You sit down to do work, you start, then you don’t FINISH!
This is common. And there’s a mentality you can learn to help with this. Let’s solve this problem by citing some examples:
SITTING AT THE COMPUTER EXAMPLE: Everyone can relate to sitting down to finish something like writing a paper, doing homework, clearing out email, whatever…..and then never finishing it through all the way.
Here’s my estimate of the breakdown:
100% of people are capable of starting a task. 70% of people can start and get halfway through. 20% of people can start and finish the first run. 5% of people can start and finish, and revise, and finish, and do it WELL.
Of those people, guess who’s REALLY going places? Yup…..that 5% of top performers that can start and follow through and do it well.
So when you start something, then start getting distracted, it’s useful to think in your head in an INSANE and AGGRESSIVE sounding voice “THIS RIGHT HERE IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ME AND ALL THE LAZY SCHMUCKS OUT THERE I AM WILLING TO PUT THE WORK IN THAT EVERYONE ELSE IS NOT AND BECAUSE OF THIS I WILL BE SUCCESSFUL AND THEY WILL NOT >:-) >:-O >:-) !!!!!!!!!!!!”
This is the killer instinct that will push you through to finish a task, and not stop halfway through like 80% of other people.
AT THE GYM EXAMPLE: The biggest realization I had when I started seeing muscle gains from my workouts was that it’s NOT UNTIL YOU’RE IN PAIN that the growth happens.
I’ve been going to this “YoStrong” class at the yoga studio across the street. It’s like the end result of a yoga class having sex with a weight training class.
In the class they inevitably work your muscles till failure. And of course right before your muscles can literally do no more…..they hurt and ache.
In the past I would just stop and take a rest at that point.
But I’ve started gaining more muscle due to one mindset trick: When the exercise starts to hurt, instead of wincing or stopping…..I get this maniacal look on my face, and in my brain I start thinking: “FUCK YOU EXERCISE I WILL BEAT YOU I WILL KILL YOU I WILL WIN I PAID MONEY TO COME TO THIS CLASS AND GET MY ASS KICKED NOT REST AND I WILL KEEP GOING FOREVER >:-) >:-O >:-) !!!!!!!!!!!!”
Seriously. It’s kinda insane and masochistic.
But this totally works, and makes me embrace that pain. Because I know that 1% of the time I’m in pain, is where 90% of the muscle gains come from!
Video example of the attitude to have: Arnold Schwarzenegger talks about this “end pain” as cumming. He likes that feeling SO MUCH he gets there all the time and embraces it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdVCfDioTcY
Instead of “working through the pain” Arnold is enjoying the hell out of it. No wonder he won so many championships!
Next time you start a task (starting now), and it starts tiring you…..power through that pain point and get all insane on it like: “YOU KNOW WHAT I’M GOING TO FINISH THIS RIGHT NOW EVEN IF IT KILLS ME I GOTTA DO THIS CRAP ANYWAYS WHY WOULD I PROLONG IT WHEN I CAN JUST KILL THIS CRAP OFF RIGHT NOW >-:-) >-:-) >-:-) >-:-) >-:-) !!!!!!!!!!!”
This will help you develop your killer instinct.
Cheers to sounding insane ;-) Neville Follow me: @NevMed
Albeit I never started NevBlog.com with the intention of a single person to read it and never had the intention of making it a large blog, it’s almost ridiculous that my following is not FUCKING HUGE.
And here’s one of the most wasteful and regretful pieces of non-action I’ve ever done:
I failed to collect the email address of readers.
Doesn’t seem so bad right?
Well lemme explain why I would love to go back in time and PUNCH 21 years old Neville in his big nose (who apparently had $16,721 in the bank at the time).
Here’s what happens when you spend lots of time on blog posts and stick them up on the internet randomly:
You basically hit “publish” and hope people come to your website. For years this is all I did.
When I was a really active blogger my site would get like 2,000 unique people a day coming to it…..but I NEVER once had a strategy on how to get those posts out there, or keep people coming back.
I had a ton of friends in marketing, but none of them convinced me to start collecting emails quite like Noah Kagan did.
Everyone said it was important, but Noah viewed collecting emails as THE NUMBER ONE METRIC he went by.
And it’s because of a chart that looks like this:
You see, if my stupid 21 year old self had put a “Signup by Email” box somewhere on NevBlog.com, everyday I would’ve collected a minimum of 10 and 30 emails per day with the traffic I was getting. That’s conservatively 600 people per month who wanted to hear from me.
And if 21 year old Neville HAD done this, then every time I put out a new blog post, I could hit up those 600 people via email saying:
“Hey, I did this thing where I got a homeless guy to sell bottled water on the side of the road, and we sold all 24 bottles in under 30 minutes! Checkout the blog post here.“
That same day, the 600 people that signed up that month would click the post. PLUS the people the month before, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that and so on………
Basically thousands of visitors would find out about my new post that same day. Driving hella traffic to the site. And since the email list and traffic would continue to grow together, it would create a “compounding traffic” effect in the long run.
So a happy APRIL FOOLS to current-Neville on missing out on tens of thousands of free subscribers & sales!!
Your business homework for tonight:
Make sure somewhere on your website (personal or business) people can signup to get more information/deals/updates from you.
Keep in mind, even though the new owner of my former business HouseOfRave.com does a horrible job with the site, this crap-ass email form still gets him an average of 3 new signups a day:
So even a poorly-executed version of an email signup will help build your business for free. You don’t even have to be emailing on a regular basis right now….just get the damn form up today!!
P.S. This kid Bryan Harris is doing all this stuff VERY correctly right off the bat, and already his blog is exploding. Just two months into starting a blog, he makes $1,500+ a month from his new email subscribers automatically (which 21 year old Neville would TOTALLY be jealous of)! I’ll feature a post about how he did this tomorrow. Stay tuned homie.
P.P.S. Do you have some sort of email collection thingy on your website right now? Post a link to it in the comments, I’m curious to see it. If you’re feeling bold, I’d love to hear the number of signups you get per day!
Oh hello there….as I sit in my apartment and type this at 4pm on a Wednesday, there are literally thousands of people drinking, smoking, going to parties, going to industry panels and listening to one of 110 bands playing AT THIS MOMENT……40 feet below my feet.
This is called South By South West (SXSW).
It’s a festival/conference that takes over Austin, TX. in a major way every year during March.
100,000+ people visiting in a city of less than 900,000 people adds a certain “crunch” to the system. Not to mention pretty much EVERY ROAD downtown is closed for events, so driving becomes a joke in certain parts.
SXSW is 3 main parts:
Interactive Festival = This where all the nerds from around the world come to talk about technology (my fav). This is where you’ll seen Tim Ferriss or Elon Musk just walking around.
Film Festival = All the movie industry people from around the world geek out about making movies. This is where you’ll see Quentin Tarantino or Steven Spielberg chillin at a party.
Music Festival = This is where every band, musician, and people-who-wanna-see-bands-and-musicians come into town. This is the largest part people-wise. This is where you may see Snoop Dogg or Lady Gaga hanging out.
I happen to live next door to the Austin Convention Center which is the epi-center of all the action…and everything else is within a 4 block radius. AKA…..it gets crazy around here.
With that craziness said, here are my March 2014 goals (which have been interrupted by SXSW so far):
The first part says “SXSW rent place and stay healthy”.
I ALMOST rented by apartment out for over $3,000/night, but tried to ask for a little more. After taking off to Thailand for a while and other work stuff, I listed my apartment almost before the start of SXSW, so the prices plummeted (oh…and there’s also thousands more apt/condos/hotels in downtown Austin this year because of a big building boom here).
So I didn’t rent out my place unfortunately, but I did stay relatively healthy through SXSW! I still worked out, I didn’t eat late night crappy food, I did drink but far less than normal. Overall I stayed reasonably healthy considering the unreasonable amount of free food/liquor shoved in your face for free during SXSW.
A few days before SXSW started I sent out the last 25 NevBox’s I had:
Here’s a bunch of the international ones going out (those are way more expensive and kinda a pain):
I bought a dog shirt:
We had a “Creative Writing Session” from the pool. Here’s Abel from Fat Burning Man (#1 podcast in the world!) working out of my pool:
I knew SXSW was starting when outside my window I saw 4 electric BMW’s being unloaded for promotion (companies spend ABSURD amounts of money to get promotion during SXSW Interactive):
I rented out the guest suites in my building (both on the ground floor), one for my friend, one just to have parties in. One room had 4 big windows on the ground level like this, 1 block away from the convention center:
NevBlog.com was born on November 17th, 2004 (almost TEN years ago!!) to keep track of my financial situation.
It was never meant to be read by another human being other than myself.
Now why would a blog be so important for me? It’s for a simple reason: I FORGET EVERYTHING.
Ask me what I did in March 2006….and I have no freaking clue.
However I can just go to the sidebar of my blog and click on the March 2006 archives….and INSTANTLY it all comes flooding back. Simply reading a few sentences or seeing some images from that time allows me to instantly recall everything that was happening around that time.
For this reason, my blog acts as my surrogate brain. Retaining all the memories I would otherwise surely forget.
So for keeping my brain alive, thanks NevBlog :-)
The stats below don’t tell the whole story, but starting sometime in 2005 I installed Google Analytics, and here are the stats from a blog “nobody was supposed to read”:
For starters, it’s cool that OVER ONE MILLION PEOPLE have viewed something I created. Maybe I should put a badge on NevBlog saying “Now seen by over 1.5million people!” :-)
Here’s some fuzzy math on how many cumulative hours have been spent on my site:
(1,664,333 visits) x (99 seconds per visit) = 2,746,149 hours of NevBlog-viewing time!
DAMN it feels good to be getting stuff done recently!!
I’m not saying I’m working a lot more than normal, but I’ve been gaining “momentum” once again (I scheduled my 2013 too lax, and barely got anything done).
There are literally days when I work at home and watch YouTube and read Digg the ENTIRE….ENTIRE….ENTIRE DAY.
It almost amazes me how I can waste that much time.
Anyhow, here’s some things I’ve done this year that have helped me get my mojo back, perhaps you can pick some lessons (my favorite is the last one):
1.) I took a Thailand Workcation.
This was mixture of play and work. But the main objective was:
“Do work, by a beach”.
That was the motto of the trip:
2.) Scheduling creative writing times with other bloggers/entrepreneurs.
Simply being around other people who are working towards similar things really helps. On some Wednesdays I invite a couple people over to have “Creative Writing Time”. The rules are you have to be WRITING something:
Here’s me, Noah Kagan, and Ryan Holiday in a pool (even thought it’s 50 degrees outside):
3.) Keeping accountable with other entrepreneur peeps.
My friend Billy from Forever Jobless and I are meeting with a select group of people every month, and the lessons learned are awesome. It almost makes you wanna do a lot of stuff before each call.
4.) Co-working when I’m not being productive.
Simply working around another person makes me more productive. I dunno why, but it sure works! I just call people up and see if they want to work.
5.) I put up a giant mirror in front of my workspace.
Instead of a guitar sitting right there, I now see my monthly/quarterly goals staring me in the face. Sure kicks me back into gear.
6.) Using Self Control App.
But I think one of my FAVORITE new things I’ve tried, is nuking the time-wasting sites I use. I do this using Self-Control App.
I added a blacklist of: Digg.com, CNN.com, Facebook.com, and Reddit.com.
When I click the “start” button on SelfControlApp, I can no longer access those sites for a certain amount of time (I’ll generally put it for 5 hours).
However I can still access Gmail, Google Docs, Aweber and all the other useful things I use online:
If you haven’t been all that productive lately, at least one of these might help push you in the right direction!
Have a happy Thursday :) Neville – A very lazy man
P.S. Oddly enough this Wednesday I spent from 7am till 7pm fiddling around with WordPress stuff. I actually had a lot of fun doing it!
It reminded me of college when I took computer science classes (which I got kicked out of the first year) and would sit at a coffee shop with headphones in and work on my laptop till 6am.
It’s weird how THAT sounds fun to me!
Perfect weather…….. “What’s the password to the wifi?!”
That’s how most of this trip I took with Noah went.
We took a two week “workcation” to Thailand. Basically the idea was: Sit on a beach, do work.
I’ve done it before and it’s a great way to work!
The only problem is you have to go with people who are ALSO under the impression they’re going on the trip mainly to work. Otherwise they’ll drag you into traveling around all day (total 1st world problem).
Here was our trip Itinerary:
Flew from Austin to Houston to Japan (had AWESOME sushi), then into Bangkok for two days.
Took flight into Ko Samui and ended up staying there for a night (I loved the vibe of that island).
Took a ferry ride into Ko Tao, it was a backpacker kind of town. Did some awesome scuba diving there (apparently it’s famous for that).
Took a long boat ride + bus to Krabi to hang out with Edmund (who we met through AppSumo).
We got setup with scooters, a secluded beach resort, a bungalow on the beach, and all the food & drinks we could order (all for $93 for 3 nights for BOTH people)!! This part of the trip was so awesome.
Flew back to Bangkok for a few days.
(I’ll elaborate more with recommendations later when I’m not half-delirious writing this).
So anyhow, here’s a summary of the trip in pictures:
The first day on the beach on the Ko Samui island I made my goals so I could clearly work on a set number of things and not get too distracted:
In Bangkok we totally randomly met up with Nomadic Matt. In case you don’t know Matt’s site, he travels around the world and gives advice on where to eat/stay/travel. In fact, every time I researched an island to stay on, I would Google the island with his website after it in order to get his recommendations, like: “Ko Tao Nomadic Matt”.
Here’s Me, Matt, and Noah having a beer in a very westernized area of Bangkok:
Thassalotaflights! Something like 32 hours of travel time each way:
Relaxing on Koh San Road (where all the backpackers hangout), waiting to get my foot massage:
Know those “riots” going on in Bangkok? We went to them, and they were very very peaceful. It was more like a market or festival than a “riot”:
To avoid the jet lag getting me the first night, I downed a couple of these “real” Red Bulls. They’ve got some kick to them!
ASIAN FOOD EVERYWHERE:
This was us at 5:30am catching the SuperBowl at a nice hotel in Bangkok that had the game playing. It was full of Americans (the very few other Americans we saw on the entire trip):
Noah working diligently during the SuperBowl:
Drinking custom-made fruit smoothies for about a dollar a piece:
One of the “rioters” :-P
Meow meow meow:
Ordering food on the beach while working in perfect weather:
I REALLLLLLYYYY liked the vibe of Ko Samui. Next I come to Thailand I’m going back. It was touristy enough to where there were a lot of nice hotels and restaurants and things to do, but NOT so touristy it ruined the mood. The water was so perfect and calm, you could walk in the water over a 100 meters and still stand up till your waist:
I had to put this in there so I remembered…..
The guy who drove us to the airport had the sickest bus I’d ever seen! It had huge subwoofers in the back, it was pimped out with gold mirrors and rims, and that sound system inside sounded amazing:
Relaxing in the pimp bus:
Headed out on a ferry to Ko Tao Island:
Perfect breeze and weather for a ferry ride. It was 100% foreigners:
Noah wore that Taco Shirt LITERALLY the whole trip except the last day!
Lol…..Noah was messing with the hotel in Ko Tao when he booked, and said it was our “anniversary” so this is how we found our hotel room!! Hahahahahah
Lol….I walk in the hotel room to find Noah working from a bed of roses:
In Ko Tao we met up with an AppSumo fan Edmund who owned a bunch of business in nearby Krabi (hotel, hostel, restaurant, travel agency), and he showed us around:
Ko Tao was cool……but most of it was foreigners. So you’d see scooters zipping everywhere, but it was all white people on them:
Edmund scoring us some kebab skewers for a snack…..LOVED the cheap road-side food in Thailand. Actually much prefer it to the nicer restaurants:
Discovered a random Mui Thai gym in Ko Tao….it was all foreigners:
Crossfit??!?!? In Koh Tao?!??! Very random:
This is how I woke up to work:
Working early morning (still getting up at weird times with jet lag):
THIS is what a workcation is supposed to be!! Beach, good food, maybe beer, fast wifi, perfect weather. It got even better later on into the trip because we weren’t even at a resort:
We ended up making friends with the owner, he was actually American!
Of course you gotta get an off-road scooter:
Scooter trip around the island:
Parked and walked down some steps:
….and found this random beach for locals:
I brought my Martin Backpacker guitar and we played a few tunes on the beach (Edmund was formerly a rockstar the band Red Jumpsuit Apparatus):
Great views that pictures don’t quite translate:
Chilling and working:
Working from a restaurant thingy on a cliff:
View from the resort balcony where we were working:
Took a ferry outta Ko Tao:
Sat in the “VIP” section of the bus there which no one knew about…..so for the same price as everyone else, we road in style in our own section of the bus!
Arrive in Krabi…..this is the road we’d drive on everyday with those cool Avatar-looking mountains in the background:
Here were the scooters we rented for our entire stay in Krabi…..TWO of them for less than $18 total. Mine was the sky-blue one with random logos all over it. Fortunately both me and Noah have our motorcycle licenses AND both have scooters back in Ausin, so we’re experienced. But it doesn’t really matter over there, they’d give you a scooter in two seconds without asking if you know how to ride one!
Scooter crashes by tourists are so common, they call the road rash you get a “Thai Tattoo”:
More coconuts for me!
One of Edmunds businesses in Krabi was a hostel with a really cool vibe to it….so we spent time working from there:
Noah took over job as bartender:
Lol…..this random poster on the wall of the hostel always cracked me up!
This is at our bungalow on the beach in Krabi where we stayed a few days (which was AWESOME by the way). One day I was shaving my beard, and decided to see what a goatee on me looks like:
Scuba diving in Koh Tao:
Doing a quick re-fresher of how to not die in the ocean before going scuba’ing in some world-famous waters:
One of our dive locations:
Before taking the plunge:
IMMA SCUBA DIVER!
Workcation scenes: Me working from a beach:
Hammock and the “restaurant” area for the bungalows we stayed at. There were just 4 locals who lived at the resort and did all the work/cooking. So peaceful. One day we saw a total of only 9 human beings:
Chillaxing. That weather was utterly perfect:
Photos we HAD to take before leaving this beautiful location. Me relaxing by the ocean:
Noah chilling by the ocean. The water was so warm and mild and non-wavy you could sit there comfortably:
Aaaannddd of course I have to end off the album with a couple of Handstand pics!!
By the way, the reason I do these “I just took a vacation, here are my photos posts” is for my own memory. I forget EVERYTHING, but if I see a picture of the event I can recall it perfectly.
So this is my way of keeping this memory alive!
Hope you enjoyed the pics and got a sense of the workcation.
If you want to do your own workcation, based on our experience (of this trip and others), we know there’s some factors that affect this:
Have solid goals of what you want to get done during the trip, and tell others so you’re accountable.
Other people you go with should be on the same page of wanting to work at least 4-6 hours a day.
Don’t be moving so much….it disrupts the whole working and “resetting” process.
The goal of the trip is NOT to travel around and be a tourist….it’s to work. Of course there’s a mix of touristy stuff and sightseeing thrown in, but it needs to be a good balance.
Don’t drink too much alcohol or party too late except on designated days. This throws off the whole work schedule.
Having a perfect breeze, comfortable accommodations, fast internet, good local food, and preferably a beach nearby is optimal.
In the future we might do a workcation where we take a bunch of other people along with us. Whatchya think?
This months goals were written from an island beach in Thailand (me and Noah jetted the country for a two week workcation):
I’ve got a document I made much like the ProblemSolvingChecklist which is lightweight, short, and easily consumable…..for whenever you need copywriting inspiration. I should be selling it in the next 10 days if all goes well.
I’m also making it a goal to get the KopywritingKourse setup more as a complete business, so that’s already happening.
January 2014 was a great month, cheers to making February 2014 awesome! -Neville