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There are only so many hours in a day. And some BIG trouble I see aspiring and rising web show hosts get into is overwhelm and trying to do SO many things (gotta shoot my show, gotta edit it, gotta work on my biz model, OMG 5,000 email are coming in, etc). It can be draining.

I get it, trust me. Slightly embarrassing story: A few years ago, at one point I was publishing five days a week and almost had a nervous breakdown because I was so stressed out, which left me actually crying (yes, crying, not a typo) on the bathroom floor.

Not good. But, I figured out how to adapt and change. Now, I barely EVER get overwhelmed anymore thanks to a few simple principles.

Enter today’s episode of The Rise To The Top, where my guest (the amazing Racheal Cook and I) share those simple principles with you.

Racheal is a mediapreneur rockstar (known as the yogipreneur) who runs a 6-figure biz from home…with twins running around and another one on the way (and she works only about 20 hours a week).

A few special keys I want to make sure you pay attention to in this conversation:

  • The concept of BATCHING (especially useful when shooting/editing)
  • Dominating your email
  • Creating easy systems

And Racheal shares these KEY five things with you:

  1. How to trick your brain into getting into the zone (and instantly boost your productivity)
  2. How to cut your workload by 80% (and STILL get the results you want)
  3. Why you need to throw away your to-do list
  4. The ultimate tool to organize your schedule (and free up 15-20 hours a week)
  5. …and her number one secret weapon for getting sh*t done

You won’t want to miss this one (or you will cry yourself to sleep…probably) and can’t wait to hear your thoughts in the comments section.


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  1. Shelia says:

    Great interview, love the tips. Especially using the calendar – putting in on paper makes a big difference.

    1. David Siteman Garland says:

      It seriously does. HUGE difference.

  2. brookr says:

    I love using Freckle ( for time tracking! I use it for billing client projects, but it is so easy to use, it’s great for tracking how I’m spending my free time as well.

    1. David Siteman Garland says:

      Cool, never heard of it….

  3. Mike Abasov says:

    Secret project? I guess this had been recorded before Talk to the Top was announced 🙂

    1. David Siteman Garland says:

      You are correct my friend 🙂

  4. Alexa Hart says:

    Very helpful post, especially since I’m just starting out and am stressed about getting things done and feel like my to do list gets bigger every day! I’ll check out the time tracking program Toggl. I like the analogy of it being like a food log. I also like Racheal’s idea of laying everything out for the month and coming months. Hoping to put all this into play! And, I’m super curious about your time management, David. How the heck do you get so much done?! I know you use VAs, but I’d love for you to expand on the topic, perhaps on a longer episode of DSG TV.

    1. David Siteman Garland says:

      I’m a wizard 🙂 But seriously, good idea for a video

  5. Calvin says:


    #1) Set up a space where work is literally the ONLY thing you can do.
    – Less hurdles you have to jump through.

    #2) Ritualize some pieces of your day
    – they can be really really simple
    – give your brain a break/pause before it prepares for the transition into work

    #3) Cut your work
    – really pay attention to the time you spend
    – use time tracking software: Toggl or Freckle

    #4) Batch your work
    – ex. taking care of all your errands in one swoop (throw it all on Friday)

    #5) Avoid treadmilling and be aware of burn out factor
    – instead, batch tasks of similar nature on same day.
    – ex. Workout/sports day, Errands day

    #6) Use a 12-month calendar
    – evaluate “shiny red balls” on weekly/hourly calendar against 12-month calendar milestones

    Recommended reading:
    The Creative habit by Twyla Tharp
    War of Art by Steven Pressfield

    Really great episode, David and Rachael.

    1. David Siteman Garland says:

      Fantastic outline 🙂

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