Okay, okay, you can stop rolling your eyes now, it’s not exactly magic.
Once again, Nick Loper delivers on value and quality suggestions for effective time management.
AND he throws in a free time tracker!
Click here to visit his page with the text summary and podcast versions of:
How to Make Time for Your Side Hustle: 10 Steps to Positive Progress.
In this valuable–even inspirational–episode, Nick weaves in lessons and experience from various podcast guests to reinforce his time-management guidelines. Also included: book recommendations and time tracking tool suggestions.
Here is a sampling from his list:
- Figure out where your time is going now
- Find the time that works for you
- Aim to complete the smallest actionable chunks.
Here is the link to the opt-in for his Google Sheets Time Tracker document. DO opt in!
[After downloading, under ‘File’, click ‘Make a copy’, and you can customize as needed.]
Enjoy! And forge ahead.
And now, time for my book recommendations…
These seven titles are go-to sources of inspiration and valued experience. These are affiliate links which, if you use to preview and buy the product, won’t raise the product’s price and will earn me a commission. At that point, I’ll be that much closer to buying that unclaimed island in the Caribbean. Please don’t ask for the island’s coordinates. It is mine and you can’t have it. ;->
- Keep Going (Austin Kleon) Perfect kick in the pants for when you’re stuck.
- Show Your Work (Austin Kleon) The world is waiting for your stuff, even if it’s not (especially if it’s not) perfect.
- Side Hustle: Idea to Income in 27 Days (Chris Guillebeau) One of the first, and most reliable, ‘bibles’ for this niche.
- Atomic Habits (James Clear) This guy makes so much sense, even if he was spitballin’, but he backs it up with research as well. In other words, don’t even try to counter with any ‘yeah-buttals’.
- Poke the Box (Seth Godin) The message of this book: Get started. And keep the mindset throughout.
- The War of Art (Steven Pressfield) I love the formats of both of Pressfield’s books in this list. Some pages are only a paragraph long (perfect for my attention span). But this message is: I’ve made my point. And I’m moving on. And his main point? Resistance is pervasive and powerful and destructive to our dreams. But it can be defeated…but usually just one day, or one hour, at a time. Steven Pressfield’s books guide us through these same battles.
- Turning Pro (Steven Pressfield)
This list cuts across so many lines of productivity and accomplishment. Whether you use my links or go elsewhere, get your hands on these.
“Remember, everyone you know knows someone.”
“I make time every Monday morning to send emails, share blog posts, and reach out to potential clients.”
“One of my favorite sayings comes from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella:
‘The learn-it-all does better than the know-it-all.'”
These are just three memorable lines–in addition to the paraphrasing in the above Padlet–shared by Beth Newton in her October 2020 post for Entrepreneur.
Three new additions to Side Hustle Curator’s page of lists…
Lots of smart people chiming in on getting started and reaching your customer.
Nothing like a verbal kick in the rear to get us going sometimes.
And who better to deliver it than Gary Vaynerchuk?
Here are a few Gary Vee quotes to consider today:
- “…life shrinks and expands on the proportion of your willingness to take risks and try new things.”
- “Don’t be afraid to break things. Don’t be romantic. Don’t take the time to breathe. Don’t aim for perfect. And whatever you do, keep moving. Reread this a few times . . .”
- “Even if your ambitions are huge, start slow, start small, build gradually, build smart.”
- “Building and sustaining community is a never-ending part of doing business.”
- “Hear me now: you are better off being wrong ten times and being right three than you are if you try only three times and always get it right.”
- “You just have to make the choice to actually do it. I am so tired of excuses. Why not try something new? Be optimistic, exhibit patience, shut your mouth, and execute.”
- “Make it simple. Make it memorable. Make it inviting to look at. Make it fun to read.”
- “What’s always in flux, especially in this noisy, mobile world, is how, when, and where the story gets told, and even who gets to tell all of it.”
“There’s no such thing as perfect.
Chasing ”Perfect” is the shortest road to not achieving it.”
As always, I hope this helps a few of you out there.
Three additions to my Lists Page.
- The Entrepreneur’s Handbook: 120 Tools for Entrepreneurs and Startups (Note: Published 2015 with some dead links, but still dozens of sites worth exploring.)
- SCORE Resource Lists for Startups (Wide-ranging and practical, including templates for finances and bookkeeping)
- The Best Blogs For Entrepreneurs You Should be Reading (Ooooh, a few clicks on this page opens the door to tons of smarts and experience)
Some favorites that I picked up from these lists:
The Quora startup founders and entrepreneurs page (Click on the ‘Discover More Spaces’ link, as I was seeing a lot of ‘Elon Musk’ content right off the bat. Plenty to learn from him, but some weird, almost tabloid-type stuff being posted.)
I’ve followed Mike Brown since 2016. He is a consistent source of creative thinking within a business context.
Here is a link to sign up for his 49 Idea Magnet Ideas for Attracting Amazing Ideas
But what exactly are ‘idea magnets’?
Cue to Mike Brown: “Idea Magnets inspire creative ideas and encourage powerful creativity in everyone.”
- What can we do better to translate what we know about our customers into pleasant surprises for them?
- How can we create a place for smart, opinionated, snarky customers to share more of their knowledge with us about what they love (even if it’s NOT about our brand)?
- How can we test our latest, greatest ideas with a radically small group to get enough confidence to quickly move forward?
The book’s seven categories:
1. Generate Inspiration
2. Embody Servant Leadership
3. Attract Opposites
4. Make Unexpected Connections
5. Encourage People and Ideas
6. Implement for Impact
7. Recharge Creative Energy
I was recently looking for YouTube videos for side hustlers and up came Daniel Pink’s four minutes on How to Persuade Others with the Right Questions video from the Big Think channel.
Key point: “When people have their own reasons for doing something–not yours!–they believe those reasons more deeply and adhere to the behavior more strongly.”
In a side hustling context, say a potential customer is an almost lost cause. Ask him/her ‘What would it take for you to at least hear a 10-second pitch from me?’ or ‘What is the biggest obstacle to your considering my request?’.
And more from Daniel Pink: a quote from his book To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others
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I’ve paraphrased a few of his additional points:
- There is benefit in negative emotions like anger and frustration. negative emotions are actually essential for your mental well-being.
- Overnight success is rare. Play the long game.
- Rejection can lead to beneficial pivots: (i.e. Polish your marketing strategy or redefine your business’s identity or purpose.)