GET AFTER IT!
Ryan: I’m Dr. Ryan Debell. Welcome back once again to the Health Fit Biz Podcast. This is episode 21. I’m in Paris. We recorded this over Skype this time so Anthony and I weren’t together for the first time we recorded podcast. So anyway, on this episode, what we’ll talk about is the Daily Domination Journal, why we made it, what all the sections do, why it’s gonna help you, and that great stuff. So without further a do, let’s tune in to episode 21.
Anthony: Welcome everyone to another episode of the Health
Anthony: Podcast Ryan, Dr., What’s loaded? What’s going on, buddy?
Ryan: I’m tired.
Anthony: Why you, why is tired? What’s going on?
Ryan: I’m tired because I haven’t been sleeping well.
Anthony: And why is that?
Ryan: Because I’m, well, I don’t do well on huge times zone changes and I was in London yesterday and then I’m in Paris. But I’m like, I would go to bed at 8 pm and then wake up at midnight, wide awake. And that’s tough.
Anthony: Sounds tragic, man. What were you doing in London?
Ryan: I was teaching a workshop in London and then I’m celebrating my 30th birthday this week so.
Anthony: Big three zero, huh?
Ryan: The big three zero.
Anthony: Let’s… Everybody give a round of applause for Dr. Ryan Debell for making it to three zero. Good job.
Ryan: The Big Three O. You know what’s funny about waking up at midnight, I will go to work for four hours and go back to bed then wake up.
Anthony: Four hour work week, right?
Ryan: Yeah, I do. I work for a week and that’s 4 hours. But then I go to bed, wake up at 8 and then I’m very tired that’s why I sound slow. But that’s what I’m doing here. It’s a combo trip of work/pleasure.
Anthony: Well, I forgive you for being a low energy today.
Ryan: I appreciate that.
Anthony: You’re low energy, very low energy. I’m in San Francisco for the first time in like six weeks. I’ve been traveling all over the place and I just got back…
Ryan: Where did you go?
Anthony: I was in Columbia and then I’m busy from there to New York from there to Minnesota and from there to Mexico and I just got back from Mexico. So yeah, it’s been a…
Ryan: What a, wow!
Anthony: Yeah, I’m going to Europe as well in a few weeks. So little bit of work, little bit of fun and just like you.
Ryan: I’m reading some news today…
Anthony: There’s some weeks like I just screw around and go on vacation and work too which is hilarious to me but… Yeah so in Mexico it’s actually like everyone, “Oh yeah, it’s going to let’s hang on the beach” which is true somewhat but, so like every quarter or sometimes more and I have more stuff going on which I’ve launched a ton of stuff in the last a couple of months though my brain is just fried right now. In a week, day to day has been super overwhelming someone has happened what I do is usually I do a little escape “solo” and take a step back to survey the scene and see kinda what’s going on, where things are at, how to push things forward. And so over the course of the last few years I’ve gotten better and not working every single day in doing task but taking this time to step back and see where things are going right, where things are going wrong and kinda how to push things forward and with that I kind of developed a little system of being able to audit things on a bigger picture and then how that translates to a daily template kind of action plan and it’s been somethings that’s kind of unlocked a lot of productivity for me. It’s been able to kind of back and forward, back and forward just like if you’re let’s say on a battlefield and you were on the trenches duking it out day in and day out. It’s super exhausting you don’t know what the hell is going on, you don’t know where everyone else is that but you can take a step back being the role of the general kind of see where the troops are, where they battling and you’d be like, “Oh okay, this guy needs to go there, these people need to go here” whatever and then execute and kind of go back and forth between those modes. I mean that’s the best way to kinda get things done. And this was something that I’ve heard for a long time from like super super successful people like Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Elon Musk. Always always crazy successful guys who have more than I could imagine accomplishing. They do complete silence, retreats. I think Bill Gates was like once a year he did like a month? I dunno, a log cabin in in Vancouver or outside…
Ryan: He would just go away for a whole month?
Anthony: Yeah. Go away for a whole month. No contact. And so he would strategize. Think about things in big picture and not do daily work and so that’s why I emulate that somewhat and then transition that into a daily task management system and kinda go back into a monthly overview and kind big picture of view and back to a daily and back and forth and that transition for me has worked very very well. I know you’ve kind of cling to your own conclusion about this same type of thing I know, right?
Ryan: Yeah I mean you can get sort of like bogged down in the day to day that you lose a whole direction of what you’re trying to accomplish.
Anthony: Right, and so..
Ryan: But, the way you do it in the day you have to know what you’re trying to accomplish and vice versa. So it has to be a way to get both otherwise you just keep doing the same thing all the time and wonder why things haven’t changed.
Anthony: Right. One big example too is I get from a lot of my friends who have super busy clinics and I did this too when I had my clinic and I was working six days a week, there’ll be two or three days where I’ll just schedule my day completely booked and everyone would freak out like it’s the end of the world but be able to do that they’ll be like, “Oh this marking channel is not going well and I need to reevaluate that way.” But let’s say if you have a gym or a clinic and you’re there every single day working at people, you can’t synthesize any new information and you can’t develop any new strategy that will lead to more growth. It’s more of you’re reacting rather than planning and I don’t really like being that reactive mood too long and I need to be kind of actually do anything.
Ryan: Yeah. Yeah, I mean it’s technically a… If you’re doing that 100% of your time, it’s only the day to day stuff you’re really missing a lot of opportunity to progress.
Anthony: But.. And so, we…
Ryan: We kind of collaborate in something great, right?
Anthony: So we, I think what was it like? Maybe six months ago we started to compare like, “Oh you do this daily, I do this daily, you this monthly, I do that monthly” and that lead to like well instead of having to figure out what we’re doing all the time why don’t we do like a book so we could just figure out and then…
Ryan: Right. Rather than free write it, why don’t we just create a template for what we’re already doing to make it super easy.
Anthony: Yeah because I had to go, like every time I’m doing this retreats I had to go back and look at where I had been before so I could remember all the stuff that I did previously so it have the same benefit as before. Anyway, we talked about we could make PDF templates and we could print out and then we start talking to more people and realized that this is one of the very simple cases that if you want it something bad enough that other people probably want that too. So we surveyed some people and put together in a little workbook. Right?
Ryan: Daily Domination Journal.
Anthony: The DDJ, right?
Ryan: The DDJ. Yeah so essentially, we you know we made it. We just made what we wanted like for us, what we thought, if we wanted a book that was printed that’s essentially what we made.
Anthony: Exactly. So we have in here, so we just launched this for the people that order about a week or two ago and it should be shipping within the next few weeks so if you’re just tuning in now then go ahead and preorder it now but otherwise we’ll be shipping before January 1st or maybe later than that. But just like I was saying how I worked through my kind of monthly and daily things. It begins with an overview of a lot of the task you’re currently doing, kind of purpose, vision, goal setting, action awareness and kind of helps frame daily task in a situation where is it really doing what you want to do like is it really moving you forward with what you want and that’s something that when you’re in there reactionary mood day in and day out task are piling up and it’s really difficult to actually notice if something is worthwhile doing and actually reach the goal that you’re trying to accomplish. So it’s basically, the point of the book is all about working through all that stuff and making sure that you take a step back to kind of analyze things in bigger picture that way you did a day task way clear. I know you really like some the exercises in the front of the book. Which ones have you had the most success with personally?
Ryan: Man, all just cut out on my end. I just have the very end.
Anthony: Well let’s just record this as, it’s recording.
Ryan: Still cutting out.
Anthony: I mean, I can hear you 100%.
Ryan: Okay, well maybe we just keep going then.
Anthony: Yeah let’s keep going. So I said, oh okay, Dr. Debell why don’t you tell me a few of the exercises in the beginning of the book that helped you the most.
Ryan: Well, I think the action awareness really helps because you know I’m always like I always think to myself if I was a fly on the wall whacked in my self, what would that really look like? Because I think we do a lot of things in our head but we don’t actually end up doing a lot of them in reality. So I think if you write down actually what are the things that I actually am doing and then “Can I just shoot someone out to be doing those? Can I hire someone to do those for me? Is that really the best to use at my time?” I think that is one of the most valuable parts from the beginning of the book and then also to like actually having to articulate and write down what you think your purpose, vision and goals are. Again, it’s something that stays in our head a lot but until you write it down it doesn’t really solidify it. You know what I mean?
Anthony: Yeah. That’s one of the huge exercise that I did a few years ago. That was a holy shit! This isn’t like I’m working my ass off for a certain thing. I haven’t been going the right direction like this is not even what I want. This is not what I’m trying to accomplish.
Ryan: Yeah. If you don’t even know what you’re trying to accomplish like you’re just, you’re gonna be like randomly doing things versus if you know exactly what you’re trying to achieve you can be very pinpoint with like how you spend your time. And a couple of people have been asking us like if we want to make this journal into an app on the phone and…
Anthony: Nope, sorry.
Ryan: We both, I think we both pretty quickly disagree to that because there just a something that happens when you actually have to write it with your hand versus pushing of buttons on the phone. Like it becomes more real when you write it.
Anthony: Oh a hundred percent and I think we…
Ryan: I think that we need to make things more real for ourselves.
Anthony: Exactly. Yeah, and we’ve talked about this before how your brain, it works in a processing mode when you just trying to get stuff out quick on the computer when it’s linear like that but to be able to kind of go back and forth between the stuff and write it down actually use your brain and think and strategize and plan you need to use a pen and a paper. There’s just, there’s no other way around that. You know I wanted to as well. I would love that but it just, it doesn’t work that way. So sorry. Sorry for if you want there, you want the digital app. Not gonna happen.
Ryan: I think we talked about that in the episode on the sketchbooking.
Anthony: Yeah, yeah. Tune in episode whatever that was.
Ryan:Yeah whatever that was. I just, I think that it’s so much more valuable to write these things by hand a lot of the time. So for me those are the most valuable things at the beginning. And then getting into the week by week, working on and evaluating what are your habits. You know, a lot of times like it’s really easy to let your habit slip and that certainly happens with me and then I’m gonna go, “man I feel like I’m really being not productive or not as on point as I would like.” I calm myself, it’s the small daily things that you have to tune back in because those are what change the overall picture. And so having that kind of set in stone, not in stone but having written it at the beginning of the journal especially after you begin with week one, it helps you look back like “what are the things that day in and day out I told myself I may be good at doing?” So I think that that’s a critical thing because, again, just because you’re going in your head like, Oh I think I’ll make this what I’ll do in the morning. You have to solidify that so you can execute.
Anthony: To be clear, there’s all these foundational stuff at the beginning of the book so you can step back and then there’s kind of weekly execution. And so what the doctor here is talking about is we have a kind of routine builder since you’re kind of accumulation of your habits. In the beginning of the week, you have some goals and some habits that you wanna form, throughout the week you track through and then the daily template is fantastic we talked about that in the second. About the end of the week, you realized that what you did in the beginning of the week and see if you got that done and then ask yourself why or why not was that successful so that you can go in the next week with the better stuff. For instance, I’m gonna end this week so I just schedule on my first week some of the advance copies in the mail. Week one: Did you accomplish goal one? No. Did you accomplish goal two? No. Did you accomplish goal three? No. Did you incorporate your a.m. routine? Whatever. I did like once. And so I thought my week was pretty productive but it turns out I was putting up fires for being gone for three weeks. I come back I was doing all the stuff that was way too reactionary and so I was able to put in place some systems for this week now where it’s Tuesday, right? And so these two days I have already accomplish two of those goals from last week that I had pending because this weekly check in reminder system help me frame it as like, “oh okay I’m not doing this and why am I not doing this? Oh okay it’s ‘cause this and that.” All the parts are set out. I’m now able to move forward much quicker and so is like constant checking of, “Are you doing this? Yes or no. Okay. Why or why not?” It’s so important so…
Ryan: Yep. The self audit. The self audit is huge because you know self accountability is hard and if everything is just gonna floating around in your brain it becomes very subjective and it’s not very objective but when you start having the check boxes of yes or no you’re like, “oh I really didn’t, I actually didn’t do anything.”
Anthony: Yeah and so I’m lazy. I’m a lazy person. Like if I will rationalize my way out of it every time and so having it be in a scenario of me where there’s no way out, I have to go to this book step by step, page by page and just submit to filling out everything. Boom! No decision, no choices and your habits are formed positively with just an easy easy way to do it. Instead of having to think about implementing some stuff and happen to be emotional. It’s just here it is, do it and get it done.
Ryan: Yeah. It’s very systematic in that sense like you’re not gonna, you’re not get done with the book and never reevaluate. Did you actually do you said you wanted to do? And so in terms to the week by week I think that’s huge and then the daily template is set up in a way that it can help push you to complete that so that if you go through the daily template it will push you to accomplish what you’re trying to do. So for example, you didn’t do a.m. and p.m. routine and you didn’t tackle some of the things in the daily section you’re gonna have a hell of a time meeting your weekly goals. So that’s where the rubber really hits the road as the day to day. So it’s not just like this week did I do these things? It’s when you boil it down to each individual day did you take the steps required to meet that thing at the end of the week? And so, can you talk a little bit more about the daily template?
Anthony: Yeah. So day starts, I think we talked about the on some of the episodes about kind of or habits in general from a free form book but even like I was saying before there would some days where it would be super tight and there are some days where I’d fall off and do half of these stuff. And so, actually for me going through book last seven days was like, “Oh wow! I actually, I wasn’t doing a lot of the stuff that I said I’d do a lot of the times so it’s good to have this template.” So, the beginning one is did you do and a.m. routine which you establish like you were saying trying to build new habits. So I think that’s very important that people just always constantly think about, you don’t have to add a thousand things every week but there’s just one positive change you can make over the course of a month. That’s huge. And so, just simple, did you do your a.m. routine? Next would be five ideas, and so I typically have this by my bed in the morning. I pick it up before I start doing anything else. I just fill out five ideas and this in the last week in half since I’ve been filling this out has been tremendous like so… For an instance today, I’m gonna read this book in front of me, today I wrote down five different emails that I could put in an email sequence after people buy something on purewod.com. Right, it’s completely random. Yesterday I wrote so is it Keto and Company, Keto that I started, five ways I could use collagen in new product that I’m developing. Okay? So this has been, doing that the first thing, okay so I do that and then I get up and make coffee. Wait, there’s more step. So I also did have a, there’s the grateful steps, you write three things that you’re grateful about and so what this one I put? Oh having time in the morning to write. Okay that was grateful thing. Number two was rain ‘cause that was raining and I thought that was awesome. And then number three was space and freedom to think clearly and I just gotten back from Mexico when I wrote that so super grateful for that. So then after that, boom! Goes make my coffee and already my brain is working in a positive idea generating way. So powerful. Instead of most people they wake up they look at their phone, they flip through it, they see someone on vacations, they go to their social media, take satisfaction over that, they go to their emails start like reacting to things. Whereas, when you do it this way, I say “okay I’m starting to think positively and think in a direction that solves problems” and so that frames your brain for the rest of the day. I think that super important. People think it’s cheesy to have those things in the front but I urge you if that’s the case try it out and see how your thinking get different day in and day out after having doing these things. So after that…
Ryan: It literally changes..,
Anthony: A hundred percent.
Ryan: It sets the course literally your whole day.
Anthony: After that there’s some things I usually fill this out…
Ryan: So after that…
Anthony: …a day before but they’re called the first fears projects to get done first and so these are just two of the big things that I wanted to incorporate that I usually procrastinate ‘cause they’re harder to do and I have more resistance or whatever so usually these are things that need to get done. And so, first day I have it set where I wanted to make Facebook ads for some promotions I’m doing. Not a hard thing to do but it’s just that if anybody out there is using Facebook ad, it’s a pain in the ass. It’s very difficult to actually get in way that you want….
Ryan: It takes time. It’s deep in there and it’s not just a quick ex that thing.
Anthony: And then the second one I needed to write a new customer service training document for one of my employees and so again something that not super hard to do but doing that, writing that customer service document means that will take off countless hours of my time for forever ‘cause then I could have that as a training document and I will never have to do that thing again. So that’s a huge time unlock if I that thing that’s why I put that in the first fears. And after that there’s just like a free form section where you can jot down some ideas. Then on the other side of the page, there’s a tasks completed or tasks to do section so through here you can write down as you go out to the day in like we have earlier this is super important for just staying on top of your tasks and making sure that you’re doing the things that are important. And so at the end of that section, at the end of the day if you have really checked in it says “can I delegate, automate, or eliminate any of these things?” And so as your weeks go on and you work through something like this you just start to notice as you’re doing action even before you write in this book you’re like, “oh what the hell am I doing this for? I need to like, you did not do this or someone else seems to do that or I can have some kind of piece of software do it for me.” And so this is another thing that just creating a habit by using a book like this puts you in a mindset to just, to be way more efficient and way more effective.
Ryan: And self analyze.
Anthony: Yeah exactly. And so that was, that’s one of my favorite things. Honestly it’s just going to the day of writing, be in a habit mode of writing down things as I do them to be more aware of evaluating if it’s worth doing. Then there’s a total of deep work hours which is should essentially be really really intensely focused hours that are your first fears in projects. So we explained that in the book so you’ll know about that if you’ve listened… I think we did a podcast about deep work, right?
Ryan: Yes, we do.
Anthony: Okay, and then three small wins. So these are just little things that at the end of the day you go through and kinda reinforce what went well what did not. So always think positive first so that’s why we have the ideas in the beginning and then at the end of the day we go through three small wins and I go over. So for an instance mine tonight was dinner with a friend which was actually really fun and I got new partnership with a podcast that’s gonna be sponsoring for PureWOD so that was great and then I put some, posted an article that I really wanted to write for a long time so those three things,
Ryan: Yeah. I read that article.
Anthony: Finally. It’s long. Those are the three small wins that I was like actually super pumped about. And so after that it goes how productive was I today? I rate myself as a seven for that day. And then how could I improve today? And so that day I put work out I said keep working out ‘cause I was working but even though I know that I’m more productive but it’s just take some time to do that, and focus on bigger projects, meditated twice that’s what I want to do that day and I only got once so that’s another note I put in there and then also eat more meals at home ‘cause I eat twice that day. So those are how can improve for that day. Also at the end here is a new task for later so I use this time usually bring some of end of that day or things that hadn’t get done on that day that I wanted to get done or things that come up throughout the day that wanted to get done that I no, I did not have time for that day. So that is the kind of a huge daily structure. Sounds like a lot. It’s only the two sides of the paper when you open up a book flat but is like I said I realized now going through this the way I wanted it to be everyday that I was not doing it this way until I have this book in front of me. And so even from me, having done most of these things most of the time this has been a huge game changer in ten days. It’s crazy.
Ryan: So think about if you had no structure at all how exponentially more impactful that would be for somebody. You don’t even do it. It’s just sort of unstructured and you still weren’t actually doing necessarily the things that you thought are.
Anthony: Exactly. And then so the first week like I was saying earlier, I had a huge reflection like, “oh I wasn’t getting these things done because I was doing all these stuff that I didn’t need to do.” Just outsource that to some of my employees and I open up time today and yesterday for me to actually get on those goals that I had in the week one. So I wouldn’t have done that otherwise probably. I would kept putting out fires.
Ryan: There’s seven of those?
Anthony: Yup. Four weeks of that and then afterwards you pretty much do the same thing but realized that worksheets from beginning of the month, asking yourself, “these are the change that I wanted to make, was I able to make them? Why or why not?” Same type of thing. And then at the end of, about the end one third of the book, so I also like to just jot down write on my ideas, projects and think freely and so I was the one to carry a small book and so we changed that into a kind of free form area. Let me look here. So I’ve had this book for ten days and let me count in one of the pages out of…
Ryan: There’s like eighty or ninety pages… Right?
Anthony: I know. I’ve filled up in ten days twenty eight pages of these notes.
Ryan: So what’s nice about that is you don’t have to carry two notebooks around because if you take like daily and that’s a problem I think because people have been asking you know, what makes this different than many other journals that are out there. And I think it’s a couple of things. Number one there is all that space for free notes because as much as a template is helpful there’s things that happen and things you need to write down that just down fit in to it.
Anthony: Yeah there’s a…
Ryan: Having free space. Having… it’s nice to have that so you can just jot down like let’s say you’re on a phone call with someone and you need to take notes. You know you don’t want to put that in the daily templates that’s why there’s been note section there. I think also two, the amount of self evaluation aimed at improving essentially your performance with work or what you’re trying to achieve is where the strength really lies in this.
Anthony: Yeah. The… There’s always different books, obviously we’ve seen them before. I tried to use them but I hate having to carry like seven different books with me. These did not allow for an efficient system. And for an instance like the free note taking whenever I have to solve a new problem I open up a blank page and start writing figuring that out. And so for an instance on page forty two which was the 8th of December I wrote so there was a missing a marketing funnel that I wanted to create. So, in my first fears thing I did front sees on page 128. And then that so that’s where the free hand page was and so now if I’m going through and see, “oh okay this day I worked on this thing and it’s on this page. I could just reference.” It’s super easy. Having all these stuff in one book. And not like I have to get this other book and I have to flip to this book, “oh what was that thing?” You know what I mean? So not this references over and over again and then I’ll, “oh this was in December book that I wrote that.” So if I wanna go back and look at it I have this at the back log that can be easily referenced.
Ryan: Yeah because even in the sketch there’s the blank journal. Those pages aren’t numbered.
Anthony: Yeah so what was those have to have like? Forty eight pages and your marks are like a hundred and fifty page book.
Ryan: So if it becomes very hard to use this thing. Yes at the end of the month you reevaluate yourself so if you think about like there’s a monthly container at the beginning of the month end of the month evaluation. Each week there’s weekly evaluations and then where the stuff really gets done is the day to day. And that’s why it’s the Daily Domination Journal. That’s why it is what it is. So yeah, it’s for presale. Currently we’re gonna be shipping out January 1. Hoping a little bit earlier but I can’t make promises. I’d rather under promise over deliver. And the price point, $29. That’s less than… that’s a one dollar per day of it. And if that makes you ten times more productive, it’ll make you twice as productive, it’s like negligible pricing.
Anthony: Imma’ throw out a little offer to people that are listening right now. I’m gonna be pretty ballsy here. I’m gonna say if you buy this journal then you fill out the whole thing, fill out all worksheets, right?
Ryan: Like actually do it.
Anthony: Like actually fill the thing front to back and felt like it wasn’t worth the $29 I will refund you and I will pay you $29 but you have to send the book back with proof that you actually did it. Take that.
Ryan: You’re gonna get a refund plus a handwritten cheque from Anthony Gustin.
Anthony: Well, I pay Paypal but nah.. I’ll hand you $29. I guarantee that everybody listening to this. Yeah, I will pay you $29 if you send it back and you didn’t get something positive out of this and you didn’t think it was all worth the $29.
Ryan: We’ll even pay you the shipping to send that book back to us.
Anthony: Yup. Everything’s on us. That’s how insanely confident I am on this thing right now.
Ryan: Yeah. There’s just in a way that it will pay for itself a hundred fold over. So cool.
Anthony: Let’s put that offer online. I wanna do that.
Ryan: Okay, let’s put it on your new task for later section on your day.
Anthony: Okay so you can get this journal at healthfit.biz/journal. Super easy and we’ll put that in the show notes. And anything else, Ryan? Doctor?
Ryan: You know what I’m really looking forward to? I cannot wait to get this into people’s hands so that we can start hearing what it’s doing.
Anthony: Yeah I wanna see some results.
Ryan: To help people. Like I am so excited to see the results that people gain from this. I just can’t wait to get them shipped out because I really I wanna hear the stories. I wanna see how much it really helps people. I’m excited for that. So I think that’s what we got this episode?
Anthony: Oh yes. You know exactly what you need to do. You need to get this book. You need to what was it?
Ryan: Get after it.
Anthony: Get after it, right? Get after it.
Ryan: Get after it.
Anthony: Wait, hold on. Weekly challenge is to get this book and get after it, right? Get after it.
Ryan: How long, she’s like staring at me. Alona is staring at me like what the hell? She’s sitting like five feet away from me this whole time..
Anthony: Can we get her a get after it? Can we have her..
Ryan: Alona say get after it.
Anthony: Don’t cut this please. Don’t cut this.
Ryan: Can you hear her? Do you want me to..
Anthony: Yeah you need to put this in the podcast. We need to get Alona a journal so she can get her tasks.. And start get after it.
Ryan: She just flip me out. I meeting a guy in Paris tomorrow, I think.
Anthony: Alright. We’ll see you next time guys.
Ryan: To deliver… Hand deliver the book.
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