All posts by Shane Melaugh

Are Success Stories Eroding Your Ability to Get Things Done?

Everybody loves a good success story. It's inspirational to read about someone achieving the kinds of goals we dream about and seeing how they did it.

Unfortunately, the kind of success story we typically see might be eroding our ability to get things done. If you expect massive, breakout success, how motivated can you be for the daily grind. And how do you feel when your level of success absolutely pales in comparison with every story you read about?

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How to Turn Productivity Problems & Procrastination Into an Advantage

You may be suffering from procrastination and a lack of productivity. Feeling stuck, even. But in this, there's also a potential advantage...

Doing focused, deep work, being productive and avoiding distractions and procrastination is getting harder for everyone. It's not just you

I would go so far to say that focus is a rare and somewhat exotic skill, these days. And that means that if you learn it - if you build this skill - you gain a massive advantage over (almost) everyone else.

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If You Are Multi-Passionate, Watch This to Fix Your Productivity Problems

Some people always come up with new ideas, always see new business opportunities and love to start projects that solve some problem or change the world in a better way.

This is often referred to as being "multi-passionate" or being a "multipotentialite".

If you're one of these people, you have strengths to be reckoned with... but you also have a big, problematic weakness: you're great at starting things, but you suck at follow-through.​​​​

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You’re Not Getting Lazier, It’s Getting Harder to Be Productive

If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you need to be good at getting sh*t done. It's no secret that I believe your personal character and skills determine the success or failure of your business.

Reading that might fill you with dread. After all, you've not been particularly productive. In fact, it seems that you're more distracted now than you used to be. You spend more time procrastinating and less time working with deliberate focus, on what matters most.

Why is that? Are you getting lazier, somehow?

Actually, that's not it. Your ability to focus hasn't gotten worse, but your environment has changed... and if being productive is crucial for entrepreneurs then succeeding is slowly becoming more and more difficult.

Watch the video to see why this is and what you can do about it.

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Why Getting Up Earlier Doesn’t Make You More Productive

If you're an entrepreneur, you need to hustle 24/7. You need to be always on. You need to make superhuman efforts and far outperform the average 9-to-5 working chump.

And getting a solid 8 hours of sleep just doesn't fit that picture, does it?

This is the kind of message I'm seeing a lot in entrepreneurial circles. More specifically, I've recently seen the spread of the idea that entrepreneurs ought to wake up at 5 AM or earlier, to get some extra productive hours in.

It fits the picture of the look-at-me-I'm-working-so-hard hustler, but it has little to do with real productivity. In this video, I explain why I think getting up super early is the dumbest trend in entrepreneurship.

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How to Get Free Traffic to Your Website – The Big List

​Everybody wants more traffic. And free traffic, especially.

We've previously covered why you should forget about traffic when you start out. Instead, focus on getting paying customers, right away. If you follow the advice on this site, you'll soon find yourself with a solid business and a small number of customers or clients... but what then?

At some point, traffic generation becomes the logical next step to focus on. That's what this post and our next series of podcast episodes is about.

To start things off, here's a comprehensive list of methods and strategies you can use to get traffic. Specifically, these are bootstrap-friendly "free" traffic generation methods.

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You Project Your Character Onto Your Business – Here’s My Mistake That You Need to Avoid

Here at ActiveGrowth, I believe there are 3 pillars to building and running a successful business

  1. The value in the products you create.
  2. The tech and tools you use.
  3. Your personal character and skills.

In other words, your personal character, work ethic, productivity, skills etc. are one third of the equation.

In today's video, I confess one of the mistakes I've made in this very aspect, even though I'm the guy who should have been able to predict and avoid such a mistake more than anyone...

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Why “Board Velocity” is a Key Factor for Highly Effective (and Motivating) Work in Trello

Trello is a powerful tool for managing your tasks and projects. But unless you use it the right way, working with Trello can feel slow, frustrating and demotivating.

In today's video, we're looking at a key factor that can help you get more out of Trello, whether you're working alone or with a team. What we're diving into today is a psychological factor - it affects how you feel and how motivated you are. And that will have a huge effect on how much work you get done.

Check out the video to learn all about this factor, which I call "Board Velocity".

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How to Use Trello Like a Badass, Part 2: Creating Kick-Ass Content

​If you want to ​publish better content, you have to change what you do ​before​ you start ​writing or filming.

In this post, I'll show you the content outlining technique that I use to create better blog content, videos, presentations, sales pitches,... whatever form you end up communicating in, the first steps should always be the same.

Check out the video to discover my technique.

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Manage Your Tasks & Projects Like a Badass (with Trello)

In this post, I'll share 3 tools with you, that can help you take your productivity to the next level. Actually, it's more of a 3-tools-in-one Swiss Army knife kind of deal: the first tool is the task management app Trello (which you can use for free). The second tool is a specific Trello setup that I use for personal productivity (and I'll walk you through exactly how to set it up). Finally, the third tool is a a collection of my favorite, time-saving shortcuts in Trello.​

Combine all 3 and you'll be blazing through your daily tasks like never before!

Check out the video to see my exact setup and strategy.

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What if You Don’t Want to Write Blog Posts, Make Videos & Do Creative Work?

Here on ActiveGrowth, we talk about creating things of value, improving your skills, building and shipping things rapidly and generally becoming better at challenging, creative work.

If you're thinking that all that sounds like a lot of work, you're absolutely right! Not only do we advocate doing a lot of work, we also advocate doing very difficult work.

This could be a problem. Maybe you got into online marketing because you wanted to do less work and because you were hoping for some hands-off, passive ways to make a living...

If that's the case, I've got some bad news and some good news for you.

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Why Entrepreneurs Need to Reconnect With Their Wild Side

Here on ActiveGrowth, I'm always looking for tools and strategies that will make you a better entrepreneur.

Note the emphasis, there: it's about you becoming a better, more focused, stronger entrepreneur. That's a key point. External things like technology and marketing tactics matter, but not as much as you.

The greatest tool you'll ever be able to apply to building a business is your brain. And today's episode is all about those two things: becoming a better entrepreneur by building a stronger brain.

Listen in to hear our unconventional, but highly effective approach to this.

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