I woke up at 8.40am this morning, which was earlier than I expected. Awesome, I already felt ahead of the day.
I then checked my phone to see what the result of the NBA all star game was (as Goran Dragić played at it, the first Slovenian ever to do it).
I was a little disappointed to see that he only scored 2 points, but was still happy for him. This must have been an awesome experience for him.
I proceeded to go on YouTube where I watched the all-star game highlights for 10 minutes. Well, not the whole 10 minutes, since I was a bit impatient and kind of skipped through it.
Next I checked the news, Facebook, etc. for 20 minutes until I felt sick in my stomach.
I had this nagging feeling that I should be reading instead, and felt shitty for wasting my “early” hours of a Monday morning.
I decided to get out of bed, opened the curtains to let the light in, and made my bed for the 5th day in a row (I read about this in Tim Ferris’s Tools of Titans, and this is probably the most consistent I’ve been in making the bed).
I then went to the bath where I just wanted to read, but ended up spending way too much time finding flights for my vacation. Which I of course didn’t end up booking. Oops.
By the time I got out of the bath, it was already 10.10am, and I had 20 minutes to get ready for my workout.
I quickly made myself some breakfast (toast with chicken breasts), and started writing this article while I was waiting for the toast to get ready. I got into the zone while writing and burned my toast, but ate it anyway.
I also checked my email which wasn’t fun.
First I saw that an interview I had scheduled for the afternoon was cancelled without explanation which hurt (what did I do wrong?), but on the other hand it felt relieving to have some time free up in the afternoon. I reached out to the person and asked why they cancelled the interview.
I then responded to some of the emails I got from my readers.
I got a refund request for one of my online courses, and like usually, the refund request wasn’t because of the content not working, but because the person got too busy with their lives and couldn’t follow through with the course. This happens seldomly (I only got a total of 3 refund requests for my course), and I notice that it’s often because people get busy / get promoted / life happens.
I have a strict refund policy that makes it very clear that I don’t do “no questions asked refunds”, which might cost me some potential clients in the long run, but I’m ok with that because I want extremely serious people in my program. I also do make it clear on the sales page that people should invest 5-10 hours a week into the program – but somehow still get refund requests like this.
It’s never fun to see people ask for a refund of your program, but I guess it’s part of the business game. It sucks because I can’t offer them a refund (it’s against the policy), but also because I want them to be successful. I really do want all of my students to be successful, and it sucks to see them give up on them program (which often means them giving up on their business).
I don’t know how to quite solve that problem. I guess you can take a horse to water but you can’t make them drink.
I know I’d never ask for a refund of a course personally where I didn’t do the work, but I guess others feel differently. Oh well. So checking emails definitely wasn’t fun this morning, and put me into a slightly crappy mood.
I packed my gym bag and at around 10.30am I was on my way to my workout.
I opted into listening to an audiobook (I’m listening to the book called “Made to Stick” about sticky ideas), and while I did listen to it, I just wasn’t very focused. I kept thinking about random business related things (monkey mind), and probably missed half of the things from the audiobook.
I was happy that I opted into listening to the audiobook rather than just losing myself in music though, as it was a conscious decision to work on making my life better rather than just “coasting”.
The workout went well. Really well. I was focused, recorded my lifts and analysed them to improve my technique. I didn’t check Facebook or email once which was great, and was mostly in a good state of flow. It lasted about 2 hours, and it definitely put me in a better mood and helped me become more focused.
On the way back, I listened to my audiobook again, and the change was HUGE. I think I caught about 90% of it, and got some great ideas from it. I loved the story about “subway diet” from it (Google it, it’s fascinating).
Once I got home, I had 10 minutes to say hi to my girlfriend, grab a protein shake and prepare for my coaching call.
I did a 60-minute 1on1 coaching call with one of my clients which went well. I was focused, excited, and in a great coaching state. I noticed that a lot of my clients come to me with problems they want to solve, which is great – but I also notice that sometimes the conversations end up being super negative.
So lately, I’ve been focusing on guiding these conversations in a more positive way – so we can focus on things that are going well, and creating more positive outcomes. Since I started doing this, I feel like my coaching sessions have been getting a lot better.
Right after the first coaching call I had my weekly call with my high performance coach, in which I again focused on the things that are going well in my life and business, and I felt like it was energising to do that. He noted that I was more energised than over the last few weeks, which is because I spent more time on recovery. And on love and kindness meditations.
Yeah, love and kindness meditations. Probably the last thing anyone would expect me to listen to, but I’ve been loving these. the idea is to think of other people and wish them to be happier in your mind. It was a weird concept to me at first, but it’s supposed to be a great solution for becoming more positive.
I started doing these meditations as I noticed I had a tendency to get super negative and complain a lot at times (in my coaching, writing, and talking to people around me), and I was surprised by how much happier and calmer they made me. I’ve been doing them consistently for about a week now, even if for just a few minutes a day – and so far so good.
In case you’re wondering when I did my meditation today, it was for a few minutes during my car ride to the gym (yeah, this was one of the random things I did when my mind was racing).
I felt the call was good, but we had to cut it a little bit short as my coach needed to pick up his son.
I used the extra time to grab some more food and go through my emails.
By this time the person who cancelled the interview with me let me know why (it was a holiday and I haven’t sent them interview questions early enough). Fair enough, this was where I dropped the ball, so I made sure I sent them the interview questions, asked them to set up a new time for our call and also sent interview questions to another person that I had an interview scheduled with.
I definitely need to start sending out interview questions earlier. There’s no excuse why I’m not doing it earlier than a few hours per interview apart from the fact that it’s a boring task. Which I tend to procrastinate.
I had a few minutes to jump in my Slack group for my Ultimate Guide course and work through some of the comments, which was fun.
Then I moved on to my next coaching call.
This coaching call was a bit longer than I expected, and it was a little bit rambly. I feel like I need to learn how to set boundaries around these calls just a little bit better so they don’t stretch out to the full 30 minutes that I have blocked out for them. I do think we could be more efficient if we had less time available, and I’d have more breaks that way.
That’s another weakness I noticed – I tend to schedule a lot of calls back to back, with no room for breaks / food, which burns me out and makes me hungry. Not good.
After this call I did end up having a 5 minute break to get more food and water (yeah, all I do all day is eat more or less), and then I had an interview with a client of mine.
During the interview, we talked about their journey from 0-1000 email subscribers in a month. It was an awesome interview and I really enjoyed how real it was. I’m so glad we’re doing these interviews (it’s a new interview series I’m working on) because they’ll give people so much actionable advice for building online businesses. And this is probably the best interview out there on authentic self promotion. I can’t wait to release it.
After I finished the interview, it was already 5pm. The interview actually wasn’t as long as I expected (I thought it’d be around 90min but we wrapped up in less than 60), which was great because I had some free time. I sent out a few texts to my friends to play card games in the evening, and spent some time with my girlfriend. And watched a random football YouTube video.
Then I went back on my computer, reviewed a few updates from other 1on1 and group coaching clients and reviewed a sales sequence from a client of mine. I went into my Slack community and answered a few more questions.
Then I wrote the remaining of this post, and it’s now 6.30pm. I’m going to wrap up work, go shower, eat, maybe read a book, and hang out with my friends in the evening.
I might have not worked a ton today (I know I could have worked more), but it feels like a good day. I love that I wrote this post without overthinking it. I love that I recorded a great interview that people will love listening to. And I know that tomorrow will be another way to grow my business.
But this is what a day (at least my day) in the life of an entrepreneur is like.
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