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208: 208 Mike Schmitz

May 23, 2016 at 11:00AM • 49 minutes • Wiki Entry

Asian Efficiency's Mike Schmitz returns to talk about his work history, finding your "Why" and the power for early-morning work.

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This week Mike Schmitz returns to talk about his work history, core values and work and the importance of recognizing why you're doing something.

Find Mike's work at Asian Efficiency, The Sweet Setup and on the The Productivity Show. Mike also wrote a great book, Thou Shalt Hustle, which looks at productivity through a biblical lens.

If you plan to be in Woodstock, IL on July 16 and 17, you can attend Mike's talk at Macstock.

Here are highlights from this episode:

2'08": Growing up in cold, hard-working Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

5'08": The gap between knowledge work and having a "real job." "[Many people] don't know what I'm doing." In Austin, for example, many people have online jobs or projects, but that's not universal.

7'50": Growing up in an entrepreneurial family. While still young, Mike would take part in demonstrations of the product his father sold via his business.

13'12": The delight of finding useful features you didn't know existed. "You can actually do that!?"

16'50": How sitting down to write a book -- with no idea how to do so -- resulted in a full-time job at Asian Efficiency. "I started a blog to get into the habit of writing every day...I didn't have a lot of time, so I adopted some habits I read about at Asian Efficiency, including getting up at 5:00 AM to work on the most important task, which for me was writing every day." Mike asked about guest posting, they initially said no, but shared his blog posts and that did in fact lead to him to writing for the site.

21'15": The importance of doing your Most Important Task at the very start of the day. "Many people aren't intentional about what's important...Email is a focus on what everybody else expects of your time."

22'50": The benefit of focusing on "Why am I doing this?". Mike goes over the "solar flaring" technique to overcome procrastination.

31'06": "What are you going to do with what I gave you?" You've got 80 some-odd years, or 24 new hours at the start of a day. What are you going to do? Mike addresses this in his book, Thou Shalt Hustle."

36'21": The unforeseen consequences of working from home. "I knew it was going to be difficult to create a space where I could focus uninterrupted; I did not know it was going to be this hard."