Some good friends of mine recently purchased a very nice security system, but hadn't taken the time to train their kids on how to use it when they entered or exited the home. Unfortunately, they had a break-in and lost many of their possessions as well as having extensive damage to their home. The aftermath has been quite a struggle to make sure their identity was not breached through the computers that were stolen and to repair/replace things.
Most loan officers I talk with have incorporated a few systems to help them in their business. Many times, the cost is coming out of their pocket. (Mortgage Market Guide, Mortgage Coach,Velma, Loan Tool Box, etc.) Yet, more often than not, they tell me that they are not using these to the best of their ability and at times, not at all. We often feel overwhelmed with the amount of information... to the point of doing nothing.
Obviously, utilizing systems in your business can help you to be more effective, increase referrals and help you to get more done in less time. But that's only if you are USING the system. Many of these can seem overwhelming if you are just starting out or if you haven't gone through the learning curve yet.
I recommend baby steps.
1. Block out 30 minutes each day to study and work in the system.
2. Get yourself familiar with the basics first and then move on to the more advanced.
3. USE something within the system as soon as possible as this "hands-on" time will increase your retention and desire to keep on improving.
p.s. I just upgraded my security system and yes... everyone in my house knows how to use it.