Things I’ve Learned from Podcasts – #7

Here’s another installment in my series of posts about podcast episodes I’ve listened to recently, along with “my takeaways” from each.

Beyond the To-Do List – Erik J. Fisher interviews Dave Delaney on “Structure, Routines, and Flexibility”

My Takeaways:

Creating the “Killer Calendar” – Map out your week, block out times on a calendar for what you want to do. Doesn’t have to be specific details, but things like “1 hr exercise” or “3 hrs client work” or “find new clients.” This is different from a to-do list. These are things that HAVE to get done. Once you have those time blocks filled, then you can slot optional things in around those blocked times. You can be adaptable within the calendar.

Working from Home – What do you do on “snow days” or “sick days” when your kids have to stay home? Have a good honest relationship with your clients, where you can tell them honestly what is going on.

“6 Must-Know Tips about Working from Home”

  1. Your couch is dangerous
  2. Schedule time for social media, don’t do it throughout the day
  3. Beware of the kitchen
  4. Take stretch breaks
  5. Find a professionals lunch/breakfast group or start your own
  6. Reward yourself when you meet goals.

The Tim Ferriss Show – “The Importance of Being Dirty: Lessons from Mike Rowe”

My Takeaways:

On authenticity and retakes: Rowe says “It doesn’t matter how facile you are the second time, the second time is always going to be a performance … Whether it’s a speech, or a video, or a podcast, or a Facebook post, I want to get it right, but not to the point where I’ll completely forsake the first pass.

On following your passion: Rowe once interviewed Les Swanson, a sewage service guy who was a former guidance counselor, and asked what led him to it. Swanson responded, “It’s not my wish fulfillment except for the fact that I love what I do and I’m very good at it.” Rowe asked which came first, being good at it or loving what he does. Swanson said, “Neither. What came first was the fact that nobody else was doing this. What came second was my own hard-headed commitment to be very good at it. And then, I did the thing that was the hardest thing to do – and that is figure out how to love something that you didn’t think you did.” After talking with Swanson, Rowe says, for him, “’Always follow your passion’ became ‘Never follow your passion, but always bring it with you.’”

Ferriss added, “When you follow just your passion and not the opportunity, it’s also a great way to corrupt something that gives you a great degree of personal pleasure and decompression.” Ferriss has seen friends who love to surf, who decide to do it full-time, set up a business teaching businessmen how to surf at 6AM every day, and after several months of that never want to surf again because they ruined what it is they love doing.

Why Rowe is stingy with advice: “Advice is that thing you ask for when you secretly know the answer and with you didn’t.”

If you want to listen to the entire interviews on these podcast episodes, just click on the links I included.

I’m always on the lookout for podcasts to enjoy. Know of one you think I’d appreciate? Share this post on Twitter using the button below and tag me @bernadettegeyer to share your favorite podcasts with me! Maybe I’ll review it in a future blog post.

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