John Meese: Drastic Measures and Digital Zen

Desperate times call for drastic measures.

Our attention spans are at an all-time low. Many of us suffer from FOMO (the fear of missing out) and compulsively check our devices to see what happened in the 12 minutes since we last looked at our phones.

Our guest today doesn’t think technology and social media are bad at all. If anything, he loves them too much. However, he is so self-aware that he’s taken unthinkable steps to create physical and digital boundaries between his work and life.

I started this interview with John Meese, the Dean of Platform University, with the intention of diving into his methodology of building systems to support productivity and focus. While we do explore those topics, our conversation quickly went off the rails when he shared a surprising secret about his life.

I hope you enjoy listening to this interview as much as I did.

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Episode Highlights

  • Blending digital and analog tools to manage daily tasks and attention
  • The dangers of being constantly available
  • Self-awareness of your tendencies and compulsive behaviors
  • Dealing with the addiction to the dopamine hit of social media and notifications
  • The question we could all stand to ask ourselves
  • When your blog post better cover alimony
  • The best part of remote work is getting to control your own time
  • The worst part of remote work is you have to control your own time
  • Your focus needs more focus
  • The worst time to discover you’re an extrovert
  • Getting a life and getting a wife
  • Experiencing the tension of working from home with a young family
  • Treating your home like a sacred space
  • Creating physical and digital boundaries between work and home
  • Dreams of opening a coworking space
  • Being aware of your physical and mental presence and the importance of intentionally “being” where you physical are.
  • The challenges of being physically present at home, but being mentally present at work during summer and holiday vacations.
  • Static posture is unhealthy. Simply sitting or standing all day is what hurts you. Change it up to keep the blood flowing and avoid long-term impacts.
  • Physical triggers for mental states
  • Using analog tools to accomplish digital work and serve virtual clients
  • Translating digital tasks into analog daily checklists
  • Something to be said for holding a well-crafted item. “Texture of success”
  • The secret hack to get twice as much done
  • What makes analog tools so brilliant

I’m a digital marketing architect and I work behind the scenes so that entrepreneurs can focus on the fun stuff.

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