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If you are looking for 1 percent improvements that add up to big results, this is the place for you. Every week, we learn about simple systems and tools that will help you build the business and life you’ve always wanted.






Productivity: How to Never Forget Anything Again w/ Zachary Sexton - Able Business Radio: Productivity | Small Business | Evernote | Trello

Have you ever been at a party, when conversations are flowing then, out of nowhere, a genius idea pops into your head? Maybe it’s a solution to a problem you’ve been working on. Maybe it’s the perfect gift for you sister-in-law’s upcoming birthday. Maybe it’s an email you need to send an important client. If you’ve been having drinks at that party, it’s probably a fool-proof million-dollar business idea 😉 Whatever it is, you’re excited by the possibility of bringing the idea to life. The...

Duration: 00:14:22

Outsourcing: How to hire your first virtual assistant w/ Mads Singers – ABR027 - Able Business Radio: Productivity | Small Business | Evernote | Trello

Have you been mulling over the idea of outsourcing your work? Hiring a virtual assistant (VA) might be a great way to free up your time at an affordable rate. Four hour work week, here we come! In this episode we cover: Why the Philippines is the most popular country for outsourcing work. How building a relationship helps you get the most out of the VA. What work has the highest ROI for virtual assistants. The #1 thing to look for when making your first hire. How being yourself is the best...

Duration: 00:46:38

[Rebroadcast] Sexy Evernote Settings w/ Stacey Harmon - Able Business Radio: Productivity | Small Business | Evernote | Trello

Stacey Harmon is here to show us how to get our settings right so we can organize, and quickly access our entire Evernote archive in seconds. In this episode we cover: How to use Evernote to digitize and centralize your information. How to email notes to Evernote. Why getting the right settings makes it less stressful to get all of your information in order. Current Webinar Details: Webinar Date: Thursday, August 3, 2017 Webinar Time: 5:00 pm Central Time Webinar Title: The Insider Secrets...

Duration: 00:40:32

ABR026: Reading at the Speed of Thought w/ Abby Beale - Able Business Radio: Productivity | Small Business | Evernote | Trello

In this episode, we cover the "sins" of reading, strategies to overcome these sins, and other strategies to rev up your reading speed. Sins/Normal Human Habits of Slow Readers Daydreaming: Happens when you read slower than you think Good Daydreaming: Applying your reading (bridge of knowledge) Bad Daydreaming: Thinking about other things *The Fix* Practice Mono-focusing (Yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises) Regression: Going back over words you’ve already read Your eyes are not...

Duration: 00:28:10

ABR025: The 5 Commandments of an Organized Office w/ Kacy Paide - Able Business Radio: Productivity | Small Business | Evernote | Trello

In this episode we cover: The 5 (and a half) commandments of an Organized Office Time yourself (organize like a 5-year-old) 1.5 - Strike when the iron is hot! -Organize when you are motivated -In ABR Episode 21 - Zack and Jim Benson talk about how "Personal Kanban" can help you be prepared to maximize your motivation. Group Like with Like Break out anything with action from everything else Keep your active projects visible Create smart to-do piles Declare your office a No ________ Zone...

Duration: 00:42:16

ABR 024: Avoiding Burnout w/ Susan Lannis - Able Business Radio: Productivity | Small Business | Evernote | Trello

Susan Lannis has been in business for over 30 years. She is a professional organizer working with highly gifted individuals to help them get their genius out to the world. In this episode we cover: Finding clarity on: What you really want. How much time you want to spend on it. How much money you need to make. Three critical areas of a business that must be managed and balanced to be successful How to narrow down your marketing strategies The keys to being successful in business without...

Duration: 00:42:09

ABR 023 – Resource and Knowledge Management with Tiago Forte - Able Business Radio: Productivity | Small Business | Evernote | Trello

Tiago Forte is a wealth of knowledge. He draws on his background in design and technology to help knowledge workers apply design thinking to day-to-day productivity challenges. In this episode, Tiago and I discuss the PARA method to organizing your reference material. In this episode we cover: What Evernote is and why to use it instead of other note-taking apps. Evernote is a database Evernote has been around long enough to have strong, foundational capabilities. PARA File Organization...

Duration: 01:48:58

ABR022: Mastering Social Media w/ Ruoyon Xu - Able Business Radio: Productivity | Small Business | Evernote | Trello

Ruoyon Xu is a Social Media Strategist, Speaker and Founder of C3Nami. Her team empowers local business owners to connect and build relationships with their audience through social media. In this episode we cover: How to create a "real" relationship with your audience and grow your business through social media C3Nami's strategy for creating successful social media campaigns. Clarity Creativity Collaboration How to choose the right social media for your goals. Quotables: If you want to be...

Duration: 00:48:05

ABR021: Personal Kanban w/ Jim Benson - Able Business Radio: Productivity | Small Business | Evernote | Trello

Jim Benson shows you how to understand your work on a much deeper level. Why? So you can do the best thing at any given time. Sounds difficult, right? It's not. Jim's methodology (Personal Kanban) is highly visual — you can see at a glance what needs to get done, what you’re working on, what your priorities are, and what you’ve accomplished. Personal Kanban has two rules: Visualize your work. Limit your work in progress. These rules (and some Post-It notes) will help you understand your...

Duration: 00:47:24

ABR 020: DISC Personalities w/ Mads Singers - Able Business Radio: Productivity | Small Business | Evernote | Trello

Mads Singers is an outsourcing guru from all over Europe- currently running his business from the Philippines. He believes that people are the single most important element of management, and is focused on helping leaders effectively get the most out of their team. In this episode we cover: What the DiSC Personality Profile is, and how it can be helpful for your team. Dominance Influence Steadiness Conscientiousness How to use the DiSC to understand and communicate with your employees,...

Duration: 00:30:24

ABR019: Color Coding Your Week w/ Kendra Wright - Able Business Radio: Productivity | Small Business | Evernote | Trello

Kendra is a location independent entrepreneur, who runs a 6-figure business from a Macbook pro. She's come on to share how she uses Google Calendar and the happy sh*t sandwich technique to get all of her most important work done while her creative juices are flowing. In this episode we cover: Having the "most important meeting of the week" with yourself to schedule your work and fun. Creating balance in your calendar. Micro-commitments to tackle looming tasks. How taking care of yourself...

Duration: 00:30:35

ABR018: Questions for Finding Focus w/ Ricardo Palomares - Able Business Radio: Productivity | Small Business | Evernote | Trello

Ricardo Palomares is a speaker/coach/author/explorer/filmmaker helping dreamers bet on themselves to achieve what seems impossible and become powerful, mindful leaders. Zack talks to Ricardo about taking massive, focused actions in the areas that give you the most action. In this episode we cover: Ricardo's recent project titled Pedal South- where four storytellers cycled 18,000 miles, from Alaska to Argentina, documenting the diverse cultures and landscapes along the way. Strategies for...

Duration: 00:29:32

ABR017: Mind Sweep w/ Zachary Sexton - Able Business Radio: Productivity | Small Business | Evernote | Trello

This podcast is designed to get all the would, could, should, ought to's: out of your head off your psyche written down in black and white so you can have a visual snapshot of all your obligations. It's the first step overcommitted folks need to take to slow down and make fewer better commitments. In this episode we cover: Why a mind sweep is an important first step to personal productivity. 100+ triggers to prompt you to think about all the of your current obligations. What to do with the...

Duration: 00:17:40

ABR016: Simplify Your Life with Courtney Carver - Able Business Radio: Productivity | Small Business | Evernote | Trello

Courtney Carver is the author and photographer behind the website Be More With Less. In this episode we talk about how embracing minimalism helped Courtney transition from feeling overworked, overstressed, and overwhelmed to a healthier, happier version of herself. In this episode we cover: How to listen to your personal cues to process information and respond more intentionally. Step 1 - Start noticing. Step 2 - Keep noticing and respond in a way that honors the fact that you were paying...

Duration: 00:23:43

Is Unroll.me Safe? - Able Business Radio: Productivity | Small Business | Evernote | Trello

A few Able Business Radio listeners wrote in with concerns about privacy issues with Unroll.me. Here's what I've found: 1. If you are not the customer, you are the product. 2. They recently sold anonymous data to Uber. 3. A paid alternative is SaneBox. 4. Unroll.me disclosed the fact that they sell your meta data in the user agreement. We may share personal information we collect with our parent company, other affiliated companies, and trusted business partners. We also will share personal...

Duration: 00:06:45

ABR015: Stop Checking Your Email w/ Zachary Sexton - Able Business Radio: Productivity | Small Business | Evernote | Trello

This week, Zack goes solo to help you with tackle email overwhelm to effectively respond to the people you need to respond to. In this episode we cover: How to control the flow of emails Strategies to reduce the flow of emails Why you should stop checking your email (and what to do instead) Is this email actionable? NO A date that needs to go on your calendar? Put it on your calendar. Interesting information? Archive it and use search to find in the future. Irrelevant information? Delete...

Duration: 00:37:22

TPS014: The Power of Listening w/ Meredith M Bell - Able Business Radio: Productivity | Small Business | Evernote | Trello

For the past 30 years Meredith Bell has helped people become better leaders by making them more effective communicators. She shares exactly what's needed to get in the habit of listening (and why it matters). In this episode we cover: The five questions you can ask to: foster independence of team and family members develop deeper relationships analyze and move on from negative situations reflect and learn from experiences Specific strategies for being a deeper listener. How to let go of...

Duration: 00:30:00

TPS013: Going Paperless w/ Brooks Duncan - Able Business Radio: Productivity | Small Business | Evernote | Trello

You want to take your paper and turn it into electronic documents. You also want to be able to find those electronic documents when you need them. And it would be nice if those electronic documents are backed up and secure. How do you do that? In this jam packed episode, paperless expert Brooks Duncan shows us the three part system needed to get your paperless system going. Brooks also shares the software and hardware you will need to find success with your paperless goals. In this episode...

Duration: 00:38:43

ABR012: Why Most Small Businesses Fail and What To Do About It w/ Michael E Gerber - Able Business Radio: Productivity | Small Business | Evernote | Trello

Micheal E Gerber is the author of the mega-bestseller “The E-Myth Revisited” and 28 other business coaching books. Michael has been teaching small business owners how to be more effective for the past 40 years. This interview is no exception. In this episode we cover: How small business are failing in the same way they failed in 1977. What 4 parts are needed for an entrepreneur mindset. The first system every entrepreneur needs to create. How to turn a: job in to a practice practice into a...

Duration: 00:32:27

ABR011: Long Term Thinking w/ Michael Motta - Able Business Radio: Productivity | Small Business | Evernote | Trello

Michael Motta is a professor of political science that studies path dependency. Path dependency is a way of stepping back and looking at how the choices you make today will play out in the long run. In this episode we cover: What decisions restrict future options. How to find balance between 'too loose' and 'too tight' in your personal productivity system. How to stack goals for synergy. When to check in with yourself to avoid drift on your goals. Quotables: Links and resources mention:...

Duration: 00:27:49

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