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CEO vs. Worker Bee: The Two Modes of Productivity

Figuring out what you should be spending your time on is a lot of work. Then there is the whole “doing the work” part.

The distinction between these two modes, dubbed CEO and Worker Bee by our very own Chase Reeves, is an important mental barrier to create, especially for a solo bootstrapping founder.

In this video Chase details the difference between the two modes and how to integrate them into your day-to-day work schedule.

(If you don’t see the video above, you can view it on YouTube.)

Note from Caleb: We’ll be doing more video posts here at Fizzle. They’ll be short clips on things we use as a team or mention a bunch on the podcast, insights we hear from our longer Founder Stories inside Fizzle, and whatever else we find that will help support you by doing meaningful independent work.

A tension will be there between the two modes, but you need to turn pro in each of them. Spend the next year noticing the friction between the two modes.

Once you recognize these two modes you can know thyself.

  • Are you a morning person or a night person?
  • When is your brain really flowing?
  • When are you ready to tackle big ambitious issues?
  • When would you rather just have a list of things to do and screw caps on bottles?

Homework: Open up your calendar, look at your day tomorrow, and plan it according to these two modes: Planning Mode & Doing Mode.

“Online entrepreneurs have two modes: CEO and Worker Bee. Both are essential to bring an idea to execution.”

Learn enough about productivity to do your best work


One of the most common questions we hear from entrepreneurs: how do I get more stuff done? Why do I keep procrastinating!?

Productivity is about more than just how you organize your sticky notes (though, let’s be honest, that is pretty important) and in this Fizzle course Chase shares the essentials of productivity specifically for online business builders.

It will reinvigorate and supercharge your workflow.

Start this two-hour course for just $1.

What do you do during your day or week to separate your time spent planning and time spent cranking widgets?

Let us know in the comments below this post.

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