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TED2019 Interview Series: 1800-GOT-JUNK Founder/CEO Brian Scudamore's extreme method for avoiding email on weekends and holidays

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My guest today is Brian Scudamore. Brian is the founder and CEO of O2E Brands (a $400 million business) which is the umbrella company for 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, WOW 1 DAY PAINTING, You Move Me, and Shack Shine.

Brian's companies have been featured on ABC Nightline, Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, CNN, The Today Show, Oprah, and CNBC. Brian’s story has been featured in Fortune Magazine, The New York Times, Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and he contributes regularly to Forbes, among other publications.

He is also the author of WTF?! (Willing to Fail): How Failure Can Be Your Key to Success.

In this chat, we cover:
  • Brian’s weekly rhythm and rituals
  • Why Brian doesn’t accept one hour meetings
  • Why Brian never goes into the office on Mondays
  • Brian’s hacks for being efficient with his inbox
  • How Brian optimises his commuting time
  • How the type of work Brian is doing determines where he works from
  • How Brian structures every single one of his meetings
  • Brian’s trick for staying off email during weekends and holidays
  • Why he insists that staff stay off email during their holidays
  • Brian’s approach to protecting his mental health
  • How Brian manages digital distractions
  • Brian’s approach to getting the most out of TED
  • Brian’s technology hacks for being more productive

You can grab a copy of Brian’s book, WTF? here, and find him on Instagram and Twitter.

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