Prolific Success: Automation for Business

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This is the site to learn how to stop working in your business, and start working ON your business! Automate your way to freedom! The blog posts below are the latest and greatest of what this site has to offer. Enjoy!

Never miss another meeting … Or wrestling the calendar monster

Today I messed up Yes, I made a mistake.  The first step in automation, as i’ve spoken about before,  is to identify a problem specifically, and only then look for a solution.  Today I had an example of a problem that became all too obvious when I realized that I had missed an important meeting.  I was scheduled to be interviewed by my good friend Erin Smith for her podcast over at thestartersclub.com.  But, the day came, and the time came and went, but for a number of reasons I totally forgot about it until it was too late! I feel horrible! Let me paint you a picture, and please let me know if you can relate to this too in the comments below too!  And, please hang with me, I’ve got some great tools and tips at the end to help us all do better at keeping up with our schedules! And first off, I’d just like to say that Erin is a friend located here in the local Dallas/Fort Worth Texas area who I see at local meetups from time to time.  We even both attended the Podcast Movement Conference and had a chance to chat (which was awesome by the way).  Our conversations are always amazing and I feel like we both come away better because of them.  I was so excited to be able to help her out with some automation questions and issues she was having, but also to be able to provide value to her podcast listeners too! But nope… I totally missed it 🙁 Being Late Equals Disrespect What’s worse however is that I really have a lot of respect for Erin and all she is doing over at...

PSP01-Daniel J Lewis on saving time, automation, and publishing podcast episodes faster!

At long last the Podcast is here!!  To start this off with a bang I bring on none other than Daniel J Lewis from Noodle.mx.  In this episode we explore the wonderful world of how technology can save us tons of time and make our life easier.  Daniel is amazingly smart and it truly is an honor to have had him on the show.  I highly recommend all of his podcasts.  Especially his show “The Audacity to Podcast” as its one of my favorite!  We talk about so many things but here are links to some of the mainitems for your reference: The Audacity to Podcast Episode 166 – 10 super simple tricks for speeding up your podcasting workflow Text Expansion SW – Daniel also recently had an entire episode dedicated to this!  Also on this episode he has his list of his favorite TextExpander snippets that we mentioned as well. All this can be found on his podcast episode 189, “How to use a text-expander for faster podcasting – TAP189” Text Expander Phrase Express Actions for iPad – Run macro and keyboard shortcuts on your PC or Mac from your ipad! Upload to soundcloud via dropbox using IFTTT Gravity Forms for WordPress Evernote Asana – Project Management ScheduleOnce International Podcast Reviews delivered to you inbox!  Be sure to check out Daniel’s amazing software service at mypodcastreviews.com. Find more about Daniel J Lewis and all his shows at Noodle.mx I had an awesome time talking to Daniel and I thank him once again for being the very first guest on this podcast!  I always learn so much every time I speak to...

How to Never Forget Another Idea Again and Automating the GTD system for Idea Capture

Is there anything worse than knowing that you forgot an awesome idea? As an entrepreneur and business owner we all get overwhelmed by tremendous number of ideas and thoughts we have all day, every day. These ideas come especially fast and furious as a content creator as these idea are our lifeblood!  They are what all of our content starts from – just a simple idea. Some are more fleshed out than others true, but it’s these fledgling ideas that are so precious, and why it’s so painful when you know that you had an awesome idea this morning – but now its gone…  It’s that sinking feeling of a missing something… Which is why there is nothing worse than having one of these brilliant ideas, your true strokes of genius hit you when can’t sit down and properly capture it! And, we need to capture the idea in a way that we can really utilize it when it is time to start produce the next blog post, outline a podcast, or record that next YouTube video.   GTD to keep up with your ideas I love the GTD system (Getting Things Done by David Allen) and in many ways, for many people it has been absolutely life changing.  You may have heard of it and be using it or even parts of it.  As a quick recap, the basic idea is to not TRY to remember everything – because first of all, you can’t!  And, If you have ever woken up in the night and thought “I need to buy cat food!”  Or otherwise had your subconscious bring...

How to Remember All the Daily Tasks and Accomplish the Big Goals

Every entrepreneur knows that as their business grows and as they become more and more prolific in their own content creation efforts, they find that a growing number of things that needs to be done every day.  Not to mention following up with any number of project you are working on or things you are waiting to hear back from.  I too have faced this problem and want want to share with you a couple very useful tips and tricks you can use help pave your way to Prolific Success! The big goals and their next actions If you are like most people you have your big goals and you want to tackle them and have the biggest impact on your to-do list and on your business.  But we know that in most cases these big goals are actually composed of a lot of little steps! As nice as it would be to be able to “redesign the website” all in one step we know that the project is going to take a lot of work and have a lot of parts to it. Two lists make life easier If you are familiar with the GTD, or Getting Things Done, method by David Allen, this should be a familiar.  But the process I’m talking about specifically is to have 2 lists.  One for the projects, and one next action for each project.  For our website example, the next action might be to put out a request on 99Designs for a new logo, or maybe it’s just to register an account on 99Designs!   The point is to get granular here!  Whatever...

Intro to Automation and What is IFTTT?

Many times on this site you will see reference to www.IFTTT.com or IFTTT. This is pronounced like “gift” but without the letter G and it literally stands for “if this, then that”.  IFTTT is one of a growing number of online services that are helping everyday people do amazing things by bringing together other online services. But What exactly is IFTTT? It is simply, as said above, an online service that connects things together, or more specifically, If some event happens, then IFTTT will do something else for you – it’s that simple. And it’s that powerful! It is simply an online service that connects things together, or more specifically, If some event happens, then IFTTT will do something else for you – it’s that simple. And it’s that powerful! Only your imagination is the limit Every day I hear about amazing “recipes”, which is what IFTTT calls these rules that you set up.  Some of these recipes are truly amazing!  And these recipes are made of up of a combination of a “Trigger” and an Action” from various “channels”.   Ok so lets define that confusing sentence… Recipe: The overall rule of what is to happen the “if ___ , then ___” Channel: Channels are the other services that IFTTT can connect to, that have actions within them.  These are things like Evernote, “Date & Time”, Twitter, Gmail, Instagram and countless others Trigger: The first part of the recipe.  Or the “THIS” in your “If THIS, Then That”, it is what the IFTTT service is looking for to start running the recipe you created, literally the recipe’s trigger. Action:...

Stop Repeating yourself! Automatically track what you tweet with IFTTT

How to automatically archive all the quotes I tweet Tutorial by special request by Jeremy Frandsen of Internet Business Mastery As many of you may know, I am a longtime fan and student of the Internet marketing giants, top rated podcasters, and super nice guys Jason VanOrden and Jeremy Frandsen from Internet Business Mastery. Recently I had a discussion with them about social media and during the conversation, Jeremy brought up an interesting problem and as I promised him then, this post is an answer to that problem and something that many other people could benefit from.  Allow me to explain… Social Media consistency is important As an entrepreneur, and as a podcaster, maintaining a solid social media presence is extremely important. Providing regular content every day is a vital component of our social media presence, and providing information about not only your own products and services, or podcast and blog posts, but also linking to other people’s content and providing interesting other bits of information. One of the most popular things that you can share are quotes. Inspirational quotes, wisdom from historical figures, or even lighten it up with a quote from your crazy uncle Eddie! Some perform better than others (Tim Ferriss or Socrates might do better than uncle Eddie).   Regardless, everyone loves a good quote and it’s important to scatter them throughout your twitter feed and other content. How to effectively curate, that is to find, track and share these quotes, is the specific topic at hand. The problem: Regarding these quotes specifically, or any category of information you curate, you of course don’t want to share the same information repeatedly....

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