Hi, we’re Greg and Fiona Scott, The Laptop Lifestyle Experts, authors of Living a Laptop Lifestyle, and creators of Live a Laptop Lifestyle digital training platform.

Having harnessed the internet to replace our comfortable corporate salaries since late 2009, we’ve now chosen to help and inspire people like us, to create their own lifestyle of design by leveraging the internet.

Since the end of 2012 we’ve mentored and motivated over a thousand people of all ages, from all corners of the globe, build and scale up their own online businesses in order to live life on their terms.

Our personal mission is to re-educate 1,000 laptop lifestylers (our words) to earn a sustainable online income, enabling them to answer to nobody, holiday when they want, work how long they want, and be present with their family.

Is that you?

We’ve re-educated a wide range of people, from those who generate their first $1 online, through to people who earn tens of thousands of dollars online each month. In short, we help people to unleash their inner entrepreneur to unlock infinite income.

And the diverse group of people we’ve mentored include young couples like Jan and Alicia who recently made their first sale online, through to serial entrepreneurs, Shawn and Kelly, who made $40k in their first 3 months.

So if you’re looking to change your life, and you’re willing to put in extra effort and energy to do so, simply enter your name and email address in the box on the right to get access to our complementary digital marketing video training series – to discover if an online business is a good fit for you.

Once you enter your details on the right, click here to schedule a complementary consultation session with us – to discover how we can help you, and to check your goals are achievable.

Here’s to living your laptop lifestyle!

Greg and Fiona Scott

 

 

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productivity plannerYou’ve got BIG DREAMS, and are embarking on a journey to make those dreams come true. But even when you follow a proven system, you quickly discover it’s an uphill battle to success. You need a helping hand or a guide to make sure you stick to ‘the well-trodden path’. You need a productivity planner.

It’s down to you to make those dreams a reality. Because one thing that’s as certain as death and taxes is, no-one else is going to make your dreams happen for you!

The problem with making your dreams a reality is . . . it’s tricky to stay focused in the face-paced world we live in. Everything is disposable in this day and age, so we want everything instantly, and don’t expect we should have to wait!

However. . . SUCCESS TAKES TIME.

So, taking one step at a time, shutting out distractions, and persevering till you’re successful is more difficult than most people think!

Which is exactly why we put together a 3 step Productivity Planning Process to help you build your dreams  – successfully.

There’s 3 simple steps to follow, which are:

[1]          PLAN

[2]          PLOT

[3]          ACT

So let’s talk you through each step in turn:

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[1]          PLAN EACH DAY

‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’?

Same goes for any long term project/activity/business you tackle. You must plan each day carefully to ensure you continue to move steadily closer towards your long term goal.

Have a timetable or a schedule of tasks you’ll work on each day, each week, each month – and STICK TO IT.

Download the online business Daily Schedule Template we use ourselves to stay on track, grow our business, and get shit done: http://GregAndFionaScott.com/schedule

We humans ALL struggle with unproductivity, procrastination, and lack of focus all the time. The trouble is, you can read articles about the causes till the cows come home, but your behaviour won’t change until you download and/or print off our daily schedule to help you.

When building an online business, it’s way too easy to be a busy fool and not focus on the money producing tasks each day which will move your business forward – so you must work smart – which requires a plan.

This is hugely important for several reasons:

  • to help you stay focused
  • to help you realise when you’re being distracted
  • to provide a visual guide for your family’s benefit which confirm you’re serious about your success – so they think twice before interrupting your productivity

How To Use The Daily Schedule Template

Use our template as a guide. Your schedule doesn’t have to be an Excel spreadsheet, it can just be a simple table, but it does have to have hourly time slots.

First, block out all the time you’re not available to work on your project/activity/business. That might be when you’re at work, family time, meal times, exercise time, and when you’re in bed.

Next, plan the remaining hours very wisely, focusing first on the money producing tasks if it’s an online business plan. Use the tasks in our template as a guide.

When following your daily schedule, use a desktop timer like this one: http://www.online-stopwatch.com/ or simply use the countdown timer on your mobile phone.

Set your timer for 50 minutes only, and have it go off like a klaxon when the time is up.

In the remaining 10 minutes of your scheduled hour, be sure to MOVE, stretch, drink water, meditate, surf the web – whatever – give your mind and body a much needed break from concentration.

Important: be REALISTIC in how long it takes you to do things properly. For example, if you’re task is to write a well-crafted, informative blog post (article or report) and you know you’ve never written one in under an hour before, then don’t sell yourself short of time – schedule a REALISTIC amount of time to complete each task.

Never give yourself any excuse whatsoever to be able to be disappointed with yourself for not finishing a job in time.

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[2]          PLOT EACH NIGHT

‘Parkinson’s Law: Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.’

The plotting part is all about setting yourself up for success . . . EVERY SINGLE EVENING.

Planning your days the night before makes you a lot more productive because you have a plan to follow from the minute you wake up – so nothing is left to guess work, or weakness of character, or laziness, or tiredness! Get the picture?

It also allows you to empty your head of ‘to do’ stuff, and eliminate brainfarts, before you ‘hit the hay’. The goal here is to leave your mind completely free to sleep.

Now if you’re someone who wakes up in the middle of the night buzzing with little pearls of wisdom – the solution is simple – keep a notepad by your bed and scribble down the idea in the dark (yes, you will be able to decipher the message in the morning). Again, it empties your head to focus on sleep. The whole idea is to have systems in place to overcome an overactive mind.

Determine The MOST IMPORTANT Tasks to Tackle Tomorrow

Consider the tasks, projects, assignments you’re working on at present and list the top three activities which simply MUST be completed tomorrow – or else . . . one of your nearest and dearest will die (that’s how dramatic it has to be to force you to act!)

[1] Download our Priorities Plotter Here to help you do this every evening.

[2] Once you finish this each night, copy and paste the MUST DO tasks into the 50 minute time slots in your daily schedule.

[3] Then get a good night sleep.

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[3]          ACT ON YOUR PLAN

‘Actions speak louder than words’

Follow your daily timetable to the ‘T’.

Action generates results. Results generate progress. Progress generates success.

DO’s

  • APPOINTMENTS – treat each task in your daily schedule like you would a physical appointment. Imagine you’re meeting Richard Branson for coffee at a specific time, and he has another appointment 50 minutes after you – you’d turn up on time wouldn’t you?
  • DEADLINES – stick to them. If you don’t finish a scheduled task in the planned time frame, then slot it into an ‘emergency hour’ later in the day, or list it in your Priorities Plotter to be finished off tomorrow. This avoids you ‘trying to remember to do it tomorrow’!
  • ACKNOWLEDGE YOURSELF – Make time to acknowledge yourself for what you do complete. This reduces overwhelm, gives credit where credit is due, and subconsciously encourages better productivity the next day.
  • BE AWARE OF DISTRACTIONS – pay attention to the times of day your attention is prone to wander or you’re less creative, and schedule more appropriate tasks for those times. The objective is to hit distractions squarely on the head – things like Facebook, telly, phones, food in the fridge . . .
  • SUPPORT IN THE HOME – get buy-in from your nearest and dearest with regards what you want to achieve so they know you’re serious about achieving it. Maybe even get them to hold you accountable – which is why printing off your daily schedule is a good idea as it’s a visible, physical record of your intentions.
  • PARETO PRINCIPLE – Remember to spend 20% of your time learning and 80% of your time doing, implementing and taking action. When you learn something new, implement it straight away. Conversely, don’t waste time learning something if you know you’re not going to implement it straight away.

DONT’s

  • NEVER CHECK EMAIL – until after you complete your top three tasks plotted the night before. Why, because checking your email inbox could cause you to be reactive, could upset your creative mood or energy, and could lead you to be a victim of other people’s timetables. The tasks you identify to do each day are FAR MORE IMPORTANT than your email. Think about it – nothing is usually so urgent that it can’t wait.
  • DON’T MULTI-TASK – attempting to do two things at once may seem like a great idea to get loads done and save time, but it actually DECREASES your ability to remain focussed. Staying laser focused on one task at a time is a simpler process and ensures completion of the task at hand.
  • NEVER COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS – don’t worry what others are doing around you, just focus on one thing and see it through to completion. There’s always going to be people who know more than you, have better products than you, and have more customers than you. You are unique and have different skills, experience and knowledge than others – so why would you compare your progress to them?

So get ready, and get set to Plan, Plot, Act.

Because Your Lifestyle Matters!

The Laptop Lifestyle Experts

 

 

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life, business and happinessYou might be able to drift through life by just knowing how to get a job or how to drive a car – but what will your happiness factor be?

The truth is, if you don’t ‘work on yourself’ from the inside out, then life can be a pretty dismal existence. Not doing anything noteworthy with your life is a horrible mistake, leading to a hum-drum, tedious, day-to-day way of being. Especially when changing the way you behave, and how you think of yourself, is incredibly easy to do – it just takes practice.

We invite you to open your mind to possibility, opportunity, and ability – because most humans are intelligent, adaptive, and willing to keep learning.

So we’ve put together a handy reference list of our top 10 books to transform your life, business and happiness – just as we’ve managed to do ourselves. Note though, there’s nothing special about us, we’re just ordinary, everyday people who learned how to believe, achieve and succeed.

What follows are ten of our highly recommended, transformational, personal growth books, which are a must read if you want to be truly happy, self-fulfilled, and live life on your terms.

These are the top 10 books which have helped us transform our lifestyles, business and relationships in just two short years.

In our humble opinion, they’re essential reading whether in paperback in or in digital form (we won’t get into that argument as Greg loves Kindle books and Fiona loves paperbacks). They’re ranked in a progressive order to build your entrepreneurial knowledge, understanding and belief.

1. Think and Grow Rich

by Napoleon Hill

Think And Grow RichThis book is our number one recommended read, not only because it’s a revolutionary best seller of all time having sold over 20 million copies by 1970, but because it was the first book we read which changed our beliefs on the accessibility of success. And millions of others have also become ultra-successful after reading this pivotal self-growth book.

Back in the 1930’s Napoleon Hill personally interviewed the world’s most successful achievers and analysed the common characteristics which lead to their success. The book has been dubbed the “Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature” and has been updated for the 21st century so is as relevant now as it ever was.

Why you need to read this book:

Think And Grow Rich lays out your journey to wealth by leveraging the power of personal beliefs, and the role they play in personal success. It instils in you the mindset required to succeed in everything you do.

You’re encouraged to keep reading, to seek the secret to success, as more and more of the secret is revealed in each chapter. You’ll learn how achievement actually occurs, plus a formula for it, which allows any average person to attain success in whatever they put their mind to.

“Anything the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can be achieved” Napoleon Hill

2. Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money – That the Poor and the Middle Class Do Not!

By Robert T. Kiyosaki and Sharon L. Lechter

Rich Dad Poor DadKiyosaki wrote about what he learned from the two key men who impacted his formative years. His real father was a highly educated man who earned a good salary, but was never financially sound. His other ‘Dad’ was his best friend’s father who was a high school drop-out, turned self-made multi-millionaire. His poor dad’s lifelong monetary problems contrasted with the abundant life lead by his rich dad.

This book is timeless and is essential reading for anyone who harbours private or negative attitudes about money. The issues it tackles sound complicated, but they’re explained in a way a teenager would understand.

Why you need to read this book:

Sadly, most people don’t know the difference between money and wealth, or the difference between and asset and a liability, or what those differences mean to you. All will be revealed when you invest a few short hours to read this book.

In a nutshell, wealth does not come from the supposed security of job with a pay packet where you exchange your time for an hourly rate which is set by someone else. Wealth comes from something that generates money, which will continue to do so even if you’re not around. So an online business with high revenues and low costs, a property with rent higher than a mortgage and maintenance costs, a creative work that brings in royalties.

Wealthy people know the difference between an asset and a liability. An asset is anything that generates money and puts it in your pocket, like an online business. A liability is anything that takes money out of your pocket. So things you might think are assets (your home, your car, your expensive sport or hobby kit) are most probably liabilities. The co-authors provide this necessary financial education in a story-like, straight–talking, easy-to-read manner.

3. Three Feet from Gold: Turn Your Obstacles Into Opportunities!

by Sharon L. Lechter and Greg Reid

Three Feet From GoldSo Sharon Lechter is co-author of bestselling Rich Dad Poor Dad, is a very successful accountant in America, is driven by making children financially aware, and was asked by the Napoleon Hill Foundation to co-author this book.

We were privileged to meet Sharon in London in 2013 – we found her passion to be infectious and admired her ability to keep explanations simple, so we went and bought this book, plus another of her books called Outwitting The Devil.

Why you need to read this book:

Three Feet from Gold tells a compelling modern day story of a young writer who is tasked to interview high achievers, business leaders, and other influential figures, about the importance of persistently keeping at it to attain your goals.

The story uses well-known, inspirational, real-life stories to help you find your own personal Success Formula, to help you choose good counsel, and most importantly, to help you learn about never giving up.

4. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

by Timothy Ferriss

The 4-Hour Work WeekTim Ferris tells an entertaining story about how he transitioned from being an underpaid office worker to becoming one of the New Rich (his term). In his simple, sharp, insightful writing style, he explains how to establish a profitable business step by step, how to build residual income sources in detail, and how to create heaps of free time to be free to do what you want to do.

Why you need to read this book:

If you’re looking to escape the 9-5 rat race or wanting to extricate yourself from the common trap of exchanging your time for money, so you can start creating the life of your dreams, then this book is for you. It provides a fresh approach on:

  • How to reduce your workload to the most essential tasks and become effective at everything you do
  • How to think differently than others and why common thinking doesn’t serve you
  • How to start a profitable business (online) without a large investment
  • How to avoid costly mistakes in business

Tim genuinely wants to help you quit your frustrating circumstances and start living life on your terms – that is, working where you want, how often you want, and with who you want.

5. Living A Laptop Lifestyle: Reclaim Your Life By Making Money Online (No Experience Required)

by Greg and Fiona Scott

Living A Laptop LifestyleThis book is the pivotal next step, following hot on the heels of The 4-Hour Work Week, which explains how and why the internet is the very best vehicle to leverage to achieve time freedom.

It’s a best seller, it’s highly rated on Amazon, and it’s been a finalist in three international book awards.

Why you need to read this book:

Of course, we’re biased – but we wrote the book to open people’s eyes to the alternatives an online business can provide. If you have a computer, an internet connection, and a passion, you’re already standing on a mountain of value. We’ve prepared a pragmatic, vital guide on how to make the most of it.

Each chapter is composed to suit the budding entrepreneur in you – to take you from the very basics of getting started, right through to creating your very own website, and generating a sustainable income online.

Here’s what Brian Tracy said about Living A Laptop Lifestyle:

“This amazing book shows you how to quickly tap into the technology at your fingertips, increase your income, simplify your life, and achieve all your goals.” Brian Tracy

6. Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life

by Spencer Johnson, Kenneth H. Blanchard

Who Moved My Cheese?We’ve included this book as it’s a quick read, and is a quirky wee story (which does involve mice – though not computer mice), but delivers a powerful lesson: how to deal with unexpected change, whether in careers, relationships, health, or family life.

Why you need to read this book:

Have you ever lost a job, or had a relationship fall apart, or fallen ill unexpectedly – and can you remember how you felt and how you reacted to the situation? It’s sometimes easy to believe it’s the end of the world as many people are fearful of change. But the message in this book is clear: learn to see change as the start of something new rather than the end of something you’d probably taken for granted.

It sounds crazy, but we’re grateful we lost our jobs back in 2009, because we were forced out of necessity to change. We’d become blaze about job security and thought we’d never be laid off, but the reality is, it can happen to anyone. We learned that embracing the change and breaking through your fears makes you free – and that’s what this book teaches too.

“If you do not change, you can become extinct.”

7. Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

by Brian Tracy

Eat That FrogWe’ve included this book for three reasons:

  1. we love Brian Tracy’s stuff (and the fact he endorsed our book),
  2. procrastination is a huge problem for a LOT of people. Successful people get stuff done, so there’s no room for putting off tomorrow what can be done today
  3. it’s another short, quick read which provides the 21 most effective ways to conquer procrastination and achieve more.

Why you need to read this book:

Do you want to get organized, simplify your life, and have that much prized time freedom?

This concise book doesn’t cover psychology of procrastination; instead, it covers stuff like motivation and reasoning for determining your priorities, delegating and/or eliminating some tasks, knowing what things are okay to procrastinate about, and which ‘frog’ (your biggest, ugliest task that will get you the greatest results) to tackle first each morning.

This book will help you develop habits and skills of accomplishing more than the average person, and in less time too – which is part and parcel of living a laptop lifestyle.

8. Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires

by Esther and Jerry Hicks

Ask And It Is GivenIn progressing your self-development, we recommend you read Ask And It Is Given. It’s a philosophical book which offers an explanation of the connection between the power of thought and reality, and how we’re each in control of what we have, are and do. In other words, there’s no such thing as ‘fate’ or ‘the gods’ directing your life, as it’s all in your hands to live exactly as you wish.

The teaches you to manifest your desires, which we first thought was ‘a bit woo woo’ but that’s just because we didn’t really and truly understand exactly what it’s all about. But, to be honest, we were probably manifesting anyway – we just didn’t realise that’s what it was called!

Why you need to read this book:

Wouldn’t you like to ask and it is given to you on a plate?

Because success in whatever you’re doing starts within you – it’s in your hands (or your positive thinking mind) – and that’s exactly what the book ‘Ask and It is Given’ will help you achieve. Success!

It helps you to change the way you think and the way you view the world so you can get what you want, and have the success you deserve.

The best part – are the 22 Processes that make up half the book!

9. How To Get Lots Of Money For Anything Fast

by Stuart Lichtman and Joe Vitale

how to get lots of money for anything fastPLEASE don’t judge this book by the title – it’s not what it sounds! It’s way more powerful than it sounds.

Consider this introduction from Stuart Lichtman himself:

We’ve never met, but I know a couple of things about you:

[1]          No matter how much money you have now, you also have powerful abilities inside yourself that you are not taking full advantage of (yet)… and…

[2]          If someone told you about a new way to bring in a lot of money quickly – and it was legal and easy to do – you’d want to know more about it.

How do I know these things about you? This knowledge comes from years of experience with tens of thousands of people around the world. All kinds of people. And every one of them had hidden skills and talents they weren’t using nearly as powerfully as they could. What is more, once they knew about a secret (that I will tell you about today), their lives and their fortunes changed for the better – quickly and forever!

Stuart Lichtman has impressive credentials and delivers a tried and tested, practical, three step process which can transform your world and bring you all the riches you’ve ever dreamed of (this triggered our spam filters a bit, but also spurred our reading).

He says:

“I’ve proven this method will work by testing it on 50,000 people. Now you’re going to prove it will work for you.”

Why you need to read this book:

Seriously – you just do. Read this blog post of how it worked for us.

10. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

by Robert B. Cialdini

Influence: The Psychology of PersuasionCialdini studied persuasion and social influence at a graduate and postgraduate level at the University of North Carolina and at Columbia University, then spent thirty-five years rigorously undertaking evidence-based research, across many industries, to study what moves people to change behaviour. The resulting book explains the psychology of why people buy and why they say “yes”, but more importantly how to apply such knowledge legitimately in your marketing.

Cialdini found most human behaviour is automatic, which allowed him to come up with Six Principles of Influence or six “rules of thumb” of persuasion, then discusses how each principal can be used to persuade and influence others. It’s jam-packed with real world examples making it easy to appreciate, understand, and learn from.

Why you need to read this book:

You’ll learn the six universal principles of influence, and how to use them to become a skilled persuader – which is a must have skill for any entrepreneur. Also, you’ll understand how to defend yourself against other influencers – which is vitally important when you’re just starting out if you want to avoid going down lots of rabbit holes!!! (we’re speaking from experience here!)

So, there you have it

. . . our top 10 reads that will change your life forever, giving you the ability to control your time, finances and freedom.

Start reading, learning and achieving.

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