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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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Meditation is a habit I’ve dabbled with on and off over the years. I first downloaded the Headspace app, which was my first exposure to meditation, in 2013. Over the years I’ve gone through periods of where I meditate regularly followed by long dry spells where I don’t meditate at all. As I’ve said on the blog before, I often use habits like medita…
 
I was recently reminded of a great quote by Steve Jobs where he said: “We try to focus and do very few things well. And focussing is hard because focussing doesn’t mean saying ‘yes’ it means saying ‘no’. So we decide not to do a lot of things so we can focus on a handful of things and do them very well” But this is one of those simple but very impo…
 
In this episode of Minor Updates, I share some of the things I've been focussing on in my business and personal life. 0:45 - Business improvements 3:51 - An unfortunate experience 11:48 - Baby Murphy has arrived! 14:00 - We're building a house 17:57 - Wim Hof breathing and cold therapy 20:20 - Wrapping up Show notes (please leave me a comment with …
 
I was recently chatting to a good friend of mine who’s also a business owner who wanted to know how I’m growing my business. We talked about how I package my consulting services, how I get leads, all the typical stuff. At one point in the conversation I said the “I haven’t had a sales target in years. I’m not actively trying to grow my business. My…
 
When I was growing up, I never expected I’d be running a business where I help people with their productivity. In fact, there was a time when I wanted to be an architect. So where did this interest in productivity and the desire to start my own business come from? Today, I’d like to share a few personal memories that tell the story of how I ended u…
 
Isn’t it frustrating when you’ve planned your time have a clear agenda for what you’re going to work on, only to receive an email or to have a colleague derail your day by coming to you with an issue that requires urgent attention? These ‘fires’ often require us to stop what we’re doing and put everything else on hold so we can deal with this seemi…
 
I run my digital business from New Zealand (GMT+12) and service a lot of US-based clients who are on Pacific (GMT-8) and Eastern (GMT-5) times. That’s a pretty big gap in time but is less challenging than you would think to manage. In this episode, I’d like to share some of the tips and tricks I’ve learned to make it easier to work with other peopl…
 
A surgeon is a master at using a scalpel. They don’t just have a basic understanding of the tool. They’ve spent thousands of hours perfecting their skill with it to make sure every cut they make is calculated and accurate. The point is, whatever your area of expertise, you need to become a master of your tools. Having a basic understanding isn’t go…
 
One of the keys to better productivity and general happiness is solving problems as quickly as possible. The quicker you can deal with a problem, the less time you have to worry about it and the lower the chance of it coming up again. Show notes (please leave me a comment with your questions and feedback) » https://paulminors.com/255 If you enjoyed…
 
When it comes to productivity, we usually think about how to be more effective and efficient at work or in our business. But productivity isn’t just for getting more done in our professional lives. Productivity is a skill that helps you to be more effective and efficient with everything you do and being productive in your personal life is just as i…
 
Since day 1, I’ve been running my business 100% paperless; meaning I don’t keep any physical files or paperwork. Everything is captured and stored digitally. I could literally work from anywhere as I always have all the information I might need with me wherever I am. In this post, I’d like to list some of the tools and techniques I use to run my bu…
 
Inflation is the hot topic everyone is talking about right now. COVID and even the Russia-Ukraine war have taken a back seat as people all around the world struggle to adjust to the rising cost of living. On this podcast, I’ve often discussed how I try to optimise both my time and income. Earning more is great but not if it’s disproportionate to th…
 
We are spoilt for choice when it comes to online experts and brands that share content. It’s now easier than ever to start a blog, record and host a podcast or create videos for YouTube. This makes it harder to stand out amongst all the noise on the internet. Since starting my blog back in 2013 I’ve produced 694 blog posts, over 200 Youtube videos …
 
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…
 
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