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How can we earn twice as much in half the time, with joy and ease, while serving the highest good? Join Jenny Blake, award-winning author of three books—including Free Time: Lose the Busywork and Love Your Business and Pivot—for conversations with authors, friends, and fellow business owners as we explore ways to free your mind, time, and team to do more of your best work. Subscribe now so you don’t miss an episode! Bonus: please leave a review and share with a friend—word-of-mouth is the most joyful way to grow the show :) Subscribe to theTime Well Spent newsletter at ItsFreeTime.com, and share this episode at pod.link/freetime. Check out Jenny's other podcast, Pivot with Jenny Blake, on navigating change at pod.link/pivotmethod.

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How can we earn twice as much in half the time, with joy and ease, while serving the highest good? Join Jenny Blake, award-winning author of three books—including Free Time: Lose the Busywork and Love Your Business and Pivot—for conversations with authors, friends, and fellow business owners as we explore ways to free your mind, time, and team to do more of your best work. Subscribe now so you don’t miss an episode! Bonus: please leave a review and share with a friend—word-of-mouth is the most joyful way to grow the show :) Subscribe to theTime Well Spent newsletter at ItsFreeTime.com, and share this episode at pod.link/freetime. Check out Jenny's other podcast, Pivot with Jenny Blake, on navigating change at pod.link/pivotmethod.

    Hire People Who Are Better Than You with Terri Trespicio

    Hire People Who Are Better Than You with Terri Trespicio

    Are the systems I share on this show and in Free Time just a “Jenny Blake Thing?” Rest assured, the answer is no! If you don’t see yourself as a tech geek or systems person, have no fear—Terri Trespicio is here to share her journey with implementing the principles and the difference she is seeing in her life and business as a result.
    More About Terri: Terri Trespicio is an award-winning writer, speaker, brand advisor, and author of Unfollow Your Passion: How to Create a Life That Matters to You (Atria / Simon & Schuster, December 2021). Her TEDx talk Stop Searching for Your Passion has more than 7 million views, and Hubspot named her one of the Top 18 female speakers who are killing it.

    🌟3 Key Takeaways:

    Sometimes you need to hire before you can really afford to if you want to grow. 

    If you hire an experienced expert to take over some of your work and then “hop into help” you are as likely to disrupt their process or even offend them as actually help. 

    Be intentional about whether you want to productize your offerings or make them bespoke. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all-businesses solution. 


    📝Permission: Stop taking pleasure or pride in doing everything yourself. Delight in the fact that you need help and support to do your best work, and you can get it. 
    ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Look at how you’re spending your time and how that impacts your energy. Find one thing that makes you think, “I probably shouldn’t be doing this,” and either delegate it now or prepare to do it soon. 
    📘Books Mentioned: 

    Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business

    Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One

    Unfollow Your Passion: How to Create a Life That Matters to You

    Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business

    Subscribed: Why the Subscription Model Will Be Your Company's Future - and What to Do About It

    🔗Resources Mentioned: 

    Terri on the web, Unfollow Your Passion, Instagram: @ttrespicio


    TEDx talk: Stop Searching for Your Passion


    Marketing Mentor: Ilise Benun


    Communities: BFF Community, Terri’s The Club 

    Design Software: Canva


    Recording Software: Riverside.fm


    Writer’s Training: American Writers and Artists Institute


    🎧Related Podcast Episodes: 

    269: How to Stand Out When Everyone is Peddling the Same Sh*t with Terri Trespicio

    294: Confidence Conundrums and Attention Budgets with Terri Trespicio

    122: My Top 5 Sources of Recurring Revenue

    104: Save Someone Next Steps

    086: The Cyrano Strategy for Delegating Important Comms

    054: Ten T's of Successful Delegating

     
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    • 38 min
    You’re Invited to Hooky Headquarters (HHQ)

    You’re Invited to Hooky Headquarters (HHQ)

    It is a small miracle of motivation that you are listening to this episode. When it was time to record, I had just come out of a foggy, groggy week at HHQ: Hooky Headquarters. Hooky Headquarters is where you go when you need a break—and if you don’t take it, you might find yourself in full-on BIADM (Burn It All Down Mode), burned out and no longer working in a sustainable way. Today, I’m sharing five reminders to honor your need for deep rest when HHQ beckons.

    🌟 5 Key Reminders / Notes to Self:


    Your body and mind must need the rest. Take stock of all that you have been doing, any recent project sprints or travel, and consider any coming up. HHQ is likely recharging you in between. 


    Trust yourself to bounce back, but only if you rest enough. Martha Beck describes it as an infinity loop: rest until you feel like playing (ideally, you align your work to feel like play), and play until you feel like resting.


    Refocus on what is truly urgent. Give yourself permission to set the rest aside. Does it need to be done at all? Who can help if so?


    Rethink your approach to the work. Tackle items one by one, starting with what’s most urgent and important, perhaps with a different perspective. How would _______ (someone you admire) approach this task or deadline?


    Put down your quiver of second arrows–the Buddhist term for the feelings and stories you tell yourself about your initial feeling or current state. Give yourself permission to be where you are, and to need what you need.


    📝Permission: Join me at HHQ when you, too, need deep rest! Without firing any second arrows at yourself: drop any guilt, shame, blame, or shoulds and have faith in the process.  
    ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Create extra spaciousness in advance by blocking off a few extra “DNS” (Do Not Schedule) days in your calendar, even if you can’t think of an exact need for them at the moment. 99% of the time, you’ll be thankful when they arrive!
    📘Books Mentioned: 


    Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business 


    Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One


    The Work Revolution: Freedom and Excellence for All 


    The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal 


    A World Without Email: Find Focus and Transform the Way You Work Forever 

    Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

    🔗Resources Mentioned: Martha Beck’s Article: I Rest My Pace
    🎧Related Podcast Episodes: 

    002: Eliminate Email with Cal Newport

    028: When the Financial Tides Recede

    126: Creating Time Buffer—7 Strategies for Spacious Scheduling

    046: Time Margin—Are You Drowning, Treading Water, or Gliding?

    Pivot: 045: Post-Launch Pivot Point + Visit From the Furry Rest Monster

    Pivot: 251: Listener Q&A on (Furry) Imposter Monsters


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    • 29 min
    Scaling Joy While Streamlining Business Overhead and Navigating ADHD with Kaneisha Grayson

    Scaling Joy While Streamlining Business Overhead and Navigating ADHD with Kaneisha Grayson

    Would earning $1 million dollars in revenue this year solve all of your problems? It might, but it could also cause a whole set of new ones, inspiring you to scale back. That’s the story behind the business of today’s guest, Kaneisha Grayson. She shares how she built a seven-figure business, and why she later restructured to one that better honors her energy and goals. 
    More About Kaneisha: Kaneisha Grayson is the founder of The Art of Applying, an agency that aids graduate school applicants get accepted into top-tier schools and achieve funding. She is the author of Be Your Own Boyfriend: Decide to Be Happy, Unleash Your Sexy, and Change Your Life and host of the Scale Your Joy podcast. Kaneisha is dedicated to sharing her journey with like-minded people who are ready to forge their own path, creating a life and business that brings them joy instead of suffering through the corporate grind. 
    🌟3 Key Takeaways:

    Be mindful of what financial metrics matter most on the route to your broader business goals. What is more important: high top-line revenue, or profit and owner take-home pay?

    Facebook Ads can be a great fit for people selling high-ticket programs that later roll into a recurring revenue model; but buyer beware—they may not be your most profitable channel.

    Set up a “body double”: Kaneisha has learned that for those navigating ADHD, having real-time support and accountability, such as virtual coworking, makes a huge difference.


    📝Permission: Ignore business advice that doesn’t work for you, or that—for whatever reason—you just can’t do. Stop internalizing failures you’re experiencing without further investigation about alternate routes.
    ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: What are you tracking to tell you whether or not you’re successful? Are those metrics aligned with what is making your life joyful? Re-evaluate the metrics you monitor and match them to what you value most. 
    📘Books Mentioned: 

    Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business

    Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One

    Be Your Own Boyfriend

    🔗Resources Mentioned: 


    Kaneisha on the web, Instagram: @kaneishagrayson, LinkedIn, Facebook



    Kaneisha’s podcast: Scale Your Joy



    Flow Club Get it Done Zoom Sessions for ADHD women 

    The Flow Tribe

    Marie Forleo’s B-School

    🎧Related Podcast Episodes: 

    The Get Paid Podcast: Kaneisha Grayson: Hitting 7 Figures and Reducing Your Revenue Goal


    Hello Seven Podcast: A Masterclass in Million Dollar Mindset with Kaneisha Grayson 

    053: Facilitated Focus with Jake Kahana

    Pivot: 115: "People are People" — Exploring Neurodiversity with Mark Rufino


     
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    • 51 min
    Day in the Life of a Podcast Episode and How I Prepare for Guests

    Day in the Life of a Podcast Episode and How I Prepare for Guests

    Consistently creating high-quality content can be challenging. To practice what I call ongoing original public thinking, I am often brainstorming how to make the processes involved as smooth, simple, and searchable as possible. This episode originally aired as a Loom video for the private BFF community, where I walked through my Notion podcast production dashboard and content calendar. Here’s what I have learned (and optimized!) in these last seven years of podcasting. You can also watch the video walkthrough of this episode here.
    Want more where this came from? Set yourself up for even more abundant ease, joy, and time in 2023 by joining us in the private BFF community and Free Time Operations Dashboard with promo code PODCAST. If you join as a result of this episode, you will receive complimentary access to the full (He)art of Podcasting Course. 
    Last but not least, if you’ve read the book, please leave an Amazon review if you haven’t already!

    🌟3 Key Takeaways:

    Use Amazon’s advanced search feature to find books that will be releasing in the next few months, when authors are most likely to say yes to interview requests.

    Create specific templates in your project management system for the different types of content you create so your team knows exactly what information to collect.

    If you use Riverside.fm: Create one recording studio or room for podcast conversations, so you don’t need to create a new event every time you record; just send a link to the permanent one. Even better? Turn that into a bit.ly or a vanity URL that redirects from your domain (i.e. yourdomain.com/riverside)


    📝Permission: Stop tediously typing up notes! Use voice dictation, iOS’s Live Text feature, and Your Kindle Highlights to copy and paste key takeaways from books and articles more easily.
    ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Set up Readwise.io with a connection to import your Kindle highlights if you haven’t already! If you are a Notion’er, set up a Readwise export of those highlights to a Library database. 
    📘Books Mentioned:


    Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business 


    Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One

    Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling

    🔗Resources Mentioned:

    Watch a video walkthrough of this episode (Loom)


    Free Time Operations Dashboard 


    BFF private community

    Pivot podcast


    One Stone Creative 



    Amazon advanced search for upcoming book releases, 


    Software: Calendly, Zapier, Your Kindle Highlights, Readwise.io, iOS—Live Text: How to copy/paste text from images (h/t Tim Ferriss), Dropbox, Riverside.fm, pod.link, Send to Kindle Chrome extension


    TEDx Video: Matthew Dicks’ Homework for Life


    🎧Related Podcast Episodes:

    121: How to Steer Through a Downturn and Stop Micromanaging with Annie Hyman Pratt

    123: “Pricing is Branding” — Anti-Time Management with Richie Norton

    111: Building a Second Brain with Tiago Forte

    109: Winning the Week with Demir Bentley

    062: Made by Monday On Content "Frog" Batching

    124: JB’s 5 C’s System for Content Curation and Production


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    • 23 min
    The $10K Work Framework with Khe Hy

    The $10K Work Framework with Khe Hy

    Think of your day-to-day work as fitting into one of four quadrants, as defined by today’s guest Khe Hy in a recent issue of his fantastic RadReads newsletter: 

    $10 Work is low-leverage, low-skilled work that you can do when you’re hungover.

    $100 Work is when you leverage the wrong thing – and get overwhelmed by meta-work.

    $10K Work consists of high-leverage skills that exponentially grow your business and bring you closer to your dream life.


    As Khe writes, “The quadrant people high-performers really get stuck in is the $1,000/hour quadrant . . . the domain of unique skills that have no leverage.” That’s what we’re discussing in today’s episode so you can learn strategies to stop struggling and do more of your best work.
    More About Khe: Khe Hy is the founder and CEO of RadReads, an online education company that helps over 36,000 professionals lead productive, examined, and joyful lives. He has been called Oprah for Millennials by CNN, is the creator of the $10K Work productivity method, and teaches the popular cohort-based course Supercharge Your Productivity. Before founding RadReads, Khe spent 15 years working on Wall Street and was one of the youngest Managing Directors at BlackRock. 

    🌟3 Key Takeaways: 

    $10K tasks combine skill and leverage, as well as unique IP.

    Getting good at just one or two promotional channels lets you leverage the power of constraints and align with the way you like to work.

    When you look at your business activities, do they fit into your long-term goals—or your $10K tasks? Make sure your effort is aligned with the outcomes you seek. 


    📝Permission: Stop the struggle; great things can still happen in your business without it. Remember: It doesn’t have to be hard to be worthwhile.
    ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Make a list of five $10K Tasks at the intersection of your unique skills, IP, and leverage. 
    📘Books Mentioned: 

    Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business

    Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One

    Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want

    Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha

    🔗Resources Mentioned: 

    Khe on the web, Twitter, LinkedIn, Supercharge Your Productivity (course)


    Articles: The Magic of Doing $10,000 Per Hour Work, How to be the Chief Unblocking Officer, High Performers Routinely Make This Mistake



    Newsletter: Stratechery


    Free Time Operations Dashboard

    Software: Substack, Medium, JustWorks, Notion


    🎧Related Podcast Episodes: 

    111: Building a Second Brain with Tiago Forte

    The Nathan Barry Show: 026 Keh Hy - How You Can Do $10,000/Hr Work

    108: How to Run a Scaled Coaching Team with Notion

    088: Why I Moved from Asana to Notion for Task and Project Management

    034: Organizing Research and Ideas - Notion Walkthrough #1

    036: Shaping Big Ideas - Notion Walkthrough #2

    038: Tracking Progress Toward Finishing a Book (or Big Idea) with an Essay Tracker - Notion Walkthrough #3

    098: How to Build Your Minimum Viable Team (MVT)

     
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    • 52 min
    A Tale of Two Teas: 🫖 On Botching the Basics and Correcting Mistakes (Or Not)

    A Tale of Two Teas: 🫖 On Botching the Basics and Correcting Mistakes (Or Not)

    Nothing makes me more frustrated than poorly run companies that essentially steal time and money from the customers through bureaucracy and botching the basics. If you’re a longtime listener of this show, you might remember episode 83: Breaking Through Buyers Remorse, Never Lose a Customer Again with Joey Coleman. Today, I am sharing a tale of two contrasting customer service stories: one that devolved into disappointed buyer’s remorse, and the other that surprised and delighted my family and me, while creating memories of a lifetime.
    🌟3 Key Takeaways:

    Decide if you want to be a luxury brand or not; price and create processes accordingly.

    When you or your team makes mistakes—as everyone does—over-deliver and get creative to make it right.

    Respond even if there’s nothing you can do: The “table stakes” of customer service are to listen and empathize.


    📝Permission: To make mistakes, so long as you design processes that help you and your team to apologize creatively and make it right.
    ✅Do (or Delegate) This Next: Review how you operationalize your company values. Are you aiming to provide a luxury experience or not? Are you pricing accordingly, and do you have the systems and processes in place to match? 
    📘Books Mentioned:


    Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business 



    Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One 


    The Road Less Stupid: Advice from the Chairman of the Board


    Radical Candor: Fully Revised and Updated Edition: How to Get What You Want by Saying What You Mean 

    Raving Fans: Revolutionary Approach to Customer Service


    🔗Resources Mentioned: 

    Itinerary App: TripIt Pro


    Travel Points Card: Delta AmEx 


    The Tea House at Los Rios


    🎧Related Podcast Episodes: 

    083: Breaking through Buyer’s Remorse—Never Lose a Customer Again with Joey Coleman

    068: Are You Running a Grumpy Business?

    104: Save Someone Next Steps


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    • 34 min

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Joyful Solutions for Entrepreneurial Overwhelm

Can I give 6 stars? In the universe of entrepreneurial overwhelm, Jenny and her guests consistently offer relevant, actionable nuggets to help you achieve focus, clarity and results. If you need a compassionate guide to get you through the messy middle or to rearrange the fragments of your next great work, this is the place. Many episodes, such as "Building a Second Brain" and "How to Start Writing a Book, Course, or Workshop," offer roadmaps that are worthy of a second listen. You will be joyfully grateful. Thank you, Jenny!

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Love this podcast and often take notes because Jenny shares such practical and helpful advice.

I’m in the process of rebuilding my team after some turnover and really want it to be a delightfully tiny team, as Jenny calls it, this time around!

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