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If you had to ballpark it… how much time do you think you spend on your phone every day? Half an hour? 90 minutes? 

Turns out – the average person is spending closer to 4 hours a day on their device! And on average, about 2 of those hours are spent mindlessly scrolling through social media. 

On its own, that statistic isn’t very startling. But if you add it up, that means we are spending more than 720 hours a year just checking our socials… or over 90 working days a year – a staggering 4.5 months of productivity.

The first time I read that statistic I nearly threw my phone into a volcano – how terrifying!

It’s no secret that we’re pretty dependent on technology. Our devices have become like extra limbs to us! But the real issue is what we’re doing while we’re on those devices. 

The Problems 

So why exactly does being addicted to our technology pose an issue? Let’s break down some of the main problems our devices can pose for us: 

They’re a time suck

Have you ever had a lull in your day, thought to yourself “let me just check my notifications,” and come to three hours later having watched 8 YouTube videos, scrolled through Instagram’s Explore page, and ordered a few things on Amazon? 

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Our phones are designed to suck us in. Everything about them – from their shape to the shade of red of a notification badge – has been designed to keep us hooked

They’re SO distracting

From social media, to Netflix, to the constant barrage of news articles… It feels like the distractions are limitless! 

But as we’ve talked about before – multitasking does not exist. Even the most minute of distractions – like checking your email before a meeting – can derail you for hours! It can take up to 23 minutes to get back on track, regardless of the size of the distraction.

Negativity bias

For a lot of people, scrolling through Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites invokes some negative feelings

As you browse your feed, you see a curated look into the lives of everyone you know – and it appears as though everyone is happier, more interesting, and has a more exciting life than you. As humans, we naturally compare ourselves to those we see around us. So if you’re spending hours scrolling through your socials and everyone you’re seeing appears to have a glamorous, fulfilling life… You’re bound to feel snubbed. 


The fast-paced world we live in just keeps getting faster – and we feel an instinctual need to keep up. We’re overwhelmed by it! And for many of us, that means we’re scrolling through our phones late into the night – disrupting our sleeping patterns. And to top that off, the blue light our phone screens emit tricks our brain into an alert state – making it harder for us to fall asleep.

Digital Dementia

“Digital Dementia” – a breakdown in cognitive abilities that comes as a result of the overuse of digital technology – has the ability to turn us into grumpy old folks! 

Here are some of the tell-tale symptoms of dementia: 

  • Memory loss or issues with short term memory
  • Increased confusion, decreased concentration
  • Behavioral changes – anger, impatience, apathy, depression, etc. 
  • Everyday tasks feeling harder or insurmountable 

Do any of these sound familiar? Turns out, Digital Dementia has a lot of the same symptoms. 

Time to Detox

So how do we shake our digital dependency? The same way we reset our bodies after a particularly fun night out – with a detox! 

We here at the Lifehack Method definitely did not come up with the idea of a Digital Detox. In fact, we were directly inspired by Cal Newport and his book Digital Minimalism.

In his book, Cal stresses that it is impossible to completely detach yourself from technology. But he advocates for a more intentional, minimalist approach to your digital consumption. 

The Detox

We recommend doing a 30-day detox period. During those 30 days, you are to remove ALL non-essential technologies from your life. 

“Non-essential” is going to look a little different for everyone, but there are some clear no-no’s that everyone must abide by – like checking your email on the toilet or scrolling through Instagram before bed. We recommend making an exhaustive list of all of the tech you interface with on a regular basis, and creating “approved” and “non-approved” columns.

What’s most important is intentionality. Keep the tech in your life that feeds you somehow. Whether that be checking Facebook Groups that you positively engage with, having a Netflix date night, watching YouTube videos that can teach you something – you get the picture!

I did a 30-day digital detox and documented my whole journey – click here to check it out!

The DO’s of Detoxing 

  • Re-engineer your space. Be proactive in removing as many distractions as you can. 
  • Get more sleep. It’s normal to find yourself getting tired earlier for the first week or two.  If you’re tired at 8pm, embrace it. Take this as a chance to catch upon your sleep. It will pass. 
  • Cultivate a hobby. You’ll be surprised how much you throw yourself into a hobby to avoid boredom. (I designed my entire house in 60 days!)
  • Plan more social events. You might feel like you don’t have the energy now… believe me – you will when you detox! There’s nothing more fulfilling than being around other people. 
  • Look for ways to change your state without technology.  Baths, hot tubs, running, cold shower (my favorite!)… The possibilities are endless.
  • Get some accountability. Even if it’s just a post on your social media! Your Facebook audience will love this – believe me. 

The DON’TS of Detoxes 

  • Filling your newly-found free-time with more work. You will be tempted… anticipate and avoid this common pitfall. This can prevent you from realizing all the benefits of a digital detox!
  • Entering a Digital Detox without a plan. You can’t just hope for the best! It won’t work. Preparation wins the battle every time.
  • Expecting anyone else to do it with you. Accept that your spouse, family, friends are not going to do this with you. Don’t try to convince them. 
  • Getting mad that everyone else is still in the digital world. Focus on the positive effects it’s having on you, instead!

The Drawbacks of a Detox… And Why They Don’t Matter

Let’s just say it: a digital detox won’t be as bad as you fear – but there will be some bad moments.

It’s going to force you to get BORED. And I mean really bored. 

What do you currently do when you get bored? Scroll through your phone? Flip through the channels on your tv? Check your email? 

Forcing yourself to deal with boredom is like living life without anesthesia. Choosing digital minimalism is foregoing that anesthesia! Which can be tough. Digital distraction takes the edge off of life. It gives us the semblance of everything we want without the substance: we feel connected without the obligations of community; we feel knowledgeable without having to work for it;  We feel entertained without being provoked.

Living more intentionally isn’t an easy transition to make – but it is so much more rewarding. 

The Bloom

About halfway through your 30-day detox, you’ll start to feel a shift. Things that weren’t working for you before will start to fall into place. You’ll feel more rested, clear-headed, motivated and present. Your productivity is going to increase exponentially. Your relationships will deepen. 

This is what I call “the bloom.” All of the parts of your life that weren’t getting enough nourishment seem to come back to life.

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CASE STUDY: JENN SCHARF Mon, 30 Dec 2019 20:09:59 +0000 The post CASE STUDY: JENN SCHARF appeared first on Lifehackbootcamp.

When we met Jenn, her life was a disaster. The last few years had shaken her to her core!  

She got a divorce, was hating her job, and just had this gnawing feeling that something bad was about to happen.

She found herself freaking out about things she used to feel in control of, and dropping the ball all over the place.

She needed to figure out how to support herself before she fell into a hole that would be too deep to climb out of.

Her biggest concern was maintaining a healthy dynamic with her son.

She was worried that being excessively stressed and busy was negatively affecting the way he was experiencing her, and wanted to spend more dedicated time with him and not feel her mind wandering to everything else she had on her plate.

Jenn went all-in during our 60-Day Lifehack Bootcamp.

Her big goal was to be able to work with one of her “hero organizations” by the time of graduation.

She pushed against her fear and negativity and started reaching out to the companies she loved and admired…

… and one of those companies got back to her with a big fat YES!

She landed a job at the forefront of her dream industry. And as a bonus – she got the ability to work from home.

Now she gets to have her cake and eat it too – working her dream job and spending amazing quality time with her son.

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CASE STUDY: AGATHA Mon, 30 Dec 2019 20:08:48 +0000 The post CASE STUDY: AGATHA appeared first on Lifehackbootcamp.

We share a lot of epic success stories with you guys – usually of people who have done massive overhauls of their lives and got big results.

But what about those of you out there who are doing “just fine”?

What about people who are comfortable, but feel a gnawing to do more…

Agatha worked at a bank. It was a great job – she made enough, enjoyed it enough.

But she’d always dreamt of being an entrepreneur.

She had the perfect idea… but hadn’t taken the plunge.

In other words – she just needed a kick in the pants!

She came to our 60-Day Lifehack Bootcamp for that “kick in the rear” – and boy did she get it!

In just 2 months she bought a truck, hired groomers, and was collecting MONEY. Her side business was finally off the ground.

Today, Agatha is still a rockstar with her current employer – but she’s also making $20,000 a month from her side hustle.

Agatha used our bootcamp to FORCE herself to step up.

What would it look like if someone came and forced YOU to live up to your full potential?

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CASE STUDY: SEAN HOGAN Mon, 30 Dec 2019 20:07:04 +0000 The post CASE STUDY: SEAN HOGAN appeared first on Lifehackbootcamp.

Sean is a manager for one of the largest animal shelters in Canada.

He’s not only responsible for the well-being of all of the animals that come through the doors, but for a team of more than 10 employees and countless volunteers.

It’s a high-intensity line of work where lives are on the line, but he wouldn’t change it for the world. (We need more folks like this!)

But in pursuit of saving lives, he was sacrificing his sanity. He had hollowed himself out through constantly putting everyone’s needs in front of his own.

He loved his career, but wasn’t enjoying his life. He was in the thick of massive burnout.

It was November 2017 when I first watched a Lifehack Bootcamp video on YouTube. It was about the F.A.S.T. Time Mastery framework – and after watching a couple of preview videos, the price for the course (now available for members of Lifehack Tribe) was ridiculously affordable given what it promised. I signed up and watched the F section before I went to bed that night!

Within ten days, I was well onto the “T” section – and began what was pitched as “a week of time tracking” to find out where my time went. After all, the course promised to get me back TEN hours of my time and by tracking where it went, I could decide, next time, if I want to invest or not. It was a habit that stuck and the week of time tracking turned into a six-week measure until December 31, 2017.

He went on to take our 60-Day Lifehack Bootcamp, and almost immediately started making massive changes to his life.

He finally saw how much time he WASN’T spending on himself.

He wasn’t exercising, had very little time in his life for play. He was in complete imbalance.

Sean’s biggest challenge coming into our community was that he had lost faith in planning ahead. He used to love checklists and planning, but the more times he showed up for work only to have those lists pushed aside as he focused on putting out fires, the more discouraged he became.

During his time in the 60-Day Bootcamp, he rediscovered the power of planning ahead, getting organized, and creating solid routines.

Time tracking has transformed the approach I take to life. I don’t wait for it to come to me but rather make use of my God-given gifts of choice and will that propel me toward being my very best self each and every day.

It had such a profound impact on him that his husband took notice as well.

Now, the two of them use Asana together and have incorporated a lot of Lifehack Bootcamp methods – like pre-planning their grocery shopping and meals – into their home life!

How amazing is that?!

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CASE STUDY: AIDEN MCFARLAND Mon, 30 Dec 2019 20:05:32 +0000 The post CASE STUDY: AIDEN MCFARLAND appeared first on Lifehackbootcamp.

When we met Aiden, he was being pulled in a million directions.

He was a virtual assistant and business consultant for artists and creatives that work in the digital space, as well as a creative himself.

Though he had been working remotely for years, he was really starting to feel like he wasn’t fully feeling the benefits of having such a flexible career.

“I felt like a chicken with my head cut off – both at work and with my passion projects. I was constantly stressed out, and not feeling like I was making progress anywhere – because I was just too busy to see it or enjoy any of it.”

He felt unsure about the direction his life and career seemed to be headed in, but felt incapable of making any decisions around it.

He hopped on a call with one of our assistant coaches Freda – and immediately found clarity on things he’d been struggling with.

If this much progress can happen in a 10 minute call,” he asked himself, “what could the full bootcamp do for me?

He joined our 60-Day Lifehack Bootcamp in desperation.

Nowadays, Aiden – who struggled with anxiety and used to start nearly every work day in a panic – feels calmer than ever.

He works with his “dream clients”, gets paid premium rates, and lives in the city of his dreams. His stress levels have all but evaporated.

He’s even been able to blend his career with his passion project – something he never even conceived as possible before.

One small shift in his mindset changed his entire life.

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CASE STUDY: JESSA HARGROVE Mon, 30 Dec 2019 20:04:28 +0000 The post CASE STUDY: JESSA HARGROVE appeared first on Lifehackbootcamp.

Conventional wisdom teaches us that in order to be successful, we have to out-work the competition.

We’re told that working ourselves to the bone will eventually pay off.

But what if that’s just not true?

What if conventional wisdom isn’t so WISE?

Jessa and her family lived in Brooklyn. Both her and her husband were a part of the overworked-and-underslept culture.

She had a dream of running an online business, but was struggling to get it off the ground – mostly because didn’t have the time or energy needed to grow the business.

That’s why she joined our 60-Day Breakthrough Bootcamp in late 2016. Jessa decided to level up her game, and create enough time and focus to turn her side hustle into a full-time career.

While working the Lifehack Method process, she and her husband made a completely counter-intuitive decision:  They would move their family to the Caribbean.

Talk about the OPPOSITE of conventional wisdom! Aren’t you supposed to struggle and suffer while you build your business?

But Jessa found a solution that actually made WAY more sense than conventional wisdom: moving to a lower cost country effectively gave her a runway to get her business off the ground, even as the family lived the good life!

Now, not only has her online business taken off… but check this out 👇

“My success means we can actually go BACK to Brooklyn and live even BIGGER lives there (even with the extra expense). And we’re keeping our home here on the islands. Now we get to lived the “best of both worlds” option – without breaking myself.”

Thank you Jessa, for showing us that there are more solutions out there than conventional wisdom would lead us to believe.

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CASE STUDY: ALEXIS COURTNEY Mon, 30 Dec 2019 20:03:09 +0000 The post CASE STUDY: ALEXIS COURTNEY appeared first on Lifehackbootcamp.

Alexis left her entire career to purchase and run a handful of children’s haircut shops. 

After growing her 5 salons she had the opportunity to buy the entire Franchise… 

… At first it was momentous and exciting, but pretty soon she started to feel trapped in her work.

She had inherited a stable business with a lot of potential, but very little structure. She knew she needed processes and procedures in place to ensure the success of the franchise.

But where was she going to find the TIME to build those systems?

She already felt like she had no life; no time for the things that mattered the most (like her daughter’s water-polo games).

Instead of scaling her business, she was just scaling her overwhelm.

Her question is probably your question:  “How do I find the time to work ON my business when I’m always working IN my business?”

Alexis joined our 60-Day Breakthrough Bootcamp with a goal to create systems that would enable her business to run efficiently without her micromanaging it. 

The results speak for themselves: Alexis just recently opened the 108th store in her franchise! 

Her franchise is on the Inc. 500 list as one of the fastest growing franchises, and is now the #1 Children’s Hair Salon in the world! 

How incredible is that?!  All from 28 stores.

Wanna know something even MORE incredible? She created enough time to do all of this even while she coached her daughter’s water-polo team! 

Talk about a super-mom!

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CASE STUDY: TIM MILEY Mon, 30 Dec 2019 20:01:25 +0000 The post CASE STUDY: TIM MILEY appeared first on Lifehackbootcamp.

We have a tendency to want to take shortcuts.

Don’t get me wrong – there’s nothing wrong with taking the shortest path to success! 
But when optimization turns into cutting corners… it’s a surefire way to get stuck in reactive modeShort cuts are not the answer to working smarter not harder!

Take it from Tim, a well-known attorney.

He had reached a ceiling on growing his business. He couldn’t for the life of him figure out how to break through. He thought maybe if he just worked more – pushed himself further – the breakthrough would come. He felt like his time was constantly wasted chasing “busy work”.

He took the leap and joined our 60-Day Breakthrough Bootcamp.

Tim knew that working with us meant tackling his tendency to get stuck in busy work. He’d have to sit down, reflect, plan ahead, and stick to those plansAnd as soon as he stopped creating his own chaos – the breakthrough came.

In just the last few months, him and his employees have created over 100 new SOPs!! 😱 

Tim was able to franchise his business, creating huge revenue upside for his business!

And the cherry on top?

Creating systems, getting organized, and staying focused made him a better manager. Not only was he having more fun leading his team – his employees were having more fun working for him!

Talk about a win-win.

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CASE STUDY: DIETMAR AUST Mon, 30 Dec 2019 19:59:19 +0000 The post CASE STUDY: DIETMAR AUST appeared first on Lifehackbootcamp.


Oftentimes, we get clients that come to us who are very self-aware. They’ve read the books, participated in other courses, maybe even coached with other people in the industry. But nothing had worked.

Dietmar was one of those clients.

He was a self-employed freelancer and owner of a software programming company. And even though he was his own boss, he felt stuck. He was spread way too thin, and getting no results.

He joined our 60-Day Breakthrough Bootcamp hoping to get focused.

In our first coaching session, we talked about the importance of trimming the fat out of his business – focusing his efforts on the things that matter the absolute most. After that one session – Dietmar made €12,000 in ONE WEEK.

He went on to trim the fat – consolidate projects, create powerful systems, and effectively double his hourly wage. And most importantly for him, he found three extra hours EVERY DAY to spend time with his family.

“I am relaxed, my relationship to my girlfriend is getting deeper and more fulfilled by the minute. I have taken off Fridays. Having so much fun at the moment!”

How’s that for a massive win?!

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2 KILLER Mistakes People Make While Planning Their Year Fri, 13 Dec 2019 22:06:07 +0000 The post 2 KILLER Mistakes People Make While Planning Their Year appeared first on Lifehackbootcamp.


No matter how you slice it – this is the central truth of planning: the more time you put between you and any goal… the more power you have over it.

That’s why we’re so focused on pre-planning over here at the Lifehack Method! We pre-plan our weeks, months, and even our entire YEAR ahead of time!

You might be thinking… three different levels of pre-planning is excessive – aren’t they all the same? 

Nope! As we move down the list from annual to weekly, we move from strategic into tactical. Executing on an epic year requires a mixture of both – we need to be able to see the big picture and map our attack plan… but we also need to take massive action and get shit done. 

It ALL starts with annual pre-planning, because we’re setting the guide rails that your train’s going to run on all year long.

But in order for your annual pre-planning to be worth your time and energy, you have to avoid some of the easiest traps we see our clients falling into again and again. 


Wish Listing happens when people treat their annual pre-planning like it’s their Christmas list. 

There are a million things that all of us dream of accomplishing in the next year – I know I sure would love to learn how to play guitar, run a marathon, travel for 6 months, and double our revenue!

It’s easy to make a plan where you get everything you want without any sacrifices. 

But deep down, we all know those dreams aren’t all realistic. 

A good annual pre-plan doesn’t just make a plan for what will happen this year… it helps you get very clear on what won’t happen.

It requires summoning some everyday courage, making tough choices, and focusing your energies onto your most leveraged Yes’s.


The second most common mistake we see our clients making during their annual pre-plan is not learning their lesson! 

We like to call this stepping on the rake

We had a client, Lana, who used to challenge herself every year to finish 52 books. She never got close! 

Not only was it sucking a bunch of time out of her schedule, it was an information overload that was preventing her from actually taking action on ANYTHING she actually wanted to do! 

And the fix for this was such a simple one: put the books down, and turn what you KNOW into what you DO! 

Lana was stepping on the rake. She was making the same mistake over and over again, not taking the time to reflect. 

Most of us are moving so fast that we, too, aren’t taking the time to reflect on what’s working, and what clearly isn’t

Sometimes it’s as simple as reading less and doing more.

If these common mistakes resonate with you, you are not alone! We’ll be talking way more about these mistakes – along with all of our other tips and tricks for annual pre-planning – during our Best Year Ever Challenge this January!

>>> Join the challenge here! <<<

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