at the Self-Trust School and Self-Trust Mastery.This week we are finishing our 2023 planning, and getting ready to Play Big in February.When you’re ready, check out our free Notion Daily Planner.See you next week!Peace, Love & Self-Trust,-JP

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AI Systems Saturday Newsletter

Enhance Your Business Apps and Websites with These 3 AI Tools

February 4, 2023 | Jarrad Pouncil


Welcome to the AI Systems Saturday Newsletter!Each Saturday I help you learn and discover AI Systems and Tools that will save you hours and build ease into your life and business.This week will focus on the exciting tools and developments around AI Business Systems.I will also let you know how we are using these AI Systems and Tools over at The Self-Trust Company.Sage is ready for the AI revolution...Are you?

Let’s check out this week's developments!

3 AI Technologies to Enhance Your Business

1. Mixo.ioMixo generates complete website content instantly with just a brief idea description. You can create eye-catching landing pages without any coding or design skills and begin building your subscriber list.The platform comes equipped with an email waiting list and all the necessary tools to launch, grow, and test your ideas.We just started a redesign for all our brands, and it's not exactly cheap! But with this tool, I was able to create this site with copy and images with just a two-sentence prompt.

This tool is amazing because it is simple to use. You can go from idea to live site in less than 10 min!2. builder.aiWith Builder, transform your app idea into a tangible reality in just a few days with this prototype design service.Creating a mobile app can cost anywhere between $10k-$250k depending on the features...most of us don't have that kind of money just sitting around!That's why you want to build an MVP or prototype before you commit your coins to get it done.Using their AI product manager and assistant, you can build your prototype and get a glimpse of how the app will look and how the screens will flow, but also allows you to simulate user interactions.By prototyping early on, you can test your app concept, gather feedback, and make necessary iterations before moving on to the actual app build.3. meetcody.aiCody bills itself as "Your AI-Assistant for Business". Think of it as an AI employee that can be tailored to your business needs.Imagine having a highly-skilled employee who can analyze information, generate ideas, and execute work. Cody can support your existing team or work independently, providing you with the benefit of an intelligent AI resource.I think this is something all businesses should be doing. I see this AI tool learning everything about The Self-Trust Company, and then creating a website for potential clients and customers to ask questions about the company and our services.A Google for The Self-Trust Company 😀.

3 Interesting Developments AI Systems News

1.ChatGPT may be coming for our jobs. Here are the 10 roles that AI is most likely to replace.2. ChatGPT's soaring popularity has added $5 billion to the wealth of Nvidia's founder as Wall Street bets on AI boom for the chipmaker3. The accelerating use of generative AI may prompt U.S. action

3 Must-See AI Videos

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What's Going On This Week @ The Self-Trust Company

This month we are focusing on how to identify and monitor your patterns at the Self-Trust School and Self-Trust Mastery.We created our free Notion Daily Planner to help you do exactly that.Notion also released AI tech directly within their app. I have been playing around with it this week, so expect more to come on how to use this app, and plan your day with the help of AI.See you next week!Peace, Love & Self-Trust,-JP

Unlock and Unleash the power of AI systems and tools to build ease into your life and business with 1 quality email every Saturday.