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Dan Silvestre

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The 41 Minute Workday

Usually I work a few hours in the morning but today we were in a crunch: My parents are in town for a doctor's appointment and I wanted to spend time with them. But they could only get an appointment early in the morning. Which meant I had to get things done fast. I woke up at the usual time and hit the timer on my watch. Wanted to see how long it would take me to actually get through the Fundamental Tasks: These Tasks are the bedrock of everything I do. If I complete these I can trust that...

about 18 hours ago • 2 min read

I’m the "all-or-nothing" perfectionist who wants to be awesome at everything. But this is not possible. We need balance. That balance comes from explicitly defining our relationships with our responsibilities. Just because you have a responsibility doesn't mean you have any sort of personal commitment to it — that's the freedom of choice. You can choose Good, Better, or Best. I got my first car in college. It looked like this: I was a kid in college — I needed to get from A to B. I didn’t...

1 day ago • 1 min read

At the end of 2022, I was exhausted. I had worked harder than ever — with little to show for it. I was exhausted from the daily grinding. It seemed the more I worked, the less effective my work became. Not good. So I took a break. Sometimes the best thing you can do is stop. Went traveling for a while, doing little work. Gave my brain a break to figure things out. With time, that distance made me realize that my work wasn’t aligned with my Vision. Because I had been listening to other people…...

3 days ago • 1 min read

I spend my Wednesdays working on my business (rather than in my business). There was one small task I was doing manually. A few minutes here, a few minutes there. It added up. Sometimes I'd get interrupted in the middle of working on other things. Breaking my focus. Not good. So I spent a few hours one Wednesday morning automating the process. Replacing myself. The entire thing took me 2 hours (at the most). But it has saved me many hours already (and will save many more in the future). Every...

4 days ago • 1 min read

At the end of last year, I took a step back. I was doing too much. So I went back to the drawing board and asked: "What are the fundamental things I need to do?" Servicing my clients. Working on systems. Creating and updating frameworks. Marketing focused on the clients I want to work with. Writing these insight emails. I call these Fundamental Tasks. These are the tasks that move your most important goals forward. The projects & tasks that put results on your whiteboard and truly scale your...

5 days ago • 1 min read

Most problems are unmade decisions disguised as problems. Let’s say your productivity dropped this month. If you know the cause, you know the remedy. You don't really have a problem. You have a decision to make. You can either: A) Stop doing what caused the drop. B) Start doing what will get you out of the drop. Often we spend more time making a decision than it would take to fix the problem that caused the decision. None of them will kill you. In fact, both have plenty of positives. It's the...

6 days ago • 1 min read

There are Elite Performers and there are Common Performers. Elite Performers: Prioritize what’s important. Not what’s urgent. Design a life in alignment with their top values. Install systems, achieving more with less effort. Show up as their best self, every day. Only work on stuff that moves the needle on their Fundamental Goals. Say no more often than they say yes. Focus on what won't change rather than the latest trend. Make a lot of money and have a lot of free time. I'll open the Elite...

7 days ago • 1 min read

There are only 6 hours left when you'll be able to buy the Design Your Dream Week Workshop. Get your ticket here: https://go.dansilvestre.com/dream-week Full details below, Dan ------- Tomorrow Thursday May 23rd @ 10 AM EST I’m hosting the Design Your Dream Week Workshop. The goal is simple: Create space for the things that truly matter. Time to non-urgent-yet-important things. Time for your family and friends. Time for exercising, reading, self-care, and other things you want to do outside...

7 days ago • 3 min read

Tomorrow at @ 10 AM EST I’m hosting the Design Your Dream Week Workshop. The name is Design Your Dream Week because we want one simple outcome: Create space for the things that truly matter. We’ll follow my 3 D’s Framework: First, we’ll Define your priorities. We all have different long-term aspirations, visions, and goals — what looks like a Dream Week for me might look different for you. We’ll narrow down to your Fundamental Goals — what you want in your life (and what you don’t). This...

8 days ago • 2 min read

I’ve deployed my Design Your Week Framework with CEOs, VPs, and executives. Here are the 3 main benefits they found: 1) It forces you to ground-truth your dreams & aspirations. It’s great to have big ambitions but everything takes time. The Dream Week acts like a tough life coach: “You say you want a great beach body for the summer, but when, exactly, are you going to go to the gym?” 2) It puts some healthy guardrails up against over-committing yourself. If you’re not careful, it’s easy to...

9 days ago • 1 min read
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