Adventures in Outsourcing

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It’s no secret that we have been a little hesitant to loosen the reins on our business and hand over some of the responsibility to someone we have only ever met on a computer screen.

We hmm’d and hawed, wrote out a list of pros and cons and came up with worst case scenarios until we finally decided to stop being pussies and just take the plunge.

It’s been quite the ride so far—full of ups and downs, sighs of relief and feelings of disappointment.

The good news is however, we are making progress (slowly but surely) in finding and creating the perfect team for us—thank tha lawd!

So in the interest of helping someone else make the transition from working ON their business instead of working IN their business, we’ve put together a few things we’ve learned along the way…

14 Wicked Ways to be Productive

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14 Ways to be Productive

We’ve been on a mission lately to become more productive throughout our day and work smarter, not harder.

We have been getting up earlier, exercising daily, juicing, eating healthy, visualizing, meditating, getting organized in our business, outsourcing and really trying to take things to the next level – not only for our own benefit but so we can figure out systems that can work for you as well, if you so choose to screw the 9-5.

And it’s working! Hot damn, it’s actually working!

Not only are we getting more done but the tasks we are finishing are having more of a direct effect on our business and our websites.

But it wasn’t always that way. If we think back to six months ago we realize that we were spinning our wheels, willing the universe to add just one more hour to each day.

Ritual to Riches

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Last week I mentioned that we are knee-deep in Eben Pagan’s course Wake Up Productive which is all about streamlining your life, ridding it of the junk that isn’t working and forming habits that help you succeed beyond your wildest dreams.

So far, I’m loving it! I feel more focused, more on-track, I have more energy and I feel more driven than ever before.

But that could also be because I have recently introduced a new routine into my life. 

Discomfort, Productivity and the Search

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For the last 5 weeks myself, Josh and our friend Henno have been taking part in Eben Pagan’s 3 month course, Wake Up Productive.

It’s been challenging, frustrating and rewarding.

It has also made me feel a smidge uncomfortable…which is how I know I need to stick to it.

You see, this course is all about ridding your life of comfortable yet bad habits, energy suckers, incomplete tasks and mental blocks and subsequently replacing them with focused priorities, morning routines and the 11 principles of personal productivity.

Creating Personal White Space

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Lately I’ve been struggling. Struggling with the overwhelming amount of tasks laid out before me, yet struggling to relinquish my control-freak habits and trust in someone else’s ability to perform menial daily tasks or create content at the level we require.

But this isn’t anything new for me. I always seem to struggle to loosen my choke-hold grip on the countless tasks I have convinced myself that only I can do.

And that, my friends, is simply bullshit.

April 26th: Procrasti…Shut The Hell Up & Do Your Work!

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Let’s just say writing a book is, err, challenging. Procrastination is a daily occurrence, which I imagine is the case due to the creative nature of the work.

Of course good preparation can somewhat alleviate the pain of thinking what to write next, but ultimately procrastination will rear it’s ugly head from time to time.

Today I had a bit of a breakthrough.