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As a small business owner, I’ve had to bootstrap myself for over a decade. When you don’t have enough money to hire a consulting firm, or an agency or even other people, it’s on you and you alone to do what needs to be done.A large part of my business career, as I’m sure many others is what to do when it comes to design? Whether that’s a website, logo, packaging - you name it. Every business no matter how large or small needs design work.Now when it comes to design, I’ve been a f Learn More
Sometimes I ask myself, how do I do it?According to Todoist, since August of 2016, I’ve completed 2,640 tasks, which translates into:563 tasks a month
140 tasks a week
23 tasks a day (6 days per week)Now when you take into account that this does not factor in my daily routines, meetings or delegated tasks to my assistants, it’s a feat I’m quite proud of.1It’s incredible how far I’ve come from where I was a few years ago. I was struggling to get anything done, an Learn More
We all have had our various experiences with animals. Whether we’re happy to see them, or get angry at them for destroying something.In many ways, our relationship with our pets can mirror our relationships with people too.If a dog, dare I say - eats your homework, you’ll probably get mad at him. Your cat might scratch up your leather couch, or knock things off the counter in a nonchalant manner.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBqk3yNiTX0The easiest reaction we can have is on Learn More
Everyday we learn and experiment. Sometimes it’s done by reading or taking a class, other times it occurs through life experiences or conversations with others.We then take what we learn and implement into into our everyday lives.At a basic level, this is relatively easy.You learn the Rule of Thirds in photography, and the quality of your pictures takes a leap forward. You learn how to actively listen, and suddenly people are more excited to talk to you.However, becoming ex Learn More
For the last several years, outsourcing has been a hot topic across the startup and solopreneur communities. The idea of optimizing your time while minimizing costs is one that has very obvious benefits.As the well-worn adage goes, if you can outsource your $10/hr tasks, and focus your own energy on the $1,000/hr tasks, your profits will shoot into the stratosphere – and the few dollars that you spend on outsource will pay for themselves one-hundred fold.I myself have used outsourcing Learn More
On May 31, 2009, Air France Flight 447 took off from Rio De Janeiro, en route to Paris. It was a clear summer evening as the plane lifted off the runway, preparing for the long flight across the Atlantic.The 228 passengers included honeymooners, students, and the wife of one of the pilots – none of which anticipated that this flight would be their last.As Charles Duhigg shares in Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business, it wasn’t until nearly t Learn More
What you don’t do determines what you can do. – Tim Ferriss
Have you ever lost out on an opportunity because you had already committed to something mediocre?Maybe you agree to see an average movie only to get invited later to go snowboarding that same day. Or perhaps you commit to working exclusively with one client over the next four weeks – only to be forced to turn down a better offer you receive a day later.While you could renege on your promises in both of these situations Learn More
One of the quickest ways to stunt the growth of your business is to do everything yourself. As I’ve mentioned before, you want to spend the majority of your time on the $100/hr and $1000/hr activities. If you spend 90% of your day on the $10/hr activities, not only are you placing a very low cap on your income - but you’re probably not spending your time doing the work that you truly enjoy.Regardless of what type of business you’re in, I imagine that the parts you enjoy the most a Learn More
It’s a hot summer day and firefighters are battling the flaming inferno - hoping to save those trapped at the top of the nearly consumed apartment building. Things aren’t looking good - and hope is quickly fading.But then, when the outcome appears its bleakest in the city of South Park, a hero arrives!Up in the sky - it’s a bird, it’s a plane. No, it’s Captain Hindsight!The onlookers cheer as the superhero descends to discuss the situation with the fire chief.What’s Learn More
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. – T. S. Eliot
Too many people ignore potential opportunities because the desired outcome is “unlikely”.The guy doesn’t talk to the girl because the girl is out of his league; the art enthusiast doesn’t apply for the curator job because she doesn’t have the right college degree; the overweight computer engineer doesn’t do sit-ups because a six pack is too far away.The list of excuses is longer Learn More
If you’re looking to become more productive in time for the holidays, then boy I’ve got some chrome extensions for you.
Boomerang for Gmail
An oldie but a goody. This was one of the first Gmail extensions that aimed to reduce the likelihood you’d forget about an email/task if the the person you were emailing didn’t respond. The extension’s basic function is to boomerang the email back to your inbox if the other party doesn’t reply to you within a specified period of time. It’s Learn More
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
Benjamin Franklin, master of productivity, coined this chiasmus. It can can apply to any facet of your life, but of course I find it particularly relevant in how I’ve organized my life. Preparing for success means developing a routine for success and sticking with it.But the question that I get constantly is “How exactly do you do it? How can you do so much?”In part, it requires that you find an innate ability within yourself t Learn More
Benjamin Franklin was a busy man. Besides founding a country, he served as a diplomat, owned several businesses, and developed nearly a dozen inventions - including bifocals, swimming fins, and his own odometer. And despite this busy schedule he still found time for his wife of 38 years and at least a dozen mistresses. Clearly, Ben knew how to manage his time.While he developed many different productivity strategies, one of his most helpful tools was his daily schedule.First, Franklin be Learn More
Are you using Upwork (formerly known as Odesk) for your business?If you’re a small-time entrepreneur, then you’ve likely used or are using this platform. The variety of tasks you can hire freelancers to do is endless and it offers some great benefits - like tax liability exemption and payroll handling.I’ve used it myself and have been able to find people who reliably perform very specific tasks for me on a recurring basis. For example, I outsource my flight videos to a guy on the o Learn More
How Meditation Helps Entrepreneurs Avoid Burnout
Imagine starting your day with a fresh mind – no burden from the day before, no worries about what’s to come. Imagine ending it the same way. Believe it or not, some of the most powerful CEOs in America do just that. Instead of falling asleep to the ping of yet another urgent email, Padmasree Warrior, former CTO of Cisco Systems and Motorola takes some time every night to escape the stress of running a multi-national company to do just one si Learn More
Ah traveling, we all love it - right? Maybe we enjoy a different change of pace for once, or maybe it’s frequently for business. Either way, this is one instance where typically the destination is better than the journey.The problem with traveling, at least for myself is the shear amount of things one has to take into account. Are you traveling to a foreign country? Then make sure you have your shots, tell your countries embassy you’re going there and add their phone numbers to your cont Learn More
There is a great project management system (PMS) I liked to use called Redbooth. There are a ton of PMS software out there like Asana, Basecamp, Trello and many more, but something about Redbooth made it great. Growing a team means that each team member will require input and guidance in order to effectively reach their goals. The problem I always had with other software was the amount of email notifications I’d get in my inbox. Sure I could disable those notifications but there was no effecti Learn More
We sleep for 26 years in total, so the ultimate productivity hack is undeniably improving our quality of sleep. Imagine if all your life, you thought breathing was best accomplished by inhaling through a straw. Improve your waking life by invalidating misconceptions; it’s that simple.You’ll relate to this: You look at your alarm clock. It says 4:36AM. You’ve been trying to go to bed for the past 2 hours, and the longer you’re awake, the more you worry about having to properly “wake Learn More
Recently I was having to work with my HR guy on hiring somebody. I was reviewing her profile and she had the following under Communications Associate:Search Optimization
WordPress Site Optimization
YouTube Video OptimizationsAnd a few others. However this brings me to an important idea about skill analyzing.When you’re interviewing somebody it’s important to consider whether they understand the concept or whether they we Learn More
I cannot say for sure how globally widespread the societal stigma attached to being someone who is uncertain of what they want to do in life is. It seems that the commonly agreed upon perception of success in life comes from a lifetime of achievements and excellence in a lucrative and prestigious career. The very concept of a career suggests that we should all select one field and work that field for the rest of our working lives. And as success is a common end-goal for everyone, it then only se Learn More
In todays culture, we’re obsessed with productivity. Whether it’s getting more done or simply being more focused. It’s all about output. The less distracted we can be in a world that is constantly vying for our attention, the better.So what is one of the most popular ways to increase our productivity? Using Productivity tools and techniques.With techniques like the Pomodori Technique and the Getting Things Done method, there are a host of ways we can learn to be more productive thr Learn More
Everyday we wakeup, whether it be to the sound of the alarm clock or the sunlight hitting our faces. Each day we drag ourselves to work, or maybe we’re content with it. Either way, each day is a new challenge and for many of us it doesn’t get easier.We need to stop and take a little time each day to appreciate where we are and think about our current situation and our future goals. By having a clear path to the future it allows us to envision the goals we need to do today in order to get Learn More
It’s okay to be distracted, just don’t let the distraction…distract you. Give me a moment and I’ll show you why distractions happen and how to manage them.It seems like we’re always on the hunt for some new way to be more productive. It also seems like one of our biggest gripes as a society comes from our effort to be more productive and more efficient.We all seem to aspire to be more productive with our work, but maybe, just perhaps – we’re just approaching it from the w Learn More
What does it mean to be productive? How can we be more productive in a day? This seems like an epic, lifelong struggle many of us deal with on a daily basis. Whether you’re trying to not do that report at the last minute or feeling like you’re always guilty for playing when you think you should be working it all revolves around being productive during a small part of the day. Follow me as I explore some ways that we can conquer the fearsome, Productivity Monster…
Don’t let the productiv Learn More
I recently did an interview and thought I’d share my response here on my blog. I go over some of my own personal habits and how I balance my work and personal life so I maintain strong work ethics without burning out.
What does your typical day look like?
Cody: I’ve spent many years trying to find the best way to work, think and do. When I was younger I focused all my free time to learning how to become more productive. I was trying to optimize myself to become the most productive entr Learn More
This probably describes you: you stare at a monitor from 9 to 5 on the weekdays, then you go home and stare at a monitor some more until bedtime. This type of scenario describes many. Above all, this type of scenario describes myself.
One does not simply quit the internet
However, I’d agree with you that one cannot simply quit the internet. The internet is essential in many of our daily activities, including work. But take a step back and ask yourself, how much time are you spending every si Learn More
Why it works.
Being productive is about getting important things done consistently. It is the progress we make day in and day out that propels us towards our goals. Finding time is hard, especially in the morning and it is so easy to make overload ourselves with tasks we never get to, so why even try? Most people seem to think that being productive is about getting as many things done as possible, as fast as possible. While this frantic cycle might be sustainable on a short-term basis, it is by Learn More
#1. Do Not start Outsourcing for at least 1-2 months from your launch date.This is really the most important part that many entrepreneurs procrastinate over. You’re already doing a lot, why not outsource this, that and before you know it – you’re outsourcing your entire operation. This may sound ideal but this can have an impact in your own relationship with your business. When you start a company, you need to be the mastermind. If it’s your own company then it’s better to do as mu Learn More
So where do our emotions come from?
It’s not always cause and effect when it comes to our emotions. If you have plans to hang out with friends later tonight, you might be a little excited to do so. Your excitement comes from a direct result of what we think we will feel, and not the actual event itself. It’s partly why when you order a new iPhone and can’t wait to get it. Quite often you’re more excited in the anticipation up to the event, vs the event itself. Essentially I’m saying o Learn More
People will slap you with labels your whole life. You can choose to either accept these labels, reinterpret them as you see fit, or you can disregard them altogether. Now I don’t think labels are altogether bad. Labels are just how people organize and simplify the world around them which can be daunting in its complexity. I’m going to present to you a way I’ve used labels to my benefit.Remember this always: No one knows you more than you know yourself. And from what we have learned fro Learn More