How to Automate Your Life (Ep. 194)

When it comes to removing regular tasks and processes from your life, you have four choices: Do, Delegate, Delete, or Automate.

Today, we’re focusing on that last one. In this discussion, Martin and I talk about things we’ve automated in our own lives and share practical tips for identifying automation topics in your own life.

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  • 0:00:52 – Thoughts on tea and staying hydrated
  • 0:09:22 – General view of automation
  • 0:17:47 – Automating the studio setup
  • 0:27:06 – Martin’s automations for the website
  • 0:29:42 – Sponsor: MissionU (Different approach to higher education)
  • 0:34:50 – Martin’s automations for the website (continued)
  • 0:40:41 – How Tom automates his video making process
  • 0:47:27 – Tom’s favorite automation story from his internship
  • 0:54:06 – Tips for tasks you might want to automate
  • 1:04:09 – Conclusion

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Starting a business can seem daunting.

Between taxes, expenses, marketing, business types, and creating actual value for your customers, it’s pretty easy to decide that your million-dollar idea is just too hard to think about.

But clearly, some people actually follow through on their ideas, or I wouldn’t be writing this on a MacBook Air on a Roost stand in a local tea shop.

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Humans are predictable. Sometimes, too predictable.

We’ve been reading Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, and it turns out that many of the same social patterns that have helped humanity flourish have a dark side.

In part one of this series, we talked about reciprocation.

Today, we’re talking about consistency, and why sticking to your guns isn’t always the smartest thing to do.

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Do You Even Meditate? (Ep. 188)

To meditate properly, you need to be sitting in the full lotus position on top of a mountain just before the sun rises.

As the rays of the celestial body crest the horizon, an eagle will land near you. If this does not happen, you’ve done it wrong and will gain no benefits whatsoever from the meditation. Walk the 17 miles back to your car and try again tomorrow.

Ok, I lied about all that. But seriously, meditation is one of those practices that can seem daunting to get into. There are so many ways to practice it: Vipassana, Zazen, Loving-Kindness, you name it. It’s heavily tied into religion, spirituality, and philosophy.

So where does someone with no meditation experience start? Read More…

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