This episode was published on 17 September and is approximately 54 minutes long. This episode made possible by Glow Your Soul and Anchor.fm.
This episode is a follow-up to How We Work with a focus on the processes we use each day, instead of the tools. We end up covering a lot of topics about time management, growth, performance, and many others. It’s all about how to crush your day!
This episode feature our first returning guest, Steve Peele, who is also a life long productivity hacker. A special thank you to Steve. You can learn more about him at stevepeele.com Here’s quick peek from Steve’s site:
Raised in Cincinnati’s growing startup community, I have spent 12+ years working with some of the area’s hottest startups. My marketing and growth experience has been built and supported during my tenure at dotloop (acquired by Zillow Group), Inman News, API Nation, EVERYTHING BUT THE HOUSE, Astronomer.io and other local startups. I’ve led experimental growth initiatives to scale inbound activity, drastically shorten sales cycles and empower prospects with the info they need to make an educated buying decision.
Next time you see Steve on the show, he’s going to have an official “The Guest” t-shirt from Glow Your Soul!
Review the meetings you have, know what’s expected, do you know what you need?
Can anything be moved? Canceled? Prepared for
Make sure you’re blocking out time for yourself when you’re at your best!
If you’re a morning person, make sure you have time to get work done in the morning.
Can you batch your meetings into one or two days a week?
Start Your Day
Start with something other than work!
Take a few minutes to meditate
“Limit standing meetings. We tend to use all the allotted time, even if there's nothing to talk about!”—Steve Peele
Context Switching - In computing, a context switch is the process of storing the state of a process or thread, so that it can be restored and resume execution at a later point. This allows multiple processes to share a single central processing unit (CPU), and is an essential feature of a multitasking operating system. Wikipedia
Co-workers will honor what you make them honor - Steve Peele
Communication is key in crushing your day. If you want to block out time, you need to let others know what you’re doing, and what to expect. You’re going to have challenges if you go dark, and stay out of touch. Many people will want to know what you’re up to. Communicate ahead of time, after, and consistently.
Schedule in Breaks and Lunch
Do yourself and your body a favor. Take lunch. Get away from your desk and go eat lunch.
The work will still be there. You’ll be refreshed, nourished, and likely more productive in the afternoon.
Remember Your Purpose
If you’re an individual contributor your calendar and interactions are different than a team leader. If you’re leading a team, your goal might be to remove blocks for other people. “Your Job” might be to help other people do their job. It’s important to remember what you want to accomplish in the day, or the week.
Work Life Integration
How do you integrate the many roles you play together into each day, and each week?
Everyone has drastically different lives, needs, and requirements
Be flexible with yourself and others
Give yourself permission to take the time you need!
Life happens. Communicate.
Don’t leave your team hanging, let everyone know what’s going on.
Work Happens Everywhere
All of the tools we have today allow us to be on the go and available.
Take advantage of the tools to plan out your day.
Do you need to run an errand, let others know you’re on your phone.
Work doesn’t always have to happen when you’re sitting (or standing) at your computer
We all have things we need to accomplish.
Where do you do your best work?
Take a Walk!
There’s a lot of science behind the idea of taking a walk to help solve a problem.