A couple of weeks ago on the podcast, we had a big discussion about time management and how important it was to kind of shift your mindset away from, “I don’t have time,” to, “I will find the time and I’m going to do whatever it takes to be successful.”
We’re going to revisit that topic today and learn even more time management strategies.
It gets much more practical with our 7 best time management tips.
These are the time management tips that helped us build and grow a successful online business, allowed us to quit our jobs, and gave us the freedom that we have now to spend more time with each other and with our kids.
In our experience, it doesn’t matter where you are in your online business journey, everyone needs time management help.
We all have the exact same amount of time, and almost everyone we know struggles at some point with time management.
How you’re managing your time is something you’ve got to reevaluate every now and then.
One of the things that led to this series on time management in our podcast is because Jocelyn and I had kind of gotten off the path a little bit.
We stopped using our calendar quite as much.
We weren’t getting into our normal routines.
Things were getting a little hectic with the kids in school, and life just tends to knock you off of your time management plan and it’s really up to you to go redirect your course.
You’ve got to get back on the path and ask, “What are the fundamentals? What are the basics? What are the practical things that I can actually do to manage my time and make sure I’m getting everything done?”
That’s what we’re going to talk about today.
Tip #1: Stop letting other people kill your time.
Set boundaries to protect your time from distractions and disruptions.
We all have a set amount of time every day, so we have to be careful of who and what we spend our time on.
Here are some of the things we did (that you can TOTALLY do too!) to take control of our time:
Checking your voicemail a few minutes a day distracts you from more productive activities.
Sure, you’d say, “But it’s only a few minutes!” or “I really need to know who left that message.”
Do I really NEED to check these voice messages?
Why do I need this when there are better ways to communicate?
Always find ways to do things and invest time better.
Listening to voicemail is definitely not one of them.
Take control of your inbox
The people in your inbox should be helping you make progress in your life.
Get rid of emails that are constantly vying for your time that aren’t important, or aren’t giving you the answers / resources you need to move forward.
Unsubscribe. Delete. Empty your inbox.
Do what you’ve got to do to get started on the right track.
Worried about emergencies and urgent emails?
If that’s even the case, the people / company that sent that to you will stay in touch to get that message across.
If you think you’ll clean that up later… chances are you wont.
So, do it now and do it fast.
Shut off unnecessary phone notifications
Your time is valuable.
We know this.
YOU KNOW THIS.
So, why aren’t you doing anything to eliminate time wasters?
You don’t need to be on your phone for every single notification that makes that sweet buzzing sound (or whatever sound it’s supposed to make).
Will knowing someone liked your photo make you money? NO.
Will a game alert on Facebook grow your business? NO.
So stop getting distracted with things that aren’t making you successful.
Invest your time and effort only on things that create abundance, freedom and success for you and your family.
Get caller ID to filter important calls from unimportant calls
Getting caller ID helps you identify calls you absolutely must take, from those you can call back later or even those you can ignore all together.
Word to the wise, YOU have the power to make the decisions in your life.
Never let unimportant things take control of important resources, like time.
Tip #2: Stop using to-do lists.
Create a To-Finish list of not more than 2 major tasks, instead of a long To-Do list.
We often think that more is better, but creating such a large To-do list is a double-edged sword that can later make you feel unproductive.
You know what happens when you feel demotivated?
You get burned out.
All sorts of negative feelings start creeping up on you, and all of a sudden you’re there punishing yourself for not finishing what you said you’d do.
Because your brain has been tricked into believing that it can never get things done good enough, fast enough and your effort was all for naught.
Benefits of a To-finish list:
- Your focus isn’t divided too much.
- You can adjust your workload to something you CAN do.
- You remove the pressure of needing to finish all tasks to feel fulfilled.
- You can feel the progress and find motivation to keep going.
Now, you might be thinking, “That sounds great and all, but how do you even know which task is important?”
To help us manage and prioritize tasks effectively, we ask these 3 questions:
Question 1: Can this make me money today?
Can I get a new customer? Can I get a new sale? If I finish this course, can I put it in my marketplace for sale? If I finished this sales page, can I launch this to my list?
If you can do a task, then finish it and it immediately starts making you money… that’s a top priority task in your business.
Question 2: Can this make my current customers happy?
What services / products can I create that will deliver quality solutions? What can I do to make my current customers feel appreciated? Will this help make my customer’s life better?
If you’re running some form of recurring revenue or if you have a membership site, you gotta keep your current customers happy.
Question 3: Can this be improved?
Can we delegate something or create a process that will help us do something faster in the future? Can we build an autoresponder, that way everybody that opted in gets a bunch of emails?
You have to always strive to do better.
“The tragedy of life is often not in our failure, but rather in our complacency; not in our doing too much, but rather in our doing too little; not in our living above our ability, but rather in our living below our capacities.”
– Benjamin E. Mays
Tip #3: Work when YOU want.
Stop comparing your workload and work ethics with gurus and other people’s standards, you know yourself better than anybody, so DO what you can when you can.
Pro tip: It’s okay to walk your own path and do your own thing in your own unique way.
Tip #4: CALENDAR EVERYTHING.
Calendar everything that’s going on in your routine, and share it with your spouse / partner / team.
Having your own calendar gives you the opportunity to see what’s up ahead.
Sharing your calendar with your inner circle will help keep you accountable and finish tasks on or before the deadline.
Tip #5: Batch your content.
Batching your content is more efficient because it’s going to buy your time back later, it’s an insurance policy if something goes wrong.
When you batch relevant content ahead of time, it will keep your mental workload and stress levels low, plus you’ll have more than enough content to keep rolling out.
Tip #6: Stop multitasking.
You think you can multitask.
We all think we can multitask, but here’s the Science, guys.
Your brain cannot actually multitask.
The best it can do is task switch really, really, really fast.and that is so inefficient. That is killing your productivity, makes you feel like you’re spinning your wheels without getting your To-do list done.
Word to the wise: Follow the AAA, BBB, CCC principle. Pick a task, get it done BEFORE you move on to the next task.
Tip #7: Get an accountability partner.
No man is an island, guys!
“Research suggests that individuals participating in group activities, like masterminds and accountability exercises, fosters cooperative learning and effective communication.”
Having an accountability partner that compliments your strengths, will help significantly increase your focus and motivation, which will then lead you to higher task completion rates and an even greater probability of success.
You might be thinking, “I can do it myself!”
The thing about it guys is, at some point in your online business journey, you WILL need help and when you do, it’s nothing to feel ashamed about.
Everyone’s at different points in their race to succeed online, so you can be both the expert and the learner.
Listening and sharing with other people will help you understand new strategies and principles that can help push you closer to your goal.
When you remove that fear of asking for help, that fear of extending yourself, that fear of letting someone in… you are going to find insight, unlock your potential and discover other amazing things that you’d never would have thought of if you were going through it alone.
The key here is to find someone who not only understands your goals and passion, but is there to help you achieve it.
You will learn:
- Avoiding distractions & time drains
- How to prioritize tasks to grow your online business
- Why you should find and do what works for you
- Benefits of having an accountability partner
- Plus so much more!
Links and resources mentioned in today’s show:
- Time Management Special Part 1
- Our Story – Chapter 1 (Our first & last wrestling date)
- UNROLL.ME Email Service: Get rid of junk & get it organized
- Google Calendar
- Flip Your Life for $1
- Karen Lock Kolp Guest episodes:
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Success Story of the Week:
This week’s success story comes from one of our amazing superstar, rock star, awesome– I can’t think of enough good words to say about her– members, Karen Lock Kolp. Karen is a long-time member of the Flip Your Life community. Just an amazingly supportive woman. She has hundreds of replies on other people’s topics. Just an amazing woman in our Flip Your Life community. She’s one of our moderators, she does an amazing job. I was super excited when I logged into the forums and I saw this subject line in her post: “I have just launched Episode 200 of my podcast, and we crossed 200,000 downloads.”
Karen says, “I’m celebrating with you all. My podcast, We Turned Out Okay, recently passed 200,000 total downloads and in the same week, aired its two hundredth episode. It feels like a champagne moment and it’s been really interesting to reflect back on how far we’ve come. Even in a month like December, when parents of young children have an awful lot of other things to do besides listening to podcasts, I’m consistently getting five or 600 episodes a day downloaded.On a slow day, it’s at least a couple hundred. And on a good day it’s a thousand or more.
I think it’s gained such a following because I worked really hard to serve the people in my niche and to help them feel like they’ve learned something, they’ve had fun, and that maybe parenting isn’t such a bad gig in the end. There are many, many bigger fish in the podcasting sea. I know this, but right now, thinking back to my first months and episodes, when on a good day, I celebrated like 50 downloads, it feels like a real milestone to be here.
If you are closer to the beginning of your online business journey, whether as a podcast, a writer, a blogger, or someone who makes physical products and sells them or any of the other cool stuff people are working on in this community, I hope that this post and this success can inspire you to keep going. There have been lots of times I thought about giving up, but I never did. Because of you and this community, I never will.”
Karen has an amazing, amazing story. She has been on our podcast before, I highly recommend you go back and listen to those episodes. We can put links to those in the shownotes today. It’s just super inspiring to see people succeed when you’ve seen them struggle.
We all struggle. We all hit obstacles, and there’s times all of us, no matter how far we get, think “Should I quit? Should I go back? Should I turn away, because something’s not working. I can’t see what’s happening.” But then if you just keep pushing, you end up with amazing results like Karen did. Great, great success story. Really, really made us happy when we read that today. Just such an inspiration for everybody out there, whether you’ve not started, you have started or you’re just pushing forward, keep going. Great results are right in front of you.
We would love to help you write the success story for your online business.
At the end of today’s show, head over to flippedlifestyle.com/flipyourlife where you can learn more about building and growing a successful online business with the help of our Flip Your Life community.
Can’t Miss Moment:
Jocelyn: This is something that I did a couple months ago, and I was able to fly over and meet up with Jeanette Stein and some other fans of the Flipped Lifestyle podcast. We had a great time. I was able to connect with a lot of ladies and that’s also just an opportunity that I never would’ve been able to have if I was still working at school. There were times that I would go to conferences or to events, but it was maybe a half day, and it was a local thing. I wasn’t able to have those connections with people from all over the world.
Shane: I love this, too, because another thing that really prevented us from ever doing anything was childcare. If Jocelyn wanted to go somewhere, I had to work. Who’s going to watch the kids, what are we going to do with the kids, things like that. And it was cool when Jocelyn said, “Hey, our friend, Natalie’s having a live event. I’m going to go do this.” I was like, “Sweet, go.” And we were like, “I’ll stay with the kids,” so I could stay home, get all my work done right here at the house. Kids were here, got to spend a week with them and have a blast. And Jocelyn got to go make great connections, grow as a business person, and it just provides a lot of balance in our lives. So it’s really cool that our online business gives us the freedom to not have to say no to great opportunities. I felt like when we worked for other people, we always had to say no to all these great things in life and these experiences, but now we almost never have to do that because we’ve got that freedom from our online business.
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Jocelyn: Hey, y’all! On today’s podcast, we reveal our top 7 time management tips that actually work for busy entrepreneurs.
Shane: Welcome to the Flipped Lifestyle podcast where life always comes before work. We’re your hosts, Shane and Jocelyn Sams.
We’re a real family who figured out how to make our entire living online. And now, we help other families do the same.
Are you ready to flip your life? Alright, let’s get started.
What’s going on everybody? Welcome back to the Flipped Lifestyle podcast. It is great, as always, to be with you again this week!
A couple of weeks ago on the podcast, we had a big discussion about time management and how important it was to kind of shift your mindset away from, “I don’t have time,” to, “I will find the time. I’m going to look for it, I’m going to find it and I’m going to do whatever it takes to be successful.”
We’re going to revisit that topic today and talk a little bit more about time management, but we’re going to get much more practical and we’re going to give you our seven best time management tips. These are the time management tips that helped us build and grow a successful online business, allowed us to quit our jobs, and gave us the freedom that we have now to spend more time with each other and with our kids.
Jocelyn: It doesn’t matter where you are in your online business journey, everyone needs time management help. We all have the exact same amount of time, and I think everyone I know struggles at some point with time management.
Shane: This is also something you’ve got to reevaluate from time to time. One of the things that led to this series on time management in our podcast is Jocelyn and I had kind of gotten off the path a little bit. We stopped using our calendar quite as much. We weren’t getting into our normal routines. Things were getting a little hectic with the kids in school, and life sometimes knocks you off of your time management plan and you’ve got to redirect your course.
You’ve got to get back on the path and you got to go back and say, “What are the fundamentals? What are the basics? What are the practical things that I can actually do to manage my time and make sure I’m getting everything done?” So that’s what we’re going to talk about today.
If you’ve noticed today, my voice is a little bit scratchy. I had the opportunity to go to the Royal Rumble in Philadelphia this weekend and Jocelyn always warns me right when I leave on a trip. She says, “Don’t blow out your voice. We are podcasters. We’ve got to podcast. We are talking to people on Facebook lives. Whatever you do, Shane, don’t yell and scream and blow out your voice.”
Jocelyn: And you know that works out super well. You’ll notice that my voice is not scratchy, because I did not attend the Royal Rumble.
Shane: Nor will she ever attend any wrestling with me. Our first date was at wrestling and she said that was the first time and last time that she would ever be attending a wrestling event. But I went to the Royal Rumble. I screamed my head off for about four or five hours like a little kid, and I had a great time and I now have absolutely no voice.
So, I apologize for that today, but it’s still going to be some great content even through my scratchy, scratchy voice. So again, in today’s show we’re going to give you our seven best time management tips that really work out for us and I want to encourage you to stick around until the end of the show. After these seven tips, we’re going to tell you how you can get a hold of one of our most popular courses in the Flip Your Life community, our time management course, how to find the time and money to start, build and grow a successful online business. We’re going to tell you how to get that today after we go through these seven steps.
Jocelyn: Alright, as I said earlier, if you are a human and you are breathing air, I suspect that you probably struggle with time management skills. This is something that we have struggled with, especially when we were first getting started, but even today we struggle with this from time to time. Because what happens is you get into a good routine, things are going well, and then something happens.
Maybe your kids grow up a little bit, which is what’s happening to us. So instead of them needing you in one way, they need you in a completely different way. They started getting involved in activities, so we’re going from here to there and everywhere after school now, instead of coming straight home and doing our thing and putting them to bed.
So life is changing for us and I know that it’s changing for a lot of you guys, too, which makes it even that much more difficult to manage our time.
Shane: So let’s jump right into this content and figure out how all of us, everybody listening, me, Jocelyn, all of us together can get more out of the hours in the week.
We all have a 168 hours in the week. How can we maximize our minutes, maximize those minutes in life to get the most done, to be the most productive and stay focused on the right thing?
All right. Tip number one, stop letting other people kill your time. It’s hard enough to manage everything in our own lives and our spouses’ lives and our children’s lives, but then we have all of these external influences, external people who are vying for our time, vying for our attention.
We get voicemails, we get emails, we get invited to birthday parties, family functions. We have parents, we have in-laws, we have all these people, friends, family that want a big chunk of our time. It’s really important that we have solid boundaries and we protect the limited amount of time that we have.
I remember when I was first getting started in entrepreneurship, this was even before I had launched a website, before I’d even told Jocelyn all about this online business thing, what people were doing. I was reading The Four Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss and as I was reading through his book, there was a lot of stuff in there and it was kind of overwhelming and I didn’t really understand what he was talking about and what was going on.
But I remember reading this one tip where he stopped answering voicemails. He realized that just seeing the number was enough to call someone back if he missed a call and he didn’t need to log in for 20 minutes a day, twice a day or 10 minutes a day, three times a day to listen to all of these messages. All he had to do was call people back or if he didn’t know the number, he wouldn’t call them back in the first place.
I can remember telling Jocelyn one day, “I’m canceling my voicemail. I’m stopping it. I’m not going to answer it anymore.” I actually went in and put a voicemail on there that said, “Hey, I don’t answer my voicemail, but don’t worry, I’ll see your number and I’ll call you back.” It was amazing how much stress and pressure and time that saved for me, and it wasn’t just getting rid of voicemail and we still don’t have voicemail. Jocelyn and I do not have voicemail.
Jocelyn: We don’t even have it set up.
Shane: We don’t even have it set up anymore. When you call our phones it says, “The person you are trying to reach has not set up voicemail,” because that is a time suck. That is a time drain and that really shifted our mindset to look at all of these other places, especially in our technological world where people were stealing minutes from us. I was listening to my voicemail in the car on the way to and from work and I noticed it was about 10 minutes there and about 10 minutes back.
I replaced that 20 minutes with listening to podcasts, listening to trainings, and it accelerated our business growth so much just by taking control of our voicemail.
Jocelyn: Some of you might be thinking, “Okay, I don’t really get that many voicemails,” but I was just doing some math here and if you only listen to voicemail two minutes a day for 300 days out of the year, that’s 600 minutes. You divide that by 60, that’s 10 hours in a year.
Shane: Ten hours a year of just… nothing. You’re not doing anything productive, and let’s be realistic, when was the last time that someone left you a voicemail that changed your life positively or negatively? Most of the time it’s just ramblings or it’s some kind of, “This is your cable company and we’re doing this special promotion,” or whatever it is. It’s just a total waste of time, so we really highly recommend to everybody we’ve talked to, cut your voicemail off or at least replace it with a voicemail that says, “I only check this once a week, and if you need to get in touch with me, it’d be better to shoot me a text or do something faster.”
Jocelyn: Along those lines, another thing that you can do to stop letting people steal all your time is to get control of your inbox. If you’re anything like me, you probably have an email that you use for junk and even like a business email, so you have probably several emails that you use, but they take way too much time. There are probably not many people in your inbox right now that really matter. Do a service. There’s one called unroll.me. Uh, there’s also one, depending on what kind of mailbox you have.
I have a Yahoo mail which I use to buy things online, things like that. They even have their own thing now. So if you have deleted someone’s message like so many times, a little pop-up will come up and say, “You deleted this. And you also deleted the last six of these from this email address. Do you want these to automatically go to the trash?” And I’m like, “Yes!” So I’m like, “Thank you, Yahoo!”
So, if you use Yahoo, definitely take advantage of that feature.
Shane: If you use Gmail — we use Gmail for our business emails, they have a great platform and they have relentless filters. The goal of getting control, your inbox is to filter away and start creating walls between you and other people, so that only the people who make it to your inbox are helping you move the needle, helping you move forward.
If you pull up your phone guys, and you’ve got a hundred plus, a thousand plus little red notifications on your inbox, you don’t have control of it.
Let me give you a really good piece of advice. Go in, highlight everything and delete it right now. I’m serious. It’s scary. You’re like, “What if I delete something important?” Let me tell you something. If it’s important, it’s going to come back to your inbox. Somebody’s going to email you back. If you owe somebody money, they’re going to try and get it again, and if somebody really needs to get ahold of you, nobody is announcing on your inbox that somebody passed away or anything like that.
There’s 99.9% percent of that stuff you can delete right now, and starting tomorrow, get in your inbox everyday and say, “OK, that’s not important. I’m setting up a filter so that never hits my inbox again. That’s not important. That’s not what — that person is important. I’m going to add them to my contacts so they will get to my inbox.”
Over about a couple of week period, you’ll notice you’re only going to start getting 5, 10, maybe 15 or 20 emails a day. You’ve got to get that manageable because if you don’t, you’re just living on someone else’s to-do list. That’s what your inbox is, it’s everyone else’s priority in your life. “Hey, you, do this for me.”
You’ve got to make your inbox work for you and not the people who are sending you messages.
Jocelyn: All right, so next we’re moving onto something that is going to hit home for a lot of us and that is our phone.
People, you do not need to have notifications for every app on your phone. It is absolutely ridiculous.
Shane: You don’t even really need to answer your phone for every single person that calls. A lot of times I’ll see a number and I just don’t pick up because I’m doing something else.
One thing that Jocelyn and I really fight against and we despise are people stealing our time by disrupting us. What do you always say? It takes like 20 minutes or something to refocus?
Jocelyn: I went to an event back in October, and one of the speakers was talking about how every time you were distracted during the day it takes 20 minutes for your brain to refocus on what you were doing to begin with. So if you’re getting a notification that Aunt Mary liked your picture on Facebook, that is distracting you from your work. If you are getting a notification from a game saying, “Hey, come back and check your cows on Farmville,” that is distracting you.
Shane: I thought you were going to go with the monster game because that’s the one we always get on our kids. That’s what they do.
Jocelyn: Well, I don’t even have very many games on my phone. I have Sudoku because, well, I’m a nerd. That one doesn’t have any notifications, but here’s what I did, okay? I went in and turned every single notification off. The only notifications that I get are if someone calls me or if I get a text message. Otherwise people can wait until I’m ready to check Facebook, to check Twitter to check Instagram. I don’t need to know who likes, comments or retweets my stuff. I don’t need to know that in the moment and neither do you, so if you still have notifications on your phone, if you’re serious about moving forward in your online business, you need to turn them off right away.
Shane: And this extends to family, friends, anyone else, don’t let people disrupt you. If you’re not doing anything, if you’re just driving somewhere and you’re listening to the radio, answer your phone, have a good conversation.
But don’t answer your phone, turn it off, put it in the other room, do whatever it takes when you’re working — do not let that happen (phone disrupting work). The only exception that we have is we answer the phone for each other and if our parents or our kids and even our parents, sometimes we don’t answer, but if they call back two or three times, we want to make sure it’s not an emergency.
You can make rules in it and have systems in place for very special people in your life, but even brothers, even sisters, even cousins, even your best friends, don’t let them disrupt your work time.
Jocelyn: I wanted to say also on the phone, a lot of the phone services now have a caller id, so it’ll tell you what number calls, but you can also sign up to see who the person is, so it’ll show either the person name or the business name so that way when your phone rings and you see, “Oh, it’s the doctor’s office, I probably better answer that.” Or you can see, “Oh, that’s DirecTV or the cable company or whatever. I don’t need to answer that.”
I would recommend getting that on your phone. I think it’s like on Verizon it’s like $4.00 a line a month, something like that, and for me it’s totally worth it because I can see who it is and if it’s not something that I want to deal with, I just don’t answer.
Shane: If this is too much of a temptation for you, seriously put your phone in another room on silent. Listen, 99.9% of the time, there is no emergency. That is true. Think about your life in the last hundred minutes of your life. How many minutes were an emergency? Maybe some of you say, “Yes.” 99.9% of us are saying, “No.” During your work time you’ve got to protect that.
Tip Number One, stop letting other people kill your time. Stop letting other people steal your time. It is your life, but other people want to control what you do. They want a piece of the pie, don’t let them have it. You choose when you communicate with other people.
All right, tip number two is to stop using to-do lists. Now, I know some of you just broke out into a cold sweat and, uh, you’re looking around at all of your multi-colored post-it note systems and calendars, and To-do lists, then you’ve got your yellow notepads and all that stuff. Calm down, we’re going to get that, but what we’re saying here is don’t write down every single thing you have to do.
Instead of doing a To-do list everyday, write down a To-Finish list and that list should be one or two things maximum.
This is something that I started doing a while back that really helped me improve my productivity over the last couple of months. I was looking at this giant thing we have in Asana. All of the things I had to do every day. I was writing out all of my To-do list and I was using a brainstorm and writing down everything that was on mind, and my brain just like locked up — like an engine without oil. I just was sitting there twitching almost, there were so many things on this to-do list, I could never do it. Our brains cannot see the big timeline, it feels like I’ve got to do all the things on my to-do list today or I’m useless and I’m a failure.
I read this awesome article that was talking about how we can shift our mind and kind of trick ourselves a little bit if we just say, “Hey, I’m not going to write down a to-do list for today. I’m going to write down a to-finish lists of the day or this week.” So what that means is I’m going to do this next task. I can only do the next task and I’ve got to finish it and I’ve got to look at the things that I can finish. Not every single thing that I ever have to do forever ad nauseam. So start writing down to-finish list instead of to-do lists.
Jocelyn: Really, what we have learned is that most of us cannot do more than probably one or two tasks a day. I mean, if it’s something really small like clear your inbox, that’s not going to be the only thing you do that day, probably. But if it’s something big, don’t overwhelm yourself. I think sometimes, we want to give ourselves a list of six things to do in a day.
Shane: Because it makes us feel good. “Look at all the things I’m going to do!” then we don’t do them.
Jocelyn: And you might get them accomplished, but chances are, it’s probably not going to happen. So then, instead of feeling accomplished, we feel sad or like we’re not doing enough. I know this because this is the way that I feel when I don’t get a huge to-do list done. What we’re trying to say is, make your list a little bit smaller, come up with some back up times to work in case something comes up and you can’t complete what you’re working on and then your brain is going to tell yourself, “OK, I’m making progress,” instead of, “I’m failing.”
Shane: Now you’re probably thinking, how do I know which thing on my to-do list to do? How do I know what’s most important? We have a little process that we go through that we kind of added to overtime to help us figure out what are really important tasks.
The first thing you do is say, “Can this make me money today? Can I get a new customer? Can I get a new sale? If I finish this course, can I put it in my marketplace for sale? If I finished this sales page, can I launch this to my list?” If you can do a task and finish it, and it will immediately start making you money, that’s a top priority task in your business.
Number two, the second thing we look at is for tasks that are making current customers happy, especially if you’re running some form of recurring revenue or you have a membership site, you gotta keep your current customers happy.
So those two things, if you could just finish one of those two things a day or two tasks that would make you new money or keep current customers happy, that’s going to help your business grow.
The third thing on our priority list are infinite processes. Can we delegate something or create a process that will help us do something faster in the future? Can we build an autoresponder, that way everybody that opted in gets a bunch of emails? Do that.
Those are your top three priorities in your business. Everything else, you’re going to have to evaluate on a case by case basis. There’s no perfect process to let you do that, but if you can focus on those three things: getting new customers, keeping current customers happy, and creating processes that are going to save you time later, it’s going to be really easy to shorten that to-do list and get stuff finished.
Jocelyn: Our third time management tip is to work when you want. This is a big one for me because I think everyone out there right now, like all of the big named people who are in this industry and the productivity people and everyone out there wants you to think, that you have to have your miracle morning or you have to do your whatever.
Shane: It’s a miracle if we all get up in the morning on time. Our kids– it’s a miracle if they’d get out the door and went to school on time. So I’m not sure about the miracle mornings–
Jocelyn: That’s what I consider to be a miracle morning, okay? But the thing about it is, everyone is not the same, so you have to do what works for you.
What works for me is I like staying up later. I know that, you know, the morning is productivity time and blah, blah, blah. I know, I get it, I really do. But the thing about it is, I like to stay up late and the reason that I like to stay up late is because I have a lot of stress in my mind, pretty much always. The time that I like to unwind is after I get my kids down to bed. So, theoretically our kids go to bed around 8:30.
Shane: In reality, they go to bed about 9:30, because at that time they’re not actually sleep.
Jocelyn: But every now and then we do get them in bed on time. After that, I like to just have a few minutes to myself where I don’t have to do anything. Shane is like a light switch so he can just be full on and then he can be full off and be asleep in like two seconds. For me, I’m more like a dimmer switch. I’m like, I’m on and then I’ll have to gradually go to off. So that is a really important time for me and my mental stability. So, I like to stay up late.
Shane: Now what happens is Jocelyn is up working like during the day, that’s her most productive time.
Jocelyn: So usually sometime after our workout. So we normally work out when we take the kids to school and then after we get home we get started in our actual business work.
Shane: No one would ever anticipate this, but I’m totally random when I’m the most productive. It just depends on the day, depends on what’s happening. There are some days where I get up at like 4:30 in the morning and I do some work and I get a lot of stuff done. There are some days where maybe my sleep schedule gets out of whack. Like when I went on a trip this weekend, but I think I went to bed at like 8:00 one night this week and got up really early, like 5:00. So I got some stuff done.
There’s other days where we get home from basketball practice and it’s 9:30 and the kids get in bed late, and we sleep in. The most productive time for us that day, like Jocelyn said, is between 10 and two.
And the reason this tip is so important is because it’s almost like the gurus make people feel bad for not waking up like the 4:00 AM squad and getting their miracle mornings and everyone’s done more before 8AM than most people do all day.
Jocelyn: And if you like that, that’s fine.
Shane: That’s great, that’s cool! That’s your time, but don’t feel the pressure, don’t feel like you have to do that. We all have different schedules. We all have things pressing on our time, our kids are all different ages; our life is all different. You’ve just got to carve out the time when you can and when you want to work, and you should not feel bad or be apologetic about that.
That’s our big tip right there is, let the guilt go, don’t listen to all the gurus, you find your time that you think is best for you and you get it down and it’s OK to do that.
Jocelyn: Alright! Tip number four is to calendar everything. I’m not exactly sure that calendar is a verb, we use it that way all the time.
Shane: “I will calendar that! Calendar hard. Let’s go!”
Jocelyn: Share your calendar. This seems so simple, but you’d be surprised at how many people don’t do this. So one thing that we did a long time ago, we used to write down our calendar, a lot of you have heard us talk about how we used to write it down on a large sheet of paper. We would draw a box for all 168 hours in a week, and we would fill it out by hand. Well, now we’ve gotten a little more high tech around here. We now use Google calendar.
Shane and I both have a Google calendar. We share them together and we put every single thing on the calendar. If the kids have an activity, it’s on the calendar. If we have something, if I have a hair appointment, it’s on the calendar. If I’m taking a shower after the gym, it’s on the calendar. This way, both of us know what we’re planning to do every single day and we don’t have to constantly ask each other, “Hey, what are you doing today? Do you think we’re going to record a podcast?” No, it’s already on the calendar.
Shane: Another thing too, I want to stress in this tip is to stop using your calendar like a to-do list. You should not be getting up every day and writing down all the things you do. You can fill in some time, but we budget our time just like we budget our money, and we do it ahead of time.
So like if you look at our calendar right now, there’s a bunch of stuff, even months in advance, like I’m looking at a month ahead and I can see when we’ve got podcasts — interviews two weeks from now, three weeks from now.
You’ve got to spend your time before you live it. If you don’t, you’re just going to be flying off the seat of your pants. You’re going to be at the whim of whatever wind blows you that day and you’re not going to have any control over your time. That’s why you use the calendar, is to gain future control of your time, not just so you have a to-do list with the minutes of the day.
When we say share your calendar, the reason we say that is because that’s accountability. You need to be sharing your calendar with your spouse, with your coworkers. Jocelyn and I can see every single calendar in Google calendar from everyone that works with us or for us. The reason that’s important is because if you’re just messing with your own calendar, you can change things, you can do whatever you want. You can live on the fly and that’s important, you need some flexibility, but you also need someone to say, “Stop changing things.” That’s what Jocelyn does to me all the time. I’ll try to change something. She’s like, “It’s a calendar. You put something on the calendar, do it when you said you were going to do it. Stop that.” But I need that accountability in my life.
Don’t just hide your calendar, let someone else in and let them see it.
Alright, time management tip number five is to batch your content. We’re not going to spend a ton of time on this tip. We’re just going to explain little bit about what we’re saying because we talked about this all the time, but you cannot be creating your content in real time, guys, and hope to grow your business.
This podcast that we’re recording right now will not actually air for a few weeks. The reason is because we’re batching multiple podcasts. Jocelyn and I try to do two, three, four podcasts a week. So then we’re always staying a month, two months, three months ahead on our content just in case something happens.
Jocelyn: And this was really important back in November because Shane and I had gone on a trip and when we got home, we both got really sick.
Shane: Straight up, the flu.
Jocelyn: We had flu A, it was terrible. Not felt that bad in probably, I would say, a decade at least. But we were just not feeling well at all. Both of us had pretty much no voice and we just didn’t feel like podcasting. But luckily, because we had batched up our content, we didn’t need to worry about that.
So even though I was sick much of the month of November, we didn’t have to freak out about it or put out a podcast where neither one of us had a voice because we are already batched up.
Shane: Time works very similar to how money works. If you invest money, you get a return on your investment later, and batching content is how you can actually invest your time now to save time or create time later.
Number one, it’s much more efficient to batch your content. In our bedroom right now, for those of you who are in our Flip Your Life community, you get to see our chairs. We have this big bay window that looks out over the lake in our room and this is where we broadcast our Q & A’s from.
When we record podcast, I have to physically get out the switchboard thing. I’ve got to get out the microphones, I’ve got to plug all that in. That alone takes 5 or 10 minutes because we keep it on a basket under a table when we’re not using it. If I was to do that every single time when we were going to podcast in real time every week, then every week that would be 10 minutes to get it out and put it up, 10 minutes to get it out and put it up. Or we can record two, three, four, five podcasts in a row and I only have to get that five minutes out once to do all that.
So batching your content is more efficient, more productive, saves time, it’s going to buy you time back later, and it’s an insurance policy if something goes wrong that you’re going to have content rolling out. Nobody will ever know it because you batch your content up ahead of time.
Jocelyn: And you don’t have to just batch work stuff. You can also do life stuff. I think a lot of times people don’t think about this, but one thing that I try to do is I try to plan thing like what they kids are wearing to school each week. In Anna’s closet, which is crazy, it’s got so much stuff in it. But anyway, I will go through there like a couple times a week and I’ll kind of lay out what I want her to wear to school each day. It just makes it a lot simpler. So every single day, I don’t have to think about it. I don’t have to worry about what it is. I just go in there, pick it up and go.
There have been other times that we have made the kids lunches. So we’ll look at the menu for the week and we’ll say, “OK, the kids are going to eat lunch at school on Wednesday, so we need to pack 4 lunches.” Shane has, many times, set out the lunches on the kitchen table and put them altogether. We put them in Gallon Ziploc bags, put them inside the refrigerator and then they’re ready to go every single day when the kids get up. It’s not a ton of time, it probably takes us about five or 10 minutes to make the kids lunch. But when you start adding that up over and over, it adds up.
It’s just like I was talking about earlier in the show where when you do that over and over and over again every single week, that’s hours of your life that you could’ve been doing something different.
Shane: And I take the example of clothes. We have a pretty big house, we’ve got to go up and down the stairs and get all this stuff. I mean, even those minutes, every couple of months, it’s an hour, and in a year, it’s so many hours. The mental stress of everyday thinking about every little thing you have to do is not worth it.
Batching removes all of the mental stress because not only have you got all those tasks done, but you don’t have to think about it. That willpower comes back and you can think about growing your business, being more successful and doing high powered tasks that are going to move the needle and help you go forward.
Jocelyn: I’ve got another one for you guys that I have just started doing about a month ago. In 2017, we were not very good about cooking. I do not dislike cooking, but I don’t have a lot of time because my kids are involved in a lot of things after school and you know, we just don’t have a lot of time. So we end up going out to eat a lot. So in 2018, I was like, OK, I’ve got to change this. It’s healthier for us to eat at home and its less expensive. We really need to eat at home more.
One of the things I decided to do was to batch my menu planning. I decided I was going to cook three days a week. I came up with five weeks’ worth of recipes and basically I’m going to repeat them over and over and over. So I’m going to do five weeks repeat it again, five weeks repeat it again. And that way I don’t ever have to think about what we’re eating.
Shane: And you don’t have to think about what you’re going to buy at the grocery store, because you’ve batched up all the grocery lists. It’s just you’re buying the same things every week.
Jocelyn: And so me, being the nerd that I am, I made Excel spreadsheets for each of the recipes that I was going to make, and that way I know exactly what the recipe calls for and when we’re getting ready to go to the store, I can just look at those lists and say, “OK, I need this, this, this, and this for this week’s menus.” And I just go inside my Google calendar, I have one called menu. You can make like different calendars that are different colors and different people can see them. I made one called menu and I put in three days a week that I’m going to cook and what I’m going to cook.
Guess what? For the month of February, I don’t even have to think about it. I know exactly what I’m making. That’s just mental energy and time that I don’t have to spend.
Shane: Imagine, if you could cut down every grocery trip by 15 minutes just because you had a plan of attack when you went in there 15 minutes a week, that’s an hour or two a month. Look how these minutes and these hours, every one of these tips is saving you 15 to 30 minutes a week. When you add up all six of the tips, you’ve found yourself two, three, four hours, and you’ve removed stress from your mind.
Jocelyn: I also want to throw in there about the grocery shopping. Many of you are fortunate enough to have grocery delivery or where you can pick up your groceries. In our little town, we don’t have that yet unfortunately, but many of the grocery stores have apps now where you can just go and say, “OK, I need these 15, 20 items and you can drive up and they will bring it to your car,”
Shane: The key there is you batched up everything ahead of time. You had a plan. That’s what we’re saying about batching content, batching things in your life. Get stuff done in bulk so you’re not living in the moment stressed out all the time.
Alright, tip number six is to stop multitasking. You think you can multitask. We all think we can multitask, but here’s the science, guys. Your brain cannot actually multitask. The best it can do is task switch really, really, really fast and that is so inefficient. It is killing your productivity and it’s why you feel like you’re spinning your wheels, that’s why you feel like your To-do list never gets done, even though you feel busy, even though you feel like you’re working yourself to the bone — you’re trying to multitask.
You absolutely cannot multitask in anything you do, it’s just not possible. You’ve got to pick one thing and attack it, get it done, and then move on to the next thing, and I’m preaching to the choir here a little bit guys, because I am notorious for, “Hey, it’s 2:00 now it’s 3:00. I’m going to do something else,” and trying to go back and forth and we just can’t do it.
Jocelyn: This goes for business ideas. It goes for new projects you want to start. We can’t do multiple projects at once. The only way you can do that is if you have multiple people in your business. If you’re just starting out, that is not going to happen. Don’t try to convince yourself that it can. Don’t think, “Oh, I can do all the things!” because I’m here to tell you, you cannot.
Shane: That’s why we focus so hard on a linear progression in the Flip Your Life blueprint. We focus on one thing at a time. Get your idea: Check. Get your customer: Check. Build your first lead magnet: Check. Get your email setup: Check. Get your product ready that you can sell.
We don’t try to be like, “Okay, for one hour today we’re going to work on your autoresponder. For one hour today, you’re going to work on your lead magnet. For one hour today…” You can’t do that. You got to do things one at a time so that the whole gets done faster.
There’s a great mental picture of this called AAA, BBB, CCC. As some of you may have heard us talk about this before, but if you have nine weeks to complete a task or to complete three tasks, if you work on option A week one, option B week two, option C week three, then you’re not done with anything. After the first couple of weeks, you just started a bunch of stuff and you feel like, “Man, I worked really, really hard and have nothing to show for it.”
But if you had just focused on A, and went A, A, A, done, then after that three weeks, you would have completed one of your projects. Weeks three through six, if you went B, B, B, you have two things done, two projects done.
The first example, if you go A, B, C again, you’ve gone six weeks and you still haven’t finished anything. You’re frustrated, you’re tired, you feel like nothing’s happening and you’re just spinning your wheels, and what happens is a lot of people who are doing ABC, ABC, trying to multitask, they get frustrated, they get burnt out, they have no successes and they quit.
Jocelyn: And in this example, you don’t get anything completely finished until week seven, when you would get A’s project completely done.
Shane: This could be like, what if project A was, “I got my opt-in ready.” That’s three weeks of collecting emails that you never even would have had doing it in the multitask path. You’ve got to do things AAA, BBB, CCC.
I was in a meeting with some of our staff yesterday and we were talking about two or three different things and I just said, “Stop everybody. AAA, BBB, CCC.” We cannot multitask. Don’t try to do it. It’s just going to make things frustrating. It’s just going to make you feel like you’re spinning your wheels. It’s just going to make things so inefficient and it’s going to hold you back.
Finish the next thing on your list first, and then move on to the thing after that.
Jocelyn: Alright y’all. We have made it to tip number seven, and tip number seven is to get an accountability partner. This is going to help you to manage your time because if you’re a person like Shane who likes to bounce around from project to project, you need to find someone like me who is a finisher. OK? So I might say, “Hey, Shane, all of those are really great ideas, but I think that we probably need to finish one first.”
Shane: Steer it all back y’all!
Jocelyn: And if you’re a person like me who gets bogged down in details and never moves forward, you need someone like Shane to say, “Hey, you’re thinking about this too much. Move forward. Get something done.” So it works both ways. You need someone who is not like you to push you out of your comfort zone and to get things done.
Shane: You also need to surround yourself with like-minded people. Not people going in the opposite direction, constantly trying to convince people to come with you, naysayers, haters. You really need people in your life who agree with the direction you’re going and we’ll help you get there, and like Jocelyn said, will fill in the holes in your own game.
You also need people who will check in with you from time to time. It goes back to sharing your calendar, being transparent, being open, being honest. That’s why we have action plans in the Flip Your Life community. It’s one of our most popular forums, and we really encourage people every week to tell us, how are you going to use your time? It’s not just so you can put it out there, write it down and have a plan. It’s so other people know what you’re going to do.
If you say, by Wednesday, you’re going to have your product finished, you need someone in your life that’s going to check in on you and say, “Hey, did you get that done? Did everything go okay? How can I help you move this thing forward?” None of us can succeed at time management alone in a vacuum. We need togetherness. We need to push each other, we need to challenge each other, and we need people around us to keep us on our deadlines.
It’s easy to make a deadline happen at work like if you work for someone else because you have a boss that’s going to tell you, “Hey, this did not get done on this deadline,” and if you don’t do it enough, you’re going to get fired. So if you are in a group of people who are holding you accountable, and if you keep missing deadlines enough and you’re not managing your time, they’re going to call you out.
They’re going to say, “Hey, you’re not going to be successful. You’re not going to make it to the promised land. You’re not going to Flip Your Life because you keep missing these deadlines. Let’s get on track. Let’s hold each other accountable and let’s help each other move forward!”
Jocelyn: It’s kind of like making plans with people or someone expecting you to do something. Maybe it’s going out to eat. Maybe it is meeting at a sporting event or some other type of event. If you know someone is going to be there, expecting you, you’re more likely to show up. So that is what we’re trying to say. If you have other people that are waiting for you, seeing if you’re getting things done, celebrating your accomplishments and answering your questions or helping you move forward, that is going to be just absolutely essential for time management.
Shane: This is something that I’ve learned a lot recently as Anna Jo has joined a cheerleading team. I was a football coach, so I was really big on everybody being at practice, everybody being there for the games. But you know, we’d have a hundred kids if somebody got hurt or somebody got sick or you know, we fill somebody in and we’d still call our plays.
As Anna Jo’s gotten into cheerleading, we’ve realized there’s no substitutes. Everybody’s already on the field of battle. Right?
And cheerleading is really complex. They’re lifting each other up. If the girl who they lift up is not there, or the guy who’s lifting the girl up is not there. You don’t get to lift the girl up, right? You don’t get to help the guy do the stunt.
If someone’s missing, it’s really, really bad. And that accountability says, “We have got to be at practice to get this stuff right.”
Everybody’s got to show up on Game Day, and you’ve got to surround yourself with people who are going to encourage you and expect you to not only get your stuff done, but to hold them accountable as well.
The truth is, we’re all better together. Nobody succeeds in isolation. And here’s a little no-sugar for you guys. I’m not going to sugarcoat anything. You know, Jocelyn and I try to be as honest and transparent as possible.
If you’re listening to this and you’ve not started or you’re struggling, or you just can’t break that plateau, get to the next level, maybe you’re stuck, maybe you’re frustrated, it might be because you’re trying to do this all alone. The best thing you can do to get control of your time, to be more productive and be more efficient is to surround yourself with like-minded people who are going to give you that accountability you need to get control of your time.
Guys, if you’re having trouble finding that accountability in your own life. Jocelyn and I totally understand, when we started our business, we were in a small town. We were not in San Diego or Nashville or some entrepreneurial hub where we could just go out and find all the people that we needed and we were doing this all by ourselves. Thank God we had each other. But when we started working with other people, we realized that it’s really easy to get isolated. It’s really easy to get insular, and not be able to have anyone around you helping you move forward.
That’s why we created the Flip Your Life community, to give people the training and the accountability that they need to take their online business to the next level. So for everybody listening to this show right now, we want to give you an opportunity to join the Flip Your Life community, to try it out for 14 days for just $1.
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Jocelyn: All right. It’s time to move into our Can’t Miss Moment segment of the show, and these are moments that we were able to experience that we might have missed if we were still working at a normal nine-to-five job.
Today’s Can’t Miss Moment is traveling to the BizChix Live conference over in California. This is something that I did a couple months ago, and I was able to fly over and meet up with Jeanette Stein and some other fans of the Flipped Lifestyle podcast. So if you were there, I enjoyed meeting you guys so much, but we had a great few days. So I flew over there. I was able to go outside and get some California sunshine.
Shane: She went by herself, by the way. I was left behind…
Jocelyn: Shane was not allowed.
Shane: — On this trip. This is an all ladies trip. I was not a BizChick. I’m a BizDude so I didn’t get to go.
Jocelyn: We had a great time. I was able to connect with a lot of ladies and that’s also just an opportunity that I never would’ve been able to have if I was still working at school. There were times that I would go to conferences or to events, but it was maybe a half day, and it was a local thing. I wasn’t able to have those connections with people from all over the world.
Shane: I love this, too, because another thing that really prevented us from ever doing anything was childcare. If Jocelyn wanted to go somewhere, I had to work. Who’s going to watch the kids, what are we going to do with the kids, things like that. And it was cool when Jocelyn said, “Hey, our friend, Natalie’s having a live event. I’m going to go do this.” I was like, “Sweet, go.” And we were like, “I’ll stay with the kids,” so I could stay home, get all my work done right here at the house.
Kids were here, got to spend a week with them and have a blast. And Jocelyn got to go make great connections, grow as a business person, and it just provides a lot of balance in our lives. So it’s really cool that our online business gives us the freedom to not have to say no to great opportunities.
I felt like when we worked for other people, we always had to say no to all these great things in life and these experiences, but now we almost never have to do that because we’ve got that freedom from our online business.
As much as we love our Can’t Miss Moments, there’s one thing we love even more than that. And that’s a success story from our Flip Your Life community. Before we go, we wanted to share an actual success story from the success forums in the Flip Your Life membership.
This week’s success story comes from one of our amazing superstar, rock star, awesome– I can’t think of enough good words to say about her– members, Karen Lock Kolp.
Karen is a long-time member of the Flip Your Life community. Just an amazingly supportive woman. She has hundreds of replies on other people’s topics. Just an amazing woman in our Flip Your Life community. She’s one of our moderators, she does an amazing job.
I was super excited when I logged into the forums and I saw this subject line in her post: “I have just launched Episode 200 of my podcast, and we crossed 200,000 downloads.”
Jocelyn: All right, that is awesome. Karen says, “I’m celebrating with you all. My podcast, We Turned Out Okay, recently passed 200,000 total downloads and in the same week, aired its two hundredth episode. That is awesome. If you haven’t listened to Karen’s podcast, and you are a parent of young children, it is called, “We Turned Out Okay.” We would love it if you would check it out and give her some more downloads.
She says, “It feels like a champagne moment and it’s been really interesting to reflect back on how far we’ve come. Even in a month like December, when parents of young children have an awful lot of other things to do besides listening to podcasts, I’m consistently getting five or 600 episodes a day downloaded.On a slow day, it’s at least a couple hundred. And on a good day it’s a thousand or more. I think it’s gained such a following because I worked really hard to serve the people in my niche and to help them feel like they’ve learned something, they’ve had fun, and that maybe parenting isn’t such a bad gig in the end.”
I think all of us need that reminder, Karen. She says, “There are many, many bigger fish in the podcasting sea. I know this, but right now, thinking back to my first months and episodes, when on a good day, I celebrated like 50 downloads, it feels like a real milestone to be here.
If you are closer to the beginning of your online business journey, whether as a podcast, a writer, a blogger, or someone who makes physical products and sells them or any of the other cool stuff people are working on in this community, I hope that this post and this success can inspire you to keep going. There have been lots of times I thought about giving up, but I never did. Because of you and this community, I never will.”
Shane: And then she put a little heart and I’m literally crying. My eyes are like watering right now when I read this. You know, Karen has an amazing, amazing story. She has been on our podcast before. I highly recommend you go back and listen to those episodes. We can put links to those in the shownotes today. It’s just super inspiring to see people succeed when you’ve seen them struggle.
We all struggle. We all hit obstacles, and there’s times all of us, no matter how far we get, think “Should I quit? Should I go back? Should I turn away, because something’s not working. I can’t see what’s happening.” But then if you just keep pushing, you end up with amazing results like Karen did.
Great, great success story. Really, really made us happy when we read that today. Just such an inspiration for everybody out there, whether you’ve not started, you have started or you’re just pushing forward, keep going. Great results are right in front of you.
Jocelyn: We would love to help you write the success story for your online business. At the end of today’s show, head over to flippedlifestyle.com/flipyourlife where you could learn more about building and growing a successful online business with the help of our Flip Your Life community.
Shane: Before we go today, we’d like to close every show with a verse from the Bible. Today’s Bible verse comes from Proverbs 13:11. This is a great one. This is a great Bible verse. This verse that was written thousands of years ago is totally relevant in our current year of internet business, okay?
In Proverbs, 13:11, it says, “Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappear. Wealth from hard work grows over time.”
Guys, that’s what it’s all about. That’s what building your own online business is all about. It’s rolling up your sleeves, making the investments you need to make with both time and money, and working overtime to grow an amazing, successful, world-changing business. That’s what we want you to do. We want you to get down, get in it, be like a glacier. Keep moving forward, slowly but an unstoppable force moving forward.
Don’t fall into these MLM’s, don’t fall into all these schemes, don’t fall into all these pyramid schemes. If somebody tells you they can make you a millionaire in a month, it’s not true guys. It’s all about building your business, building it one customer at a time, one product at a time, one web page at a time, one podcast at a time.
However, you’re building your online business, guys, work hard at it, grow it over time, and don’t fall into the latest fads. Don’t fall into all the gurus and all this stuff they tell you. The Bible right here is very clear. All of those things fade away, but hard work in your online business will help you grow and be more successful as you move forward over time.
That’s all the time we have for this week. As always, guys, thanks for listening to the Flipped Lifestyle podcast, and until next time, get out there, take action, do whatever it takes to Flip Your Life. We’ll see you then!