Pay Yourself First

Pay Yourself First

Making time for things that matter.


Nancy Nardi

March 05, 2013


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    Nancy Nardi •Owner of HiFi Social Web - Photographer Websites

    •Co-Founder of Seniors Ignite • Senior Studio Owner for 12 Years
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    How to Pay Yourself First Automate Systems Action Controlling Habits

    Getting Control Of Your Time Making Things Happen
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    “The sheer number of choices we must make each day

    — what to eat, what products to buy, how to juggle the family schedule, what information needs our a ention, what tasks and projects to prioritize — can be overwhelming.” Roy Baumeister
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    Because we have so many choices, the more conscious willpower

    we have to exert each day. Which means the less energy we have le over to resist our brain's powerful pull to instant gratification.
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    Systems-even the simplest ones -frees you up to focus on

    bigger things - like making money and creative pursuits rather than ge ing bogged down with inefficient processes and day to day fires.
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    Before I get bogged down in reacting to things like

    email, phone calls, text messages, and pu ing out fires I pay myself first.
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    • Studio/Business Processes Everything I do is put into a

    one page text doc as a system or checklist. • Email Processing • Processing Images • Evernote • Managing Passwords • File System on Computer • Social Media Manager/Twi er Lists • Delegate Systems for
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    Capture Action Steps During a brainstorm/meeting or on the run,

    ideas can come and go unless they are captured as action steps References Items that do not require action – notes, files, documents – anything related to the project that is not a task Backburner items Keep a “backburner” to catch ideas that may someday become actions. Whether it is an idea for the future or some small errand you want to remember, put it in the backburner and then forget about it. Create a backburner ritual of reviewing each week so they do not get lost and forgo en
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    Daily •Capture notes throughout the day, both wri en and

    by emailing to Get Flow Task Manager to process later •Add, Process or check off completed items in Flow – 2 minutes •Transfer any wri en tasks or ideas to Flow – about 2 minutes •Look at items and Focus Areas in Flow. Create wri en to-do list for the following day, at the end of each day (Printable CEO) •Delegate any tasks Weekly •Review my weekly list from last week •Review any backburner items •Create areas of focus for the following week •Plan for the week ahead – create a wri en list and schedule tasks
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    Focus Area • List #1 My Focus (the road ahead)

    • List #2 My Ignore List (the distractions)
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    Saying No “What you don’t do determine’s what you can

    do.” Tim Ferris, The 4 Hour Workweek
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    “When deciding whether to commit to something, if I feel

    anything less than, “Wow! That would be amazing! Absolutely! Hell yeah!” – then my answer is no. When you say no to most things, you leave room in your life to really throw yourself completely into that rare thing that makes you say “HELL YEAH!” Derek Sivers
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    Reduce Insecurity Work Checking stats, Twi er, Facebook– seems like

    it’s important work but it’s just procrastinating Insecurity work is stuff we do that (1) has no definable outcome, (2) does not move the ball forward in any way and (3) takes up so li le time that we can do it multiple times a day without realizing it. Sco Belsky - The Action Method
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    Do not expect work to fill a void that non-work

    relationships and activities should Tim Ferris, The 4 Hour Workweek
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    Overtime, paying yourself first starts to add up. In more

    opportunities, more clients, more time, happiness, creativity and money.
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    Resources • DropBox • 1 Password • Flow • Action

    Book (Behance) • Feedly • Buffer App • Clarify • Screenflow