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Hi, I'm Paul. This is my podcast where I teach people about productivity, business and self-improvement. I'm completely obsessed with productivity, automation, optimising my time and income so I can live on my terms. I now earn a living as a “virtual consultant” and love sharing what I've learned about how to grow successful and productive businesses. Enjoy the show!
 
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Email management continues to take up a huge portion of the day for most knowledge workers. To help deal with this awful problem, I’d like to share some practical tips on how to deal with your email faster. Don’t want to read this post? Listen to the podcast instead. Show notes (please leave me a comment with your questions and feedback) » https://…
 
2022 is the 7th year of running my consulting business and my processes and approach to making money online has certainly evolved over the years. If you’re a new or aspiring freelancer, coach or consultant then I’d love to help you save some time by sharing some of the advice I wish I’d heard early on (rather than having to figure it out on my own …
 
Welcome to episode 4 of Minor Updates. In this video, I share some updates on what I've been up to over the last few months. Enjoy! Show notes (please leave me a comment with your questions and feedback) » https://paulminors.com/248 If you enjoyed this episode, I'd love it if you could leave me a review. Intro/Outro Music: "Synthia" by Scott & Bren…
 
Over the last 5 years, we’ve watched as the world has become increasingly uncertain. We’ve witnessed controversial elections, a global pandemic, lockdowns, mandates, inflation and now war. Every time I think the world is starting to get back to normal, the rug gets pulled and things get a little crazier. Personally, I think things will continue to …
 
Every decision you make comes with a cost. And I don’t just mean a financial cost. I’m talking about costs in the form of time, health, stress, energy and relationships. In other words, every decision you make comes with trade-offs. Our goal should be to make decisions that maximise return for as little cost as possible (whatever the costs may be) …
 
We’ve all experienced the frustration of receiving an email that’s been sent in a rush that isn’t clear. Because the sender didn’t take time to proof their email or read it back, now you need to reply and clarify their intent. This slows everyone down and what’s most annoying is it’s easily avoidable. In this episode, I’d like to share some simple …
 
Time is the most important asset we have. It’s the asset we all have equal amounts of, regardless of location, income, race or gender. Time represents true equality. If there’s a meaning to life, in my view, it is to use your time as best you can (however you choose to define this). Let’s be realistic. You can’t get back time and save it for later.…
 
I love simple productivity tricks; quick and easy things you can do to be more productive and organised. In this post, I’d like to share the one question I ask myself to be more productive. This is a question I subconsciously ask myself dozens of times a day. This question helps me to identify what I need to work on next. It keeps me track and on t…
 
I often get asked about how I find clients. My philosophy is simple: Go to where your ideal clients are and be helpful Following this philosophy means I never have to do any cold outreach to get clients. Everyone I work with comes to me. This is great because it means more of my time can be spent on working with clients and delivering value instead…
 
We all want to be more productive. We all want to get more done and achieve our goals as fast as possible. And there are loads of tools, techniques, habits and strategies we can use to try and improve our productivity. But how do you know if it’s actually working? When you set up a new project management tool, or start meditating in the morning, ho…
 
If you’ve followed me for a while, you may know that Bitcoin is a topic I’m very interested in. I haven’t talked about this much on my blog or podcast but today I thought I’d change that and take you behind the scenes on how I store the money in my business. I’d like to share why I’m now running my business on a ‘Bitcoin Standard’, what that means …
 
It’s very common for tools and services to offer a ‘free’ tier or to give away their product entirely for free. As a customer, this sounds great, right? You can start using it for free and pay later if you need to unlock more features. But I hear all the time from customers and clients who have been caught out after signing up for what they thought…
 
Feeling overwhelmed and having ‘too much to do’ is a common problem people ask me about. Most of us have a lot going on; work projects, meetings, study, friends, family, social commitments and household chores. When all of these things add up, it’s easy to feel anxious and like you have too much on the go at once. Whenever I feel stressed out and o…
 
It’s the time of year where most people are setting goals and resolutions for the next 12 months. Having a plan of where you want to be and what you’d like to achieve over the next year is great. But equally important is deciding what NOT to do this year. Show notes (please leave me a comment with your questions and feedback) » https://paulminors.c…
 
Welcome to episode 4 of Minor Updates. In this video, I share some updates on what I've been up to over the last few months. Enjoy! Show notes (please leave me a comment with your questions and feedback) » https://paulminors.com/236 If you enjoyed this episode, I'd love it if you could leave me a review. Intro/Outro Music: "Synthia" by Scott & Bren…
 
In 2019 and 2020, I shared a breakdown of how I spent my time for that year. It’s always an interesting exercise and it’s useful for me to analyse how I’m using my time differently year over year. Understanding how your time is being spent is one of the best things you can do to make better choices and plan more effectively in the future. So, witho…
 
There are all sorts of techniques we can use and considerations to make when planning our time; how urgent is the work, what needs to be done first, how long do you need? Well, I’d like to add one more consideration to the mix: How much energy do you have? Depending on your energy and how much effort you can apply to your work, this will help you d…
 
This week, I’d like to expand on an idea I started talking about last week where I discussed prioritising efficiency over growth. I was recently interviewed for the Adil Amarsi Unplugged Podcast and on the show, we talked about growing your business and income. I shared my philosophy on growth which I actually picked up from Paul Jarvis. I told Adi…
 
We live in a very opinionated world where it’s easier than ever to share your stance on a topic. But sometimes we get nervous about changing our opinions at the risk of sounding flakey; going back on your own words may come across as weak or even unintelligent. Personally, I don’t have an issue with changing my mind about something. I’m happy to be…
 
If you’ve read my blog for a while, you’ve probably heard me talk about time blocking before. This is a technique I’ve been following since 2010 to schedule time on my calendar to work on specific tasks and projects. While I think it’s a very powerful technique and one of the best methods you can use to plan out your work, not everyone finds this t…
 
My opinion of social media apps has changed in the last few years. Like a lot of people, I got on Facebook and Twitter around 2007 and I joined Instagram pretty early in 2010. And it’s interesting to have watched public opinion towards apps like Facebook change over the last decade. Facebook used to be liked and enjoyed by almost everyone. Now, mor…
 
Conflict is something we all have to deal with. We can do our absolute best to try and avoid conflict but like death and taxes, it is inevitable. I view any kind of conflict as a massive waste of time; time you could be spending on more productive, not to mention, more enjoyable things. Conflict is also a source of easily avoidable stress. Even aft…
 
One of the things I get asked about the most is which tools to use and for what purpose. Whether you’re looking for a task management system, sales CRM, online scheduler or email automation tool, there are loads of products out there and a lot of them overlap in terms of functionality. People ask me about the difference between Asana, and Monday, P…
 
Most businesses want to grow revenue each year. So the business creates new products, conducts marketing campaigns and does everything it can to increase sales. But this isn’t the only way to grow. Instead of focusing on revenue, growth can also be achieved by improving efficiency. Show notes (please leave me a comment with your questions and feedb…
 
Last week I was talking to a client about how to save time during the day and I found myself sharing a common tip: Whenever you find yourself doing a repetitive task, ask yourself: “How do I avoid doing this ever again?” Show notes (please leave me a comment with your questions and feedback) » https://paulminors.com/226 If you enjoyed this episode,…
 
Welcome to episode 4 of Minor Updates. In this episode, I share some updates on what I've been up to over the last few months. Enjoy! If you'd rather watch the video or if you'd like to get the links of the stuff I mentioned, check out the show notes here » https://paulminors.com/225 If you enjoyed this episode, I'd love it if you could leave me a …
 
Last week, my wife Hayley shared a personality test with me and we went through a series of questions to work out what type of person I am. Here are the results and my thoughts on whether I think they’re accurate or not. Show notes (please leave me a comment with your questions and feedback) » https://paulminors.com/224 If you enjoyed this episode,…
 
Last Friday, my colleague, Warwick, and I were doing our weekly review where we go through all the clients we’re working with and we prioritise his workload for the upcoming week. During the conversation, he asked me how to deal with ‘urgent’ requests that he gets via email. These are seemingly important tasks that need to be dealt with pretty quic…
 
If you haven’t already, check out part 1 of this series all about how to get started with automation where I discuss the mindset, benefits and how to start thinking about automation. Once you’ve thought about some of the processes or tasks that you’d like to automate, it’s time to start creating the actual workflows that can do the work for you. Wh…
 
One of the most effective ways of saving time and getting more done is to automate the repetitive parts of your work. By using technology to actually DO parts of your job, not only do you save time but you increase the accuracy of certain processes by removing the potential for human error to occur. As my business has grown, I’ve automated as much …
 
Procrastination; the enemy of progress. We’ve all been in that situation where we intend to work on a task or project but can’t muster up the willpower to do the work. Even just making a start seems like a daunting task as you look at what feels like a mountain of work. Before you know it, you’re scrolling through Twitter, watching YouTube, checkin…
 
There’s nothing quite like that feeling of being in the zone; that place of flow and focus where you do your best work. If you’ve watched Disney Pixar’s Soul, it shows “the zone” as this generally joyful place between the conscious and unconscious world where you find yourself when you’re completely focussed on your craft or work. One of the ways I…
 
You’ve probably heard about the importance of providing value to potential customers before they purchase. By providing value first, you build trust and credibility that helps leads to eventually justify paying for your product or service. Free trials and samples are easy. But for coaches and consultants, it’s tricky working out how much free advic…
 
Yesterday I turned 30. When you have a significant birthday like this it’s natural to look back on how you’ve grown over the years. Heading into my 30s, I’m pleased with where I’m at in life. When I turned 20, I was still at University and had the goal of running my own business. In my early 20s, I had a couple of great jobs which allowed me to lea…
 
Forming a new habit can be tough. Whether you’re trying to build a habit related to fitness, personal finances, business or personal well-being, forcing yourself to stop your old methods and start a new habit can feel weird at first. It takes time before the new habit becomes part of your routine and starts to feel normal. Looking back at some of t…
 
We all have various expressions and turns of phrase that we rely on to make a point and communicate our intentions. However, in this day and age, it’s easier than ever for messages to be misconstrued and taken out of content. Or, if we’re not careful, certain words and phrases can weaken our point and undermine the message entirely. Whether you’re …
 
We all like to improve on what we’re doing and how we do things. Whether that’s improving a process in your business, learning a new skill at work or the way you take notes in a class. But the improvement often comes with an adjustment period where it takes time to become accustomed to the change before you can enjoy the benefits. This is why makin…
 
Out of the box, the Mac is a great piece of kit, but with a few tweaks and some useful apps, you can turn your Mac into an incredibly productive machine. In this episode, I’d like to list some of the tools and tweaks I’ve made to supercharge my productivity while using the Mac. If you’re a Mac user, I highly recommend spending some time learning ab…
 
If you want to be more organised and effective at managing your time, the key is simplicity. People often come to me for help because their systems are overly complicated and hard to manage. They tell me they spend more time maintaining their system than they do actually doing important work. As I’ve created and shared videos and blog posts, people…
 
Passive income is often portrayed as the holy grail of earning money online; make money while you sleep, sounds good right? But before you quit your job to embark on the passive income lifestyle, I thought I’d share a few realities you may want to be aware of. To add some context for new readers, my business currently generates revenue in a few dif…
 
A lot of task management tools give you the option to assign high, medium or low priority status to a task. Personally, I find this pointless and I’ve never liked assigning a priority to a task. In this episode, I explain why. Show notes (please leave me a comment with your questions and feedback) » https://paulminors.com/210 If you enjoyed this ep…
 
On my recent episode of Minor Updates, I shared that I’ve now hired my friend Warwick as a full-time contractor within my business. I’ve been working as a solo-operator since I started my business in 2015 so this is a pretty significant change to how I work. Many of the people who follow my work are freelancers or consultants, like me. So I decided…
 
I was recently contacted by the author, Adii Pienaar, wanting to share his new book all about 'life profitability'. As someone who prioritises building a business that supports the lifestyle you want, this concept of 'life profitability' really got my attention! Adii mentioned that he'd been in contact with one of my online business heroes, Paul Ja…
 
Welcome to episode 3 of Minor Updates. In this video, I share some updates on what I've been up to in the first quarter of 2021. Enjoy! Linked and resources mentioned in this video This is the eufyCam 2C 2-Cam Kit that we set up at the front door and back garden. Check out Ark and Sea where you can purchase a t-shirt that funds the removal of 1kg o…
 
Email continues to be one of the main time-sucks for the average knowledge worker. Every morning I’m greeted by about 20-30 new messages. This is a lot less than some people and I still have to schedule time each morning to process my inbox. In the past, I’ve shared some tips on how to save time on email. In this week’s post, I’d like to drill down…
 
Tell me if this sounds familiar – When you plan your time, do you ever over-commit and run out of time to do your work? Especially when it comes to doing deep work that generates results but requires real focus. It’s so easy to say, “I’m going to spend the day working on X” only to get bogged down with other admin tasks and distractions. I’ve been …
 
About 6 months ago I started ‘Floating’ on a regular basis. Floating is where you lie in a tank of warm, salty water in pitch dark and absolute silence. The high-density of the saline solution makes you feel weightless and the absence of light and sound eliminates all distractions. This is known as ‘sensory deprivation’. What’s the point in all thi…
 
It seems like every day there’s a new tool coming out that supposedly helps you to get more done and be more efficient. And if we’re not careful, shiny object syndrome tempts us to try these new tools because we feel like that’s the answer to better productivity. In reality, the tools we use really aren’t as important as the principles and HOW we a…
 
We all know about the importance of quality over quantity. And what I find interesting is to think about what you prefer (quantity or quality) as it relates to different areas of your life. We often assume that quality is the better alternative. But this doesn't always have to be the case. The key is to be aware of what type of person you are and b…
 
If you want to be more productive, it’s pretty simple… A lot of books, courses and other resources show you how to build these elaborate systems that help you to be more organised, prioritise your work and plan your time. The reality is, if you want to get more done, it’s quite simple… You need to be disciplined and show up to do important work tha…
 
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