Why your 6am alarm clock… isn’t working!

We all love tools, and when used correctly they can support you in creating a system that fits you but when you build a system around the features of a tool you'll find that issues occur.

In this episode I talk about:

  • How an alarm clock can HINDER the way you work.
  • Why focusing on the app first, is just causing more problems then it's worth.
  • How to flip the script, and get past all the weird stuff going on right now!

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Transcript
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I start from my sleep as my alarm clock rings.

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6:00 AM.

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I groan desperate to just stay in bed for one more hour.

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But there isn't a snooze button.

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So I forced myself up and start another day.

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Exhausted and wishing that was another way.

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I've always struggled with waking up in the morning.

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So I bought this alarm clock so that my phone could be in another room

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because that's supposedly best practice.

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Which just so happens to be my first zoom call of the day, the first of many.

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Sometimes they're earlier, but for me, I can't do a thing after 6:00

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PM as that's when I have to sleep.

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I am not great with time.

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So I bought this alarm clock to help you with getting up and

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going to sleep at the right time.

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Studies have shown blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

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But the problem is my alarm clock doesn't have a snooze button.

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It also can only have two alarms one at 6:00 AM and one at 6:00 PM.

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If all the stars align, nothing goes wrong and no one needs me.

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It works fine.

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But today is not one of those days.

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It's now 5:45 PM.

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I've not eaten since early this morning spent no time with my

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family and I'm still waiting on the final call of the day to finish.

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I didn't even realize how much of the time has gone.

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So now I'm behind.

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And as the time ticks on my 6:00 PM, alarm clock goes off.

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And it won't stop.

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No snooze button.

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Nothing else.

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It just keeps going.

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My client hears the alarm clock going off and they realize how late it is.

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They apologize.

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And hang up.

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I am now stuck, trying to decide.

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What to do next.

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The system was meant to help, but for some reason it's just not working.

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I guess I'm just not meant to sleep at a normal time or, have a business.

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What the heck is wrong with me?

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I dragged myself up, back into bed.

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It's still bright outside.

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I'm not ready to sleep and I'm super hungry.

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But if I don't go to sleep now, Then I will just struggle tomorrow

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when 6:00 AM comes around again.

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Now, this sounds a tiny bit crazy.

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Why would you listen to an alarm clock that only went

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off at one time in the other.

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That's the thing.

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When I work with clients that's exactly what they're doing they're

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using a tool as a solution to help them do a certain thing instead of

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starting from what they already had.

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The alarm clock was at the center of the system.

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It revolved around the tool and this is what happens with so many

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business owners that I talk to.

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They go and find a tool that they think is going to be amazing and

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it's going to help them do so much.

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And they build their solutions around the features of that app.

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Notion templates are a fantastic example of this notion templates

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are systems that are pre-made.

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They have been made by someone else for you to use just like

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a, clockmaker made this 6:00 AM.

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6:00 PM.

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Alarm clock.

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But they have limitations.

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The limitations that have been put in by the person making it.

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It makes sure you stop and start at a certain time, but what happens if you

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don't work in the same way as that person?

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Well no matter how hard you tried to fit yourself within 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM.

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Uh, things get in the way.

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The solution flip the script.

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Start the opposite way around.

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Start with.

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What.

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Are the realities of your life and the environment that you're in.

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And what do you actually want to achieve?

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Now they may be in a little bit of.

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Friction with each other, but that will help guide your system to work with you

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instead of against you it we'll help make taking action far simpler when you start

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from what you want to achieve and what you do want and what you need to have

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based on what's going on in your world.

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Once you understand what you're looking for, then it becomes far easier to find

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a solution that fits you because you know what you want and what you need.

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Every part of your business needs to fit around the reality of your life.

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From greeting new clients to.

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Saying goodbye to clients and all client interaction and how you interact and

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speak to people with your marketing.

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It has to revolve and start from the realities of your life.

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There is so much going on in the world around you and businesses are changing

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by the second things that used to work.

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The hacks, the tips and tricks that have worked for years, no longer are working.

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And you're left with you.

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If you build your systems and the way you work, starting from you at the

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center instead of the other way around.

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It becomes easier to work when things are a little bit tough.

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When revenue is down or problems occur, and it takes you out

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of what you're used to doing.

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Starting from you is the only answer remaining it is not a hack.

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It is not a tip.

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It is not a trick.

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It is a solution to a really, really weird and crazy world right now.

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