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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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Even before 2020, I was already spending a lot of time on Zoom. Being a virtual consultant from New Zealand where 95% of my clients are overseas, it’s an app that gets a lot of usage from me. Then 2020 happened and everyone started working remotely and using Zoom to host family get-togethers, gym classes or to catch up with friends while on lockdow…
 
As I’m sure you’re aware, journaling is one of those habits that a lot of ‘successful’ (whatever that means) people seem to have adopted. And journalling is often presented through this lens of being a tool to help you be more successful. And I don’t have an issue with that. But for me, journaling isn’t something I do to try and be successful. For …
 
I had a great ‘ah-ha’ moment last week. I was listening to an interview on the Tim Ferriss podcast between Tim and Mr Money Moustache (a.k.a Pete Adeney). For those that don’t know, Mr Money Moustache is a pioneer of the F.I.R.E movement (financial independence, retire early). On his blog he deconstructs the numbers behind creating a passive income…
 
We just got back from a family vacation and it was great taking a week off to relax and spend some quality time with the family. When we were at the beach, my wife, Hayley, snapped these cute photos of me pulling our little boy Jay up a rock and it got me thinking about an interesting metaphor for being a father.. Show notes (please leave me a comm…
 
When I think about the habits and routines that have helped me to achieve my goals over the last 5 years, there’s one thing that stands out from the rest: consistency. Put another way, being consistent, is the number 1 thing that has helped me to make progress towards my goals both in business and my personal life. So, if you have a goal in mind an…
 
This is the first video I’m creating as part of a new series called ‘Minor Updates’. In these videos, I’ll be sharing more casual and personal updates about what’s going on in my life and what I’m working on. Most of the content I produce is very direct and to the point. I like creating content that I enjoy consuming. This ‘no fluff’ approach has w…
 
One of the great things about building a website on WordPress is all the customisation and support that’s available in the WordPress ecosystem. My website has been running on WordPress since its inception in 2012. In this episode, I’d like to discuss some of the most important plugins I use to run my website. Show notes (please leave me a comment w…
 
In the last 10 years, the number of apps the average knowledge worker uses to do their work has exploded. And a lot of these apps come with ‘inboxes’ i.e. places you have to check to see what changed the last time you used the app. When you stop and think about it, so much of our day is spent checking these inboxes: So, how do you keep up with all …
 
I love tracking stuff. Whether it’s using my Apple Watch to track my fitness and sleep, or tracking my time using a tool like Timing (affiliate link). And when it comes to tracking personal finances, I love using Pocketsmith (affiliate link) to see what’s going on with our finances. Pocketsmith is a personal finance tracker that works by connecting…
 
Something I’ve started to do more of with my writing is to challenge popular opinions. For example, I’ve written about how too much of a focus on self-improvement can be a bad thing or why it’s okay to waste time. My goal here is to take these popular opinions and look at the flip side. To help people realise that they don’t have to conform to thes…
 
As a freelancer or consultant, there are many ways you can charge for your services and work with clients. Since starting my consulting business in 2016, I’ve continued to iterate my own model and how I work with clients. Each change that I made over the last few years was made in an attempt to either 1) grow my income 2) deliver my service more ef…
 
We’ve all heard the advice that we should do less, focus, and say ‘no’ before taking on too many commitments. This is a lot easier said than done. Social pressure and our personal desire to please people often results in us doing more than we’d like and getting overwhelmed as a result. Now I’m far from perfect. But do my best to maintain a sense of…
 
I recently came across this Tweet by David Heinemeier Hansson. In short, David shares a video of Joe Rogan condemning video games for being “fucking fun” and the cause of much wasted time. Joe talks about how you can use your life to become an expert in an industry, start a business, and become “successful”. Or you can waste your time playing video…
 
Email… Some of us love it, some of us hate it. For some people, email is an absolute nightmare and a chore to deal with. Usually, this is due to a combination of 1) being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of messages received, and 2) not having clear processes or systems that help you to manage your email. Personally, I don’t mind dealing with email,…
 
Depending on how you stumble across me and my website on the internet, you may be confused about what it is that I do. This is totally understandable because I cover a range of topics. In the past, I’ve struggled to clearly articulate what I do. And depending on who’s asking I may give a different answer. So, what is my business all about? Well, th…
 
For years I've been following the journey of Jeff Sheldon from Ugmonk. Ugmonk is an online store that sells beautifully designed t-shirts, prints, and work accessories. Jeff started Ugmonk over a decade ago as a side business and it's grown to become a well-recognised brand (you've probably seen stock photos of Jeff's desk around the internet). Wha…
 
For most of our professional careers, we are pushing to achieve, do and earn more. Constant growth. That’s the goal. The problem here is that we become insatiable. We’re never satisfied and constantly have to move the goalposts to achieve more. If you’ve ever received a pay rise or promotion, you’ll know what I mean. You think that earning that lit…
 
My calendar is probably the most important productivity tool I use (even more important than Asana). It’s how I organise my life, see what’s coming up and ultimately how I plan what I should be doing. But when I work with clients, I’m often surprised by how little or how much they have on their calendar. Or I see they’re not using basic features th…
 
Change can be scary. And this isn’t our fault. The thing about change is that it creates mystery around what’s going to happen next and as humans we are biologically programmed to fear what we don’t know. But the thing is, change is necessary. Personal growth, self-improvement and business development all require change. Show notes » https://paulmi…
 
One of the most frustrating things I hear from clients and subscribers is that they are ‘too busy’ to improve their situation. These are people who feel overwhelmed and don't have an effective system to manage their work. They usually approach me because they want to use a tool like Asana or Pipedrive to improve their efficiency and free up their t…
 
There are loads of habits you can adopt to be more productive. Some people like to meditate, journal, wake up early (or stay up late), drink coffee, set timers and so on… If you think this episode is going to tell you which habits are the absolute best to adopt in order to be more productive, sorry to disappoint you. The not so exciting answer is t…
 
5 Years ago I made my first ever online sale. It sounds cliche but I really couldn’t believe it when it happened. It was a Saturday morning and I received a Paypal notification on my phone and here’s what went through my head: “WTF! Someone, from somewhere in the world just found me online and decided to send me their hard-earned money to buy an eb…
 
“Busy” has become the default response whenever someone asks how we’re doing (which is a terrible answer). Right now, a lot of us have more idle time on our hands than we’re used to and don’t know what to do. Now, we can finally do all those things that have been put off to “one day”. On Saturday morning, I jokingly asked Hayley how we were going t…
 
Over the last few years, YouTube has become a very important channel for me to market myself online, deliver value to my audience and get new consulting leads for my business. I often get asked about the equipment and process I use to create videos for YouTube. Below, I’ve detailed how I plan and create my videos, from start to finish. Enjoy! Show …
 
I really didn’t want to write about COVID-19 this week. It’s all anyone is talking about and I don't really want to add to the noise. Then again, it’s hard to write about anything else because everyone is pretty distracted right now. The best I can do is to share my thoughts on the best ways to respond to this crisis. So here goes… Show notes » pau…
 
As the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies around the world, more and more companies are asking their employees to work remotely to slow the spread of the virus. While the Coronavirus is causing events to be cancelled and stock markets to decline there is an opportunity here for companies to trial remote work and actually come out the other end better of…
 
Most of us have pretty consistent routines. We wake up at a similar time each day, eat the same thing for breakfast, go to work, answer email and follow a similar pattern each day. And this a good thing. Routine helps us to be more efficient and build productive habits. But every now and then, it’s important to break out of your routine. Show notes…
 
I often get approached by readers or clients who are having trouble maintaining creating an effective productivity system. I get asked about how and when to use different tools like email, notes, task lists, document folders and the calendar and whether it’s okay to use your email as a to-do list or notes for sorting documents. Show notes » paulmin…
 
When you’re met with a big goal, it’s easy to feel intimidated by the gap between where you are now and where you’re trying to get. Whether your goal is to lose weight or grow your business, overcoming this mental barrier is crucial to making progress and achieving your goals. Regardless of your goal or the new habit, you’re trying to form, start s…
 
We create to-do lists with the best of intentions; to plan our work so we can be more productive. But if we’re not careful, a task list can quickly become bloated, messy and overwhelming, making us feel guilty and less productive than before. As I’ve worked with more and more clients to help them with Asana, I’ve noticed some common task management…
 
Slower? You want to go slower, I hear you ask! Why is someone who writes about productivity talking about going slower? Don't worry, I'll explain everything in this episode! Show notes » https://paulminors.com/164 Download my productivity blueprint and learn the processes and tools I use to be more organised and achieve more in my business and home…
 
Whenever I’ve worked with customers who tell me they have ‘too much to do’ or they’re feeling overwhelmed, I usually find they haven’t created processes that help them to do their work. Without a process, it’s very easy to get lost and confused in all the work that you’re doing. It’s like trying to navigate without a map, you’re basically just gues…
 
We all want to be happy, right? But the trouble with pursuing happiness is that it’s so vague. Happiness comes from so many things. For example, feeling fulfilled by how we spend our time, removing stress and conflict from our lives, from relationships and feelings of contentment. If I just tell you to “be happy” that’s not very helpful. Instead, y…
 
Most people need consistency more than they need intensity. Show notes » paulminors.com/161 Download my productivity blueprint and learn the processes and tools I use to be more organised and achieve more in my business and home life. You'll also get my FREE 3-part video training series where I'll explain 1) 4 simple steps to supercharge your produ…
 
When I meet new people and tell them that I run a one-man consulting business, I often get asked how I'm going to "scale" my business. I usually respond by saying that I don’t want to scale. I explain that I’m making good money that supports my wife, son and I and that hiring employees would add a lot of stress and responsibility to the business. K…
 
Happy new year! It’s that time of year again. A time to set goals and make change. You’re probably thinking: “This is MY year! This is the year I’m finally going to … (fill in the blank)”. You’ve probably already read a load of blog posts about how to plan your goals and “succeed” in 2020. Show notes » paulminors.com/159 Download my productivity bl…
 
One of the reasons I love to track my time is because of the power you get from having an awareness of where your time goes. As 2019 comes to a close, I wanted to know how I’ve spent my time this year so I can make better choices going into 2020. And I thought it would be fun to share some of the insights with you. Enjoy this detailed summary of ho…
 
Recommended Tools » paulminors.com/157 Download my productivity blueprint and learn the processes and tools I use to be more organised and achieve more in my business and home life. You'll also get my FREE 3-part video training series where I'll explain 1) 4 simple steps to supercharge your productivity 2) common mistakes to avoid 3) the 10 product…
 
This month marks 3 years since I left my full-time job to work exclusively on my own business. I can’t believe how fast the time has flown by and how much has changed in the last few years. I feel so privileged to be able to do what I do and I want to start by thanking you, dear reader (or listener), for allowing me to do what I do. My goal has alw…
 
A few months ago, I published a blog post titled: 10 Things I need to remind myself every day. I received a great response to this post and loads of people emailed me to say how useful the list was. Here’s a quick summary of the list (you can go back and read the post to learn more about each): Slow down You don't have to do everything right now Re…
 
In this episode of the Paul Minors Podcast, I interviewed a client of mine, Josh Krueger, all about his approach to automation and systemising your business. Josh is the founder and CEO of Dotcom Design, a web development and digital marketing agency. I've been working with Josh and his team since July, helping them to systemise their business usin…
 
If you’ve done any kind of reading or research into productivity, you’ve probably heard many times about the importance of saying no. Show notes » paulminors.com/153 Download my productivity blueprint and learn the processes and tools I use to be more organised and achieve more in my business and home life. You'll also get my FREE 3-part video trai…
 
One of the reasons I think I’m able to be productive is because I’ve cultivated a “task-centric mindset”. As more and more stuff clogs up our mental inbox, it's easy to get overwhelmed with “too much to do”. This makes it harder to prioritise your time, good ideas can be forgotten about and you always feel like you’re trying to catch up on life. Ha…
 
Today, I’d like to explain a little more about why I believe Bitcoin is the future and why I’m buying small amounts of Bitcoin each and every week. I’m writing this post for absolute beginners and people who have heard of Bitcoin who don’t understand it and want to learn more. My goal with this post is to pique your interest so you can go and do mo…
 
When we prioritise our time, we generally think of things in terms of importance or urgency. Having a list of non-negotiables is like having a set of rules that allows you to override anything important or urgent. This episode is sponsored by TextExpander. Show notes » paulminors.com/150 Download my productivity blueprint and learn the processes an…
 
I was recently asked by some of the members of my Slack group about my experiencing hiring and working with a virtual assistant (VA). Working with a VA is something I’m still fairly new to so I’m by no means an expert on the subject but here are my thoughts and tips on the experience so far. Show notes » https://paulminors.com/149 Download my produ…
 
Asking yourself thought-provoking questions can be a great way of dealing with internal conflict and finding happiness. In this episode, I share three questions I try and ask myself on a semi-regular basis that I find help me to unload any stress I’m feeling and focus on the things that make me happy. Sometimes I simply think about these questions …
 
Every day we get bombarded by emails, ideas and incoming work requests. Some of these things may be worth your time but most of it probably isn’t. The trouble is that we’re social animals and love to please people. This is why we so often say ‘Yes’ to things we really shouldn’t be doing. Removing the word ‘maybe’ from your vocabulary and making qui…
 
Over the last few years of writing this blog and recording my podcast, I’ve repeated myself more than a few times. In this episode, I’d like to consolidate all the most common advice I seem to keep repeating into one place. I’ve included lots of links in the show notes in case you’d like to learn more about any of these ideas. Show notes » https://…
 
In this episode, I’d like to talk about some of my favourite products and the gear I use on a daily basis. Before I get into the list, I’ll start by saying that I try to be a very responsible consumer. In other words, I think carefully before I make a purchase and ask myself, “Do I really need this?”. I also like to purchase things that have a long…
 
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