Get More Things Done in Less Time with Ari Meisel

Episode: 005

Find your peak time for working and optimize, automate, and outsource your tasks.


Ari Meisel was diagnosed with an incurable disease called Crohn’s, but that didn’t stop him from overcoming the disease through a combination of yoga, good nutrition, and intense exercise. He now runs the Less Doing, More Living podcast where he helps teach others how to optimize their lives and simply just get more things done. Ari talks about setting artificial limits for yourself, thinking how you can grow your business by ten times, and why you need to remove 70% of what you do every year in order to grow as a person.

Key Takeaways:
[2:45] What does Ari do?
[3:30] Ari shares a bit of his background and who he is.
[4:55] By age 23, Ari was $3 million dollars in debt.
[6:30] Why did Ari get into construction?
[9:45] People sometimes forget about the hands-on education you can get outside of a classroom.
[12:30] What was Ari’s experience at Wharton like?
[13:30] Ari isn’t sure if college is going to be relevant for the younger generation.
[15:22] What are the top three things people can do to become more effective?
[15:55] You need to offload all of your ideas into a good system like Evernote.
[16:15] In order to grow as a person or a company, you need to delegate or remove 70% of what you do
every year.
[17:15] Identify your peak time.
[18:25] Optimize, automate, and outsource your tasks.
[19:25] So many men have what Connor calls the ‘Atlas Complex’.
[20:25] How do you really remove some of the clutter and the stress that’s clogging the brain?
[21:15] Think how you can grow your business by ten times, not by two.
[21:44] Set artificial limits for yourself.
[23:00] Ari only works Monday and Wednesday.
[24:40] What’s Ari’s routine?
[26:25] What inspires Ari?
[27:40] Planning can be difficult when you have young kids.
[30:00] Ari has five things he feels he has to do and as long as he does all of them that day, he considers
his day a success.
[32:15] Men could benefit greatly from talking to a therapist.
[35:45] How did Ari cure his Crohn’s disease?
[38:30] Best advice? No doesn’t mean no.
[39:10] What does it mean to be a man today?
[42:45] How does Ari find such great tools for his audience?
[45:40] Best relationship advice? Sometimes you’re better off just listening.
[48:05] Ari is currently very excited about his coaching and boot camp programs.
[49:20] You can book a free coaching call with one of Ari’s coaches at

Mentioned In his Episode:
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
The Daily Meditation Podcast by Mary Meckley


“Learn every aspect about your business from top to bottom. Touch it and understand it.”

“70% of CEOs don’t have an MBA.”

“It’s amazing a guy will take his car to a mechanic, but he won’t take his brain to a therapist.”

Music Credit:
J Parlange & Latenite Automatic ( –

3 Comments. Leave new

  • I can’t access your older podcasts. The oldest one I an listen to is ep:57. Is there a way to listen from the begininng? I’ve tried on sticher, soundcloud and itunes only shows 100episodes. Can you help me out.

    • Zander Robertson
      September 29, 2017 12:01 pm

      Hi Anton, thanks for the feedback. We’re working on fixing this.

    • Ansar Allibhoy
      October 1, 2017 2:48 pm

      Hi Anton, I’d love to help out. It seems iTunes and other platforms are only showing our most recent 100 episodes. I’m not sure what device you use to listen to our podcasts, but if you have the Podcast App on iOS (or Apple Devices) and search for ManTalks, once you hit the ‘Subscribe’ button it should give you the chance to scroll all the way back to our older episodes and listen. Can I ask you to try this and let me know if it works – you can email me at