Do you find yourself often repeating the declaration: "I'm just too busy"? If so, today's episode is for you! The guys discuss some practical steps and mindset shifts to go from being too busy to highly productive.
Eric shares his newest keto experiment: Eating for 1 hour a day!
How is our mind similar to a machine?
How busy is a victim mentality.
Do you own the list or does the list own you?
The real reasons behind our acting busy.
When comparing ourselves to others can actually help productivity.
Being intentional about your time wasting.
Eric's public shaming: work smarter, not harder.
Stop multi-tasking! Focus on one thing and own it.
And finally, the art of just slowing down.
Want another way to be less busy? How about not having to eat for a few days (talk about a time saver!). Gain all the benefits of fasting AND more time. Go to biofitcoaching.com/fastfor more information.
Can bioStak cure your need to feel loved? Well, maybe not, BUT it can heal your mitochondria! Go to bioStak.com and treat your cells right!
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Chad: 00:00 We make ourselves busy and we announced that to the world. We announced that buisiness to the world to, to mask and numb the pain that we're feeling in life. Whether it's our relationships, whether you know it's our self confidence and how we feel about ourselves or whatever. As long as we're busy enough that we don't have to face the, the, the, the scariness. That is our pain. They say a journey begins in a single step or in my case, one less piece of bread.
Chad: 00:40 My name is Chad and I'm a seeker. I have sought out an expert in the field of nutrition and fitness who I hoped would help me feel better. They call him the biohacker, but I call him Eric. I hope you'll join me in a path that leads you and I to optimal fitness, the body and the mind as we live our life in ketosis. This is the life and Ketosis podcast, uh, biohackers guide to optimal body performance.
Chad: 01:13 Hello everyone. My name is Chad and this is my quest to achieving the healthy state of being with a man that can get me there. My mentor and cohost, he is the science to my regular guy, the extreme testing to my, I'll take your word for it, the biohacker himself, Mr Eric Bischof. Somewhere along this journey of ours, I realize that feeling better is really one part physical and one part mental and both are needed to achieve the optimal state of being what I call keto happiness or ketosiness. And uh, today Eric, we're going to talk about, uh, uh, about something. It's a subject that I am very, very, I love talking about. Um, and that is the topic of being busy. So let me ask you again, how are you all right? I'm doing good. I was really hoping you were going to say I'm great, but I'm so busy.
Eric: 02:02 No, I was going to, but I usually, I always say I'm, I'm, I'm doing good, I'm great. But that the normal one, as you probably say, most people will say, you know, whatever you want to be, that I am busy, but I use the answer back. I'm okay, I'm doing, I'm doing fine. I'm always saying, oh, those people, I say I'm great. Doing Great. And I'm like, am I really doing great right now? I say, take the question at heart. And I answered. Honestly, I am I answering? I don't wanna see, but no. How are you then? And we ask you,
Chad: 02:40 I'm just so busy. You got it out there and we're like, got another, what will, before we jump into busy, I do want to, I do want to, uh, say really quick that we have a session, a fasted state coming up. It's the birthday celebration of Eric and, uh, we're gonna kick this session off on the 16th of April. So it'll be the April 16th through the 19th. If you don't know what fasted state is, go to biofitcoaching.com forward slash fast. That's F as in frank, a, s as in Sam, t as in Tom. So Biofitcoaching.com/fast. You can find out exactly what fasted state is, but basically this is a three day fast where Eric and I do live Q and A's every day of the fast. We'd kick it off. We give you everything you need. We, uh, I believe there's five days of preparation that we send you before the actual fast so that you make sure you have the right supplements, uh, that your mind is right. All of those sorts of things before we jump into the fast and then we do it together, which is the greatest benefit of fasted state. I'm really having a crew to jump in with and have support and be able to get your questions answered on a daily basis. I'm excited for this fasted state. How about you?
Eric: 03:57 Yeah, I am too. It's about, you know, it is, it's kind of cool. It kicks off on my birthday, so I'm kind of excited about that. But you know, everybody knows who I'm a big autophagy where your, your sales need to be cleaned up, get the garbage out and regenerate those components and make healthy new shells. It is the only way to get a reset and it's the fastest way to get fat adapted. So those are their training. Let's kick it up a notch and really kick in the fatty acids. Become your fuel source with the Beta. It really ignites it. So, and many other things that I always talk about. Eric, I've never heard you talk about autophagy before. I know I, yeah. autophagy is up there and Mitochondria is still number one, but it's climbing up there. Number two at this point, I'm in another fasted. Well, I'm in a really kind of a strict 30 day fasting intermittent fasting experiment right now. I just started this week. Got, you know, I did a cute thing on it or a story, got on my, my Dexa done and I got my all my blood markers done. I got everything shed, got it all planned out. It's at 30 Day, uh, 23 one I call it, I call it a 23 one shred and basically what it is is a 23 hour, nothing fluids and then one hour I have a feeding window of one hour to get all my nutrients and do it for 30 days. I'm really, I, I've got this thing scientifically all laid out to say how to break the keto stall and also to do some shredding and cutting up of the muscle. So I really have it all planned down on this one, getting all those macros in one hour. And yeah, in fact, I just started and I'll tell you what, I, I couldn't complete a thousand calories of and but it's all, it's, it's the same meal is going to be every week, so it's going to be very duplicatable for people. Um, but it's very nutritious, nutrient dense of course. And um, my wife has a, at least he's doing it to a, but she's not eating what I eat cause I'm incorporating a little bit of liver and things like that. But anyways, but you know that that stall is real and you know, it's, it's a real thing. So anyway, I've got to figure out how to break it. So.
Chad: 06:15 Well you found you've also found three days fast to help break that as well, right? So if you are experiencing that stall, this is a great opportunity in April to jump in. So those dates again are April 16th I'm sorry, lost. So those, so those dates again are April 16th to the 19th. Go to biofitcoaching.Com /fast. All right. So Eric, let's talk about being busy for a minute. So I want to see, I want you to think about, uh, we're actually going to talk about for more than a minute. We're going to talk about it for about 40 minutes. But, uh, I love talking about this because this is something, this is one of those, you know, our mind is a machine, right? And the reason that our mind is machine is for survival. And I, and I love looking at the mind and the way that in our consciousness, in this, this idea that a machine runs without much thought, right? It's just some, it's emotion over, it's the same motion over and over again. And it's that it does that for efficiency. We'll, our mind tends to be very similar to a machine. And here's why. So every day we walk through life and we take in millions of bits of information. I mean, this, the amount of information that we take in, we actually can't even consciously understand. And we only process two to 5% of that information consciously actually noticing it, right?
Chad: 07:52 Every, all of the other millions of bits that are brought in are brought in and calculated and computed unconsciously. So what happens is with all of that information coming in, we have to, we have to basically make a machine or we have to automate responses to that, to that information so that we stay safe. We get food, we feel loved, all of that kind of stuff. So we're taking those ends, but, but we have to, um, really kind of gloss over or categorize or, um, or generalize that information because we can't consciously, uh, uh, process all of it, right? And our mind does this naturally to be more efficient and like I said, to keep us safe, um, and, and allow our, uh, our, our genes to go on. So, um, a lot of these things we are trained, taught and educated to take on and, and we see them as efficient or we see them as a process in which we can, um, you know, taking more bits of information for, with the least amount of effort. Okay. Yeah. So why do I talk about this when I talk about being busy? Well, it's interesting when you ask people how they're doing, um, one of the most common answers you'll get, especially if they're an acquaintance or you know, somebody who is struggling a little bit for status in your group or in a professional setting. Um, and I help a lot of people can relate to this is a common answer you'll get a lot is, oh, I'm so busy. I mean, I'm good, I'm good, but I'm so busy. And, um, there's a lot behind that idea of being quote unquote busy, right? So I'm busy. I want to make sure we understand. Set the stage here is that busy is different than productive. Uh, and, and, and so if you think about this, when, if you were to ask somebody this question, Eric, how are you doing? And they said, oh, I'm really good. Uh, just really productive.
Chad: 10:21 I've just been so productive lately. It's a very different answer, right? But think about that for a minute. What we tell ourselves, we're saying to people when we say we're, we've been busy lately is weird. We think we're telling them, oh, we've been productive and what we're really telling them is I'm a victim of my circumstances rather than I'm a proactive, efficient, and energized person. Now I'm not suggesting when people ask us how we're doing, we need to tell them, I've just been so productive lately. What I am suggesting is that we should pay attention to our language. Language is important. So language molds our life. We live out the language that we use, whether we know that or not. So, um, think about busy as a victim mentality. You are a victim to the, to do's. You were a victim of the schedule that has been set for you. Um, quote unquote. And this is all like I, this is all in quotations because this is how we think about it, right? Life is just a list of to do's. We have to get through as many as we possibly can. And that's what gets us into the busy trap. Whereas productive, Eh, you know, we're contracting with productive is proactive. It's efficient and energizing. So, so think about that as, as you, these times of your life when somebody has asked you how you're doing or you've kind of, I look at it as masks, right? We put on these masks of being of different things and busy is just another one of those masks that we're using to try to put forth some sort of perception for other people. Right? So when, when we use that, oh, I'm just so busy all the time. I'm busy. I've been so busy lately, we're actually putting on a mask that we're trying to say something totally different. And I'm going to talk about some of those things that we're trying to say to these people or, or, or the goals that we're trying to get to when we use this mask of busy. But as I talk about this, um, this idea of being busy, Eric, can you relate to it at all?
Eric: 12:50 Yeah. I get a kid, I mean, I say that word to Lisa and the grandkids and my kids. I'm busy, I'm busy. I'm always in a panic, busy. And they hate it because I, I, you know, I, I sound panicked all the time. Actually. I got so much to do. I got, I got this call, this, this, and, and I do load my plate up, but, and I caught myself saying, well, I'm just really good at multitasking. So I don't know if that's productive or not to be a, a multitasker because you end up getting too many things to, and you, you think you're really busy, but maybe really I'm, I'm definitely busy, but I don't know if I'm productive. So that's where I'm getting confused on it a little bit.
Chad: 13:35 Yeah. Yeah. So that's a great, that's a great distinction. And let me talk about that for a second because I'm busy or productive actually has nothing to do with the things we're doing, right? It has nothing to do with the actions or the items on the checklist or the to do list or you know, the tasks that needed to be done. The difference is the mindset. Okay. Are you a victim of the list? Like does the list own you or are you productive? Meaning you own the list, you choose when they get done. You, you are strict on how long they take to get done. Um, that kind of stuff. So it's, it's a mindset thing rather than a mechanical thing.
Eric: 14:17 So I'm to maybe I'm not focusing like I should on the task at hand. Okay. That's probably where I'm, that's a,
Chad: 14:26 that's a great observation I think. And in fact I'm going to end this podcast with some suggestions of how we transitioned from busy to productive and hopefully there'll be useful. I needed it to you.
Eric: 14:42 You are my mentor. In fact, I was so impressed at the beginning. I don't know what you're going to say, but you really got sciencey on the brain. I'm really, let's see,
Chad: 14:55 all of this stuff. I'm not, you know, me, I'm not an esoteric person. I'm not a woo person. All of this has to be everything that I talk about, study and train on and coach on has to be backed by, uh, by science and logic and almost everything that I teach and not probably almost probably everything I teach or perpetuate the ideas of is how is explained evolutionarily. Right? It really comes back to how we've been programmed as gatherers, hunters, hunters and gatherers, uh, for thousands and thousands, hundreds of thousands of years. And, um, we just can't shed that programming. And so, um, it's, we can create new habits, but we're still working with that DNA programming that we've, that we've gotten over years and years and years. So once we, for me, once it's put in that perspective, I can now do something with it, right? Because now I understand this is, this is something that's programmed into me. I can choose to change that and consciously practice something that will allow me to, to find a little more happiness. But, um, so yeah, so you're exactly right. Everything I, I want to talk about teach and, and, and perpetuate is related to science in some way so that we can make sure that we're, that we're giving sound advice and it's not subjective. Um, and it's, it's objective to everybody. So, um, anyways, so let's talk about these masks, um, when and why we use this, this idea of being busy to get some of the things that we inherently or, or evolutionarily want. Right? So what are the most surface one's, and this one's pretty simple to see once it's pointed out, is being important. We do obviously have an innate and natural desire to feel important or essential to other people, to processes, to society. I mean, I feel that I would you say that you feel a need to be important in certain areas, Eric? Yes, absolutely. I don't think anybody's, anybody's that's being honest. Uh, couldn't, could not say that they're not, you know, have this desire. So it, however dysfunctional, and I would say it's very dysfunctional way to feel important is using this idea of busy. So that's one, that's one thing somebody might be going for or a mask they might be putting on when they use this answer. Oh, I'm just so busy. Um, is because that is busy, makes them feel important to whatever that process is.
Chad: 17:49 Another one is, and this goes along with being important, is being needed. Uh, we love being needed. We love feeling like our contribution to any situation or relationship or company or product. We want to know that our contribution to that is needed. And instead of, you know, be in a healthy way, recognizing I want to feel needed and I want to express that to people because that's a bit vulnerable. It can be a bit scary to say, I want to be needed. I want to feel needed. Here's where I, you know, here's where I think I can contribute. Instead we put on that mask of busy to show that were needed and, and you know, it's really a self. We're, we're convincing ourselves that, that were needed by being busy. Um, so each one of these goes a little bit deeper and they're going to be, especially if people are listening and this is the first time that they've really kind of heard this concept of, you know, be using, being busy as a mask. It might be a little bit harder to go into these next ones and really see it on yourself. My, my only ask is that you just stay with us and um, and just consider the possibility. I'm not saying you are doing this. Um, I'm just saying maybe it's possible and if it's possible, then you could just try it on. Like I'm not asking you to buy it. This is what I tell my clients all the time when I introduce a new idea, especially when it's an idea that might be convicting on their thinking. Um, is that I'm not asking you to buy it. I'm just asking you to try it on, see if it fits. If it doesn't fit, you don't have to buy it. But if it fits, you're now accountable and we're going to buy it. We're going to do something about it.
Chad: 19:37 So, um, so this next, this next one is being loved. Oftentimes we put on the mask of busy for the feeling of being loved or, or were or were lacking the feeling of being loved. And so we use business to distract us, um, uh, or, or to put on, put off the uh, the appearance that we're so loved by so many people that were just so busy. Um, and we're trying to take care of it all. So you can try that one on for size. Um, another one is this idea of self sacrifice. There is a, there is an old idea within the human race that self sacrifice his bravery, um, or it's, you know, it's, it's strong or it's all of these, you could attach a bunch of, of ideas to self sacrifice, um, of what we've made up that self sacrifices. And so being busy could be, oh, I'm just sacrificing myself to all of these causes and all of these companies or these ideas or these products or these family members and that self SAS self sacrifice, you know, that busy becomes a mask for, for self sacrifice,
Eric: 21:00 self sacrifice. Does that a lot of it to do, to, to achieve the accolades that would come with that self sacrifice? Is that the big motivator you think behind? All right.
Chad: 21:09 You know, yeah, there's social, there's social currency and self sacrifice. And so if I self sacrifice for you or for the group or for our company or a podcast or whatever, I have perceived social currency in that. So like you guys are gonna pay me for that in like, oh, I can't believe that's so great. Or, or, or, you know what I mean? So that's, I can put myself up on the cross for lack of a better, a better analogy. Uh, and, and all of you will say, well, look with Chad did for us and for the company or for the cause or for me. And, and that gives us, um, a little bit of social currency there. Is there a better, obviously there's a better motivator. I mean, a truer mode. The job gets done. Yeah. So all of these can be, all of these can be flipped on their head when we changed the busy too productive. Right? Cause the productive, you're no longer going to self sacrifice. You're going to, you're still going to get the stuff done that needs to be done because you're, you're being productive. You're being efficient and energized and proactive. But it's not the mic. It's not this, um, it's not this victim mentality. It's not this, I will sacrifice myself. I will be a victim to the system and to get these things done. It's a, hey, we are all on a team. I'm going to do my part. These are the things I need to get done to do my part. And uh, and, and then we're, you know, it's this. So, so the same thing gets done. The same praise happens, but it's in a different mindset.
Eric: 22:51 Maybe you end up loving what you're doing. Yeah, absolutely. Hopefully purpose. Yeah. You find meaning and true purpose of what you're doing. You actually enjoy doing it and not thinking of it as always as a sacrifice.
Chad: 23:05 Yes. Enjoying the process. And that's something that I actually want to do a podcast on it at some point. I've been loving learning more about, uh, finding satisfaction and happiness in the process rather than the goal or the end result. And a, and I think that's very much, uh, this has to do with that. Once we, once we're in that productive mindset, we enjoy the process so much more because we're not a victim to the process that they went. That'd be a good, a good topic for a podcast. I would enjoy that one. Yeah. Yeah. All right. So I've got two more masks. We, that we were, uh, or that we use busy, um, for, um, is an excuse to not connect. Um, when you, when you are in conversation with somebody and you say, how are you doing or whatever, and they just say, ah, I've just been so busy, uh, life is so busy, blah, blah, blah. Hardly ever have I been in a situation where a conversation and an answer is given like that where the conversation goes to a place that is deeper and more fulfilling and more connecting and you know, all of that kind of stuff because it's like, I just don't really want to deal with you right now. You sound like, you sound like you're in a bad place. You sound like you're in a victims, you know, mindset. I just don't see this conversation going anywhere. And so it's a, it's a way for us to not connect with other people by using this, this busy thing. And it's, it's a lot of like, well, I'm just, I'm, I'm so busy. I may be even too busy for this conversation or I'm so important. I may just be too important for this conversation with you. Uh, you know, all of that sort of, I've got so many people pulling me a million different directions I couldn't possibly focus and be present with you and have a fulfilling conversation. Um, and a real connection. So it, it stands in the way of us connecting with the people we're with. And the moment, whether that's intentional or not. And like I said, a lot of this stuff runs as a machine unconsciously in the background. So if you're listening to this and you're saying, God, this isn't me. That's not why I say I'm busy or that's not why I'm busy. Just try on the idea that maybe it is, but you've been doing it for so long and you're wired for survival that maybe it's just unconscious, right. And, and you know, you can bring these things to light. Um, and so the last one is super, super deep. Um, and it's to numb our pain. Yes, we make ourselves busy and we announced that to the world. We announced that business to the world to, to mask and numb the pain that we're feeling in life. Whether it's our relationships, whether it's our self confidence and how we feel about ourselves or whatever. As long as we're busy enough that we don't have to face the, the, the, the scariness, that is our pain.
Eric: 26:24 And that one I can relate to. I can't, we all can if we're willing to try it on people, you know, to stay busy, what they're, you know, I call it what you could be running from a bank and you're afraid it's going to catch up with you and you have to deal with something or face something. And it's always that tendency had just to stay busy and not think about something and not face it. And, and I think I do that. Uh, well I know I do that.
Chad: 26:58 We all do. We all have pain and suffering that is going on, dealt with. And as long as it's not dealt with in a direct way, uh, we will find ways to numb ourselves to it. I mean, it's, it's the, it is the, it is the reason that, you know, Eric, you and I talk about the, the Diet habits of our country, um, and, and, and maybe even the world around. And so much of that eating yes, is this exact same thing. It's to, it's to mask that numb. And the pain, uh, addiction is, is to mask that numb and that pain, uh, I'm sorry guys, but video games and television and you know, all of that stuff, it's, I get that it's entertaining and it's fun, but the reason it's entertaining is because it, it masks or it numbs that pain for just a little,
Eric: 27:53 it gives you that little dopamine hit that you train your brain to say, hey, where's that little reward to get me out of this funk? And yeah,
Chad: 28:03 yeah. As soon as that pain or that suffering, troll starts to raise its hand and inside of you and you notice it, um, that's when, if you're really present with yourself, you'll notice that's when you pick up the remote. That's when you pick up the sweets. That's when you, all of that sort of stuff. And so it's really interesting. I mean, the busy, we take this concept of busy, we could, we could interchange it with any of those vices that, that take us in and numbness. So, eh, that's, that's, that's very, very interesting. So, um, how about a really rough transition into a biostak or talking about inner pain and suffering. And then now I'm transferred to the biostak, but I just want to mention it really quick. I don't, I don't think we need to dig in real much, but, uh, if you haven't at this point, um, and you've been listening to us a while, or if you're brand new to the podcast, got to go to biostak.com and check it out. Um, grab yourself a bottle, see how good you can feel. This is five organic ingredients that work synergistically. They won't do anything for your inner pain or suffering, but they will do tons for your Mitochondria, your cell respiration, your taking care of those free radical damage. Um, so that it'll take care of your physical body so that you can take care of some of this, uh, this mental stuff that we're talking about. Anything that's been on your mind this week about
Eric: 29:30 no, just eh, you know, it's interesting that your topics about the brain and I've been doing a lot of work on, you know, talking about Alzheimer's and Parkinson's and a lot of dementia and neural diseases and how much the role of free radicals, reactive oxygen species and inflammation plays in the brain and also with depression and it's amazing and all that. What you can do, you know, if you really start to get those nerve cells and the neurons, astrocytes operating better and more efficiently, and that's what the biostak is therefore. So it, it really helps with making better cognition and decisions and just really starts getting the neurotransmitters to function better. So basically that's what it's about now.
Chad: 30:18 Yeah. That's great. So go check it out biostak.com. See how good you can feel. Uh, it's fantastic stuff. Okay, so now we've talked about, uh, how we use busy in an unhealthy way. Um, now I want to, I want to shift gears and flip that same coin on the other side and, and talk about how we can use productivity being product, a proactive, efficient and energizing things that we can do to flip busy into pro, uh, productivity. Um, so I wanna I want you to think about like, you know, we tend to as humans we have a confirmation what's called confirmation bias, where we look for evidence for things that we've already made up in our mind, right? Which is the opposite of like the scientific method where the scientific method, you, you have a hypothesis and you test it and then you get your answer of whether it's right or not with confirmation bias, you start with the answer, I think it's this, or I know it's this and now I'm going to find all the evidence that supports that, right?
Chad: 31:26 And our mind has a really, really good at it does a really good job at finding that evidence because changing our minds is really hard. Um, and it takes some work and it takes some concentration and some discomfort. And so, um, that confirmation bias is like this way for us to just support our current thoughts and not have to go down the road of change. So, um, the reason that I talk about this is because when you get into this busy victim mindset, your mind will look for evidence to support the idea that you're just too busy and, and it will build a case for you so that you can continue in that motion. Does that make sense? Um, so, um, I want you to take it outside of yourself for a minute and think about people in your life who I think about this a lot when I get into this victim busy mindset is I try to think of people who are in my life that are, have much more to do the day to day and are pulling it off in style. Um, meaning they're doing it from a proactive productives position. I think of like single parents that I know, yeah. That I just couldn't even imagine it. I couldn't, I honestly could not even imagine trying to raise my three little kids alone. And I know single parents who do it and do it really well and get more done than I do as, as somebody who has a very active partner in this parenting thing and I'm just blown away by them. Right. And I can, yeah. I find it really hard to stay in my victim mindset as busy when I see these people, single parents, successful careers, uh, you know, doing the sports, doing the activities, um, and, and still finding time for them to, I'm just like, I'm, I'm amazed and I can no longer say I'm just so busy. Yeah. Um, I think I also think of a lot of, uh, some of my favorite authors and mentors and philosophers that I just, especially modern day where I see them doing so much to teach so much good. They're traveling, they're doing key notes, they're running podcasts, they're, you know, doing all of these things and I can't look at them and, and keep the mentality that I'm just so busy beyond belief. So that's one thing that really helps pull me out, um, and put me back into a productive mindset. Um, but some of the other ways. So I'll just list, um, ways to turn busy into productive. So avoiding time wasters. And Eric, you were uh, oh, sorry. You weren't talking about this when you were talking about, uh, my third one, which is focus on one thing at a time being present. Um, so yeah, yeah. Yeah. So the first one is avoiding time wasters. Eric, do you have any time wasters in your life?
Eric: 34:35 Uh, yes I do. What about Fox News? No, I, yeah, I do have some time wasters. It, you know, and that's, and I think that's a hard part about life is, you know, cause I'm always dealing with, you know, clients and coaching and there everybody's too busy. I don't have time for a workout. I don't have time to, you know, riding my macros. I don't have time to prep the meal. And I asked, well, you know, I knew I'd get to the time wasters. Well, how much do we do watch true. How much, you know, thinking is it, you know, you can do a nice trade off for. Okay. And so there's always time wasters. And I, and I'm one of the, you know, I try to make my, my time valuable cause I, alright, here I go. I'm really busy and my wife because, because you're here because your production. Yeah, that's right. Lisa always says to me, why are you always so busy? You always say you're busy. No, no. I get in trouble all the time about that and I'm busy.
Chad: 35:38 Yeah, I do. Yeah. Yeah. Well, I mean, I, I'm just, just try it on, but it could be, you know, one of those masks. No, it. Oh, I see. I see. Yeah. So, um, when I, when I talk about avoiding time wasters, I could obviously go on this rant, you know, social media, video games, TV, all, and those, those stuff, those things are, I don't want people to hear what I'm not saying. Well, I'm not saying don't do anything fun because it's all a waste of time. Just be productive all the time. I don't think that's healthy either. What I'm saying is, with those things, be very intentional about it. I am going to do this for this long. Uh, you know, this many times a week. So if you are somebody who enjoys social media, I'm going to do it for 30 minutes a day. That is it. And, and everything else. So, so basically don't, they're no longer time wasters, you know, that's your time to be entertained or unwind or um, you know, just be mindless for a minute. Um, that's fine because that's intentional and then the rest of the day you're back in a productive mindset. But if those things are just on the table all the time, right. So I see people all the time, I'm at the La, I'm in line at the grocery store and they can't stand in line for less than three minutes without pulling out their phone and scrolling through Instagram. That's, that's mindless. That's a time waster. I've now started finding those moments in my life to journal. So we have this crazy cool little computer in our pocket all the time and we can choose to either go mindless on it or we can journal on it or we can read on it or learn on it, you know, all of that sort of stuff.
Chad: 37:30 And so that's a big shift that I've taken over the last year. It's like whenever I feel that inclination to take my phone out of my pocket and waste time on it, even if I have three to four minutes, I now journal on it. So I've got this giant library of just journaling, um, in my notes. And you know, journaling is always something that I'm like, I want to do it, but I don't have time for it. I'm so busy. Well, guess what? I figured out how to be more efficient with it, more proactive, and it's energizing to me rather than pulling up that Instagram and feeling crappy about myself because everybody else is doing something amazing. So that's what I mean by time wasters. It's not that I don't want you to have fun. It's that we need to be intentional about it. Okay. So my next one is keeping a schedule and a routine routine. Basically, a schedule is a prioritization of the things that we think we need to get done, right? So, um, we're scheduling out our days. We're getting it into a routine so that we think so that nothing gets lost. Um, but scheduling, scheduling is so important. I'm not going to talk much more about it, but just thinking in terms of what is my priority, I can't do everything. None of us can do everything that we want to do. Um, so what are those priorities? And then let's schedule them out. Let's, let's pick specific times for them to be done, which I know Eric, you're, you have, you keep pretty strict schedules, especially with your working out, your coaching calls, all that kind of stuff and, and pretty strict routine. Do you find that that helps you stay more productive? By far?
Eric: 39:11 By far, I've gotta have you gotta have a schedule. If not, um, I get distracted and start doing something else or studying. I go down some other rabbit hole. Me, I need more of this. They say, right, one hour on this one to act two hours on this and I really need to get better at scheduling my time, you know, and not get one of,
Chad: 39:33 it's one of those working smarter, not harder. Right? I mean we can work really hard on all the tasks we have, but unless you really put them into context of your day, give them a specific time. That's the smart way to get through those things.
Eric: 39:49 In fact when you just said that smarter, not harder, you just brought up, uh, uh, bad humbling memory to me. If you did it in an Australian accent, then you really would have struck. I'll do it real quick. It remind me of a story of real humbling actually. Uh, back when I was in as racing back in 2010 or whatever, I can't remember how long ago there was a triathlete that's an iron man. His name is Chris Mccormick. They call them Maca. He was kind of my idol basically. Cause he, he won the IronMans a couple times and any way, um, I got contacted by him and he's, he's kind of the guy that he, his motto was embrace the suck, embrace the suck and I'm the, the pain, the pain cave guy. Anyway, he, he got hold of a photo of me and I was in a race in Vegas and a triathlon and I was coming in about a quarter mile from the finish line in a, in a sprint tri and I was leading my age group, blah, blah, blah. And I'm coming down this, this real down hill toward the lake and it was all rocks and trail dirt. And you know, I don't run that good with my knees cause I can't really pick my knees up that much. Anyway, I stubbed my toe on a rock and I face planted. I've talking my face hit first one. Anyway, long story short, I busted my nose. I was bleeding profusely, my eye, my, My Lips. I thought I broke all my teeth because my mouth was full of those little rocks. I thought my teeth were busted out. I hit so hard, my hands named get out in front of me and I just massacred my face. So anyway, I am, I've jump right back up. I have nothing in my mind. But to get to the finish line. And my daughter who was in the race, uh, Jayna, she came out of transition. She was just starting the run and we passed each other and she just goes, oh my gosh, what happened to you? And I didn't even acknowledge her. I just kept going for the finish line to get through that shoot. And the met that medic saw me coming, why do whey they snapshots of my face. Anyway, he got a hold of that face shot with this bloody face and rocks all over and scratches and it didn't even get my whole, well anyway, he got a hold of it and he contacted me and said, I was like, you know, in awe of this guy and said, can we use that, uh, you, you, your, your picture in a, you know, embrace the suck video on his, he has a training site, the Maca 12 and I, and he sent me an autographed book and Autograph Hat and everything. I'm not going to be in this video on his front end intro. And so I was telling everybody, Hey, I'm, I'm in MCAS video. It's coming out when Nona and so everybody tuned into it and I get a phone call and he's lecturing about training and then all of a sudden, you know, I thought I was going to embrace the suck, you know, pain threshold. And it comes across and it sees me running in my face and it's all bloody and broken and everything. And it says, you really need to learn to train smarter, not harder as Australia, train smarter, not harder. And I was so embarrassed. I was all like all my family friends, they said, oh boy, that was great. I bet you're real proud of that dad at every, they're all tease me. They still tease me about that I thought. And he kind of, he, he misrepresented how he's going to use my picture. I had to sell it. It just came right back to me. But anyway, smarter not harder. Okay.
Chad: 43:27 Through some of these, uh, let me know if you need any clarity on them or if I'm not being real clear. Uh, so we can make sure we get the point across, but I'll, I'll do them a little quicker. Um, focus on one thing at a time. So being present, um, you know, we can, we can do a lot of things at once, uh, poorly or we can do one thing at a time really good. Hmm. So that's I, I'm us, I'm a firm believer in no multitasking. Um, I don't think there's anybody out there that can multitask and do all the things that they're, that they're doing while they're multitasking in a, in a good way that they would be proud of. Um, and so, and I realized that life sometimes requires multitasking, like especially if you're a working single parent or something like that. So I'm not disparaging that at all. But what I'm saying is when you can be in the moment, do the thing you're doing the best you know how to do and then move on to the next thing, you're going to do that one thing quicker, you're going to do it better and you're going to be more proud of it. And then you move on to the next thing and you're going to do that thing quicker and better and be more proud of it then rather if you did both of them at the same time. Um, and doing multiple things. It's, I mean there's been a lot of studies on it, but doing multiple things at a time puts us often into a mindset of panic and the panic is a symptom of this victim mentality because we're victim to those tasks. At the moment, we're not owning any of them, they're owning us. But when we focus on one thing, we own it. We're giving everything to it. Right?
Eric: 45:25 Yeah. Cause I'm, I'm definitely been told by many that I'm always in panic mode, yes.
Chad: 45:35 Be Very, this one goes along with scheduling a little bit, but be very picky with your time. Now, once again, don't hear what I'm not saying. I'm not saying be stingy with your time. There's a difference. There's a big difference. I'm saying be picky. Um, make sure it's intentional when you're using up time for something, make sure that's the thing you want to be using your time for. In the moment and that you're present with it. Um, this, this thing, I mean, I'm still practicing it, but when I'm really doing well at being picky with my time, I feel so good. Those are my happiest moments because I'm making decisions, choices, and I'm giving my time to things that, that makes sense to me that I want to give my time to, that I'm passionate about and um, and I give the time that's needed and w and a that I want to give and then I don't. And there's a lot of power in that. I know that most people can relate. When you've been in a conversation with somebody or you know, gone out to lunch with somebody and they're just going 30 minutes over what you wanted to be there for. Like, you're, you've eaten lunch, you've had a good conversation, but they're still going and you're going, I've got so much to do. I don't want to be here anymore, Yada, Yada, Yada. But you put your polite face on and you just nod and smile and you're no longer connecting and nothing's being established. There's no connection there, but you're just going along with it. That's the opposite of what I'm talking about. What I'm talking about is setting up that lunch with your, with your friend, your old friend or whatever or whoever it is and saying, I've got an hour and a half, so can we do lunch from 12 to one 30? And that's being intentional. That's, you know, being very picky with your time and being very specific to the time commitment. And, uh, I set time commitments for pretty much everything I do now. Uh, I've got this much time to do that. I can't wait to be at lunch with you. I've got this much time to do it. And then the expectation is set. There's no awkward, well, I've got to get back. They already know what your schedule is and a, and it's just, it's just a more proactive and productive way to operate as far as time goes. Yeah, I'm set clear boundaries for timeframes and Oh, that's what I just talked about. Sorry, I was next on my list. Um, so set, set clear boundaries for timeframes of meetings, conversations, activities, all of that kind of stuff. So everybody is aware how much time you are dedicating to this for that moment or for that time have micro goals.
Chad: 48:21 So micro goals are small little wins and we've talked about this in the past, right? Um, these little micro goals. So these are getting small wins under your belt throughout the day. We, we often think about goals as these giant things. These things we're going to giant things we're going to accomplish, but there's much more satisfaction and happiness, um, and more productivity when we have these micro goals. Um, I'm going to send, my goal is to send this email to this person or to clear my inbox by this time or to, um, you know, whatever those things are to have my workout done by 7:00 AM or any of those things. And when you accomplish them, it's just more wind in your sail and you're pro productive sale. Um, rather than, you know, I want to lose 50 pounds and work out every day. Well, that's a big goal. And if I miss one day, it's catastrophic. Um, but if I have these micro goals, then each one is just a small step in a little win. All right. So my final suggestion on how to turn busy into productive is to recognize, and we've talked a lot about this, especially when we talked about the masks. Recognize where you lean on busy as a mask. Noticing is more than half the battle. This is what I tell my clients all the time, people that I'm working with. When these these things just feel overwhelming, right? Eric? I mean, you deal with this with your clients as well. Like this big picture feels really overwhelming. Uh, I've been doing this busy thing my whole life and it just feels really overwhelming to, to stop and to switch it from busy to productive. And what I tell people is if you could just notice when you do it, you're like 75% there of change. You, your 75% on your way to that, that change you want to make. Just noticing when you do it is more than half the battle. And that that gives a lot of encouragement to people, and it does to me is that I have all these things in my life that I want to improve and do better. And I know that just noticing
Chad: 50:41 when I do it or don't do it is more than half the battle because that notice changes the neurons, the neurons in our brain, and it calls it out at flags it. So then now there's a memory attached to when you do it as a before, when you weren't even noticing it, there's not even a memory attached to it. And that's how our brain works is through a memory, right? It has to memorize these things for survival. So we attach a memory to these moments when we did the thing that we didn't want to do and we notice it and we'd say, oh my gosh, I'm doing it. that attaches that memory to it. It gets filed away into the more important files. Okay, the next time this thing comes up, I'm going to notice sooner. I'm pretty soon. You're noticing sooner, noticing sooner and you're noticing before you go into it. And so it's, it's really, really important to understand. Don't get overwhelmed, don't feel like you need to just do this right out the gates. Just start noticing. And just by default of listening to this conversation and listening to this podcast, you're going to start noticing it a lot more and that that's the road to success.
Eric: 51:53 For sure. Lisa, listening to this podcast is really gonna make me notice it now. Oh, when she hears this, she's going to come after me.
Chad: 52:06 Well good. That was my goal. I mean this is right up everything she keeps saying to me all the time. So how do you want her to hear this? Oh, she's a smart woman. She is. She really, well this has been great. Thanks so much for mind hacking with me today. I
Eric: 52:26 thank you. This, this is something that I think I could really use and all your stuff is so good, man. And this one, I really got to have to, we all listen to the podcast again. Of course. I got all these notes have been writing down as you were talking. So I'm actually taking this one to heart. I really am
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