To make the most of your side hustle hours, try this super-simple productivity hack: tracking your time. There are a bunch of fancy apps that will do this for you (Toggl is one I’ve used in the past), but for my latest trial I just logged tasks and hours in an Excel sheet. Each day … Read more
Yesterday marked 500 days since my last warm shower.
When Nick Reese challenged me to start taking cold showers last March, my initial reaction (and you can hear this on the podcast), was “that sounds horrible.”
But since I’m all about different experiments, I figured I’d give it a shot for a month and see what happens. And the weird thing is, some good things started happening (over 25 comments on this original post).
If you’re looking for ways to squeeze more out of your limited side hustle hours, this is the episode for you. I’m excited to introduce Julie Sheranosher, host of the Time Hackers podcast.
Julie and I met at World Domination Summit in 2013 — she flew in all the way from Israel — and she is one of my favorite people and true time management pro.
I feel like my productivity has improved over the years, but I’m always learning about new systems and “hacks” to test out. One of those hacks was simply writing down my top 3 priorities for the next day the night before.
In Hawaii and on the plane home I read two books with very similar themes:
The ONE Thing by Gary Keller
Essentialism by Greg McKeown
Both titles share the common message of FOCUS — de-cluttering your day, your work, your mind, and your life.
They came at a good time because I was starting to feel overwhelmed with projects and wanting to pursue new ideas and opportunities as they came up.
Time is our most valuable commodity, and it’s uniquely egalitarian; we’re all dealt the same 24-hours each day.
But it’s also a non-renewable resource — once it’s used up it’s used up.
That means we have to be conscious of how we use our time, of how we invest it.
And I’ll use the word “invest” rather than the word “spend” because I believe side hustling time, business-building time, is an investment — an investment in your future that will, with any luck, result in MORE time down the road.
Sometimes when I talk about all the projects I have going on, I get the snide remark, “You must not have kids.” And while that’s a true assumption — I don’t have kids — it never really sits well.
The choice to raise children doesn’t have to mean giving up every waking hour and all your entrepreneurial aspirations. But since I’m obviously not the best qualified to talk on this subject, I brought in someone who is.
Bryan Orr is a self-described “blue collar entrepreneur,” who runs an award-winning local service business, an online start-up, and has a family of 8 kids.
In this edition of The Side Hustle Show, I’m joined by Chandler Bolt, co-author of The Productive Person: A how-to guide book filled with productivity hacks & daily schedules for entrepreneurs, students or anyone struggling with work-life balance.
When Chandler first reached out, I was excited to learn we had a lot in common, including both being Eagle Scouts and both having run house painting companies in college.
In fact, he cites selling candy at summer camp as one of his first entrepreneurial pursuits — just like me.
How do today’s most successful entrepreneurs get so much done?
It comes down to ideas, execution, and resources.
They may have better ideas or better execution, or more capital to invest, but what about the day-to-day “tools” in their toolkit?
Just like the rookie mechanic and the master technician have access to the same set of tools, you have access to the same online resources as the most successful business owners.
For the last 2 months, I’ve only taken cold showers.
Because Nick Reese challenged me to do it when we recorded last week’s podcast session back in March, and now I’m afraid if I break the streak I won’t want to start again.
Bryn and my friends think I’m crazy. They’re probably right.
But call it a coincidence — things have been going pretty well since I turned on that cold water!
In Episode 45 of The Side Hustle Show, I’m joined by Chris Ducker to discuss personal branding and utilizing virtual team members to make the most of your time.
As side hustlers, it makes a lot of sense since we only have limited time to work on our business projects. Why not buy some more time to accelerate your efforts?
In addition to being a successful entrepreneur in the brick-and-mortar world, Chris is a popular blogger, podcaster, speaker, and author — and someone who’s been one of my “virtual mentors” the last couple years.