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Ask Me Anything About How To Be A Stress-Free, Uber Productive Individual

Adrian Shepherd
Nov 14, 2017

I'm the creator of the One-Bite Time Management System endorsed by the likes of Brian Tracy, Kyle Wilson and Sohail Khan. I've also built two businesses from the ground up, written two books and over 600 articles on productivity and personal development. I work with companies and individuals in helping them take control of their ultra-busy lives.

"Time management" is easier than you think, and more powerful than you realize. Join me and I'll answer your questions about how to I did it and what tools and strategies you'll need to handle the digital age.

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How do you motivate yourself when you're feeling down?

Nov 21, 6:45AM EST0

Reading stories of people overcoming incredible odds is definitely one was to motivate myself. The other is keeping a gratitude journal, each day I read though it to remind myself that despite whatever hardships I'm going through, life has been good to me. I have my health. I have a loving family. That's a pretty great start right there.

Nov 21, 8:08AM EST0

How many jobs did you do until you decided let me build my own company?

Nov 15, 4:08PM EST0

Before I built my first company, one full time and a few part time jobs.  

Thanks to the internet today, it's even easier. Anyone can create their own business starting tomorrow for less than a few hundred dollars. No need to rent an office, or employees starting out. 

There's really no excuse for anyone who wants to build a business. 

Nov 16, 8:16AM EST0

I'm not really good at time management. How can you help someone who's been multitasking for almost like 24x7? 

Nov 15, 8:39AM EST0

First things first. STOP doing what you're doing.

Multitasking is literally one of the worst things you can do if you want to accomplish anything. Why? Because of your lack of focus on any one activity. Ironically, by doing less, you'll accomplish more.

Step 2 would be to find your gaps. Where are you "losing" time? Everyone has things that are eating WAY too much of their time. You need to diagnose the problem first, and then come up with a prescription for it.

Step 3 be ruthless.

Step 4 Implement small changes that have maximum impact on your life. Easier than you might think. There are single parents out there working three jobs just to get by, they are about the only people who may be "too" busy. Everyone else simply has a LOT of excuses.

Nov 15, 9:10AM EST0
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Do you think to-do-list and priority management are the most effective tools for an individual to effectively manage time?

Nov 14, 2:36PM EST0

A To-Do list is certainly one of the most effective tools out there. The question is will it work for you? We all wired slightly differently, so what works like gangbusters for one person, won't have that much effect on the next. 

Personally, I like to have people start on even easier things and build up to something like that. That sounds a bit crazy as what could be easier than a To-Do list, but I assure you there are a lot of simple things that can have a huge impact on how people manage time. 

My goal in working with clients is to make sure that they have wins quick.  

Nov 14, 7:43PM EST0

Are you a fan of Brian Tracy?

Nov 14, 1:40PM EST0

Of course. Brian Tracy along with Jim Rohn, Dan Kennedy, Brendon Burchard, Tony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, Jim Stovall and more have been my virtual mentors for years.

Brian Tracy and Jim Stovall were both kind enough to endorse my first book, iSucceed, as well as the One-Bite Time Management System. Can't say enough about both of these guys.

Nov 14, 7:38PM EST0

Do you speak in public?

Nov 14, 12:39PM EST0

I have in the past. Recently I tend to work with business and clients directly, but am thinking of creating my own day-long seminar.

Nov 14, 7:34PM EST0

How did you monetize writing from scratch? Isn't it stressful to think powerful strategies on how to excel from the rest?

Nov 14, 12:16PM EST0

It takes time to monetize. But I'm a believer you can make up in time what you lack in skill. In the beginning, you might have to approach 100 clients to get one. Improve, and you'll only have to approach 50. Keep going and eventually people will find you.

I do believe that the key is to start by writing for online publications. 

Nov 14, 12:29PM EST1

How long did it take to come up with your system?

Nov 14, 12:02PM EST0

I actually spent about 5 years studying personal development when I realized that the most powerful ideas I was sharing with clients were deeply related to time management. So I shifted my focus to productivity and spent another 2 years reading and going through everything I could find. I suppose it took me only a few months to actually create my system. I simply took the best of what I learned, simplified it, and then added some of my own knowledge

Nov 14, 12:16PM EST0

Did you study something on the topic or it is all based on personal experience?

Nov 14, 12:01PM EST0

I study, a lot. With all the materials we have at our disposal today, there's really no excuse for anyone not to be able to learn anything they want to.

Nov 14, 12:17PM EST0

Have you thought of integrating it into an app?

Nov 14, 11:45AM EST0

I've thought about it, but I wonder how effective it would be. I'm just a huge fan of either learning from audio or live trainings. 

Nov 14, 11:56AM EST0

When did you yourself learn to be stress free or is that an ongoing process?

Nov 14, 11:42AM EST0

Surviving a tsunami (back in 2004) gave me a whole new outlook on life. Every day since has been a blessing and one I'm grateful for. Took me a while to find my calling, but I'm here and loving it.

Nov 14, 11:58AM EST0

Do you think we really need someone to be with for the rest of our lives in order to be happy?

Nov 14, 11:36AM EST0

Short answer - no. It's better to be alone than with someone who might bring you down, insult you or hurt you. Negativity has to go. However, I do believe that finding someone special to share your life with makes everything 10x better. 

Nov 14, 12:00PM EST0
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Who inspires you most in terms of time and stress management?

Nov 14, 11:34AM EST0

I would say it has to be Jim Rohn and Brian Tracy. They don't particularly cover these two points, but their advice is so applicable to so many areas of life.

Nov 14, 12:04PM EST0

What is the best story you have heard from someone applying your system?

Nov 14, 11:32AM EST0

I've helped lots of people over the years transform their lives or businesses. I suppose I'm most proud of one of my first clients who was struggling with his business because of being unable to manage his time. 

I suggested making some radical changes to how he dealt with clients, pricing and a whole list of things. Within a short period of time (2 years) he was able to move back to his own country and essentially retire. 

However, I'm most proud of helping the teenagers find their passion and help them understand how to achieve through mastering their time.

Nov 14, 12:26PM EST0

How much do you charge for consultation?

Nov 14, 11:32AM EST0

An hour consultation - $200. 

Nov 14, 12:07PM EST0

It is indeed stressful to keep up with everything nowadays. Do you think some years before people were managing their time better or just had less to do? Isn’t it odd you had the post war generation where they were building things from the ground literally and dealing with the loss and trauma and nobody was talking about stress?

Nov 14, 11:31AM EST2

I've thought about this a lot. I believe that it's to do with our makeup as human beings. When we have nothing to worry about, small things can seem huge. When we have big things to worry about, small things have little effect on us.

For the past 70 years, many people across Europe, Japan and America have lived in a time of relative peace. As such, few people have experienced true hardship. 

That's why we are hearing words such as "microaggression," "triggered" and "offended" appearing more and more. There are bigger issues to care about, but most people can't see past their own lives. 

I do believe that past generations faced greater hardships which made them stronger and better able to handle stress.

Nov 14, 12:23PM EST0
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A nice bath. It's amazing how relaxing a nice warm bath can be for both your body and mind. 

Nov 14, 11:54AM EST0

Do you write Alone or in public?

Nov 13, 9:07AM EST0

I tend to write alone after my family has left in the morning, and at my office when I'm not talking to or seeing clients.

Nov 14, 11:51AM EST0

What is your favorite part of the writing?

Nov 13, 7:33AM EST0

Actually, it's the thinking stage. That's when I form a working title, then start adding notes underneath it that I'll flesh out later on. I'll check my books, do some research online for articles to use or data I need and put it all down. It's exciting to see something come from nothing. 

Nov 13, 8:44AM EST0

What is your favorite book?

Nov 12, 1:41AM EST0

1. Ayn Rand's ATLAS SHRUGGED

2. Durant's THE LESSONS OF HISTORY

3. George Orwell's ANIMAL FARM

Nov 12, 2:53AM EST0

Do you still write? If so, what does your typical day look like?

Nov 11, 8:31PM EST0

I do write. Right now I write for 4 online publications: Thrive Global, Huff Post, Addicted2Success, and The Good Men Project. I am always looking for other publications to share my ideas with. 

Typical day - pretty much like every other parent. The only big differences 

Yoga 15min (morning)

Study 30min (morning)

Write 90min (morning) - ideas, articles, necessary emails

Relax 45min (morning)

Write 90min (night) 

Relax 30min (night)

Nov 12, 2:51AM EST0

Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?

Nov 11, 8:15PM EST0

I've lived in England, The Philippines, Thailand, America, Myanmar (I lived just down the block from Aung San Suu Kyi) and Japan. I love movies and TV shows.

Something people don't know about me - I'm pretty good at magic and I often use it in my presentations.

Nov 12, 2:43AM EST0

Who is your favorite author?

Nov 11, 10:07AM EST0

Novels - Overall, Sidney Sheldon. His stories are consistently good. Daniel Suarez and Michael Crichton are awesome as well.

Personal Development - Robert Kiyosaki, Brian Tracy, John Maxwell because they have a good selection of books to choose from.

Best Book Ever Written - Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged.

Nov 12, 2:40AM EST0

How do you know if your writing is good enough or appealing enough to outside audiences?

Nov 11, 8:24AM EST0

You can't please everyone, nor should you try. What you should do is focus on sharing powerful information with people who are interested in what you have to say. My first book (iSucceed) was a decent attempt, full of some great ideas, but I'd rewrite certain parts. The best advice I can give you is share your stories / ideas, LISTEN to the feedback and then IMPROVE for next time.

Nov 12, 2:37AM EST0

Where are you from?

Nov 11, 3:49AM EST0

I born in a small town in England, but left when I was 8. Spent most of my life in Asia.

Nov 12, 2:32AM EST0

Did you enjoy writing as a child?

Nov 10, 7:53PM EST0

Yes and no. It all depended on the teacher and the topic. Good teachers have the ability to inspire students to read and write. While my last two years of high school did not inspire me at all, thankfully, in college I had a great English teacher. I was actually forced to take one English class, but I'm glad I did, as it showed me I was actually pretty good at it.

Nov 10, 9:54PM EST0

What book that you have read has most influenced your life?

Nov 10, 3:04PM EST0

Hi Syed - that's a great question. The book that has most influenced me is Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged." A truly amazing book. But if we're talking about business, the book that started it all for me had to be Robert Kiyosaki's "Rich Dad, Poor Dad." 

Nov 10, 6:35PM EST0

What have you put most of your effort into regarding writing?

Nov 10, 12:11PM EST0

Ironically, where I put most of my effort is actually research. You want to be able to build up a pool of knowledge that you can access whenever you need it. 

Nov 10, 6:45PM EST0

What gives you inspiration for your articles?

Nov 10, 10:55AM EST0

I read a lot. Besides that, I follow thought leaders, watch TED Talks and enjoy TV. And I keep files with notes from it all. It's amazing just how many ideas you can get if you simply feed your mind good information. 

Nov 10, 6:39PM EST0

Who is a trending author to watch out for nowadays in your eyes?

Nov 10, 9:33AM EST0

A trending author to watch out for, that's tough. One of my favorite authors who flies under the radar is Daniel Suarez, author of Daemon. His books are great!! If you like Michael Crichton, you'll love him. I expect to see his books made into movies in the years to come. 

Nov 10, 9:50PM EST0

What is the toughest criticism given to you as a writer?

Nov 10, 9:08AM EST0

It always hurts to get rejections. That's true in life as it is as a writer. I have pitched numerous online publications and have gotten rejected a few times. The good news is you can always reuse or rewrite the article later on. 

Nov 10, 7:05PM EST0

Do you sketch your storyline before you start?

Nov 10, 8:19AM EST0

Sort of. I am constantly jotting down ideas. I hear something or read something and think, "Boy, I've never thought about that before," and immediately open my Notes app and create a possible working title, as well as a few ideas. Might not use it for ages, but I've got it and once or twice a week I might go over it and add to some of the notes I have. Once I have enough info, or I'm inspired, I copy it over to Word and finish it off.

Nov 10, 6:49PM EST0

How long have you been writing?

Nov 10, 8:17AM EST0

I published my book back in 2010, so 7 years now. Ironically, English class was one of my least favorite in school. Not because I was bad at it, but because the books we had to read didn't inspire me. The lesson - read good books.

Nov 10, 6:51PM EST0

Where can we find you online?

Nov 10, 7:51AM EST0

My older articles are at http://www.isucceedbook.com, but last year I got accepted to the Huff Post and since then I've focused writing for numerous online publications including Thrive Global, Addicted2Success and The Good Men Project. You can expect to see me in a few other publications soon as well.

- https://www.thriveglobal.com/authors/2887-adrian-shepherd

- https://goodmenproject.com/author/adrian-shepherd/

- https://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/info-789

- https://addicted2success.com/author/adrianshepherd/

Nov 10, 6:57PM EST0

What was your first ever book or written piece about?

Nov 10, 7:39AM EST1

iSucceed - a book on personal development. I found that too many other books out there complicated things so I wanted to create something relatively easy to understand. Took me about a year to write, and the best thing about going through the process is how much it changed me as a person. I believe everyone should trying writing a book about something, just because of how much you'll learn.

Nov 10, 7:03PM EST0
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