Episode 195 |

Achieve Big Productivity Gains from the 1% Rule with Tommy Baker

If you're a regular audience to the show, you know that I'm a major productivity nerd. My guest for this episode is someone who intrigues me because he has developed his own simple process for getting things done and achieving his goals, and it works. His name is Tommy Baker and he calls his system, The 1% Rule. It's all about embracing the daily grind and developing a routine that gets resolved. Tommy has applied this method to his own life, but he also helps others realize their dreams via his coaching business, the Resist Average Academy. This is going to be an epic deep-dive into productivity and the secrets that underpin massive success. We will be discussing everything from mindset and coaching to biohacking and ice baths. Strap in because you don't want to miss some of the powerful insights in this episode.

Episode 191 |

Outsourcing Your Workforce with Nathan Hirsch

The idea of hiring a remote workforce is highly appealing, especially if you're a solo entrepreneur or a small business owner. What's not to like? You get access to a flexible team without the pesky overheads of a traditional business, like office space and payroll tax. In reality, managing a remote team is trickier than it sounds. First off, it can be hard to find and retain top tier talents. Secondly, you might have other obstacles like work delays due to time zones or cultural differences that might affect internal communication. My guest for this episode number 191 is someone who understands these struggles. Nathan Hirsch is the Cofounder of FreeeUp, a company that connects businesses with professionals in eCommerce, digital marketing, development and much more.   Stay tuned as we reveal the secrets to hiring and managing world-class talent, implementing systems to keep your remote business running smoothly and much more. If you've ever considered hiring freelancers, this episode is going to provide massive value in terms of maximizing the ROI on your outsourcing budget. This episode is the perfect companion to episode number 117 with Carolyn Ketchum, my former head virtual assistant, episode number 62 with Chris Rugh, episode number 114 with Nick Sonnenberg, episode number 116 with Nick Loper, episode number 118 with Ari Meisel and episode number 145 with Trivinia Barber.

Episode 189 |

Becoming A Hands Off CEO with Mandi Ellefson

Many of us start a business to escape the 9 to 5 grind and take control of our lives, but too often the business ends up controlling us. We find ourselves trapped in a role we didn't envision for ourselves. We spent hours of each day on email and various mundane tasks with no time left over to work on longer-term goals. We work in the business when we should be working on the business. If your business seems like a never-ending slog, then you'll definitely want to hear from my guest for this episode, Mandi Ellefson. She is the Founder and CEO of Hands-Off CEO. She not only teaches business owners how to free 20% to 50% of their work week, she shows them how to boost profits at the same time. Many of her clients have added five figures to their net profit every month and even stepped away from day-to-day operations entirely to focus on growth. This is a powerful episode for business owners and aspiring business owners. Stay tuned as we discuss everything from finding the right talent to scaling strategies that work.

Episode 186 |

The Power Trifecta for Getting Organized with Charles Byrd

When you run a business or household for that matter, it's easy for things to descend into chaos. That's always been true but with all the distractions available to us now, it's far easier for us to get bogged down with information overload and shiny objects syndrome. This isn't a minor issue. If you don't get a handle on chaos in your business or in your life, it can quickly escalate into serious problems. My guest for this episode is productivity expert, Charles Byrd. He is an Evernote-certified influencer and a coach who teaches top CEOs how to tune out the noise and become more focused and productive. If your inbox is overflowing, your Google Drive is filled with incoherent notes and your desk is littered with scribbled Post-its, Charles might just change your life. In this conversation, we'll reveal an amazing Power Trifecta for getting organize and the secret to finding your five-second superpower, as well as how to get off slack and start getting stuff done.   I got to experience Charles’ brilliance firsthand through his online course about Evernote and then through some private coaching and all I have to say is, “Wow.” In fact, I'll be hosting a webinar with Charles as a speaker where we will go deeper into his amazing framework. If you like this episode and I know you will, then you'll want to register for the webinar at www.KillTheChaos.pro/Optimized. If you've been reading this blog, you'll know that productivity is a topic that's near and dear to my heart and it's a recurring theme here at the show. If you too are passionate about productivity and focus, do yourself a favor and check out my excellent interviews of David Allen, Cal Newport, Chris Bailey, Ari Meisel, Nick Sonnenberg, Tiago Forte, Mike Vardy, Will Henshall and Tim Ferriss. I can promise you some life-changing life hacks. There's even a productivity category on the GetYourselfOptimized.com website to make it even easier for you to find them.

Episode 184 |

The Secret Weapon of the Highly Productive with Tiago Forte

Our brains can hold only so much information. If you're an ambitious person like me, you probably have many projects and ideas on the go that some things get forgotten. It's almost like you need a second brain to keep track of everything. You might be surprised to know that you can build a second brain. I’m not talking about some AI Robot. I’m talking about an innovative system that acts an extension of your mind. Tiago Forte is the Founder of Forte Labs and a writer, speaker and teacher who is obsessed with the future of work. He’s used his background in design and technology to create a system for entrepreneurs and creatives to keep track of their ideas using Evernote. It's so effective. He's dubbed it the second brain. If you ever wished you could learn faster, work quicker or better manage all your ideas and projects, then you'll definitely want to build a second brain. On this episode, Tiago and I will be discussing everything from productivity apps to note-taking skills and how you can leverage them to be far more productive than you are.If you're interested in working smarter, there are also many other great episodes that you must listen to including Tim Ferriss, Chris Bailey, Todd Herman, Nick Sonnenberg, Mike Vardy, Ari Meisel. The easiest way to find them all is to go to GetYourselfOptimized.com and click on the Productivity category, which is under Podcast. I also encourage you to start reading my other show, Marketing Speak, even if you're not into marketing. I have guests on that show who could help you up-level on a personal level. For example, on one episode of Marketing Speak, I interviewed Re Perez all about branding and everybody should be working on building their personal brand. After all, your names are being googled and you should be in control of that narrative. Go and subscribe to Marketing Speak and then come back and read the rest of this episode and learn all about how to develop a second brain.