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Focus Is More Important Than Microphones – School of Podcasting


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Each podcaster has one factor in widespread: all of them have 24 hours in the day. Some of us have a problem with focus. In the present day I’ll share a ton of analysis and methods to get your more productive. Final week I talked about five things that you simply assume will grow your audience but don’t. That is persevering with on with that theme of determining what you need to do, after which getting it finished. One among my favorite quotes from Abraham Lincoln is “Give me six hours to cut down a tree and I will spend the first 4 sharpening the axe.”

When you have no focus, it does not matter what microphone you have got if you cannot get it together.

Without Focus in your podcast, it does not matter what microphone you haveClick To Tweet

My Personal Private Struggles Sustaining Focus

Growing up I was what some may call “A weird little boy.” I keep in mind driving my Mother nuts as I might be within the kitchen talking on the telephone. We had a bunch of 16 ouncescoke glasses that I might refill with water and tune and then play as I was talking on the telephone. I all the time described myself as “Artistic” however I’m positive if I used to be in elementary faculty at the moment that might pump me with enough Ritalin to put a Rhino to sleep. As an grownup, I attempted happening some treatment however the more focus I achieved was washed away by the power that was sucked out of me. With this in thoughts once I get my artistic juices flowing, I may be hyper-focused and lose all sense of time. To me I outline that as “enjoyable,” however once you lookup at the clock and it is Three AM, and you’ve got an enormous presentation the subsequent day that may be a drawback.

For probably the most part, very similar to many packages, admitting you will have a problem is the first step. I’ve a clear indicator and that’s my desk. The extra messy it is, the better the prospect I have to pump the breaks.

Pumping the Breaks

Slowing down seems backward, but when you end up behind in duties, and so on and all the things in your thoughts and body is saying “Push by way of” and also you need to throw on your Superman or Marvel Lady outfit and start writing checks your physique can money. The result is you develop into more purposeful, targeted, and also you get extra stuff executed.

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?


Whatever the objective is, you have to realize it. I might advocate writing it down (extra instruments later). Take some time to consider it. If you don’t know where you need to go, how will you recognize once you get there? In the event you goal at nothing you’ll hit it every time.

Setting Priorities

The guide First Things First by Steven Covey he talks about Essential VS Pressing

  • Necessary actions have an end result that leads to us attaining our objectives, whether or not these are professional or personal.
  • Urgent activities demand quick attention and are often associated with attaining someone else’s objectives. They’re typically those we consider they usually demand attention as a result of the results of not coping with them are speedy.

Something that is pressing and necessary is a disaster. It is pressing issues with deadlines. One thing that’s essential but NOT urgent can be issues comparable to exercise, relationship building, personal progress. In case you ignore these necessary issues, they later turn into essential AND urgent.

Some issues which might be urgent however NOT necessary is perhaps interruptions, telephone calls (some of them), some e-mail, some conferences

Some issues that aren’t essential and NOT urgent can be busy work, time wasters, some nice actions.

The best way to Know When To Delegate?


In episode 159 of the Resourceful Designer, Mark had some great questions you need to use to make this easy. First, you must determine all of the belongings you do in your podcast/life. He suggests utilizing post-it notes or an index card, but you are going to want a spot for two piles. Then take every process and reply the next questions

  1. Go from activity to activity and ask yourself, Does this convey me pleasure or Do I like doing this one specific activity?
  2. Am I good at this specific thing?

In case you answered sure to BOTH questions, put it in pile number one. In case you can’t respond sure to each questions, put it into pile number two. Separate your collection into these two piles.

Pile Number one: Things that I like doing, and I am good at

Take a look at the gadgets in this pile and ask, If I proceed doing this factor will it assist my podcast grow? Will it assist me achieve my aim?

Start two new piles. One could have all of the gadgets that may transfer you forward, and the pile of issues you’re good at and you like doing are issues you are not saying no to, however not now.

Pile Number 2: Things that I don’t like doing, or I am not good at

Take a look at the gadgets in this pile and ask, If I continue doing this thing will it help my podcast develop? Will it assist me obtain my aim?

If the reply is sure, then these are the issues it is advisable delegate.

Capturing and Organizing Your Ideas


EvernoteSensible concepts come on the most inconvenient occasions. I get great ideas within the shower. You NEED to capture these and manage them in a approach so you should use them later. Listed here are some instruments:

Evernote: I exploit this software. It’s free (there’s a paid version at $7.99 a month). I have a folder referred to as SOP Concepts. I’ve a folder referred to as “Advertising Crap” that is crammed with all these ebooks I get that I’ll read later. The factor I really like about Evernote is I can apply it to my telephone, my tablet or pc and all of it syncs together. They have a software referred to as “Net Clipper” that permits me to take an internet page and reserve it in Evernote with a number of clicks. They just lately added a function that makes it super straightforward to connect your gmail to your Evernote. See

OneNote: This is Microsoft’s model of Evernote. It isn’t dangerous. It’s also free. In case you are paying for Microsoft Office you might have it.. In case you are an enormous Microsoft consumer (outlook, phrase, excel) you may play with this software.

Trello: Trello is one other free (or paid) version that’s far more visible as as an alternative of folders you will have playing cards (assume index playing cards). Trello premium is $12.50 a month

Widespread Features: Evernote, OneNote, and Trello all have the power to have subjects and subtopics. All of them have the power to share info (which is nice for collaborating with co-hosts)

No matter software you need to use is ok. The bottom line is you want a device. I’ve acquired a course on organizing your info that spotlights these instruments.

The place Is Your Time Going?


Need to see the way you spend your time?  Take a look at Rescue Time which helps you understand your day by day habits so you’ll be able to focus and be more productive.  Rescue Time is free. The Premium model is $9 a month and lets you monitor your day without work the pc as properly.

Another means to do this is to set your alarm on your telephone to go off in an hour. When it goes off write down (perhaps in Evernote?) what you have been doing. I know once I did this the first time many years in the past I used to be stunned how much time I spent watching reruns of TV exhibits I had already seen.

My Favourite To Do Listing


TodoistWhile there are a selection of Todo apps, my favourite is todoist. Very similar to Evernote, I can have Todoist on my telephone, tablet or pc they usually all sync collectively. Additionally like Evernote, I can take an e-mail and switch it right into a activity.

You’ll be able to arrange your activity into tasks. You possibly can assign due dates and be sent reminders. There’s even a reward system. You’ll be able to set what number of duties you need to accomplish a day and earn points. This considerably makes your to-do record a recreation. In case you’ve been utilizing tasks in Google, it will sync with that system. It’s extremely powerful.

The todist software is free and the premium is $Three a month.

Why You are Getting Annoyed

Research show that every time you verify e mail, a social feed, or respond to a notification, your mind requires 23 minutes of re-focus time to get back on activity. Those that multitask are actually  40% much less productive.

Finding Focus To Knock Off Your To Do Listing

When it’s time to document, listed here are some things you can do which may make things simpler:

  1. Have a set time to report so your loved ones knows to not interrupt.
  2. Put your telephone on don’t disturb and have it out of website.
  3. Have a distraction sheet. In case you’re engaged on something, and a distraction pops in your head, write it down and get back to your process.

You Can Keep Targeted For 25 Minutes, Right?


Tomato Kitchen TimerSome occasions we’d like a boost. I’ve heard and tried the Pomodoro method. Right here it is in a nutshell

  1. Decide a activity it is advisable accomplish.
  2. Set a timer for 25 minutes and begin working
  3. When the timer rings, take a 5-minute break
  4. Repeat steps 1-Three
  5. Ever four cycles, take a 25-minute break.

Dealing with Distractions

  • Inform the other (distracting) social gathering that you simply’re engaged on one thing right now.
  • Negotiate a time when you will get again to them concerning the distracting concern in a well timed method.
  • Schedule that follow-up immediately.

Name again the opposite social gathering when your pomodoro is complete and also you’re able to deal with their concern.

If you end up fascinated by one thing that just won’t go away, have a sheet/observe and write it down and get again to your process.

Why This Technique is Working For Me

For me, it is solely 25 minutes. It isn’t that no matter tangent I need to take is being postpone endlessly, it is being postpone for 25 minutes. By taking breaks, you keep your self recent. You keep away from burnout. Research present that individuals who work in distracting environments have extra stress, a better workload (cause you are not engaging in as a lot), larger frustration, and it requires extra effort. Once you start to go down a rabbit hole, you possibly can cease your self and say, “I can do this in __ minutes.”

No, I Cannot Keep Targeted For 25 Minutes


When you’re having a tough time staying targeted then I have some further apps, which might be really retaining on monitor.

PomoDone App

Pomodone AppPomoDone is the simplest strategy to monitor your workflow utilizing Pomodoro method, on prime of your present process management service. It ties in with nearly every To Do Record device (Trello, Todoist, Evernote, Asana ) so you’ll be able to monitor how a lot time you spent on a process. Once you understand how long something takes, you’ll be able to higher schedule it in the future. For instance, I’ve put in 58 minutes on an article I am engaged on for the Podcast Enterprise Journal. At this point, I’ve obtained an hour and 20 minutes into this weblog publish (I have never even received to press document but).

By seeing how long you’re spending on gadgets, you can also make a lot better selections going forward.

Utilizing the PomoDone Chrome extension, you’ll be able to blacklist certain web sites through the timer interval. Once Timer is lively (ticking), you will be unable to access the blocked web sites. You’ll be able to all the time flip this perform on and off in the Extension’s choice, as well as configure the blacklist of the web sites.

If you want to setup up occasions that differ from the25 commonplace time, you can do that ( I have occasions of 5, 25, 40).

Also in case you’re not utilizing another to do listing device, you should use this as your to-do record. The device additionally works on iOs and Android.

As I virtually solely use chrome, I exploit this app. Take into account if I need to bounce on Firefox I can go to any website I would like ( you possibly can all the time turn off the blocking function)

Tomato-Timer is a free device if you wish to take this concept for a check spin (or you’ll be able to simply set two timers on your telephone. One for 25 minutes and one for 5).



Freedom is an app and web site blocker for Mac, Home windows, Android, and iOS. Begin periods on-the-fly or sche­dule your Freedom time in adv­ance. Plan out sess­ions that recur every day or weekly. With Freedom, you will make produc­tivity a behavior.

This software is a little more “hardcore.” It blocks web sites on each Chrome and Firefox, as well as in your telephone. If you want to go “Super Exhausting Core” there’s an option to lock your session (which means you possibly can cheat).  You’ll be able to check run Freedom for five session then prices begin at $6.99/month

Get Your Brain In Tune


I had heard about on a couple of podcasts. This is music that’s designed that will help you focus. For me (being a musician) I appreciated it. It was kind of musical noise that was just above really boring. The pricing begins at $6.95 a month

I did not really feel like one other subscription so I checked out Spotify they usually have a lot of preset “focus” stations that kind of performed the same thing.

Make It Straightforward On Your self

In Adobe Audition you can also make a template but I’ve all the time used the poor man’s template. I might usher in my intro and outro music and reserve it with something like namofshow_blank. I then open that file and earlier than I press report I rename the present to one thing like nameofshow_697. This has all my information in it and I don’t have to search for them.

Pay attention quicker when modifying if attainable. In Hindenburg Journalist, there’s an choice to pay attention quicker in addition to in Audacity. I spoke about this on Episode 327

One other thing to remember is more planning leads to less modifying.

Podcast Rewind


I used to be on the Podcast Reporter (Reside from the NAB show)

I was on the Launch Velocity Podcast talking podcast Niches

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