Episode 239: Free to Focus with Michael Hyatt

On today’s episode, I spent time with Michael Hyatt. Michael Hyatt is the founder and CEO of Michael Hyatt & Company, a leadership development firm specializing in transformative live events, workshops, and digital and physical planning tools. In his newest book, Free to Focus, Michael reveals to readers nine proven ways to win at work so they are finally free to succeed at the rest of life. Michael has been married to his wife, Gail, for forty years. They have five daughters, three sons-in-law, and eight grandchildren. They live just outside Nashville, Tennessee.

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Michael Hyatt focus on how everyone gets 168 hours a week, but it never feels like enough. Work gobbles up the lion’s share. Most people think productivity is about finding or saving time. But it’s not. It’s about making our time work for us. In his book, Free to Focus, it reveals to readers nine proven ways to win at work so they are finally free to succeed at the rest of life–their health, relationships, hobbies, and more. He helps readers redefine their goals, evaluate what’s working, cut out the nonessentials, focus on the most important tasks, manage their time and energy, and build momentum for a lifetime of success.

Specifics that we covered on the show include:

  • On Michael’s new book, Free to Focus
  • On Michael’s definition and background on productivity
  • On the idea of hitting the reset button
  • Scheduling every hour of the day vs. leaving white space in your calendar
  • On making time for others
  • On how to not forget things
  • The idea of the intersection between passion and proficiency
  • How to say “no” with grace
  • Tips for delegation, scaling yourself and getting an assistant
  • How the book Free to Focus came to be
  • On planning and mapping your week
  • What is a backstage and frontstage work
  • Ideas on how to beat distractions
  • On productivity being a personal thing
  • How does it feel to be Michael Hyatt the leader?
  • What does journaling look like for a Michael Hyatt?
  • Parting advice to the listeners

“We have got to ask ourselves, what is it that we are trying to achieve through productivity? The first part of the book is all under the umbrella of STOP. We have got to stop and ask ourselves why are we on this hamster wheel? What is it that we are trying to accomplish? And where is it leading?”

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This episode made us realize that many professionals are working as much as 70 hours a week thinking that they are productive but productivity is about making our time work for us. Just imagine having free time again. It’s not a pipe dream. I hope you will learn as much as I did.

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