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The NO B.S. Guide to Get More Done

John Morris, I help freelancers get clients.

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7 Lessons (1h 9m)
    • 1. Trailer

      10:19
    • 2. Lesson 1 - Introduction

      17:28
    • 3. Lesson 2 - Non-Negotiable

      10:31
    • 4. Lesson 3 - No Should

      7:16
    • 5. Lesson 4 - Procrastinate

      8:14
    • 6. Lesson 5 - Outsource

      8:11
    • 7. Class Project

      6:49

About This Class

I'm a web developer that contracts with one of the most popular WordPress membership plugins. I manage all of their sites on the technical side; as well as, produce all the content for their flagship membership site and the majority of their public content. In addition, I run my own information business including a YouTube channel with over 50,000+ subscribers, a mailing list of 20,000+ and well-trafficked blog and numerous free and premium courses. On top of all that, I homeschool my two boys.

I was asked how I manage it all and not go crazy?

This class is the result.

I don't know if what I do will work for you. And, I certainly would never say this is the "best" way to manage it all. I don't really know. But, I've probably tried everything you've seen out there in terms of "productivity tips" and "life hacks"... all of it.

This works for me...

As someone who has a naturally creative and abstract mind, who abhors repetition and things that are too formulaic and has often found, with other systems, that I spend more time... managing my time than actually getting this done, this hasĀ been a godsend.

In any case, you may find it works for you, too...

AND, if so, you'll be shocked at just how much you can get done in a single day and how ferociously you'll come to attack your days.

Transcripts

1. Trailer: Hey, there, John Moore. Sir John Morse online dot com. So let me tell you a little bit, Maura, about the no. B s way to get more done. So first off, we'll get into all of the different lessons that will be in here in just a second. But just to kind of give the big picture of this. This is I've worked at home running my own business, freelancing for over seven years now. And prior to that, I had basically no experience with that sort of thing on Mayer fact. I had almost the opposite experience. I had been coming out of the military where my days had pretty much been regimented for me . I was told what to do when to show up all those sorts of things. And so I kind of went from that right into now. I was running my own business. I was freelancing, and really everything was kind of on me to figure out and to be productive and to regiment my days and all that sort of thing. And as you can imagine, I struggled through a lot of of trying to figure that out. And I tried a whole bunch of different things different all of the different organization and productivity, like every productivity tip you probably ever heard of. I think I've tried because I was really having a hard time making such a dramatic transition. And so, of course now, over the last seven years, I've kind of figured, Ah, some things out and I wanted to turn around and just share what I knew with you. Now I know that there's probably about 100 different ways to skin a cat, so to speak, and that there's lots of different things that work for lots of different people. But I do want to share the way that I do it and, you know, just talk a little bit here before I get into exactly what's in it. Some of the results that are being ableto have with this, so the first thing is I have a ZAY said. I'm a freelance developer, and I work with a company whose main plug in is their main product is a really popular WordPress. Plug in and I manage. All of their sites also produce all of the content for their membership site, and I produced their kind of their front facing content as well in terms of block posts and YouTube videos and that sort of thing. So there's ah ton of work that's involved with that sort of thing. As you can manage, it really is. I mean, in any normal sense, if I weren't a contractor would be a a full time job, but for me, that's kind of just one of my clients. And then on top of that, I also teach other coders how to teach everyone a YouTube channel that has over 50,000 subscribers have a mailing list of like 20,000 plus a website that gets 25 30,000 to 30,000 ah page views a month and and run a full kind of coding training business on top of what I do for my main client. Along with that, I also home school, both of both of my kids haven't ah, nine year old and a five year old, and I homeschool both of them as well. So point being, I have a ton going on and for early on, and as you you know, a lot of people would probably say it was very overwhelming, and I really had a hard time doing it. But again, the system that I'm going to show you here has allowed me to figure it out and be able to be productive on a daily basis, to the point where I can kind of manage all of this stuff really without too much stress, um, or hassle or feeling overwhelmed or that sort of thing. So it's really changed my life and made a huge difference for me and again, I just want to share your share with you. It may. It may not work for you, I don't really know, but ah, I know it's really changed my life and I just want to share with you. All right, So what? That said, Let's talk about the specific lessons that you're going to be getting in this course. So I'm calling it the No Bs Way to get more done, organizing your day to eliminate stress, guilt and procrastination. I'm really wanted just for a second focus on that guilt part because I think guilt is the number one killer of productivity, and really guilt is a is a big thing for a lot of people. All of us know that that feeling of we We make this big list of tasks that we need to accomplish, and we start going through him and we might get 10 things done in a day. But because we wrote down 20 we feel horrible because of all the we focus on all the things we didn't get done. And so it creates this really kind of just heavy cloud of guilt that hangs over us all the time. No matter how productive we are, and eventually what happens is that just kills our motivation. It makes this even less productive. So then we feel more guilt, which make again in turn makes us less productive. And it's just a cycle that kind of feeds itself until we just give up on trying toe be organized and we just assume that we're scatterbrained and we're never gonna be ableto be productive and figure this sort of thing out, which is 100% not true. I really, truly believe that if you just take a little bit different approach to it, you're gonna actually organize your days in a way where most days you're not only you're not gonna feel guilt, you're actually going to feel a sense of accomplishment, no matter how much you get done. And so that's really what this course is all about. So the first lesson is really just an introduction how to get the most out of this class. But it's really important we talk about. I talk about three very important concepts that are really the basis off all of this that are going to allow you to not only approach the craft class on the right way, but really, once you kind of see what those concepts are. The actual steps that we're going to go through to do are kind of daily routine. Are gonna They're gonna seem obvious at that point. I think so. It's a really critical lesson, even though it's just considered an introduction. It's a really critical lesson to the key concepts that you'll need in order to really make this work. So I highly, highly encourage you to watch that lesson. The next lesson is what I'm calling non negotiable. So no guilt, no shame and no progress donation. This is really about kind of pulling out the things that are kind of non negotiable and allowing you to organize in a way, an attack your day in a way where you get the most critical things, Don, no matter what, and free yourself up to be able to be creative toe tackle, new projects and new ideas and so forth and doing it in a way where the next day, when you show up, you're hungry to do more. You're hungry to get through all of these things and tackle of these tasks as opposed to kind of feeling like you have this cloud hanging over your head. So that is lesson number two, less number three. His my no should lessen its really about focusing on the things that really matter. I believe that should is one of the most dangerous words in the English language is very dangerous when you're talking with other people, right? Putting should on other people can be very dangerous. But really, it's the most dangerous when you start talking about yourself and it's really the source of all of this guilt that is just a productivity killer. So we're going to talk about what you do to get rid of the should mindset and start to take aim or opportunity minded type. Ah, mindset that allows you to actually feel good about what you accomplished during a day. Next is procrastinate. Why do today what you can do tomorrow? There are actually things that you should be procrastinating on. C. Procrastination isn't the problem. It's when you procrastinate on the wrong things. That's the problem. There are things that absolutely deserve to be put off. Should be put off that you should procrastinate on. And so we're going to talk about how to figure out what those things are and then free your mind up to allow yourself to procrastinate on them, because that's where they belong. Unless the number five is about outsourcing, probably a pretty standard thing that you might think would be in a class like this, but very specifically, we're gonna get into what to outsource when, why and how, and probably more than that, even if you're not someone who owns their own business or is a freelancer, or it was some big CEO that has all these employees that they can delegate to, even if you're just a regular old person, kind of like I am who we know works regular job. There are still things that you can outsource. There are several different groups of people that you can outsource to. Some you may have to pay some you won't. And I'm gonna walk through all of that and show you how the how you can outsource, even if you really don't think that you can now and you can really get the things that you hate to do off of your plate by outsourcing them using the you know, some of these simple tips. Then, of course, the last lesson is the class project, where I'm gonna kind of go back through everything. We're gonna put everything together and we'll walk through step by step. Okay, here's what you do first. Here's what you do. Second, here's what you do. Third, and and have you actually go through and start doing this in your days? Because at the end of the day, no, you can learn all this. You want all the information. None of it matters unless you actually start doing it. And so that's what the class project is aimed at. So that is the course again. The whole goal is to not only make you more productive, but also to to make you to really eliminate the guilt and the stress that comes with this. That's the biggest problem with most of the productivity programs and systems that you'll find out there, in my opinion, is that they don't deal with what are the real too killers of productivity. And as guilt and stress or slash sense of ove overwhelmed whatever phrase you might use their it really don't address that. They just a lot of them actually try to guilt you guilt you even Mawr into being productive . And I think that's just completely counter counterproductive. So anyway, you want to join the class. The button link was around here somewhere for you to be able to do that. I love too heavy in the class. Love to see your class project and your first crack at this and on and really look forward to hearing that kind of success. Hopefully that you're able to have, like I was ableto have of using this. So all right, we'll see in the course. Thanks 2. Lesson 1 - Introduction: Hey there. John Morrissey, John Morris online dot com. This lesson. I'm going to give me a little bit of introduction to the little routine that I've been using for a while now to kind of keep myself saying be able Teoh to stay focused and organized and keep on track with all the different things that I got to do. So I want to go through a couple things here. Want to talk about some, maybe pitfalls that you might encounter as you go both through this course. But probably more importantly, as you actually think about trying to to use the system that I'm gonna lay out here. So and I'm also I'm doing this inside of Google. Keep so Google keep is the tool that he used to do. All of this is really, really simple. And I'm gonna be just recording this whole class inside of it so that you kind of maybe get a little bit familiar with how it works. If it's a tool that you want to use course, feel free to use whatever to you want the thing that I would caution you against in kind of points to number three on here is I really hesitate to try and over complicate things because sometimes the the method or the form can get in the way of the actual content on what I mean by that is you ca Knebel This elaborate way of manual this or use this elaborate tool and sometimes just using the tool or implementing the system becomes more work. Uh, then actually, just trying to organize yourself, Andi, stay focused. So ah, with that said, let's go ahead and dive into this. So the first thing I'm gonna talk about his analogies and matter, okay? Analogies are really represent the way that we think about things. And so the analogies you use to deal with this sort of thing really affect the way that you go about actually doing it. So a lot of times, what you'll find is that any sort of issues or roadblocks or things of that sort that you have when it comes to anything, any sort of skill, but particularly when it comes to your own productivity and managing yourself. Any of those sorts of roadblocks often could be traced back to the analogies or the self talk that you use when thinking about those things, and so if you can correct the analogies, then you can start toe to see different results in the actual implementation. And so the one that I really want you to to watch out for is the one the battle analogy, and this is pretty common in more self help type stuff. But even just people dealing with themselves and thinking about how to make themselves more productive and so forth they can start. It's easy to start to see it as a battle. It's a battle between you and your less herself, or it's a battle of will power. It's or bottle of this a bottle of that. The problem with the battle analogies, it really sets up in my mind. Or, in my opinion, it sets up this dichotomy. Ah, that is is very, very, very limiting of of you against yourself, right? And the reality of it is, is that you know you are not two separate beings. You may feel like that at way at times, but that's simply because you're feeling out of your feeling incongruent. See with some of the things that you want to be doing or the dreams or goals you want to be pursuing and the actual habits and things that you've developed a really good way that I, uh I've learned to think about this is this isn't me. This is a guy named Michael Sky. I don't know that he does much belonging or much anymore. But many, many years ago, he taught this to me. And the way he put it was the difference between intellectual values and operational values . So intellectual values are the things that when we sit down and we think about what matters to us, these air, the values that we would list there So you might sit down if someone asked you, You know what matters? You, what's important to you? What do you value? You might say, Well, I value my health, right, and I value Ah, you know, my my intellect and I value all these sorts of things that sound good on paper, all right? And that doesn't That's not me saying that they're less true. We really do value these things. It's not like we don't, but they often times are valued in a more intellectual sense. Then you have what are your operational values and your operational values are the things that you tend to value on a day to day operational basis and really are the habits that you formed so you might value your health. And you might have moments where you sit down and think, Oh, you know, I really should get up in the mornings and I should maybe exercise or go Ron or whatever, but and so you even sit down, you plan out What? I'm gonna run. Do this on Monday. Do this on twos. You probably done this. I don't know how many times in your life I know I have, right? You sat down and made this really great plan about what you're gonna dio. And then the next morning comes and you're laying in your bed and you maybe got to bed a little late last night and the alarm clocks going off. You look outside and boots a little bit colder than normal, and you're nice and snug and warm in your bed, and your operational value start to kick in. In this case, probably operational value of comfort. And so what happens is you you end up having this sort of inner conflict between two values of your health and of your comfort. Okay, so and it's those moments that really kind of determined how our life goes. What we decide to do in those moments is really what determines the results that we're going to get, whether we get up out of bed and run, and actually no kind of stand up for our health or wherever the restatement stay in bed. Either way, we feel like we're standing up for one of our values, but it's just a different value. In one case, it's our health. In another case, it's comfort. And this this happens in all areas of our life, from exercise to diet, toe our career to our relationships, all areas of our life. We tend to experience this sort of inner conflict. And again, I think it's in my opinion. It's the analogies that really sort of affect this, because it's easy to look at that and start to see that as a battle of two cells of an intellectual in operational self or whatever. But the way I like to look at ITM or is it's not a battle, really, it's it's simply that you have you value to things, right? It's Oh, it's okay to value comfort. It's okay to value taking care of yourself. A lot of times, people, what people tend to do is they tend to look at that side of things there in a competition between two values. They look at one as the lesser value oftentimes not because they've actually sat down and thought about it, but because they think they're supposed to staying in bed means you're lazy and you're weak and you're all of these negative things that we've kind of been taught. And ah, the reality is that comfort is a value. There are moments where staying in bed might be the right thing. Do what if you're sick, right? It actually is better for you to stay in bed if you're sick than to go out and and do your run because you're probably not gonna be able to get much out of your run. You're actually probably gonna doom or to harm yourself. If you're legitimately sick, then just staying in bed and getting your rest right. So there are moments. Or maybe you did stay up too, too late the night before working. You only got three hours of sleep again. Getting up and forcing yourself to run in that situation may not be. I'm not saying it is there. It isn't, but it may not be the best thing for you to do. Okay, so there are moments where you know one value could really be like, objectively and legitimately, the better thing to do. And it's not necessary that one value is worse or lesser than another. It's that you simply in that moment have to values that are competing with one another. And so again, I like to look at ITM or and again if you if you fall. If you go for the one that you view you deem as a lesser like you've taken on this. It's a battle between these two between my higher and my less herself. If you take, if you take the action that's associated with the lesser value you can. What stems from that is a lot of guilt, a lot of shame, a lot of Kenly to sadness, even anger, right? It really takes an emotional toll on you, and those things can really wear you down. So again, I like to take a more of an opportunity mindset that each moment like that isn't a battle between two values. But it's an it's an opportunity to clarify for me to clarify what really matters to me. And what's the next best step I can take in that moment to stand up for what matters most to me. And so you can start to see all of your all of those moments of conflict really mawr as an opportunity for you to no matter what you do, to stand up for your deepest values. And what I mean by that is, let's say again that you've taken the time to get real clear that health is important to you. You've decided to run, right? And so you're getting up in your running. And then, you know, one day let's say you come down with the flu and you wake up in the morning and you have this. You have this kind of goal or plan that you set for yourself, that you're gonna get up and run. But you wake up and you realize, Look, I'm sick, right? Instead of it being a battle, what you can realize in that moment if you if you've you create the analogy correctly is that this isn't an opportunity for me to toe win a battle. This is opportunity that me staying in bed is actually me standing up for my health, but in a different way. Okay? And so again, it changes the way I know. A lot of this sounds like woo whatever type stuff. But a lot of what we're doing here is really dealing with our mind in the way that we think . And it could be really nuanced and difficult to kind of get around so again, taking this opportunity and understood getting clear on what you value and what matters to you most. And then all of the opportunities that you have in a day to be able to, to stand up for those things and honor the values that matter most to you. Okay, so it's again, I encourage you to take on more of an opportunity mindset, and that's gonna become particularly important when we start talking about the steps here because we're going to get into dealing with guilt and dealing with this sense of should and all of these things that can really take a toll on you mentally and emotionally long term and cause you not to do the things that really matter most to you on a daily basis. The 2nd 1 then cutting pitfall is is important. Understand that self talk matters. So again, I noticed a self help woo type stuff. But it really does matter, because what happens is again we have these moments of conflict where we have planned to do this one thing, and we feel like doing this other thing. And when we do this other thing that we've, we have this bad analogy that we deemed is the lesser, uh, action associated with the lesser value. What we start to do then is we start to critique ourselves, will say, Well, I'm you know, I'm just lazy or I'm not committed. I'm not really a runner or I'm not really a sports guy or I'm not really a health conscious person. And we start to make these what air character statements When you when you start something with I'm a that's really a character statement, and if you tell yourself that stuff enough, you'll start to believe it. And then what it does is it allows you allows you to mentally justify and rationalize staying in that mode of just I'm just not gonna get up and do this stuff anymore. I'm not going to get up and I'm not even gonna try to run because I'm not a runner. You've convinced yourself I'm not a runner. I'm not very health conscious or I'm lazy. So what's the point? Right? And you start to convince your stuff. I see this a lot, actually, in the programming world, in doing Web development so so forth, I see a lot of people who say it's kind of both sides, but I do see a decent number of people are like, I'm not that smart, you know, I'm not smart like you guys or I'm not a genius or I'm not a prodigy. All this sort of negative self talk that ultimately becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. So and you have to be really, really careful about that. If you're gonna make characterise assessments, The biggest thing is really it's not. Even a lot of people say well, just should be positive, right? But if you do that, you know, if it's not, if it's true or not, right and so you lying to yourself is always bad, even if it's in a positive sense. OK, so accuracy is more important than anything else. If you're gonna make character statements is more about accuracy. So instead of saying I'm lazy, right, you might say something like, I want to get up and run, but I have difficult. I'm having difficulty doing that. And I need to figure out something more nuanced than I'm just lazy. So again, just understand that self talk matters in all of these situations, and you really have to to be aware of that, the last thing here. And then I'll let you go on this lesson because I know it's gotten a little, probably more in depth in your bargaining for, but with everything that you do, and in particular, what I'm about to show, you understand that simplicity is a feature and not a bug. I've I've done every probably everything that you can imagine having worked from home for a long as I have now. Um, you know, not having a boss standing over top of me not have any anybody really telling me what to do running my own business, it's I've been all on me, essentially to figure out how to be productive and having done as long as I have. I've tried every little thing, and I'll just say for me, right, and I know everybody's different. But for me finding something, the simpler something has been the Mawr. I've actually been able to do it. And the reason that this matters is because it's if you have a big, elaborate plan having a big, elaborate plan that is genius, it could be the smartest thing ever. It doesn't matter unless you do it right. So what I found is that the simpler something is, the more I am likely to just actually do it. And and that's again, that's more important than any anything else do. It may not be the most perfect thing I could do. It may not be the most perfect action I could take, but it is an action, and it's better than taking an action. Even if not perfect is better than sitting there staring at the Shoob elaborate brilliant plan and not doing anything with it. So this is very much designed to be simple, and I want you to be careful of the mindset of Oh, this is too simple. Okay, that is the point. The point is that it is meant to be simple, but there are some very important distinction. I'm gonna cover these when we go through this. There are some very important distinctions in the way that we go about thinking each about each one of these things that matter. OK, and it's those few simple things when going through each one of these steps that you really need to focus on its not this big, huge, elaborate thing. It's very simple, but very, very important distinctions that you need to make in order to free yourself up, to not feel so much shame and not feel so much gill and not create this huge, massive list of tasks that I have to do or I'm a loser, right? That type of thing to just, like, free yourself up from all of that stuff to understand, like what really matters right now, what I need to be doing right now and then separate that from the stuff that is less important and how to deal with that sort of stuff. Okay, so anyway, that's a big, long introduction to this, but I really want to get the point across that the way that you approach this is really, really important. Because if you just kind of go into it and you're just jaded and and don't really kind of really work the system, then it's not gonna do anything for you. That's just the reality of it. You really have to work it and and be precise and how you do it and and focus on these the analogies and the self talk and this, you know, keeping it simple and so forth for it to really have any sort of effect for you. All right, so I'll wrap it up there again. Thanks for watching this video. We'll talk to next time. 3. Lesson 2 - Non-Negotiable: Hey there, John Moores. Here, John Morris online dot com. Okay, this step, the question we're asking ourselves is, what do I have to do and that you really you really need to do this first. And the reason that you you need Teoh to write these things down first again, we're gonna open up. There are no pad. Or maybe we're just doing it on an actual physical notebook. Were writing it down. But you're just gonna put one and you're gonna write, like, step one or a number one. What do I have to do? Right? And the focus is on half to And the reason it's important, Teoh, right? Thes things down first is because thes air the things that are often either at the forefront of your mind dominating your thoughts that you can't stop thinking about or they are. The thing that's in the back here hadn't just gradually gnawing away at you that, you know, you got to get done, but you don't necessarily want to be doing. And they're just they're really taking a mental toll on you. And so you really got to get these things out and on paper for you to see and look at now there's some important distinctions here, but let's first talk about kind of what is the obvious side of this. So again, you just write down all of the things that I have to do today. Okay? We're only focusing on a day at a time. I don't do any sort of weekly or monthly planning. I let you know in terms of that stuff, it's all intuition and and and just me kind of assessing what's happening. But on a daily basis, I always try to go through these steps to really all about clarity just getting clear on what are the things I need to do And what do I need? What order do I need to do them in? And so again, the first thing is, what do I have to do? So these are no commitments to made to other people. So, for example, as a Web developer, I have clients and I have certain commitments I made to those clients of that this day. I'm gonna have this done in this damn and have this done in this damn and have this done these for me. Fall into my half to do category. Or maybe you're working at a job. Well, I have to get up and go to work. I have to get this thing done for work today, whatever it is. But these are things that commitments you have made to other people that you you have someone who is going to be checking on you. Okay, so that's the first thing that goes in this block. And I think that one's probably pretty obvious. I'm not gonna spend too much time on it. The second thing is, things that you've decided are non negotiable. Okay, So for example, for my business, one of the things that I do is I send out a daily email to my mailing list, and I have no I threw reading and learning from a number of different people that experts and email Armenia. And so far Anyway, I've got to the point where I've decided that sending that email on a daily basis is non negotiable. For me, it is 1/2 to I half to do it now. If you take a step back in the grand scheme of things and you look at it right, I don't actually have to. There's nobody that's gonna be looking over my shoulder. There's nothing that's gonna blow up or explode like I don't I don't really have to. But I have decided that I have to, and it's That's a very important distinction between the things that you have to do and what we're gonna talk about next, which is things that you want to do. There's a very fine line there that you have to get crystal clear on right there. What people tend to do is they tend to think, take all the things they want to do and put him into the half to do block, right. And what that does is increase the huge list of stuff that you're gonna feel guilty if you don't do okay. And of course, because it's such a massive list, you're not gonna be able to do all those things in a daily basis, and as a result, you're gonna spend every day feeling guilty about the things that you didn't get done, and that's going to take a mental toll on you, and you're just not gonna want to think about it anymore. So you're gonna stop organizing, which is gonna make it all worse and you're not gonna get stuffed. It just it goes down a really dark path when you do that. So you have to be really clear crystal clear on the difference between half two and want to . And so again, that's why I used the term non negotiable. Because that makes it more clear for me. What rises to the level of non negotiable is recording this new lesson for, you know, a new module. And of course, that that I'm creating is that non negotiable? You know, I really want to do it. But if I didn't do it today into tomorrow, you know, it's not great, but I wouldn't consider it non negotiable. Okay, you have to be clear about making that distinction so again, things that you have decided for that are nonnegotiable for me. About the only thing I've put in this block is that in terms of my businesses that daily email, it's not just just non negotiable. Okay, Next is stuff that maybe you've put off and we're gonna talk about things that you're allowed to put off from giving your permission yourself. Permission to do that. Okay. But maybe it's something that you've put off the now has suddenly become critical. Okay, Something happened there. The situation changed. Whatever it is something that isn't necessarily something that you previously thought was very important or that you wanted to do. Now heads, for some reason, become critical and you have to take care of it right away. So this is dealing with emergencies, critical situations so forth. You just you got to put him into this block. And then from there I would just say general responsibilities that you either have decided yourself or made commitments to other people that are now have to sew for the example I would use for my own life is, you know, just chores around the house with my wife. You know, that's kind of a common that could be a common source of conflict between you know, you and your spouse, if you have one or maybe a roommate or whatever the situation is, it could be anything but these air general responsibility, not things I want to dio. They're not things that are necessarily, you know, supercritical or non negotiable. But they're really just general responsibilities that I mean, you could maybe put this on their commitments made to other people. But it could be that. Or it could be. You have just decided. Look, I'm I'm This is stuff that I have to do, you know, me mowing the lawn once a week, doing laundry, that sort of thing. Just all sort of general responsibilities that you have decided rise to this sort of level . It doesn't have to be all of your responsibility. It could be certain ones. Okay, But again, very clear on the difference between half two and then everything else want to don't want to all that sort of thing. Okay, So what happens when you do this? When you get really clear on this is that you'll sit down each morning and all of the stuff that's bothering you, all of the stuff. That's either It's at the forefront. You can't stop thinking about it cause you know, you got to get it done and or it's something that's in the back, your head just knowing the wave, all of the stuff that is really hampering you from focusing. What a lot of people do is they have this stuff that they have to do and then they have this stuff that they want to dio. And it's like this back and forth during the day of Okay, let me do a little bit of what I want to do over here, and and I'll come over here and do what I have to do. And then and what happens is it's just while you're trying to do what you want to dio you're thinking about the stuff I got. I got to get this done. I got to get this done. I got to get this done right, and it just again, it eats away at you and it takes away from your focus. This whole thing is about focus and clarity and being able to when you're doing something focused on that thing 100% because when you do that, you're just gonna get a don a lot faster, and as a result, you're going to get more done in a day. It's going to make you more productive. To me, the source of high productivity is high focus and high clarity. Okay, so that's what we're doing here. So you write down all these things that you have to do that are gnawing away at you that are. You don't know. It doesn't matter whether you want to do them or not, right? That's not the thing. It's I have to do these things and you do those first. Now, don't go from writing them down to right into doing them. Finish categorizing all these different task first. But you these are the things you are going to do first because thes air, the things that are distracting you. You are eliminating the distractions right off the bat, okay? And you're getting them out of the way and what you'll find when you do this knowing that you're gonna wake up every morning and you're gonna tackle the things that you have to get done, you begin really aggressive about attacking those things and you find that you do those things very, very quickly and you get you just get a real kind of aggressive mindset about those things because, you know, once you get those done, you'll be able to move on to the things that you want to dio. And not only do you in that feels like kind of like a reward. Not only that, but you'll get to do those things without all of this nagging in the back, your head and all these things distract you, like, really good to dig into the things that you want to be doing. Okay, so, uh, you just really start to develop a really aggressive mindset. I've got a when it comes to the things that I have to do on a daily basis, I am very, very aggressive with those things. No matter what they are. I The idea of procrastinating on those things is just torture to me. Because I know that if I do procrastinate, this is gonna bother me and bug me and eat away at me. And I have experienced a different way of doing it to the point. Like I just tackle those things ferociously and get them off my plate. So I do not have to worry about them anymore. All right, so that is Step one. Write down all the things that you that fits this category of What? What do I have to do? And then, of course, we'll get into the next step in the next lesson. All right, that will do it for this one. Thanks for watching. We'll see in the next one 4. Lesson 3 - No Should: Hey there, John Morse here. John Morris online dot com. All right, this step we're gonna talk about obviously from the previous lesson. He probably figured out this is what do I want to dio. Okay, so this isn't again. This is I want to be clear here. This is a very specific orientation towards career and productivity. So there is a want to in terms of relax ation and playing video games or going to a movie or that sort of thing. OK, this is not what we're talking about there, Okay? We'll get to sort of the maintenance self. Kind of taking care of self portion here in a second. Okay, But that's not what we're talking about here. I want to make sure that's clear first. What we're talking about here is things that you want to do in terms of the gold. So you have the dreams when we talk about we were talking about values in a value system here. We're really talking about sort of our intellectual value system. No, I want to work out on a daily basis. I want to maybe read a book on a daily basis. I want to you know work on my my career in this way or I want to start a business or I want to build continue building my business. No, for me, recording videos like this, this is falls into the my what I want to do. Okay, so that's that's this realm of things, goals, dreams, things that are important to you. Relationships. Maybe you want a toe, be able to go to lunch with your kids every day or whatever. Whatever it is for you, this is the category off want to now. This is easy for most people. This is most people's biggest chunk of stuff, And the thing that I really want to stress here is that this truly has to be want, right? This is you shouldn't put stuff here that there's no should allowed. Okay, right, So the one area is not for stuff that you feel like you should be doing. It's stuff that you truly want to be doing, and you really need to make that distinction. If you're starting to feel should about it, then it's either or a Um, it's either a candidate for going into the half deduce section or it's gonna go in another section that will talk about here in a minute. Um, that was a little bit different. Okay, but again, there's no should allowed here. This is truly a place for you to like. Feel free. Like I'm doing the stuff that I want to be doing on a daily basis, OK? And the the idea here is that these this is not a tat when you correct these things down, this is not a list of task that you have to accomplish in a day. Okay? This is remember that I talked about the mindset. This is a list of opportunities, of things that you could do that if you do them, you'll enjoy doing them. You want to do them. And if you got them accomplished, you would feel really good about it. So for me that I would put stuff in this category like recording a new lesson for a new module that I'm creating for a course or, you know, making some tweaks to my website that ah, that I've that I want to make that I think Well, maybe hope, you know, it looked better or help, you know, with the business side of things, whatever. That sort of stuff is the stuff that I put in here, and it's again. It's not about what I want to do next month. It's not about what I want to do next week. It's not what I want about about what I want to do tomorrow. It's on Lee about what I want to do today. What is that? One of my feeling Like, I would really like to get through all the stuff I have to do and now be ableto these are things okay? And how I can use the things I want to be doing. So if you look at those two steps, that kind of juxtaposition when you actually do this, what happens? I mentioned it in the earlier ah, video that when you start putting those things that you have to do first you develop this ferocious appetite to get them done. And then when you start like you get them all done and they're off your plate, and now you have a list of things that I want to do, man, you're you're like it's this huge weight that's just lifted off of your shoulder shoulders and now it's like Oh, I can sit down and do this stuff that I want to do and like I've just feel free to just do it and you just feel there's no guilt. There's no shame. There's no all this mental stress. You actually get to sit down and do this stuff, and you actually get to feel some excitement and some, like joy on a daily basis of I've got all their stuff done, and now I'm doing something I love like life is good, man like things were good and you need to feel that to keep yourself motivated. What when people do you too often is is they put the screws to themselves way too hard. Of all this stuff I should be doing. I have to do everything is 1/2 to, and they don't ever allow themselves to experience like joy about. I'm doing something I want to be doing. Or if they do, it's very rare. If it's on Lee confined to vacations or weekends or whatever, you can experience that on a daily basis, and the more you experience it, the more motivated you're going to be again, the more ferociously you're gonna attack the stuff you have to do. And as you do that, by the way, the less unless you'll have to do on a daily beast. Could you actually getting that stuff done? And a lot of times that stuff doesn't you know it's one time stuff. So once you get it done like you've knocked a bunch of it off your list, now the next day it's like, only got like, this one thing to do. I gotta send my email, that's it. And how I'm free to do whatever the hell I want to dio. Okay, so you'll again that that will happen. And now you'll just be open. It's like, Man, this feels good. I can really dig into it. And as long as you don't turn this portion of your list into 1/2 2 or a should or I'm gonna feel guilty, if I don't right, it's just on opportunity. It's just These are things I can can do and we'll see what? Hey, we'll see what the hell we can get done in a day here and see how far we can get. And then tomorrow, right? We'll just do it all again. You really start to feel the motivation, crank up and procrastination and guilt and the shame. It'll just become a thing of the past. But you really have to make that distinction between half two and want to and really know should. No guilt. No shame is allowed in this. Want to section thes air purely opportunities for things that you could do that you enjoy doing that you want to be doing. And if you don't, then it's It's fine, right there. Things you just want to do and you get too many of them as you can. All right. So again, write those down in your in your list. This can all be one list. I'm doing this kind of in separate list. I don't That's not how I normally do this. I just It's all in one little thing and I just have little section. But I'm doing that here for for the sake. So we can kind of focus on one thing at a time but can write those things down and then we'll move on all right. That'll do it for this video takes watching. We'll see in the next one 5. Lesson 4 - Procrastinate: Hey there. John Morrissey, John Morris online dot com. So this one, step three, this is this is probably gonna be the hardest for a lot of you. This is the one where ah lot, this is why a lot of the stuff the should stuff ends up in the want stuff and, like, this is how it turns into everything is something I have to do is because people are afraid . Toe have this block. But this block is what can I put off? What it This will obviously be stuff that it's stuff you don't want to do. Like I don't really want to tackle that or you're like, Yeah, no, I mean to do that at some point, right? It would be a have, but it's not have today, So it's not really important for me to do that day. And most of what this is going to be filled with is what are your should all the stuff that's in your head, They're like, Well, I should do this, but, you know, and whatever reason is not something I want to do. It's not something I necessarily have to do. This is your This is your should call him. Really? And the reason that is I'm I'm precisely forcing you. And I forced myself to get clear. Right? So you don't you're not gonna have. I'm not allowing you to have a should block, because should is like the It is the killer of focus and clarity and organization. And so I'm forcing you to make a decision. Is this really 1/2 to? Is it really a want to or is it a should? And a should goes in the I can put it off block, right? So it forces you to be precise, and it forces you to make that decision, and it gives you permission to put Teoh essentially procrastinate on certain things. Some things are perfectly fine to procrastinate on. Some things should be procrastinated on. They need to be progressing on because they're not that important to day. So what you'll find happens is all of and again it. Putting it down on paper gets the stress of all that should you're putting on yourself how onto paper and you making that decision is you being clear with yourself. This really is something that I can put off. But what will happen over time is you may find that certain ones of these should of these stuff you can put off. They're going to start to kind of continually they're gonna kind of creep into your head. They're gonna know away at you. And those were the ones some of them you've put off, like who cares? Like you'll never think about it again. Right? You like that? That thing I can put that off for wheat. Some of them, though, will not way you right. And they'll keep eating away at you and eating away you, and that's you. Forcing yourself to get clear. Is this something I and more and more feeling like I have to dio, right? If you put it into the half to block, it's non negotiable, Does it? Right? Does it really rise to that level? You've got to decide that. You have to put you have to make yourself do this stuff. Okay, mentally. So is it something? Is it rise the level of non negotiable? You may find certain of those things eventually Do. Like I would like to get to the point where me exercising rises to the level that have to but it's just I'll be honest. It's not there yet. Okay? So again, you, you, you're forced to make that decision Or is it truly something that you want to do again? Should scan be once, or they can be if it's something that you feel like you should do, But you really just your clear. I don't want to do that. That's more of a candidate for the half to. But if it's something that's like, you know, something that you, you feel like you should do and you kind of do want to be doing like I could put exercising in that block as well, right? Like I kind of want to be doing it than that. But that's what makes it more of a candidate for the want to block. Okay, But you have to be really precise about. It's not just is this something I want to do in general, it's something. Is it something I want to do today? Said something I have to do today or you know what, I've got this list of 10 things I have to do and then I have, like, three or four things above this that I want to do. And I'm just being real with myself. This particular thing of me exercise on the day like that ain't gonna happen. I want to do it. But I don't really want to do it more than the other things today, so I'm gonna put it off. But I could do it tomorrow. Once I get all these have two things are the way an office and we I don't have any of those things tomorrow. And I got like, one thing I want to do that's more important than this. Now I'm gonna take this this exercising and put it into the want to block. If I get to something on, then I wanna Then I want to exercise or whatever it is for you, right? So that's that's how this interacts and plays these. These These interact with each other, but what it's forcing you to do. Let's take everything that you have in your head that you think you have to do. And it's forcing you to rank them, forcing you to put them in a particular order and be precise about which one is more important than the other. It is the its's really a priority system, and that's the hardest thing in the world for people to do. But I found that these blocks for me have worked incredibly well for that interaction. Right, Because these aren't hard, fast things. And one something could be in one block one day and then move to another block another day . It just depends on you. Know what? The date. What? What's going on in the day? Right. You could have something that is a put. You put it off. Alright. Ah, example for me is I have to do with my business. You know, every month I have to do my kind of do my accounting and my my bookkeeping and pay all my taxes and that sort of thing, right? That's not I want to do. And depending on what day it is, it's not so they have to do. That's something I can put off. I don't have to do it the first day of the month. I don't have to do it the the 20 day of the month, but the 30th day of the month or the 31st day of the month. Now it's 1/2 to me, and I always wait till then, but I can put it off for a certain amount of time. But eventually at some point is going to become 1/2 to do. And so the things can move like that. Or maybe it's something that I've got. All a bunch of have to do is done. I've got a bunch of other want to do is done. I'm starting to realize that we're getting towards the end of month, and this thing is gonna become 1/2 to hear soon. I don't want to get in. That creates a crisis situation. So I'm gonna put in my want to block for today, and if I can get to it, then I will. And if not, maybe I can tomorrow, etcetera. So but if again, it's all forcing you to be really precise with where stuff is truly at and your priority like we talk about, we'll talk all the time about, you know, general advice is get your priorities straight, get your priorities right. But nobody ever gives you anything for how to do that. And that's really what this is. That's what I want to give you is this is prioritizing in a way. That again, for me is a really kind of abstract kind of thinker whose scatterbrain type person that really hates thes hard, fast like complex formulas for me, like I can't stand that stuff. This works really well for me because it is really, really simple and allows me to play and move around and do what I got to do with each thing . So again, here is the stuff that you can put off giving yourself permission to put things off to procrastinate on things that aren't important that you do today or that you don't want to do to day. Okay, it's all about today, all that. That's all we're worried about. None of this stuff is long term. It's just today you have to keep that focus Onley thing that matters is today and what you're going to do right this second. Okay, All right. So I'll do it for this lesson. Thanks for watching. We'll see in the next one 6. Lesson 5 - Outsource: Hey there, John Morse through Joe Morse online dot com. All right, this lesson. We're gonna talk now. Finally, about the things kind of the last step in this process. What can I outsource? And so this again, this is something that, especially people who know, maybe don't run a big business or view themselves a someone that's like this big CEO or whatever, right? We tend to not think that I, you know, I can't really outsource stuff. I don't have employees or, you know, like maybe just I work a regular job or whatever, but that's not, ah, 100% true, because outsourcing isn't just about necessarily hiring someone toe work for you as an employee, there's lots of different ways that you can outsource things. So again, I'm I'm a Web developer. Ah, lot of the times when I build websites for people, the design aspect of it. I don't do that. I outsourced that because I know a little bit about it. But it's not my wheelhouse. It's not something that I'm necessarily great at. I do enjoy it a little bit, but when it's crunch time and I got to perform for a client, it's not something that I really want to leave up to me to do. And when I do do that because I have in the past, it creates a lot of stress for me because I know I'm not really great at it, OK, so stuff like that that causes you mental stress and related toe work or whatever. You know, I go out and I I do. In this case, I do hire someone but on is an employee just as a contractor to do something for me. Now, if you're not in that particular you know, you're not doing that running a business or freelancing or whatever means kind of working. Ah, regular job or whatever. There are still things in ways that you can outsource stuff. For example, mowing your lawn. You may absolutely hate mowing your lawn. It causes you amount to a bunch of mental stress. Will you have the ability? All right, if you want to outsource that to somebody, you can hire someone to come in and do that for you, or maybe ah, pipe breaks and and you are something happens with your plumbing, and it's not like just this immediate emergency and you know, you got to get around to it. Well, you don't have to be the one that does that. Or if you have kids, Uh, and you know, Mike, I those. You know, I work from home Smart kids air literally sitting right here, listening me record that. So they're probably gonna stone me when I say this. But if you have kids, that's another opportunity. There are certain things, and you can teach them responsibility and all those sorts of things. But there are certain things that they can they can help you with so you can outsource to your kids. You can outsource to your spouse, right and again, Not obviously without talking to them. But you can sit down and say, Hey, look, I enjoy doing these chores. I hate doing these chores. So do you like doing any of these things? There's some we can work out where you know, you do the things I hate, and I do the things you hate because I happen to enjoy them. Or maybe we both hate something. Then we tackle it together right there. There's lots of different ways that you can outsource, or you can just straight up, outsourced to employees and delegate and so forth. But the idea is to free yourself up as much as possible from the things that you absolutely despise doing because those things will suck the life right out of you. OK, so finding a way to do that Ah, contractor Ah, family member. Ah, child, a spouse, whatever it is somebody that you can outside source that too. I really focus in on your strength, okay? And when you do that and you're you start to get to the point where you're just do your not having to do any things that you really hate and your fork focusing more on the things that your strengths that you enjoy doing that you like doing again. It's just a breath of fresh air. It relieves a ton of mental stress and is going to free you up to really dig into the things that you enjoy doing. And you're gonna find yourself much more motivated, much more focused and have much more clarity along with everything else that we're doing in here. Getting rid of those things that just drained the life out of you is going to help a ton with that. So this is the one element of this that is probably a little more kind of long term because you're putting stuff in here that this doesn't necessarily have as much to do with today. This is more the long term stuff. What can I take off of my plate so that it's not sitting there bugging me every day? So it does have ah, does have a relation to your kind of daily routine, but it isn't more of a long term thing of Okay, let me put in this block in the outsource block all the stuff that I just do not want to do . I hate doing and I really want to have somebody else just do it. What are those things? And then start to figure out ways that you can and do those. Yeah, you're gonna have to do him. They may go in your half to block until you can get him outsourced, but it's like, OK, these are the things that I'm working towards being able to outsource, right? So if you combine, all of that kind of do just kind of a wrap up, since this is the last lesson here. I'll just do it here. But if you combine all that the half to the one to the stuff to it, I can put off and stuff than that I can outsource. And you really clear in the ways that I talked about in each lesson about doing those things again. What you'll find on a daily basis is that you wake up in the morning. You really have a focused mindset of these things. I have to get done. You get really clear on it. You get really aggressive, really ferocious, of getting those done. And when you get them done you just huh, man, I could breathe. You don't feel the shame. You don't feel the guilt. You don't feel the urge percussion and everything from that point. Ford is just stuff that I like doing it. I want to do it like I can just breathe easy in and enjoy the rest of my day, being productive, getting as much of this stuff done, and ah, lot of times what you'll it almost become. It almost becomes like a game like how much of this stuff can actually get done today and you'll find yourself having a much better relationship to those want to task because there truly want to stuff. Ah, then before, when everything is just crammed into this is the stuff I have to dio you feel a lot less guilt, a lot less shame, a lot less stress around what it is that you got to get done on a daily basis. So I really hope that you dig into this and do this and really listen to take to heart the things that ah, I advised in terms of how you go about doing it in a way that you approach it because I really think I know for me it's just made my life a ton better in terms of being focused, being clear and just being able to enjoy my work on a daily basis and not have it be justice, overwhelming thing of guilt and shame. And I didn't get all this stuff done today, and I just feel horrible all the time. So I'm never getting everything done, and I just has eliminated all of that for me, and I can sit down and quite literally, I mean this this class that I'm recording for you now. All right, I'm I've recorded it here in one day, and I did it because all my half to stuff is done. I've already done all that stuff, and I was chatting in a community that I'm in with some people on was talking about. I thought I might want to do this. A lot of them were like, Yeah, I'd really love toe. I'd really love to hear what that is. And I have the freedom to just sit down and record it. So I sat down and recorded it, and it feels great to be doing it and getting it done. So this course very much is a example of what can happen when you follow this process. It just frees you up to be creative and do the things that you want to do and not have all these other things nagging away at you. So hopefully that's what you get from it. Really? Get in there and implemented. Take those things to heart. And, of course, let me know how it goes for you. I love to hear the kind of results that you're getting and if you have any hang ups or questions or anything like that. Let me known. Weaken. You know, we can work through him. All right. That will do it for this lesson. Thanks for watching. We'll talk to you next time. 7. Class Project: Hey, there, John Moore, Sir John Morris online dot com. All right, so for a class project, obviously the thing to do is actually do your first day the way that we've just kind of talked about all of that. So Well, kind of walk through that and step by step again and just show you you had to do it. So what I do is again, I'm in Google. Keep like I mentioned, I create a You can create little labels over here. You can see have a ton of them. But I have one for daily task lists over here. And then all you do is you. You can't. I like to categorize them all like in the same thing here, so that I always have all of it available. And, um, you know, you can use the same one over and over, or you can you can delete him at the end of each day or transfer the stuff over. However you want to manage it. But the point is, is that you have this kind of organized and you have this kind of framework here that we just talked about, and so all I really do is open this up. And like when we look at the things that I have to do on a daily basis, So, um, I would write down maybe for today, inside her bonus. Ah, email. You know, maybe, uh ah. Do laundry later on That might. I think that's pretty much everything that would go into my half to category for today and actually have done all of these except the laundry already. But ah, and then in the want to block would be record this class, which this is the last lesson in this class. So I'm gonna have that knocked out. That's gonna feel amazing to dio record. Ah, lesson one of poop module, which I already did record as many lessons as I can can prep for Ryan Carson interview. I'm doing her interview with the founder of of team to your house dot com. So I want to do some prep for that, and that's that's honestly, that's probably all the stuff that would go on my want to to for today. The rest of the stuff is maybe stuff that tomorrow might be really like this is really want to stuff that I really want to do today again. That's the point here. Some of this other stuff, like there's some tweaks I want to make to my website. So website tweaks. Um, there's some auto responder tweaks that I want to do, you know, stuff like that. Ah, all that would be in the stuff that, like, it's not, really. I mean, maybe if I got thrown my want to stuff that I could dive into some of that. But it's not really important. Ah, for me to do here and then the outsource stuff, right? This is stuff that no, I hate doing that I don't really want to do on a daily basis. Most of this stuff for me falls into chores, certain chores, and the kids actually do all that. So I've actually already done most of that stuff. There's not too much stuff that I have in my to outsource block that hasn't already been outsourced. But if a big cup project comes up, I get a new client, then that's when stuff would kind of fall into this particular category here. But you just go through at the beginning of the day. That's like this is the first thing you do this May may even put this in your half to block each day that you have to do this right. But you just sit down and you just go through and you literally put all these things down. And then now you have essentially your list like and then you make sure that you know if you need to rearrange them or whatever, what's most important? So the insider bonus for me is, ah, something I have to do for a client of mine it and it's due to day. So that was the primary thing that I had to get done. It was the most important thing. I had to do it first, like, didn't it's done, then the my email is something I do every day, right? And I had actually that email I had written yesterday and had it scheduled to go out today . So that was actually already done. So I I didn't really need to do that. Today was already there, but I just wanted to write it down as an example. And then the last thing of least importance to he is doing laundry. That's a commitment I've made with, you know, my wife that that's something that I'm going to do so that I don't necessarily want to do it. But it's 1/2 2 and I've made that commitment. So I'm going to do it. The rest of this stuff, this is all want to stuff that, you know, I've recorded this class, have recorded less than one of that module is talking about. I'm gonna try and record as many lessons as I can, but I can feel free to take breaks to decide I'm good for the day. I'm gonna do something else. Whatever. Because you know everything else, you know, maybe I'll record a few lessons, do my prep for the more prep for the Ryan Carson Review. And then I'm like, Okay, I'm good for today. I've got all my half to stuff done. I've done a bunch of my want to stuff, and now the rest of stuff I can put off like an outsource whatever. Okay, so again, I just It kind of frees you up to to really dig into that one to stuff. So that's all you do is you just write it down and then you go through and you do it and you're in in order. Do this first to the second. Do this third boom. That stuff done. Now I can relax and okay, now what do I want to dio? Okay, Boom. I got this done. Gosh, I feel great. I got this done to feel great. Oh, I got this done. I got how many of these lessons recorded that feels great. And you couldn't really start to feel great about these. Want to things so that your class project is to just go through and actually create your first list and and go through and do this and then implement it. Go do it and see how you feel, right? See how you feel when you get all that half to stuff done? Like I'm done with that for the day. And then you start doing this one to stuff that maybe you've been trying to get done for who knows how long. Now, Now you can just focus in on it, do it and get it done, and it feels great to be able to get Oh, I got one today, man. I haven't been trying to do that for two months. Feels amazing and just get it done, so that's pretty much it. So that's your class project to go ahead. And, you know, obviously, if you don't want to post anything too personal or whatever, but go ahead and post. Ah, your first sort of list that you've made to the kind of class project area so that, you know, everybody can kind of see and you kind of get that, that that experience of doing it and I can take a look at it and you know, if there's any tweaks, we want to look over and so forth. But go ahead and put post that there. All right, I'll do it for this one. Thanks for watching. We'll talk to next time.