EFP 69: Cutting Down Bullshit Work And Building Up Business Resilience

Justin Cooke

November 7, 2013

Have you ever procrastinated for days (or weeks) on a project that would only take a few hours to complete?

Ever passed of BS work to a virtual assistant, employee, or Intern that might not need to be done at all?

Create More Productivity and Get Rid of the Bullshit

Joe and I sit down this week to discuss plenty of mistakes we’ve made regarding time management in our business. From procrastination to scaling bullshit work, we’ll lay out the particular roadblocks that have popped up for us regarding both personal and team time management and we’ll lay out our best strategies for overcoming those obstacles.

If you’ve ever struggled with time management, found yourself procrastinating, or have filled up your free time with “busy work”, this is an episode for you!

Check Out This Week’s Episode Here:

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Topics Discussed This Week Include:

  • Travel, Parties, and a new apprentice in town!
  • Entrepreneurs not valuing their time – big mistake
  • Parkinson’s Law and making good use of your time
  • The problem with scaling bullshit work and the inefficiency that comes with it
  • Using the skill transfer process within your business
  • Personal outsourcing leads to personal freedom

Mentions:

Quotables:

  • “The problem with passing on BS work is that you’re scaling inefficiency” – Justin – Click To Tweet!
  • “Team autonomy keeps you from being a central point of failure in your biz” – Joe – Click To Tweet!

So, what do you use to increase efficiency and cut out the BS work in your business? Let us know on Twitter leave us a message on SpeakPipe, or leave us a comment below – we’d love to hear from you!


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  1. Alfie says:

    Hate to break it to you dude’s, but there’s no such thing as a ‘team’. What you’re actually talking about are ‘individuals’.

    The word ‘team’ is used to help foster the idea that nobody is better than anyone else; everyone is a player on the same team so to speak! This is simply nonsense.

    As individuals, we each have our strengths and weaknesses and this make us better than each other in certain areas of life and less so in others. This is true of us all and should be self-evident to a rational mind.

    You’re not members of a flock; the individual exists for his own sake; not for the sake of others.

    • Justin Cooke says:

      Hey Alfie,

      It looks like you have some debate or argument over the semantics of the word “team”.

      In my view, a team is a collection of individuals that come together, united under a common purpose. It is NOT my view that, in a team, no individual is better or worse at anything than anyone else – not sure where you’re getting that from.

      In any event, I think you missed the point of this podcast if that was your major takeaway.

  2. RJ Cid says:

    So I am pretty sure your apprentice feels like he may be in a “Final Destination” type movie! The guy just wants to make and sell sites, dammit! lol, I am glad you guys are ok.

    This podcast came at a perfect time! I started looking to eliminate tedious tasks in my personal life (someone to get groceries, clean, and do laundry). I am currently outsourcing my backlinking, content creation, and researching to a small team Ive found on elance. I still spend a lot of time editing and posting content (to ensure optimization), and other things like getting images, creating alt text, etc.. My goal is to get a system down, maybe focus a bit more on creating systems?

    In any event, great stuff!

  3. larryaiello says:

    Hey guys, I love the stuff you put out but just wanted to say I hope you guys are all OK in the Phiippines. What a nasty storm.

  4. jazztothebone says:

    Hey guys, I hope you are ok in the Philippines!

  5. Iain Robson says:

    Great episodes gents.

    It’s so true that when you’re given more time than you need we tend to delay some things.

    Also, I randomly found your Building a Niche Empire book on Amazon. I can’t recall if you guys have talked about that. Hope it’s going well.

    • For a book that we give away for free, it sure seem to sell well every month. Honestly, we just put a price on it because we didn’t want to have to pay for free Kindle downloads (free books are charged to the publisher — not cool). I’m surprised when we get the direct deposit every month. It’s not much, but it all adds up.

  6. Great ep guys. I have a tool suggestion for your tool suggestion…

    you can add FuzedApp (https://gn126.infusionsoft.com/go/fuzed/a62/) to connect ScheduleOnce with OAP or Infusionsoft and tag your contacts automatically.

  7. Mads Singers says:

    Yo! Would love to know more about any of your events any time after the 17th of November!

    The island hopping sounds awesome and I’m happy to help out of you need any volunteer support when you are doing your Christmas giveaways.

  8. Hi guys !

    Great episode . I have a lot of busy unproductive time . Taking the bus , waiting in lines or in meetings for example . But , a macbook has boosted my productivity , since I have learnt to work in the most unusual places .
    I hope you are all right with the storm that’s coming .

  9. sebi 20 says:

    Better than tomato timer is this software from my perspective http://www.theactionmachine.com/. I use it with an phyisic agenda and it works great. Thanks for the valuable information shared in this podcasts as well as for the resources you always share with us.

    Thanks Empire Flippers

  10. Gunnar Bengtsson says:

    Another thing to consider when handing off work to team members. Even if it’s not BS work, or a poorly thought out process you’re handing off – you may have already cut out all the unnecessary parts and have a super streamlined process for someone on your team to do – that process is now petrified in time. When you were handling this task yourself it evolved constantly as you saw what worked and what didn’t, you added and took away pieces over time, making it better. This constant evolution is not going to happen anymore once you’re no longer involved personally.

    • Justin Cooke says:

      That’s a great point, Gunnar.

      For some of our processes we have a living, breathing document that our team updates on the fly. Any major changes are sent to me for approval.

      For other processes it’s really done on the fly. You’re right in that some of those processes are critical to our business…and if they get too far from what they were originally intended, it would probably be a good thing to know! :-)

      Things definitely change over time, hehe.

      • Gunnar Bengtsson says:

        Yeah Justin, things change and what was good practice last month may not be the best way to do things today.

        It sounds like you guys have good processes in place to keep everything updated – I need to figure out an efficient way to do this with my own small team.

  11. civillibros says:

    i can´t find the sites that are per sale, in the section i find only 2 package of 10 and 11 but are already SOLD, were is the new packages¿¿

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