How I Work With Dan & Ian Of The Lifestyle Business Podcast – FA152

Ian and Dan on a Jeepny

Using Systems To Scale Your Business And Your Lifestyle

My good buddies, Dan and Ian of the Lifestyle Business Podcast, share the way they work each day in their businesses and the “process thinking” that allows them to succeed.

These guys are running several business units in very different areas — a media company, a products company with a few divisions and soon they’ll be in the software biznass too.

With all this going on you would think they wouldn’t have time to gallivant around the globe and indulge in hobbies like motorcycle and auto racing (well at least Ian has cool hobbies).

Listen in as they describe what they do in their work and lives that allow them to build rapidly growing and successful businesses while still getting to enjoy life. Here’s a hint: it comes down to systems.

Systems Thinking Resources

The One Thing by Gary Keller
Work The System by Sam Carpenter
Emyth Mastery by Michael Gerber
Getting Things Done by David Allen
How To Run A Million Dollar Business With Ian Schoen

Enjoy your Foolish Adventure,

Tim “Not Working” Conley

FA152 – How I Work With Dan & Ian Of The Lifestyle Business Podcast
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  1. Great interview. I really enjoy Dan and Ian’s podcast as well. I’d love to hear a little more about the “personal productivity” documents they talked about using to structure their days. That sounds like a great approach.

    1. Dan’s a Getting Things Done kind of guy for personal productivity. I’m more Zen To Done. I’ve found from talking to hundreds of entrepreneurs that personal productivity is really personal — singular in fact.

      Use GTD and the book One Thing linked above to get a feel for Dan’s approach. I’ll send him a note to see if he’ll respond to you on this.

    2. Hey Bryan, thanks for listening! GTD is the center of my personal productivity world, but the document I was referring to is super personal and tailored to me, but it’s basically the first thing I look at on my computer when I start my work day. It’s a series of prompts designed to get my mindset right, it also frames up my most important tasks and my ‘one thing.’ You might also take a look at the checklist manifesto. (the question being…) Why not make your workday as important as brain surgery. Worth a shot! 🙂

  2. Great show! I enjoy all these “Tim Ferris” generation podcasts. It really gets me motivated -on all kinds of levels. It is a shame we don’t hear more from women internet entrepreneurs. Specifically, (if it is even possible) moms who have already traveled/lived abroad and do not particularly care about fast cars and living on the beach. Been there, done that. Where are all the grown women with an entrepreneurial fire?

    1. We’re here! Just waiting for someone like you to say what we’re all thinking, lol. There could be a bin’ess opportunity for a private community based on your ideas. Thanks for saying something already ;).

  3. On personal productivity, I am a big fan of the 80/20 rule. (80% of the work gets done in 20% of the time.) I witness it first-hand working in a big, corporate office. Actually, for me in this office environment, it is more like 100/10 -the rest being superfluous meetings and events. Planning my escape and reprogramming my personal productivity process… Thanks for airing!

  4. I think it was this podcast that I heard where you guys talked about lifestyle and work and balance life, where there isn’t a work/life balance. We do what we like and we enjoy it! I find myself building websites, creating niche sites and running my ecommerce business because I enjoy it. Good luck everyone.

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