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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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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…
 
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…
 
Today I’m recording my 200th podcast episode. I started my podcast back in 2015 when I was still working full-time and I was trying to "make it" creating content and starting an internet business. A lot has changed in that time but the podcast is one thing that’s remained pretty consistent. While the podcast numbers remain pretty steady, I enjoy sh…
 
Last week I emailed my newsletter list to learn more about the kinds of things people want to learn about in 2021. And one of the most popular topics that kept coming up is organisation. With so many tools available to us know, if you’re not careful, keeping track of what you’re doing and all your ‘stuff’ can be challenging. In the future I’m sure …
 
Over the holidays I was listening to an episode of Simon Sinek’s podcast, A Bit of Optimism. And in an interview with Derren Brown, Derren gets you to think about happiness as a verb, something you do, rather than as a noun, something you have. And as I was listening I had one of those moments where the penny dropped and I suddenly realised, of cou…
 
Welcome to episode number 2 of Minor Updates. After recording my first update video a few months ago, I received really positive feedback and people seemed to really enjoy the more informal updates I shared. I decided to close out the year with another update to share some of the things I've been working on and stuff I'm thinking about for 2021. Sh…
 
Last year I published a summary of how I spent my time in 2019. It was a fascinating exercise and I received positive feedback on the analysis. 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, I thought it would be worth repeating this exercise again …
 
The end of the year is fast approaching and when you look back and think about everything that’s happened this year, it’s crazy how fast the time has gone by! As the end of the year approaches, I’m starting to think about how I want to finish off the year and prepare for 2021. This is what I’ve got planned so far… Show notes (please leave me a comm…
 
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…
 
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