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The power of templates

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May 26, 2020 4:45 PM
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Sep 25, 2022 5:38 AM
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Have you ever built a template for yourself based on a process you kept having to hack together?

I’ve built dozens of templates of all kinds for myself, for use in my personal finances, fitness, business, everything. Invariably, every time I make a template, I instantly become more productive at that thing—plus, I improve the template the more I use it, which compounds my productivity and satisfaction. 😀

This very page on which I write is a template. As you might have read in The Big Click, I created it because I needed a way to stay in flow when I felt the inspiration to write, or when I wanted to consciously sit down and stream my consciousness into my keyboard. It hasn’t changed much since I started it, but it’s been incredibly helpful.

Other examples of templates I’ve built:

  • A personal finance tracker (Google Sheets)
  • A personal fitness tracker (Google Sheets)
  • A client spend/expense tracker + runway calculator (Google Sheets)
  • A service business package calculator (Google Sheets)
  • A page to help me continue (Notion)
  • All kinds of profile templates for GigLoft students, mentors, content, and more (Notion)
  • An onboarding template for new Crashers (Notion)
  • A content marketing packages template (Notion)
  • A growth marketing services template (Notion – this one won me my current job)

And many more that aren’t coming to mind right now!

The point is, I love templates. And they’ve made me incredibly productive in each task. I highly recommend them to anyone who encounters a challenge in their workflows and wants to avoid that challenge or simplify the process.

Templates take extra work up-front, and save you a ton of work on the back end.

You can even sell templates on sites like Gumroad, where I just recently listed my first of many to come. I was inspired by Marie Poulin’s revenue numbers after just a week of her Gardening Dashboard being published on Gumroad.

So what are you waiting for? Templatize. 😋


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