Hey Rainmakers! We had an incredible chat on our podcast today with the brilliant Austin Netzley. He introduced us to this fascinating idea from his book, the “2 Week Vacation Test.” And let us tell you, when we first heard about it, we knew that we had to learn more! Between the three of us, we've experienced the highs and lows of entrepreneurship, and Austin's perspective added a whole new layer of understanding.
We were genuinely moved hearing about Austin's journey. Here’s a guy, in his prime, running marathons, yet facing severe anxiety attacks due to business pressures. He even had to dial 911 twice! It made us realize the true weight many entrepreneurs carry, often silently. But here’s the twist - Austin found his saving grace in something as simple yet profound as systems. It isn't about adding complexity, but about finding simplicity in daily tasks through things like checklists.
A point Austin stressed on, which we think is worth its weight in gold, is that before adding anything new to your to-do list, you need to check what you should stop doing. As entrepreneurs, we're often running on overdrive, doing a ton but oftentimes achieving very little. By focusing on what's essential and streamlining your processes, you can free up so much mental and physical space.
Now, the burning question: What's the "2 Week Vacation Test?" Imagine jetting off for two weeks with no emails, no calls, and zero business contact. If your business runs, grows, and thrives in your absence, congrats! You've built a solid system. But if the mere thought sends shivers down your spine, it's time to reconsider your business structure.
Lastly, Austin talks about the importance of your day's start and end. Having a routine to kickstart your morning can make a massive difference. Austin champions the "done by 10:30" rule, emphasizing two hours of deep, focused work before diving into the usual business chaos. And at day’s end? A quick wrap-up routine to reflect, understand what worked, and prep for the next day.
So, to all the entrepreneurs out there, consider this: Can your business pass the 2-week vacation test? It’s a challenge, but one that promises not just efficiency but genuine peace of mind. If you're intrigued and want to dive deeper into this concept, hit play and listen in as we unpack the 2-week vacation test with Austin! Stay tuned for more of our chats and keep making it rain!
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Episode: minute by minute
00:00 Introduction to special guest Austin Netzley, talking about the 2 week vacation test
01:47 Austin talks about how the 2 week vacation test came about
03:36 Austin talks about stress in entrepreneurship and the importance of coaching
04:49 How systems began to change everything for Austin
06:49 Austin recommends cutting back things that hold you back, before adding anything new
09:29 Austin gives some examples of the 30-40 percent of things businesses could cut out
12:04 Austin talks about the two muscles that every entrepreneur should develop
15:36 Austin breaks down the importance of life systems and business systems
17:05 How Austin’s businesses and systems have evolved over the years
18:16 What is the 2 week vacation test and how do you pass it?
21:30 Here are some ways to be the most effective and focused on work days
25:59 The benefits of being really intentional with how you start and end your day
28:36 Austin gives his opinion on meetings and the most productive way to use them
32:15 Austin gives insight on KPI’s and tracking numbers for your business
35:00 How to get a hold of Austin’s book and how to stay connected with him!