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27 minutes | 3 days ago
EXCLUSIVE: Sneak Peek of New Book, Win at Work and Succeed at Life
Today's episode is an exclusive look at the first chapter of Megan and Michael's new book, Win at Work & Succeed at Life. It comes out on April 20, but you can preorder the book now at winandsucceedbook.com. Also, we're very excited to share that Michael and Megan will also be holding an event called "Win at Work and Succeed at Life LIVE" on April 20th. To get admission to this online event, all you have to do is pre-order the book at winandsucceedbook.com.
27 minutes | 6 days ago
#84: Blending an Ambitious Career with a Meaningful Life
You’ve heard over and over that the key to success is to work harder and longer than everyone else—but you do so at the expense of your health and your loved ones. Or, perhaps you’ve determined the cost isn’t worth it. So you seek out a better sense of well-being but pump the brakes on your ambition. Can you really only have either a thriving career or a healthy personal life? Is there a third option? In this episode, the crew at Focus on This talk with Michael Hyatt and Megan Hyatt Miller about their new book, Win at Work and Succeed at Life. They walk you through the intentional strategy that improves results both at home and at work, so you can take back control of your life and find freedom and margin and more opportunities than you ever thought possible. In this episode, you’ll discover— 3 nonnegotiables to set as you design your Double Win Why the issue is not quantity of time but intentionality How to create breathing room when you’re in survival mode Strategies for proposing a Double Win experiment to a skeptical boss Resources: Win at Work and Succeed at Life by Michael Hyatt and Megan Hyatt Miller
30 minutes | 13 days ago
#83: The Life-Restoring Magic of Daily Rituals
Courtney is BACK and she wants to talk about rituals. Especially in the midst of turbulent or intense seasons, rituals can keep our listeners sane. So today, we’re cracking the code on rituals. This episode is brought to you by Michael and Megan's newest book, Win at Work and Succeed at Life. Enjoy Michael and Megan exploring what it takes to achieve the Double Win, recounting stories that bring joy and some that sting, while laying out how you can win at work and succeed at life. Preorder your copy today at www.winandsucceedbook.com.
32 minutes | 19 days ago
#82: 5 Steps to Refresh Your Rituals
The days are starting to feel a bit off. You’re not completely sure when it started, but there’s an undeniable disconnect. It’s hard for you to start up and wind down, and the boundaries of your days are beginning to blur together. The likely culprit? Your rituals. Rituals are designed to be habitual, but they also need to be reexamined from time to time. Blake, Verbs, and Marissa will walk you through five steps you can take to ensure you’re getting the most out of your rituals—so you can create rhythms that set the tone you want for your days. In this episode, you’ll discover— Why it’s vital to clarify the end result you’re looking for Questions for reassessing what’s working and what’s missing 2 strategies for tweaking your ritual when it’s not working for you The power of experimentation in creating the experience you want When to do reviews to regularly optimize your rituals Resources: Break HIIT
31 minutes | 24 days ago
BONUS: 4 Ways an Executive Assistant Can Simplify Your Life
You spend your days managing details, scheduling meetings, and replying to emails—by the time you start on the “real work,” the workday is half over. Work bleeds into your personal life as you try to make up for lost time. You can’t go on this way, but it does all need to get done. How can you keep the business running without sacrificing your family and your well-being? In this episode, Verbs and Blake talk with Tricia Sciortino, Michael’s first virtual assistant and current CEO of Belay Solutions, and Melissa Lawrence, her executive assistant. They show you how to shift from trying to do it all to focusing your energy where it does the most good by hiring and leveraging an executive assistant. What you invest in an assistant you will get back tenfold as you find your way to the Double Win. In this episode, you’ll discover— 4 responsibilities executive assistants take on to empower your Double Win How your assistant can become a fierce protector of your priorities A life-changing system for managing your inbox The time-saving value of delegating prep work Resources: Belay Solutions Ultimate Guide to Working with a Virtual Assistant
37 minutes | a month ago
#81: 4 Instant Fixes for Overworked Solopreneurs
The Double Win sounds great—but as a business owner flying solo, it feels out of reach. Your list of tasks is a mile long. You’re concerned about losing clients. You’re having to master new skills as you go. Is there really enough time in the day to take care of your business and lead a fulfilling life? In this episode, we tackle challenges that come with running your own business head-on. We’ll describe four common obstacles to the Double-Win and walk you through practical solutions you can start leveraging today. When you do, you’ll finally stop feeling burnt out and start adding hours back to your week. In this episode, you’ll discover— How to set boundaries with demanding clients The connection between a lack of motivation and a lack of clarity Why offering less allows you to provide more value Strategies to drive results when there’s just not enough time How to free yourself to do the stuff only you can do Resources: FocusMate Free to Focus course Belay Solutions
32 minutes | a month ago
#80: Master the Art of Follow-Up
In the middle of meetings, details fly back and forth at rapid speed. You agree to take ownership of several next steps. But you’ve already forgotten one before you walk out the door, or it falls through the cracks of your overwhelming to-do list. How do you keep track of what you need to do and actually follow through? In this episode, Verbs and Blake interview Aleshia, Michael Hyatt & Company’s execution extraordinaire, to learn her tips, tools, and hacks for mastering the art of follow-up. They’ll show you how to develop a system for capturing tasks and following through so that you can become the high-achieving colleague others can count on. In this episode, you’ll discover— How to turn your actions into pro-actions The value of creating space to think and plan Why scheduling meetings with yourself keeps your mental to-do list clear The power of forethought to anticipate needs during meetings The top five tools and apps to follow up like a pro Resources: Full Focus Planner
32 minutes | a month ago
#79: How to Escape Inessential Meetings
When you have too many meetings on your calendar, the week feels like it’s half-gone before it even starts. How can you keep from falling behind on your most important tasks when you don’t have time to do actual work? You don’t want your calendar to run your life. But what’s the alternative? In this episode, Verbs, Blake, and Deidra will show you how to take back your time through the power of auditing your calendar. With plenty of personal examples—including an on-the-spot meeting cancellation of their own—they’ll teach you to determine which meetings to get out of and provide practical strategies for taking back your time. In this episode, you’ll discover— Four clues to help you identify an unnecessary meeting Why monologues and meetings should rarely go together How regularly reevaluating meetings leads to a positive work culture Tips for regaining time on your calendar even when a meeting is necessary Strategies for achieving the goal of a meeting without actually meeting Resources: Want to replace unnecessary meetings with video? We recommend Loom or VidYard. Maximize the effectiveness of your meetings with No-Fail Meetings by Michael Hyatt. This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by our free download: Spring Clean Your To-Do List, a six-step guide to transform towering to-do lists into a trimmed-down list that's actually to-do-able. Download the guide at fullfocusplanner.com/printables.
36 minutes | 2 months ago
#78: 4 Questions to Clear Your To-Do List
Sometimes, just writing down everything you have to do is overwhelming. You feel discouraged before you even begin. And seeing it all in one place still leaves you stretched thin and running from one obligation to the next. But what if it didn’t have to be that way? This episode is an invitation to reevaluate your to-do list. We’ll walk you through four questions you can ask yourself to stop doing the work that drives you crazy and start making your best contribution to your business. When you do, you’ll have the peace of mind and confidence that comes from knowing you can accomplish what’s required of you. In this episode, you’ll discover— Why some tasks don’t actually need to get done How to eliminate needless decision making through creating habits Often overlooked opportunities to delegate tasks One practice that will help you stop overestimating how much you can accomplish in a single day Two kinds of tasks you can schedule to relieve stress today
35 minutes | 2 months ago
#77: 4 Ways Your Community Can Catapult You Over Barriers
There are few setbacks more discouraging than stalling halfway into a goal. It’s easy to think you need to “just try harder”—but sometimes, what you actually need is a little help. But how can you help someone help you on your goal achievement journey? Verbs, Blake, and Neal dive into this question in this story-filled episode. They’ll highlight four key contributions anyone can make to support your goal progress. You’ll finally be able to enlist help to get unstuck—or help someone you love do the same. In this episode, you’ll discover— Why encouragement is actually simpler than you think The power of perspective to challenge the stories we tell ourselves Why solidarity matters—and how to practice it A challenge to see yourself as more than a self-improvement project Types of feedback you can request to take you further on your goals
36 minutes | 2 months ago
#76: Growing Closer By Growing Together
How do you align your rituals with your spouse? How can you make sure your Daily Big 3 aren’t at odds? How can you use the Weekly Preview to navigate the logistics of the coming week together? If you’re married, want to be married, or know people who are married, this episode is for you. We’ve heard your questions about using Full Focus tools with a partner—so today, Blake and Verbs are joined by their spouses to offer some answers. In this episode, you’ll discover— How the planner can keep homeschool moms sane Why Blake has middle school band to thank for his marriage Four questions you can answer with your spouse to prepare for the week Apps to consider adding to your morning ritual Why the planner can be your best friend for making room for family time
37 minutes | 2 months ago
#75: How to Set Real-Life #RelationshipGoals
The people you love matter more than anything else. But it’s easy to overlook setting relational goals, and hard to know where to start. You don’t want your relationships to drift aimlessly. But what should you do? We’ve got a few ideas. This practical, feel-good episode brings together new and old voices for a brainstorming session for the ages. We’ll walk through four categories to consider as you create relational goals—dropping in examples, stories, and encouragement that will inspire you to get creative about how you invest in the people you love most. In this episode, you’ll discover— How to make time together more meaningful Resources for improving your understanding of connection Small habits with big relational impact Why a new adventure might be exactly what your relationship needs What a “bike party” is—and why you should care This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by our Date Night Download, a free resource that prompts healthy discussions with your significant other. Download your copy today at fullfocusplanner.com/datenight.
31 minutes | 3 months ago
#74: How to Coach Yourself to Goal Success
You always knew pursuing your goal would be hard. But now, it really is. The excitement has ebbed. Roadblocks, old and new, are slowing you down. Discouragement is eating away at your motivation. You need to find a way forward. But how? We’ve been there, and we’ve discovered the solution in a simple principle: self-coaching. When you practice these four self-coaching essentials, you’ll be able to overcome obstacles and keep moving forward. Soon, you’ll be well on your way to achieving your goals—and becoming someone new along the way. In this episode, you’ll discover— The good news about 100% of the challenges you’ve faced The questions you need to ask yourself honestly Why pursuing your goals an exercise in integrity How to power your persistence What happens to your goals when you don’t give yourself grace This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by our Full Focus referral program. Send $10 to a friend and earn $10 for yourself at fullfocusplanner.com/sharethelove.
34 minutes | 3 months ago
#73: Crash Course: 5 Steps to Start Loving Mondays
Sunday night can bring with it a sense of dread. You’ve enjoyed a brief reprieve from the chaos of the week, but now Monday is looming. You don’t hate your job; you’re just not ready to dive back into a mountain of tasks. The solution isn’t a longer weekend. It’s a better plan. This episode unpacks the Weekly Preview—the tool we’ve designed to help you start loving Mondays again. When you get into the habit of looking back and looking forward, you’ll start each week with the motivation, knowledge, and focus you need to accomplish your most important work and progress toward your goals. In this episode, you’ll discover— The kinds of wins to notice—and why you need to celebrate them Where to find the information that’s essential for goal progress A simple step to improve your peace of mind How to prevent getting swept away by what feels urgent The power of turning goals into weekly objectives
37 minutes | 3 months ago
#72: Crash Course: Master the Key to Goal Progress
You love the way the Full Focus Planner simplifies your life, but if you’re honest, you’re not using it as a goal achievement tool. There are too many demands vying for your attention to think about goals. You want to use your planner to its full potential—but where should you start? In Part II of our miniseries on our top planner tools, we’re diving into the Goal Detail Page. This simple tool can help you leverage the power of goal achievement to create the life you’ve always wanted. Featuring insight from special guest Marissa Hyatt, this episode will empower you to start getting the most from your planner every quarter. In this episode, you’ll discover— Why clarity leads to progress The key to staying motivated How seeing your goals leads to action A free tool for keeping your goals visible The #1 way to overcome procrastination
29 minutes | 3 months ago
#71: Crash Course: Maximize Your Daily Big 3
It’s so simple, it’s almost elementary. But this one tool can single-handedly cause your days to become more productive and less overwhelming. You’ll be able to accomplish more by doing less. It’s not magic—it’s the Daily Big Three. The Daily Big Three is the most foundational tool of the Full-Focus Planner. If you don’t know where to start or simply need a refresh, we’ll walk you through what the Daily Big Three is, why it matters, and how to leverage and adapt it throughout your weeks. You can stop ending the day feeling dazed with a half-finished to-do list. Narrow your focus and boost your confidence with the power of the Daily Big Three. In this episode, you’ll discover— Why the Daily Big Three might just help you sleep better The danger of drift—and how the Daily Big Three combats it The power of connecting your annual goals to daily actions How the Pareto Principle applies to your productivity How and when to set your Daily Big Three
31 minutes | 3 months ago
#70: Turn Your Goals Into Action
You’ve set SMARTER goals you’re excited about. Now what? You don’t want to stall your momentum, but your goals are risky enough that you’re not quite sure what to do next. Planning does little good without action. But figuring out how to move forward is simpler than you think. By asking yourself four simple questions, you can start making progress toward your goals—and keep going until you reach the finish line. In this episode, you’ll discover— How to know if your first step is too big The power of the next three steps to get you where you want to go Why you shouldn’t try to tackle a goal alone The relationship between seeing your goals and accomplishing them Why staying connected with your desire is essential for success This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by our Full Focus Planner Annual Subscriptions. Get a year's supply of Full Focus Planners to power a year of achievement at www.fullfocusplanner.com.
30 minutes | 4 months ago
#69: How to Celebrate Despite the Disappointments
Celebration isn’t a luxury. It’s essential. Without it, we lose sight of how far we’ve come—and undermine our motivation as a result. The truth is, we could all use a little more encouragement, especially in a year like 2020. That’s why today, we’re celebrating you. We asked our listeners to submit real wins from the past year, and you delivered. So join us for this community-wide celebration. You’re bound to learn something new along the way. In this episode, you’ll discover— Courtney’s big news Three reasons ce;ebration is important Why Michael has been able to spend more time with his daughter How Orlagh got well on her way to writing a book A Q&A call from Marianna, a self-proclaimed Full-Focus “groupie” with great questions about leveraging an Executive Assistant
35 minutes | 4 months ago
#68: Tackle the Right Goals at the Right Time
There’s so much possibility when you’re planning for a new year. It’s easy to want to want to see drastic improvements in every area of life all at once. But that’s a recipe for missing the mark—and burnout. The solution? You need a strategy for knowing what to tackle, when. That’s why we’re taking a closer look at four considerations for determining when to tackle your goals. When you stop sabotaging your goal achievement and start tackling the right goals at the right time, you’ll be able to go further, faster. You’ll finally be able to design a plan for your best year ever that you’ll stick to year-round. In this episode, you’ll discover— Why you can’t put every area of your life under construction at once How to pick the goals that have the highest leverage What to consider if you’re only excited about work How to balance your number of habit and achievement goals Our farewell to Courtney as she prepares to go maternity leave This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by Your Best Year Ever Live, a virtual event to help you set powerful goals for the new year. Claim your seat today at bestyearever.me.
35 minutes | 4 months ago
#67: Defeat the Beliefs Holding You Back
“Can’t” is a powerful word. It can make you feel trapped, discouraged and small. It undermines your confidence and your results. And it’s a dead giveaway that you’re being held hostage by a limiting belief. We’ve been there, and we’ve got good news. You can exchange limiting beliefs for liberating truths by following four straightforward steps. When you do, you’ll stop seeing the world through the lens of scarcity and embrace greater possibility. You’ll feel empowered and hopeful—motivated to make a larger impact than ever before. In this episode, you’ll discover— Tips for spotting a belief that’s holding you back Practical examples of how our thinking limits our success How to upgrade your thinking Steps to make your better beliefs stick Why you need to grapple with 2020 before you plan for 2021 Upgrading your thinking is just the start of designing 2021. Take the next step and join us for our goal-achievement course, Your Best Year Ever, by visiting bestyearever.me.
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