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Ever feel like nonstop work is the only way to get ahead?

Don’t believe the hype — hustling 24/7/365 is not the answer. Not only is it counterproductive in the long run, but it’s also toxic for your health, your happiness, and your business. 

Instead, focus on working smarter not harder. 

This is especially true if you’re an entrepreneur with limited time to work on your business. Learning smart, productive work habits can make you exponentially more effective. Plus, it can prevent the all too common entrepreneur burnout and help you create the work-life balance you need to stay in the game long-term.

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This is such an important topic that, in addition to today’s episode, I also listed seven simple ways to start working smarter not harder — now.

But before that, tune in to this MarieTV Live Call-In Show to hear from three entrepreneurs who are ready to achieve their goals without increasing their workload. 

You’ll hear from:

  • Ewa, a cancer survivor who wants to reboot her business without sacrificing her health — and the productivity habits that can help anyone who’s short on time. 
  • Alex, a multipassionate creative entrepreneur, who wants to stay focused during dry spells
  • Geraldine, an artist and university teacher, who feels pulled in too many directions and needs help figuring out how to simplify her business.

All three of these women are incredible, hard-working souls who just need some simple productivity hacks and business strategies to get the most out of their time.

And if you’re really short on time, here are the episode highlights and their timestamps:
4:45 — How to practice self-care, even when it seems impossible. 
7:25 — Which metrics are actually worth tracking (and which are just wasting your time).
13:30 — My favorite go-to strategy for whenever business gets slow.
15:30 — Why there’s no shame in having a day job or side hustle — and how to know if you need one.
24:00 — How to simplify your business when you feel pulled in too many directions.

After you watch, be sure to read more tips below, and then join me in the comments!

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7 Ways to Work Smarter Not Harder

1. Plan Your Day The Night Before

This five-minute habit is KEY to massive productivity. At the end of the day, take a few minutes to list the most important things you need to do tomorrow. Just look at your calendar and outline what you’ll accomplish when.

Seems simple, but it will save you a ton of time in the morning. You’ll already know what you need to do first, and you won’t waste those precious hours where your mind is most fresh checking your email, scanning social media, or deciding what you need to do that day. 

2. Eliminate Distractions

Studies show that most people don’t work a full-on eight hour day. In fact, if you break it down, many of us are only productive for two hours a day. Two! That makes the other six hours filled with distractions like social media, email, and cat videos. 

To quit your bad work habits, here are four ways to eliminate distractions right now:
1. Put your phone on airplane mode.
2. Sign out of Slack (or whatever messaging service you use). 
3. Close browser tabs you don’t absolutely need.
4. Complete one task at a time and stop trying to multitask. Yes, really.

3. Practice Daily Self-Care 

Preventing burnout is a must if you want to work smarter — and that starts by prioritizing your self-care. It doesn’t have to be complicated or take a lot of time. For example, I start my day with meditation, movement of some kind, and a green drink.

Figure out what you need to feel healthy and energized, then make those a non-negotiable part of your day. Not only will this minimize decision fatigue, but it will prime your brain to focus on accomplishing your biggest tasks first.

4. Choose the Right Metrics 

Don’t let vanity metrics like Instagram followers or YouTube views distract you from what’s actually moving your business ahead. Prioritize the numbers that translate to business growth — a.k.a. money! 

For instance, you can focus on the number of clients you booked this week, the size of your profit margins, or how much revenue you’re bringing in. Whenever it feels like you’re spinning your wheels, it’s time to relook at your metrics. Once you set the right goals, it’s much easier to create a plan of action.

5. Play the Long Game

Try not to panic during a business dry spell. Keeping a long-term view will help you stay grounded during the natural peaks and valleys, allowing you to make wiser, more intelligent decisions.

For instance, you’ll often hear me recommend side hustles or bridge jobs until you’re absolutely positive that your business can support you financially. This comes from my own personal experience, where getting my personal finances in order — including paying off piles of debt — allowed me to explore different passions and opportunities without risking everything.

One of the best ways to work smarter not harder is to keep the long view. You’ll be able to weather the natural seasons of life without getting swept up into those high highs and low lows. 

6. Ignore the Competition

Comparing yourself to others or trying to beat your competition is a self-sabotaging mindset. Why? Because it keeps you focused on yourself rather than on serving your customers. 

Let your big heart and commitment to serve be your biggest competitive advantage. 

There’s always going to be people looking for your unique selling point and there’s more than enough to go around. Rather than getting caught up in comparison, focus on positioning yourself so you attract the right type of customers. 

This is incredibly important when you’re trying to figure out how to price your products or services. It’s a race to the bottom when you compete on price. Instead, over-deliver on value and customer experience. Not only will you be able to charge enough to have healthy profit margins, but people will line up to pay those prices because of what you offer.

Never forget — at the end of the day what matters most is who you’re serving and whether you’re serving them well. Competition is irrelevant.

7. Simplify to Amplify

Finally, here’s a mantra I live my life by— simplify to amplify! It’s a philosophy of doing less to achieve more. Instead of trying to do all the things, choose a few and do them really, really well. 

This strategy will serve you for life, especially when it comes time to decide what services to offer. Whenever you feel overcommitted or scattered, take a look at your revenue streams and figure out what’s draining you — either emotionally or financially — and eliminate it.

Simplifying is almost always the answer if you want to decrease stress and fatigue while increasing results. 

We covered a lot in this episode, so I’m curious. What’s the biggest insight you’re taking away? You can have more than one. Leave a comment below and let me know.

Share as much detail as you can. Hundreds of thousands of souls come here for insight and inspiration. Your story may be just what someone needs to see things from a fresh perspective.

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Remember, you are your most important asset. Do what you need to do to protect your health and business from burnout. Because the world really does need that special gift that only you have.

With SO much love ❤️,

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  1. Thank you for building a platform that encourages reasonable and healthy work habits. I came to the entrepreneurship arena, which sadly left me feeling paralyzed with guilt and shame that I wasn’t “hustling” hard enough. It was my intentional turn away from that that led me to you. Thank, God! You and Team Forleo fill me so much joy and belief in myself. Your interview with David Bach has completely transformed my finances and your episode with Steven Pressfield is one of my favorite interviews of all time. You change lives every day with your incredible work. Thank you!

    My takeaways from this episode:
    Girl, will you share your “green drink” recipe?! 😉
    Take care of what’s most important first.
    Vanity metrics (a.k.a. doesn’t really mean anything) love this term!
    Count me in for B School 2020!

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      We’re so glad this episode resonated with you, Rachel! For green juice, you might love this episode of MarieTV with Kris Carr on plant-based foods:
      Thank you for being in our world, Rachel! We can’t wait to “see” you in B-School 2020!

      • Luca Savoldelli

        I believe that life is a wonderful thing in my opinion, a true precious gift. it is we who must use our abilities to improve and be better people.

        • Jo D-Mc

          Thank you!

      • Loved this episode… I’ve never seen Kris Carr so alive as when she’s bouncing off Marie. Hilarious and fun. But… no green juice recipe in the episode. Is it in the book?

  2. Joanna

    This episode and especially Ewa’s question came just in time. I’m not fighting cancer, but I am dealing with an incurable skin disease (severe atopic dermatitis / severe eczema) + alopecia (yes, girl, I am getting bald…). Eczema is a disease that’s at the best annoying and at the worst emotionally crippling. Anyway, some time ago I started working on the project that I hope it becomes my business one day. I can’t even count how many times I was wondering if it is possible to build a successful business without working and hustling 24/7/365. Not because I am lazy or so, to the contrary. Every time I over-extend myself, my skin gets really angry and puts me out of the business for weeks or even months, so it was a great relief for me to learn that it’s the other way around: honouring your health and yourself it’s a crucial element to build a successful business. Deep inside myself, I knew it, but it always helps to hear it from somebody else, so thank you, Marie. 🙂 That’s my biggest takeaway from this episode. The other one is “vanity metrics”, oh boy, I love your terminology. And the last but not least, ABM! This.Is.Absolutely.Genius! Thank you so much, Marie and all your team!

    • Kate - Team Forleo

      Hey Joanna, we’re so glad this episode came at just the right time. You have a powerful built-in barometer in your health that can help you build a business that supports you. Keep honoring your health and remember that that’s part of sharing your gift with the world. We believe in you, and we’re cheering you on!

  3. Amen, Hallelujah, and NAMASTE to all of these.
    I’d like to add that, like anything in business, it’s a work in progress. Don’t despair if you’re not quite there (YET)!
    Last year I thought I was on top of things with the best systems in place, this year I was able to shed monthly $$$ (!) by actually LEARNING Trello.
    Now I use 1 app to rule them all, them all being clients, who L.O.V.E. the bespoke service, my email inbox, which is SO MUCH LEANER NOW, and my daily workload, which went from 10+ hours to 6 hours, including marketing.
    Smart systems help me work smarter — and free up time to treat everyone like it’s their birthday, including myself.

  4. Thank you for the life coaching inside of these answers, Marie, it supports me on my path. I’m building my financial blanket too right now. Oh, and the non-negotiable routines, yay to that!!

  5. Hi, mam I am Pushpraj Mishra. I have very helpful for tips to grow the small business and get the high level.

    Thank U very much…

    Er. Pushpraj Mishra

  6. 24/7 grind it out work mentality is a male energy mentality. Women need to step into a more feminine way of working which includes balance and wholeness and not succumb to the male energy dominated the work world now! Let’s stay strong and work in a different way and allow that to rise up and provide a different more effective way of working for all!

  7. Thank you for always giving great advice. I’ve been listening for a long time and always feel inspired and hopeful. Personally I still must work a full time job and I’m also a caretaker of my mother when she is not doing well. Therefore my passion (visual artist) has been suppressed over and over again. My marketing attempts have been sidelined over and over again. I pay for courses and then unable to complete either because of the demands of my job, my mother, or the fact that I don’t have any fuel left in the tank after dealing with the other. Nevertheless, I haven’t given up …getting finances in order and working toward the goal of figuring out which direction of my painting is the most marketable. I have a tendency to go in too many creative directions.
    I’m hoping to retire at the end of 2 years but I may need to still continue part-time work while pursuing a full time business as an artist. At least I have focus in a direction and haven’t lost the dream despite all the frustration over the years of not being able to commit the time needed.

    • Kate - Team Forleo

      Hey Linda, thank you so much for being here with us. Even amidst all you’re holding, your persistence and focus on your passion of being a visual artist is so strong. Your comment reminded me of another MarieTV episode where Marie interviews Laura Vanderkam, author of “Off The Clock.” In the episode, they talk about a story in Laura’s book about an artist trying to find more time for her art, and you may resonate with it. You can check it out here:

      Keep taking steps toward your art. As Marie says, it’s the small consistent steps that lead to big places.

  8. Every call was advice I needed! Thank you, Mama Marie for the reminders about:
    1. The 4 minutes to end your day
    2. Maximizing your efforts (because you don’t need to hustle to make it)
    3. Always be marketing
    4. Getting aligned with your financial health AND diving back in Module 1 to gain some more profit clarity (insert ghost face emoji)
    5. Simplify to amplify (adjusting my offerings now)

    Good grief — so many good nuggets in the episode. No matter how much I think I “know”, these MarieTv mornings give me good nuggets to dive back into, so I can “turn insight into action”! XOXO

  9. Maaji

    Hi Marie, Just wanna say Thank you for this episode! it has encouraged me to put my attention on only a few things that I enjoy, even though I am a multi passionate person, more attention on my fianancial well-being and learning more about business the right way!! Thank you so much for doing what you do!

    Maji H.

    I am a nurse practitioner and knew I was not working in my heart and soul, THANK GOD… I found coaching and I am pursuing my own dream of truly making a difference.
    My comment is…friends and family are supportive but looking at me with one eye squinted, One person in particular is my 89 year old family friend Don. He is concerned about me “making it” in this career, he really has no idea what I am doing, LOL
    He was in the library one day and randomly just looking for a different read, picked up your book, Everything is Figuroutable, He is the type that panics when a lightbulb goes out and how he will change it. He read your book in 2 days and 1. NOW HE GETS ME, and 2. His whole perspective on doing things for himself has changed at 89 years old!!!! If nothing else was to happen, I am so grateful the divine process that led me to my life dream and that YOU are the influence and inspiration that you are. Thanks Marie for being you. My bus. name is MOVE THAT MOUNTAIN and you my dear are doing that!!
    Natalie Jo Flynn

    • Kate - Team Forleo

      Hey Natalie Jo, this is awesome! We love hearing how EIF has helped your friend ?and we absolutely love hearing that you’re going for your dreams and doing what brings you alive. Keep sharing your heart and soul. The world is brighter for it!

  11. What a brilliant episode!!! So much great (and applicable!) advice in one place. Boom. Time management, tick!

  12. very good video, one I need obviously right now.
    So my big take aways are:
    daily self care is so important ….
    ignore competition
    and do what your heart say and what is really important for you.
    This makes me strong to start a new direction of my business, away from teaching photography to doing art-photography and selling it. It’s a big leap for me – but I am confident!

  13. What a great episode. Thank you. All 3 caller questions completely resonated today.
    – Expensive but worth
    – price is a spiral down to the bottom
    – revisit module 1 profit clarity
    – prioritise and get important things done within 2 hours. Create a non-negotiatable ritual.
    – Don’t look at the shiny, vanity metric such as social
    – Look at financial, value driven and experience related metrics.

    Thank you as always Marie for encouraging us to use that special gift and share it with the world.

  14. I am working on my expensive but worth it offering and this really inspired me! Thank you.

  15. I love all these ideas. Thank you! I am working to put together a good financial picture and plan. I have been able to dial into the self-care routine that works for me. I love your suggestion to keep the promise I make to myself. I have made a few promises to myself as I move into the next decade. It’s good to be reminded to keep them.

  16. GiGi Sampson

    One of my first take aways from your EIF book (which you affirmed in this) was eliminating distractions so I silenced my phone text and email notifications – they were SO distracting (especially when I was included on a group text). That has made a huge difference for me!

    I’m working on the daily self-care and would love your green drink recipe!
    Thanks so much for the encouragement and support!

  17. B School Magic!!!
    Expensive but worth it, I took this from B School 10 years ago and it has served me so well!!

  18. j

    Marie, do you have any book recommendations on SIMPLIFYING? I feel like this is a skill. How can I get better at this? Mostly I want to be better at simplifying my thought process…

    • Kate - Team Forleo

      Hey J, Marie’s book “Everything Is Figureoutable” has action challenges that walk you through defining your dream and then focusing on the steps to make it happen. The exercises she shares there will help you simplify to amplify. If you haven’t already, definitely check it out!

  19. Not getting discouraged in slow times: the struggle is real! Thanks for this bit of wisdom.

  20. Firs of all THANK YOUUUUUU!
    I just finished watching this full of good vibe video. It is amazing how every time i listen to you the message you deliver is exactly what i need. I am in between 2 businesses an architecture office that i own with my sister and her husband and my own business wich i am still doing my best to launch and that would provide me some passive income… i am kind a in a valley because things are going slow, being divided between 2 jobs, but hey!… i need to make money… and i will not give up on my dream!
    So thanks for your answers and also for the questions, they were really helpful and give me hope… As i know from your book… Everithing is FIGUREOUTABLE!
    Lots of love,
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      Sending so much love back to you! We’re delighted this episode found you exactly when it was meant to. All of us on Team Forleo are cheering you on as you figure out the next steps in your businesses. Keep going! You’ve got this, Andreea!

  21. boris kaziev

    Marie ! I want to read yours last book. but I have not money.You can send me your book in any form? thank you very match .Boris Kaziev

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      Hi Boris! We’d love for you to enjoy the wisdom of Everything is Figureoutable! Do keep an eye on Amazon for sales or check your local library for a copy of the book. In the meantime, you can enjoy Marie’s Oprah talk on the core ideas of “everything is figureoutable”:

  22. LOIS Somohano

    Everything that you talked about with your 3 callers resonated with me. I am in the process of pursuing a new adventure of becoming a travel writer. I realize that it will take time for me to actually make a living from doing this. It is scary but I will be quitting my fulltime job at the end of Dec so that I will have more time to pursue this new adventure. While my current job sustains me financially, it is sucking the energy out of my life. I feel lucky though that I have discovered a way to supplement my income while I am getting started with my new business. I was happy to hear Marie say that having a job does not mean that we are a failure in our own business, but makes sense to take care of our financial issues while building our business. Also I realize that I can build a successful business even only spending a few focused hours a day on it.

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      Yas, Lois! How exciting you’re going full speed ahead on your journey to be a travel writer. All of us on Team Forleo are cheering you on big time, and you’re absolutely right –– you only need a few hours a day for a successful business. Keep going!

  23. Hustle smart, get your “sleep cardio ” in, and stay focused in doing the transformation business work out of inspiration or desperation. 🙂

  24. As usual, amazing. With a day-job, writing fiction and running my biz, I am proof that you can do things just a few hours and still make an impact <3 It does feel counter-intuitive, but we now know that we aren’t better off by burning ourselves out.

    And there is SO MUCH to actually getting all the directions and options down on paper and really Asking Ourselves about the stress/joy of each. So many people seem uncertain about what they actually want and my first step in teaching people to reinvent themselves is to tap back into what they truly want, because they do know (their body or mind knows, their heart knows!)

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      Yaas, Katy-Rose! So true. You only need a little bit of dedicated focused time to move the needle. Keep going! We’re cheering you on. ?

  25. Kikue

    “”–Wow! I love this concept around it, however my partner doesn’t agree, and believes that we should not increase prices for his pictures and postcards. I wonder if you have any insights…Well, he, who is a photographer, is my dear husband, so it’s not that easy, though. Thanks so much!

  26. Expensive but worth it .com!! Love it and Recession proofing too. Good advice. Reminder I need to sort out my savings and invest something as well, simplify and get profit clarity and marketing of course. So much! You all do wonders for my motivation; thank you all 🙂

  27. Wow every topic is so on point for my business right now. The overall takeaway that I heard was ensuring that I create SYSTEMS and rituals that I feel confident in: for marketing, self care, metrics review, long term & short term finance. If I can trust in the efficacy of these systems then I can be productive in healthy, joyful and effective ways. Thank you!!!

  28. Marcea

    Hi Marie. Great advice you gave today.. as always. I am wondering what type of planner do you use? Do you use electronic or pen to paper? I am looking for a planner book but not sure what to buy.


  29. Angela

    “If you want to be successful, keep your promises to yourself.” My take away form this episode! So clear and so needed, thanks Marie! I strive to follow through on what I promise to others, but the more I learn about myself, and see my special talents that want to be shared with the world, I know I need to start keeping my promises to myself.
    Thank you!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Yes, Angela! We’re excited for you as you share your special gifts with the world. They’re so important and needed – never forget that. Here’s to keeping your promises to yourself and going for those dreams! XOXO

  30. This episode was good for me I was using the wrong metrics like view, likes ; followers/subscribers and everything else in the one was so spot on

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      So glad this gave you a fresh perspective on those metrics and was helpful, Rebecca!

  31. Love this post, such great tips!

  32. I f***ing LOVE your new book, your show, YOU! I was in B School last year and ended up not being able to pay at the end, so I found another business trainer (who is also amazing…) but I always watch your show and love your spunk and positivity. Your co-workers/employees/friends are such awesome people. I’m growing every day! Thank you for being you Marie! Lots and lots of LOVE!!! XOXO P.S. I’m always sharing you with others! Keep it up you lovely person you!!!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Aww, Johanna – you’re AMAZING! We adore your positive attitude and are so happy to hear you’re enjoying the book and all our content. And most importantly, that you’re growing every day – hooray! We so appreciate you sharing with others and being a beautiful part of this community. Thank you for being you! XO

  33. Melissa Gomez

    Marie, I really like your energy and I’m glad you’re receiving call ins so we can hear from others as well. This is so relatable especially living in a city that never sleeps! You can really get caught up. I’m glad I received this blog !

  34. This is why we love her. “It’s a race to the bottom when you compete on price”… the idea is to work from your soul. ? ? ?

  35. This is CRAZY – because just today I got yelled at online by a few people for my rates…and then I had people defending me – which felt so great! – Then, after discussing my credentials with a few of the naysayers – they apologized and said they had no idea – and then: THIS! video pops up. Marie, Marie…

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      What divine timing, Madina! We’re sorry to hear that you had that experience with folks yelling at you about your rates, though we’re so glad you were able to turn them around and had others supporting you. Stand by those rates and your incredible value, you’re worth it!

  36. Fabri

    After my career floundered and my savings dried up, I was stuck in a badplace.
    And as I tried to take action and do something about my situation, a voice inside me wanted to stop me every step of the way.
    But I realized that I couldn’t make those changes because a part of my brain refused to.
    I have done some research on this phenomenon, and science shows that the human mind protects a person from anything unfamiliar or uncomfortable.
    That includes any attempt to break out of your situation. To your brain, any kind of change is threatening.
    So if you’ve ever felt stuck in your life, or find yourself firing off a bunch of excuses to “protect” yourself from trying something new – you have your mind to thank for that.
    And it manifests in ways that you don’t realize. We’re so ingrained in our mental habits sometimes that we don’t notice how we’re silently undermining ourselves.
    So a little self-awareness is in order, don’t you think?
    I hope that once you can see these self-sabotaging habits for what they are, you’ll step up and do something about it.

  37. Expensive but worthy [email protected]
    My mantra for next year.
    It’s time for me to charge more because of the value and impact of my work and gift.

    Also in transition to make some part of my work more a priority like teaching my tools. And let go what don’t light me no more or change the way I’m doing it to be more align with my flow and in touch with my clients.
    Time to re write, re built my website for that.
    I’m blessed to have the financial security to say yes or no, take time and that really something that I built over time and dedication, and by following in my own rhythm B School advice.
    Great episode, really a must watch because it’s like the foundation for any entrepreneur.
    Thank for all the support, the reminder, the light. ?

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Hadda, we’re so proud of you and all you’ve created! We love your clarity, patience, and persistence as you continue to grow. It’s so fantastic that you’re taking steps to feel even more aligned in your offerings and really step into your true value. Please keep us posted and know that we’re cheering you on over here! It’s such an honor to have you as a B-Schooler ❤️

  38. Seriously Marie, you are amazing at channeling exactly the advice we need at exactly the right time. Thank you soooooo much. I couldn’t have asked these questions better if I had called in. I’m healing some serious fatigue after working hard to keep my family out of a difficult financial time. The two pieces of advice I’m really taking to heart to start moving forward are focusing on the right metrics, and playing the long game.

  39. Pauly

    Thanks Marie for another great lesson. Your thoughts and advice are such an awesome inspiration!

  40. Sarah Hofmann

    Do you have a recommendation on where to start with getting personal finances in order? It is for my husband and I (early 30s) and our 3 young children. We have good credit and pay our bills but things are tight. We could use help creating a budget together and understanding investing and which debts to approach first. I appreciate any help!

  41. Jan Allison

    I loved the advice you gave to the people on your show today. I got a lot from it so thank you very much for sharingyour words of wisdom. May I ask ( I am new to your work) what does the B in B School stand for. I’m guessing business?

  42. Kyra Williams

    Anytime I hit a lull in my business I think of back end things I need to get done. Like consolidating expenses or tidying up my website- all things that need to be done but don’t happen when I’m busy. Next thing I know, I have clients beating down my door again.

  43. Hi Marie Forleo Team!!

    Love Marie’s work and the message she gives! I love A.B.M, Always Be Marketing. I make a line of upcycled bicycle inner tube jewelry and it’s so true when it’s slow, making calls to my accounts always ends up in a few orders that make me feel great and helps the bottom line! So many good tips and I love the positive, self-care initiative! I would love to send your team some of my designs if you can let me know where to send them it would be wonderful to give back to the team that gives so much to its community!

  44. Mia M Solomon

    I kind of wander over here, and I love it #Inspired

  45. Jessica Sandoe

    Watched the first question so far! So inspired! Can’t wait to try these tactics out tomorrow. Appreciate these points:
    – Have fun with what you’re doing, dance, music – choose the energy in the task
    – Select the 4 most important task of the day
    – Daily non-negotiables and keep promises to yourself first

  46. Nisha Foerstner

    Self Care is the first thing that seems to go when I undergo change: personal or professional. I had just started a fabulous job March 4 2019 when I decided to go to B School anyways. I figured those tools could help me at work, regardless. I loved B School (took my time) and think I may need another session next year as a top up.
    Your comment about non-negotiables I intellectually get, but don’t seem to be able to decide on them or maintain them when life gets messy.

    Two things around Energy Management:
    I get too energized at work. I feel I have to calm myself down because I am too much. My boss loves my energy by where to put it so it works “for” not “against”?

    And, secondly, when I feel good, I take on more. Now it is a home renovation. Work is slow but still, I am missing physical time away from my job to meet with contractors, etc. Then, I get really down and worry about my work, when I don’t think I have to. I meditate every day in morning and a little at night. My diet has gone down the toilet and so has my exercise. I know better!!! Help!

    Except for the diet and exercise, Very good problems, no?
    Love you and your crew!

    Nisha in Vancouver area, BC

  47. I’m taking: 5. Play the Long Game, 6. Ignore the Competition
    and about savings.

    Useful episode.
    Thank you.

    • Jennifer - Team Forleo

      So glad you found it helpful, Marta! Can’t wait to see what the future holds for you.

  48. Rachel

    So thank you for the “eureka” I’m doing it right moment!
    I felt like I didn’t really have any goals on the go at the moment, having been able to tick two pretty big ones off very recently…and that I was being lazy or allowing myself to stagnate by not having any conservation trips planned, or, or , or…
    And that’s true I don’t, but what I am working really hard to do is to rearrange my Student Loan payments and (literally today) consolidating credit cards to minimise interest while I get them paid off, looking at investment options and learning how to invest intelligently.
    Today and in a recent insta story you made me realise it’s ok to decompress and do a little smug dance in your pants when you get what you’ve been working so hard for & GETTING MY FINANCIAL HOUSE IN ORDER IS A VERY VALID GOAL! It’s worth a good chunk of my undivided attention.
    So thank you so much because can you tell Imposter Syndrome is still running the roost here!

  49. Great episode! I really appreciated the part about prioritizing your self-care. This is really important. Thank you for all the great work that you do.

    • Maja - Team Forleo

      So glad you enjoyed it, Sydney! Thanks for being here with us. ?

  50. Marie thank you so much for your answer! I deeply appreciate you wisdom and love 😉
    I will send you email soon with all all my progress info! 😉

  51. Is better to work smart than to work hard. Working smart makes someone to live a smart life, you will have time for yourself, for your spouse, your children, and also for yourself as well. Working smart makes someone to live a happy and a healthy life style.
    Marie Forleo, there is no doubt that you are gifted.

  52. Good tips this is why I created a guide as well to save money efficiently otherwise it would be meaningless you can click my name on how to save money efficiently and together with this post it will be super helpful for you!

  53. Arianne

    Yes! Thank you Team Forleo! I think my biggest takeaways is looking at my inventory streams when I get stuck or overwhelmed. So good.

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      Yaas, Arianne! So glad you found a way to move through the overwhelm – this is such an important skill. Keep going! All of us on Team Forleo are cheering you on! ???

  54. What a great topic to have a discussion, “How To Grow A Business When You’re Short On Time”

    There is Business with peoples as online and offline but they don’t have sufficient time for their Business but even they look to grow their business.

    So I honestly like the first point “Plan Your Day The Night Before” this looks me seriously interesting.

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      So glad you enjoyed the call in show, Peter! Yes, planning the night before is a game changer! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

  55. Clare

    I’m so glad y’all do this call-in segment. It’s helpful to hear folks from around the world who are being empowered by Marie’s advice. My biggest takeaways are the 4 minutes to plan out your next day and that the grind doesn’t have to be 1) a grind and 2) 24/7.
    I’m transitioning from my admin day job into my dream job in the next few months and I know I’ll be coming back to this video when the worry sets in about my rates, how much I’m working, and how to be effective when I am working. Thank you Marie, Greg, and Team Forleo for your work. You guys are just the best!

  56. Thankyou so much for writing this blog its very useful with quality content

    • Jennifer - Team Forleo

      So glad you found it useful, Sachin!

  57. Francis (UK)

    Hi Marie, I didn’t have time to watch the video ha! However read through main points, and that all made sense, I was pleased to see I already do a lot of that. I currently work in a corporate job, however am planning to start my own business. I have spent a couple of hours on your site today, I completed part one of review the decade, which is really thought provoking, then I moved on to your interview with Tony Robins, which inspired me to purchase his book. Although I have only come across you in recent months, through seeing you on a show promoting your book, I bought your book, and still reading it currently. I admire you and your story, what you are doing, and feel already you are helping me look at things differently and feel differently, in a very positive way. I have always been a positive person, but sometimes you go off track don’t you, and with your help, I’m realigning things. It is true that your mind is so powerful, and changing beliefs can change everything. Best wishes, and take care – Francis – your UK supporter

  58. YES, that was a great show Marie <3 Loved that you are super clear on the difference between the hustle and building a business.

    • Jennifer - Team Forleo

      It’s such an important distinction, so glad that resonated with you, Marie!

  59. There was soooooo much to love about this episode. Amen to focusing on the right metrics!!!! You can actually go broke if you lose sight of this. Focusing on vanity metrics and not generating clients or revenue from your activities is so dangerous and I don’t think enough people are talking about this or even aware of it. So many of us go into business not realizing the difference between advertising and marketing. Knowing the key activities that will get your phone ringing today, and put money in the bank TODAY vs building brand awareness and the long game of building a sustainable business is crucial to your survival. Understand the difference and implement accordingly.

  60. interesting, from really good advice on how to deal with the difficulties of finding work and how to do it in the best way.

  61. interesting, from really good advice on how to deal with the difficulties of finding work and how to do it in the best way.

  62. Hi! Great advice you gave today as always. Great episode, really a must watch because it’s like the foundation for any entrepreneur.
    Thank you for sharing your experience.

  63. This article and video is great!
    I struggle from time to time with my time management. Juggling my own ideas and a full time job can be difficult and I often feel that I don’t have the time, to work on my own projects.

    I really need to work on my planning skills and shut off all unnecessary distractions. I too often turn on the TV in the evening, when the energy levels are on low.

    I have bookmarked this article so that I have it handy 🙂

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