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Beyond the To-Do List

Overwhelmed by all the hats you wear in your career and at home? Listen in as Erik Fisher talks with productivity experts and friends on how they implement practical productivity strategies in their personal and professional lives. We explore all aspects of productivity and the true end goal of productivity: living a meaningful life.

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Stanley Robertson on Why Quitting is the Last Principle of Success

Dr. Stanley G. Robertson is the author of the book 'Quit: The Last Principle of Success'. In this conversation, Stanley and Erik discuss: The stigma of quitting The steps of qutting well Bad reasons to quit things Why our brain can't let it go Mentioned in this episode: MetPro Ned Eyeconic Ziprecruiter

55mins

15 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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Sleep: Shawn Stevenson on Caffeine and Screen Curfews to get better Sleep – BTTDL158

Shawn Stevenson is an author of  Sleep Smarter: 21 Strategies to Sleep Your Way to A Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success. He is also the creator of The Model Health Show, featured as the #1 Health podcast in the country on iTunes. A graduate of The University of Missouri – St. Louis, Shawn studied business, biology and kinesiology, and went on to be the founder of Advanced Integrative Health Alliance, a company that provides wellness services for individuals and organizations worldwide. Please connect with me Subscribe, rate, and review in iTunes Follow @ErikJFisher Check out more Noodle.mx Network showsThe Audacity to Podcast: "How-to" podcast about podcastingBeyond the To-Do List: Personal and professional productivityThe Productive Woman: Productivity for busy womenONCE: Once Upon a Time podcastWelcome to Level Seven: Agents of SHIELD and Marvel’s cinematic universe podcastAre You Just Watching?: Movie reviews with Christian critical thinkingthe Ramen Noodle: Family-friendly clean comedy

47mins

19 Dec 2016

Rank #2

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Laura Vanderkam on What Successful People Do Before Breakfast, at Work, and on the Weekend

Laura Vanderkam is a nationally recognized writer who questions the status quo and helps her readers rediscover their true passions and beliefs in pursuit of more meaningful lives. Laura is the author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, What Successful People Do Before Breakfast, What Successful People Do on the Weekend, and What People Do at Work, now all out in paperback compilation form.

26mins

25 Aug 2013

Rank #3

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Chris Bailey on Hyperfocus, Mental RAM and Boredom

Chris Bailey turned down lucrative job offers to pursue a lifelong dream—to spend a year performing a deep dive experiment into the pursuit of productivity, a subject he had been enamored with since he was a teenager. Erik and Chris talked about his first book The Productivity Project during the last episode he appeared on. Chris is back to talk about his new book Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction. In this conversation Chris talks with Erik about: Hyperfocus Scatterfocus Attention Residue Mental RAM Boredom This episode is broguth to you by: Setapp Betterhelp

54mins

19 May 2020

Rank #4

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Routines: Benjamin Spall on Morning Routines, Evening Routines and Habits – BTTDL227

Benjamin Spall is a writer and the founding editor of the website My Morning Routine, with co-founder Michael Xander. Their book of the same name is out now: My Morning Routine – How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired. In this episode Benjamin and Erik discuss creating a morning routine that works for you, how an evening routine helps with a morning routine and some of the most common components successful people include in their routines. Mentioned in this episode: Weebly – Get 15% off your first purchase!  Storyworth – Get 20$ off! Grove Collaborative – Get a $30 Mrs. Meyer’s kit + a bonus gift + a two-month VIP membership – use promo code ‘beyond’ Please connect with me Subscribe, rate, and review in iTunes Follow @ErikJFisher Check out more Noodle.mx Network showsThe Audacity to Podcast: "How-to" podcast about podcastingBeyond the To-Do List: Personal and professional productivityThe Productive Woman: Productivity for busy womenONCE: Once Upon a Time podcastWelcome to Level Seven: Agents of SHIELD and Marvel’s cinematic universe podcastAre You Just Watching?: Movie reviews with Christian critical thinkingthe Ramen Noodle: Family-friendly clean comedy

45mins

13 Jun 2018

Rank #5

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Peak Productivity: Charles Duhigg on becoming Smarter, Faster and Better – BTTDL138

Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer prize-winning reporter at the New York Times and author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, which has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and spent more than 90 weeks on New York Times’ best-seller lists. His new book is Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business. You can find Charles Duhigg’s first appearance on this show here. Peak #Productivity: Charles Duhigg @CDuhigg on becoming Smarter, Faster and Better https://t.co/ByDJAIlyzB pic.twitter.com/dJXcVVp5Ek — Erik Fisher (@ErikJFisher) June 18, 2016

32mins

18 Jun 2016

Rank #6

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Hugh Culver on Overcoming Procrastination, Dealing With Interruptions and Planning Like a Pilot

Hugh Culver shows people how to work smarter and live better. As a teacher and mentor for other experts (speakers, seminar leaders, authors, and coaches) he helps entrepreneurs to serve more people, sell more products, and succeed more than they ever thought possible. As a professional speaker, he challenges people to drop their stories, plan better and take action everyday to lead an effective life. Hugh was also a professional adventure guide, ironman and marathon competitor, and a university professor. Hugh now speaks, consults, and writes about creating real results and a rich life in the age of distraction.

35mins

22 Apr 2014

Rank #7

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Minimalism: Joshua Becker on Refocusing, Decluttering and Purpose – BTTDL253

Joshua Becker is on a mission to inspire others to live more by owning less. Joshua is a blogger at Becoming Minimalist and is the bestselling author of Simplify and The More of Less. Joshua’s new book is The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life. In this episode Erik and Joshua discuss his new book, the meaning of minimalism, the practicality behind decluttering, how to get other members of your family of board and much more. Mentioned in this episode: MGemi – Get $50 off your first pair! Mack Weldon – Get 20% off your first order using promo code ‘beyond’ Policy Genius Please connect with me Subscribe, rate, and review in iTunes Follow @ErikJFisher Check out more Noodle.mx Network showsThe Audacity to Podcast: "How-to" podcast about podcastingBeyond the To-Do List: Personal and professional productivityThe Productive Woman: Productivity for busy womenONCE: Once Upon a Time podcastWelcome to Level Seven: Agents of SHIELD and Marvel’s cinematic universe podcastAre You Just Watching?: Movie reviews with Christian critical thinkingthe Ramen Noodle: Family-friendly clean comedy

49mins

11 Dec 2018

Rank #8

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Priorities: Laura Vanderkam on Time, Priorities and Possibilities

Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time-management and productivity books, including Off the Clock, I Know How She Does It, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and 168 Hours. She is the co-host, with Sarah Hart-Unger, of the podcast Best of Both Worlds and blogs at LauraVanderkam.com. In this episode, Laura talks with Erik about her new book: Juliet’s School of Possibilities: A Little Story About the Power of Priorities.

36mins

12 Mar 2019

Rank #9

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Chris Bailey on Time, Focus and the Rule of Three

Chris Bailey turned down lucrative job offers to pursue a lifelong dream—to spend a year performing a deep dive experiment into the pursuit of productivity, a subject he had been enamored with since he was a teenager. After obtaining his business degree, he created a blog to chronicle a year-long series of productivity experiments he conducted on himself, where he also continued his research and interviews with some of the world’s foremost experts, from Charles Duhigg to David Allen. This is his 2nd time on the show. Listen to his 1st episode here. The Productivity Project—and the lessons Chris learned—are the result of that year-long journey. Among the counterintuitive insights Chris Bailey will teach you: ·         slowing down to work more deliberately; ·         shrinking or eliminating the unimportant; ·         the rule of three; ·         striving for imperfection; ·         scheduling less time for important tasks; ·         the 20 second rule to distract yourself from the inevitable distractions; ·         and the concept of productive procrastination. Please connect with me Subscribe, rate, and review in iTunes Follow @ErikJFisher Check out more Noodle.mx Network showsThe Audacity to Podcast: "How-to" podcast about podcastingBeyond the To-Do List: Personal and professional productivityThe Productive Woman: Productivity for busy womenONCE: Once Upon a Time podcastWelcome to Level Seven: Agents of SHIELD and Marvel’s cinematic universe podcastAre You Just Watching?: Movie reviews with Christian critical thinkingthe Ramen Noodle: Family-friendly clean comedy

52mins

12 Apr 2016

Rank #10

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Mystie Winckler on Brain Dumps, Organizing Your Attitude and Your Life

Mystie Winckler works to provide practical & encouraging solutions for real moms living a full life. She runs the site ‘Simplified Organization’ where she teaches how to change the way you think about your responsibilities, improve your mood and devise systems that will help you stress less and accomplish more. Please connect with me Subscribe, rate, and review in iTunes Follow @ErikJFisher Check out more Noodle.mx Network showsThe Audacity to Podcast: "How-to" podcast about podcastingBeyond the To-Do List: Personal and professional productivityThe Productive Woman: Productivity for busy womenONCE: Once Upon a Time podcastWelcome to Level Seven: Agents of SHIELD and Marvel’s cinematic universe podcastAre You Just Watching?: Movie reviews with Christian critical thinkingthe Ramen Noodle: Family-friendly clean comedy

38mins

23 Jun 2015

Rank #11

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Habits: James Clear on the Power of Habits, Building Good Habits and Breaking Bad Ones – BTTDL252

James Clear is an author and speaker focused on habits, decision-making, and continuous improvement. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Entrepreneur, Time, and on CBS This Morning. He is a regular speaker at Fortune 500 companies and his work is used by teams in the NFL, NBA, and MLB. Through his online course, The Habits Academy, Clear has taught more than 10,000 leaders, managers, coaches, and teachers. In this episode James taels with Erik about his new book Habits: Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones.

55mins

3 Dec 2018

Rank #12

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Being vs. Doing: Chase Reeves on Journaling, Meditation and Mindfulness – BTTDL150

Chase Reeves is a self proclaimed ‘creative-y type’, one of the cofounders of Fizzle.co — honest business training for online entrepreneurs. He podcasts on The Fizzle Show — A podcast for creative entrepreneurs. He regularly contributes to The Sparkline — The blog that accompanies the previous two. Listen to his previous appearance on the show here. Mentioned in this episode: Tim Ferris Podcast – Matt Mullenweg https://fizzle.co/sparkline/3-tricks-for-productivity-and-focus Group Therapy Podcast Royksopp’s Monument Fizzle Podcast 99 – Journaling Rowan Reeves Melissa Reeves recent awesome writing: http://wombandhearth.com/go-back-to-grieve/ http://wombandhearth.com/one-more-rainbow/ Back to Work Podcast http://icetothebrim.com/2012/how-to-mindfulness-meditation/ http://icetothebrim.com/2013/the-tom-selleck-of-meditation/ Day One App Headspace app Please connect with me Subscribe, rate, and review in iTunes Follow @ErikJFisher Check out more Noodle.mx Network showsThe Audacity to Podcast: "How-to" podcast about podcastingBeyond the To-Do List: Personal and professional productivityThe Productive Woman: Productivity for busy womenONCE: Once Upon a Time podcastWelcome to Level Seven: Agents of SHIELD and Marvel’s cinematic universe podcastAre You Just Watching?: Movie reviews with Christian critical thinkingthe Ramen Noodle: Family-friendly clean comedy

1hr 8mins

14 Sep 2016

Rank #13

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David Allen Shares Getting Things Done Obstacles and Secrets

David Allen is the originator of GTD, and founder of David Allen Co. GTD is the shorthand brand for “Getting Things Done,” the groundbreaking work-life management system by David Allen that provides concrete solutions for navigating uncertainty into an integrated system of stress-free productivity. David is the author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity, Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Getting Things Done, and Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life. David Allen Company is a global training and consulting company, widely considered the leading authority in the fields of organizational and personal productivity. Covered in this episode: GTD Basics GTD hang ups – common places where the GTD process falls apart for people: Failure to capture Failure to decide the outcome you’re committed to, and the specific action steps Failure to then act (2 minute rule) or capture the action, or reminder to act on in the future Failure to review The one list most people do work well is their calendar. Anything that is a win that instills trust in your system helps. Simple processes to achieve mini wins to trust your system more Drawing on the right side of the brain Sometimes a trusted system can be people David Allen’s TEDx Talk: WHY do GTD, not just WHAT it is or HOW How David starts his day: Good coffee, and the right maps. Dealing with distractions and unexpected inbox deliveries David’s most powerful tools: The Physical Inbox and Notetaker wallet How GTD applies to “work/life balance/blending” GTD is a lifestyle A lot of Getting Things Done is about not getting things done. It’s about being appropriately engaged with what’s going on. GTD and personal relationships The relationship between David and his wife’s personal GTD systems GTD behaviors really need to be installed in a cooperate culture Click to tweet ->[tweetable]Bad meetings create huge emails, and huge emails create bad meetings. – @GTDGuy[/tweetable] Movings things from the someday maybe list into actions and tasks to bring them into reality How much time is too much time “investigating” productivity apps? The “official GTD app” David uses: List function in Lotus notes Eproductivity add in for list and calender functionality Mind Manager for mind maps The Brain For capture: iPhone 5 iPad Gmail Nothing beats pen and paper! Connect with David and the GTD System: gtdconnect.com gtdtimes.com davidco GTDGuy on Twitter

58mins

29 Nov 2012

Rank #14

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Michael Hyatt on the Importance of Morning Routines, Scheduling and Journaling

This week I’m joined by Michael Hyatt, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. He is also the former Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, the seventh largest trade book publishing company in the U.S. He is also a very influential blogger at MichaelHyatt.com, and podcaster with his show This Is Your Life. Covered in this episode: Start your day doing nothing? Benefits of Journaling Day One Journaling App – Mac Day One Journaling App – iOS Margin Designing your ‘Ideal Week’ Scheduling time to build your Platform Having a ‘hard stop’ to the day Articulate your priorities Being stuck Getting distracted by gadgets This Is Your Life – What The Internet Has Been Doing To Our Brains Unplugging from Technology Digital Detox Startupizer Hootsuite Fluid App Evernote Evernote Training: Become An Evernote Master Workflowy Keynote Byword Mac Byword iOS Pathfinder Michael’s Annual Time Block Tool Bufferapp Downcast Martha Beck – The Joy Diet What gets scheduled is what gets done. - @MichaelHyattClick To Tweet Michael’s Go To Podcasts Podcast Answer Man EntreLeadership Smart Passive Income Your Move with Andy Stanley Dan Miller – 48 Days To The Work You Love

32mins

4 Sep 2012

Rank #15

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Focus: Chris Bailey on Hyperfocus, Scatterfocus and Attention – BTTDL238

Chris Bailey turned down lucrative job offers to pursue a lifelong dream—to spend a year performing a deep dive experiment into the pursuit of productivity, a subject he had been enamored with since he was a teenager. Erik and Chris talked about his first book The Productivity Project during the last episode he appeared on. Chris is back to talk about his new book Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction.

1hr 2mins

28 Aug 2018

Rank #16

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Jeff Sanders on Time, Energy and Equilibrium Zero

Jeff Sanders is a productivity coach, personal development junky, and avid trail runner. Jeff writes and speaks through his blog and podcast about healthy habits, personal development, high energy, and rockin’ productivity. This is Jeff’s second appearance on the show, and you can listen to his first appearance here. Make sure to grab Jeff’s new book: The 5am Miracle Please connect with me Subscribe, rate, and review in iTunes Follow @ErikJFisher Check out more Noodle.mx Network showsThe Audacity to Podcast: "How-to" podcast about podcastingBeyond the To-Do List: Personal and professional productivityThe Productive Woman: Productivity for busy womenONCE: Once Upon a Time podcastWelcome to Level Seven: Agents of SHIELD and Marvel’s cinematic universe podcastAre You Just Watching?: Movie reviews with Christian critical thinkingthe Ramen Noodle: Family-friendly clean comedy

55mins

17 Nov 2015

Rank #17

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Principles: Laura McClellan on being a productive Woman – BTTDL162

Laura McClellan is a wife, mom, lawyer, writer and host of The Productive Woman podcast. She joins Erik on this episode to talk about tips, tricks, tools and have to have a proper perspective on productivity. Mentioned in this episode: Mac Power Users Katie Floyd David Sparks Greg Scown Textexpander Nozbe BusyCal Evernote Adobe Spark Post ToDoist PDFPen Apple Watch iPad Pro Please connect with me Subscribe, rate, and review in iTunes Follow @ErikJFisher Check out more Noodle.mx Network showsThe Audacity to Podcast: "How-to" podcast about podcastingBeyond the To-Do List: Personal and professional productivityThe Productive Woman: Productivity for busy womenONCE: Once Upon a Time podcastWelcome to Level Seven: Agents of SHIELD and Marvel’s cinematic universe podcastAre You Just Watching?: Movie reviews with Christian critical thinkingthe Ramen Noodle: Family-friendly clean comedy

39mins

1 Feb 2017

Rank #18

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James Beshara on Caffeine Alternatives for Energy and Productivity

James Beshara is a startup founder and investor in San Francisco, CA. After developing a heart condition in 2013 from excess caffeine consumption, James became fascinated by the science and research backing up alternatives to caffeine for energy, productivity, and focus. His new book is 'Beyond Coffee: A Sustainable Guide to Nootropics, Adaptogens, and Mushrooms'. In this conversation Erik and James talk about James past relationship with caffeine, decreasIng stress and improving productivity. Mentioned in this episode: [Honeybook](tryhoneybook.com/beyond) Brain fm

58mins

11 Feb 2020

Rank #19