138: Act local, think global - with Josh Hoffman

About Josh Hoffman

Josh Hoffman runs the website Hack My Time, where he helps people improve their time management habits and productivity skills to live a more fulfilling life.


What’s one thing most people get wrong about productivity?

“productivity really boils down, and also time management, to habits and skills. I think a lot of people, and I used to be one of these people. They tell themselves, you know I’m not that kind of person, I’m just not very time efficient…”


What’s one way to instantly improve your time management?

“…the first is going to be, stop checking your email so much. I was a compulsive email checker, I mean it was ridiculous… the second thing is stop checking your phone in general so much. And put your phone away when you’re working…”


How did you get so fascinated with time management?

“so I was raised with this mentality or this approach to life that you do well in high school, which I did ok. That you then go to college you study something that your passionate about. And then you go get a job and kind of like that’s what you do for the next 20 to 30 to 40 years…”


Can you share with me your most successful or favorite networking story/experience that you’ve had?

“I was in Tel Aviv in a sunglasses shop and I started talking to this business owner of the sunglasses shop. And I asked her, oh is this your only store do you have other stores, and she said we have this one store and we also sell online…


How do you stay in front of or, best nurture your network community?

“one of the things that I recently started doing, and I wish I had been doing it for longer is I started sending these I thought about you, emails and messages to people. That means when I read an article or watch a video or any piece of content that I come across on the internet…”


What advice do you have for the professional on growing their network?

“I was actually just talking to somebody last night who called me and asked I want to start this business and had all of these questions and then at the end, she said where do I start. And I said you know I think there’s definitely something to be said about learning and consuming content and getting on the phone with people who have been there done that…”


Digital networking or traditional networking?

“Digital. You I think we live in a digital world. And as one of my previous professions, I was a digital marketer. And his name is escaping me off the top of my head, but the CMO of Procter and Gamble, or one of those multinational companies. He says that we don’t do digital marketing, we do marketing in a digital world…”


We’ve all heard of the 6 degrees of separation… Now, who would be the one person you’d love to connect with and do you think you could do it within the 6th degree?

I grew up in Los Angeles as a major Lakers fan and basketball is my favorite sport. I would say, Kobe Bryant…”


Any final words of advice for our listeners?

“It’s always the 51/49 rule. Give more than you ask.”


You can get in contact with Josh at:

Website: Hackmytime.co