Free Time with Jenny Blake

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How can we earn twice as much in half the time, with joy and ease, while serving the highest good? Join Jenny Blake, award-winning author of three books—including Free Time: Lose the Busywork and Love Your Business and Pivot—for conversations with authors, friends, and fellow business owners as we explore ways to free your mind, time, and team to do more of your best work. Subscribe now so you don’t miss an episode! Bonus: please leave a review and share with a friend—word-of-mouth is the most joyful way to grow the show :) Subscribe to theTime Well Spent newsletter at ItsFreeTime.com, and share this episode at pod.link/freetime. Check out Jenny's other podcast, Pivot with Jenny Blake, on navigating change at pod.link/pivotmethod.

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133: Hire People Who Are Better Than You with Terri Trespicio
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Are the systems I share on this show and in Free Time just a “Jenny Blake Thing?” Rest assured, the answer is no! If you don’t see yourself as a tech geek or systems person, have no fear—Terri Trespicio is here to share her journey with implementing the principles and the difference she is seeing in her life and business as a result. More About Terri: Terri Trespicio is an award-winning writer, speaker, brand advisor, and author of Unfollow Your Passion: How to Create a Life That Matters to You (Atria / Simon & Schuster, December 2021). Her TEDx talk Stop Searching for Your Passion has more than 7 million views, and Hubspot named her one of the Top 18 female speakers who are killing it. 🌟3 Key Takeaways: Sometimes you need to hire before you can really afford to if you want to grow.  If you hire an experienced expert to take over some of your work and then “hop into help” you are as likely to disrupt their process or even offend them as actually help.  Be intentional about whether you want to productize your offerings or make them bespoke. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all-businesses solution.  📝Permission: Stop taking pleasure or pride in doing everything yourself. Delight in the fact that you need help and support to do your best work, and you can get it.  ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Look at how you’re spending your time and how that impacts your energy. Find one thing that makes you think, “I probably shouldn’t be doing this,” and either delegate it now or prepare to do it soon.  📘Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One Unfollow Your Passion: How to Create a Life That Matters to You Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business Subscribed: Why the Subscription Model Will Be Your Company's Future - and What to Do About It 🔗Resources Mentioned:  Terri on the web, Unfollow Your Passion, Instagram: @ttrespicio TEDx talk: Stop Searching for Your Passion Marketing Mentor: Ilise Benun Communities: BFF Community, Terri’s The Club  Design Software: Canva Recording Software: Riverside.fm Writer’s Training: American Writers and Artists Institute 🎧Related Podcast Episodes:  269: How to Stand Out When Everyone is Peddling the Same Sh*t with Terri Trespicio 294: Confidence Conundrums and Attention Budgets with Terri Trespicio 122: My Top 5 Sources of Recurring Revenue 104: Save Someone Next Steps 086: The Cyrano Strategy for Delegating Important Comms 054: Ten T's of Successful Delegating   💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe » 🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit  💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey ☎️ Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/133 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2022
132: You’re Invited to Hooky Headquarters (HHQ)
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It is a small miracle of motivation that you are listening to this episode. When it was time to record, I had just come out of a foggy, groggy week at HHQ: Hooky Headquarters. Hooky Headquarters is where you go when you need a break—and if you don’t take it, you might find yourself in full-on BIADM (Burn It All Down Mode), burned out and no longer working in a sustainable way. Today, I’m sharing five reminders to honor your need for deep rest when HHQ beckons. 🌟 5 Key Reminders / Notes to Self: Your body and mind must need the rest. Take stock of all that you have been doing, any recent project sprints or travel, and consider any coming up. HHQ is likely recharging you in between.  Trust yourself to bounce back, but only if you rest enough. Martha Beck describes it as an infinity loop: rest until you feel like playing (ideally, you align your work to feel like play), and play until you feel like resting. Refocus on what is truly urgent. Give yourself permission to set the rest aside. Does it need to be done at all? Who can help if so? Rethink your approach to the work. Tackle items one by one, starting with what’s most urgent and important, perhaps with a different perspective. How would _______ (someone you admire) approach this task or deadline? Put down your quiver of second arrows–the Buddhist term for the feelings and stories you tell yourself about your initial feeling or current state. Give yourself permission to be where you are, and to need what you need. 📝Permission: Join me at HHQ when you, too, need deep rest! Without firing any second arrows at yourself: drop any guilt, shame, blame, or shoulds and have faith in the process.   ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Create extra spaciousness in advance by blocking off a few extra “DNS” (Do Not Schedule) days in your calendar, even if you can’t think of an exact need for them at the moment. 99% of the time, you’ll be thankful when they arrive! 📘Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business  Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One The Work Revolution: Freedom and Excellence for All  The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal  A World Without Email: Find Focus and Transform the Way You Work Forever  Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World 🔗Resources Mentioned: Martha Beck’s Article: I Rest My Pace 🎧Related Podcast Episodes:  002: Eliminate Email with Cal Newport 028: When the Financial Tides Recede 126: Creating Time Buffer—7 Strategies for Spacious Scheduling 046: Time Margin—Are You Drowning, Treading Water, or Gliding? Pivot: 045: Post-Launch Pivot Point + Visit From the Furry Rest Monster Pivot: 251: Listener Q&A on (Furry) Imposter Monsters 💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe »  🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners.  💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey ☎️ Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/132 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2022
131: Scaling Joy While Streamlining Business Overhead and Navigating ADHD with Kaneisha Grayson
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Would earning $1 million dollars in revenue this year solve all of your problems? It might, but it could also cause a whole set of new ones, inspiring you to scale back. That’s the story behind the business of today’s guest, Kaneisha Grayson. She shares how she built a seven-figure business, and why she later restructured to one that better honors her energy and goals.  More About Kaneisha: Kaneisha Grayson is the founder of The Art of Applying, an agency that aids graduate school applicants get accepted into top-tier schools and achieve funding. She is the author of Be Your Own Boyfriend: Decide to Be Happy, Unleash Your Sexy, and Change Your Life and host of the Scale Your Joy podcast. Kaneisha is dedicated to sharing her journey with like-minded people who are ready to forge their own path, creating a life and business that brings them joy instead of suffering through the corporate grind.  🌟3 Key Takeaways: Be mindful of what financial metrics matter most on the route to your broader business goals. What is more important: high top-line revenue, or profit and owner take-home pay? Facebook Ads can be a great fit for people selling high-ticket programs that later roll into a recurring revenue model; but buyer beware—they may not be your most profitable channel. Set up a “body double”: Kaneisha has learned that for those navigating ADHD, having real-time support and accountability, such as virtual coworking, makes a huge difference. 📝Permission: Ignore business advice that doesn’t work for you, or that—for whatever reason—you just can’t do. Stop internalizing failures you’re experiencing without further investigation about alternate routes. ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: What are you tracking to tell you whether or not you’re successful? Are those metrics aligned with what is making your life joyful? Re-evaluate the metrics you monitor and match them to what you value most.  📘Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One Be Your Own Boyfriend 🔗Resources Mentioned:  Kaneisha on the web, Instagram: @kaneishagrayson, LinkedIn, Facebook Kaneisha’s podcast: Scale Your Joy Flow Club Get it Done Zoom Sessions for ADHD women  The Flow Tribe Marie Forleo’s B-School 🎧Related Podcast Episodes:  The Get Paid Podcast: Kaneisha Grayson: Hitting 7 Figures and Reducing Your Revenue Goal Hello Seven Podcast: A Masterclass in Million Dollar Mindset with Kaneisha Grayson  053: Facilitated Focus with Jake Kahana Pivot: 115: "People are People" — Exploring Neurodiversity with Mark Rufino   💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe » 🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit  💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey ☎️ Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/131 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2022
130: Day in the Life of a Podcast Episode and How I Prepare for Guests
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Consistently creating high-quality content can be challenging. To practice what I call ongoing original public thinking, I am often brainstorming how to make the processes involved as smooth, simple, and searchable as possible. This episode originally aired as a Loom video for the private BFF community, where I walked through my Notion podcast production dashboard and content calendar. Here’s what I have learned (and optimized!) in these last seven years of podcasting. You can also watch the video walkthrough of this episode here. Want more where this came from? Set yourself up for even more abundant ease, joy, and time in 2023 by joining us in the private BFF community and Free Time Operations Dashboard with promo code PODCAST. If you join as a result of this episode, you will receive complimentary access to the full (He)art of Podcasting Course.  Last but not least, if you’ve read the book, please leave an Amazon review if you haven’t already! 🌟3 Key Takeaways: Use Amazon’s advanced search feature to find books that will be releasing in the next few months, when authors are most likely to say yes to interview requests. Create specific templates in your project management system for the different types of content you create so your team knows exactly what information to collect. If you use Riverside.fm: Create one recording studio or room for podcast conversations, so you don’t need to create a new event every time you record; just send a link to the permanent one. Even better? Turn that into a bit.ly or a vanity URL that redirects from your domain (i.e. yourdomain.com/riverside) 📝Permission: Stop tediously typing up notes! Use voice dictation, iOS’s Live Text feature, and Your Kindle Highlights to copy and paste key takeaways from books and articles more easily. ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Set up Readwise.io with a connection to import your Kindle highlights if you haven’t already! If you are a Notion’er, set up a Readwise export of those highlights to a Library database.  📘Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business  Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling 🔗Resources Mentioned: Watch a video walkthrough of this episode (Loom) Free Time Operations Dashboard  BFF private community Pivot podcast One Stone Creative  Amazon advanced search for upcoming book releases,  Software: Calendly, Zapier, Your Kindle Highlights, Readwise.io, iOS—Live Text: How to copy/paste text from images (h/t Tim Ferriss), Dropbox, Riverside.fm, pod.link, Send to Kindle Chrome extension TEDx Video: Matthew Dicks’ Homework for Life 🎧Related Podcast Episodes: 121: How to Steer Through a Downturn and Stop Micromanaging with Annie Hyman Pratt 123: “Pricing is Branding” — Anti-Time Management with Richie Norton 111: Building a Second Brain with Tiago Forte 109: Winning the Week with Demir Bentley 062: Made by Monday On Content "Frog" Batching 124: JB’s 5 C’s System for Content Curation and Production 💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe »  🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners.  💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey ☎️ Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/130 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2022
129: The $10K Work Framework with Khe Hy
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Think of your day-to-day work as fitting into one of four quadrants, as defined by today’s guest Khe Hy in a recent issue of his fantastic RadReads newsletter:  $10 Work is low-leverage, low-skilled work that you can do when you’re hungover. $100 Work is when you leverage the wrong thing – and get overwhelmed by meta-work. $10K Work consists of high-leverage skills that exponentially grow your business and bring you closer to your dream life. As Khe writes, “The quadrant people high-performers really get stuck in is the $1,000/hour quadrant . . . the domain of unique skills that have no leverage.” That’s what we’re discussing in today’s episode so you can learn strategies to stop struggling and do more of your best work. More About Khe: Khe Hy is the founder and CEO of RadReads, an online education company that helps over 36,000 professionals lead productive, examined, and joyful lives. He has been called Oprah for Millennials by CNN, is the creator of the $10K Work productivity method, and teaches the popular cohort-based course Supercharge Your Productivity. Before founding RadReads, Khe spent 15 years working on Wall Street and was one of the youngest Managing Directors at BlackRock.  🌟3 Key Takeaways:  $10K tasks combine skill and leverage, as well as unique IP. Getting good at just one or two promotional channels lets you leverage the power of constraints and align with the way you like to work. When you look at your business activities, do they fit into your long-term goals—or your $10K tasks? Make sure your effort is aligned with the outcomes you seek.  📝Permission: Stop the struggle; great things can still happen in your business without it. Remember: It doesn’t have to be hard to be worthwhile. ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Make a list of five $10K Tasks at the intersection of your unique skills, IP, and leverage.  📘Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha 🔗Resources Mentioned:  Khe on the web, Twitter, LinkedIn, Supercharge Your Productivity (course) Articles: The Magic of Doing $10,000 Per Hour Work, How to be the Chief Unblocking Officer, High Performers Routinely Make This Mistake Newsletter: Stratechery Free Time Operations Dashboard Software: Substack, Medium, JustWorks, Notion 🎧Related Podcast Episodes:  111: Building a Second Brain with Tiago Forte The Nathan Barry Show: 026 Keh Hy - How You Can Do $10,000/Hr Work 108: How to Run a Scaled Coaching Team with Notion 088: Why I Moved from Asana to Notion for Task and Project Management 034: Organizing Research and Ideas - Notion Walkthrough #1 036: Shaping Big Ideas - Notion Walkthrough #2 038: Tracking Progress Toward Finishing a Book (or Big Idea) with an Essay Tracker - Notion Walkthrough #3 098: How to Build Your Minimum Viable Team (MVT)   💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe » 🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit  💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey ☎️ Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/129 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2022
128: A Tale of Two Teas 🫖 On Botching the Basics and Correcting Mistakes (Or Not)
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Nothing makes me more frustrated than poorly run companies that essentially steal time and money from the customers through bureaucracy and botching the basics. If you’re a longtime listener of this show, you might remember episode 83: Breaking Through Buyers Remorse, Never Lose a Customer Again with Joey Coleman. Today, I am sharing a tale of two contrasting customer service stories: one that devolved into disappointed buyer’s remorse, and the other that surprised and delighted my family and me, while creating memories of a lifetime. 🌟3 Key Takeaways: Decide if you want to be a luxury brand or not; price and create processes accordingly. When you or your team makes mistakes—as everyone does—over-deliver and get creative to make it right. Respond even if there’s nothing you can do: The “table stakes” of customer service are to listen and empathize. 📝Permission: To make mistakes, so long as you design processes that help you and your team to apologize creatively and make it right. ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Review how you operationalize your company values. Are you aiming to provide a luxury experience or not? Are you pricing accordingly, and do you have the systems and processes in place to match?  📘Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business  Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One  The Road Less Stupid: Advice from the Chairman of the Board Radical Candor: Fully Revised and Updated Edition: How to Get What You Want by Saying What You Mean  Raving Fans: Revolutionary Approach to Customer Service 🔗Resources Mentioned:  Itinerary App: TripIt Pro Travel Points Card: Delta AmEx  The Tea House at Los Rios 🎧Related Podcast Episodes:  083: Breaking through Buyer’s Remorse—Never Lose a Customer Again with Joey Coleman 068: Are You Running a Grumpy Business? 104: Save Someone Next Steps 💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe »  🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners.  💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey ☎️ Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/128 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2022
127: Protect Your Idea Factory, Build a Creative Flywheel, and Go Behind-the-Scenes of Book Publishing with Todd Henry
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Today’s guest is an expert in cultivating creativity — and in remaining consistent over the long arc of content creation. Todd Henry is the author of six books, and today we’re talking about how to stay motivated in the publishing industry, where the market reflects winner-take-all dynamics, and the long tail is verrrry long.  More About Todd: Todd is the author of six books, including The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Louder Than Words, Herding Tigers, and Motivation Code, and host of The Accidental Creative podcast and the Herding Tigers podcast. He empowers companies and teams to be creative, prolific, and brilliant in their work through his books, podcasts, and keynote speaking. He is the host of the 17-year-running Accidental Creative podcast, and today we’re going behind the scenes His new book, Daily Creative: A Practical Guide for Staying Prolific, Brilliant, and Healthy, encourages you to thrive as a creative through daily practice. 🌟3 Key Takeaways: Solve a problem that people know they have; frame your products and services in terms of how they accomplish a job that people need done. Your creativity is one of your most precious resources. Protect your Idea Factory and measure the quantity and quality of ideas you generate Set Wildly Important Goals; Todd’s are: quality, awareness, and revenue diversity. Every day you should be figuring out how your work will help you achieve them. 📝Permission: Practice pruning; there’s probably something you’re doing right now that has already served its purpose and run its course. You hereby have permission to drop it! ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Outline your business model as a flywheel. For help with this, read Jim Collins’ fantastic monograph, Turning the Flywheel. 📘Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day Louder than Words: Harness the Power of Your Authentic Voice Herding Tigers: Be the Leader That Creative People Need The Motivation Code: Discover the Hidden Forces That Drive Your Best Work Turning the Flywheel: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't The Practice: Shipping Creative Work 🔗Resources Mentioned:  Todd on the web, Instagram: @toddhenry, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook Todd’s Podcasts: The Accidental Creative podcast, Herding Tigers podcast Articles: NYT on the long tail of book publishing: Will the Biggest Publisher in the U.S. Get Even Bigger? Video: Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED Talks: Your Elusive Creative Genius, Success Failure and the Drive to Keep Creating   🎧Related Podcast Episodes:  111: Building a Second Brain with Tiago Forte 123: “Pricing is Branding” — Anti-Time Management with Richie Norton Pivot 051: Die Empty with Todd Henry Pivot 088: Artist Seth Price on Finding Freedom in Bad Ideas, Balancing Commerce and Creation in Business Pivot 254: The Practice—On Generosity, Peculiarity, and Showing Up with Seth Godin    💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe » 🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit  💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey ☎️ Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/127 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2022
126: Creating Time Buffer—7 Strategies for Spacious Scheduling
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“If you’re on time you're late.” That’s one of my favorite mantras that I picked up from my dad, second to, “These are the grrrreat times!” (no matter what is going on in his life or the world).  My dad was always early for our meet-ups, something I experienced as a sign of respect and ease. This relationship to punctuality has stayed with me as an adult, and I’m not the only one. I once bumped into a first date who was killing time at the same west village park as me around the corner from the restaurant where we were set to meet fifteen minutes later, since we were both sticklers for showing up early! The bigger point—especially once you have time autonomy when running your own business—is recreating that early ease by building in spacious time buffers. This means you’re not skidding in or out of calls or meetings feeling crunched for time, the heavy clamp of time scarcity pressing down, adding pressure and resulting in scattered, frantic energy.  Today I’m sharing seven of my strategies for building in time buffer. I’d love to hear yours, too! Send me an email at hi@itsfreetime.com or leave me a voice memo at http://itsfreetime.com/ask. 🌟 7 Types of Time Buffer to Build into Your Calendar: Before your first call of the day Between calls (ideally 30 minutes, if not a full hour) Before and after weekends (either making sure Monday and Friday are unscheduled, or you could even consider a DNS block on Wednesdays!) Before and after holidays (federal days off and/or full holiday weeks) Before, during, and after work travel One night hotel before seeing family After a big launch 📝Permission: Block off way more Do Not Schedule (DNS) time on your calendar than seems reasonable or typical, and only make exceptions for what’s joyful once that date gets closer. ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Look out three months from now: What holidays can you create buffer around? What days of the week can you make off limits starting now? Bonus: update your scheduling software to incorporate these changes, and to include buffer time before and after meetings if you don’t already.  📘Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business  Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One Life After College 🔗Resources Mentioned:  Scheduling Software: Calendly, Clara Labs Private BFF Community Article by Jonah Lehrer: Why We Travel 🎧Related Podcast Episodes:  018: Workcation in the City 027: Time Management for Mortals with Oliver Burkeman 040: It's Not Free Time If You're Exhausted Pivot 045: Post-Launch Pivot Point + Visit From the Furry Rest Monster Pivot 077: 21+ Travel Tips, Tools and Apps — with Jenny Blake Pivot 097: Conscious Business, Superconscious Capitalism, and The Meaning Revolution with Fred Kofman: a Teacher Who Changed My Life Without Knowing It Pivot 250: Staycation in the City   💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe »  🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners.  💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey ☎️ Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/126 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2022
125: How to Create Your Own CRM with Alex Sherwood
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If there’s one software question that invokes a near-universal groan among small business owners, it’s “What do you use for a CRM?” Much of the existing software is clunky, expensive, or at worst—both. Today I’m chatting with Notion pro Alex Sherwood, a former Salesforce CRM manager, on how he built his own Customer Relationship Manager tool in Notion, and inspired me to do the same. Because even the acronym CRM gives me shudders, I renamed mine “K.I.T.”, Keep In Touch, in a nod to high school yearbook sign-offs. More About Alex: Alex Sherwood, also known as A Notioneer, is a full-time Notion Certified Consultant, ambassador, and creator, who helps Notion users structure their system with his 50+ templates, guides, and consulting. Previously, he managed a Salesforce CRM for more than 3 years that started with 9 users and scaled to more than 75.  He is the resident expert for our Free Time Operations Dashboard, a done-for-you guide to your entire business, helping all of our new Dashboarders get up-to-speed.  You can use the code PODCAST for a special deal on the Free Time Operations Dashboard (which includes two 1:1 sessions with Alex!) 🌟3 Key Takeaways: Ideally, you have one central, searchable storage spot to keep tabs on people you connect with regularly, whether for clients or your broader professional community.  When building your CRM, focus on the outputs you want it to provide: Help tracking your sales pipeline? Keeping up with friends? Networking with colleagues? Additional questions to consider: What processes do you need to manage? What information do you need to record about those processes to make them as simple as possible? What reports would be most helpful for your business? 📝Permission: Set up a simple CRM that works for you. Start with keeping light notes and reminders for the people you care most about! Then allow it to organically grow in scope and complexity over time. ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Create a “referred by” or “how we met” note or relation (Notion-speak) in your CRM to remember how you first connected with someone.  📘Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business, Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One 🔗Resources Mentioned:  Alex on the web, IG: @aNotioneer, Twitter: @anotioneer Notion Resources: Free Time Operations Dashboard (promo code PODCAST), Marie Poulin’s Notion Mastery course, Alex’s Advanced CRM Template, How to build a CRM in Notion (video), meme: “Just taking notes” Tools Mentioned: Make, Zapier, Stripe, Stripe Sigma, Glide 🎧Related Podcast Episodes:  108: How to Run a Scaled Coaching Team with Notion 088: Why I Moved from Asana to Notion for Task and Project Management 034: Organizing Research and Ideas - Notion Walkthrough #1 036: Shaping Big Ideas - Notion Walkthrough #2 038: Tracking Progress Toward Finishing a Book (or Big Idea) with an Essay Tracker - Notion Walkthrough #3 083: Breaking through Buyer’s Remorse—Never Lose a Customer Again with Joey Coleman 111: Building a Second Brain with Tiago Forte Pivot 287: Solving Pivot Puzzles with A.J. Jacobs    💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe » 🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit  💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey ☎️ Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/125 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2022
124: JB’s 5 C’s System for Content Curation and Production
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How often do you feel blocked when it comes to creating new content? If you want to be more consistent and confident, today I’m sharing the 5 C’s System that I use to create 12 podcast episodes a month, two newsletters, and bonus content for my private BFF community. Ongoing Public Original Thinking is a central part of my business, and this is my ever-evolving system that facilitates it.  🌟 JB’s 5 C’s System for Content Production: Carve out time for consuming content that energizes you each day - it doesn’t have to be directly related to your business. Follow your curiosity and set things aside in an “inspiration box” for physical items, or a folder or board for digital.  Add snippets to a collection bucket, and tag them with topics and categories so you can find things easily later. Tag content in your collection bucket specifically for your content calendar so you know what you’ll be sharing when. See yourself as a qualified curator and share regularly!  📝Permission: Not to be a genius in the moment you’re trying to create content. You also have permission not to be an End-All-Be-All Expert. Lean on the identity of Qualified Curator instead. ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Create a collection bucket if you don’t already have one!   📘Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business  Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One  The 1-Page Marketing Plan: Get New Customers, Make More Money, And Stand Out From The Crowd 🎧Related Podcast Episodes:  111: Building a Second Brain with Tiago Forte 034: Organizing Research and Ideas — Notion Walkthrough #1 069: XYZ with Allan Dib  The Tim Ferriss Show Transcripts: Tim Urban (#283) Pivot 146: How to Rapid-Prototype a Course Pivot 281: Feeling Impostery? Become a Qualified Curator Instead of an End-All-Be-All Expert (5/29) Pivot 196: Agile Public Original Thinking 💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe »  🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners.  💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey ☎️ Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/124 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2022
123: “Pricing is Branding” — Anti-Time Management with Richie Norton
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“Time collapses when something you think takes 100 steps takes only one.” That’s just one of many gems from this week’s guest, Richie Norton. Richie is teaching us how to optimize for time flow and cash flow; to act from our future, not toward it. As he says, “It’s time to rescue your meta-goal from the ledge of your long-distance timeline and bring it home by placing it directly at the center of your life.” More About Richie: Richie Norton is an award-winning author and serial entrepreneur. An executive coach (one of the Top 100 as honored by MG100) to CEOs, and one of the world’s leading thinkers, Pacific Business News recognized Richie as one of the Top Forty Under 40 “best and brightest young businessmen” in Hawaii. He is the CEO and Cofounder of PROUDUCT—an INC. 5000 company—a global entrepreneurship solution helping businesses go from idea to market with full-service sourcing, product strategy, and end-to-end supply chain. He is the author of several books including Anti-Time Management, The Power of Starting Something Stupid and Résumés Are Dead and What to Do About It. He and his wife Natalie have four boys (one son already made his way to Heaven) and they have cared for three beloved foster children. They live on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, with their little dog, Velzy. 🌟3 Key Takeaways: Work from your goals, not toward them. Anti-Time Management is about autonomy, availability, and ability. Bthinking about the goal first, you can often eliminate a lot of time and work in getting there. “Experts do not require training.” If you charge higher prices and hire experts as you need them to help you fulfill that demand, you can deliver more value while working less.  Time collapses when something you think takes 100 steps takes only one. 📝Permission: Rethink projects with too many steps or obstacles toward creating the lifestyle you want. How can you bake your dream into the process from day one? ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Reflect: Are you paying as much attention to your time flow as your cash flow? On what area of your business do you spend the most time? Does it make sense for you to be doing that work, or can you delegate or outsource it to someone who could do it better?  📘Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One The Power of Starting Something Stupid: How to Crush Fear, Make Dreams Happen, and Live without Regret  Résumés Are Dead and What to Do About It Anti-Time Management: Reclaim Your Time and Revolutionize Your Results with the Power of Time Tipping 🔗Resources Mentioned:  Richie on the web, Twitter, Instagram: @ritchie_norton, LinkedIn Ritchie’s Podcast: The Richie Norton Show Tedx Talk: Richie Norton TEDx Talk (ft SIRAH + Moldova) Part 2 of 3 SIRAH: A Light in the Dark on The Richie Norton Show JLD’s Freedom Journal 🎧Related Podcast Episodes: 100: Top Ten Lessons from 💯 Episodes, 006: Going Pro on Podcasting with Jordan Harbinger 💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe » 🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit  💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey ☎️ Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/123 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2022
122: My Top 5 Sources of Recurring Revenue
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As I ask in the introduction to Free Time: What revenue streams are in that oh-so-sweet-spot of profit, ease, and joy in your business? Recurring revenue is one of the holy grails within a sustainable, scalable business. It’s an area that I have focused intently on since 2015, so in a follow-up episode 112: My 3 Biggest Business Regrets, today I’m sharing more about the recurring income streams in my business. The primary recurring streams of income in my business are (in order of size):  Corporate licensing, primarily of the Pivot IP  Coaching powered a network of subcontractors My private BFF community Royalties from my three books (not much, but they still count!) and LinkedIn Learning video courses Podcast ad revenue, and  Affiliate sales (okay, so I snuck in a sixth! These aren’t quite recurring on a monthly basis, but a small-yet-active ongoing activity)  Some of these are more passive than others, but together they combine to create a diversified business model that supports both Fortune 5 clients and “Fortune Five Million” as the basecamp founders would say :) 🌟3 Key Takeaways: You can batch service delivery like you batch other tasks. Consider putting all of your coaching (or equivalent!) calls on certain days of the week or weeks of the month to maximize your free space. Sometimes “passive” income is really just asymmetric income, where you front-load the effort, and see the results later on. Ideally, a business will have a small mix of recurring opportunities so you’re never completely dependent on a single stream or client. I aim for three primary focus areas when it comes to recurring revenue: licensing, coaching, and community.  📝Permission: To renegotiate how you invoice clients, shifting from one-off project-based billing to recurring retainer-based billing. You might be surprised at how much easier this makes things for your clients too, by reducing decision-fatigue and scheduling complications!  ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Reevaluate one of the revenue streams in your business: How could you “productize” a service, making a one-off or ad-hoc stream more predictable by shiting it toward a subscription model?  📘Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business  Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One Subscribed: Why the Subscription Model Will Be Your Company's Future-and What to Do About It Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You 🔗Resources Mentioned:  Jordan Gill’s Systems Saved Me Free Time Programs: BFF Community, Free Time Operations Dashboard, Voxer Coaching Waitlist Turning the Flywheel (Monograph) 🎧Related Podcast Episodes:  112: My 3 Biggest Business Regrets  Pivot 066: Create Multiple Streams of Income with Dorie Clark 016: IP Licensing with Lee LeFever 111: Building a Second Brain with Tiago Forte Pivot 283: What Are You Here to Do? How to Find a Path That Fits with Adrian Klaphaak Pivot 288: Embracing Uncertainty — Mic Flip with Adrian Klaphaak 💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe »  🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners.  💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey ☎️ Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/122 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2022
121: How to Steer Through a Downturn and Stop Micromanaging with Annie Hyman Pratt
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Take it from a self-described “recovering micromanager,” Annie Hyman Pratt: people are the most underleveraged, underutilized asset you have in your business. And once you see it, she says, you won’t be able to unsee it.  Today we’re talking about the people side of your business—how to get out of the weeds as a leader to prevent burnout and build a high-performing, trust-based team, even while steering through shaky economic conditions. More About Annie: Annie Hyman Pratt specializes in developing leaders, teams, and infrastructure to drive business growth through her company Leading Edge Teams. Her career started with her family’s business, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and sky-rocketed from there. After decades of success and experience as a C-level executive and business adviser, she recently launched her new book, The People Part: Seven Agreements Entrepreneurs and Leaders Make to Build Teams, Accelerate Growth, and Banish Burnout for Good. 🌟3 Key Takeaways: Micromanagement often comes from a leader trying to dial down their own discomfort, judgments, and assumptions. “What we need from people now is thinking—hands are not enough.” Delegation starts on the premise that it’s a two-way street: the other person needs to take on discernment, responsibility, and results, not just say “yes” automatically. The thing about downturns: as long as you survive with any kind of decent health at the end, you will automatically be there to grab the new opportunities — which you can’t see yet! A stormy season isn’t the time to try and reach your destination, but just to keep the ship upright and your team reasonably okay. Have faith that the skies are going to clear. 📝Permission: Drop the self-blame and self-disappointment. If you are a business owner, your self-compassion must exceed your ambition.  ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: For the next big project you want to delegate, consider (and capture!) the outcomes you are looking to achieve as a result (not just tasks).  📘Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One The People Part: Seven Agreements Entrepreneurs and Leaders Make to Build Teams, Accelerate Growth, and Banish Burnout for Good Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You 🔗Resources Mentioned: Annie on the web, Instagram: @anniehymanpratt, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter Leadership Assessment Quiz Leading Edge Teams 🎧Related Podcast Episodes: 007: Million-Dollar One-Person Business with Elaine Pofeldt 093: How to Sell Your Online Business with Alexis Grant Pivot: 096: The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business with Elaine Pofeldt 086: The Cyrano Strategy for Delegating Important Comms 054: Ten T's of Successful Delegating 067: Tiny Business, Big Money with Elaine Pofeldt    💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe » 🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit  💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey ☎️ Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/121 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 23, 2022
120: Transform Your To-Do List into a Results List — Leanne’s Favorite Time-Saving System
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Is your to-do list piled to the sky with uninspiring tasks? Wait until you hear this listener submission from Leanne, sharing one of many favorite gems from participating in mastermind groups and 1:1 coaching with the legendary “Million Dollar Consultant” Alan Weiss. More About Leanne: Leanne Hughes is an international facilitator, trusted advisor, and speaker who loves creating unpredictable workshop experiences that predictably work. She combines her experience in marketing and her passion for group dynamics, with her education in psychology to help leaders dramatically improve their teams' performance. Based in Brisbane, Australia, Leanne has partnered with organizations all around the world (in-person and virtual) and believes in a strengths-centered approach to learning and development. Check out her two podcasts: First-Time Facilitator and Work and Live Large. What’s your favorite time-saving system? Share with fellow Free Timers by leaving us a voice note at http://itsfreetime.com/ask or recording a brief voice memo on your phone and emailing it to hi [at] itsfreetime.com. We can’t wait to hear from you! 🌟 Key Takeaway: If your to-do list isn’t sparking joy, eliminate the items you can first. For ones that remain: visualize the benefits of accomplishing the items—the ideal end state—and write down your vision for how you will feel after completing them. Be vivid and irresistible in your description! 📝Permission: Drop annoying tasks and to-dos. Focus on what’s most compelling instead. ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Look at your current to-do list: For the five most critical items, reframe them into results you are going to enjoy once the logistical steps are complete. 📘Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business  Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One Alan Weiss’ Million-Dollar Consulting, Million-Dollar Speaker  🔗Resources Mentioned:  Leanne on the web, Instagram: @leannehughes, LinkedIn: Leanne Hughes Leanne’s Podcasts: First Time Facilitator, Leanne Hughes’ Work and Live Large Jenny’s private BFF Community for Heart-Based Business owners 🎧Related Podcast Episodes: 017: Serendipity as Business Strategy with Leanne Hughes 💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe »  🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners.  💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey ☎️ Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/120 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2022
119: In Systems We Trust with Marquis Murray
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“Why would someone fly you across the world to do business with them?” That powerful question from a mentor in March 2020 gave today’s guest, Marquis Murray, the courage to go all-in on his passion of helping business owners create order from chaos through greater operational efficiency.  More About Marquis: Marquis Murray is the CEO and Founder of Ditto, a systems and processes consultancy for organizations who need help creating clarity around the work inside their companies. His goal is eliminating team burnout, so people can focus more on the work they do without the stress of not knowing where or how the work is happening. He is also the host of the In Systems We Trust podcast where owners and leaders of businesses talk about the systems, processes, and operational efficiency practices they use every day. 🌟3 Key Takeaways: If you’re not updating your systems and processes as your business grows, then you might be en route to burnout. Make sure your foundation can support your growth.  Just because you can do something better or faster yourself, doesn’t mean you should.  What happens immediately after a client signs on the dotted line? That is the very last place you want something to fall through the cracks. 📝Permission: Stop apologizing for wanting perfection, or wanting to improve. Don’t be afraid to say no in order to protect your time and spend more energy working in your zone of genius. ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Ask, “How can I make this easier?” This is often the best starting place when you want to improve your systems and automated processes.  📘Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose the Busywork, Love Your Business Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One  The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It  The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level  Alignment: Overcoming Internal Sabotage and Digital Product Failure  Radical Candor: Fully Revised & Updated Edition: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity  Vivid Vision: A Remarkable Tool for Aligning Your Business Around a Shared Vision of the Future 🔗Resources Mentioned:  Marquis on the web, Twitter, LinkedIn Marquis’ Podcast: In Systems We Trust  Think Ditto’s Vivid Vision for 2022  Personality Test: 16 Personalities, Enneagram Tools: Loom, Asana, Zapier, IFTTT, Integromat, Burb, HubSpot, PandaDoc, DocuSign, HelloSign, Lucid.app Podcast: The Talking to Tech People Podcast with Jason Frazell: Marquis Murray-CEO and Founder of Ditto 💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe » 🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit  💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey ☎️ Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/119 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 16, 2022
118: Be a Daymaker
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Living in New York City for over a decade, I’ve woken up to many a strange sight over the years: sirens, helicopters overhead, a pre-dawn police chase through the backyard, and a drone buzzing where the birds should be. But never have I woken up to someone doing their job with such delight (who also happened to be smokin’ hot and shirtless) that he drew out fellow neighbors to stand at attention in their windowsills, with coffee mugs in hand, also chatting him up and taking in the view. Today’s episode takes a page out of this memorable man’s customer delight handbook. Daymaker: wherever you are, thank you.  📝Permission: Be over the top. Let your inner child out and loosen up. Be giddy with delight that you get to do what you do for the people you do it for (and lucky passersby).   ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Who is the last person who made your day? Who made you smile and memorably shifted your mood? Reach out and thank them for spreading their abundant joy in the world :) 📘Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business, Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One  🔗Resources Mentioned: Architect Breaks Down 5 of the Most Common New York Apartments (Video), Chris Jenner’s Masterclass on Personal Branding 🎧Related Podcast Episodes: For the flip-side, listen to 068: Are You Running a Grumpy Business? 💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe »  🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners.  💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey ☎️ Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/118 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2022
117: Tiny Marketing Actions with Pamela Slim
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Do you shy away from marketing and metrics, or have trouble figuring out more of your ideal clients? If so, this conversation will give you just the boost you need! Join me and longtime friendtor Pamela Slim (the one who gave me the courage and encouragement to leave my comfy corporate life back in 2011) as we discuss shifting out of empire culture toward ecosystem culture, identifying watering holes for your ideal community members, working with “PB&J partners,” being the weirdo in the room, and prioritizing outreach even if you’re introverted. More About Pam: Pamela Slim is an award-winning author, speaker and business coach who works with small business owners ready to scale their businesses and IP. She is the author of Escape from Cubicle Nation, Body of Work, and The Widest Net: Unlock Untapped Markets and Discover New Customers Right in Front of You, and TEDx speaker on Finding Purpose in the New World of Work. She also hosts The Widest Net podcast where she shares the many ways entrepreneurs and small business owners can build a thriving business. 🌟3 Key Takeaways: Empire culture vs. ecosystem culture: Focus on creating an environment of amazing, related services to help your ideal client solve their problem/s. Brainstorm a list of Tiny Marketing Actions: “Small daily marketing actions, delivered consistently over a long period of time, to build your brand, your business, and your bank account.” Don’t be afraid to be the weirdo in the room: “Instead of clustering with the same group of friends who all promote each other's stuff for years on end in a tightly controlled environment with rigid rules for participation...look for places where [you] can learn as much as [you] can from customers who have problems that interest [you].” 📝Permission: Drop the socialization that tells you that you should be in a different place than you are, doing more, feeling guilty for what you haven’t done; the shame that builds up around making a plan and falling off course. Release and drop anything you didn’t do and look forward. ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Make a list of three possible PB&J partners—ones that offer highly complementary services to your ideal customers. Bonus: Send a love note to someone whose work you admire!  📘Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One Escape From Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together The Widest Net: Unlock Untapped Markets and Discover New Customers Right in Front of You 🔗Resources Mentioned:  Pam on the web, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook Pam’s Podcast: The Widest Net Ted Talk: Finding Purpose in the New World of Work Article: Are You Squeezing Through the Eye of a Needle? 🎧Related Podcast Episodes:  101: Run Your Business with Exquisite Greatness and Tiny Art Projects with Alexandra Franzen 111: Building a Second Brain with Tiago Forte 108: How to Run a Scaled Coaching Team with Notion   💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe » 🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit  💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey ☎️ Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/117 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 09, 2022
116: What’s Keeping You Up At Night? 🦟 On Business Mosquitoes
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“If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.” That’s a gem I found in MBS’s book, How to Begin, from Body Shop founder Anita Roddick. It came to mind last night while I was being plagued by a particularly elusive mosquito my husband dubbed “Maverick.” (Yes, after the Tom Cruise movie.) In my sleep-deprived state I searched for the meaning—and the business metaphor—behind this pesky, pernicious little beast. Thus, after a midnight brainstorm, I bring you this solo episode on finding (and eradicating!) the mosquitoes* in your business.  *Don’t get them confused with the Butterfly Effect—tiny moments (supposedly) sparking massive change, or Splatology—low-stakes time clutter accumulating until you can’t see through the windshield any longer. 🌟3 Key Takeaways—Business Mosquitoes are: Persistent interruptions that interfere with much more important goals (i.e. sleep, peace). Often hard to see, and harder to catch (until they’re perched on the headboard resting fat and happy after feasting on you) Relentless in waking you up to deal with the problem (unless you resort to bury every inch of your body under the covers, the proverbial head in the sand) 📝Permission: Put boundaries in place that prevents others from interrupting your peace! ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Identify your biggest business mosquito: What’s keeping you up at night? How can you put a solution in place that doesn’t just squash one, but prevents many more “bites” in the future?  📘Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business  Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One How to Begin: Start Doing Something That Matters The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator Radical Candor: Fully Revised & Updated Edition: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less 🔗Resources Mentioned:  Article: The Mosquitoes Are Coming for Us Indoor Mosquito Trap (scroll down to the hilarious reviews): Katchy Sleep and Fitness Tracker: Whoop Jenny’s private BFF Community Gotham Production Studios 🎧Related Podcast Episodes:  057: You+ vs. You 2.0 with MBS 106: Splatology—On Clearing Time Clutter 062: Made by Monday On Content "Frog" Batching 💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe »  🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners.  💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey ☎️ Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/116 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2022
115: Successfully Taking Over as CEO from a Founder (MBS) with Shannon Minifie
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We talk about The Fiji Test often here at Free Time HQ on documentation and making ourselves replaceable every day. The central question: Could a stranger to the business take over without much disruption? That’s exactly what Shannon Minifie and longtime friendtor MBS put to the test several years ago. As he stepped aside as CEO of the company he’d been building for nearly 20 years, Box of Crayons, Shannon took the reins through a two-year transition process. If you haven’t listened yet, be sure to pair this with episode 051: How to Replace Yourself as CEO with MBS. Today we hear about Shannon’s side of the experience—navigating a pandemic while parenting young children as a newly minted CEO, and the inevitable imposter syndrome that comes with any leadership role. I chuckled at her reminders-to-self about not trying to impersonate Michael or “build a museum frozen in place” with his ways of operating. More About Shannon: Shannon’s career began in academia, where she wrote a dissertation on David Foster Wallace. In 2016, she embarked on a new path, starting a career in corporate learning and development, and took over as CEO at Box of Crayons (founded by previous guest Michael Bungay Stanier) in 2019. She encourages in her team an enthusiastic discernment that brings a depth of thinking to bear on everything Box of Crayons does. 🌟3 Key Takeaways: The focus changes when you move from working with contractors to having a core team. It’s important to keep the client front and center.  Have an identity outside of work: your job is what you do, not all of who you are. Go on a listening tour with your clients and team members. Be curious, listen carefully and make connections to better understand what is happening at your company. Remember that something can be real and true, but not need immediate action.  📝Permission: To “earn your paycheck” over a long period of time.  ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Take the advice a fellow CEO gave to Shannon—divide your time into four buckets: staying close to the client, staying close to the competition, calibrating your top team, and making your team and organization smarter.  📘Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever 🔗Resources Mentioned:  Shannon on the web, Instagram: @boxofcrayonsinc, Twitter, LinkedIn,  Page Two Publishing MBS.works  Coaches: Ernest Oriente, Jill Murphy 🎧Related Podcast Episodes:  051: How to Replace Yourself as CEO with MBS Brave New Work Podcast: When the CEO’s Fires Themselves with Michael Bungay Stanier and Shannon Minifie  2 Pages Podcast: Brave Choices: Channon Minifie x “A Supposedly Fun Thing I Will Never Do Again” 073: From CEO (Back) to Creator with Pat Flynn 081: DAOing and Prioritizing Progress over Perfection   💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe » 🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit  💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey ☎️ Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/115 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02, 2022
114: “Failure is the Frame, Not the Picture”
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We’ve got a Grab Bag this week with three favorite time-saving techniques, starting with an image I can’t get out of my mind by @jackbutcher of Visualize Value, followed by two listener submissions for the My Favorite Time-Saving System series. What’s your favorite tip or tool? Leave a review for the pod to share with fellow Free Timers at lovethepodcast.com/freetime, or submit it as a voice memo at http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🌟 Key Takeaways:  “Failure is the frame, not the picture.” Remember that the specific event or experience you’re looking at isn’t the whole story; don’t judge something as a failure too soon. Create a virtuous circle by nurturing your current clients and encouraging word-of-mouth referrals. Improve retrievability in your business and your life by thinking your tasks through to their final outcomes and making sure the single next step after a current task is either already done, or so obvious it doesn’t have to be thought about. 📝Permission: From Karen—Not to take on new clients this quarter! Appreciate the ones you have, and watch as word-of-mouth magic grows as a result :) ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: From Lauren—put your trash bags (real and proverbial) where they will instantly save time for your future self.  📘Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business, Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One  🔗Resources Mentioned:  VisualizeValue.com Karen LePage Podcast Production: One Stone Creative 🎧Related Podcast Episodes:  028: When the Financial Tides Recede 104: Save Someone Next Steps 095: From Scavenger Hunts to Retrievability Speed with Nick Sonnenberg 💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe »  🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners.  💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey ☎️ Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/114 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 29, 2022
113: Pivoting from Breather to Practice While Setting Better Boundaries with Julien Smith
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Sometimes it seems like being a jerk pays off. Society often seems to reward the leaders who don’t mind stepping on others en route to the top. But if you don’t want to live that way, you’re among friends here and with today’s guest Julien Smith. We’re talking about avoiding leadership traps and creating positive boundaries in your business. More About Julien: Julien Smith is the co-founder and CEO of Practice, a business management platform for coaches. He was the co-founder of Breather, and is a New York Times bestselling author of three books. Two of these, Trust Agents and The Impact Equation, were written with Chris Brogan, and his third, The Flinch, was published with Domino Project in 2011. 🌟3 Key Takeaways: Listen to people—more of them, and more often. Your clients and customers often tell you exactly what they want and need from your business. Consider reducing instead of expanding your income streams. Each brings new processes and systems to manage. You might see great success with fewer offerings. Experiment until you find what works, then kill everything else! 📝Permission: Look up: Have you experienced the sacred recently? Connect to something bigger than you, especially when you’re feeling stressed or stuck.  ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Open up your life again by eliminating drudge work through software. Create a boundaries document that contains the things you do and don’t want in your life: the people you want to work with, the things that matter to you, the things you no longer want to deal with. 📘Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust The Impact Equation: Are You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise? Find Your Red Thread: Make Your Big Ideas Irresistible 🔗Resources Mentioned:  Julien on the web, Twitter: @trypractice, LinkedIn, his article: Open Coaching: $100,994 in 18 months as a part-time executive coach (3 hours/week) 🎧Related Podcast Episodes:  097: How to Find Your Perfect Problem with Jim McKelvey, author of The Innovation Stack (Part One) 099: How to Find Your Perfect Problem with Jim McKelvey (Part Two) 043: From Start-Up to Grown-Up (and Coach to Author) with Alisa Cohn 057: You+ vs. You 2.0 with MBS 085: Building an Aligned Audience with Brian Clark The Accidental Creative Podcast: Advice for Builders (with Julien Smith)   💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe » 🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit  💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey ☎️ Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/113 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 26, 2022
112: My 3 Biggest Business Regrets
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As tough as it is to stomach sometimes, regret can be a helpful catalyst. As Daniel Pink shares in his latest book, The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward, regret is better understood less as a thing and more as a process; one that doesn’t just make us human, it makes us better.  “By making us feel worse today, regret helps us do better tomorrow,” he says. “Understanding its effects hones our decisions, boosts our performance, and bestows a deeper sense of meaning.” Today I’m sharing three big regrets, or strategic errors, in 11+ years of running my business. Special shout out: Thank you MoneySmartMom from Canada for the glowing review! What’s your favorite time-saving strategy? Share as a review on LoveThePodcast.com/freetime If you enjoy this episode, please share it with a friend! Visit pod.link/freetime 🌟 3 Key Takeaways from Daniel Pink’s book: Foundation regrets sound like this: If only I’d done the work. Boldness regrets sound like this: If only I’d taken that risk. Moral regrets sound like this: If only I’d done the right thing. 📝 Permission: Forgive yourself and drop the guilt about what you coulda, shoulda, woulda done in your business (thank you SATC for that episode title!). Today is a new day, and you probably had valid reasons at the time for making the decisions you did. Celebrate the wins, too! ✅ Do (or Delegate) This Next: What are your biggest business regrets? Leave me a voice memo and let me know at http://itsfreetime.com/ask. 📘Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business  Pivot: Lose the Busywork, Love Your Business  The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward 🔗Resources Mentioned: Jenny’s private BFF community 🎧Related Podcast Episodes:  058: Look for Measurable Loops Pivot: 021: Reinvent Yourself With James Altucher The James Altucher Show: Pivot: The Difference Between Making Millions and Failure…Episode #183 💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe »  🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners.  💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey ☎️ Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/112 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2022
111: Building a Second Brain with Tiago Forte
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What is your relationship to information? Scattered and chaotic, or clear and navigable? Do you have streamlined systems for saving, distilling, and crafting original thought-leadership from what you encounter and store, or are you stuck when it comes time to create order from the chaos? Our guest this week, Tiago Forte, is here to teach you how to develop a second brain—a mindset that transcends toolset—through information-wrangling habits that will change the way you think and create. More About Tiago: Tiago Forte is a leading productivity expert who has taught thousands of people around the world how timeless principles and the latest technology can revolutionize their productivity, creativity, and personal effectiveness. Today we’re talking about his new book, Building a Second Brain: A Proven Method to Organize Your Digital Life and Unlock Your Creative Potential. Learn more at Fortelabs.co, and subscribe to his Building a Second Brain podcast. 🌟 3 Key Takeaways: Building a Second Brain is not about any one piece of software; it is about acquiring a new set of tools in your relationship to information, such as the practice of distilling marginalia or highlights after you read a book or clipping articles you find interesting even if you don’t plan to do anything with them yet. Apply the “campsite rule” to information in your business—leave notes better than you found them. You can do this by adding things like commentary, highlights, bullets a heading, etc. “Only start projects that are already 80 percent done.” By the time you sit down to make progress on something, all the work to gather and organize the source material should already be done. 📝 Permission: Not to be everywhere on all channels. Pick just one place that best fits your personality and style. Treat that channel as a place for your unique artistic expression. ✅ Do (or Delegate) This Next: What do people ask you about most? Build out an FAQ by answering that question thoroughly, and posting it somewhere on your website, in Google Docs, or Notion. Then send future inquirers the link instead of one-off email messages. 📘Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One Building a Second Brain 🔗Resources Mentioned:  Tiago on the web, Instagram: @fortelabsco, Twitter, LinkedIn Building a Second Brain Book Resources Building a Second Brain Course Tools Mentioned: Readwise, Notion, Evernote, Instapaper, Pocket, Loom 🎧Related Podcast Episodes:  034: Organizing Research and Ideas - Notion Walkthrough #1 036: Shaping Big Ideas - Notion Walkthrough #2 038: Tracking Progress Toward Finishing a Book (or Big Idea) with an Essay Tracker - Notion Walkthrough #3 101: Run Your Business with Exquisite Greatness and Tiny Art Projects with Alexandra Franzen Pivot: 135: The Bliss Engine with Jim Blake (aka Daddy-O!) Pivot: 281: Feeling Impostery? Become a Qualified Curator Instead of an Expert Pivot 183: Cultivating Opposites and Checklists with Alexandra Franzen   💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe » 🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit  💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey ☎️ Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/111 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2022
110: Are You Bordering on Bottlenecked or Chief Everything Officer? Free Time Quiz Results
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Are your business activities at the intersection of revenue, ease, and joy? If not, are you aware of what does fall into that sweet spot? Are you a bona fide Free Timer, Bordering on Bottlenecked, or Chief Everything Officer? Those are the three potential outcomes of the Free Time Quiz, and upon reviewing the data, it sounds like a lot of us are still holding onto tiny, tedious, and time-consuming tasks. Today I’m sharing the initial post-book launch quiz results with insights on how Free Timers are navigating their businesses. Alongside every data point, I give an antidote solution to help move the needle in the right direction. 🌟3 Key Takeaways: Be aggressive about making your time for deep work! Create big (recurring) blocks of time in your calendar, and make them inviolable. Protect them even from your procrastinating self! Get to know your ideal customers a little bit better. How do they describe the problem you solve in their own words? What do they share over coffee with a friend? Your team and clients are better served when you are well rested. It’s not worth the thousand tiny cuts of saying yes when you don’t really want to.  📝Permission: Decline, reschedule, or remove three things from your calendar in the next two weeks. Really. Use that time for deep, pleasurable work instead.  ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Run an experiment, ideally an A/B test, for a metric in your business that you’d like to improve.  📘Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business  Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One  Value-Based Pricing: Drive Sales and Boost Your Bottom Line by Creating, Communicating and Capturing Customer Value Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business Clockwork, Revised and Expanded: Design Your Business to Run Itself Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less (4th Edition) The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It 🔗Resources Mentioned:  Free Time Operations Dashboard Organization: Zapier, Notion, Calendly Podcast ads: Overcast Plugin: Just Not Sorry 🎧Related Podcast Episodes:  086: The Cyrano Strategy for Delegating Important Comms 034: Organizing Research and Ideas - Notion Walkthrough #1 036: Shaping Big Ideas - Notion Walkthrough #2 038: Tracking Progress Toward Finishing a Book (or Big Idea) with an Essay Tracker - Notion Walkthrough #3 032: Courageous Marketing With Mike Michalowicz 💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe »  🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners.  💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey ☎️ Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/110 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 15, 2022
109: Winning the Week with Demir Bentley
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“A big life can weigh a lot . . . That’s why I was overworked—I was chasing the long-tail of my tasks into infinity. This is when the music stops and there aren’t enough chairs for everyone.”  If the logistics of life and work are gobbling up your equanimity, listen to today’s conversation with Demir Bentley on how to turn things around and “win the week,” with joyful rewards baked directly into the planning process. More About Demir: Demir Bentley helps successful people who secretly struggle with their productivity. Demir has personally coached executives from Facebook, Google, Uber, PepsiCo, and Lexar. Along with his wife, Carey, Demir founded The Lifehack Method and their podcast Freedom Decoded: A Podcast from Demir and Carey Bentley. Today we’re talking about his new book, The Winning the Week Method: How to Plan a Successful Week, Every Week. 🌟3 Key Takeaways: Your time is your inventory: in your weekly planning session, match your time demand to your time supply. Calendarize your task list, and add the good stuff first! Self-care, play, creative, quiet, social, time with a significant other. Build in flex time for UUW: Unplanned, Unwanted Work — and gamify your work through the Sticky Focus Game (timed sprints) 📝Permission: To add your “code patch” to the world’s knowledge base, even if you aren’t the world’s leading expert (yet!). And put the good stuff into your planning process. What ritual or fun or reward can you add to your weekly planning that will change it from a chore to be avoided into one of your most treasured tasks?   ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Carve out time to plan your week, every week. Pre-plan with your team as well, so that you’re truly digging into what is coming and stopping the unexpected things from becoming emergencies.  📘Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business  Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One  The Winning the Week Method: How to Plan a Successful Week, Every Week 🔗Resources Mentioned:  Demir on the web, LinkedIn, Twitter: @jokeye, YouTube Demir’s podcast: Freedom Decoded: A Podcast from Demir and Carey Bentley Selena Soo  Article: Here's What's Next for Chamath Palihapitiya's Social Capital SPACs Social Capital The Tim Ferriss Show Transcripts: Graham Duncan (#362) 🎧Related Podcast Episodes:  016: IP Licensing with Lee LeFever 062: Made by Monday On Content "Frog" Batching    💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe » 🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit  💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey ☎️ Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/109 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12, 2022
108: How to Run a Scaled Coaching Team with Notion
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If you’re the bottleneck in a service-based business, consider freeing your time by building your bench. That is what I’ve done with the Pivot and Free Time coaching teams, through partner contractors who I pass coaching clients to while taking care of the marketing and back-end operations. Today I’m sharing a walkthrough of the six Notion systems powering these programs. If you’d like more detail on exactly how to scale your business with a coaching team, sign-up to access the full workshop at http://itsfreetime.com/scalecoaching. Notion Boards We Use to Run Our Coaching Team: Potential Clients Active Clients Coach Bios Coach Payouts Resource Hub Client-facing Pages 🌟3 Key Takeaways: Being ready to scale from a systems and offerings standpoint (even for services like coaching!) gives you flexibility, and lets you be ready for a big break. Sticker shock is unpleasant for everyone, so give a sense of what the investment is going to be at the beginning of a potential client’s interest process Less is more when it comes to tracking tools. Set up an active client tracker if you don’t already have one. 📝Permission: Not to fulfill all the 1:1 services in your business by yourself. Create a scalable service offering to retain potential clients by collaborating with, and directing work to, qualified subcontractors.  ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Make a list of five trusted providers who you could partner with in a revenue share model. Consider how you’d want to vet, train, and onboard them to your method and systems, even if you’re not quite ready to launch into this full swing yet. Just having people in mind may open up possibilities. Could you run a small pilot with just one or two people as a next step? What’s the worst that happens if it doesn’t work? What’s the best that happens if it does?  📘Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business, Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One 🔗Resources Mentioned:  Workshops: How to Scale a Coaching Team, Free Time Operations Dashboard Demo Tools: Typeform, Notion, Zapier, Kajabi, Calendly, Google Groups, Descript Programs: Career Pathfinder, Jenny’s private BFF Community, Pivot Coaching, Free Time Coaching, Jenny’s 1:1 Voxer Coaching 🎧Related Podcast Episodes:  075: Coaching Through the Free Time Framework with Wade Brill Pivot: 283: What Are You Here to Do? How to Find a Path That Fits with Adrian Klaphaak 34: Organizing Research and Ideas - Notion Walkthrough #1 36: Shaping Big Ideas - Notion Walkthrough #2 38: Tracking Progress Toward Finishing a Book (or Big Idea) with an Essay Tracker - Notion Walkthrough #3   💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe »  🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners.  💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/108 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 08, 2022
107: How to Know When You’ve Gotten Pricing Wrong with Jacquette M. Timmons
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Are you pricing your products and services in an abundant sweet spot or a scarcity-inducing sink hole? How can you tell when your prices are too low or too high? How much of pricing is math, and how much is mindset?  Or, perhaps you’ve been ruminating on these two most common questions: What should I charge for this? Is now the time to raise my prices? We're digging into all of this and more during this juicy follow-up conversation with financial behaviorist Jacquette M. Timmons. Listen to our previous conversation in episode 20 on Pricing Psychology. More about Jacquette: Jacquette focuses on the human side of money to help you see that you don't manage money—you manage your choices around money. She is the author of Financial Intimacy: How to Create a Healthy Relationship with Your Money and Your Mate, and creator of programs like The Comfort Circle™ dinner series and her semi-annual Pricing Made Human™ workshop. She hosts the More Than Money podcast, a show that explores the psychology, emotions, and math of money so that you can make better, smarter choices regardless of where you fall on the income or wealth spectrum. 🌟3 Key Takeaways: When a launch doesn’t go as planned, change one thing at a time; changing your pricing should be the last variable you tweak Ask for feedback from customers who don’t purchase: is it price, format, timing, or something else altogether? Practice intuition in small moments, especially celebrating milestones, to build trust for taking bigger risks and decision-making 📝Permission: Quote a price that feels scary and uncomfortable. Detach yourself from the outcome and treat it as an exercise. Even if you get a “no” in response, know that just doing this at least once will already make it easier to say next time. ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Identify the purpose of each program in your business: What is its job within your overall portfolio of offers? Is it a lead magnet, a major revenue driver, or something else? 📘Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One Financial Intimacy: How to Create a Healthy Relationship with Your Money and Your Mate 🔗Resources Mentioned:  Jenny's Voxer Coaching (add your name to the waitlist) Jacquette on the web, Instagram, Facebook Jacquette’s podcast: More Than Money Monthly Comfort Circle dinners Financial Wheel Video: Essential Financial Planning for Couples on GMA 🎧Related Podcast Episodes:  020: Pricing Psychology with Jacquette Timmons  These Three Biases Cost Her More Than Money   💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe » 🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit  💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/107 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 05, 2022
106: Splatology—On Clearing Time Clutter
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Have you ever driven down a highway and gotten a whole bunch of bugs sadly splattered on your windshield? Eventually, there are so many that you can't see the road in front of you.  The same thing can happen with little bits of time clutter throughout your week. No one is a big deal, but in total they obstruct foresight and forward motion. Today I’m sharing how to identify the ways you may be creating time clutter and how to start reducing it. With only a few tidbits about the science of bug splatters. Special shout out to Shelley Hitz—thank you for the podcast review! I’d love to know: what has been your biggest aha from these first 100+ episodes? Leave a review and let me know! 🌟3 Key Takeaways: It’s easy to interrupt yourself. A lot. Emails, questions, distractions… they all add to time clutter, so try to be mindful of when it’s happening so you can cut it down. Sometimes we work so hard at documenting and delegating that we go backwards in terms of creating time clutter! Look at your processes, and see if you should be re-batching anything that has been split up.  Make room for periods of deep observation so you can hear what your business is trying to tell you beneath the day-to-day juggle. 📝Permission: You have permission to try living on the uncomfortable side of free time; creating too much of it (or as close to that as you can get) just to see how it feels, and what it unearths for you. ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Look at each item on your to-do list. Does this task spark joy? You have permission to Marie Kondo your time, not just your possessions. 📘Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One  Expansive Impact: An Invitation to Lead in Everyday Moments The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing 🔗Resources Mentioned: Splatter-gories: Those bugs on your windshield can tell volumes about our environment, Mark Hostetler Thinks Gunk Can Teach Us About Insects, RescueTime research  🎧Related Podcast Episodes:  028: When the Financial Tides Recede 054: Ten T's of Successful Delegating Pivot 277: Expansive Impact and Spacious Scheduling with Sarah Young 104: Save Someone Next Steps 💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe »  🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners.  💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/106 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2022
105: “Don’t write the wrong book!” with David Moldawer (Part Two)
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Are you winding down the path of writing the wrong book? What does it take to create a marketing tipping point? What separates good books from platform books? Make sure you listen to part one of this conversation first, then dive into part two of this conversation with “bookitect” David Moldawer.  More About David: David Moldawer spent over a decade as a book editor at a slew of New York publishing houses including St. Martin’s Press, McGraw-Hill, and Penguin, acquiring and editing bestselling nonfiction in the areas of business, technology, health, and memoir. Today, he’s an independent writer and editor. He also writes the Maven Game, a newsletter for experts, authors, publishers, and agents on making ideas and knowledge public—writing, speaking, sharing—without hating yourself in the morning.   🌟3 Key Takeaways: Most books fail, and most people don’t read books—but it’s much more useful to think about what would happen if your book is wildly successful. If you had a smart friend who wrote to you and said, “I know you’re an expert on XYZ, can you explain this to me?” You would do so clearly and directly. That is the kind of energy that should go into writing a non-fiction book. There’s a difference between a platform book and a good book; if you have a slow-build book, it’s like a marathon — pace yourself accordingly. 📝 Permission: To build an audience in ways that resonate with you; go all-in on one or two platforms that energize you, and ditch the rest of the “shiny (social) shoulds”!  ✅ Do (or Delegate) This Next: If you didn’t do this after listening to part one, create an idea capture file. I use Notion for this - check out the Loom walkthrough here, and the full Author Toolkit here » 📘Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One Life After College  Girl Wash Your Face  Perennial Seller  The Personal MBA  Atomic Habits  The Tipping Point  Exactly What to Say  Books by 37 Signals co-founders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson 🔗Resources Mentioned:  David on the web, Twitter, LinkedIn  Newsletter: The Maven Game Jenny’s Author Toolkit (including the book marketing spreadsheet) MBS’s article on selling over 100,000 copies of The Coaching Habit Video: Exactly How to Sell 1 Million Books (Phil M. Jones) Chandler Bolt’s Self-Publishing School podcast 🎧Related Podcast Episodes:  036: Shaping Big Ideas — Notion Walkthrough #2 012: Generating Personal MBA Momentum with Josh Kaufman  038: Tracking Progress Toward Finishing a Book (or Big Idea) with an Essay Tracker — Notion Walkthrough #3 057: You 2.0 with MBS     💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe » 🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit  💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/105 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 28, 2022
104: Save Someone Next Steps
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So you’re getting good at saving yourself time; but what about saving other people’s time? How creative are you at reducing their next steps? The latter is a gift that keeps on giving. Visualize the final outcome, and work backward to envision how you can take the few next steps to save time and effort for fellow stakeholders. 🌟3 Key Takeaways: Take a few extra minutes to reflect before marking a task “done.”  Do the work upfront of thinking about what someone will need next. What happens after this next part is done? Can you do any more for them? Visualize the final outcome of the task you’re working on - what can you do to get as close to that outcome as possible before throwing the ball into the next person’s court?  📝Permission: Do a little bit of extra work now, knowing it will save the next person next steps. ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Review your customer journey. After somebody purchases, what’s next? Whatever the answer, see if you can design a process to do it for them; or if not, simplify, clarify, and communicate so that the next onboarding steps run smoothly. 📘Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business, Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One  🔗Resources Mentioned: Free Time Dashboard  🎧Related Podcast Episodes: 102: 12 Systems-Thinking Steps for Moving from Friction to Flow and 054: Ten T's of Successful Delegating 💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe »  🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners.  💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/104 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2022
103: How to Land a Literary Agent and Publisher with David Moldawer (Part One)
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What takes a book proposal past the slush pile onto a publisher’s deal sheet? How do you get the attention of literary agents who might also be looking for you?  In the first half of this two-part conversation, I’m chatting with longtime publishing, editing, and ghostwriting maven David Moldawer about what makes a great “big” book idea.  More About David: David Moldawer spent over a decade as a book editor at a slew of New York publishing houses including St. Martin’s Press, McGraw-Hill, and Penguin, acquiring and editing bestselling nonfiction in the areas of business, technology, health, and memoir. Today, he’s an independent writer and editor. He also writes the Maven Game, a newsletter for experts, authors, publishers, and agents on making ideas and knowledge public—writing, speaking, sharing—without hating yourself in the morning.   🌟3 Key Takeaways: Get to the heart of your goals for your book by visualizing yourself taking your current draft and putting it on Kindle within an hour. Is that what you want to be presenting? Why or why not? If you want to write a book in your category, read books in your category to better understand the challenges and possibilities. People are more likely to buy your book because you wrote it than because of the content, so emphasize your audience and platform. 📝 Permission: Go ahead and reach out to agents with a concise query email—don’t forget they are in the business of meeting new authors and finding great books! Just make sure to find one who specializes in the kind of book you want to write. ✅ Do (or Delegate) This Next: Create an idea capture file. I use Notion for this - check out the Loom walkthrough here, and the full Author Toolkit here » 📘Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business  Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One Life After College, Girl Wash Your Face Perennial Seller  The Personal MBA Atomic Habits The Tipping Point  Exactly What to Say  Books by 37 Signals cofounders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson 🔗Resources Mentioned:  David on the web, Twitter, LinkedIn  Newsletter: The Maven Game Jenny’s Author Toolkit (including the book marketing spreadsheet) MBS’s article on selling over 100,000 copies of The Coaching Habit Video: Exactly How to Sell 1 Million Books (Phil M. Jones) Chandler Bolt’s Self-Publishing School podcast 🎧Related Podcast Episodes:  036: Shaping Big Ideas — Notion Walkthrough #2 012: Generating Personal MBA Momentum with Josh Kaufman  038: Tracking Progress Toward Finishing a Book (or Big Idea) with an Essay Tracker — Notion Walkthrough #3 057: You 2.0 with MBS     💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe » 🌟Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. ❤️Consider joining Jenny’s private BFF community, where you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call, a private podcast feed with bonus content, and a community forum to exchange ideas and feedback with fellow Heart-Based Business owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/toolkit  💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/103 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2022
102: 12 Systems-Thinking Steps for Moving from Friction to Flow
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Free Time for Your Future Self: For any area of your business that causes friction, run through these systems-thinking questions to inspire small steps today that will save time far into the future.  This is from our BFF community’s private feed, with an excerpt from the Free Time book and toolkit. If you want to join a group of smart, heart-centered, generous and successful business owners who are committed to our “take a penny, leave a penny” Brilliance Barter philosophy, I encourage you to learn more and join us! 🌟3 Key Takeaways: Prioritize designing processes for the critical systems in your business, and let the ‘nice to have’ systems be good enough for now.  Break your calcified habits by stepping back (or jumping back in!) and looking at your processes with fresh eyes at least twice a year. Freeing time is a muscle we build. It takes practice and adopting a way of thinking about how you document and delegate. 📝Permission: To take a break or a walk. Solutions to our most vexing challenges don’t often come to us while we’re sitting at our desk, so get up and drop a bucket into the wishing well of your brain, then trust that it will pop up with solutions when it’s time!  ✅ Do (or Delegate) This Next: If this, then what? For friction area in your business, consider what the trigger action is, what next step needs to happen first, and whether it can be automated through a service like Zapier.  📘Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business, Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One  🔗 Resources Mentioned:  Free Time Toolkit, Private BFF Community Automation tools: Zapier, IFTTT Publishing Company: Get it Done Related Podcast Episodes:  002: Eliminate Email with Cal Newport 042: How I Run My Business Without Social Media (Pivot Replay) 062: Made By Monday 🐸 On Content "Frog" Batching 092: Train the System, Then the Person 101: Run Your Business with Exquisite Greatness and Tiny Art Projects with Alexandra Franzen  Pivot 076: On Plan Z, Creative Finish Lines and the Graceful No—with Alexandra Franzen Pivot 183: Cultivating Opposites and Checklists with Alexandra Franzen 💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe »  ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, a private feed, and access to a community forum with fellow Heart-Based Business Owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/tools 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/102 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 17, 2022
101: Run Your Business with Exquisite Greatness and Tiny Art Projects with Alexandra Franzen
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How has Alexandra Franzen built two thriving businesses without social media? By delivering work with a quality I like to call “exquisite greatness.” She treats every marketing initiative like a tiny art project, something to get excited about rather than a draining chore to dread—and no, it doesn’t require social media. As Alex shares, according to a Nielsen study, 92% of customers purchase products or services because of a recommendation from someone they know. More About Alex: Alexandra Franzen is a bestselling author, award-winning editor, and entrepreneur based in Hawaii. She’s the co-founder of Get It Done, a company providing writing coaching, editing, proofreading, cover design, publishing, and distribution services for clients who want to write a book. She writes one of my favorite newsletters at AlexandraFranzen.com, and runs her popular Tiny Book Course. Alex deleted all of her social media accounts eight years ago as she describes in her forthcoming book, Marketing Without Social Media. 🌟 3 Key Takeaways: Being excellent at what you do is the best way to get more clients and revenue. Do less and do it better. There is always another layer of simplicity you can reach with your work. Flex your asking muscle. Remember that what you are asking for is usually a win-win and you will be giving as much as you receive.  📝 Permission: Give yourself a raise! If you are excellent at what you do, significantly increase what you charge.  ✅ Do (or Delegate) This Next: If you’re stressed by social media, take a break; stop for a week and see how it feels. It’ll be fine. It might even be great, allowing you to focus on creating tiny art with your business communications instead.  📘 Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose the Busywork, Love Your Business Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One Marketing Without Social Media: 100 Marketing Ideas (No Social Media Required) for Business Owners, Founders, Freelancers, Authors, Artists, Musicians, and Creatives   The 3-Day Effect 🔗 Resources Mentioned:   Alex on the web, Get It Done, Tiny Book Course, Marketing Without Social Media Program Ben Wendel  Brand Strategist: Jennifer Kem  Erin Haag: Pricing Overhaul  Video: Adele on Oprah Related Podcast Episodes:  183: Cultivating Opposites and Checklists with Alexandra Franzen 076: On Plan Z, Creative Finish Lines and the Graceful No—with Alexandra Franzen 075: Coaching Through the Free Time Framework with Wade Brill 020: Pricing Psychology with Jacquette Timmons     💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe » ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, a private feed, and access to a community forum with fellow Heart-Based Business Owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/tools  💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/101 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2022
100: Top Ten Lessons from 💯 Episodes
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Dearest Free Timers: I can’t believe it, but this marks the 100th episode of this show since launching on March 21, 2021! Today I've given myself the tricky task of trying to pair down the top ten lessons learned this last year and a half. I wish I could’ve pulled an excerpt from every single guest, but alas! These are the lessons that stuck most, sparking new insights and ahas.  🌟 If you enjoy this round-up, I’d be so grateful for you to share in a review for Free Time: What insights have stood out to you most these last 100 episodes? 🔗 Super bonus? Please also share this episode with a friend! Visit pod.link/freetime to easily send the link to this episode or any other favorites, with handy buttons to open in your recipient’s favorite podcast player. ✨ Top Ten Lessons from 💯 Episodes ✨ #1: See yourself as a star performer, and challenge yourself to delegate ever-more of the rest. [01:54] 006: Going Pro on Podcasting with Jordan Harbinger 011: Pitching Shark Tank with Sarah Apgar 019: Most Valuable Activities with Dave Crenshaw #2: Focus on building process, not reactive replies, to reduce incoming noise. [04:39] 002: Eliminate Email with Cal Newport #3: An abundance mindset is bigger than money; remember, we are “Funded by Source.” [07:27] 029: Funded By Source with Ksenia Avdulova #4: Zoom out to see brand as an investment, not a cost. [09:53] 005: Brand Obsessed with Emily Heyward 045: Behind the Free Time Brand with Adam Chaloeicheep 093: How to Sell Your Online Business with Alexis Grant #5: Build redundancy by stepping back from being the bottleneck; if you’re running a “body shop” find ways to leverage your IP to create greater scale and reach. [14:24] 057: You vs. You 2.0 with MBS 061: Scaling Boutique Businesses with Greg Alexander #6: Say no to people-pleasing and invitations that don’t spark joy. [19:57] 003: Liberate Your Life Force with Christine Arylo 035: The Long Game with Dorie Clark 071: Cues - On Charisma with Vanessa Van Edwards #7: Go beyond a launch project (after which energy inevitably fizzles) to create a more sustainable sales system. [24:59] 012: Generating Personal MBA Momentum with Josh Kaufman #8: Buyer’s remorse is inevitable; create a strategic plan and supporting processes to address it. [26:43] 083: Breaking through Buyer’s Remorse—Never Lose a Customer Again with Joey Coleman #9: You’re doing extra work if you’re not creating evergreen email sequences! Save your best newsletters as part of an ongoing welcome series for new subscribers. [29:45] 069: Epic Evergreen Email Sequences with Allan Dib #10: When it comes to taking risks and taking on new projects, don’t worry about competition: ask what’s safe to try, and remember that there is room for you. [33:05] 081: DAOing and Prioritizing Progress over Perfection with Aaron Dignan 089: Is the Podcast Market Too Saturated? Featuring Megan Dougherty of One Stone Creative 📝 Permission: To keep hitting publish on your projects and ongoing public original thinking, no matter how awkward or imperfect.  📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business, Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One  💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe »  ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, a private feed, and access to a community forum with fellow Heart-Based Business Owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/tools 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/100 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 10, 2022
099: How to Find Your Perfect Problem with Jim McKelvey (Part Two)
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Finding the perfect problem is like falling in love. You can’t always choose the when or the what, but when it happens, you need to be ready to take action. In the second half of this two-part episode with Jim McKelvey, author of The Innovation Stack, we dive into the ways that finding your perfect problem parallels falling in love, and why having a lot of money doesn’t solve all business problems; often it creates more. More About Jim: Jim McKelvey is a glassblower, father, entrepreneur, author, aviator, computer programmer, chairman of the St. Louis Federal Reserve, and inventor, and that is just scratching the surface. As for where to connect? As he puts it, “Please don’t ask me to connect on Facebook, WhatsApp or Instagram. I’m not there. I’ve got better things to do. And frankly, so do you.” 🌟 3 Key Takeaways: The right problem chooses you. Be aware enough of your process to know when a problem is calling you. The problem with expertise is that it only reflects what has been done. Don’t disqualify yourself from picking up tools and trying to fix new problems. You have gifts in a wide variety of different areas, so think about how you can mix and match them to help you solve the problems you’re passionate about.  💌 Permission: Charge people for your time, and bill for your attention. ✅ Do (or Delegate) This Next: Put your time into a new perspective. Are you spending too much time on things that don’t matter instead of solving your perfect problem? 📘 Books Mentioned:   Free Time: Lose the Busywork, Love Your Business  Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time Resources Mentioned:  Jim on the web, Twitter, LinkedIn PayMail Chrome Extension Gotham Podcast Studio VICE special on 🐍 Burmese Pythons in the Everglades Related Podcast Episodes: 043: From Start-Up to Grown-up (and Coach to Author) with Alisa Cohn, 097 How to Find Your Perfect Problem with Jim McKelvey 💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe » ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, a private feed, and access to a community forum with fellow Heart-Based Business Owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/tools  💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/099 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2022
098: How to Build Your Minimum Viable Team (MVT)
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There is a Goldilocks quality to designing a Delightfully Tiny Team, a horseshoe of team happiness. Too small, and you are taxingly tiny: in many cases when you have fewer than three people, and certainly if you are entirely solo, the burden of moving the business forward falls entirely on you. It is hard to get the rest and recharging you need to do strategic work. On the other end of the horseshoe, if your team is too big, you may feel burdened by pressure and complexity. If you’re a business owner oriented toward High Net Freedom, you might be interested in today’s topic: creating Minimum Viable Teams (MVTs). Minimum Viable Teams are as small as possible, while reducing owner-as-bottleneck and enabling each person to work with ease and joy. MVTs enable your best work, a personal sweet spot of efficiency and freedom as the owner. The perfect team size for you feels, on the whole (even if not every day), delightful. You delegate the details and have automated and systematized enough of them that even your team is not overwhelmed by minutiae. Processes are clearly defined, and team members are clear on their role and responsibilities, freeing them to take on more creative projects in the business. 🌟 3 Key Takeaways: What makes a team delightful tiny is up to you, the leader, to decide based on the intersection of 3 things: your strengths and energy, your current strategic projects, and desired outcomes for your team and business. If your team is too big or too small for your personality and preferences, you may feel the Downer D’s: dread, despair, depressed, drained, or distracted. 7 Key Ingredients that enable an MVT: Clarity, focus, metrics, software, communication cadence, process (and Manager Manual), regular time audits. 📝 Permission: Build the smallest viable team, with no intention or desire to expand, that still frees you from being the bottleneck in your business. ✅ Do (or Delegate) This Next: Conduct a time audit. What is taking disproportionate time for diminishing return on results? How can you take a cookie dough approach instead, where you let good enough be good enough, without something being fully baked?  📘 Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business  Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One  Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business  Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business Start Finishing: How to Go From Idea to Done 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Free Time Resources: Toolkit, Operations Dashboard  Tools: Notion, Zapier, Podscribe Podcast Production: One Stone Creative Social Media Scheduling: Meet Edgar, Buffer Article on Flow: Increasing the ‘Meaning Quotient’ of Work Related Podcast Episodes:  045: Behind the Free Time Brand with Adam Chaloeicheep 069: Epic Evergreen Email Sequences with Alan Dibb 091: Quarterly Planning with Charlie Gilkey Pivot 136: Start Finishing: Pricing Projects and Momentum Planning with Charlie Gilkey Chill and Prosper: Why I love Batching Content Creation 💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe »  ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, a private feed, and access to a community forum with fellow Heart-Based Business Owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/tools 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/098 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 03, 2022
097: How to Find Your Perfect Problem with Jim McKelvey, author of The Innovation Stack (Part One)
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How can you find — and attempt the great feat of solving — your perfect problem? That’s what I’m talking about today with my guest, Square co-founder Jim McKelvey. His book, The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time, is one of the funniest and most engaging business books I’ve read. We met at TED through our mutual friend Jon Levy, and had the great joy of recording together in person at a studio in midtown Manhattan. In the first half of this two-part episode, we delve into fending off an attack from “the perfect predator” of competition, Amazon. More About Jim: Jim McKelvey is a glassblower, father, entrepreneur, author, aviator, computer programmer, chairman of the St. Louis Federal Reserve, and inventor, and that is just scratching the surface. As for where to connect? As he puts it, “Please don’t ask me to connect on Facebook, WhatsApp or Instagram. I’m not there. I’ve got better things to do. And frankly, so do you.” “People who want to build something new often feel they lack sufficient expertise. Their assertion is correct, but not complete. The same lack of expertise applies to everyone on the planet. Innovation has no experts.” —Jim McKelvey 🌟 3 Key Takeaways: No expert has to tell you that something is a problem, you just know. A real problem is obvious. A perfect problem is one that excites you, has never been solved, and with enough work and the right team, can be solved by you.  Change and innovation is messy, which means that great solutions are usually many tiny solutions that all work together.  💌 Permission: Charge people for your time, and bill for your attention.  ✅ Do (or Delegate) This Next: Be an observer this week: what problems are consuming your energy and attention, perhaps with a zing of excitement and possibility`? Could you be in a unique position to solve them?   📘 Books Mentioned:   Free Time: Lose the Busywork, Love Your Business  Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time Resources Mentioned:  Jim on the web, Twitter, LinkedIn PayMail Chrome Extension Gotham Podcast Studio Video: VICE special on 🐍 Burmese Pythons in the Everglades Related Podcast Episodes: 043: From Start-Up to Grown-up (and Coach to Author) with Alisa Cohn 💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe » ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, a private feed, and access to a community forum with fellow Heart-Based Business Owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/tools  💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/097 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2022
096: Book Sales Stats—One Month Post-Launch 🎉
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Today I’m sharing the recording from our second-to-last book launch team Q&A one month after Free Time launched. I share post-launch stats, lessons learned, how I think about investments I’ve made, and share more about how helpful my “Author Support Group” (ASG) calls were with friends along the way.  Save the Date: I'm excited to partner with Caveday (featured on p. 266 of Free Time!) for a deep-dive conversation about the book, followed by a guided work sprint, their specialty :) Think of it like virtual coworking aimed at helping you make meaningful progress on a deep work project :) It's on Thursday, June 9 at 11 a.m. ET. Learn more and register to join us here »  🌟 3 Key Takeaways: Set up an Amazon Author Central Account to see helpful data during your launch, and run experiments on the Amazon Ads platform. Ask Amazon to add additional categories to your book; they only assign three by default, but you can request 8 to 10. Schedule your own “ASG” calls with fellow writers and/or business owners; set-up a Google doc, then split your call in half as you help each other bounce ideas around and make tough decisions on elements that you’re too close to. 📝 Permission: To launch in waves, and take a break after you initial activity burst. Then reemerge recharged for a second (and third!) launch phase. ✅ Do (or Delegate) This Next: For your next big launch, block out at least two weeks of Do Not Schedule (DNS) time in your calendar immediately following (do this far in advance, or your far more likely to schedule over it). Your future self will thank you! 📘 Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business  Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One  Turning the Flywheel (Monograph), and Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't Expansive Impact: An Invitation to Lead in Everyday Moments How to Begin: Start Doing Something That Matters The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again 🔗 Resources Mentioned:  Free Time Programs: BFF Community (Use code JBFriend for 50% off your first month’s enrollment!), Operations Dashboard, Coaching Amazon Author Central Amazon Ads Manager How to Run a Goodreads Giveaway Listen Notes Podscribe.ai Circle Descript Authors Who Lead Jessica Snyder Edits Asynchronous communication apps: Marco Polo, Voxer  Related Podcast Episodes:  064: The Vulnerability of Launching 063: On Burnout and Business Intuition with Azul Terronez of Authors Who Lead 057: You+ vs. You 2.0 with MBS 031: Eleventh-Hour Creative Gremlins Pivot: 277: Expansive Impact and Spacious Scheduling with Sarah Young 💻 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe »  ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, a private feed, and access to a community forum with fellow Heart-Based Business Owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/tools 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/096 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2022
095: From Scavenger Hunts to Speedy Retrievability with Nick Sonnenberg
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Do you feel like you are wasting precious moments just finding things? Today, I’m speaking with Nick Sonnenberg, CEO of Leverage, about the importance of optimizing your business for retrievability. Nick’s sweet spot is teaching companies how to reinvent the way their work gets done by focusing on building a culture of team productivity, instead of merely focusing on individual efficiency. More about Nick: Nick Sonnenberg is the founder and CEO of Leverage, a business efficiency consultant, Inc. columnist, and author of Idea to Execution: How to Optimize, Automate, and Outsource Everything in Your Business. He hosts the Leverage Podcast, where he and his guests discuss how we can live a better life, build a fruitful business, and be more productive. His next book, Come Up for Air: How Your Team Can Leverage Systems and Tools to Stop Drowning in Work is in progress as we speak. 🌟 3 Key Takeaways: Being productive and efficient as an individual can conflict with the necessary ingredients for teams to be effective. Switch from speed of transfer as the measure of operational efficiency to retrievability Assign work levels to tasks and projects in your business, with 1 being the easiest (and ripe for automation) and 5 the most complex. 📝 Permission: To share links, not answers when your team or clients ask you a question. > ✅ Do (or Delegate) This Next: Set up a Zapier alert to send you a text or Slack message when customers purchase your highest-priced product so you can roll out the red carpet as soon as they enroll.  📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business, Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One 🔗 Resources Mentioned:  Nick on the web, Instagram: @nicholassonnenberg, LinkedIn, Facebook Nick’s podcast: Leverage Podcast Nick’s column: Inc.com PDF: Work Levels Tools: Asana, Zapier, Slack, HelpScout, Notion, Free Time Operations Dashboard, HubSpot, Text Expander Related Podcast Episodes:  066: Tasks vs. Templates 058: Look for Measureable Loops Moving from Friction to Flow with Jenny Blake Dynamic Role Optimization, with Nick Sonnenberg   🛠 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe »  ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, a private feed, and access to a community forum with fellow Heart-Based Business Owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/tools  💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/095 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 24, 2022
094: Top 5 Tools That Power My Business
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It’s time to stop Franken-stringing software together. If you've read Free Time or been listening to this podcast, you know I am obsessed with software. Tools are my default go-to team member, given how much they do for my business. Today I’m sharing the top five tools that power my business . . . plus a few bonus “utility” tools that are always running in the background (I couldn’t resist). 🌟 3 Key Takeaways: A useful software service is one that directly replaces routine work that you or a team member would otherwise have to do. Invest in brand strategy for your business first to bring cohesion to your message, and then to make delegating smaller project work in in Canva much easier. Establishing communication protocols with your team helps you prioritize your time. For example, a Slack message might require an urgent reply, but email does not. 📝 Permission: “Go pro” by paying for services that function as your first (or main) assistant.   ✅ Do (or Delegate) This Next: Create a Zapier “zap” that alerts you via Slack or text message when a new customer buys your highest level product (or any other VIP action that you’d want to roll out the red carpet of responsiveness for). 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business, Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Tech Toolkit, Jenny’s Top 5 Tools, Free Time Toolkit, Notion, Kajabi, Zapier, HelpScout, Canva, TextExpander, Slack, Dropbox, Riverside.fm, Garage Band for Mac, Descript, Calendly Related Podcast Episodes:  034: Organizing Research and Ideas - Notion Walkthrough #1 036: Shaping Big Ideas - Notion Walkthrough #2 038: Tracking Progress Toward Finishing a Book (or Big Idea) with an Essay Tracker - Notion Walkthrough #3 🛠 Access Free Time episode transcripts on Podscribe  ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, a private feed, and access to a community forum with fellow Heart-Based Business Owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/tools 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/094 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 20, 2022
093: How to Sell Your Online Business with Alexis Grant
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Could you sell your business? Would you even want to once it’s optmized enough to make selling an option? Today I’m discussing the practical and emotional considerations of selling an online business with my longtime friendtor, Alexis Grant.  More about Lexi:  Alexis is the founder and CEO of They Got Acquired, a media company telling the stories of “small” acquisitions. She has sold two companies herself—a digital marketing agency to The Penny Hoarder as a full acqui-hire, and The Write Life to a third party. She lives with her husband and two young kids in Harpers Ferry, WV. 🌟 3 Key Takeaways: People are more likely to trust a person over a brand, so it’s okay for you to start as a front-facing part of your business, featured prominently, and then transition to more behind-the-scenes over time.  Hire help on a project-basis before a permanent one; testing the waters is valuable on both sides.  Create recurring revenue and systems to support that wherever you can in your business. Ensure that it wouldn’t fall apart without you at the helm.  📝 Permission: Drop the traditional work-week. Establish a schedule that works for you and that makes sense for your season of life. ✅ Do (or Delegate) This Next: Take a hard look at the attic (and under the stairs, and maybe in the garage) of your business: What have you been putting off streamlining and systematizing? Pick an issue, and start tidying! Even if you have no plans to sell your business, making it sellable will reduce the stress you carry as the owner. 📘 Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business  Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You The Automatic Customer: Creating a Subscription Business in Any Industry The Art of Selling Your Business: Winning Strategies & Secret Hacks for Exiting on Top Finish Big: How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Companies on Top Buy Then Build: How Acquisition Entrepreneurs Outsmart the Startup Game Exit Rich: The 6 P Method to Sell Your Business for Huge Profit Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big, 10th-Anniversary Edition 🔗 Resources Mentioned:  Lexi on the web, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn Podcast: They Got Acquired Newsletter: They Got Acquired Newsletter Article: A Spotlight on Tech’s Invisible Start-ups, Andrew Wilkinson on Medium Business Investors: Tiny Startup Parent Related Podcast Episodes:  051: How to Replace Yourself as CEO with Michael Bungay Stanier 061: Scaling Boutique Businesses with Greg Alexander 027: Time Management for Mortals with Oliver Burkeman Lexi Grant on the acquihire and 6-figure asset sale that led to They Got Acquired Can you sell a business based on a personal brand? Lauren Gaggioli did From hot dog stand to 8-figure exit: How Sam Parr built and sold The Hustle ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, a private feed, and access to a community forum with fellow Heart-Based Business Owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/tools  💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/093  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 17, 2022
092: Train the System, Then the Person
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Stress, frustration, overwhelm: These are systems flags from your business asking for renewed attention on a bottleneck or inefficiency. In my case, it was repeating myself for the fourth time in as many months to different team members in answering the same small email-related process question. This is no one person’s fault (other than mine!).  My aha moment: a strategy for training the system to get smarter first, then teaching the team how to better leverage that system, which makes their life and work easier and more frictionless too! 🌟 3 Key Takeaways: Create a Manager Manual and separate Email Guide Save links to email guide entries in TextExpander Using filters in Gmail (or workflows in HelpScout): Automatically label incoming email messages with the short-link to the Email Guide process entry. Here’s what my v1 looks like. 📝 Permission: Stop repeating yourself! That’s a sure sign that the business area is ripe for systems reinvention. ✅ Do (or Delegate) This Next: Start an Email Guide with your most common decisions and process questions. 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business, Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One   🔗 Resources Mentioned:  Shared Inbox CRM: HelpScout Voice Messaging App: SpeakPipe Transcription Software: Descript Knowledge Base App: TextExpander Project Management Software: Notion Related Podcast Episodes: 086: The Cyrano Strategy for Delegating Important Comms ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, a private feed, and access to a community forum with fellow Heart-Based Business Owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/tools 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/092 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2022
091: Quarterly Planning with Charlie Gilkey
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“I’m always stumping quarterly planning for business owners. It’s the Goldilocks horizon for strategy execution, project scoping, and team alignment.” Today I’m talking with Charlie Gilkey about why the quarter is an ideal time unit for strategic planning, how to apply his stepwise Momentum process to mapping projects and goals, and striking the balance between visioning and planning. Charlie also had an interesting response on why tracking metrics matters . . . and it’s not what you might think. More About Charlie: Charlie Gilkey helps people start finishing the stuff that matters. He's the founder of Productive Flourishing, author of the book Start Finishing (2019) and The Small Business Lifecycle (2012), founder of the new Momentum app, and host of the Productive Flourishing podcast. Before starting Productive Flourishing, Charlie worked as a Joint Force Military Logistics Coordinator while simultaneously pursuing a Ph.D. in Philosophy. He lives with his wife, Angela, in Portland, Oregon. 🌟 3 Key Takeaways: 18 months is a typical “now” horizon for established businesses, whereas three years can get mysterious. There’s a difference between your visioning horizon and your planning horizon; when deciding what to work on, consider cash flow, visibility, and opportunity. When you hit a strategic, urgent, recurring logjam, ask: “What experiments can I try?” instead of obsessing over numbers. It’s so that we can build alignment with the team and take pressure off of the owner to be the Chief Prioritization Officer. 📝 Permission: Drop at least one project that does not create cash flow, opportunity, or visibility. ✅ Do (or Delegate) This Next: Identify the next two quarter-sized projects that will move you toward your biggest 18-month business goal. 📘 Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business  Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One Start Finishing: How to Go from Idea to Done The Small Business Life Cycle: The No-Fluff Guide to Navigating the Five Stages of Small Business Growth The Road Less Stupid: Advice from the Chairman of the Board Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality 🔗 Resources Mentioned:  Charlie on the Web, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn Charlie’s podcast: Productive Flourishing podcast App: Momentum App Free Planners: Momentum Planners Article: Cashflow, Opportunity, and Visibility: The 3 Goals of Any Business Activity Related Podcast Episodes: 035: The Long Game with Dorie Clark, Pivot 136: Start Finishing—Pricing, Projects, and Momentum Planning with Charlie Gilkey ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, a private feed, and access to a community forum with fellow Heart-Based Business Owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/tools  💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/091 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2022
090: Paying for Consistency and Accountability
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There is a chicken-and-egg problem in the early days (and transitional moments) of any business: you need to earn more money in order to hire help, but hiring help is one of the only ways you can free your time to do the highest revenue-generating activities. Today I’m sharing the best investment I made in Q1 of 2022, even though it wasn’t a direct line to profitability (but pretty dang close). 🌟 3 Key Takeaways: Bet on yourself. You can easily become the bottleneck if you don’t invest in outside, expert help to handle areas that aren’t your key focus. Treating your business as a hobby will leave you frustrated. Show up for yourself by paying for dedicated space or support when you need it. Consistency leads to growth, and accountability helps you be consistent. 📝 Permission: To pay for accountability and consistency even before “earning” it, especially if it frees you up for bigger strategic thinking, problem-solving, and content creating.  ✅ Do (or Delegate) This Next: What’s the task area you know you should delegate but haven’t yet because it feels too big, too important, or too expensive? Start exploring how you can move it from your desk to someone else’s. 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business, Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Podcast Production: One Stone Creative, Podcast hosting: Megaphone, Recording: Gotham Podcasting Studio Leader Toolkit Related Podcast Episodes:  001: All-in On Heart-Based Business 087: Why Podcast? Featuring Megan Dougherty of One Stone Creative 089: Is the Podcast Market Too Saturated? Featuring Megan Dougherty of One Stone Creative Pivot 073: What is More Important To You Than Perfection? ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, a private feed, and access to a community forum with fellow Heart-Based Business Owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/tools 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/090 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 06, 2022
089: Is the Podcast Market Too Saturated? Featuring Megan Dougherty of One Stone Creative
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Don’t bother starting a {business, blog, podcast}, the market is already too saturated! That limiting sentiment gets thrown around a lot—not least of which by our own mind. But just as there is always room to make new friends, so too can you find your best fit audience.  This week Megan Dougherty, co-founder of One Stone Creative and host of The Business Podcast Blueprint, takes over the pod again to share the benefits of podcasting, even within a seemingly-saturated topic.  More about Megan: Megan Dougherty is a digital market strategist with a background in online business development and course creation. She joined forces with Audra Casino, a veteran of 20 years in broadcast radio to create awesome company podcasts that meet business objectives for entrepreneurs and marketing professionals. One Stone Creative recently launched the Podcast Social Club, where people who like making content more than sharing it get the support and instruction they need to build traction on social media. 🌟 3 Key Takeaways: More podcasts mean more of all of the variables that lead to success in podcasting. Don’t be afraid of a crowded market! Become a member of the podcasting community in your space by inviting other hosts on your show, and pitching yourself as a guest on theirs. Determine what specificity you can add to even a crowded space: what unique talents and interests will you build into your show? 📝 Permission: To enter the fray of a popular topic area, knowing your success in podcasting is measured by much more than downloads. ✅ Do (or Delegate) This Next: Find the top ten podcasts on your topic and listen to a few episodes. Pull two ideas from each to create a well of episode ideas for your own show.  📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business, Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One  🔗 Resources Mentioned:  Megan on the web, LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram  Megan’s podcast: The Business Podcast Blueprint Article: Edison Research Podcast Guest Booking Apps: Podbooker, Podmatch Blog Post: Turn Your Business Goals to Content Metrics Related Podcast Episodes: 006: Going Pro on Podcasting with Jordan Harbinger  ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, a private feed, and access to a community forum with fellow Heart-Based Business Owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🛠 Get instant access to the Free Time Toolkit: http://itsfreetime.com/tools  💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/089 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 03, 2022
088: Why I Moved from Asana to Notion for Task and Project Management
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If you’ve been in business for more than a few years, you’re probably well-versed in the perils of switching costs and shiny object syndrome when it comes to trying new software, especially if there’s a high learning curve.  Today I’m sharing more context on a conversation I’ve been having repeatedly behind-the-scenes with people who are curious about switching to Notion for their business operations, but a little hesitant to make the time and energy investment. I share three reasons I am grateful to have made the switch: functionality, simplification, and customization. 📝 Permission: To reinvest time and energy into new software—even if what you have is working fine—especially when you know what’s possible on the other side. ✅ Do (or Delegate) This Next: Sign up for Notion’s free personal account and “geek out” on this fun and powerful software.   📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business, Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One 🔗 Resources Mentioned:  Tools: Kajabi, Notion, Trello, Asana, Zapier Free Time Resources: Free Time Toolkit, BFF Community, Operations Dashboard Related Podcast Episodes:  034: Organizing Research and Ideas—Notion Walkthrough #1  036: Shaping Big Ideas—Notion Walkthrough #2 038: Organizing Research and Ideas—Notion Walkthrough #3 Pivot 197: Should You Start a Podcast? "It's A Love Game"—Interview by Petra Kolber 🎁 Last call! Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time: Order your copy and submit proof of purchase to get complimentary audiobook access to the audiobook—this offer goes away May 1! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, a private feed, and access to a community forum with fellow Heart-Based Business Owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/088 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 29, 2022
087: Why Podcast? Featuring Megan Dougherty of One Stone Creative
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What are your business goals for your current or potential podcast? If you are like many business owners, you may not have set them set in stone before getting started. Today’s episode is the first of two crossover episodes from Megan Dougherty, co-founder of One Stone Creative, a podcast production agency, and host of The Business Podcast Blueprint. I asked her to take over the pod because I loved this advice so much! Listen in to find out what the three high-level company podcast archetypes are, and how they will help your business :)  More about Megan: Megan Dougherty is a digital market strategist with a background in online business development and course creation. She joined forces with Audra Casino, a veteran of 20 years in broadcast radio to create awesome company podcasts that meet business objectives for entrepreneurs and marketing professionals. One Stone Creative recently launched the Podcast Social Club, where people who like making content more than sharing it get the support and instruction they need to build traction on social media. 🌟 3 Key Takeaways: Should I start a podcast? isn’t the first question you should ask. Focus instead on: What are your business goals? There are three high-level podcast archetypes: business development, audience engagement, and thought leadership; each have different benefits for your business. Be intentional about how you are re-using the content generated by your podcast—your website, your sales process, your social media accounts—they are all potential secondary destinations for podcast-related material. 📝 Permission: Reformat your show so it moves you closer to your business goals. Just because you started a show with a certain format doesn’t mean you have to stick with it if it’s not performing the way you need it to.  ✅ Do (or Delegate) This Next: Take some time to assess your near-to-medium business metrics, then evaluate if a podcast can help you meet them.   📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business; Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One 🔗 Resources Mentioned:  Megan on the web, LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram  Megan’s podcast: The Business Podcast Blueprint eBook (opt-in): Will a Podcast Work for Your Business? Related Podcast Episodes: Pivot 197: Should You Start a Podcast? "It's A Love Game" — Interview by Petra Kolber  🎁 Last call! Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time: Order your copy and submit proof of purchase to get complimentary audiobook access to the audiobook — this offer goes away at the end of April! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, a private feed, and access to a community forum with fellow Heart-Based Business Owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/087 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 26, 2022
086: The Cyrano Strategy for Delegating Important Comms
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How valuable is your time? Are you conveying that value to your potential clients? In the first five years of running my business, I spent way too long thinking I was the only one who could handle important communications with current and potential VIP corporate clients. Taking inspiration from Cyrano De Bergerac, today I’m sharing a mindset and process that enables a team member to take on the heavy-lifting of client communications.  There is only one week left for the Buy One, Get One, Give One promotion! Get (and give!) your copies before the end of April.    🌟 3 Key Takeaways: Delegate does not mean abdicate. Work with a trusted team member, or hire one, and start by having them reply, even if you’re reviewing and guiding every draft at the start. Document all of your standard responses somewhere central (we use TextExpander), and document the stages of communications along a client’s journey in your manager manual from the sales process to onboarding to wrapping up. Make yourself available behind the scenes for the tricky situations that will inevitably arise, and make sure your team knows the best way to reach you for a fast response. 📝 Permission: To “hide in the bushes” and let your team shine as they handle the up-front communications, even if you’re still heavily involved at the start.  ✅ Do (or Delegate) This Next: Choose a tool like TextExpander or Notion (or a combination of the two) to start saving your common communications, and start populating it with templates. 📘 Books Mentioned:   Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business  Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One  Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending 🔗 Resources Mentioned:  Summary: SparkNotes for Edmond Rostand’s play, Cyrano de Bergerac Movie: Roxanne starring Steve Martin and Daryl Hannah Apps: TextExpander, HelpScout, Slack, Notion Related Podcast Episodes:  034: Organizing Research and Ideas—Notion Walkthrough #1 036: Shaping Big Ideas—Notion Walkthrough #2 038: Tracking Progress Toward Finishing a Book (or Big Idea) with an Essay Tracker—Notion Walkthrough #3 🎁 Last call! Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time: Order your copy and submit proof of purchase to get complimentary audiobook access to the audiobook—this offer goes away at the end of April! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, a private feed, and access to a community forum with fellow Heart-Based Business Owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/086 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 22, 2022
085: Building an Aligned Audience with Brian Clark
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“If you build an audience, you can figure out how to build a business.” That has been the guiding mantra behind Brian Clark’s pioneering business-building throughout his career. He is someone I’ve long admired, from his early days founding Copyblogger to his many new ventures. Today, we’re talking about building the audiences that make it all possible. More About Brian: Brian Clark is a writer, traveler, and serial digital entrepreneur. He’s the founder of the pioneering content marketing website Copyblogger, the midlife personal growth newsletter Further, his course Freedom Future, and Unemployable, an educational community that provides smart strategies for freelancers and entrepreneurs. His podcast, 7-Figure Small, highlights entrepreneurs making it big while enjoying a small lifestyle. He’s also co-founder of Digital Commerce Partners, a content marketing and SEO agency for digital business owners.  🌟 3 Key Takeaways: Take your next logical step based on what your audience is interested in. There is always an indication of what they need. Focus on attracting people who are similar to you in worldview and values. Think of your niche as your mission. You are starting a movement, not just talking to a narrow segment of the population. 📝 Permission: You don’t need permission for anything, that’s the beauty of this environment. Do stuff and see what happens. Don’t be afraid to start because of fear of mistakes—mistakes give you answers. ✅ Do (or Delegate) This Next: Survey your audience if it has been a while. Bonus: offer one day of 20- to 30- minute time slots per month for community members to schedule calls with you.    📘 Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business  Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself Permission Marketing The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses 🔗 Resources Mentioned:  Brian on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram Brian’s Companies and Projects: Copyblogger, Further, Unemployable, Future Freedom, Digital Commerce Partners,  Brian’s Podcast: 7-Figure Small Packy McCormick’s Not Boring On creating for 10,000 “yous” in a stadium: Tim Urban on MeaningRing and Tim Urban on The Tim Ferriss Show Related Podcast Episodes:  012: Generating Personal MBA Momentum with Josh Kaufman 7-Figure Small: How to Find Your Next Big Thing with Jenny Blake REACH: Brian Clark of Rainmaker Digital “It’s Never Too Late to Start”   🎁 Last call! Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time: Order your copy and submit proof of purchase to get complimentary audiobook access to the audiobook — this offer goes away at the end of April! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, a private feed, and access to a community forum with fellow Heart-Based Business Owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/085  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2022
084: Sprinkling the First 1,000 Serendipity Seeds of a Launch
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There's so much energy and attention that swirls around during a launch, and I cannot thank you enough for helping create the momentum that we did!  I've talked a lot about launching with ease and joy, generating magic and serendipity, not muscling through book marketing. I’ve also talked about sprinting through the finish, and the overwhelm that comes from wanting to give a big creative project every last drop of energy to help it succeed.Today I’m sharing my strategy of sending the first 1,000 serendipity seeds out into the world. There are two weeks left for the Buy One, Get One, Give One promotion! Get (and give!) your copies before the end of April. 🌟 3 Key Takeaways: Consider how you can generate early momentum with activities that are aligned with your values and strengths, the ones that energize you most. Be interested in and aware of your success metrics, but not obsessed by them. Surrender to the joys of surprise as well. Once you have planted your serendipity seeds—let them breathe. 📝 Permission: To give away more for free than you might be comfortable with at first. Trust that it will revv up your word-of-mouth engine.  ✅ Do (or Delegate) This Next: Precrastinate part of your next big project—what steps can you take now to clear up your schedule for surprises (good and bad) during the more intense deadline windows? 📘 Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business  Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One  Your First 1,000 Copies  Published: The Proven Path From Blank Page To 10,000 Copies Sold 🔗 Resources Mentioned: BFF Community Article: 1,000 True Fans by Kevin Kelly Tim Grahl’s podcast: The Story Grid Podcast Chandler Bolt’s podcast: Self Publishing School Book Launch Strategist: Courtney Kenney Amazon’s New Releases in Time Management Related Podcast Episodes:  077: Happy Launch Day! Antonio Neves Guest Hosts (Part 1) 079: Behind the Launch with Antonio Neves (Part 2) 076: Seven Elements that Can Amplify Launch Stress 025: The Joys of Precrastination 028: When the Financial Tides Recede Pivot 045: Post-Launch Pivot Point + Visit From the Furry Rest Monster Deep Questions: Jenny Blake, Help Me Do Less! 🎁 Last call! Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time: Order your copy and submit proof of purchase to get complimentary audiobook access to the audiobook—this offer goes away at the end of April! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, a private feed, and access to a community forum with fellow Heart-Based Business Owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/084 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15, 2022
083: Breaking through Buyer’s Remorse—Never Lose a Customer Again with Joey Coleman
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“Brain science teaches that even if a prospect knows, loves, and believes in a company’s offerings, after they become a customer, fear, doubt, and uncertainty will plague their thoughts.” That familiar feeling is buyer’s remorse—and if you’re not building systems to directly address it within customers’ first 100 days, you are far more likely to lose them.  Regardless of where your business operates, what industry you work in, or the size of your operation, you are likely losing approximately 20 to 70 percent of your newly acquired customers in the first 100 days of the relationship. As Joey Coleman explains in this conversation, most are structured around customer acquisition, not customer experience. Today we’re talking about how to flip the script and never lose a customer again. More About Joey: Joey Coleman is the author of the #2 Wall Street Journal bestseller, Never Lose a Customer Again: Turn Any Sale into Lifelong Loyalty in 100 Days. He helps organizations retain their best customers and turn them into raving fans via his entertaining and actionable keynotes, workshops, and consulting projects. He is an award-winning speaker and co-host of the Experience This! podcast. He’s also a former criminal defense lawyer and one of the most generous, energetic people I know.  🌟 3 Key Takeaways: Ask your customers “What should I stop doing, what should I start doing, and what should I continue doing?” Make sure you get at least two responses—the second one will tell you the most. Acknowledge where your customer is. If you have made a mistake, say so, and that you understand the harm it has caused. Do this before trying to fix things. “It’s almost impossible to expect a team member to ‘wow’ a customer if they have never personally experienced being wowed. The impact of an experience has very little to do with the cost of the experience. It’s not about the dollars; it’s about the thoughtfulness.”  📝 Permission: Be more gentle with yourself. ✅ Do or Delegate this next: Design a check-in for the early stage of a new customer’s journey with you, one that can preempt or reassure them during the inevitable buyer’s remorse phase. 📘 Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business  Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One Never Lose a Customer Again: Turn Any Sale into Lifelong Loyalty in 100 Days Giftology: The Art and Science of Using Gifts to Cut Through the Noise, Increase Referrals, and Strengthen Retention The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts 🔗 Resources Mentioned:  Joey on the Web, Twitter, LinkedIn Joey’s Podcast: Experience This! Related Podcast Episodes: 069: Epic Evergreen Sequences with Allan Dib, Experience This! Revisiting, Refining and Revising 🎁 Last call! Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time: Order your copy and submit proof of purchase to get complimentary audiobook access to the audiobook — this offer goes away at the end of April! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, a private feed, and access to a community forum with fellow Heart-Based Business Owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/083  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12, 2022
082: Create a Mess Page — Listener Liron’s Favorite Time-Saving Strategy
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Today we have a favorite time-saving strategy from listener Liron on keeping a Mess Page at your desk to free your mind during deep work sprints. Now that Liron has kicked off this series, I encourage you to submit your favorite time-saving tip so that we can all continue learning from each other and freeing time together! You can record a voice memo on your phone and send it to hi@itsfreetime.com or visit itsfreetime.com/ask. 📝 Permission: To be messy while you work! Not to put pressure on yourself to file perfectly as you go. ✅ Do or Delegate This Next: Set-up the Delegation Task Tracker (in the Free Time Toolkit) and keep it open in the background as you work, observing what you could delegate, even if you don’t know how or to whom yet. 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business, Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One  🔗 Resources Mentioned: Morning Pages from The Artist’s Way Jenny’s favorite Moleskine notebook Task Tracking and Project Management Apps: Notion, Asana, Trello Submit your favorite Time-Saving Strategy Free Time Toolkit (includes Delegation Task Tracker template) Free Time: Lose the Busywork, Love Your Business 🎁 Last call! Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time: Order your copy and submit proof of purchase to get complimentary audiobook access to the audiobook — this offer goes away at the end of April! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, a private feed, and access to a community forum with fellow Heart-Based Business Owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/082  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 08, 2022
081: DAOing and Prioritizing Progress over Perfection with Aaron Dignan
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Leadership and org design always involve tradeoffs. Which ones are you willing to make? Are you building traffic lights in your business or roundabouts? Do you want to maintain power and control, deriving identity from your role, or are you interested in exploring and creating a self-managing organization where there is no CEO? Today we’re talking about the new wave of Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs), bolstered by the blockchain, but something Aaron Dignan has been practicing for over a decade. More About Aaron: Aaron Dignan is the author of Brave New Work: Are You Ready to Reinvent Your Organization?, host of the Brave New Work podcast, founder of The Ready, and his new company Murmur, a collaborative decision-making tool that gives everyone a voice in how to make work better, no meetings required. He is also a cofounder of Responsive.org, an investor in purpose-driven startups, and a friend to misfit toys. He lives in Colorado with his wife and son, and their dog Kaiser. 🌟Key Takeaways: Prioritize progress over perfection, the adjacent possible. Decide what you are creating from the outset. Is it a community garden, a whole foods, a living room? What you want to create should dictate how you organize it. Aim for solutions that are safe to try. Ask, “What will it cost us to find out?”  📝Permission: To not have all of the answers. Ask more, listen more, talk less.  ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Instead of trying to get 100% buy-in for your next group decision, ask if a proposal is safe to try.  📘Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business  Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One Brave New Work: Are you Ready to Reinvent Your Organization? 🔗Resources Mentioned:  Aaron on the web, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn Aaron’s Podcast: Brave New Work Video: The Murmur Method and Walkthrough Company: Basecamp, Article: Basecamp Blowup: Banning Politics At Work Prompts Over A Dozen Employees To Quit Company: Outdoor Voices, Article: Ty Haney Speaks Out About Outdoor Voices’ Missteps - and What Comes Next HBR Article: Who’s Got The Monkey? Related Podcast Episodes: 039: Permission to Glow with Kristoffer (KC) Carter) 🎁 Last call! Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time: Order your copy and submit proof of purchase to get complimentary access to the audiobook — this offer goes away at the end of April! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, a private feed, and access to a community forum with fellow Heart-Based Business Owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/081 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 05, 2022
080: Top 10 Free Time Principles
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Just a few days after launch, Free Time is already topping many Amazon charts . . . although "making the lists" is not something I lose sleep over, it does go a long way toward raising awareness and generating lasting launch momentum. Here are some early category stats—I couldn't do any of this without you! #1 New Release in Time Management #1 New Release in Small Business #1 New Release Organizational Change #1 New Release Business Structural Adjustment Enormous thanks to all of you who have read the book and posted reviews on Amazon and Goodreads already! Every one has warmed my heart. ❤️ In Free Time, I share operating principles to help you run a more agile business. Each chapter is a call to action—ways of working smarter, teaching ourselves and team members to operate with greater joy, ease, and efficiency. There are ten vital guiding principles that can transform your business. These will free up hours of time and energy each week, multiplied by every team member in your ecosystem—that’s what I’m sharing with you today. Key Takeaways: Make a list of how you’re spending your time for a week. If you see repeated tasks — those are prime candidates for automation. Notice the mortifying moments in your business. We all have them, and as uncomfortable as they are, they are great chances to fix our systems. Are your processes and systems ready for a big break? If Oprah came out of retirement and wanted to talk to you tomorrow — could you meet the increase in demand that would ensue? ⭐️ Permission:  Relinquish your role as all-seeing question answerer. Let someone else answer the questions (and maybe your email!) — you are juggling way too much to remember all of the little things. ⭐️ Do (or Delegate) This Next:  Double it! Double how much you delegate. What is your comfort zone for allowing other people to take things over? Stretch it to accommodate more.   📘Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business  Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One  The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain Building a Second Brain: A Proven Method to Organize Your Digital Life and Unlock Your Creative Potential Giftology: The Art and Science of Using Gifts to Cut Through the Noise, Increase Referrals, and Strengthen Client Retention Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity The Four-Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich  The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey  The 1-Page Marketing Plan: Get New Customers, Make More Money, And Stand Out From The Crowd 🔗 Resources Mentioned:  Review Writing Quick Start chat Leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads Free Time Dashboard VIP Group Free Time Coach: Chris Wilson Podcast: Entrepreneurs On Fire Podcast: Deep Questions with Cal Newport Article: The Saturday Morning Test by Neil Pasricha Podcast Production: One Stone Creative Related Podcast Episodes:  Free Time Episode 62: Made By Monday On Content “Frog” Batching Deep Questions Episode 157: JENNY BLAKE: Help Me Do Less! 🎁 Last call! Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time: Order your copy and submit proof of purchase to get complimentary access to the audiobook — this offer goes away at the end of March! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, a private feed, and access to a community forum with fellow Heart-Based Business Owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/080 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2022
079: Behind the Launch with Antonio Neves (Part 2)
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Thank you all so much for the incredible book launch support this week!! Because of you, Free Time is topping the Amazon charts! Here are some early stats: #1 New Release Organizational Change #1 New Release Business Structural Adjustment #1 Best Seller in Office Automation Business #1 Most Wished For in Office Automation Business #1 New Release in Office Automation Business #3 New Release in Systems and Planning Today my friend Antonio Neves hosts part two of our launch week conversation (listen to episode 077 first if you haven’t already). In this second half, we’re talking about evolutions in business and personal revolutions in parallel. This is diving deep into the real personal realm, and it is the most vulnerable I have been in over six years of podcasting. I am so grateful to Antonio for holding this space, and to you for listening—I hope it serves you in some way. More About Antonio: Antonio Neves is the author of four books including Stop Living On Autopilot: Take Responsibility for Your Life and Rediscover a Bolder, Happier You (Penguin Random House/Rodale Books, 2020) He’s also the host of The Antonio Neves Show podcast where he reminds people that no matter where they stand today, their story is far from over. He’s an award-winning journalist, keynote speaker at companies, conferences, and events, and is the father of twins.  Key Takeaways: You can take control of your time by shaping your week. Having specific days and times when you do what needs to be done for your business. Stand by your prices. They are what they are, and if that means a certain client or opportunity isn’t a fit, so be it.  Are there demons you are ignoring? Muster up your courage and invite them to sit down for a conversation, they have something to teach you. ⭐️ Permission: To share what scares you, too. Whatever secret you are terrified people will find out — or are embarrassed to say out loud — let it surface; it’s freeing to let the light in.  ⭐️ Do (or Delegate) This Next: Good friends remind you to bet on yourself. Who in your circles might need a word of encouragement today? Reach out and be the friend you want for yourself. 📘Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business  Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One Life After College Stop Living on Auto Pilot: Take Responsibility for Your Life and Rediscover a Bolder Happier You 🔗Resources Mentioned: Antonio on the web, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Antonio’s Podcast: The Antonio Neves Show Related Podcast Episodes: Free Time Episode 77: It’s Launch Day with Antonio Neves 🎁 Last call! Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time: Order your copy and submit proof of purchase to get complimentary access to the audiobook — this offer goes away at the end of March!! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, a private feed, and access to a community forum with fellow Heart-Based Business Owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/079 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 29, 2022
078: Creating Transformational Mastermind Groups
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I love mastermind groups, and how they create the space to support and learn from fellow business owners. They come in all shapes and sizes, paid and unpaid, and illuminate ideas and questions we might not always find simply from reading books and attending conferences. Today, I’m sharing some of the forms these groups can take, and how you can initiate powerful small-group connections with other professionals.  Key Takeaways: You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on mastermind groups — invite peers at a similar level Be the one to curate cool peeps and send the invitations ⭐️ Permission: Invite people you admire from your industry to a small-group round table, virtual or in person, even if you’re not sure if they’ll say yes.  ⭐️ Do (or Delegate) This Next: A Brilliance Barter (an exchange of 30 minutes each of insight and advice) — even better, join us in BFF! 📘Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One  You’re Invited: The Art and Science of Cultivating Influence by Jon Levy 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Jon Levy, Dorie Clark, asynchronous communication apps: Voxer, Marco Polo 🎁 Last call! Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time: Order your copy and submit proof of purchase to get complimentary access to the audiobook — this offer goes away at the end of March! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, a private feed, and access to a community forum with fellow Heart-Based Business Owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/078 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2022
077 - Happy Launch Day! Antonio Neves Guest Hosts (Part 1)
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Today kicks off another exciting chapter of life and business because the Free Time book is officially out! There’s no one I’d rather hand over hosting duties to than my long-time friend, fellow author, and podcast host, Antonio Neves, to take the lead on this celebration conversation. We’re talking about creating art, investing in yourself, and the incredible journey of going all-in on something you’re passionate about. More About Antonio: Antonio Neves is the author of four books including Stop Living On Autopilot: Take Responsibility for Your Life and Rediscover a Bolder, Happier You (Penguin Random House/Rodale Books, 2020) He’s also the host of The Antonio Neves Show podcast where he reminds people that no matter where they stand today, their story is far from over. He’s an award-winning journalist, keynote speaker at companies, conferences, and events, and is the father of twins.  Key Takeaways:  Consider sharing the true costs, financial and otherwise, that go into doing what you do— it’s a gift to fellow business owners.  Go for the ribbon. Something doesn’t need to be strictly necessary to be valuable. The ribbon in Free Time represents key values behind the message. Consider: When is something an investment rather than an expense? ⭐️ Permission: Go all in. As Antonio and several of my friendtors told me: Be your own biggest angel investor.  ⭐️ Do (or Delegate) This Next: Order a copy of Free Time! If you already have one: it would be a huge help to build launch week momentum if you could leave a rating and a review on Amazon!   📘Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business  Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One  Life After College Stop Living on Auto Pilot: Take Responsibility for Your Life and Rediscover a Bolder Happier You 🔗Resources Mentioned:  Antonio on the web, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn  Antonio’s Podcast: The Antonio Neves Show Article: Investments and Expenses by Seth Godin Together Agency Related Podcast Episodes: The Antonio Neves Show Episode 28: What You Can Learn from a Pandemic 076: Seven Elements that Amplify Launch Stress 004: Take a Stand with Antonio Neves Pivot 241: Get Off Autopilot & Be Your Own Benefactor with Antonio Neves 045: Behind the Free Time Brand with Adam Chaloeicheep 🎁 Last call! Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time: Order your copy and submit proof of purchase to get complimentary access to the audiobook — this offer goes away at the end of March!! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, a private feed, and access to a community forum with fellow Heart-Based Business Owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/077 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 22, 2022
Happy Launch Day! 🎉 Thank You + A Super Quick Favor
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Hi friends! Just a quick four-minute thank you message to celebrate the official launch day for my brand new book—the one that you've all been listening to! Free Time: Lose the Busywork, Love Your Business. 📝 If you have a few extra minutes to spare, I would be super grateful if you could leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads today — these go such a long way toward informing future readers (and the Amazon algo') about whether or not Free Time is worth their precious time and energy :) Bonus: Take a shelfie! Include a video or photo with your review. 👉 If you need help jogging your thoughts, try this handy Review Writing Quick Start bot that I created :) I hope your copy arrives in the mail soon, and huge thanks again for helping give me and this book such a burst of energy by listening early!! As I share at the end of Pivot, in Shadow of the Wind, author Carlos Ruiz Záfon writes: “Every book . . . has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs [their] eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.” Thank you Penney Peirce who first surfaced this beautiful line, and to you for helping nurture the early spirit and momentum behind this book! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 22, 2022
076: Seven Elements that Can Amplify Launch Stress
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Without conscious reframing, launching can quickly tip toward stressful. Writing and launching a book is a privilege, so I hesitate to harp too much on how hard it can be. Whenever I feel stress climbing, I remind myself to find the joy and ease, to reconnect with gratitude for that exact stage of the process. That said, launches still have a way of snowballing stress! Today I’m breaking down seven reasons why, and five strategies for reducing the inevitable stress at the edge of a major—and majorly rewarding—challenge. Key Takeaways: Is your business ready to catch the interest that goes along with a launch? Invest in your systems and processes in advance so you are ready for the influx. Gamifying short term goals, like counting reviews and shares, can be fun - but if it adds to your stress, let go of them, and the outcomes they represent.  Acknowledge and accept the stress you want to keep in your work. Some stress is worthwhile, so be intentional about what creates it and remember it is short term.  ⭐️ Permission: Drop half of the nice to haves for whatever project you are currently stressing out about.   👉 Do (or Delegate) This Next: Book in your breaks. At least a week (and preferably two) before and during your next big launch or project. Take even more time afterwards. You won't regret having that time set aside; in fact, your future self will be thanking you! 📘Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business Pivot Life After College How to Begin Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience 🔗Resources Mentioned:  Book Launch Consultant: Courtney Kenny Social Media Team: Huston.love Podcast Production: One Stone Creative Article: What is an MVP by Eric Ries Article: The Dip and Knowing When to Quit by Seth Godin Related Podcast Episodes:  2 Pages with MBS Episode 79: How to Begin: MBS interviews MBS Free Time Episode 031: Eleventh-Hour Creative Gremlins Free Time Episode 052: Perceived Capacity vs. Actual Capacity Free Time Episode 064: The Vulnerability of Launching 🎁 Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time: Preorder and submit proof of purchase to get early access to the audiobook as part of the Buy One, Get One, Give One bonus! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, along with a private feed and community forum for Heart-Based Business Owners. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/076 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2022
075: Coaching Through the Free Time Framework with Wade Brill
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Have you fallen out of love with something in your business? Something you want to be doing in theory, like sending newsletters, but you’re hitting a wall of resistance? In this episode, I'm coaching a long-time friend and founding BFF community member, Wade Brill, through the Free Time Framework. Wade is also featured as the kick-off story for the Align stage of the book. More About Wade: Wade Brill is a mindfulness coach who helps people experiencing stress and overwhelm be more present, productive, and energized. She hosts the popular Centered in the City podcast, offering modern meditations for busy professionals, and is a recognized speaker at conferences, companies, and retreats. Wade loves helping people create calm amid chaos and realize the importance of their one mind, one body, and one life. ⭐️ Permission:  Rethink something in your business that has gotten stale. What fresh approach would enable you to look forward to this activity again?  ⭐️ Do (or Delegate) This Next:  Conduct an energy audit: rate your most important recurring tasks on a scale of 1-10. For the lowest-energy areas that you still feel are important for the business: look for one next aspect you can delegate that would make the biggest impact toward reducing friction in that area. 🔗Resources Mentioned:  Wade Brill on the Web, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook Wade’s podcast: Centered in the City Josh Allan Dykstra, #lovework, LoveWork Asynchronous communication apps: Voxer, Vocaroo, Marco Polo Related Episodes: Centered in the City Episode 63: Conversation with Jenny Blake on Claiming Attention & Time with Heart 🎁 Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time : Preorder and submit proof of purchase to get early access to the audiobook as part of the Buy One, Get One, Give One bonus! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, along with a private feed and community forum for Heart-Based Business Owners.. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/075 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2022
074: Scaling Without the Stress
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If the thought of success sometimes feels more stressful than exhilarating, you’re not alone. Many business owners are interested in scale only if they’re not scaling stress and headaches at the same time. In fact, some even subconsciously hold back from earning more, fearing that any more income might bring with it increased headaches. The early days of every business are scrappy. You’re building something out of nothing, and that means doing things that aren’t sustainable long term. Today’s episode is about how to grow your business and create more freedom and abundant earnings without scaling stress-inducing habits at the same time. Key Takeaways There are three common friction points for solopreneurs trying to scale: pressure to take on more clients, prices that are too low, and porous boundaries that leave you feeling burned out.  Productize your services by creating processes for everything repeatable. Bonus: Train team members to help with client communications, onboarding, and even delivery. Creative systems for managing and maintaining your home are as important as for your business! Take the pressure off wherever you can :) ⭐️ Permission:  Give yourself a raise! You have permission to raise your rates to make sure your three T’s as an owner are covered: taxes, team overhead and your time. ⭐️ Do (or Delegate) This Next:  Ensure that every question lives three lives. The next time a client or team member asks you a question, ask them to document it internally for yourself and your team, and externally for other clients who might find that information helpful in the future.  📘Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business Pivot Built to Sell Million Dollar Consultant The Work Value-Based Fees 🔗Resources Mentioned:  Free Time Operations Dashboard 1:1 Coaching: Free Time , Pivot Podcast: Pricing is Positioning (Now Bizable TV) Book and Podcast: Built to Sell Article: I Want a Wife  Related Podcast Episodes:  Free Time Episode 16: IP Licencing with Lee LeFever Free Time Episode 61: Scaling Boutique Businesses with Greg Alexander 🎁 Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time as we head into 2022: Preorder and submit proof of purchase to get early access to the audiobook as part of the Buy One, Get One, Give One holiday bonus! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, along with a private feed and community forum for Heart-Based Business Owners.. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/074 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2022
073: From CEO (Back) to Creator with Pat Flynn
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What if this is the moment that changes everything? That question can be exhilarating or terrifying—or both. And there are going to be moments like that in your business: crossroads where you have to make a choice. Today’s guest, Pat Flynn recently made one of the biggest decisions of all, to step aside as CEO of his company, while still playing an active role, so he could devote more time to the creative work he loves. More About Pat: Pat Flynn is a father, husband and entrepreneur who lives and works in San Diego, CA. He owns several successful online businesses and is a professional blogger, keynote speaker, Wall Street Journal best-selling author of three books (Superfans, Will It Fly?, Let Go), and host of the Smart Passive Income and AskPat podcasts.  Key Takeaways: Companies go through changes like people do. Growth spurts and growing pains, temper tantrums and quiet periods. Adapt the work you’re doing to meet the new needs. It’s easy to lose track of what you actually want to be doing with your life and business. As your business changes, your role in it might need to as well. Transitioning from working alone to working with a team can be awkward; learning how to manage the people you bring on board takes time, honesty and experimentation. ⭐️ Permission: To fail. “There is no better learning than failure, so go ahead, try something new, do your best and learn from the results.” ⭐️ Do (or Delegate) This Next: Let go of something. Maybe a negative story you’re telling yourself, the need to control a particular outcome, or a task or project you no longer need to do alone.. Bonus: figure out how to delegate the one thing in your business that would free up the most time and energy.   📘Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business Pivot Superfans Will it Fly? Let It Go Platform: Get Noticed in a Busy World Clockwork: Design Your Business to Run Itself What Got You Here Won’t Get You There 🔗Resources Mentioned:  Pat Flynn on the Web, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter Smart Passive Income The Smart Passive Income Podcast Ask Pat 2.0 How to Stand Out from the Crowd (Ted Talk) SPI Pro Community The CX Podcast The Switch Pod People Mentioned: Selena Soo Ramit Sethi Matt Gartland John Lee Dumas Related Podcast Episodes:  Free Time Episode 51: How to Replace Yourself as CEO with Michael Bungay Stanier SPI 249: Pivoting: How, When & Why to Do It with Jenny Blake SPI 155: 9000 Unread Emails to Inbox Zero SPI 345: The Next Big Steps in Business - With Matt Gartland from Team Flynn 🎁 Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time as we head into 2022: Preorder and submit proof of purchase to get early access to the audiobook as part of the Buy One, Get One, Give One holiday bonus! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, along with a private feed and community forum for Heart-Based Business Owners.. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/073 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 08, 2022
072: How to Start Writing a Book, Course, or Workshop
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Going from “zero to one” on a big creative project can be intimidating. If you want to write a book or create a course, where should you begin? Hint: grab a pen and paper and a stack of index cards, not your laptop. Key Takeaways: Start big projects by asking: what is the key transformation I am hoping to inspire? There is magic to the number 3: it fits in with how we understand the world. When shaping the main pillars of the transformation you’re creating, see if you can break it down into 3 key parts.  People learn in many diverse ways, and as a communicator, try to give them as many different methods for understanding a concept or idea as possible including memes, metaphors, mantras, quotes, statistics, diagrams, research etc.  ⭐️ Permission:  Forget being linear. You don’t have to start at the beginning and end at the end. Dive into the sections that energize you the most first.   ⭐️ Do (or Delegate) This Next:  Indulge your desire for stationary — purchase a tall stack of index cards and start breaking your next big project idea into smaller, bite-sized chunks, then move them around on a big surface (like your dining room table) until themes emerge.    📘Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business  Pivot  Life After College Resonate: Present Visual Stories That Transform Audiences How to Begin: Start Something That Matters 🔗Resources Mentioned:  Free Author Toolkit MBS.Works Alexandra Franzen  Alexandra Franzen’s Feel, Know, Do Framework Related Podcast Episodes:  Free Time Episode 34: Organizing Research and Ideas - Notion Walkthrough #1 Free Time Episode 36: Shaping Big Ideas - Notion Walkthrough #2 Free Time Episode 38: Tracking Progress Toward Finishing a Book (or Big Idea) with an Essay Tracker - Notion Walkthrough #3 🎁 Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time as we head into 2022: Preorder and submit proof of purchase to get early access to the audiobook as part of the Buy One, Get One, Give One holiday bonus! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, along with a private feed and community forum for Heart-Based Business Owners.. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/072 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2022
071: Cues - On Charisma with Vanessa Van Edwards
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Did you know that we can predict a leader’s charisma based solely on five seconds of exposure? That nonverbal signals account for 65 to 90 percent of our total communication? Today we’re talking about cues, specifically the formula for charisma (hint: a combination of cues that project warmth and competence). As a self-described “recovering awkward person,” Vanessa’s secret sauce is combining the latest research, real-life case studies of success, and fascinating examples of notable figures (like Oprah and Britney Spears) with practical strategies you can start using immediately. More About Guest Vanessa: Vanessa Van Edwards is a speaker, researcher, and national bestselling author. More than 50 million people have seen her engaging YouTube tutorials and in her viral TED Talk, You Are Contagious. Vanessa is Lead Investigator at Science of People. She is the bestselling author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People, translated into 16 languages. Today we’re talking about her new book, Cues: Master the Secret Language of Charismatic Communication.  Key Takeaways: Your all-important first impression starts at the very first moment of an experience with someone: when you walk into the room, or when the camera flips on, and not with the first word you speak. We all have patterns for when we feel awkward and out of place, which are not the ingredients for charismatic communication. But we also have patterns for when we are at our most confident and natural. Tracking those and taking advantage of them to give yourself more comfort and ease in your communications can immediately increase your charisma. It’s extremely hard to lie with your voice, so spending time (and creating the best environment) for your body is going to make your competence and warmth much more evident in the subtle cues of your voice.  ⭐️ Permission: Skip the happy hour! Drop the scheduled phone calls! Think about the times and places where you feel the happiest and most confident, and engage with people then, instead of sticking to the ‘normal’ times and places you feel you should.   ⭐️ Do (or Delegate) This Next: Practice “I see you” acknowledgments when you first start talking to people in person or over video. A wave, a nod, or a smile all show the people you are talking to that they belong.  📘Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business,  Pivot,  Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People Cues: Master the Secret Language of Charismatic Communication 🔗Resources Mentioned:  Vanessa on the Web, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn Charisma Diagnostic Cues Bonuses Learn the Secrets Behind the Best Shark Tank Pitches of All Time  8 Powerful Ways to Tap Into Your Intuition (That Work!) Sarah Apgar’s Shark Tank Pitch The First Year of Parenting—What I Wish I Had Known Related Podcast Episodes:  Pivot Episode 59: Secrets from Viral Ted Talks with Vanessa Van Edwards Pivot Episode 155: Becoming a Successful Speaker with Grant Baldwin Free Time Episode 11: Pitching Shark Tank with Sarah Apgar 🎁 Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time as we head into 2022: Preorder and submit proof of purchase to get early access to the audiobook as part of the Buy One, Get One, Give One holiday bonus! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, along with a private feed and community forum for Heart-Based Business Owners.. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/071 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 01, 2022
070: Rough Drafts vs. The Writers Room
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Do you fret about why your own work never seems to be as good as what you read, watch, or listen to? Today’s episode is an important reminder for all of us: Don’t compare your first draft to someone else’s finished product.  Rarely is a finished product created by a single genius working alone. Far more often, great work comes from collective effort, and our rough drafts are just the first tiny chip away at what ultimately becomes a finished carving. ⭐️ Permission: To hire a professional editor that makes you sound far better than your scrappiest rough draft self.  ⭐️ Do (or Delegate) This Next: To practice writing and getting feedback on a micro-scale, conduct an A/B test for headlines you're considering for an upcoming newsletter or course. You can even pay $50 to run it by total strangers on PickFu.  📘Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business,  Pivot,  Sex and the City and Us: How Four Single Women Changed the Way We Think, Live, and Love  🔗Resources Mentioned:  Origins Podcast SATC series,  And Just Like That…The Writer’s Room  Ira Glass Idea Press Publishing  Portfolio  Big Fish Media  Take Me Out to the Ballgame (SATC script) Writing for Television Masterclass Related Podcast Episodes: 031: Eleventh-Hour Creative Gremlins 🎁 Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time as we head into 2022: Preorder and submit proof of purchase to get early access to the audiobook as part of the Buy One, Get One, Give One holiday bonus! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, along with a private feed and community forum for Heart-Based Business Owners.. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/070 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 25, 2022
069: Epic Evergreen Email Sequences with Allan Dib
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“If you don’t have a system…you are the system.” That’s just one of Allan’s brilliant gems from this conversation on creating a “marketing oil well” for your business. Income comes from assets, and there’s one area right under your feet that’s ripe for reinvention: your email newsletters and welcome autoresponder series. Listen in for the 5-minute tip that changed my business life, and tons of other juicy tips and ideas to make your business easier and more profitable. More About Allan: Allan Dib is a serial entrepreneur, rebellious marketer, and #1 bestselling author of The 1-Page Marketing Plan: Get New Customers, Make More Money and Stand Out From the Crowd. He has started, grown and successfully exited multiple businesses in various industries, and is the founder of Successwise.com, where the focus is on Mastering Marketing to fuel high-growth businesses. Key Takeaways: Consider augmentation vs. automation - we can create systems and save time while still keeping the relationships we’re building personal. “The 30 seconds that follow the question, “What do you do?” is one of the most commonly wasted marketing opportunities. The response is almost always self-focused, unclear, and nonsensical.” Focus on the problem you help others solve instead.   One is the most dangerous number in your business - having one key person, or product or channel, or anything else makes you fragile. ⭐️ Permission Slip: You’re allowed to suck. To do good work and good marketing, and build a good business, you have to start at the bottom and suck at the beginning. 📘Books Mentioned:  Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business  Pivot  The 1-Page Marketing Plan: Get New Customers, Make More Money and Stand Out From the Crowd 🔗Allan on the Web: Successwise, Instagram, LinkedIn 🔗Resources Mentioned:   1-Page Marketing Plan Canvas VideoAsk.com  Seth Godin Chandler Bolt Paul Graham Related Podcast Episodes:  Free Time Episode 12: Generating Personal MBA Momentum with Josh Kaufman Free Time Episode 16: IL Licensing with Lee LeFever 🎁 Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time as we head into 2022: Preorder and submit proof of purchase to get early access to the audiobook as part of the Buy One, Get One, Give One holiday bonus! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, along with a private feed and community forum for Heart-Based Business Owners.. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/069 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2022
068: Are You Running a Grumpy Business?
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Every interaction with your customers offers an opportunity to be warm and welcoming. It's also easy to make them feel alienated or put off. Where in your business are you being unintentionally grumpy? Key Takeaways: Some rules come across as cold, particularly if they are reflections of the worst customer experiences you’ve had, rather than the excellent ones you are cultivating. What tone do you want to set? You can be clear and precise while still kind and friendly All of the touchpoints you have in your business are opportunities to create small moments that build connection.  ⭐️Do or Delegate: Look over the client touchpoints in your sales process - is there an opportunity for you to add surprise and delight to the process to make people feel welcome? 📘Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business, Pivot 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Employees Only, Emily P Freeman, The Next Right Thing Podcast 🎁 Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time as we head into 2022: Preorder and submit proof of purchase to get early access to the audiobook as part of the Buy One, Get One, Give One holiday bonus! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, along with a private feed and community forum for Heart-Based Business Owners.. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/068 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 18, 2022
067: Tiny Business, Big Money with Elaine Pofeldt
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For founders who value freedom, one question looms large: How do you keep overhead low while still generating abundant revenue? That’s what Elaine Pofeldt, self-professed “data nerd” is sharing with us today based on her new book, Tiny Business, Big Money: Strategies for Creating a High-Revenue Microbusiness.  More About Elaine: Elaine Pofeldt Is an independent journalist specializing in Entrepreneurship. Elaine’s previous book is The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business, where she looks at how entrepreneurs scale to $1 million in revenue prior to hiring employees. Her new book is Tiny Business, Big Money: Strategies for Creating a High-Revenue Microbusiness. Elaine’s work has appeared on CNBC and in Fortune, Money, Forbes, and many other publications. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children. Key Takeaways: To scale a business while staying tiny, find a way to charge premium prices by providing unusual value. Whether or not you have a team, it’s nearly impossible to scale without systems and automation. One of the best things you can do for your business as it evolves and your life changes is stepping back and asking: “What can you remove yourself from?” ⭐️ Give yourself permission: to do less out of obligation and spend more time doing things out of love and joy.  🔗 Elaine on the web: Website, Forbes, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business Pivot Four-Hour Work Week, The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business: Make Great Money. Work the Way You Like. Have the Life You Want Tiny Business, Big Money: Strategies for Creating a High-Revenue Microbusiness 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Free Time Toolkit, powered by Notion  Alibaba  Adobe Stock Canva Click Funnels ConvertKit Podia TXT180 People Mentioned:  Dana Derricks  Jenna Kutcher Jeffrey Stern, Voice Express Corp  Brian Dean, Backlinko Julian O’Hayon, BLVK Paris  Laura Belgrave, Talking Shrimp Tiffany Williams, Rich Girl Collective Doug Wick, Positioning Systems Vanessa and Kish Jeswani, Nomad Lane Related Podcast Episodes:  Pivot Episode 96: The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business with Elaine Pofeldt Free Time Episode 16: IP Licensing with Lee LeFever Free Time Episode 61: Scaling Boutique Businesses with Greg Alexander 🎁 Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time as we head into 2022: Preorder and submit proof of purchase to get early access to the audiobook as part of the Buy One, Get One, Give One holiday bonus! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, along with a private feed and community forum for Heart-Based Business Owners.. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/067 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 15, 2022
066: Tasks vs. Templates
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Are you working in tasks or on templates? For anything you repeat, take a little time up-front to design a process that will save you time for future sessions. Books Mentioned:  Eat That Frog! The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It Resources Mentioned: Free Time Dashboard Beta Free Author Toolkit Related Episodes:  Episode 34 Organizing Research and Ideas - Notion Walkthrough #1 Episode 36: Shaping Big Ideas - Notion Walkthrough #2 Episode 38: Tracking Progress Toward Finishing a Book (or Big Idea) with an Essay Tracker - Notion Walkthrough #3 Episode 62 - Made by Monday 🐸 On Content “Frog” Batching 🎁 Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time as we head into 2022: Preorder and submit proof of purchase to get early access to the audiobook as part of the Buy One, Get One, Give One holiday bonus! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, along with a private feed and community forum for Heart-Based Business Owners.. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/066 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 11, 2022
065: Building Flexibility Into Business with Evan La Ruffa
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How do you decide what to delegate, and what to keep doing yourself? What are the best ways to build flexibility into our businesses for ensuring we have plenty of free time for family and creativity? This week's guest is Evan La Ruffa, a father and artist-turned entrepreneur who is passionate about shaping a better world through new solutions to big problems. He is the founder of IPaintMyMind.org, a nonprofit focused on art, equity, and impact. One of my favorite projects of theirs is matching Chicago artists with companies for creating large-scale mural commissions in lobbies or the exterior. Resources Mentioned Evan La Ruffa on Web | LinkedIn | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Good Life Project Podcast Bench Accounting Services Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business Pivot: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live) Related Episodes: Pivot; Episode 47 - Live Fiercely, Study Deeply… While Earning a Living - with Jonathan Fields 🎁 Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time as we head into 2022: Preorder and submit proof of purchase to get early access to the audiobook as part of the Buy One, Get One, Give One holiday bonus! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, along with a private feed and community forum for Heart-Based Business Owners.. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/065 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 08, 2022
064: The Vulnerability of Launching
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When is good enough good enough? When is it important to stick to a creative vision, down to every last meticulous detail? Hitting publish means welcoming praise and criticism, and today I’m sharing the nerve-wracking feeling leading up to both, as well as an audio adventure to the book’s unboxing at the Rochester Warehouse! 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want Pivot: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One 🔗 Resource Mentioned: Pivot Coaching (use promo code PODCAST at checkout), Celebrities Read Mean Tweets 🎙 Related Episodes: 062: Made By Monday 🐸 On Content "Frog" Batching, and 019: Most Valuable Activities with Dave Crenshaw 🎁 Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time as we head into 2022: Preorder and submit proof of purchase to get early access to the audiobook as part of the Buy One, Get One, Give One bonus! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, along with a private feed and community forum for Heart-Based Business Owners.. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/064 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 04, 2022
063: On Burnout and Business Intuition with Azul Terronez of Authors Who Lead
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The mic tables are turned this week, with Azul Terronez, cofounder of Authors Who Lead interviewing me for his fantastic podcast. With so many mutual friends in common, it was such a joy to finally connect directly! I hope you enjoy this conversation on burnout, spacious work boundaries, delegating, and doubling down on business intuition. 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Authors Who Lead Authors Who Lead podcast Jadah Sellner in conversation with Azul about his book coaching process: Writing a Book That Changes You First, #BTS: Behind the Scenes of My Next Book Part 2 with Azul, #BTS: Behind the scenes of my next book part 3 🎙 Related Episodes: 062: Made By Monday 🐸 On Content "Frog" Batching 019: Most Valuable Activities with Dave Crenshaw 🎁 Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time as we head into 2022: Preorder and submit proof of purchase to get early access to the audiobook as part of the Buy One, Get One, Give One bonus! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, along with a private feed and community forum for Heart-Based Business Owners.. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/063 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2022
062: Made By Monday 🐸 On Content "Frog" Batching
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Mark Twain once said, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” Brian Tracy adapted this for his productivity book, Eat That Frog! to say, "If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first," and "If you have to eat any frog at all, it doesn't pay to sit and look at it for very long." What if you turned this into a content batching template, and tackled all creative tasks in a Monday sprint every week? That's the experiment I've been running that I share more about in this episode . . . of course, created during my own Made-By-Monday sprint :) 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One Eat That Frog! The One Thing 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Pivot podcast, #PivotList newsletter, Time Well Spent newsletter, WeWork On Demand, Gotham Podcast Studio 🎙 Related Episodes: 025: The Joys of Precrastination, 010: Batching & Boundaries with John Lee Dumas, 055: How to Free Your Calendar Now for Next Year 🎁 Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time as we head into 2022: Preorder and submit proof of purchase to get early access to the audiobook as part of the Buy One, Get One, Give One bonus! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, along with a private feed and community forum for Heart-Based Business Owners.. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/062 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 28, 2022
061: Scaling Boutique Businesses with Greg Alexander
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What's the difference between a lifestyle boutique and one that is built to scale and sell? Between a commoditized "body shop" and a unique boutique? There are approximately 1.47 million firms in professional services (industry code NAICS 54). Four thousand have reached scale, with more than 250 employees. This is one-quarter of one percent—these are the market leaders. The other 99.75% have between 1 and 249 employees; these are what Greg Alexander calls boutiques. Greg sold his professional services firm, SBI, after eleven years for $160 million, and is now focused on helping others grow, scale, and sell their own boutique professional services firms. He is now the founder of Capital 54, author of The Boutique: How to Start, Scale, and Sell a Professional Services Firm, and a frequent contributor to The Boutique podcast based on his book and business. Greg’s purpose is to live a fulfilling life by taking risks and competing for extraordinary accomplishments, like helping members of Collective 54 achieve and maintain financial success.  🎙 Related Episodes: 016: IP Licensing with Lee LeFever 🔗 Organizations Mentioned: EO, YPO, Strategic Coach, Genius Network 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business The Boutique: How to Start, Scale, and Sell a Professional Services Firm Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You Finish Big: How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Businesses On Top 🎁 Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time as we head into 2022: Preorder and submit proof of purchase to get early access to the audiobook as part of the Buy One, Get One, Give One bonus! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, along with a private feed and community forum for Heart-Based Business Owners.. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/061 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 25, 2022
060: Triangle of Tradeoffs
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As my dad (an architect) always reminded me when I was growing up, clients often want it all — quality, speed, and the best prices. The reality? Pick two. It's nearly impossible to optimize for all at once, so what do you want to be known for as a business? 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One The Road Less Stupid by Keith Cunningham 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Article on the Project Management Triangle 🎙 Related Episodes: 056: Systems vs. Goals 🎁 Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time as we head into 2022: Preorder and submit proof of purchase to get early access to the audiobook as part of the Buy One, Get One, Give One bonus! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, along with a private feed and community forum for Heart-Based Business Owners.. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/060 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 20, 2022
059: Onlyness with Nilofer Merchant
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What is the difference between uniqueness, talent, and onlyness? Nilofer Merchant is here to help us figure out how the room changes when we walk in, how to turn feeling othered or overworked into opportunities to help ourselves and everyone around us shine, and the powerful question that shifted how she leads others. More About Nilofer: Nilofer Merchant is ranked by Thinkers50 as one of the world's leading business thinkers. In 2013 she gave a top-ranking TED talk, "Sitting is the Smoking of Our Generation." This conversation is about her book, The Power of Onlyness: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World (2017). Check out Nilofer's substack newsletter, Fully Alive at Work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 18, 2022
058: Look for Measurable Loops
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Today's episode builds on 56: Systems vs. Goals. Now let's talk about how to build smarter systems by looking for measurable loops in your business, then split testing with small experiments. For some of you, this is automatic, especially if you're familiar with growth hacking principles. For others, it will be a helpful reminder for you and your team about how to simplify and systematize making improvements in your business. 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One The Ultimate Marketing Engine Growth Hacker Marketing The Cold Start Problem Traction 🔗 Resources Mentioned: PickFu for running polls among target audiences, Adele on Oprah: "It was never about losing weight. I'm an athlete." 🎙 Related Episodes: 056: Systems vs. Goals, 037: The Ultimate Marketing Engine with John Jantsch 🎁 Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time as we head into 2022: Preorder and submit proof of purchase to get early access to the audiobook as part of the Buy One, Get One, Give One holiday bonus! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, along with a private feed and community forum for Heart-Based Business Owners.. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/058 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 14, 2022
057: You+ vs. You 2.0 with MBS
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If it weren't for my longtime mentor MBS and our tiny sprints, sending each other daily check marks via Marco Polo to clock in our (minimum) 100 words of writing, the new Free Time book would not exist. In keeping with his new podcast format, in honor of his book launch (today!!) he gave me permission to replay a recent episode from his show. In it, MBS reads two pages of his new book, How to Begin: Start Something That Matters, and I ask him follow-up questions about the nitty gritty of navigating the massive shifts into an entirely new self—what he calls "You 2.0." Be sure to also sign up for his upcoming summit, Begin, Grow, Pivot, and Learn! Enroll at HowToBegin.com. More About MBS: Michael Bungay Stanier is the author of six books which between them have sold over a million copies. He’s best known for The Coaching Habit, the best-selling coaching book of the century and already recognized as a classic. His new book, How to Begin, helps people be more ambitious for themselves and for the world. 📘 Books Mentioned: How to Begin: Start Doing Something That Matters Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business, Pivot 🔗 Resources Mentioned: MBS.works, howtobegin.com, Register for the Begin, Grow, Pivot, and Learn Summit (Jan. 20), 2 Pages with MBS 🎙Related Podcast Episodes: 051: How to Replace Yourself as CEO with Michael Bungay Stanier ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener-supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private feed. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/057 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2022
056: Set Your Compass—Systems vs. Goals
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Welcome Deep Questions with Cal Newport listeners! I had so much fun recording the "Help me do less!" episode — check it out here if you haven't already :) [ 01:49 ] 🚀 I'd love to invite you to the Free Time book launch team! Learn more and join us for a pop-up private community and 5 bonus AMA behind-the-book calls at http://itsfreetime.com/launch-team [ 04:12 ]🎙I'm starting a new featurette for the podcast called "My Favorite Time-Saving System." Do you have a cool little tip, trick, or sequence that helps you save time at home or work? If so, please record a short voice memo on your phone and send it to hi@itsfreetime.com. [ 07:13 ] Shifting from specific goals toward surrender, surprise, and serendipity [ 13:53 ] The problem with the Druckerism that "You can't manage what you don't measure" [ 16:25 ] Why I find systems much more motivating; Scott Adams on goal-setting people vs. systems people [ 18:39 ] James Clear: "You don't rise to the level of your goals, you fall to the level of your systems." [ 21:53 ] Book sales as an example of balancing intention, vision, and systems [ 23:38 ] Setting a compass for the year ahead — Healthy, Wealthy, Wise, and Grateful — did I add something to every bucket every day? [ 26:01 ] Also experimenting with Traction's EOS with my team by creating a weekly metrics scorecard so we can run split tests and improve our systems [ 27:11 ] Closing reflection questions and Thoreau quote 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One How to Be, Do, or Have Anything Outrageous Openness How to Fail at Almost Anything and Still Win Big Atomic Habits Traction 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Author Toolkit Scott Adams on The Tim Ferriss Show James Clear on Brené Brown's Dare to Lead podcast: Part 1, Part 2 Featured on CNBC: Kick-start your new year with a mind map like this Adele on Oprah: "It was never about losing weight. I'm an athlete." 🎙 Related Episodes: 012: Generating Personal MBA Momentum with Josh Kaufman Check out the full Free Time podcast archives here » 🎁 Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time as we head into 2022: Preorder and submit proof of purchase to get early access to the audiobook as part of the Buy One, Get One, Give One holiday bonus! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, along with a private feed and community forum for Heart-Based Business Owners.. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/056 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 07, 2022
055: How to Free Your Calendar Now for Next Year + See you in 2022!
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Today I'm sharing an easy technique (and some of my favorite tools) for claiming your free time now for the year ahead, before everyone else haphazardly (even if unintentionally) fills in the cracks with scattershot scheduling. In taking my own advice, this will also be the last episode of 2021! My email autoresponder is live and my bags are packed—I'm heading to California to spend some quality time with family. See you in early January! 🎁 Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time as we head into 2022: Preorder and submit proof of purchase to get early access to the audiobook as part of the Buy One, Get One, Give One holiday bonus! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, along with a private feed and community forum for Heart-Based Business Owners.. 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business and Pivot 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Blue Yeti travel mic and case Calendly Clara (use this link for $100 off your first month) Magnetic Fridge Pads and Magnetic Pen Holder The brand new Free Time Toolkit including my scheduling parameters and Delegation Task Tracker template — preorder the book and submit proof of purchase here for early access! 🎙 Related Episodes: First (Free) Time Facilitator #201, Free Time #034: Organizing Research and Ideas — Notion Walkthrough #1 check out the full Free Time podcast archives here » 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/055 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 14, 2021
054: Ten T's of Successful Delegating
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Early reviews are in! Kirkus calls Free Time, "An entertaining, instructive reading experience . . . an invigorating and informative time-management manual." In perfect timing, I read this just before recording today's episode: "All three parts of the book are well written, applicable, and actionable. Stylistically, Blake is a master of alliteration and rhyming; she’s also adept at employing numbered and bulleted lists." Hah! Well, I won't pick today to disappoint; in perfect coincidence, I'm delivering both: an alliterative Ten T's of successful delegation techniques :) 🎁 Give yourself (and a friend) the gift of Free Time as we head into 2022: Preorder and submit proof of purchase to get early access to the audiobook as part of the Buy One, Get One, Give One holiday bonus! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, along with a private feed and community forum for Heart-Based Business Owners.. 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business and Pivot 🔗 Resources Mentioned: the brand new Free Time Toolkit and Delegation Task Tracker template — preorder the book and submit proof of purchase here for early access! 🎙 Related Episodes: 006: Going Pro on Podcasting with Jordan Harbinger 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/054 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 10, 2021
🎁 Give the Gift of Free Time! Buy One → Get Two Free (🎧 Early Audiobook Access)
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🎉 Free Time: Lose the Busywork, Love Your Business launches on 3/22/22!  Give the gift of free time to yourself and others in the new year by participating in our Buy One, Get One, Give One bonus. Here's how it works: Buy One: Preorder the hardcover edition and submit proof of purchase at http://itsfreetime.com/bogogo Get One: Within one business day, you'll get early access to the audiobook and brand new Free Time Toolkit with over 15 new templates to free your mind, time, and team! Give One: You will get details on how to gift early audiobook access to a friend :) Thank you in advance for your support! I can't wait to hear how you start freeing up time, and what you do with it! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 08, 2021
053: Facilitated Focus with Caveday's Jake Kahana
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What gets in the way of deep, intentional focus? Hint: the phone sitting right at your desk. Even though we know the apps blinking on screen are designed for distraction and shallow work—we don't always know how to best facilitate our own focus. Jake and cofounders at Caveday are taking a stand for social connection while carving out and facilitating group sessions dedicated to deep work. More About Jake: Jake Kahana is a designer and entrepreneur who teaches creative leaders the tools and skills to build thriving creative teams. He is a cofounder of Caveday, a company that facilitates deep focus sessions and deep work training. As a founding U.S. faculty member with The School of Life, Jake also teaches workshops in emotional intelligence for corporate teams. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider becoming a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny, along with a private feed and community forum for Heart-Based Business Owners.. 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business and Pivot Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Jake on the web, Caveday, Instagram: @jakekahana, LinkedIn, The Email Refrigerator (Jake's monthly philosophical email), Caveday's holiday gift guide 🎙 Related Episodes: Free Time: 002: Eliminate Email with Cal Newport, Pivot Podcast: 131: Indistractable with Nir Eyal 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/053 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 07, 2021
052: Perceived Capacity vs. Actual Capacity
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Jon Kabat Zinn says, "Overwhelm means life is unfolding at a rate that neither my psyche or my nervous system can handle.” Sometimes life (and work) is like a yummy buffet: it all looks delicious, but our eyes are bigger than our stomach. Today I'm sharing a few reasons our perceived capacity can be misaligned with our actual capacity: invisible roles, poor role fit, taking on new exciting projects without first cutting back elsewhere, and broader contextual seasons and collective influences. 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose the Busywork, Love Your Business — If you want to join the book launch team to get insider access and community leading up to the launch, sign-up at itsfreetime.com/join and you’ll be the first to know when that kicks off! Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One Life Admin: How I Learned to Do Less, Do Better, and Live More Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less Do Less: A Revolutionary Approach to Time and Energy Management for Ambitious Women Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live) Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience 10-10-10: 10 Minutes, 10 Months, 10 Years: A Life-Transforming Idea 🎧 Podcast Episodes Mentioned: Free Time: 035: The Long Game with Dorie Clark, 046: Time Margin—Are You Drowning, Treading Water, or Gliding? Super Soul Conversations: Brené Brown Part 1: Daring Greatly 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Free Time Quiz, Buy One → Get One → Give One ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener-supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private podcast feed with bonus episodes. 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/052 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2021
051: How to Replace Yourself as CEO with Michael Bungay Stanier
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After building Box of Crayons for nearly twenty years, Michael Bungay Stanier hit a fork-in-the-road: he knew that for his business to continue growing, it would be wisest for him (and more energizing) to step aside. For two years he trained his successor, Shannon Minifie, then navigated the identity void of "standing in the valley of Box of Crayons" before launching into his new direction, including a new book and podcast. I hope you enjoy this week's conversation on navigating replacing what often feels irreplaceable—you!—the owner, but the possibilities it opens up for all involved on the other side. More About MBS: Michael Bungay Stanier is the author of six books which between them have sold over a million copies. He’s best known for The Coaching Habit, the best-selling coaching book of the century and already recognized as a classic. His new book, How to Begin, helps people be more ambitious for themselves and for the world. 📘 Books Mentioned: How to Begin: Start Doing Something That Matters, The Coaching Habit, Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business, Pivot, Fierce Conversations (Susan Scott), Small Giants and Finish Big by Bo Burlingham, Virgil Wander (Leif Enger), Flawless Consulting and The Answer to How is Yes (Peter Block) 🔗 Resources Mentioned: HowToBegin.com, MBS.works, Box of Crayons, Instagram: @mbs_works, Erin Weed ("The Dig" sessions), Andrew Wilkinson's articles on Medium 🎙Related Podcast Episodes: Self-Publishing School—#129: How I Self Published My Way To 1M+ Copies Sold And $10M+ In Business From My Book, Two Pages—Brave Choices with Shannon Minifie, Pivot—156: MBS on Tipping Points and Pivoting Out of CEO (From His Own Company), Free Time—019: Most Valuable Activities with Dave Crenshaw ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener-supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private feed. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/051 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2021
050: Business-Building Metaphors—Are You Running a Machine, House, or Restaurant?
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Metaphors are powerful drivers for our mind—they allow us to quickly convey complex information to better understand abstract ideas. How do you think about business-building? Are you building a machine, managing a house, running a restaurant, or something else altogether? In this episode, we are discussing helpful aspects of all three analogies, and countering the role of entropy in any organic system. 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose the Busywork, Love Your Business — If you want to join the book launch team to get insider access and community leading up to the launch, sign-up at itsfreetime.com/join and you’ll be the first to know when that kicks off! Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One Shortcut: How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, and Sell Our Greatest Ideas Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement Organizational Physics | The Science of Growing a Business Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business Work Clean Life Changing Power Everything In Its Place: The Power of Mise-En-Place to Organize Your Life, Work, and Mind The Boutique: How To Start, Scale, And Sell A Professional Services Firm 🎧 Podcast Episodes Mentioned: Free Time: 044: Are You High Net Freedom?, 046: Time Margin—Are You Drowning, Treading Water, or Gliding?, 048: Ten Timeless Content Principles, high net freedom, 002: Eliminate Email with Cal Newport Pivot Podcast: 29: Deep Work: Ditch Cognitive Junk Food with Cal Newport, 122: Digital Minimalism with Cal Newport Akimbo with Seth Godin The Boutique with Greg Alexander 🔗 Resources Mentioned: The free Author Toolkit (with Your Book and Big Idea workshop), The “10 Things” Rule Keeps My House Uncluttered, Even with a Family of Six, Develop the Art of Mise-en-Place ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener-supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private podcast feed with bonus episodes. 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/050 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2021
049: Simplifying Complex Ideas — Masterclass with Alex Osterwalder
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"We don't write books, we craft spreads." Dr. Alex Osterwalder and his book co-authors pioneered the landscape, full-color, creative visuals format for simplifying complex business ideas. They consider every page of their books as a user interface, optimizing for simplicity, clarity, and fun. "Visuals don't become lipstick on a pig, they become an essential part of the reader's experience." There's good news and bad news today: the good news, I know you will love what Alex shares about simplifying complexity. The bad news? My track didn't record! So consider this a masterclass of sorts :) More About Alex: Dr. Alexander (Alex) Osterwalder is one of the world’s most influential innovation experts whose work has changed the way established companies do business and how new ventures get started. His company Strategyzer provides online courses, applications, and technology-enabled services to help organizations effectively and systematically manage strategy, growth, and transformation. Alex is the co-author of a suite of beautifully designed bestselling books in the Strategyzer Series including Business Model Generation, Value Proposition Design, Testing Business Ideas, The Invincible Company, and his latest, High-Impact Tools for Teams. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener-supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private feed. 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business, Pivot, The Invincible Company, High-Impact Tools for Teams. Related Books: The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures, Design the Life You Love: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Meaningful Future 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Alex on the web, Twitter: @AlexOsterwalder and @strategyzer, Hemingway Editor App, 🎙 Related Episodes: Pivot—244: Design The Life You Love with Ayse Birsel 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/049 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2021
048: Ten Timeless Content Principles
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After reflecting on last week’s episode, here’s how I’m reducing friction and designing smarter systems for ongoing content creation.  📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose the Busywork, Love Your Business — If you want to join the book launch team to get insider access and community leading up to the launch, sign-up at itsfreetime.com/join and you’ll be the first to know when that kicks off! Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine The One-Page Marketing Plan: Get New Customers, Make More Money, And Stand Out From The Crowd Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity 🎧 Podcast Episodes Mentioned: Free Time: 017: Serendipity as Business Strategy with Leanne Hughes, 019: Most Valuable Activities with Dave Crenshaw, 002: Eliminate Email with Cal Newport, 045: Behind the Free Time Brand with Adam Chaloeicheep Cal Newport's Deep Questions podcast 🔗 Resources Mentioned: One Page Marketing Plan (website), ZingCollaboartive.com (Friday Favorites newsletter), Tim Ferriss's Five-Bullet Friday, What Works, Mighty Networks, Circle, SpeakPipe, Squared Away ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener-supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private podcast feed with bonus episodes. 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/048 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2021
047: Beautiful Business with Steven Morris
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Steven Morris's new book, The Beautiful Business, is an actionable manifesto to help business leaders and entrepreneurs work and live as human artists. Join us for a conversation on beekeeping, reclaiming beauty, and business building beyond money and metrics. More About Steven: Steven Morris helps business leaders build unignorable brands, cultures, and businesses through his work as an advisor, author, and speaker. He has worked with business leaders from Samsung, Sony, Habitat for Humanity, Amazon, International Trademark Association, NFL, MLB, and over 250 other brands over his more than 25 years in business. When he is not supporting leaders in building beautiful brands, cultures, and businesses, Steven explores his artwork as a painter, is a regular meditator, outdoor enthusiast, surfer, and beekeeper. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private feed. 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business, Pivot, The Beautiful Business: An Actionable Manifesto to Create an Unignorable Business with Love at the Core, Orbiting the Giant Hairball 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Steven on the web, Instagram, LinkedIn, Notiv, Films To Be Buried With With Brett Goldstein 🎙 Related Episodes: 199: In Brilliant Conversation with Steve Morris, 173: Beautiful Questions for Challenging Times with Steve Morris 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/046 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2021
046: Time Margin—Are You Drowning, Treading Water, or Gliding?
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Are you what author Bridget Schulte calls OBL, Overwhelmed By Life? I am this week . . . maybe you can relate. This week I'm putting words to crunched time margin. In a future episode, I'll share what I'm experimenting with to transform to-do list drowning into gliding. 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose the Busywork, Love Your Business — If you want to join the book launch team to get insider access and community leading up to the launch, sign-up at itsfreetime.com/join and you’ll be the first to know when that kicks off! Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One Life Admin: How I Learned to Do Less, Do Better, and Live More Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time Total Immersion: The Revolutionary Way to Swim Better, Faster, and Easier Scarcity: The Science of Having Less and How It Defines Our Lives Who Not How: The Formula For Achieving Bigger Goals Through Accelerating Teamwork 🎧 Podcast Episodes Mentioned: The Tim Ferriss Show: Terry Laughlin—The Master Who Changed My Life (#276) Bewildered: 15: Ten Thousand Spoons Free Time: 031: Eleventh-Hour Creative Gremlins, 003: Liberate Your Life Force with Christine Arylo Rework: Scratch Your Own Itch 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Join the Free Time Book Launch Team, BFF with Jenny Blake, Byron Katie's TheWork.com (Look for the Judge Your Neighbor worksheet), the Knowing-Doing Gap ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener-supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private podcast feed with bonus episodes. 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/044 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2021
045: Behind the Free Time Brand with Adam Chaloeicheep
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What do a flying money emoji, a stray takeaway coffee cup, and a heart have in common? Those were the starting clues I brought to Adam Chaloeicheep and his cofounder Marisol at Together Agency before starting work on the Free Time brand—as now expressed in the podcast, website, and book. Adam is one of my closest friends, and a creative business leader with over a decade of experience in product and service concepting, building teams, and brand strategy. Together Agency is behind every big brand I have launched into the world: JennyBlake.me, Pivot, and now Free Time. Today we're going behind the business, discussing the strategic thinking that goes into brand strategy long before the visual assets are produced, the biggest misconceptions clients have about the investment and process, and why brand is so important for a business. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private feed. 📘 Books Mentioned: Pivot, Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Go Together Agency, Instagram: @gotogether.agency, LinkedIn 🎙 Related Episodes: 005: Brand Obsessed with Emily Heyward 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/045 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2021
044: Are You High Net Freedom?
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This is a special preview from my forthcoming book: Free Time: Lose the Busywork, Love Your Business (launches March 22, 2022). I talk in Pivot about pivoters being high net growth; Free Timers optimize for another central value: high net freedom. If you want to join the book launch team to get insider access and community leading up to the launch, sign-up at itsfreetime.com/join and you’ll be the first to know when that kicks off! 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose the Busywork, Love Your Business, Pivot 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Join the Free Time Book Launch Team, BFF with Jenny Blake ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener-supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private podcast feed with bonus episodes. 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/044 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2021
043: From Start-Up to Grown-Up (and Coach to Author) with Alisa Cohn
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Alisa Cohn has been coaching startup founders to grow into world-class CEOs for nearly 20 years. Today's we're discussing what she calls the "unnatural act of leading other adults" from her new book, From Start-Up to Grown-Up. We also discuss her own journey to becoming a published author, and the resistance roadblocks she had to move past along the way. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private feed. 📘 Books Mentioned: Pivot, Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business, From Start-Up to Grown-Up, The Long Game, Tools of Titans, Immunity to Change 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Alisa on the web: Alisa Cohn, Twitter: @AlisaCohn, LinkedIn: @AlisaCohn, Immunity to Change process and book 🎙 Related Episodes: 035: The Long Game with Dorie Clark, 190: The Commitment to Create with Michael Bungay Stanier, 031: Eleventh-Hour Creative Gremlins 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/043 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2021
042: How I Run My Business Without Social Media (Pivot Replay)
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If social media drains you, yet continues to dangle itself as a shiny should, this episode is for you. It's a crossover replay from one of the episodes that listeners share most often from the Pivot podcast, so I'm replaying it here for you. I share my own process—mindset shifts and business focuses—that allow me to keep moving, even without platform-building or posting on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Tik Tok. From a business perspective, social media is a means to two primary ends: social connections and media (consuming and contributing). I cover how I work toward both in energizing ways, even without directing my attention toward the platforms above. 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose the Busywork, Love Your Business, When the Body Says No (Gabor Maté) 🎙 Related Episodes: 040: It's Not Free Time If You're Exhausted, Pivot Episodes — 227: Super Extrovert Pivot Strategies with Photographer Phillip Van Nostrand, 196: Agile Public Original Thinking, 183: Cultivating Opposites and Checklists with Alexandra Franzen, 76: On Plan Z, Creative Finish Lines and the Graceful No—with Alexandra Franzen ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener-supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private podcast feed with bonus episodes. 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/042 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2021
041: Pay From the Heart Pricing with Mark Silver
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Heart of Business founder Mark Silver shares his "pay from the heart" pricing approach, a step beyond "pay what you want" or sliding scale. In working with thousands of heart-centered business owners, he finds that the latter are often done from a place of unconscious money issues, and can lack acknowledgment of the business owner's needs. This method isn't for everyone, but it might be worth experimenting with! Mark also shares the four stages of business development for micro-businesses: Creation, Concentration, Momentum, Independence, and the challenges of moving between the last two. More About Mark: Mark Silver, M. Div, is a fourth-generation entrepreneur who has run a distribution business, turned around a struggling non-profit magazine, and worked as a paramedic in the San Francisco Bay Area. With the introduction of Sufi-based healing work from the Jaffe Institute (now the University of Spiritual Healing & Sufism), the path forward became clear and Heart of Business was born in 2001. Since founding his company, Mark has been a pioneer in integrating spirituality and business, in a way that is effective and nourishing. As one of his Sufi mentors taught him, "If you are in your practices, you can trust your whims." ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private feed. 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business, Pivot 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Heart of Business, Facebook: Mark Silver, check out his free Heart of Business programs, Tad Hargrave's Marketing for Hippies, Jonathan Fields' The Unfortunate Middle 🎙 Related Episodes: 016: IP Licensing with Lee LeFever, 033: Sparked with Jonathan Fields 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/041 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2021
040: It's Not Free Time If You're Exhausted
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"Don't write a check your body can't cash." This is a phrase I remind myself when my to-do list eyes are bigger than my available energy, something that has been happening a lot lately (and I know I'm not alone in this). As Anne Helen Petersen captures so perfectly in her recent newsletter, there are many reasons (we're or) You're Still Exhausted. Today I'm sharing a quick solo riff from the park: a personal "take two" on the day Ryder turned two. 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose the Busywork, Love Your Business 🗽Photos: Reclining Liberty art installation 📰Article: You're Still Exhausted by Anne Helen Petersen 🎙 Related Episodes: 031: Eleventh-Hour Creative Gremlins, Pivot—45: Post-Launch Pivot Point + Visit From the Furry Rest Monster ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener-supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private podcast feed with bonus episodes. 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/034 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2021
039: Permission to Glow with Kristoffer (KC) Carter
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“Glowing in the dark is the work of being a patient warrior for our gifts. Our light is the medicine our aching planet needs.” KC flips the traditional leadership script, giving us permission to pause, chill, breathe, and shine. We discuss unicorn symbology, vulnerability in launching big creative projects, identifying work that aligns with your soul, and what we can all learn from the art of making mix tapes. More About KC: Kristoffer Carter is the founder of This Epic Life, a website devoted to conscious leadership, which has created a daily meditation practice for thousands. He is the creator of The 4 Permissions framework, which guide his coaching of executive leaders at Amazon, AT&T, eXp Realty, Edward Jones, and many more. KC is also a professional songwriter, TEDx speaker, and international retreat leader. He lives in Akron, OH with his wife of 22 years and their three children, the "Carter Force Five." We’re discussing his first book, just released, Permission to GLOW— A Spiritual Guide to Epic Leadership. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private feed. 📘 Books Mentioned: Permission to GLOW— A Spiritual Guide to Epic Leadership, Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business, Pivot, The Big Leap, Every Book Is a Start-Up, The Autobiography of a Yogi 🔗 Resources Mentioned: KC on the web, Instagram: @kristoffer_carter_kc, LinkedIn: Kristoffer Carter, TedX Talk: What if change were fun?, The Four Permissions Manifesto, This Epic Life podcast 🎙 Related Episodes: Pivot—152: Glowing in the Dark with Kristoffer 'KC' Carter 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/039 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2021
038: Tracking Progress Toward Finishing a Book (or Big Idea) with an Essay Tracker — Notion Walkthrough #3
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This is the third and final (for now!) walkthrough of how I take big ideas from the organizing research stage toward tracking progress toward a final draft of the book. I call this board my Essay Tracker. Be sure to start with the first two episodes in the Notion walkthrough series: 034: Organizing Research and Ideas and 036: Shaping Big Ideas. 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose the Busywork, Love Your Business, Pivot 🎥 Video: Malcolm Gladwell's MasterClass on Writing, Notion Office Hours, sign-up for the free Author Toolkit to access the screen-sharing video version of this episode. 🛠 Tools Mentioned: Notion, Loom 🎙 Related Episodes: 002: Elimante Email With Cal Newport, 034: Organizing Research and Ideas — Notion Walkthrough #1, 036: Shaping Big Ideas — Notion Walkthrough #2. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener-supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private podcast feed with bonus episodes. 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/038 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 08, 2021
037: The Ultimate Marketing Engine with John Jantsch
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What would it be like if you became the only business that mattered to your customers? How can you get 100 percent of the people who eventually buy your products or services to tell their friends? These are some of the powerful questions John Jantsch poses in his latest book, The Ultimate Marketing Engine: 5 Steps to Ridiculously Consistent Growth. He walks us through how to scale by ensuring transformation for your customers and clients. You grow as they grow. What is the Ultimate Marketing Engine? As John says, "A successful customer." More About John: John Jantsch is a marketing consultant, speaker, and author of Duct Tape Marketing, The Referral Engine, The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur, and The Ultimate Marketing Engine: 5 Steps to Ridiculously Consistent Growth. He is also the founder of the Duct Tape Marketing Consultant Network, which trains and licenses independent consultants and agencies to use the Duct Tape Methodology. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private feed. 📘 Books Mentioned: Pivot, Pivot, Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business, The Ultimate Marketing Engine, Duct Tape Marketing Revised and Updated, The Referral Engine: Teaching Your Business to Market Itself, The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur, Subscribed, Retention Point, The Practice of Management 🔗 Resources Mentioned: John the web: Duct Tape Marketing, Twitter: @ducttape, Facebook: Duct Tape Marketing, Akimbo Podcast 🎙 Related Episodes: 016: IP Licensing with Lee LeFever, Pivot—145: The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur with John Jantsch and 70: Build a Referral Engine with John Jantsch 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/037 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2021
036: Shaping Big Ideas — Notion Walkthrough #2
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Building on the first episode in the Notion walkthrough series, 034: Organizing Research and Ideas, in this session I'm sharing the next step: starting to shape big ideas. I share categories for notes that you can move across a nonlinear board as you map desired transformation for your future audience, when to map those to paper index cards, and why I don't recommend writing with long audio transcripts as a base. 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose the Busywork, Love Your Business, Pivot 🎥 Video: Notion Office Hours, sign-up for the free Author Toolkit to access the screensharing video version of this episode. 🛠 Tools Mentioned: Notion, Loom 🎙 Related Episodes: 002: Elimante Email With Cal Newport, 034: Organizing Research and Ideas — Notion Walkthrough #1, What Works: Going All In with Strategist Marie Poulin ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener-supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private podcast feed with bonus episodes. 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/036 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2021
035: The Long Game with Dorie Clark
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“Whenever you have a choice of what to do, choose the more interesting path." (Credit to Dorie's friend Marion's mom) In this conversation with DC, one of my closest friends, we discuss how she "optimizes for interesting," says no to good opportunities, builds relationships by following her "no asks for a year" rule, and when to call on trusted advisors to ensure you don't quit something too soon. We're discussing her fourth book, The Long Game: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World—be sure to grab your copy for even more insights on how to apply strategic thinking to your biggest vision. More About Dorie: Dorie Clark helps individuals and companies get their best ideas heard in a crowded, noisy world. She has been named one of the Top 50 business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50, and was honored as the #1 Communication Coach in the world by the Marshall Goldsmith Leading Global Coaches Awards. She is a keynote speaker and teaches executive education for Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Columbia Business School. Dorie is the author of The Long Game: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World (her latest), Reinventing You, Stand Out, and Entrepreneurial You. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private feed. 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time, Pivot, The Long Game, Reinventing You, Stand Out, Entrepreneurial You, Decoding Greatness by Ron Carrucci 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Dorie on the web, Instagram: @dorieclark, LinkedIn, Dorie's TEDx Talk: How to Future-Proof Your Career, Russel Brunson's The Marketing Secrets Show 🎙 Related Episodes: Pivot—58: Monetize Your Ideas with Dorie Clark, 66: Create Multiple Streams of Income with Dorie Clark, 33: Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following with Dorie Clark 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/035 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2021
034: Organizing Research and Ideas — Notion Walkthrough #1
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Today I'm walking you through my systems for capturing ideas and organizing them, as part of a multi-part series on my favorite tool for organizing life and work: Notion. 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose the Busywork, Love Your Business, Pivot, Storyworthy (Matthew Dicks), Perennial Seller (Ryan Holiday), The Signature of All Things and Big Magic (Liz Gilbert), How to Take Smart Notes (Sönke Ahrens) 🎥 Video: Matthew's Storyworthy TEDx Talk, Notion Office Hours, sign-up for the free Author Toolkit to access the screensharing video version of this episode. 🛠Tools Mentioned: Evernote, Web Clipper for Chrome, Zbib.org (for citations), Captio iOS app, Marie Poulin's Notion Mastery course (where I learned everything I know!) 🗽Photos: Reclining Liberty art installation 🎙 Related Episodes: Pivot podcast — Your Book and Big Idea Part 1 (ep 207), Part 2 (ep 208), What Works: Going All In with Strategist Marie Poulin ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener-supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private podcast feed with bonus episodes. 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/034 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 26, 2021
033: Sparked with Jonathan Fields
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What makes you come alive? More specifically, how do you uniquely exert effort—for no other reason than the way it makes you feel? as Jonathan shares in his new book, Sparked, we’re all born with a certain “imprint” for work that makes us come alive. This is your "Sparketype®," your DNA-level driver of work that lets you know, deep down, you’re doing what you’re here to do. More About Jonathan Fields: Jonathan Fields—the Good Life Guy—delivers insights that spark purpose, possibility, and potential. On a decades-long quest to discover what makes people come fully alive, Jonathan is an award-winning author, Webby-nominated producer, business innovator, and host of one of the world’s top podcasts, Good Life Project. He is the author of Sparked: Discover Your Unique Imprint for Work that Makes You Come Alive. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private feed. 📘 Books Mentioned: Pivot, Sparked: Discover Your Unique Imprint for Work that Makes You Come Alive, Uncertainty, How to Live a Good Life, Career Renegade 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Jonathan on the web, Sparketype.com Assessment 🎙 Related Episodes: 47: Live Fiercely, Study Deeply . . . While Earning a Living — with Jonathan Fields, Ann Patchett | On Solitude, Writing & Indie Bookstores, Elizabeth Gilbert | Back Into the Light 📰Article Mentioned: The Unfortunate Middle 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/033 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2021
032: Courageous Marketing With Mike Michalowicz
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Why are we so afraid of standing out? Being disliked? ****Trying business or marketing experiments that might fail? Jenny's longtime friendtor Mike Michalowicz is back sharing strategies behind his latest book, Get Different: Marketing That Can't Be Ignored! More about Mike: Mike Michalowicz ****(pronounced mi-‘kal-o-wits) is a business author with a clear mission: Eradicate entrepreneurial poverty. Today, Mike leads two new multi-million-dollar ventures, as he tests his latest business research for his books. His latest book Get Different (released September 21, 2021) will give you the tools to stand out in any market. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private feed. 📘 Books Mentioned: Pivot, Get Different: Marketing That Can't Be Ignored!, The Courage to Be Disliked, Giftology, Atomic Habits, The Comfort Crisis, Rejection Proof, Fix This Next, Clockwork, Profit First, The Pumpkin Plan, Surge, The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Mike's (hilarious!) website: Mike Michalowicz, Instagram: @mikemichalowicz, Twitter: @MikeMichalowicz, Apps: PictureThis and Picture Insect 🎙 Related Episodes: 024: Missing Mojo, Pivot podcasts: 164: Fix This Next (And Stop Keeping Up With The Entrepre-Joneses) with Mike Michalowicz, 37: Surge: How to Spot and Ride Trend Waves 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/032 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2021
031: Eleventh-Hour Creative Gremlins
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On navigating the creative gremlins that rushed in at the eleventh hour of finishing the Free Time manuscript editing marathon. Next up: getting ready to send to print! 😵‍💫 ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener-supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private podcast feed with bonus episodes. 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose the Busywork, Love Your Business, Pivot, The Dip (Seth Godin), Bird by Bird (Anne Lamott), Taming Your Gremlin (Rick Carson) 🎥 Video: Ira Glass on The Gap (between taste and talent) 🎙 Related Episodes: 026: Five Trade-offs of Long-Term Singular Focus 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/031 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 10, 2021
030: Love + Systems = Freedom
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Revealing the formula behind Free Time . . . with special guest host Michael Karsouny :) ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener-supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private podcast feed with bonus episodes. 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose the Busywork, Love Your Business, Pivot, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work 📰 Article Mentioned: Psychology Today: Job, Career, or Calling? 🎙 Related Episodes: Pivot episodes with Michael Karsouny 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/030 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 05, 2021
029: Funded By Source with Ksenia Avdulova
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What would your experience of business-building be if you knew you were "funded by source"? Ksenia shares where she heard this powerful phrase, and how it guides every aspect of her life and work, from ceremonial cacao to conscious social media. More About Ksenia: Ksenia Avdulova is the founder of the award-nominated digital platform Breakfast Criminals and the host of Funded by Source podcast, focusing on expanded consciousness and entrepreneurship in the digital age. She created the Conscious Social Media Method to help people "playfully share [their] medicine in the digital realm" and "weave a new story of abundance – one that’s beyond the logic, spreadsheets and hashtags." ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private feed. 📘 Books Mentioned: Pivot, Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business, Outrageous Openness, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World, Sacred Economics, The Yoga of Eating, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Ksenia on the web, Instagram: @fundedbysource, Apartment Therapy walkthrough of her cabin in the Catskills, BreakfastCriminals.com, CeremonialCacao.org, ConsciousSocialMediaMethod.com, MyHeartBowl.com 🎙 Related Episodes: 52: Martha Beck on Enlightenment and Messages our Bodies Send, Jenny Blake: Systems, Spiritual Surrender, Membership Sites & Social Media Rebellion, Boyd Varty: Following The Track Of Your Life and Creative Process in The Digital Age, Michelle Sinnette: New Paradigm of Business with Legacy Cacao Founder 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! https://itsfreetime.com/episodes/029 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27, 2021
028: When the Financial Tides Recede
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Quick Favor! Would you cast a vote for a Free Time book signing at SXSW? Click here or visit https://bit.ly/freetimepanelpicker. You will have to sign-in to vote, but you don't have to be attending in order to give your vote of confidence for my talk to make the schedule. Thank you in advance!! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener-supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private podcast feed with bonus episodes. 📘 Books Mentioned: Free Time, Pivot, Mudlark: In Search of London's Past Along the River Thames, Creating Money, The Abundance Code, It's Not Your Money 📰 Article Mentioned: NYT—Mudlarkers Scour the Thames to Uncover 2,000 Years of Secrets 🎤 TED Talk: Stefan Sagmeister—The Power of Time Off 🎙 Related Episodes: 024: Missing Mojo, 026: Five Tradeoffs of Long-Term Singular Focus 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/028 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 20, 2021
027: Time Management for Mortals with Oliver Burkeman
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Four Thousand Weeks. Author Oliver Burkeman is asking us to reconsider what it means to “manage time." The conveyor belt of tasks is infinite, but our time most certainly is not. Instead, Burkeman says the most fundamental question is: “What would it mean to spend the only time you ever get in a way that truly feels as though you are making it count? And equally powerful: “In what ways have you yet to accept the fact that you are who you are, not the person you think you ought to be?” More About Oliver: Oliver Burkeman is the author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking (2012) and an award-winning feature writer for The Guardian, where he wrote a long-running weekly column on psychology, “This Column Will Change Your Life.” Today we’re talking about his brand new book, Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private feed. 📘 Books Mentioned: Pivot, Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals, The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking, HELP!: How to Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done, The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Oliver on the web, Twitter: @OliverBurkeman, The Guardian articles by Oliver, Why You Should Brave the ‘Bad’ Weather 🎙 Related Episodes: 23: Happiness For People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking With Oliver Burkeman 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/027 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13, 2021
026: Five Trade-offs of Long-Term Singular Focus
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How long does it take to write a book? That depends: how much else are you juggling? Today I'm sharing five major trade-offs from dedicating my time almost exclusively to writing for these first seven months of 2021. I wrapped final edits just yesterday, and the book goes into typesetting (page layout) next! Singular focus is "the ability to concentrate exclusively on a single task without distraction." I call that short-term singular focus. In this episode we're talking about long-term singular focus: eliminating distraction to focus on one project to the exclusion of just about all else. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener-supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private podcast feed with bonus episodes. 📘 Books Mentioned: Pivot, Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business, Essentialism 🎙 Related Episodes: 024: Missing Mojo, Pivot Podcasts: 131: Indistractable with Nir Eyal, 207: How to Develop Your Book and Big Idea (Part 1), 208: Your Book and Big Idea (Part 2) 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/026 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 06, 2021
025: The Joys of Precrastination
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Are you a precrastinator or procrastinator? In today's solo episode, Jenny riffs on the pros and cons of completing everything you possibly can far in advance of big deadlines, with spacious margin around mid-project benchmarks. This requires a healthy dose of systems, structure, and room for emotional rollercoasters. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener-supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private podcast feed with bonus episodes. 📘 Books Mentioned: Pivot, Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business, The Deadline Effect 📰 Articles Mentioned: The New Yorker's Clock's Ticking: Can Deadlines Bring Us Back To Life? The Atlantic's Precrastination: Worse Than Procrastination? 🎤SXSW's Panel Picker: currently accepting submissions; community voting starts Aug. 10 (Through Aug. 26) 🎙 Related Episodes: 024: Missing Mojo 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/025 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 30, 2021
024: Missing Mojo
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What do you do when your mojo is missing from a creative project you care about? In this solo episode, Jenny riffs on the Free Time gauge: friction versus flow, and her mantra "let it be easy, let it be fun." She shares book updates and an aha! moment about the courage to go all-in. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener-supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private feed. 📘 Books Mentioned: Pivot, Life After College, The Courage to Be Disliked 🎙 Related Episodes: 017: Serendipity as Business Strategy with Leanne Hughes, Pivot Podcast—223: Stepping up Systems—How I Shifted to Daily Podcasting 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/024 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 23, 2021
023: Determine Your True Capacity with Ashley Gartland
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How do you determine your true capacity, one that takes your whole life and family into consideration, and then build a streamlined business model to support it? That's the focus of this conversation with Ashley Gartland, who helps service-based business owners scale sustainably. More About Ashley: Ashley is the host of the Better Than Big podcast, where she shares stories, strategies and solutions to help small business owners run their business with more ease and intention. She runs her six-figure business in 25 hours a week, leaving her plenty of time to enjoy the good stuff in life like trail runs, good books, and adventures with her family. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private feed. 📘 Books Mentioned: Pivot 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Ashley on the web, Instagram: @AshleyGartland, Course: Do Less, Live More, Better Than Big podcast 🎙 Related Episodes: On the Decision to Quit Social Media with Jenny Blake 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/023 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 16, 2021
022: Become a Thought-Listener
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What are you wildly curious about? What types of learning and curating are you doing, even if you have no clue where it's taking you (yet)? In this solo episode, I'm taking the pressure off of becoming an overnight self-declared expert. Instead, I'll share six lenses to help you become a better thought-listener first. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private feed. 📘 Books Mentioned: Pivot, Life After College 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Parody: TED Talks—"Thought Leader", Jay Acunzo's Unthinkable: Expert vs. Explorer 🎙 Related Episodes: 001: All-in On Heart-Based Business, 006: Going Pro on Podcasting with Jordan Harbinger, 017: Serendipity as Business Strategy with Leanne Hughes 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/022 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 09, 2021
021: Navigating Business Model Redesign With Jo-Na Williams
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Jo-Ná’s aha-moment came five years into running her law practice, at a time when in theory she was thriving, with 11 employees and more work than they could handle. And yet, that crush of exciting work was also leading to burnout. Unsure how to step out of the operations to take a break, Jo-Ná started subconsciously sabotaging her business—just so she could feel free again. Now, five years later, she is thriving and more energetically aligned with her practice and clients than ever. Jo-Ná reconnected with her love of law and coaching after making crucial business model shifts that put her own joy and wellness back where it belongs: front and center. More About Jo-Na: Jo-Ná’s life in entertainment began 23 years ago as background vocalist and songwriter and it took a fortuitous turn when she was not credited or compensated for her work. As a result, she committed her life to educating and protecting entrepreneurs through her work as lawyer, coach, instructor, and business advisor on entrepreneurship. She’s also a spiritual counselor, currently living in New Orleans after spending many years in New York City. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private feed. 📘 Books Mentioned: Pivot 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Jo-Na on the web, Instagram: @jwilliamsesq, Pro Bono legal support, Goop feature: A Candle Ritual to Attract Love 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/021 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 02, 2021
020: Pricing Psychology with Jacquette Timmons
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What is your relationship to your business? If you look at it as a partnership, how well is it serving you and vice versa? What are the patterns? What are you missing? How much of pricing is math and how much is mindset? That's what we're digging into in this juicy conversation with financial behaviorist Jacquette M. Timmons. Jacquette focuses on the human side of money — to help you see that you don't manage money - you manage your choices around money. She'll also explain why the idea of "charging what you're worth" is toxic. In addition to being the author of Financial Intimacy: How to Create a Healthy Relationship with Your Money and Your Mate, Jacquette is the creator of programs like The Comfort Circle™ dinner series, her quarterly Pricing Made Human™ workshop, and host of the More Than Money podcast. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private feed. 📘 Books Mentioned: Pivot, Financial Intimacy: How to Create a Healthy Relationship with Your Money and Your Mate 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Jacquette on the web, Instagram: @JacquetteMTimmons, Facebook: Financial Intimacy, Essential Financial Planning for Couples on GMA, monthly Comfort Circle dinners 🎙 Related Podcasts: More Than Money 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/020 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 25, 2021
019: Most Valuable Activities with Dave Crenshaw
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The poetic justice of Dave’s mission to help others focus is that it started as a clinical diagnosis of “off-the-charts” ADHD. He took that as a personal challenge and developed simple systems to help us all be more productive. You’re going to love his thoughts on reducing team interruptions, making room for your Most Valuable Activities (and why the business depends on you doing that to grow), and how to remove the BS in your business. More About Dave: Dave Crenshaw develops productive leaders in Fortune 500 companies, universities, and organizations of every size. His courses on LinkedIn Learning have been viewed tens of millions of times, and his five books have been published in eight languages, the most popular of which is The Myth of Multitasking: How “Doing It All” Gets Nothing Done, just recently released in its second edition. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private feed. 📘 Books Mentioned: Pivot, The Myth of Multitasking, Conscious Business, The Focused Business 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Dave on the web, Facebook: @DaveCrenshawAuthor, LinkedIn: @Dave Crenshaw and LinkDave.com 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/019 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 18, 2021
018: Workcation in the City
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How can you justify a luxurious hotel stay in your own city? If you enter it with intention and clear outcomes, the real question becomes how can you not? Even if all you did was rest and recharge, that would be a priceless "win" enough. But workcations can also be powerful for shifting your energy, harnessing focus and flow, and generating your best work. In this solo episode—recorded in a hotel room, where else?!—I'm sharing my thought-process for why these staycations have been so helpful for my most important projects (except for scheduling a batch of podcast interviews on a day when it turns out there's a jackhammer next door to my room). ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private feed. 📘 Books Mentioned: Pivot, Life After College 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Soho House Hotel NYC, Two-Day Strategy Sprint Template, Naadam, The Freedom Journal, Aeropress, Blue Yeti travel mic 🎙 Related Episodes: 250: Staycation in the City, 005: Brand Obsessed with Emily Heyward, 010: Batching & Boundaries with John Lee Dumas, 77: 21+ Travel Tips, Tools and Apps — with Jenny Blake 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/018 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 11, 2021
017: Serendipity as Business Strategy with Leanne Hughes
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Leanne Hughes is a brilliant, bright light in the world based in Brisbane, Australia. Along with her smarts and expertise, she truly embodies putting serendipity to work as a business strategy. You are going to love the origin story that launched her podcast, and how she has connected with some of the most well-known people in the speaking and consulting industries to accelerate her business and personal growth. More About Leanne: Leanne Hughes is an international facilitator, trusted advisor and speaker who loves creating unpredictable workshop experiences that predictably work. She combines her experience in marketing and her passion for group dynamics, with her education in psychology to help leaders dramatically improve their teams' performance. Based in Brisbane, Australia, Leanne has partnered with organisations all around the world (in-person and virtual) and believes in a strengths-centred approach to learning and development. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private feed. 📘 Books Mentioned: Pivot, Million-Dollar Consulting, Million-Dollar Speaker, Building a Storybrand, Rocket Fuel 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Leanne on the web, Instagram: @leannehughes, LinkedIn: Leanne Hughes, First Time Facilitator (Podcast), The Uncomfortable Truth (Podcast), We Are Podcast event, The Jordan Harbinger Show, Hero on a Mission course 🎙 Related Episodes: SPI 249: Pivoting: How, When, & Why to Do It with Jenny Blake 193: Zoom Pro Tips for Presenters with Leanne Hughes 006: Going Pro on Podcasting with Jordan Harbinger 124: Penney & Jenny Show — Embracing Liminal Space (the In-Between) 483: Jim Collins on The Value of Small Gestures, Unseen Sources of Power, and More 167: How to turn a workshop into a killer keynote speech with Leanne Hughes 128: Stop being so afraid: Nobody wants a humble consultant (and other truth bombs) from the rockstar of consulting, Alan Weiss 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💸 Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/017 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 04, 2021
016: IP Licensing with Lee LeFever
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"Time is the new wealth." Hallelujah, I couldn't agree more! Lee LeFever is a powerful voice of reason for business owners who want to stay agile and delightfully tiny in terms of overhead, but still lean on smart, scalable streams of revenue to free up time. Listen in for his approach to licensing IP, navigating platform risk, and saying no to services so he and his wife could pursue their long-term vision oriented around freedom and optionality. More About Lee: Lee LeFever is the co-founder of Common Craft and author of two books, Big Enough: Building a Business that Scales with Your Lifestyle and The Art of Explanation: Making your Ideas, Products, and Services Easier to Understand. Since 2007, Common Craft has won numerous awards, worked with respected brands, and created original explainer videos that have earned over 50 million online video views. Lee and his partner Sachi are Common Craft’s only employees, and they work from their home off the coast of Washington State. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private feed. 📘 Books Mentioned: Pivot, Big Enough: Building a Business that Scales with Your Lifestyle and The Art of Explanation: Making your Ideas, Products, and Services Easier to Understand, It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Lee on the web, Common Craft, Instagram: @Lee!efever, Twitter: @LeeLefever, Lee's Newsletter: Ready for Rain, early Explainer video example: RSS in Plain English, Blockchain Explained 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/016 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 28, 2021
015: Preparing to Interview the President with Liz Brunner
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After four years of writing to the White House during Liz Brunner's news anchor days, they finally said yes: to a three minute interview with President Obama. Although she spent her entire career building toward such a moment, you will hear how Liz tackled the opportunity with humor and grace. As she reminds us during this conversation, "Our voices are the one instrument we all play. Each of our voices is unique. Own who you are." More About Liz: Liz Brunner is the CEO and founder of Brunner Communications and host of the Live Your Best Life with Liz Brunner podcast. She has more than 30 years of media and communications experience, expertise, and leadership. Prior to launching Brunner Communications in 2013, Brunner served as a main news anchor and reporter in Boston. During her tenure, she co-anchored the #1 rated 6pm newscast and covered countless breaking news stories. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private feed. 📘 Books Mentioned: Pivot, This Is The Voice by John Colapinto (From NYT Book Review: "It may not be over the top to suggest, as he does, that the soul, in some sense, resides in the larynx.") 🔗 Connect with Liz: On the web, Instagram: @LizBrunner 🎙 Related Episodes: Live Your Best Life with Liz Brunner, Liz's interview with Jenny Blake, Liz's interview with Robin Roberts, Pivot Podcast 261: Cosmic Health—Why Your Wound is Your Wisdom with Jennifer Racioppi 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time, How to Be A Rock Star Public Speaker 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/015 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 21, 2021
014: Why It Matters to Celebrate Wins
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Don't make the same mistake I did for a big launch day on a creative project: nothing! Why we should take a page from Oprah who says, "Celebrate what you want to see more of."  📘 Books Mentioned: Pivot, The Bliss Engine 🎙 Related Episodes: 135: The Bliss Engine with Jim Blake (aka Daddy-O!), 196: Agile Public Original Thinking 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: http://itsfreetime.com/foundertime 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/014 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 14, 2021
013: Self-Employed Ecosystem with Jeffrey Shaw
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How many people can say they’ve never worked for anyone else? Selling eggs door-to-door at 14 years old began a lifetime of self-employment. Jeffrey Shaw is a TEDx speaker, host of The Self Employed Life Podcast with over a million downloads, author of LINGO: Discover Your Ideal Customer’s Secret Language and Make Your Business Irresistible and his latest book*, The Self-Employed Life: Business and Personal Development Strategies That Create Sustainable Success.* ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private feed. 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Jeffrey on the web, Instagram: @JeffreyShaw, Twitter: @JeffreyShaw1 SixMonthCheckIn.com Assessment: SelfEmployedAssessment.com Video: Jeffrey's TEDx Talk Podcast: The Self-Employed Life Podcast 🎙 Related Episodes: Pivot #81: Create, Serve, Receive, Be Prosperous: Soulful Business with Jeffrey Shaw 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/013 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 07, 2021
012: Generating Personal MBA Momentum with Josh Kaufman
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Josh Kaufman is a longtime friendtor who I admire for his streamlined approach to running his business in a way that supports family life and creative solitude. His research focuses on business, entrepreneurship, skill acquisition, productivity, creativity, applied psychology, and practical wisdom. His books have sold over a million copies worldwide, and in this episode we're celebrating and discussing the 10 Year Anniversary edition of his bestselling book, The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business. Josh's unique, multidisciplinary approach to business mastery and rapid skill acquisition has helped millions of readers around the world learn essential concepts and skills on their own terms. Josh's TEDx talk on The First 20 Hours is one of the top 25 most-viewed TED talks published to date, with over 22 million views on YouTube. More About Josh: Josh's research focuses on business, entrepreneurship, skill acquisition, productivity, creativity, applied psychology, and practical wisdom. His unique, multidisciplinary approach to business mastery and rapid skill acquisition has helped millions of readers around the world learn essential concepts and skills on their own terms. Josh has been featured as the #1 bestselling author in Business & Money, as ranked by Amazon.com, and his books have sold over a million copies worldwide. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private feed. 📘 Books Mentioned: Pivot, The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business, The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything...Fast!, How to Fight a Hydra: Face Your Fears, Pursue Your Ambitions, and Become the Hero You Are Destined to Be, and Worldly Wisdom: Collected Quotations and Aphorisms 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Josh on the web, David Moldawer: Bookitect, David's newsletter: The Maven Game, ThreeVirtues.com 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/012 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 30, 2021
011: Pitching Shark Tank with Sarah Apgar
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Sarah Apgar burst into the Shark Tank and rode out on a tidal wave, earning nearly a million dollars in revenue during the month following her successful pitch. I was awed watching her gracefully throw her signature Steelhouse into the air while seamlessly delivering a two-minute opening pitch, in a fabulous red jumper to boot. Robert Herjavec captured my sentiments exactly, calling her “one of the most impressive human beings we’ve ever seen.” Although it may seem like a lucky break, in this conversation Sarah shares how her years of organic product development, pivoting during the pandemic, and 30 days of diligent practice helped ensure she captured this “lightening in a bottle,” setting her up to become the billion-dollar brand that matches her biggest vision. More About Sarah: Sarah Apgar is the Founder of FitFighter, a way of life that makes you Mission Ready. She originally designed her signature strength training tool, the Steelhose, featured in 2020 on ABC’s Shark Tank, to train firefighters better for the rigors of the job. Now FitFighter is available to all of us, to keep us ready for our everyday mission. In addition to founder and CEO of FitFighter, she is an Iraq military veteran, a Princeton and Dartmouth grad, volunteer firefighter, and mom of two. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private feed. 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Sarah on the web, FitFighter Life Community, Instagram: @FitFighter and @Sarah.Apgar, Twitter: @FitFighterTrain, The FitFighter Story, How to Win at Shark Tank with Dorie Clark, Sarah Apgar on Shark Tank 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/011 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 23, 2021
010: Batching & Boundaries with John Lee Dumas
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John Lee Dumas (JLD) is the founder and host of the award-winning podcast, Entrepreneurs on Fire. Past guests include Tony Robbins, Barbara Corcoran, and Gary Vaynerchuk, with over 1 million monthly listens of his 3,000+ episodes, His new book is The Common Path to Uncommon Success: A Roadmap to Financial Freedom and Fulfillment. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast BFF Insider and you’ll get access to a monthly Q&A call with Jenny and private feed. 📘 Books Mentioned: Pivot, The Common Path to Uncommon Success, Shantaram 🔗 Resources Mentioned: JLD on the web: Uncommon Success Book, Entrepreneurs on Fire, Instagram: @JohnLeeDumas, Twitter: @JohnLeeDumas, Podcasters’ Paradise, 🎙 Related Episodes: 61: Virtual Freedom: Overcome Superhero Syndrome and Start Outsourcing with Chris Ducker 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/010 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 16, 2021
009: Why I Decided To Run Ads
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For the first time this month after six years of podcasting, you may notice something new: ads. This week I’m sharing my behind-the-business logic on “going pro,” with ads as one piece of my strategy. That way I can dedicate more time and energy to this show, creating the best possible content for all of you! In this episode, I share why I switched to Megaphone for hosting, and how I made the decision to opt-in their ads marketplace, despite years of resisting ads in general. A big piece of that was not wanting to negatively impact your listening experience! My thoughts on host-read ads haven’t changed: I must authentically love and use that product or service in order to read or talk about something with integrity. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast Insider and you’ll get access to a private monthly Q&A call with Jenny. 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/ 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/009 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 09, 2021
008: Honor Thy Label with Gero Leson of Dr. Bronner
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It’s the soap with unforgettable packaging: tiny print with big messages. That’s Dr. Bronner’s — a company that instantly captivated me with their 6 Cosmic Principles centered around the idea of “All-One.” Their “Cosmic Principles define our most important relationships, and guide us in everything we do, from soap-making to peacemaking.” Check out the Heal Soul label for just one recent example, on supporting psychedelic-assisted therapies. Join me in conversation with Dr. Gero Leson, VP of Special Operations and author of Honor Thy Label, on navigating the complexity of a global values-based business that truly walks its talk. More about Gero: Dr. Gero Leson is Vice President of Special Operations at Dr. Bronner’s, the top-selling brand of natural soaps in North America. After joining the company in 2005, he helped it transition to sourcing all its major ingredients directly from certified fair trade and organic projects. Under his leadership, Dr. Bronner’s has become a pioneer in the global movement to establish socially just and environmentally responsible supply chains. His new book is Honor Thy Label: Dr. Bronner’s Unconventional Journey to a Clean, Green, and Ethical Supply Chain. Gero even got his own label and soap related to the book! Check it out here :) ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast Insider and you’ll get access to a private monthly Q&A call with Jenny. 📘 Books Mentioned: Pivot, Honor Thy Label 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Gero on the web, Cosmic Principle, Video: Journey to Serendipol, Article: Can Fair Trade and Organic Soap Fix Capitalism? 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/ 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/008 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 02, 2021
007: Million-Dollar One-Person Business with Elaine Pofeldt
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For so many of us, growth is not our driving metric. There are 30 million small business owners in the U.S. who have no full-time employees. We are deliberately keeping operations small to optimize instead for sanity, freedom, and abundance. Elaine has spent the last several years studying the “Olympic athletes of one-person million-dollar businesses,” people who tend to value their time more than money. In 2019, 40,000 “non-employer firms” brought in $1 million to $2.5 million. 585,000 non-employer firms brought in $250K to $500K in revenue, and 2 million non-employer firms earned at least six figures. More about Elaine: Elaine Pofeldt is an independent journalist and speaker who specializes in careers and entrepreneurship. She is author of The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business, where she looks at how entrepreneurs are scaling to $1 million in revenue prior to hiring employees. She is a freelance journalist for CNBC, Forbes, Fortune, and Money, among others. Our first conversation from April 2018 is one of the top ten Pivot podcasts of all time! ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast Insider and you’ll get access to a private monthly Q&A call with Jenny. 📘 Books Mentioned: Pivot, The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business, Revised: Make Great Money. Work the Way You Like. Have the Life You Want., The 4-Hour Workweek, The E-Myth Revisited 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Elaine on the web, Twitter: @ElainePofeldt, LinkedIn: Elaine Pofeldt, Elaine's Articles 🎙 Related Episodes: 96: The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business with Elaine Pofeldt 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/007 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 26, 2021
006: Going Pro on Podcasting with Jordan Harbinger
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After splitting with his business partners of 11 years and hundreds of episodes, Jordan Harbinger needed to start over, from scratch, and stat. But there were many strengths he could take with him: his skills, whip smarts, interviewing experience, team members, and his hard-won systems for “going pro” with podcasting. I know you’ll love this conversation on how Jordan differentiates himself and adds unique value (so as not to be a commodity), why he doesn’t do much on social media, and how he learned to delegate increasingly more to free himself up to do what he — and only he — can do. More about Jordan: Jordan Harbinger is a Wall Street lawyer turned podcast interviewer with an approachable style and knack for securing high-profile guests. His show, The Jordan Harbinger Show, gets over six million downloads per month and was selected as part of Apple’s “Best of 2018.” ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast Insider and you’ll get access to a private monthly Q&A call with Jenny. 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Jordan on the web, Instagram: @JordanHarbinger, Youtube: The Jordan Harbinger Show, LinkedIn: Jordan Harbinger, Podcast: The Jordan Harbinger Show 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/006 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 21, 2021
005: Brand Obsessed with Emily Heyward
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My friend Adam describes Emily Heyward as a “genius brand strategist and brilliant badass.” I agree! She is the co-founder and Chief Brand Officer at Red Antler, the leading brand company for startups and new ventures. In this conversation, Emily shares why “messaging rooted in mission means you're more under the microscope,” and why there’s not only room for joy right now, but a need for it. Emily shares why she believes brand has to be seen as an investment, not a cost — and when is the right time for even cash-strapped start-ups to invest in brand strategy. More about Emily: Since 2007, she’s worked closely with founders to develop purposeful, strategic visions for their companies and has led branding efforts for some of the most disruptive brands on the planet such as Casper, Allbirds, Boxed, and Prose. In 2019 Inc. Magazine named her among The Most Important Entrepreneurs of the Past Decade, FastCompany has called her a "brand whisperer," and her first book, Obsessed: Building a Brand People Love from Day One, was published by Portfolio, a division of Penguin Random House, in June 2020. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast Insider and you’ll get access to a private monthly Q&A call with Jenny. 📘 Books Mentioned: Pivot, Obsessed: Building a Brand People Love from Day One, Creating an Ironclad Brand 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Emily on the web, Red Antler, Good Moose, Instagram: Emily Heyward, Forbes—Brand Building During Coronavirus: What Emily Heyward Wants You To Know, Brands mentioned: Coursera, Everlane, SoulCycle, Go Together 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/005 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 21, 2021
004: Take a Stand with Antonio Neves
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Antonio’s energy is as contagious as his smile, matched only by his courage in sharing his story as a speaker, author, and father (of twins!). Through his new book, Stop Living On Autopilot, and today’s conversation, Antonio shares how he overcame fears of being too vulnerable (therefore “unhireable” by companies and speaking clients) by connecting to his deepest truth, right down to the clothes he wears onstage. We also get into how he structures his team, and “what happens when the spirit calls him to go deeper.” More about Antonio: Antonio is an author, host of The Best Thing podcast and internationally recognized speaker. A top success coach, Antonio regularly delivers keynotes and trainings at top organizations worldwide. An award-winning journalist, for over 10 years Antonio worked as a business correspondent, host, and producer with top television networks. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast Insider and you’ll get access to a private monthly Q&A call with Jenny. 📘 Books Mentioned: Pivot, Stop Living on Autopilot, 50 Things Every College Student Should Know, 50 Ways to Excel in Your First Job (and in Life), Student Athlete 101, The Big Leap 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Antonio on the web, Instagram: @theantonioneves, Podcast: The Best Thing with Antonio Neves, #28 with Jenny - What You Can Learn From a Pandemic 🎙 Related Episodes: 241: Get Off Autopilot & Be Your Own Benefactor with Antonio Neves, 48: Life is Not Scalable: On Ditching Tired Business Rules with Scott Stratten, 220: Protect Your Flame with Michael Karsouny + Adventure Meditation! 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/004 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 21, 2021
003: Liberate Your Life Force with Christine Arylo
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"I never serve from my reserves" is just one of countless gems from one of my wisest friends, Christine Arylo. It is time for us to unhook from the over-culture operating system that produces burnout. Christine teaches us how to lead from the heart with a “pace of grace” by changing our relationship to time, energy, and flow (focus + fluidity). More about Christine: For more than a decade, through her transformation-based consulting company, Expanding Possibility, Christine Arylo has been a catalyst, mentor, and advisor for established and emerging leaders on 6 continents. The author of three previous bestsellers, her latest book is Overwhelmed and Over It: Embrace Your Power to Stay Centered and Sustained in a Chaotic World. ❤️ Enjoying the show? The best way to thank us is by leaving a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast Insider and you’ll get access to a private monthly Q&A call with Jenny. 📘 Books Mentioned: Pivot, Overwhelmed and Over It, Choosing ME Before WE, Madly in Love with ME, Reform Your Inner Mean Girl 🔗 Resources Mentioned: Christine on the web, Instagram: christinearylo, Podcast: Feminine Power Time, Am I Overgiving? Quiz: Overwhelmed & Over It Self Care Quiz 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com 💸 Enroll in the Mini-Course: Free-up Founder Time 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: http://pod.link/freetime 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/003 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 21, 2021
002: Eliminate Email with Cal Newport
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“Stab the Hydra in the heart.” Cal Newport is not pulling any punches with his latest treatise on how we can combat Hyperactive Hive Mind with smarter systems for communication. Email has become a constant source of guilt and stress for so many of us — listen in for strategies to reclaim your peace and focus. About Cal Newport: Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. He is the author of six books, including Deep Work, which argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the modern workplace. His latest, A World Without Email: Reimagining Work in an Age of Communication Overload, is in many ways his magnum opus on the topic of technology and the workplace. Be sure to also check out his podcast, Deep Questions. Key questions: How can you approach email as a process observer (and architect), not a do-er? What people or workflows can you put in place to eliminate email? Where are you still reacting to the Hyperactive Hive Mind? What experiment can you run this week? ❤️ Enjoying the show? Please leave a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast Insider and you’ll get access to a private monthly Q&A call: 📘 Books Mentioned: Pivot, A World Without Email, Digital Minimalism, Deep Work, So Good They Can’t Ignore You 🔗 Links Mentioned: Cal on the web...and he’s not on Twitter! Or Facebook. 🎙Related Podcasts: 122: Digital Minimalism with Cal Newport, 29: Deep Work: Ditch Cognitive Junk Food with Cal Newport 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💸 Enroll in the complimentary Free-up Founder Time mini-course 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/002 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 21, 2021
001: All-in on Heart-Based Business
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Gulp! Here we go, all-in on a new podcast (that will run in parallel to the Pivot podcast), and I’m thrilled to have you here for the kick-off! Welcome to Free Time: your new home for Heart-Based Business. In this inaugural episode I’m sharing what inspired me to start this show, how I’m handling the Imposter Monster sitting right next to me, and what’s next for Jenny Blake Enterprises. A pivot for Pivot, if you will :) Key questions: In what area of your business and creative projects is done better than perfect? What can you give yourself permission to drop or do differently? What would be possible if you narrowed your focus? ❤️ Enjoying the show? Please leave a rating or review. Free Time is listener supported—consider donating to become a podcast Insider and you’ll get access to a private monthly Q&A call: 📘 Books Mentioned: Pivot, Essentialism, Finite and Infinite Games 🔗 Links Mentioned: Gimlet Media’s StartUp, Pivot podcast episodes 228 (how I run my business without social media) and 251 (Imposter Monsters) 💌 Subscribe to the Time Well Spent newsletter: http://itsfreetime.com/join 💸 Enroll in the complimentary Free-up Founder Time mini-course 💬 I’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Take the Free Time listener survey 🗣 Submit a voice question or comment for future episodes: http://itsfreetime.com/ask 🎧 Make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to ‘casts: 📝 Check out full show notes and links from this episode and share it with a friend! http://itsfreetime.com/episodes/001 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2021