“I’ve got to offload everything I’m doing, and just focus on a couple different areas.”
Today on the show I’m joined by Dalton Mabery (@daltonmabery). Dalton Mabery is digital creator with a podcast, blog, and newsletter in which he regularly shares tips on digital productivity, good books, faith, and time management. Recording this conversation was like attending a personal masterclass in auditing my time. Dalton is one of the hardest working creators I know. He’s got drive, ambition, and endless creativity. Fans of my episodes with Chris Jordan and Nate Kadlac will appreciate this one.
This episode pairs well with a light roasted coffee and a notebook.
Seriously, grab a notebook. You will need it.
- 8:00 Dalton’s upbringing
- 11:00 How has faith influenced the way Dalton lives and works?
- 14:30 Why is it so hard to kick back and relax?
- 18:00 How did Dalton begin his creative career?
- 24:00 Picking the right projects, removing dead ends
- 26:10 What is the most difficult problem Dalton has solved?
- 28:30 What does Dalton’s morning routine look like?
- 32:00 How does Dalton get unstuck?
- 33:45 What’s for breakfast?
- 34:30 How does Dalton stay focused throughout the day?
- 36:00 Boundaries and constraints
- 37:00 What advice would Dalton give to new creators? + book recommendations
- 42:00 Who or what inspires Dalton to keep creating?
- 46:00 On The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry
- 52:00 What habits are the most important for Dalton?
- 54:00 More book recommendations
- 56:00 What are the most profound epiphanies or realizations Dalton has encountered?
- 1:00:00 What keeps Dalton up at night?
- 1:03:00 What makes something urgent?
- 1:06:00 How starting creative projects shows headhunters that you’re accountable.
- 1:11:00 When was Dalton last in Flow, and what was he doing?
- 1:13:00 Dalton’s last message to the world
- 1:16:00 Why do introverts start YouTube channels and podcasts?
- 1:23:00 The sendoff
Notion — The app I use to organize my life
Evernote — The app I used to use to organize my life
Roam Research — A notetaking tool for networked thought
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
The Problem of God by Mark Clark
Atomic Habits by James Clear
The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer
Matt Ragland — 70/20/10 rule, videos on bullet journaling and productivity
Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Mastery by Robert Greene
Carl Jung (Introverts and extroverts)
Cheers, and here’s to your good health.
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