The Podcast is Live! – Behind the scenes
Nov04

The Podcast is Live! – Behind the scenes

It took some time but the podcast is finally online! From now on, we will release a podcast episode every friday. We record the podcasts on mondays so that we have a full week to get everything sounding and looking as good as possible and to be ready to post it online on Friday. The episodes are usually somewhere around an hour in length and usually around a specific topic. As you can see on the right here, you can subscribe to our podcast in iTunes. We are very excited to be able to see our own faces amongst our own podcasting heroes   As mentioned in the podcast, we are all about rapid learning, skill acquisition and sharing what we know.For this post, I just want to give you a very simple overview of what it took to get the podcast going so that, if you are interested in starting your own show, you know what it takes and how to approach it!   Technical prep We’ve spent some time getting all of the technical stuff up and running. We still needed to order some gear and just figure out the entire workflow on how to get a podcast online in the most effective way. We have used both free and paid course material from Podcast Answerman and Only72 which has helped out tremendously. Putting out a podcast is relatively easy as long as you have a good workflow and someone to guide you through it. As far as gear goes, we have decided to have our sound quality as pro as possible from the start. Anyone could start a podcast by just recording with the internal mic of their laptop or smartphone, or get a podcasting bundle for a reasonable price and have very reasonable quality. You do not have to get pro equipment but we firmly believe in doing it like a pro so we decided to start with pro equipment. As for me (Kasper), I have a very professional recording studio at my disposal that is run by my brother Frank so I did not have to get any new equipment (I did invest a lot of money in that studio so I in the end, I still had some expences). Joshua, however, ordered a magic box full of awesome toys from thomann.de  that you can see on the right here. Here is a quick list:  Mic: SM7b Audio interface: M-audio fast-track c-400 Mic screen (pop filter) Acoustic screen Mic desktopstand and cables Closed headphones Content prep To be completely honest, we hardly do any preparation on the topics and content. When we started out we created a...

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Episode 002 – Growing amongst taller trees
Nov01

Episode 002 – Growing amongst taller trees

http://traffic.libsyn.com/stickmanfridays/Stickman_Fridays_Episode_2_-_Growing_amongst_taller_trees.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you like our podcast, please go to iTunes store and subscribe so that you get automatic updates! Just click the “subscribe in iTunes” button Show notes Growing amongst taller trees is an analogy for surrounding yourself with people who are better then you in order to grow and learn faster. In this episode we discuss this topic in relation to stories from our own lives. We think it is important to be humble towards what you want to learn or become, to check your ego and open up to learning from people who are better then you are. The people who surround us influence us in multiple ways, it seems that you become who you surround yourself with and that the standard of the group becomes your standard. This can be a very powerful tool for self improvement, but there is also reason for some caution. If you hang out with 9 losers, you will be number 10. Also, there might be people out there who seem like they want to mentor you but in fact might not have the best intentions. Here is what we have learned from this episode: Be aware of how other people are influencing you, is it negative? Let them go. Is it empowering? Stick with them and invest in that relationship. Write a personal mission statement in which you write down what is most important to you and where you want to go. Re-read it on a regular basis to keep yourself on track. Actively build a community of people around you that empower you in your goals. Seek them out and form mastermind groups. Don’t get the superstar complex and become a screaming fan. If you want to make friends with someone because they seem like they could add quality to your life, try to add quality to their life and invest in a real relationship. Instead of just hanging out with them and hoping their coolness becomes airborne and infect you. Articles mentioned in this episode: Elevator groupthink on brainpickings: Books mentioned in this episode: The seven habits of highly effective people by Stephen Covey Shoutouts go to: Frank from Studio Frankrijk who helped us out with the recording and audio mastering. Links to our other projects The Note Show Lift For The Long Run Be An AWESOME...

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Episode 001 – What it’s all about
Oct25

Episode 001 – What it’s all about

http://traffic.libsyn.com/stickmanfridays/Stickman_Fridays_Episode_1_-_What_its_all_about.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe first episode is finally online! This is an introductory episode where we discuss what the podcast will be about, how we met, got started and what motivates us. It is a tad long but we just enjoyed it so much we could not stop If you like our podcast, please go to iTunes store and subscribe so that you get automatic updates! Just click the “subscribe in iTunes” button   Big thanks to: Frank from Studio Frankrijk  who helped us out with the recording and audio mastering. Cliff Ravenscraft from podcast answer man and Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income  for their great course material that helped us get the podcast online. Shoutouts in this episode go to Dave Asprey from Bulletproof Exec Mike Matthews from Muscle for Life Social Safe Links to our other projects The Note Show Lift For The Long Run Be An AWESOME Teacher...

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Stand up!
Sep24

Stand up!

In the past few years there has been a big rise of people saying that sitting down is bad for you, a load of interesting research has been done and products like treadmill desks and bicycle desks and increasing in popularity. We will be posting on this topic more often since both of us have a lot to say about it, I know Joshua has a very cool bicycle solution he uses when playing video games and he actually inspired me to stop working seated. There are a lot of article and research studies you can find around the internet but I’ve found this amazing infographic that was created (and properly referenced) by MedicalBillingAndCoding.org and it has all of the info you would need on this topic. Here goes the infographic! So now what? Now that you have been properly horrified and you are standing up reading this, let me show you a quick and simple solution to this problem. There are of course more elaborate solutions but I wanted to get going right away without the hassle of buying lots of new stuff. So my first tip is, don’t throw out your old desk just yet, look around the house for objects that could lift up you laptop or computer screen. My first solution that I used was an adjustable stool for my monitor and a cajon for my keyboard and mouse. What is a cajon you ask? It’s one of those wooden boxes you can use to drum on like I am doing in this video (yes I know I look a bit flabby and I’m wearing glasses but it’s me, just an older version of me) I love working like this, when I first tried it I immediately felt a huge increase in productivity from increased bloodflow and activity due to standing up and bouncing to my funky playlist. But I like to move around a bit and not work in the same place all the time so sometimes I want to work in the living room or in the garden and that would mean I’d have to sit down again. Luckily, the cajon is very portable and if I set it upright I end up having perfect standing height on any table!   This way I can take my cajon and work standing up anywhere, even outside on the garden table! Also, having a cajon as a desk basically means having a mini drumkit as a desk and that is a great way to spend your 5 minute break when using the Pomodoro Technique. Now there are some disadvantages to standing still for a long period of time,...

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Time Hacking: The pomodoro technique
Sep17

Time Hacking: The pomodoro technique

Ever since I’ve been working at home for a few days a week I’ve been noticing that I’m finding it hard to keep track of time. I make rather elaborate schedules and plans and find myself not quite completing them the way I expected. Also the constant distraction by everything in my house is very often keeping me from reaching all of my goals for the day. There is just so much fun stuff to do! Like cleaning up, eating, making pie-charts and looking at funny pictures on the internet.   Now as much as I enjoy doing all of those things, improving personal effectiveness means finding ways to make enlarge the “actual work” slice of the chart while still having fun. In my everlasting quest for tools and hacks to increase effectiveness, I stumbled onto a technique that is as brilliant as it is simple. The Pomodoro Technique So basically you map out your work into timeframes of 25 minutes of very focussed work, not allowing any distractions to distract you from your work. I liked that the first youtube comment on this was: I set my phone to airplane mode and, if I’m not doing wordpress or other things where internet is necessary, I turn of my wifi and close all of the tabs I don’t need at that moment. Here’s 3 reasons I like working in small timeframes of 25 minutes. 1: Your brain can actually focus for 25 minutes As a teacher I have had to work with different attention spans for years, depending on your age, training and innate talent you can focus on one task or pay attention to one influence somewhere between 1 and 25 minutes. The graph shows a steep decline after about 15 minutes. For the record, I don’t know this test group’s age and level of training, but in my personal experience in teachning and coaching people with study and work skills, that is about right for most people. I think it is safe to assume that one would use the first 5 minutes of the pomodoro to get “warmed op” because you would not be at the top of that span right away, after about 15-20 minutes you start to lose attention and brain capacity, quickly finish your job and go have your well deserved break! Because here is the cool thing: If you spend your break in the right way, you will be at the top of that chart for your second pomodoro! And antother cool thing: Your brain is going to learn the pomodoro ritual and you will actually become better at them. If you just...

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