Lesson 06: Get Stuff Done Without Distractions and Bad Habits


Lesson 06: How to beat procrastination, become a master of your time, and reshape the way you work

With Jake Kahana

Do you have a creative project you really want to work on, but put it off because you just don’t have the time for it?

Then today’s episode is just for you!

My guest Jake Kahana says nobody taught us how to work, and he wants to change that.  

Jake is an artist and teacher helping people thrive in a world overrun with distractions by leading them in unlearning bad habits and replacing them with new, better ones.  He’s also the king of side projects and the co-founder of Caveday, a company dedicated to teaching people how to maximize their productivity. Fast Company even referred to Jake and his co-founders as “Procrastination Nannies.” But it’s not just about doing more work in less time– Jake says it’s about improving the quality of your life by improving the quality of your work.

This conversation completely changed the way I work. In fact, I edited this episode more efficiently than ever before, thanks to all the juicy, research backed techniques Jake shares with us.

In this episode, Jake shows us how to unlearn the bad habits we’re all used to, and how to recreate our own mini Caveday at home. As someone who is highly creative with multiple side projects, he also shares some great insights about how to be more creative.

Mentioned in this episode:

  • How Jake co-founded Caveday

  • How nobody has ever taught us how to work, and why we need to be taught how to work with structure and research based techniques

  • How to structure your work so you can get into flow and do your best work

  • The right kind of break to take so you can go back to work more energized (and it’s not checking emails and social media!)

  • Why multitasking actually makes your work quality worse

  • How to be in control of your own time

  • The ONE THING you can take away from this interview to do better work (and it improves your IQ!)

  • Jake’s advice on how to work at a demanding day job and still have time for your side projects

  • Why every creative outlet doesn’t need to be a business idea

Part of living a creative life is doing the thing and not knowing where it goes, but doing it because you need to just get it out.
— Jake Kahana

Lesson 05: How to Find Your Creative Passion When You’re Busy


Lesson 05: How a stay at home mom with young children discovered her passion for film making

With Sylvia Ray

Are you someone who feels like you don’t know what you like or what you’re good at? Do you feel like your life is so busy with work or parenthood, that you don’t even have the time to figure it out?

Trust me. We can relate.

Sylvia Ray says she didn’t know what she liked or was good at throughout most of her life. After becoming a mom of 2 young boys, she started feeling antsy but completely clueless about what she wanted to do.

Sylvia finally found the passion she had been looking for her entire life through filmmaking. Using what little time she had, she explored and looked for inspiration where she could, eventually teaching herself how to write, edit, produce and direct films. And in just 2 short years (without going to school!), her films have been screened coast to coast, her work has been featured on major websites like The Huffington Post, and more.

In this episode she shares about her journey from feeling stuck, to working through her fears of sharing her work, to become a rising filmmaker - all while being a busy mom of 2 young boys.

Mentioned in this episode:

  • The steps Sylvia took to start exploring what she liked and was good at

  • Her first steps to learning how to become a filmmaker without going to school

  • What one of the best gifts about being a new creative is

  • How to create your work while being a stay at home mom

  • How to balance the struggle with parenting and working

  • How moms without help and a support system can start to explore their creativity

  • How Sylvia gets used to her work being rejected and why keeping perspective is so essential

  • Her advice for those who have no idea what they want to do

  • Her process for filmmaking and getting her work out there

  • How her Korean/Mexican identity influences her storytelling and work

  • What an executive at NBC told her that shifted her mindset

  • How exploring your creativity can feel like therapy (in a good way!)

  • The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron

  • Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert

  • William P Young on Super Soul Conversations


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