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Welcome to The Less Doing Podcast with your host, Ari Meisel. Ari is a self-described "overwhelmologist" and founder of Less Doing. He helps entrepreneurs find focus, flexibility, and freedom in their business. The methodology enables founders to become replaceable so they can scale their business. His raving fans include folks like Tim Ferriss, Dan Sullivan, Victoria Labalme, Jim Kwik, and Steve Sims. So if you want to discover new tools, tech, habits, ideas, and workflows to improve your p ...
 
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This podcast is one of the fans’ favorites with Cameron Herold talking about an intensive coaching session for Ari. Highlights Cameron came to coach Ari - 2:03 Looking at Ari’s company and model - 3:34 Raising prices as not an option - 5:37 “You’re going to be more successful than you think.” - 7:32 The Replaceable Founder - 9:26 Speaking events du…
 
Thanks for being a long-time listener of this podcast! With the 500th episode coming up, I thought it would be cool to go back to some fan favorites. Today’s interview is with Merv Symes, who gives us some examples about Value vs. Waste. Highlights Merv Symes’ background - 2:00 Deliver more value with less - 4:09 The most valuable asset a company h…
 
Thanks for listening for a long time to the podcast. For the last episodes coming up, I thought it was cool to go to some of the fan’s favorite podcasts. These episodes are some of your favorites and what I would love for you to do is listen to the episode and get in touch with me and let me know what you think. Highlights Four questions you’ll nee…
 
Welcome to my very last episode… episode 488. The next episodes will be some of the pre-recorded episodes from the Less Doing Podcast. Highlights Listening to some of the first pre-recorded episodes of Less Doing - 0:52 How the intro has changed - 1:22 There’s a lot to come - 1:23 Enjoy the next episodes from Less Doing - 1:47 Episode Resources Con…
 
In the early nineties, there was a movie called “True Lies”… Ari talks about this movie and the phrase “The last line of defense.” Highlights His position in the business world as a coach - 0:42 What’s the last line of defense? - 0:49 A proven system - 1:20 An interesting position to be in - 1:30 A different way of thinking - 2:23 Episode Resources…
 
This week, Ari spent a couple of hours in a recording studio to record the audio for his newest book: On Productivity. Ari shares his experience and how he is happy with the result. Listen to a snippet of Ari's newest book! Highlights Procrastination sucks - 1:27 Everybody deals with procrastination at some point - 1:35 What contributes to further …
 
Ari talks about the material that he offers, why it’s valuable, and why it shouldn’t be completely free. Listen and learn about the Less Doing Labs program. Highlights A growing mailing list - 1:29 What provides more material to Ari to help us optimize processes - 1:38 Always up for trying something new - 2:36 Putting free content in a Facebook gro…
 
This past weekend, Ari did a lot of yard work. He shares his experience and how it was satisfying to finish it. Highlights What’s really frustrating - 1:55 Part of life and living - 2:51 Having things done - 5:30 Being efficient and satisfied - 5:39 Why he shut down the operations of Less Doing - 6:18 Episode Resources Connect with Ari Meisel https…
 
Ari talks with Kayvon K about his journey and how he arrived into where he is now. Kayvon shares his experience and background. Highlights Getting stronger and not being intimidated - 1:52 His background - 2:19 Learning the lessons from a situation - 4:30 It’s all about implementation - 7:22 Working on your mindset - 8:34 We all have unique abiliti…
 
Optimize, automate and outsource, are the main focuses of Less Doing. Optimization is about self-awareness and knowing how you are operating. Ari shares an experience on how to operate better and recognize an opportunity. Highlights People that truly help you become successful - 1:02 The Less Doing blog - 1:48 The leading expert on productivity in …
 
Ari had an experiment with Voxer… He explains how he started as a private coach and shares his experience until now. Highlights Working as a private coach - 0:49 Using voxer as a great tool - 2:44 Voxer coaching with Ari - 4:08 Managing the expectations - 5:35 A different kind of coaching - 6:28 Episode Resources Connect with Ari Meisel https://les…
 
This week, Ari released the latest and possibly his last book On Productivity. How do we define productivity today? Check it out in this episode! Highlights Mindset is not static - 2:12 Being more productive and effective - 2:37 As productivity increases, cost does too - 4:35 It’s all about mindset - 5:32 Change your relationships with your expecta…
 
Ari talks with Than Pham, who shares his story as a child until he came to the U.S. He explains the importance of not being an extreme multitasker and why. Highlights His background and dream - 2:33 Figuring out what to do with his life - 4:16 The worst thing: extreme multitasking - 4:49 Being a multitasker - 6:50 Time management and doing things i…
 
As Ari is arriving on the last 20 podcasts of Less Doing, he wants to share an experience of a day in the life of a replaceable founder. Highlights The book about productivity - 1:02 How you can make yourself more replaceable - 1:32 The most successful people never check their email inbox first thing in the morning - 2:50 Using asynchronous communi…
 
Ari shares a traumatic memory he had as a kid and how learning from that experience has helped him in his businesses and can help you too. Highlights Ari’s negative memory - 0:38 A frustrating thing about riptides - 1:36 Having a traumatic experience - 2:02 What happens when you’re in a riptide - 3:34 Focus on getting unstuck - 4:29 Episode Resourc…
 
Ari talks with Joanna, a Less Doing Certified Coach with over 20 years of experience working at mom and pops, non-profits, start-ups, and entrepreneurs as a consultant and coach. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in the storytelling space, and is adept at guiding entrepreneurs to increase productivity by returning to their own stories. The…
 
What is it like to be a woman in the area of finances? Ari talks with coach and founder of Conductive Coaching, Tanya Ezekiel, who has a very incredible background story, so be sure to stay tuned and listen to it! Highlights Feeling that you belong in one place - 5:50 The desire to belong - 6:28 We’re all seeking something - 8:20 Discovering a form…
 
In her second podcast interview ever, Courtney Waid talks with Ari about Zapier Automation and how Courtney’s experience of being in the military helped her with responsibility and proactiveness. Highlights The authority issue - 2:15 In some roles, there is no room for innovations - 2:32 The military experience - 3:31 The ability to be proactive - …
 
The third accelerator of communicating effectively is the six levels of delegation. Ari explains all of these levels and explains why each of them is important for a process. Highlights The problem with delegation - 0:19 Six levels that can help you delegate - 2:19 Explaining each level - 2:52 Delegating effectively by using these levels - 6:58 Epi…
 
The second biggest focus in the Replacement Founder System is on managing projects, and this comes after communicating effectively. It’s interesting when people try to skip the steps, and that’s why Ari explains why every step is important in this process. Highlights Communication on the right path - 0:55 The first accelerator of managing processes…
 
One of the big things that are missing in some companies' project management systems is a reason “why”. Ari explains why we need project management systems and tools. Highlights What’s radical transparency? - 0:41 Transparency so that everybody knows what they need to do - 0:58 Using a system and method really matters - 1:40 Having systems with “ph…
 
One of the big benefits of creating a system that provides transparency is accountability. Accountability needs responsibility and this helps people know what they are responsible for and what they need to do to improve the company's growth. Highlights Mistakes are inevitable in life - 1:05 We need to have a system of accountability - 1:29 A way to…
 
In the Replaceable Founder System, the final goal is to perfect processes. Having perfect processes is something that we can achieve by automating and outsourcing. Highlights Automating first - 0:49 The best use of your time - 1:26 What’s the real journey - 2:06 Look on what we do and how we do it - 3:39 Using the POS - 5:50 Identify assets in an a…
 
Outsourcing is the final piece of the puzzle in the Optimize, Automate, and Outsource method. There are many reasons for that and Ari will explain them in this episode, check them out! Highlights Oursource last - 0:29 Characteristics of outsourcing - 2:41 A dedicated person - 3:37 Not being a fan of a dedicated person for a specific task - 4:02 You…
 
After all these years, developing the Less Doing framework, and working with so many different companies, Ari had a lot of trouble finding the ideal people to work with. Identify your ideal clients measuring objectively what success looks like. Highlights People that help you grow - 1:40 Developing a framework: The Ultimate KPI - 2:14 Doing the sam…
 
In life, as in business, we should take action to succeed. Listen to learn about some life experiences Ari shares in this episode. Highlights Having success in video production - 1:55 Wanting to do coaching - 3:24 Sharing an idea to the world - 7:42 Keeping things pretty simple - 11:31 Being a volunteer - 13:11 Having the same mentors - 19:49 Havin…
 
What’s synchronous communication and what's asynchronous communication? Find out the difference between them by listening to this episode! Highlights Asynchronous communication setting - 1:30 Meetings as the last result- 2:50 Forcing someone to have a meeting - 3:49 Changing voice messages with clients - 4:25 Don’t spend a lot of time on something …
 
What are the biggest challenges to create good and valuable content? Check them out in this episode! Highlights What you intend and how it’s received - 3:03 It’s your uniqueness that people want - 4:21 Frank Sinatra’s example - 16:43 If you want to be a good writer, you have to read - 17:34 Copywriting is different than content writing - 19:53 Crea…
 
Communicate effectively, manage projects, and perfect processes for your business! Why is communication the most important thing? Highlights Why is communication so important? - 0:57 Communicating effectively is not just words - 1:27 The ability to communicate effectively - 2:58 What’s the idea of communication? - 3:37 No decision is almost always …
 
Becoming an unstoppable business! The takeaway is movement, we have to keep moving forward! Highlights Making the right decision - 0:35 Not making a decision is the worst thing you can do - 0:50 Unlock constraints and move forward - 1:20 The importance of freedom - 1:43 Episode Resources Connect with Ari Meisel https://lessdoing.com/ https://www.in…
 
We have to unleash the team! You are at the level now that you have to make a decision. Highlights You and your team’s productivity - 1:06 Success and failure - 1:26 It is very hard to have success - 2:06 People need to become replaceable - 2:32 What makes a business successful - 3:04 What’s the only true failure - 3:34 Episode Resources Connect wi…
 
What would you do if you could work for only an hour a day? What are the constraints? Highlights The Less Doing system - 0:51 Unlocking constraints - 1:07 Growing and working - 1:58 Removing your constraints - 2:53 It is not just about removing them - 3:33 Do you use an hour to complete a task? - 4:24 Unlocking constraints is not about finding more…
 
When having a team and people that work for you, it’s so important to have structure. Ari explains how and why it’s important to have a team and create a structure to get things done. Highlights Your clients and customers are part of your team - 0:53 Two ways that entrepreneurs stress out their teams - 1:36 The entrepreneur’s team and mind - 2:14 Y…
 
Decision making is something that all of us do. How many decisions do you make in a day? Do you feel exhausted at any point? The hidden stress with having to make decisions. Highlights We get overwhelmed - 1:13 Having a decision making problem - 1:24 Making decisions your whole life does not mean that you are good at it - 2:10 We do not have a stru…
 
Multitasking is a really damaging thing. Training ourselves to be better in using our time is a mindset. Learn how you can control what’s urgent and what is not in your life by listening to this episode. Highlights The communication SOP - 1:35 One tool for external communication and one tool for internal communication - 1:49 Urgent communication - …
 
Let’s talk about how your calendar looks. In this episode, Ari talks about his full calendar and how he is working with private clients. Highlights Having a full calendar - 1:03 More than one calendar - 1:13 Having a full calendar is overwhelming - 1:32 A big fan of using calendly - 2:13 Manage your energy and resources - 2:56 A calendar 100% full …
 
This is a hot topic. Everybody feels that they have some procrastination. Ari uncovers the truth around this. Highlights Why procrastination is rude - 0:46 Why we choose to procrastinate - 1:17 With procrastination, you have decided to do something - 2:15 His experience snacking - 5:08 An example of procrastination - 5:28 Doing what you said you we…
 
I do not want to do this podcast anymore. I do not want to do it anymore and that’s what I’m going to do. I will stop at 500 episodes. Highlights I’m not going to stop the podcast right now - 0:36 I will stop the podcast at 500 episodes - 1:04 What I’ve done - 2:09 Being creative right now - 2:45 Preferring to create content for people that have pa…
 
This is a different episode where Ari talks about Crohn’s disease. He shares his experience overcoming the disease. Highlights Ari’s story with Crohn’s disease - 0:32 Being really sick - 1:04 Training hard - 1:38 Curing himself - 3:04 Stress as an inflammatory agent - 3:50 Control stress and control the disease - 4:02 An extensive article that is o…
 
What’s the ultimate KPI? Learn more about it as Ari explains and more about how making yourself replaceable does not mean being replaced. Highlights Automatization and outsourcing - 0:22 Making replaceability part of your job - 0:45 People grow in different ways - 1:20 We need to extend the culture of being replaceable - 2:01 Being irreplaceable ma…
 
I switched my programming to offer one-on-one private coaching. I shut down the operations of Less Doing and I have been focusing on coaching using asynchronous communication as the best tool, that’s why I recommend using Voxer! Highlights Why is Voxer a good tool? - 1:05 Voxer is the only tool that provides audio and text messages - 1:21 Settings …
 
What’s the ultimate KPI? Ari’s incredible masterpiece. Ari talks about the best KPI that you can use and explains why it can help you in your business. Highlights What’s the best KPI? 0:29 How does it work? - 0:40 Having flexibility and freedom - 2:22 An inventor and an engineer - 2:58 Think about the 16 things that you are not going to do anymore …
 
What can you do to be more effective in your business? Ari talks about his experience, what he did to make things happen, and what decisions he made to be able to coach more effectively today. Highlights Being grateful for all his supporters - 0:23 What is the strategic buy product? - 1:24 Methods that he teaches - 1:54 Having a community on Facebo…
 
Is the single focus of your business scaling? In today’s episode, Ari talks about a big change to his business. Highlights Scaling your business? - 0:42 Scaling intends to create more wealth at the end - 0:59 Being productive - 2:10 What defines success - 3:17 Ari’s experience with scaling a business - 4:18 You have to be more you - 5:46 Episode Re…
 
Ari talks about not reinventing the wheel and getting an outside perspective. Highlights Talking about shortcuts - 0:41 Being a coach - 2:01 Figuring things out by yourself - 2:15 Figuring out a problem - 3:22 Having the answers to problems - 3:47 You need an outside perspective - 4:34 Changing your perspective - 5:37 Episode Resources Connect with…
 
What’s the best use of your time as a CEO? Ari talks about this topic and how to be the brickbreaker. Highlights The CEO role - 0:45 Serving your team as a CEO - 2:02 The leader’s job - 2:44 Provide the things that your team needs - 3:05 What we don’t want in a business - 4:56 Remove obstacles from your team and be the brickbreaker - 5:22 Episode R…
 
In today’s episode, Ari talks about an element of efficiency: the Everyday Carry. He talks about the “things that you carry everyday.” Highlights What’s the “everyday carry” - 0:35 Creating an everyday carry - 2:52 Ari’s everyday carry - 3:41 An unbelievable tool for you - 7:54 Episode Resources Connect with Ari Meisel https://lessdoing.com/ https:…
 
Ari talks about the importance of asynchronous communication and communication with mathematics. He shares with us some tools that he uses such as Trello, Voxer, Slack and so much more. Highlights Understanding the value of asynchronous communication - 0:13 Using asynchronous communication - 1:35 Voxer as an excellent tool - 2:56 Answering Voxer me…
 
Don’t skip optimizing. Ari talks about the importance of optimizing and what happens if we don’t optimize first. Highlights Optimizing, automating and outsourcing - 0:23 Why people want to skip optimization - 0:39 One of the top Zapier people in the world - 2:05 How to automate a process - 3:20 An automation as a bandaid - 4:21 Episode Resources Co…
 
Do you know about “peak time”? Ari explains about an app and how you can find your peak time. Highlights Technology tools that make us productive - 0:09 What’s peak time? - 0:30 People’s peak time - 1:51 Being able to be more resilient - 2:47 Time of day when you are at your best - 3:55 Talking about the Peak App - 4:20 Episode Resources Connect wi…
 
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