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Curtis McHale

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Custom WooCommerce Membership Sites with Curtis McHale

Do the Woo - A WooCommerce Podcast

When you invite the co-founder of WordPress on your podcast, you never know exactly where the conversation will take you. Starting with the basics of WordPress and WooCommerce, twists and turns took us through open source, blocks, eCommerce and the world as it is today. We not only hear about the tools, but some personal reflection from Matt tops it all off.

33mins

18 Jun 2020

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The Art of Finding Time to Focus w/ Curtis McHale (TPS209)

The Productivity Show: Time Management | GTD | Smart Personal Development | Business | Mac

We talk a lot about the concept of deep work here at Asian Efficiency, which is all about maximizing your intensity of focus so that you can produce excellent work and be more productive. But that assumes that you have time to focus on your important projects, which for many people is a luxury they don’t have (especially those in a corporate environment who have to deal with pop-ins from bosses and coworkers). In this episode, Mike is joined by Curtis McHale, creator of the new focus time video course in the Dojo, our online productivity community, and we talk about how you can create the time to focus on your important projects. We talk about the tools you can use to facilitate focus when it’s time to sit down and do deep work, how you can set up your workspace to facilitate focused work more easily, and how to deal with the expectations of others and carve out focus time for yourself – even if you work in a corporate environment where you don’t have complete control of your time. Cheat Sheet A brief intro to Curtis McHale [1:53] The difference between focus time and deep work [3:00] How to get a focus block and how much time to spend on it [9:03] Why passion and purpose are important when trying to get focus time [12:09] Tools you can use to get more focus time [14:01] How to build a workspace for creating focus time [23:08] How to carve out focus time in a corporate environment [29:15] When is focus time bad? [35:03] Links Get Curtis McHale’s book The Art of Focus when it comes out! The Secret to Making the Most of Your Limited Time w/ Curtis McHale (TPS201) Increasing Your Productivity By Using Analog Tools w/ Curtis McHale (TPS177) Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World Ulysses Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule The Cost of Not Paying Attention: How Interruptions Impact Knowledge Worker Productivity Pomodoro 2.0 w/ Esington Method Founder Rudy Marsh (TPS188) Focus@Will Brain.fm HazeOver Scrivener Calm The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less Great at Work: How Top Performers Work Less and Achieve More Connect with Curtis McHale CurtisMcHale.ca @CurtisMcHale If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Overcast, PocketCast or your favorite podcast player. It’s easy, you’ll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure. You can also leave a review! Here’s how.

20 Aug 2018

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302 - Family, Priorities, and Writing it Down with Curtis McHale

Live In The Feast

Today’s guest is Curtis McHale. Curtis is a husband, father, web developer, and business coach (you can find him at curtismchale.ca and SFNDesign.ca).Currently, Curtis builds membership websites and is a writer and business coach. He helps clients run the business they want, earn what they want, and spend more time with their families. On the development side, he helps his clients achieve those goals through business automation.Curtis’ favorite quote is: “If you don’t write it down it didn’t happen.” - Jack Ryan (Tom Clancy). This speaks volumes about how he approaches his life and his business. For Curtis, what you write down is what becomes your priority, so it’s important to write things down if you want to make progress toward your goals.A defining moment in Curtis’ life was realizing he was doing a lot of work but not getting to see his kids as much, even though he was working from home most of the time.One of the ways he became more effective was by adding constraints to his work. For example, right now he’s only working on iOS - it makes focusing much easier and removes the temptation to get distracted. He likes knowing what he can and can’t do, which allows him to work smarter and truly prioritize what matters to him.Curtis found his way to coaching after 10 years doing web development and turning it into a six-figure business. At that time, he would talk to friends who would ask how they could improve their business or their income and they’d do 10-minute calls or emails to help them through their roadblocks, which ultimately led to more coaching and less web development.No journey is without difficulties and Curtis’ story is no exception. One was trying to balance the need to provide for his family and the desire to spend more time with them. Another was accepting that the work he enjoyed the most didn’t always pay as much as other work he could be doing.In this episode Curtis talks about: How seeing his own father spend so much time at work drove him to want to create a life where he could actually spend time with his children. Putting everything into his calendar or a todo list. How to market in such a way that attracts the right kind of clients. Adding constraints to his work to enable him to work smarter and more efficiently. Being straightforward and direct when it comes to coaching his clients. Main Takeaways If you don’t write it down, it won’t happen. You have to align your priorities and goals with what you make time for, and the best way to do that is to write it down. You don’t have quality of time unless you have some quantity of time. You can’t just schedule long vacations and consider that quality time without having some type of existing relationship to build upon. Plan your week and have your top priorities written down (3-5 of them). Too many people get stuck in productivity porn. Ultimately, tools aren’t the solution because they’re aren’t the problem. Don’t just do something because it’s what your client says they want. Your job is help them figure out what they really need, whether they know it or not. Make sure your marketing and positioning is focused around your ideal customers. Marketing isn’t about you - it’s about your customers. Use your marketing to attract the kinds of customers you want to serve. Important Mentions in this EpisodeAnalog Productivity (book)Brusfri (noise cancelling app)DigitalOcean (server)CurtisMcHale.caSFNDesign.caCurtisMcHale.github.io-------------------For full show notes and resources, head on over here for it all. -------------------

42mins

31 Jul 2018

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The Secret to Making the Most of Your Limited Time w/ Curtis McHale (TPS201)

The Productivity Show: Time Management | GTD | Smart Personal Development | Business | Mac

Ever wonder why some people seem to get so much more done than others? We all have the same 24 hours in a day, so what makes some people super-productive while others just can’t seem to get things done? In this episode, we dive into the strategy of timeblocking and how high-achievers use it to focus their effort to become super-productive. Mike is joined by Curtis McHale, who recently produced a video training course for the Dojo to help people implement timeblocking for themselves and take massive action on their goals. Curtis is a Dojo member and business owner who has been running a successful web software consulting business for 6 years and helping others do the same for the last 2. In this episode, Curtis and Mike talk about timeblocking and why it’s so effective, give tips to help you implement it for yourself (even if you’re completely new to the idea), strategies for keeping it going and making the habit stick, and even a few tips for people in a corporate environment with little to no control over their work schedule. Thanks to Slack for supporting The Productivity Show. Slack: Where work happens. Go to slack.com to learn more. Cheat Sheet Why Curtis is a huge proponent of timeblocking [2:05] Making time vs finding time (and why they’re both wrong) [3:34] Four steps to designing your ideal week [8:18] Manager your work hour as a freelancer or if you have a boss [13:36] How to talk to your boss about your core values in order to succeed in your job [21:14] How to track your time effectively [27:52] Reviewing your timeblocks and making adjustments [32:57] How to make your timeblocking and time tracking into habits that stick [41:53] Why you should have a written plan for your week [46:55] Why you should double your time estimates when you’re guessing how long a task will take [51:19] Links Increasing Your Productivity By Using Analog Tools w/ Curtis McHale (TPS177) 6 Tips for Running More Effective Meetings (TPS195) Never Enough Time? Schedule Your Priorities by Color Coding Your Calendars Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love Unique Ability® 2.0: Discovery – Define Your Best Self How Journaling Can Make You 25% Happier (TPS154) RescueTime Cushion Toggl Timing Ulysses The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It…and Why the Rest Don’t The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing A Professional Scrum Master’s Best Advice for a Productive Team w/ Lucas Smith (TPS189) Deep Habits: The Importance of Planning Every Minute of Your Work Day (Cal Newport blog post) Connect with Curtis McHale CurtisMcHale.ca @CurtisMcHale If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Overcast, PocketCast or your favorite podcast player. It’s easy, you’ll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure. You can also leave a review! Here’s how.

25 Jun 2018

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Increasing Your Productivity By Using Analog Tools w/ Curtis McHale (TPS177)

The Productivity Show: Time Management | GTD | Smart Personal Development | Business | Mac

In this episode, we dive deep into the topic of analog productivity. Mike is joined by Curtis McHale, a Dojo member and business owner who has been running a successful web software consulting business for 6 years and helping others do the same for the last 2. Curtis is also the creator of the Analog Productivity video module which was just published on the Dojo where he does a great job explaining how sometimes the best way to speed up is to slow down by using analog tools. Mike and Curtis talk about how analog productivity can actually help you get more done by introducing constraints, share the benefits and drawbacks to analog productivity, and walk you through some popular analog systems. They discuss the essential components to any productivity system, and give you a sneak peek into Curtis’ own hybrid system that he uses to stay on top of all his professional responsibilities and still carve out time for outdoor activities and being a dad. If you are intrigued by the concept of speeding up by slowing down, this episode is for you. Cheat Sheet How Curtis got started with analog productivity [2:12] The advantages of embracing an analog productivity system [2:59] A simple question you should ask before you use any tool, analog or digital [6:29] The drawbacks of analog productivity and why the benefits may outweigh the costs for you [9:07] How to resist “shiny new object syndrome” when using an analog system [14:25] An introduction to several popular analog productivity systems [17:48] What the KJ method is [20:20] The 5 parts of a good task management system [23:59] What anti-goals do and how to use them to move you forward [32:28] Curtis’s hybrid system that combines digital and analog [35:15] How he applies this system to personal projects [45:03] Links The Pen is Mightier Than the Keyboard Leuchtturm1917 Weekly Planner & Notebook The Power of Anti-Goals Merlin Mann’s Hipster PDA BestSelf Journal $1 Dojo offer (includes access to Curtis’ Analog Productivity video course) Connect with Curtis McHale CurtisMcHale.ca @CurtisMcHale If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Overcast, PocketCast or your favorite podcast player. It’s easy, you’ll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure. You can also leave a review! Here’s how.

8 Jan 2018

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16: When To Involve Family Members In Your Business with Curtis McHale

The Digital Agency Show | Helping Agency Owners Transform Their Business Mindset to Increase Prices, Work Less, and Grow Profits

Curtis McHale has some interesting takes on relationships, communication, boundaries and knowing how to optimize and handle these to help your business grow.

47mins

10 May 2017

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114: Surprisingly Short Proposal Format | Curtis McHale

Freelance Transformation

Have you ever spent a crazy amount of time writing a proposal for a prospective client, only to have them say no? Or even worst, go completely dark on you and not respond at all? Curtis McHale shares his sales process and the approach that he takes to write super short and sweet proposals, only a page and a half long. And even better, he collaborates with the clients on these proposals, so that by the time the client receives the proposal, they have had a significant part in its creation and are completely on board with moving forward. https://freelancetransformation.com/episode114

54mins

8 May 2017

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#60 - From Workaholic To Family Man - Curtis McHale

Agency Trailblazer Podcast - The web design podcast

Meet Curtis, WordPress Developer and Business Coach and family man. He also runs the Smart Business Show Podcast. Learn how he created a process to make his work life less hectic, so he could spend more time with those he loves. Lee's takeaway: Know what you like to do, know what you want to be, and aim towards it. The result? You'll be very, very deliberate about your decisions, deliberate about the clients you're taking on, about the work you're doing. Transcript and Email Template: Head on over to the website here to grab the full transcript and the email template mentioned in this podcast. Connect With Curtis: Corporate Site: Click here SNF Design: Click here Twitter: Click here Podcast: Click here Book: Click here Plugins: Drip.co: Click here Delicious Brains: Click here Kraken.io: Click here --- OUR EVENT: Do you want to make real change in your business? Join us at our in-person event Agency Transformation Live Meet Troy Dean; Lee Jackson, Chris Ducker, Kelly Baader, Amy Woods, Paul Lacey, Dave Foy and other legends in this fantastic conference focused on actionable steps that you can use to transform your agency. --- See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

47mins

30 Jan 2017

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36 - Training Clients to Work Your Way with Curtis McHale on Hack the Process Podcast

Hack the Process: Mindful Meaningful Progress on Your Plans

Curtis McHale took his training as a counselor and applied it to his work in web development, writing books and articles and hosting a podcast to help small businesses define their processes. He also coaches freelancers about how to optimize their work around the life they want to lead. Along the way he's learned how to delegate the tasks he doesn't enjoy, while holding onto the ones he finds energizing. In this episode, Curtis will explain how he trains his clients not to send him emails, he'll share the process he follows to separate his work time from his personal time, and he'll tell us how he turned his passion for Lego into a branding tool for his business.

41mins

25 Jan 2017

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Running A Business & Marketing Your Niche with Curtis McHale WPCP: 126

The Kim Doyal Show

I have to say that this is the first podcast interview that I've done where we talked about poop.But that's what happens when you talk to a parent of young children (Curtis has young kids)... you just never know where the conversation is going to go.I was pretty excited when Curtis got in touch to be on the podcast. I had subscribed to him sometime in the last year and really loved his writing. Curtis shares his personal journey, lessons learned and doesn't hold back from giving an opinion. That being said, he's also pretty relaxed. Which I'm sure comes from having clear boundaries in his business.We talked about a lot of things (which is why I've included the transcripts below. I'll probably be adding these moving forward, it just depends on time. I'm also thinking of adding time stamps), but one of my most favorite take-aways was the need to set firm boundaries in my business. Curtis does something I've wanted to do for YEARS... he batches his calls on Tuesday.Meaning, Tuesday is the ONLY day he takes and schedules calls.The thought of that makes me feel like I won the time lottery (because somewhere I think that exists... and the beauty of the time lottery is that we're the ones picking the winning numbers. hmm... think there's a blog post in there somewhere).Questions I Asked Curtis Before we get into vetting clients, fill the listeners in on you & your backstory You have an agency & your personal site where you do coaching & work with clients. When did you start doing coaching? When did you realize you needed to get better at vetting clients? Was there a shift or something that occurred in your business that made you put better time & energy into client vetting? When you started your business how were you getting clients? How did the questions that you asked potential clients differentiate you from competitors?What You're Going to Learn How Curtis left a job by telling the owner he'd fire himself Why you don't want to get on the phone too fast How asking better questions up front is key in vetting clients Why telling a client that their idea is bad will gain their trust Why Curtis started batching his calls (hint: it's not rocket science) What his new is aboutWhere to Connect with CurtisWebsite | Twitter | BookYou can click the link below for the full transcript:

52mins

16 Dec 2016

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