Pursuing A Balanced Life

In this episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life, I share what has been going on, in my mind, as it related to what I had read up to that point in the book “E-Myth Revisited.” I think it is important to point out that, a few days after recording this, I had finished the book. The final chapters of the book had an incredible amount of insightful content when it comes to structuring the organization of your business. I came away enjoying this book a great deal more, though I don’t agree with such statements, made by the author, that the only real reason to start a business is to ultimately sell it.

I also shared how thankful I am for the awesome advisers that I have in my life. I’m surrounded by a great number of amazingly successful people and I know that a great deal of my success and motivation is directly tied to my relationship with these amazing people.

I shared quite a bit more in this episode as well. However, I recorded it several days ago and I am having a difficult time remembering some of the other topics I brought up. I hope you enjoy!

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In this episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life, I answer the question that was asked by @hbgreg on Twitter where he wrote “When is urgent not important?”

I do a bit of rehashing some of what I shared in episode 509 about the time management lessons I learned from chapter 3 of Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership Book.

It seems that a lot of people are struggling with the idea of discerning the difference between urgent tasks and important tasks. Personally, I think the struggle is more between discerning the tasks that are “important and urgent” (Quadrant 1) v/s the tasks that are “not important and urgent” (Quadrant 3).

I don’t have all the answers to this figured out, but I have spent the past full week organizing my day around the concepts that I learned from chapter three fo EntreLeadership. I can tell you that, without a doubt, it has had a profound positive impact on the amount of IMPORTANT WORK that I completed in the past seven days.

By the way, in this episode, I shared how I took five days to respond to my single most important client as a result of his email not making it to the top of my to do list during those five days.

Here’s what I wrote to him…..

Why it has taken so long, (Read this section only if interested – Otherwise Skip To Next Section)
I’m so sorry for taking five days to respond to your email. I’d like to give credit to Dave Ramsey, as I’ve been reading EntreLeadership and in chapter three, he discussed time management.

I must admit that I’ve been hard at work at taking a deep look at the tasks that I do and then categorize them into four quadrants.

Quadrant 1 – Important and Urgent
Quadrant 2 – Important and Not Urgent
Quadrant 3 – Not Important and Urgent
Quadrant 4 – Not Important and Not Urgent

I’ve been spending about 15 minutes each day trying to organize my day’s to do list based up on these categories, trying to fit in as many Q1 and Q2 tasks as possible and then I prioritize my list based upon how Dave shared in the rest of that chapter.

Having well over 100 emails that had built up from my West Coast trip, “manage email” has hovered around an A5 to A7 task.

Previously, I’d try to capture the ever elusive email “Inbox Zero” and would have responded to your email within a few short hours.

There is a part of me that is excited that I’m just getting to this email today, as the tasks that I’ve worked on these past five days have been EPIC on the scale of importance, especially the ones that were “Important But Not Urgent.”

However, when I come to an email like this, there is a part of me that wanders if there isn’t a way to do this to were some folks get priority treatment when it comes to responding to an email.

I’m working on it.

The email then continued on to respond to the URGENT request for help that he wrote to me about five days earlier. A request for assistance that I was then, at the time of responding to the email, four days too late to fulfill.

Want to know how this client responded? The following email response came in, this morning, after I had finished recording this episode. He wrote back and said….

Thanks for your note here. Hey I understand totally about prioritizing your time. As you become more and more successful that will increase as an absolute necessity.

… I have removed portion of email pertaining to the topic we were discussing …

I so appreciate your willingness to add your expertise to my ongoing work here.

There you go my friends. You see, this client, my single most important client wrote back and said that it was no problem that I did not fulfill his request to be available for his urgent request. Instead of being angry or let down, he reinforced my decision to “Do The Work That Counts” by saying that as I become more and more successful, the need to do this will increase as an absolute necessity.

In the episode, I quoted Peter Shallard’s post where wrote, “Shun the urgent. Allow it to sort itself. Notice how pointless email has a way of making itself irrelevant over time. Notice how those you’re supposed to be delegating to will take initiative on their own. If you’re a leader, support your team by leading a business built on doing the important stuff, not the urgent stuff. Ignore the urgent. Do work that counts.”

In this episode, I mention the following people on Twitter:
@hbgreg
@areynoldsre
@HandGPodcast
@CtlAltDeliver
@AlliWait
@TheRamenNoodle
@TinkHanson
@JGazMom
@AnsleyRDGroup

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In this episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life, I share an overview of what has been going on in my life since September 27th, when I last released an episode of this podcast. I am so excited to share not only what has been going on since I last produced a PABL podcast episode but also what is on the table for the future.

It has been a truly amazing journey up to this point and I believe that the most amazing parts of this story are still set as future events in God’s plans for what He has prepared for me.

Here is the list of content I mentioned that I would link to:

– ATC 121 – Not Going To Church Anymore – http://gspn.tv/f20
– ATC 123 – The Parable of The Incredibly Loving Father – http://gspn.tv/x5m
– ADD 162 – He Loves You Anyway – http://gspn.tv/tct
– ADD 163 – Le Me Love You – http://gspn.tv/sjq
– ADD 164 – Who Do You Follow? – http://gspn.tv/kmk
– ADD 165 – Life Without Following The Rules – http://gspn.tv/dgj
– PAM 234 – BlogWorld LA Review & Meeting Leo Laporte – http://gspn.tv/fw0
– Video – Meeting Leo Laporte – http://gspn.tv/hts
– PAM 235 – My BlogWorld LA Talk – http://gspn.tv/y0h
– EntreLeadership – Dave Ramsey – http://gspn.tv/lrx
– E-Myth Revisited – Michael Gerber – http://gspn.tv/7lr

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In this episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life, I share quite a bit about what has been going on since August 31st. The Following is a list of some of the topics that I covered.

– Why has it been nearly a month since episode 507?
– Burn Out Meltdown on Episode 175 of Family From The Heart – http://gspn.tv/thatepisode
– Cumberland Falls Getaway with the family.
– Not “going to church” anymore – http://gspn.tv/nomorechurch
– Almost Daily Devotional Episode 162 – http://gspn.tv/add162
– Plus Membership monthly contributions at an all time low.
– Do I still have a desire to produce content?
– Potential for a future Business/Marketing Plan for gspn.tv
– Too many income streams and not enough focus?
– I found someone to replace my assistant!
– Check out http://LearnHowToPodcast.com
– Dave Ramsey’s thoughts on when is the right time to hire an employee.

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In this episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life, I share my thought process as I ponder if the next step in my business would be to hire an employee or if I should simply stick with contracted workers. I lean toward the model that I have seen work well with Dan Miller.

Also in this episode, I share some thoughts on how I am evaluting the ranking of each of the different podcasts that we produce here at gspn.tv.

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In this episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life, I share how I sometimes feel guilty for going out and taking a walk during what I would typically consider business hours.

I also share some thoughts on how I am challenged with new ideas about possible opportunities that exist with the future of my business pursuits.

I recorded this episode yesterday and I am just now writing the show notes. I think I also mentioned about my recent decision to raise my rates. If I mentioned a blog post that helped me to make this decision, you can read that blog post here: http://gspn.tv/nvg

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In this episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life, I give a review of what has happened since December of 2010 when I recorded episode 483 of this show titled “The Dark Days of December 2010.”

I share a few short audio clips from previous episodes to summarize my journey of faith in 2011 as it relates to the Year of Providence.
At the end of the episode, I share the news of a VERY GENEROUS one time contribution to gspn.tv Plus Membership. To see the letter that came with this gift, I encourage you to check out http://gspn.tv/YearOfProvidence

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In this episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life, I share some thoughts about how blessed I am to have Stephanie as my partner in this life and how that most everything I have accomplished these past several years has been possible because of the love, support, and often, the sacrifice of my beautiful wife. Today is her birthday and I thought it was fitting to start things of my sharing just how thankful I am for Stephanie!

I also shared how well things are going with a new daily physical activity/routine that I’ve got myself back into. I tell you what my new routine is and my motivations for getting back into it.

I explain about http://Twitter.com/GSPN_Extreme. This is a new twitter account that I’m using for random, and often times, exccessive tweeting. More details about this are in the episode. Follow at your own risk. :)

I wrap up with an invitation for you to check out our newest podcast at http://LifeLoveAndTheMovies.com and a mention that I have a very exciting series of podcast episodes that will be released soon on the About The Church podcast feed dealing with MONEY.

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In this episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life, I share that I have been listening to the audio book, Boundaries by John Townsend and Henry Cloud. I also share my latest thoughts on traditional reading v/s listening to an audio book.

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In this episode, I share my recommitment to my early to bed and early to rise routine. However, this time, I’m looking to make some modifications to that routine based upon my experiences from the past.

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