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Free Time with Jenny Blake
Free Time with Jenny Blake
Jenny Blake

Set your time free through smarter systems so you can do more of your best work. Join Jenny Blake, award-winning author of... more

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🍪 What’s the Chocolate Chip Banana Bread in Your Business?🍌

“Business, like life, is all about how you make people feel. It's that simple, and it's that hard.” —Danny Meyer,... more

31 Mar 2023 · 41 minutes
Give Yourself a Raise with Erin Haag

“You are making a choice every time you undercharge.” How’s that for a splash of cold water to the face?!... more

28 Mar 2023 · 46 minutes
What Book Marketing has to do with Glass Blowing: Reflecting on Free Time’s 1-Year Bookiversary 🥂

🎉 This week marks the one-year bookiversary of Free Time making its way into the world, and the two-year podiversary of... more

24 Mar 2023 · 45 minutes
Cut Your Losses—Even While Pivoting in Public—with Khe Hy

“How did you go bankrupt?" Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.” —Ernest Hemingway That’s the kick-off quote from returning guest Khe Hy’s... more

21 Mar 2023 · 54 minutes
Free Time Isn’t Just for the Fun Days

Free Time. The phrase connotes, leisure, fun, time off, vacation—as if we're skipping through meadows with butterflies! 🦋and unicorns!🦄 But if... more

17 Mar 2023 · 16 minutes
Discovering Your Divine Assignment with Melissa Hughes (while Building with Grace and Ease)

“What’s the highest level I can serve?” That’s one of the driving questions that today’s guest, Melissa Hughes, helps business... more

14 Mar 2023 · 47 minutes
🌈 “Imagine a World of Abundance” ✨

Feeling slow, stuck, uncertain, or in the midst of a morale dip? If so, today’s minisode is for you—or for... more

10 Mar 2023 · 18 minutes
Running a Goal-Free Business with Stephen Shapiro

Stephen Shapiro is a quintessential Free Timer. Throughout his 20+ year self-employment tenure, he has run a variety of experiments... more

07 Mar 2023 · 46 minutes
Five Ways to Reduce Overwhelm When Writing (aka Thinking)

One of the biggest lessons I learned from author Nassim Taleb is that whenever he finds himself bored with what... more

03 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
How to Transform Your Approach to Community-Building with Gina Bianchini

How do we use technology to facilitate real relationships? That’s the big question driving Gina Bianchini’s epic entrepreneurial quest. Today... more

28 Feb 2023 · 28 minutes
Crashing into Quiet Time 🏝️

How many times have you gone skidding into vacation, arriving exhausted from trying to “earn” it before you leave? Then... more

24 Feb 2023 · 24 minutes
Are Your Clients Bringing Out the Best in You? Engineering the Evolution of Your Business with Ilise Benun

Here are a few food-for-thought reflection questions, inspired by today’s guest: Are you working with amateur clients or ones who... more

21 Feb 2023 · 31 minutes
Let’s Talk Royalties re: Publishing Options (Part Two)

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “A book is a business card.” That’s because what you don’t hear is that a... more

17 Feb 2023 · 41 minutes
Leveraging Idea Kernels to Create Compelling Content with Khe Hy

Prolific punchy pontificator Khe Hy—creator of the $10K work accelerator and Supercharge Your Productivity—returns to the pod to share his... more

14 Feb 2023 · 34 minutes
Should You Self-Publish? (Part One)

Should you self-publish? This is a big debate among aspiring authors, and there is no one right answer. Today I’m... more

10 Feb 2023 · 43 minutes
Inbox Taming with Yaro Starak

Processing email and social media inboxes is overwhelming enough for one person — can you imagine creating an entire company... more

07 Feb 2023 · 50 minutes
How to Get Better at Spotting Automation Opportunities — 5 Questions to Ask

Do you ever feel like you’re just not good with systems? If so, then this episode is for you. The... more

03 Feb 2023 · 28 minutes
Time Blocking Together with Jess & Dave Radparvar

Juggling a schedule for one person is tricky enough; for a two-entrepreneur household with kids, it’s another thing altogether! Learn... more

31 Jan 2023 · 47 minutes
How to Decide on a Book (or Big Idea) Topic—10 Filters

One of the most common questions from those accessing the Author Toolkit (an assembly of my best-open-sourced templates and processes... more

27 Jan 2023 · 28 minutes
Downshifting to a Delightfully Part-Team Team with Laura Roeder

What type of business would you build if you no longer needed the money? After a life-changing exit from her... more

24 Jan 2023 · 55 minutes
8 Idea Generation Strategies

I had high hopes for the first couple of weeks of the year, but I rang in 2023 in bed,... more

20 Jan 2023 · 29 minutes
How to Run Strategy Sprints + Scale by Certifying Coaches with Simon Severino

What’s the right thing to do, and how do we do it quickly? In this conversation with Strategy Sprints founder... more

17 Jan 2023 · 43 minutes
The Hard No ❌

As I shared in last week’s solo episode, Free Time isn’t about time management or productivity, or even simply doing... more

13 Jan 2023 · 19 minutes
Behind the Podcast — Increasing Serendipity Surface Area — Mic Flip with Matthew Thompson

Imagine my surprise when, on the Saturday before I was set to be interviewed on a podcast last summer, my... more

10 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Do Less — On Entropic Bloat & Business Haircuts ✂️

As I share in Free Time, nowhere is entropy more visually evident than in older homes or ones in nature.... more

06 Jan 2023 · 24 minutes
Calm Time Chaos with Laura Vanderkam

If life is a circus, then maybe there’s a way to get better at performing in it. As Laura shares... more

03 Jan 2023 · 42 minutes
Set Your Compass—Systems vs. Goals

Welcome Deep Questions with Cal Newport listeners! I had so much fun recording the "Help me do less!" episode —... more

30 Dec 2022 · 20 minutes
Liberate Your Life Force with Christine Arylo

"I never serve from my reserves" is just one of countless gems from one of my wisest friends, Christine Arylo.... more

27 Dec 2022 · 50 minutes
12 Systems-Thinking Steps for Moving from Friction to Flow

Free Time for Your Future Self: For any area of your business that causes friction, run through these systems-thinking questions... more

23 Dec 2022 · 23 minutes
Building a Second Brain with Tiago Forte

What is your relationship to information? Scattered and chaotic, or clear and navigable? Do you have streamlined systems for saving,... more

20 Dec 2022 · 43 minutes
Top Ten Lessons from 💯 Episodes

This best of episode is a replay of the 100th episode of this show since launching on March 21, 2021.... more

16 Dec 2022 · 42 minutes
Run Your Business with Exquisite Greatness and Tiny Art Projects with Alexandra Franzen

How has Alexandra Franzen built two thriving businesses without social media? By delivering work with a quality I like to... more

13 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Top 10 Free Time Principles

Just a few days after launch, Free Time topped many Amazon charts! Although "making the lists" is not something I... more

09 Dec 2022 · 40 minutes
Eliminate Email with Cal Newport

“Stab the Hydra in the heart.” Cal Newport is not pulling any punches with his latest treatise on how we... more

06 Dec 2022 · 53 minutes
💸 3 Strategies to Set Your Time Free in 2023!

What steps can you take now to free your time far into the future? Long-time listeners know this is one... more

02 Dec 2022 · 22 minutes
Tips, Tools & Must Have’s for Content Creators with Kim Kaupe

According to SignalFire, the fastest growing type of small business is one that revolves around content creation, also known as... more

29 Nov 2022 · 59 minutes
How to Build a Business Operations Dashboard

Your creativity and entrepreneurial spirit got you here. Smarter systems will take you there. There is less friction in your operations... more

25 Nov 2022 · 26 minutes
How to Set Up Brand Partnerships with Justin Moore

If you’re a business owner thinking, “My platform is too small to land sponsors,” today’s guest will encourage you to... more

22 Nov 2022 · 52 minutes
New? Help Us Welcome the Next You (A Message for Your New Team Members)

There’s a missing chapter in Free Time that, over the course of editing, got condensed down into a single bullet... more

18 Nov 2022 · 18 minutes
Tips for Training Part-Time Team Members with Kaneisha Grayson

For many of us running Delightfully Tiny Teams, the ideal team set-up is one where no one works full time... more

15 Nov 2022 · 46 minutes
The Antidote to Business FOMO: You Have Already Arrived

How do you define enough? Today, Jenny is sharing a bonus episode from the private BFF podcast feed where she’s... more

11 Nov 2022 · 19 minutes
Exploring Time, Money, and Energy Capacity with Tara McMullin and Charlie Gilkey (Replay)

Do we really all have the same 24 hours as Beyoncé? That’s our tongue-in-cheek title, pulled from Tara McMullin’s new... more

08 Nov 2022 · 58 minutes
Pick the Low-Hanging Watermelon

You’ve heard the term low-hanging fruit: the easiest thing you can do to make the biggest possible impact in your... more

04 Nov 2022 · 17 minutes
Process, Permission Slips, and Business Pivots with Tara McMullin

What do you do when your business model is no longer working for you? When your current income streams and... more

01 Nov 2022 · 58 minutes
How to License Your IP (Intellectual Property)

Licensing your IP to companies can be lucrative and a tough nut to crack. Pricing is opaque, deliverables and tracking... more

28 Oct 2022 · 43 minutes
Paid Newsletter Secrets and Organizing Knowledge with David Elikwu

“Build an email list,” is business advice equivalent to “Make sure you breathe.” We all know it’s a best practice... more

25 Oct 2022 · 46 minutes
Stop Sailing the Sea of Shiny Shoulds

Today I’m sharing a section from Free Time about one of the topics interviewers ask me about most: Sailing the... more

21 Oct 2022 · 17 minutes
Attracting Clients Through TikTok (without Letting the Algorithm Drive You) with Inna Aizenshtein

As you all may well know by now, I am a social media curmudgeon. But that doesn’t mean I’m not... more

18 Oct 2022 · 46 minutes
Why I Stopped Exploring Selling the Pivot Brand and Business

In the spirit of “truth while it’s fresh,” one of my core values for this podcast, today I’m sharing a... more

14 Oct 2022 · 40 minutes
How to Rapidly Prototype a Course (Pivot Replay from Dec. 2019)

Creating online courses does not require a huge investment in time or money. Although they certainly can cost tens of... more

11 Oct 2022 · 47 minutes
How I Prepare for In-Person Speaking Engagements

My heart was thumping out of my chest as I sat at the front of the room for my first... more

07 Oct 2022 · 33 minutes
Hire People Who Are Better Than You with Terri Trespicio

Are the systems I share on this show and in Free Time just a “Jenny Blake Thing?” Rest assured, the... more

04 Oct 2022 · 38 minutes
You’re Invited to Hooky Headquarters (HHQ)

It is a small miracle of motivation that you are listening to this episode. When it was time to record,... more

30 Sep 2022 · 29 minutes
Scaling Joy While Streamlining Business Overhead and Navigating ADHD with Kaneisha Grayson

Would earning $1 million dollars in revenue this year solve all of your problems? It might, but it could also... more

27 Sep 2022 · 51 minutes
Day in the Life of a Podcast Episode and How I Prepare for Guests

Consistently creating high-quality content can be challenging. To practice what I call ongoing original public thinking, I am often brainstorming... more

23 Sep 2022 · 23 minutes
The $10K Work Framework with Khe Hy

Think of your day-to-day work as fitting into one of four quadrants, as defined by today’s guest Khe Hy in... more

20 Sep 2022 · 52 minutes
A Tale of Two Teas: 🫖 On Botching the Basics and Correcting Mistakes (Or Not)

Nothing makes me more frustrated than poorly run companies that essentially steal time and money from the customers through bureaucracy... more

16 Sep 2022 · 34 minutes
Protect Your Idea Factory, Build a Creative Flywheel, and Go Behind-the-Scenes of Book Publishing with Todd Henry

Today’s guest is an expert in cultivating creativity — and in remaining consistent over the long arc of content creation.... more

13 Sep 2022 · 44 minutes
Creating Time Buffer—7 Strategies for Spacious Scheduling

“If you’re on time you're late.” That’s one of my favorite mantras that I picked up from my dad, second... more

09 Sep 2022 · 42 minutes
How to Create Your Own CRM with Alex Sherwood

If there’s one software question that invokes a near-universal groan among small business owners, it’s “What do you use for... more

06 Sep 2022 · 45 minutes
JB’s 5 C’s System for Content Curation and Production

How often do you feel blocked when it comes to creating new content? If you want to be more consistent... more

02 Sep 2022 · 26 minutes
“Pricing is Branding” — Anti-Time Management with Richie Norton

“Time collapses when something you think takes 100 steps takes only one.” That’s just one of many gems from this... more

30 Aug 2022 · 59 minutes
My Top 5 Sources of Recurring Revenue

As I ask in the introduction to Free Time: What revenue streams are in that oh-so-sweet-spot of profit, ease, and... more

26 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
How to Steer Through a Downturn and Stop Micromanaging with Annie Hyman Pratt

Take it from a self-described “recovering micromanager,” Annie Hyman Pratt: people are the most underleveraged, underutilized asset you have in... more

23 Aug 2022 · 46 minutes
Transform Your To-Do List into a Results List — Leanne’s Favorite Time-Saving System

Is your to-do list piled to the sky with uninspiring tasks? Wait until you hear this listener submission from Leanne,... more

19 Aug 2022 · 11 minutes
In Systems We Trust with Marquis Murray

“Why would someone fly you across the world to do business with them?” That powerful question from a mentor in... more

16 Aug 2022 · 49 minutes
Be a Daymaker

Living in New York City for over a decade, I’ve woken up to many a strange sight over the years:... more

12 Aug 2022 · 14 minutes
Tiny Marketing Actions with Pamela Slim

Do you shy away from marketing and metrics, or have trouble figuring out more of your ideal clients? If so,... more

09 Aug 2022 · 55 minutes
What’s Keeping You Up At Night? On Business Mosquitoes

“If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.”... more

05 Aug 2022 · 20 minutes
Successfully Taking Over as CEO from a Founder (MBS) with Shannon Minifie

We talk about The Fiji Test often here at Free Time HQ on documentation and making ourselves replaceable every day.... more

02 Aug 2022 · 42 minutes
“Failure is the Frame, Not the Picture”

We’ve got a Grab Bag this week with three favorite time-saving techniques, starting with an image I can’t get out... more

29 Jul 2022 · 16 minutes
Pivoting from Breather to Practice While Setting Better Boundaries with Julien Smith

Sometimes it seems like being a jerk pays off. Society often seems to reward the leaders who don’t mind stepping... more

26 Jul 2022 · 45 minutes
My 3 Biggest Business Regrets

As tough as it is to stomach sometimes, regret can be a helpful catalyst. As Daniel Pink shares in his... more

22 Jul 2022 · 22 minutes
Building a Second Brain with Tiago Forte

What is your relationship to information? Scattered and chaotic, or clear and navigable? Do you have streamlined systems for saving,... more

19 Jul 2022 · 43 minutes
Are You Bordering on Bottlenecked or Chief Everything Officer? Free Time Quiz Results

Are your business activities at the intersection of revenue, ease, and joy? If not, are you aware of what does... more

15 Jul 2022 · 45 minutes
Winning the Week with Demir Bentley

“A big life can weigh a lot . . . That’s why I was overworked—I was chasing the long-tail of... more

12 Jul 2022 · 52 minutes
How to Run a Scaled Coaching Team with Notion

If you’re the bottleneck in a service-based business, consider freeing your time by building your bench. That is what I’ve... more

08 Jul 2022 · 20 minutes
How to Know When You’ve Gotten Pricing Wrong with Jacquette M. Timmons

Are you pricing your products and services in an abundant sweet spot or a scarcity-inducing sink hole? How can you... more

05 Jul 2022 · 51 minutes
Splatology—On Clearing Time Clutter

Have you ever driven down a highway and gotten a whole bunch of bugs sadly splattered on your windshield? Eventually,... more

01 Jul 2022 · 23 minutes
“Don’t write the wrong book!” with David Moldawer (Part Two)

Are you winding down the path of writing the wrong book? What does it take to create a marketing tipping... more

28 Jun 2022 · 44 minutes
Save Someone Next Steps

So you’re getting good at saving yourself time; but what about saving other people’s time? How creative are you at... more

24 Jun 2022 · 20 minutes
How to Land a Literary Agent and Publisher with David Moldawer (Part One)

What takes a book proposal past the slush pile onto a publisher’s deal sheet? How do you get the attention... more

21 Jun 2022 · 30 minutes
12 Systems-Thinking Steps for Moving from Friction to Flow

Free Time for Your Future Self: For any area of your business that causes friction, run through these systems-thinking questions... more

17 Jun 2022 · 23 minutes
Run Your Business with Exquisite Greatness and Tiny Art Projects with Alexandra Franzen

How has Alexandra Franzen built two thriving businesses without social media? By delivering work with a quality I like to... more

14 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Top Ten Lessons from 💯 Episodes

Dearest Free Timers: I can’t believe it, but this marks the 100th episode of this show since launching on March... more

10 Jun 2022 · 42 minutes
How to Find Your Perfect Problem with Jim McKelvey (Part Two)

Finding the perfect problem is like falling in love. You can’t always choose the when or the what, but when... more

07 Jun 2022 · 42 minutes
How to Build Your Minimum Viable Team (MVT)

There is a Goldilocks quality to designing a Delightfully Tiny Team, a horseshoe of team happiness. Too small, and you... more

03 Jun 2022 · 39 minutes
How to Find Your Perfect Problem with Jim McKelvey, author of The Innovation Stack (Part One)

How can you find — and attempt the great feat of solving — your perfect problem? That’s what I’m talking... more

31 May 2022 · 32 minutes
Book Sales Stats—One Month Post-Launch 🎉

Today I’m sharing the recording from our second-to-last book launch team Q&A one month after Free Time launched. I share post-launch... more

27 May 2022 · 48 minutes
From Scavenger Hunts to Retrievability Speed with Nick Sonnenberg

Do you feel like you are wasting precious moments just finding things? Today, I’m speaking with Nick Sonnenberg, CEO of... more

24 May 2022 · 44 minutes
Top 5 Tools That Power My Business

It’s time to stop Franken-stringing software together. If you've read Free Time or been listening to this podcast, you know... more

20 May 2022 · 22 minutes
How to Sell Your Online Business with Alexis Grant

Could you sell your business? Would you even want to once it’s optmized enough to make selling an option? Today... more

17 May 2022 · 52 minutes
Train the System, Then the Person

Stress, frustration, overwhelm: These are systems flags from your business asking for renewed attention on a bottleneck or inefficiency. In... more

13 May 2022 · 20 minutes
Quarterly Planning with Charlie Gilkey

“I’m always stumping quarterly planning for business owners. It’s the Goldilocks horizon for strategy execution, project scoping, and team alignment.”... more

10 May 2022 · 42 minutes
Paying for Consistency and Accountability

There is a chicken-and-egg problem in the early days (and transitional moments) of any business: you need to earn more... more

06 May 2022 · 20 minutes
Is the Podcast Market Too Saturated? Featuring Megan Dougherty of One Stone Creative

Don’t bother starting a {business, blog, podcast}, the market is already too saturated! That limiting sentiment gets thrown around a... more

03 May 2022 · 15 minutes
Why I Moved from Asana to Notion for Task and Project Management

If you’ve been in business for more than a few years, you’re probably well-versed in the perils of switching costs... more

29 Apr 2022 · 23 minutes
Why Podcast? Featuring Megan Dougherty of One Stone Creative

What are your business goals for your current or potential podcast? If you are like many business owners, you may... more

26 Apr 2022 · 23 minutes
The Cyrano Strategy for Delegating Important Comms

How valuable is your time? Are you conveying that value to your potential clients? In the first five years of... more

22 Apr 2022 · 18 minutes
Building an Aligned Audience with Brian Clark

“If you build an audience, you can figure out how to build a business.” That has been the guiding mantra... more

19 Apr 2022 · 46 minutes
Free Time with Jenny Blake
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Don’t bother starting a {business, blog, podcast}, the market is already too saturated! That limiting sentiment gets thrown around a lot—not least... more