Started A Business; Saved My Marriage | Mike Vardy | Episode 16
Mike Vardy is a writer, speaker, productivity specialist, and the founder of Productivityist. He has served as the Managing Editor at Lifehack, and contributed articles on productivity to 99u, Lifehacker, The Next Web, SUCCESS Magazine, and The Huffington Post.
Mike is also the author of several books, including The Front Nine: How To Start The Year You Want Anytime You Want, and has delivered talks on the topic of task and time management at events like New Media Expo, TEDx Victoria, SXSW Interactive, and creativeLIVE.
He lives in Victoria, BC, Canada with his incredible wife, daughter, and son.
- Husband, Father of two
- What is your why? My kids.
- Pro’s of Being a Stay At Home Dad: Spending time with my kids. “My kids are incredible people to be around.”
- Balancing family and business by: I bin my days into lists. I theme my months so that I know for that month I have 1 big goal/project that I need to get done. That way if I miss a day I still know what to get done for the month.
- Making the Decision: I weighed the pros and cons, I crunched the numbers and I put a plan in place with actual measurable goals. I knew if I didn’t decide I would be miserable.
- Stepped down from a full time management position at Costco to a low level position that would give me the most flexibility and some income coming in.
- We had to cut back financially and make conscious choices.
- Mind map it. For example, for me it was: How to make a living as a creative artist and support my daughter at the same time.
- The catalyst that inspired his leap: My daughter… I didn’t want my kids, like me when I was growing up, to be latch key kids.
- Failure, Doubt or Fear: When I left Costco I left to be a comedian. I failed at being a comedian, perform sketch comedy & standup. Even now with what I do as a productivity coach I fail all the time.
- Have you had a moment of success: Absolutely! I actually have way more of those moments than moments where I wish or think about going back to get a 9 to 5.
- What is one time management tip? (Simple, Obvious & Scalable)
- I use paper a lot but I use it as a gateway to my ToDoist application.
- Dispatch for iOS email management.
- Scrivener for writing
- Personal habits that attributes to your success as a Entrepreneur? Focus on task over time: Task management over time management.
- Book every startup dad should read:
- Productivityist: Mike Vardy Website
- Do Better with Asana: By Mike Vardy
- Covey Matrix: By Stephen Covey
- Crucial Cube: By Mike Vardy via LifeHack
- “My kids are incredible people to be around.”
- “You want to be able to live your life with as little regret as possible”
- “You don’t get to decided your legacy” – Chase Reeves of Fizzle.co
- “You find a way, you find a way, if you really want to do what you want to do you can make a go of it.”
- “It’s not going to be an overnight thing. You just need to be resilient.”
- “Listen, if you’re big joy is to be at home with your kids than find a way to do that as often as possible.”
- “When you get to do what you love to do often enough those sacrifices don’t hurt nearly as much as when you aren’t doing something that you love doing.”
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