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At The Productivity Show we believe you should get your important things done without having to sacrifice your health, family and things that matter to you. This is a weekly podcast where we show you ways to save time, increase your productivity and happiness. We cover topics such as goal setting, time management, personal development and efficiency. Listen to our podcast today and start doubling your productivity.

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At The Productivity Show we believe you should get your important things done without having to sacrifice your health, family and things that matter to you. This is a weekly podcast where we show you ways to save time, increase your productivity and happiness. We cover topics such as goal setting, time management, personal development and efficiency. Listen to our podcast today and start doubling your productivity.

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Just Listened to 10 Healthy Hacks for More Energy

By Slappyzsgh - Apr 28 2020
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Really enjoyed the podcast about the health hacks you guys are using. Really appreciated this episode.

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I relate to this show significantly. My favorite.

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365 Ratings
Average Ratings
300
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16
10
11

Just Listened to 10 Healthy Hacks for More Energy

By Slappyzsgh - Apr 28 2020
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Really enjoyed the podcast about the health hacks you guys are using. Really appreciated this episode.

Favorite Podcast

By E wu star - Oct 01 2018
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I relate to this show significantly. My favorite.
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The Productivity Show

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At The Productivity Show we believe you should get your important things done without having to sacrifice your health, family and things that matter to you. This is a weekly podcast where we show you ways to save time, increase your productivity and happiness. We cover topics such as goal setting, time management, personal development and efficiency. Listen to our podcast today and start doubling your productivity.

Rank #1: 8 Strategies for Waking Up Early and Becoming a Morning Person (TPS130)

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Today we are talking about getting up early – a polarizing topic and one that we’ve discussed a lot with our community lately. Thanh and Mike share 8 strategies for getting up early, finding the motivation to get up earlier, and things you should avoid when you do get up ahead of the sun.

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Cheat Sheet

  • Why you should consider becoming a morning person
  • Why the most successful CEOs all get up early
  • Why getting up early can be very beneficial and the science behind it
  • The increases in willpower you will have when you start to get up earlier
  • Why each hour is not worth the same and how to leverage “time arbitrage”
  • Practical tips for to help you transition into waking up earlier regardless of your chronotype
  • How to figure out how much sleep you actually need (it’s probably more than you think)
  • The importance of “eating your frog” and how it can set your entire day up for success
  • How to craft your own morning routine
  • How to get over the fact that it’s still dark outside and dominate your day
  • Why making a schedule and to-do list the night before will allow you to hit the ground running int he morning
  • How the motivation behind getting up earlier and knowing why you want to get up earlier will help make it sticky
  • Things you should avoid when you do start waking up early

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Feb 13 2017

46mins

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Rank #2: TPS58: Getting Things Done w/ David Allen

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We are honored to have David Allen on the podcast, as we have mentioned his Getting Things Done methodology on almost every episode. Zack and David discuss the updated version of David’s book, how to change your habit and clear your mind, and how David implements his own methodology.

Cheat Sheet

  • Why David thinks starting with the immediate mess on your desk is more important than starting with your goals
  • How to get in the driver’s seat of your life
  • About open loops
  • How long it takes for people to change a habit
  • Why people fall off the habit and how to overcome it
  • The famous people that David has coached on the GTD methodology
  • The value of having space in your head
  • Why constraints are the seed-bed of creativity
  • What Contexts are and which ones are relevant
  • What contexts David uses
  • About the weekly review and what David does during his weekly review
  • The rituals that he does every day

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Tool:

Ritual:

  • Emptying his head and inbox once a day

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Sep 28 2015

38mins

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Rank #3: Atomic Habits: 4 Laws for Changing Your Identity & Living the Life You Want w/ James Clear (TPS217)

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Do you have trouble getting your habits to stick? Or maybe you have trouble breaking bad habits that keep you from realizing your full potential? Either way, you won’t want to miss today’s episode with James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits and creator of the Habits Academy. James’ writing combines ideas from a wide range of disciplines including biology, neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy, and is focused on how we can create better habits, make better decisions, and live better lives. James joins me today to talk about his new books, Atomic Habits, which is available on October 16th. We talk about why habits are so important to James, the key difference between goals and systems, and why identity-based habits are better than outcome-based habits. We dive into the 4 Laws of Behavior Change, talk about why “how long” is the wrong question to ask when building habits, and James explains what to do when your habits break down.

Thanks to LinkedIn for supporting The Productivity Show. For $50 off of your first job post on LinkedIn Jobs, go to LinkedIn.com/TPS.

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Cheat Sheet

  • Why habits are so important to James Clear [2:15]
  • Why he believes habits are better for creating progress than  goals [5:47]
  • Outcome-based habits vs identity-based habits [9:59]
  • Why genes can tell you where to work hard [18:38]
  • Four laws for behavior change [20:47]
  • The inversion of the four laws for habits that you want to break [27:47]
  • A simple formula for creating habits [33:09]
  • Three different groups that we tend to imitate habits from [39:05]
  • Decisive moments where you make the choice to change your habit or not [44:43]
  • How to get back into a habit after you break the chain [50:58]

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Oct 15 2018

56mins

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Rank #4: Intentional Attention: How Small Decisions Can Bring You to Your Ideal Future (TPS184)

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Do you find yourself being pulled in too many directions? In this episode, Thanh and Mike talk about how your attention determines your future and why a simple mindset shift to regain control of your attention can provide stability and direction for all areas of your life. We talk about how being careless about how you spend your attention results in a condition called “attention slavery” and share some strategies to help you escape it. If you feel overwhelmed by everything or like you just can’t keep up, this episode is for you.

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Cheat Sheet

  • Tactical tips for directing your attention that can provide immediate focus [1:52]
  • Why scheduling focused time for being offline can be beneficial to your productivity [5:30]
  • How to get focused work done in an open office plan [8:12]
  • Advice for short bursts of focus [16:39]
  • How to focus your attention on the tasks that really matter [21:06]
  • What “flow” is and how to get into it on a consistent basis [30:17]
  • Why former social media executives are recognizing the adverse effects of social media platforms [36:11]
  • How to use social media intentionally [41:06]
  • How to start regaining your attention [46:17]
  • The many advantages from tracking your time [52:41]
  • How to develop mindfulness [54:18]
  • Ways to decide what is not important to focus your time on [59:46]
  • Personal stories from Mike and Thanh on how they became focused on their tasks [1:04:55]
  • Why it’s important to associate yourself with the right people [1:07:57]

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Feb 26 2018

1hr 14mins

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Rank #5: Focus Tips From the Most Productive Man You’d Ever Hope to Meet w/ Chris Bailey (TPS213)

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Mike is joined today by productivity expert Chris Bailey. Chris is the internationally bestselling author of The Productivity Project, and most recently his second book, Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction. Chris writes about productivity at ALifeOfProductivity.com and speaks to organizations around the globe on how they can become more productive, without hating the process. Fast Company has called him a “productivity mastermind” and the TED Talks organization said that he “might be the most productive man you’d ever hope to meet.” In this episode, we’re thrilled to have Chris join Mike to talk about the idea of Hyperfocus and how you can manage your attention in order to be more productive.

Thanks to LinkedIn for supporting The Productivity Show. Get $50 off your first job post at LinkedIn.com/TPS.

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Cheat Sheet

  • The inspiration behind Chris’ new book [1:59]
  • The 4 types of tasks that Chris lays out in Hyperfocus [7:33]
  • How to use attentional space effectively [14:32]
  • The only way to multitask [19:42]
  • The different stages of Hyperfocus [21:33]
  • How to tame distractions when you’re trying to focus [30:35]
  • How you can make Hyperfocus a habit [37:54]
  • What to do when your mind wanders and how to unlock your brain’s creative mode [44:37]
  • The 3 different styles of Scatterfocus, or deliberate mind-wandering [51:37]
  • How Hyperfocus mode and Scatterfocus mode relate to each other [56:23]
  • The idea of collecting and connecting dots [59:13]
  • How to consume better information [1:04:38]

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Sep 17 2018

1hr 11mins

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Rank #6: TPS68: The 5am Miracle w/ Jeff Sanders

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Jeff Sanders chats with Zack about his new book, the 5am Miracle, and how getting up earlier changed his life. He talks about the phases of productivity, including planning, executing, and reviewing. Listen in to reframe how you look at your life and see how his book and podcast can help you.

Cheat Sheet

  • What turned Jeff into an early riser
  • How you can make the ritual of waking up early actually stick
  • Why working out early in the day can help energize your workday
  • Why every day should have a written plan, and what Jeff’s personal plan looks like
  • Jeff explains his favorite idea from the book: focused blocks of time
  • How to setup the “focus zone” for maximum productivity
  • What “Project Management Zero” is and why it’s important
  • How Jeff uses the concepts of “Desktop Zero” and “Home Base Zero”
  • Why the review process is so critical to your productivity

Links

Book, tool, ritual

Book: The One Thing
Tool: StayFocused (Chrome app)
Ritual: Meditation for at least 10 minutes per day

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Dec 07 2015

37mins

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Rank #7: The Right Tool For The Job: 5 Things You Need For Your Personal Productivity System (TPS180)

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Productivity can be very personal, but all good systems have a couple of things in common. In this episode, Brooks and Mike talk about 5 things you absolutely MUST have for an effective personal productivity system. They define what a personal productivity system is, talk about the advantages and disadvantages of the different approaches, and walk you through the necessary pieces you need to make sure you stay on top of everything. They also give you some implementation tips to help you make sure the system you decide to use works for you so that you stick with it long enough to start realizing the benefit.

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Cheat Sheet

  • What it means to have a personal productivity system [1:38]
  • The analog vs digital approaches to personal productivity systems [6:30]
  • Why it might be beneficial to start with analog tools even if you’re a “digital native” [10:48]
  • Tool #1: a calendar, and why everything you need to do must be done within the context of time [14:28]
  • The criteria for deciding what gets added to your calendar [22:23]
  • Tool #2 :a time tracker [31:16]
  • Why time trackers help you figure out how you actually spend your time so that you can make changes to how you spend it [37:01]
  • Tool #3: a contact manager [44:26]
  • Tool #4: a note taker [51:00]
  • Tool #5:  a task manager [59:32]3
  • Why the weekly review is so important [1:02:06]
  • Implementation tips for the 5 tools of your personal productivity system [1:08:48]
  • Why the best solution is often the simplest one [1:16:05]

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Jan 29 2018

1hr 19mins

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Rank #8: How to Improve Your Time, Energy, and Attention With These 10 Tools (TPS249)

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In today’s episode, we are finishing up our 3 part series about our favourite things to get things done. We’ve talked about our favorite apps for the computer, our favorite apps for mobile, and now we are going to talk about our favorite physical devices and tools.

These are the things we use every day, and we love them all.

Thanks to Blinkist for supporting The Productivity Show. Blinkist is offering our listeners a free 7-day trial. Go to Blinkist.com/TPS to learn more.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • What computers, tablets, and phones Thanh and Brooks are using [3:56]
  • The device that Thanh and Brooks use so much, it is an “insta-buy” when it breaks [7:44]
  • How Thanh keeps all of his different devices charged with just one cable [9:40]
  • The solution to making sure you always have WiFi throughout the house [11:21]
  • How Thanh ensures he always gets a good night’s sleep [14:59]
  • Why Thanh and Brooks like Sonos speakers so much, they have six of them throughout their houses [17:21]
  • How the Oura ring miniaturized the fitness tracking accessory [20:32]
  • The smart watch that beat out Apple Watch for Brooks [23:53]
  • How Airpods became a must-have despite Thanh wondering who would buy them when they came out [25:36]
  • Brooks’s favorite portable keyboard to use with the iPad [28:13]
  • The gift that made writing more enjoyable and easier for Thanh [29:44]
  • The favorite devices of the Dojo members [32:38]

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May 27 2019

37mins

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Rank #9: What Do Productivity Ninjas Do To Prepare For An Amazing 2020? (TPS280)

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The day this podcast is released is the day before New Year’s Eve. By the time you’re listening to it, it will either be right at the end of the year, or your new year has already begun.

Either way, it is never too late to set yourself up for success for the rest of the year, and today is a perfect time to do it. We will share 5 ways to make this new year your best year ever.

Thanks to Grammarly for supporting The Productivity Show. Grammarly is offering our listeners 20% off their premium account. Go to Grammarly.com/tps to get 20% off your premium account today.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • Brooks’s and Thanh’s top productivity resources for this week [2:07]
  • What the Asian Efficiency team saw in their clients that inspired this episode [5:52]
  • Why conducting an annual review is so helpful in showing you where to spend your time and energy in the upcoming year [8:05]
  • How you can use the TEA framework to level up your 2020 [15:35]
  • How Thanh attacked his own shortcomings within the TEA framework last year [23:06]
  • Why you should put your number one goal in writing [30:03]
  • The power of making a strong system when you are setting your goals [37:07]
  • How to use your calendar with your new system to achieve super-powered productivity [46:28]

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Dec 30 2019

56mins

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Rank #10: TPS88: Deep Work w/ Cal Newport

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Cal Newport is on the podcast today to talk about Deep Work, a skill that is essential for success in today’s knowledge economy. Learn about what deep work is, why it is so important, and how you can manage your time and distractions so that you can focus on this more productive work.

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Cheat Sheet

  • What deep work actually means and how you can leverage it to take action on your goals
  • The importance of focus and how to avoid “attention residue”
  • The key skills you need to succeed in the knowledge economy
  • How to cultivate your ability to focus on one thing by avoiding “cognitive junk food”
  • The process you can use to write a blog post while going for a walk
  • Why boredom is a good thing and the benefits of letting yourself wind down
  • Key strategies you can use to change your ratio of deep work to shallow work
  • How you can figure out what your most important tasks are and translate that into action towards your goals
  • Quick tips for reducing the amount of email you read and send and freeing up more time for deep work
  • How you can support and protect your deep work by scheduling it in your calendar

Links

Book, tool, ritual

Book: The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
Tool: Black n’ Red Notebooks
Ritual: A run in the park every morning, and a shutdown routine to transition at the end of the work day.

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Apr 25 2016

46mins

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Rank #11: How to Take Massive Action on Your Goals by Implementing the 12 Week Year Effectively (TPS138)

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Many people make New Year’s resolutions and have grandiose plans for the year, but often fail to follow through and execute on them. In this episode, 12 Week Year 2.0 module creator and Dojo member Brandon Wentland shares how to overcome these common problem by implementing The 12 Week Year method effectively. He shares his experience and how he implemented the 12 Week Year method successfully at both a personal and professional level. We cover the concept of intentional imbalance, the importance of a strong vision, and the power of habits to help you overcome resistance and take massive action on your goals. If you’ve ever felt stuck or been frustrated by your own lack of action, you definitely want to check out this episode as it will help you break out of the status quo and create the life you’ve always dreamed of.

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Cheat Sheet

  • Brandon’s personal productivity journey [1:49]
  • The problems with traditional planning and how the 12 Week Year solves them [3:00]
  • How using the 12 Week Year framework provides flexibility to help you reach your goals [6:58]
  • The importance of vision and breaking down your goals so it’s really easy to take action on them [9:16]
  • Why planning for the entire year is not effective and New Year’s resolutions don’t work [11:34]
  • How to set up your 12 week sprint so success is inevitable [17:03]
  • Tips on how to select your objectives during your 12 Week Year planning [20:10]
  • How to take massive action on your goals once you have your objectives [22:25]
  • How to craft a vision statement that inspires action and creates motivation [27:05]
  • Integrating the 12 Week Year with the Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology [29:34]
  • Why writing down your goals creates motivation to follow through and achieve them [33:15]
  • How to put your time for 12 Week Year actions on your calendar [36:47]
  • The importance of creating time to recharge, focus, and do admin tasks [41:13]
  • Why accountability is important and how to use it for the 12 week year [44:03]
  • Why and how consistent execution is the key to achieving your goals [51:02]
  • What to do when you’re burnt out (and how to avoid this in the first place) [53:15]

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Apr 10 2017

56mins

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Rank #12: 3 Keys to Planning the Perfect Week (TPS156)

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Do you find yourself wishing you had more time to devote to the things that are really important to you? Chances are it’s not actually a lack of time that’s the problem, it’s how you approach it. Join us as Brooks and Mike break down how to change your mindset so that you can plan and execute your perfect week. Implementing small tweaks to your weekly planning process can help you make significant steps towards your ideal future, and in this episode we’ll teach you 3 key steps to planning your perfect week, explain what tasks you should schedule on your calendar, and show you how to get back on track when things don’t go exactly according to plan.

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Cheat Sheet

  • Why you MUST schedule the things that you actually want to get done [1:33]
  • The real reason why time (not money) is your most precious commodity [4:38]
  • Visualization exercise you can use to picture your perfect week [5:47]
  • Step-by-step exercise to execute your perfect week [11:43]
  • Different ways to figure out what your are currently spending your time on [12:47]
  • The importance of telling your time where to go and why every hour needs a job [17:29]
  • Why you need to write down what you want to get done on your calendar [22:37]
  • The reason why the most important things to you NEED to go on your calendar first [26:13]
  • How Brooks implemented these strategies to start DocumentSnap while working a corporate job [30:36]
  • Why scheduling “thinking time” in order to disconnect is so important [34:12]
  • How to create time for personal development even when you are super-busy [39:36]
  • What to do when things don’t go according to plan (hint: Don’t panic!) [43:00]

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Aug 14 2017

55mins

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Rank #13: The 3 Things You Need to Maximize Your Productivity (TPS121)

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Chris Bailey spent a year trying out different productivity concepts, using himself as the subject of his experiments. Mike Schmitz talks with Chris about what he learned from experiments such as not talking to other humans for 10 days, working only 20 hours one week, and more. They also discuss other topics covered in Chris’s new book, The Productivity Project.

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Cheat Sheet

  • How Chris overcame a devastating injury that happened abroad while he was writing his book
  • How setting three intentions per day and how that can help you take significant progress on your goals
  • The difference between contentment and complacency and how expressing gratitude can help keep you moving forward
  • Simple tactics you can use to cultivate happiness and train your brain to think more positively
  • How looking back at what you have accomplished helps you feel empowered to take on the next task
  • The most meaningful productivity experiment Chris conducted while writing his book and the impact it still has on him today
  • Why waking up early might not actually make you more productive (contrary to popular opinion)
  • The surprising results that Chris achieved when he decided to work for only 20 hours in a week
  • Why your productivity is determined by how you manage your time, attention, and energy
  • How you can figure out your own biological prime time and maximize your productivity by focusing on when you work
  • One tip keep your email processing time to a minimum
  • How increasing your productivity can lead you to live a more meaningful life
  • Why not all tasks are created equal and how you can level up your productivity by choosing the constraints you choose to operate within
  • What Chris’s daily routine looks like
  • Why he disconnects from devices and the Internet every evening and the benefits

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Dec 12 2016

53mins

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Rank #14: The 8 Root Causes of Procrastination & How to Beat Them (TPS167)

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Everyone deals with procrastination, but the reasons why may be drastically different for each person. In this episode, Thanh and Mike dive into the 8 different root causes of procrastination and how to overcome them so you can figure out what’s causing you to get tripped up when trying to get your work done. They walk you through the 9 different types of procrastinators and share tactics for each procrastinating personality type to help you overcome procrastination when it strikes. If you find yourself putting off work that you know you need to do, this episode will help you overcome that feeling of being stuck and help you start taking action on your goals.

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Cheat Sheet

  • Some of the root causes of procrastination [1:43]
  • Where the disconnect comes from when you understand something logically but not emotionally [4:56]
  • What happens when you have a lack of clarity [7:59]
  • Why people can struggle with taking action when they have a lot to do and feel overwhelmed [12:48]
  • How fear can hold you back from being productive when you have a task that you don’t want to deal with [15:58]
  • Why resentment can boil up when you are asked to do something that you don’t want to do [21:27]
  • How to switch from a negative mindset to a positive mindset and get your work done [25:00]
  • What happens when you have low energy and you put off doing a task [25:40]
  • How jumping between tasks can really hurt your productivity [29:36]
  • How to say “no” to more projects so you can say “yes” to the ones that are really important [32:35]
  • The 9 different types of procrastinators (or procrastinating personality types) [35:49]
  • How to keep yourself from avoiding tasks until the last minute [40:18]
  • Why perfectionism is such a serious issue for some people [44:17]
  • How first-time entrepreneurs often get stuck when they over-promise something and procrastinate because they’re in over their heads [51:19]
  • How and why working on tasks you don’t want to do zaps your energy [55:31]
  • Why your great ideas don’t turn into action [1:02:27]
  • The real signs that you’re procrastinating because you’re in the wrong job [1:07:41]

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Oct 30 2017

1hr 15mins

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Rank #15: Fatigue, Procrastination and Being Unproductive…These Are Some of the Penalties of Ignoring This One Thing (TPS237)

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We’re going to kick things off with a 3-part podcast series on how you can get more energy and double your productivity. Most of you listening are probably looking for different ways to increase your productivity. You might have tried a lot of different things and not many have worked. One of the biggest breakthroughs you can make is to increase your energy. When you have more energy, it’s easy to get things done, to focus and accomplish your goals. When you don’t have energy, you procrastinate, postpone important things and get behind on work.

In this episode, we’ll share with you 5 signs to look for to find out if energy is holding you back from being productive. We’ll also talk about all the different areas where you might be robbing yourself of energy and what to do about it.

If you want to have another breakthrough in your productivity, I can’t wait for you to go through this 3-part podcast series on Energy.

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  • What inspired Thanh to make this 3-part series on energy [4:34]
  • Why the “Energy” component of the TEA framework can be the most difficult to take control of [8:13]
  • The signs that a lack of energy may be hurting your productivity [9:55]
  • What could be actively draining your energy throughout the day [17:31]
  • Why multitasking is such a common energy drain for productivity-minded people [21:55]
  • The sneaky ways energy drain enters your life [24:20]
  • Why playing “catch up” with caffeine is so dangerous for our daily energy levels [29:19]
  • How poorly made goals can sap your energy [30:25]
  • Why you should question assumptions you have about yourself to see if they are hurting you instead of helping [32:58]

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Mar 04 2019

41mins

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Rank #16: The Calendar, Planning, and Theming Strategies You Need To Win Your Week w/ Lauren Goldstein (TPS231)

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Today we have Lauren Goldstein, an entrepreneur and business strategy consultant from Austin, TX. Lauren and Thanh have known each other for a while and we invited her to come on the podcast to share her unique approach to productivity.

You’re going to get specific tips on how to use a calendar to run your life and business, how you can theme your days and weeks to stay focused, and how you should plan your weeks in advance with a simple tool.

Thanks to Slack for supporting The Productivity Show. Find out more at their website.

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  • What admin days are, and why they have been so important for Lauren [4:19]
  • What a typical admin day looks like for Lauren [6:18]
  • How Lauren ‘themes’ her weeks and focuses on what’s important for her business [8:30]
  • The misconception about goals that Lauren sees most often with her clients [13:10]
  • What Lauren recommends if you’re looking to plan or theme your week [18:18]
  • How to deal with the unexpected on your admin day [26:18]
  • How Lauren plans her week out [28:26]
  • Handling the important but not urgent tasks [32:59]
  • How Lauren increase her clients profit without looking for more work [37:13]
  • How you can streamline your calendar and your scheduling [40:07]
  • What tasks Lauren automates with Zapier to save her time [46:16]
  • The key to getting ready for the day quickly [48:06]
  • Lauren’s tips for women to get ready quicker in the morning [56:10]

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Jan 21 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #17: 5 Ways to Apply the 80/20 Rule To Free Up 2+ Hours A Week (TPS118)

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The 80/20 is an important concept, one that is often appreciated but also relatively difficult to find practical applications for in your own life. In this episode, you’re going to learn the framework for implementing the 80/20 in all areas of your life and work. The 5 levels laid out by our guest Tim Francis will help you take action using the 80/20 rule and significantly change your personal and professional life.

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  • How you can apply the 80/20 rule in an actionable way and see results in every part of your life
  • What the 5 levels of 80/20 are and how they will change your future if you implement them correctly
  • How Warren Buffet personally uses the 80/20 rule and how the majority of his success can be traced back to a few key decisions
  • Key questions you can ask yourself to take action on the 80/20 rule
  • How the Asian Efficiency team uses the Kolbe test to work more efficiently and effectively
  • How the 80/20 rule applies to learning new skills
  • How to use the right tools and ask yourself the appropriate questions when growing your business
  • The value of having mastermind groups and community to enlarge your thinking
  • Why the personal level (Level 1) of the 80/20 rule impacts all the other levels
  • Why personal habits and rituals are are foundational for your success

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Nov 21 2016

43mins

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Rank #18: 15 Productivity Tips That Are Weird But Work (TPS165)

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This episode is all about weird things that we do every single day to help us be more productive. Thanh and Mike share several tips that they’ve discovered along the way to solving things that drive them crazy, and the Dojo chimes in as well with several tips that our awesome Dojo members use to help them focus on the things that really matter. We share 15 of our favorite productivity tips, plus the overall philosophy to help you figure out what problems are worth solving in your own life.

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  • Why productivity is such a personal thing [2:05]
  • Why Thanh has an oversupply of Apple power cables [5:11]
  • Why Mike skips breakfast [7:59]
  • Using Black Friday as a way to de-clutter your home [11:53]
  • Other weird productivity tips from Mike and Thanh [14:12]
  • How to create a productivity circuit [19:00]
  • User contributions to this topic from our Dojo [22:33]
  • Why making your clothing decisions the night before will make you more productive [28:33]
  • Using Evernote to create reference files for everyday things you buy [30:30]
  • How to use meal preparation services to increase productivity [35:14]
  • How to train Google Now to be able to do lots of little tasks [39:44]
  • A cure for binge-watching Netflix [47:11]

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Oct 16 2017

52mins

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Rank #19: How Journaling Can Make You 25% Happier (TPS154)

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Journaling is a bit of a buzzword in the productivity space, but with good reason. And in this episode, Mike and Brooks explain why it’s so important. They dive into the many benefits of journaling, and share 5 tips for making journaling actionable and effective. They explain how to implement a journaling habit, recommend some different tools and apps you can use, and explain how to make the habit stick. If you’ve never understood why you should journal or you have trouble doing it consistently, then this episode is for you.

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  • Why there’s a stigma associated with journaling (and why’s it isn’t true) [1:39]
  • The benefits that come from pairing journaling and meditation [5:13]
  • How journaling increases your mindfulness [7:53]
  • The ways that journaling actually increases the likelihood that you will actually achieve your goals [9:55]
  • How journaling strengthens self-discipline and improves communication skills [14:15]
  • Why many people do something called “morning pages” and how it sets their day up for success [18:24]
  • Why you don’t need to take a long time each day to journal (it’s the consistency that counts) [20:27]
  • Why it is so important to keep your journal positive [24:09]
  • The benefits of keeping a gratitude journal and how it impacts your outlook on your life [26:07]
  • Why it is important to see the gains you’ve made by reviewing your journal [32:17]
  • How to use journaling to identify pain points in your life so you can fix and solve them [36:38]
  • AE recommendations for digital journals and apps you can use [38:38]
  • Why you might want to use an analog journal and the benefits of pen and paper [48:42]
  • Why it is so important for you to pick a time to journal that works for you and stick to it [55:03]
  • Using automation and prompts to make journaling more efficient [58:24]
  • 5 tips to make the most of your journaling experience [1:04:56]
  • Why you should review your journal on a regular basis [1:06:19]

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Jul 31 2017

1hr 11mins

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Rank #20: 6 Simple Ways To Stick To Your Goals This Year That Don’t Involve Willpower (TPS281)

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In today’s episode, we’ll be covering 6 strategies for how to stick to your goals this year and even if you lose momentum, we’ll give you practical tips for picking it back up. We know that this is going to be an awesome year for you, and we want to give you the tools to make that happen!

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  • The top 3 productivity resources of the year so far [1:46]
  • Who this episode is for and what it will help you accomplish in the new year [3:25]
  • Get real with your goals: do you know what you’re getting into? [6:45]
  • Why Thanh recommends aiming for only one goal at a time [12:32]
  • How to break down your goal into actionable steps [23:11]
  • How to create rituals that will support your goal and habits that can make them stronger [30:41]
  • The many different ways to track how you are doing with your new goals [37:24]
  • How setting a regular review process can keep you on track for success [42:13]

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Jan 06 2020

48mins

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How We Improved Our Lives and Work With Journaling – And You Can Too (TPS301)

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Do you find yourself with scattered thoughts, not sure what to work on at the start of your day, or do you go to bed with thoughts, tasks, and ideas swirling around in your head?

One of the most underrated but powerful productivity techniques is to journal. It’s something that anyone can do, and it is so easy to get started.

However, there is a difference between just jotting down thoughts and journaling to really improve your productivity — and that is what we are going to help you within this episode. We’re going to take you through 4 tips to start journaling and we’ll show you how to be consistent with it going forward.

Thanks to ExpressVPN for supporting The Productivity Show. ExpressVPN is offering our listeners an extra 3 months free on a one year package. Go to ExpressVPN.com/tps to learn more.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • The top 3 productivity resources for this week [2:34]
  • The connection between journaling and productivity [4:42]
  • How knowing your “why” for journaling can be the best way to stick with journaling long-term [6:20]
  • Pick a medium that you enjoy to journal [14:12]
  • Two of the most popular ways that you can use your journal [21:53]
  • How you can use your journal to help shape the way you think [26:54]
  • Why it is important to make your journaling a routine [29:11]
  • Brooks’s and Thanh’s journaling rituals [30:55]
  • Why you should regularly review your journal entries [37:55]
  • Action steps you can take to integrate today’s topic into your life [47:10]

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May 25 2020

49mins

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Ask Us Anything – Live Q&A On Productivity, Tech, Behind The Scenes, and Working for AE (TPS300)

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This is Episode 300 of The Productivity Show, and we thought we’d celebrate by turning the show over to you!

This is our first Q&A episode of the show, and we invited listeners of the podcast, readers of the Asian Efficiency blog, and our followers on Social media to ask us anything.

There are questions about productivity, behind the scenes questions about the podcast, our setups, and a whole lot more.

Thanks to Fiverr for supporting The Productivity Show. Fiverr is offering our listeners 10% off their first order by going to Fiverr.com and using the code TPS.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • The top 3 productivity resources for this week [3:26]
  • “How has doing the podcast for the last five years helped you with your productivity?” [7:33]
  • “How do you win the fight against start-of-the-day inertia? What motivates you to be Asian Efficient every morning when you wake up?” [11:50]
  • “Where are the past hosts of The Productivity Show now?” [14:30]
  • “What apps do you have on your home screens?” [18:31]
  • “How do you join AE as an employee?” [22:31]
  • “How do you organize your editorial calendar and content creation?” [28:33]
  • “What are some of your personal reasons for choosing Mac over Windows?” [35:52]
  • “How do you decide what kind of products you should develop and how long it will take to bring to market?” [41:57]
  • “Why Asian Efficiency?” [45:56]
  • “What are your audio/video setups and tools? How do you speak into the camera naturally when you’re trying to look at your notes?” [48:14]
  • “How do you estimate your marketing budget for a given project?” [55:32]
  • “What is your main goal for the next 3 years? Where do you want to see the Asian Efficiency Team?” [1:00:23]
  • Action steps you can take to integrate today’s topic into your life [1:05:37]

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May 18 2020

1hr 8mins

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4 Ways You Can Be Happy, Healthy, and Sane When Stuck At Home (TPS299)

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There is a lot of information out there about working from home, but most of it is little hacks and tips and tricks. Those are definitely useful, but they ignore the mental and physical side of being stuck at home.

We always say that happy people are productive people, and that theory has never been tested more than right now while so many people are stuck at home trying to get things done.

In this episode, we’ll share 4 important things you can do to be happy, healthy, and sane when stuck at home.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • The top 3 productivity resources for this week [1:50]
  • What Brooks and Thanh are learning about their work habits in quarantine [6:34]
  • Why it’s important to try and stick with your routine as much as possible [10:49]
  • Make sleep and exercise a high priority to stay healthy during quarantine [15:58]
  • What Thanh’s personal trainer recommended for a minimal home gym and workout [19:32]
  • Why we all need to make sure we are socializing as much as we can [26:46]
  • Why socializing doesn’t necessarily mean reaching out to people out of the house [35:17]
  • Disconnect when you can! [37:06]
  • Action steps you can take to integrate today’s topic into your life [45:41]

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May 11 2020

48mins

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Family and Working From Home: How To Get Things Done When You’re Stuck Together 24/7 (TPS298)

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The perfect storm has finally happened. Many of us are working from home whether we want to be or not, and if that wasn’t complicated enough, if we have family members, they’re stuck at home too!

If you are working from home with kids, you’ll know how hard it is to get your work done AND keep them from going feral AND keep them from playing video games or watching Youtube 12 hours a day.

If you DON’T have kids, chances are you’re working with people who are going through this.

Many of us here on the AE team is in this situation, so in this episode, we will be sharing what we and members of the community have been doing and what works for us to get things done with kids at home.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • The top 3 productivity resources for this week [2:13]
  • How to create a fun learning environment for your kids at home [7:19]
  • What activity stations can do to help delineate activities and tasks for kids [14:16]
  • Creating a routine for you and your kids [17:40]
  • How to use visual cues to minimize interruptions [28:47]
  • Why we need to make sure we have compassion for ourselves and for our family in this time [33:03]
  • Why communicating your schedule effectively with others can alleviate a lot of issues [39:17]

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May 04 2020

45mins

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Working From Home? Productivity Tips From Decade+ Work From Home Veterans (TPS297)

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Recently a lot of people transitioned to work from home and feel out of their element. They’re finding it harder to focus and get things done. They don’t have the right tools, they have their kids at home, a partner around them 24/7 and they’re going crazy staying inside the whole time! Don’t worry, anyone can productively work from home with a few tips and strategies and that’s what we’ll share with you today. Brooks and I have combined over 21 years of working from home and we have 5 tips that we’ll help you get more done at home without going crazy!

Thanks to Literati for supporting The Productivity Show. Literati is offering our listeners 25% off their first two orders. Go to Literati.com/TPS to learn more.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • The top 3 productivity resources for this week [2:33]
  • How today’s episode can help everybody, from people new to working from home to seasoned veterans [4:40]
  • Why people who are used to working from home will have an advantage in this new economy [7:41]
  • The importance of having a dedicated workspace that you love [14:48]
  • How creating a schedule for your day can help direct your energy and focus [24:02]
  • Why making a schedule and sticking to it can help you keep a healthy work-life balance [31:24]
  • Why keeping your team members informed about your availability is very helpful for you and for them [33:05]
  • How regular breaks throughout the day can keep you healthy, refreshed, and recharged [42:20]
  • The importance of letting your family know when you are at work and when you are not [48:10]
  • Action steps you can take to integrate today’s topic into your life [53:00]

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Apr 27 2020

54mins

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How to Focus While Fear, News and Social Media Is Dominating Your Life (TPS296)

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Recently, we did a survey of the Asian Efficiency audience and did a check-in: we asked what kind of impact the global pandemic we’re going through is having.

As we suspected, a *lot* of us are struggling. Even if you and your family are healthy, and even if you’re used to working from home, there’s a lot of change going on right now, and change can be extremely disruptive.

The good news is that it is possible to focus on your important priorities *and* be informed. In fact, we think that ability is going to be a competitive advantage in the future.

In this episode, we’re going to give you 5 strategies to give you that advantage.

Thanks to Fiverr for supporting The Productivity Show. Fiverr is offering our listeners 10% off their first order by going to Fiverr.com and using the code TPS.

Thanks also to Literati for supporting The Productivity Show. Literati is offering our listeners 25% off their first two orders. Go to Literati.com/TPS to learn more.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • The top 3 productivity resources for this week [2:50]
  • What inspired this episode and who will benefit most from it [5:35]
  • Why you should only be focusing on what you can control [11:43]
  • How to be proactive and firewall your attention [16:49]
  • What music can do to help ensure you have a focused time for work [25:20]
  • Use focus blocks to carve out time to focus [31:57]
  • Why setting aside time to stay up to date on what is happening in the world helps [36:23]
  • Action steps you can take to integrate today’s topic into your life [43:04]

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Apr 20 2020

45mins

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3 Simple Ways to Bounce Back From Failure and Thrive (TPS295)

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Let’s talk about failure. It is easy to be productive when everything is going well, but what happens when you have a setback? Even a small failure can be discouraging and get you in a rut. What can you do to get yourself to be productive again? We’re going to share 3 strategies for how to bounce back from failure and share examples of how we’ve done it ourselves.

Thanks to Blinkist for supporting The Productivity Show. Blinkist is offering our listeners a free 7-day trial and 25% off your new subscription. Go to Blinkist.com/tps to learn more.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • The top 3 productivity resources for this week [1:43]
  • Some of Brooks’ and Thanh’s recent failures [5:42]
  • Why it is important to separate yourself from your successes and failures [8:48]
  • Why your first instinct may not always be best [16:12]
  • What changing your environment can do to get you back on track [17:25]
  • Why happy people are productive people [24:05]
  • What makes different members of the Asian Efficiency Dojo happy [30:15]
  • Action steps you can take to integrate today’s topic into your life [33:15]

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Apr 13 2020

35mins

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Q1 Goal Check-In: How We’re Doing, And How You Can Stay On Track With Yours (TPS294)

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The first quarter of the year is done — how are you doing on your yearly goals? Are you on track? Are you behind? Have you dropped some goals and added any new ones? Have you even made any goals for the year?

In this episode, we will be reviewing the goals we made on the podcast at the beginning of the year, and most importantly — we will share some tips and things we’ve learned about keeping and working towards your goals.

We’ll also share what to do when a goal doesn’t make sense anymore. Sometimes things come up and you need to make a course correction.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • The top 3 productivity resources for this week [2:24]
  • Who this episode is for and how it can help people who struggle with goal setting [4:33]
  • The goals Brooks and Thanh set last quarter [7:29]
  • How Thanh’s goals evolved over the first quarter and what he could do better next time [10:28]
  • What Brooks implemented for his goals this year and how it helped him succeed so far [14:08]
  • How Thanh is increasing his likelihood of succeeding at his new goal [19:38]
  • The little “kaizen” improvements Brooks has made over this first quarter [24:10]
  • Why Thanh prefers consulting professionals for advice instead of going the DIY route [27:53]
  • How Brooks and Thanh keep track of their progress [30:20]

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Apr 06 2020

44mins

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How To Plan Your Perfect Week In Under 45 Minutes (TPS293)

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Do you ever get to the end of the week and realize that you haven’t made real progress on any of your goals and priorities? You see stuff on your todo list that didn’t get done. And then maybe you thought to yourself: “How did this happen?”

The key to having a productive week is not just what you do during the week – it is what you do before the week even starts. You need to plan your week and plan it the right way.

In this episode, we will take you through the 4 things you should do to plan your perfect week, so you can finish the week with a feeling of accomplishment, not frustration.

Thanks to Blinkist for supporting The Productivity Show. Blinkist is offering our listeners a free 7-day trial and 25% off your new subscription. Go to Blinkist.com/tps to learn more.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • The top 3 productivity resources for this week [2:46]
  • One of the new techniques that the Asian Efficiency Dojo has been implementing [5:42]
  • Why it is important to set aside dedicated time to plan out your week [8:54]
  • Why we can’t leave our priorities for the week up to chance [17:54]
  • What you can learn from reviewing your past week [26:06]
  • How leaving yourself with unplanned time is necessary for a productive week [34:39]
  • Some action steps to help you get started on this today [40:57]

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Mar 30 2020

43mins

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Our Controversial Productivity Beliefs (And Why They Work) (TPS292)

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I did a Google search for “productivity advice”, and it brought back 210,000,000 results. A lot of those results are giving the same advice over and over, and a lot of time we just accept it. Someone puts it in a book, so it must be true!

Here’s the thing though: it may not be true for YOU.

In this episode, we are going to share our controversial opinions on productivity. Things that we believe, even though they may not be conventional wisdom or people may not be willing to talk about.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • The top 3 productivity resources for this week [2:21]
  • What “Time Arbitrage” is and why Thanh believes it is the key to getting more productive hours out of your day [6:01]
  • Why even though you _think_ you’re a night owl, you’re probably not [9:33]
  • How having a day of only meetings can free up a lot of time and deep work disruption [12:05]
  • What to do if you want a meeting day but aren’t in charge of scheduling meetings [20:34]
  • Why DIY is often not efficient at all [24:27]
  • Believe it or not, doing your most important task first is NOT necessarily the golden rule of productivity [39:03]

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Mar 23 2020

47mins

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COVID-19: How To Be As Productive As Possible During Coronavirus Isolation (TPS291.5)

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As you know we’re in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. We thought it was our duty to help you stay productive throughout this period, and that’s why we put this bonus episode together at the last minute.

The reality is, for most of us life goes on and we have to adapt to what’s going on. We still have to pay our bills, mortgages, and rent. Deadlines still have to be met.

A lot of people are now forced to work from home which is challenging, and then having your kids at home on top of that can make it even more difficult to be productive.

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  • The top 3 productivity resources for this week [2:23]
  • How to work from home and in a remote team, even if it is new to you [9:44]
  • How you can get anything done with kids at home [29:53]
  • Ways to focus while fear, news, and social media is dominating your life [38:01]
  • Tips to stay healthy and sane during isolation time [47:34]
  • How to make “social distancing” bearable [59:43]

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Mar 19 2020

1hr 10mins

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How To Design A More Focused and Productive Work Environment (TPS291)

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Whether you are working in an office or working from home, the environment you are in is either supporting or hurting your productivity – you just may not know it!

This episode is about designing your environment. We don’t mean whether your walls should be “Raspberry Truffle” or what size your baseboards should be — we mean setting up where you work and live so that you are able to get your best work done and be as productive as possible.

Thanks to Freshbooks for supporting The Productivity Show. Freshbooks is offering our listeners a free 30-day trial, no catch and no credit card required. Go to Freshbooks.com/tps and enter TPS in the “How did you hear about us” section to get started.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • Brooks and Marmel’s top 3 productivity resources for this week [3:05]
  • How Marmel has put today’s topic into immediate practice during recording [6:10]
  • The productivity boost of having a well-curated workspace [9:53]
  • How Brooks and Marmel have made difficult corporate workspaces in the past work for them [13:36]
  • Why “a cluttered desk makes a cluttered mind” [18:06]
  • What to do if you need to use one space for many different contexts [30:32]
  • How to minimize digital distractions [33:51]
  • The power of friction [38:05]
  • Keep a recurring time to declutter your space [48:06]

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Mar 16 2020

54mins

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Have A Side Hustle? 5 Ways To Maximize Your Time, Energy, and Attention With a Job and a Freelance or Passion Project (TPS290)

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Today’s episode is about how you maintain a full-time job while starting and growing a side hustle. This could be a passion project, freelancing gig, or something else you want to start on the side while maintaining your full-time job. It can be tough to balance the two without feeling overwhelmed and for a lot of people, it’s almost impossible to start a side hustle because their full-time job is taking up all their time.

But don’t you worry, we got you covered. We’ll share 5 tips to maximize your time and ways for you to start and grow your side hustle.

Thanks to Freshbooks for supporting The Productivity Show. Freshbooks is offering our listeners a free 30-day trial, no catch and no credit card required. Go to Freshbooks.com/tps and enter TPS in the “How did you hear about us” section to get started.

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  • The top 3 productivity resources for this week [3:32]
  • What a side hustle can mean and who this episode is for [5:24]
  • Why becoming a master of scheduling your time is so important in having a side hustle [7:19]
  • The power of cumulative time [18:15]
  • How to automate and delegate tasks and why you should do it as often as you can [24:54]
  • Prioritize communication way higher than you think you should [32:24]
  • Why you need to celebrate the wins you get with your side hustle [41:08]

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Mar 09 2020

49mins

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Work-Life Balance Is A Myth, But Here’s How To Be Better In Your Work and Personal Life Without Falling Apart (TPS289)

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One of the most common questions we get is: “Should I keep my work and personal tasks together? Or should I separate them? How about my email and calendar?”

In this episode, we’re going to tackle this controversial topic and give you 4 strategies that have worked well for us and others in the Asian Efficiency community.

Thanks to Blinkist for supporting The Productivity Show. Blinkist is offering our listeners a free 7-day trial and 25% off your new subscription. Go to Blinkist.com/tps to learn more.

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  • The top three productivity resources for this week [2:12]
  • What inspired Brooks to create this episode and why it’s a topic for everybody [4:28]
  • The question people are _really_ asking when they are trying to figure out their work-life balance [7:58]
  • How to free up your Time, Energy, and Attention [11:45]
  • What to look for when you’re hiring outside help [18:02]
  • How consolidating your inputs and capture points can focus your energy to where it’s most effective [23:34]
  • Why you should develop your tunnel vision [31:55]
  • The power and unintuitive nature of intentional imbalance in achieving your goals [40:31]

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Mar 02 2020

46mins

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The 12 Week Year: The “Secret Sauce” To Achieving Your Goals Every Quarter (TPS288)

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Do you have trouble achieving your goals? Even if you’ve meticulously planned out your year, taking those plans and translating them into accomplishments doesn’t always work out the way you hope.

A powerful framework for achieving your goals is called The 12 Week Year, which is based on a book by Brian Moran and Michael Lennington.

In this episode, we revisit The 12 Week Year and share 5 tips that will help you succeed with it and accomplish your goals faster and more consistently.

Thanks to Freshbooks for supporting The Productivity Show. Freshbooks is offering our listeners a free 30-day trial, no catch and no credit card required. Go to Freshbooks.com/tps and enter TPS in the “How did you hear about us” section to get started.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • Brooks’s and Thanh’s top 3 productivity resources for the week [3:24]
  • What the 12 Week Year is and why the Asian Efficiency community loves it [5:13]
  • Why you should focus on fewer goals than you think [11:06]
  • The power of knowing your “why” when setting your goals [19:24]
  • What tracking your actions does for accomplishing your 12 Week Year goals [23:42]
  • The difference between measuring lead instead of lag indicators [31:21]
  • Accountability buddies and how it can increase your motivation when you feel like you don’t have any left [37:04]
  • Action steps that can help you get started on your 12 Week Year [41:25]

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Feb 24 2020

44mins

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Is Evernote Dying? Nope! Here Are Our Favorite Tips and How We Use It Now (TPS287)

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If you’ve looked at productivity apps at all, you will have come across Evernote. Some people think about Evernote as a “note-taking app”, but it is so much more than that. It’s where you can remember everything that is important, and it’s the tool you can use to stay organized, wherever you are in the world and with whatever device you have access to.

We’ve talked a lot about Evernote on the podcast, going back as far as 2015. In this episode, we are going to revisit how we use Evernote, and share some of our favorite Evernote tips — some you may not have used before, even if you’ve been using Evernote for as long as we have.

Thanks to Freshbooks for supporting The Productivity Show. Freshbooks is offering our listeners a free 30-day trial, no catch and no credit card required. Go to Freshbooks.com/tps and enter TPS in the “How did you hear about us” section to get started.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • Brooks’s top 3 productivity resources for the week [3:23]
  • How Thanh and Brooks first encountered Evernote and what they used it for [7:16]
  • Why despite some popular articles and videos, Evernote is far from dead [11:14]
  • How Evernote has made the Asian Efficiency team’s organization much better [14:54]
  • Why it’s really important not to overthink how you organize your notes [25:16]
  • The advantage of creating a dashboard or table of contents [30:54]
  • The power of utilizing the Evernote template system [35:02]
  • How to become a web clipper power user and combine it with Gmail [39:30]
  • The super-shortcut that is under-utilized in Evernote [43:35]

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Feb 17 2020

52mins

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A Licensed Clinician Shares ADHD Strategies That Work w/ Eric Tivers (TPS286)

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I’m joined by Eric Tivers who runs the podcast ADHD Rewired and is a licensed clinical social worker who helps people with ADHD succeed in life. We dive deep into what ADHD is, how to diagnose it and what to do be productive if you think you have ADHD.

Thanks to Freshbooks for supporting The Productivity Show. Freshbooks is offering our listeners a free 30-day trial, no catch and no credit card required. Go to Freshbooks.com/tps and enter TPS in the “How did you hear about us” section to get started.

Thanks also to Grammarly for supporting The Productivity Show. Grammarly is offering our listeners 20% off their premium account. Go to Grammarly.com/tps to get 20% off your premium account today.

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  • Why Eric wanted to share his experience as a person with ADHD, and how that evolved into his work [2:11]
  • What people with ADHD commonly experience in their daily life [4:57]
  • How to know if you have ADHD [8:00]
  • Some of the strategies that Eric teaches to the people he works with [11:39]
  • What Eric sees those with ADHD learn and develop to overcome their disorder [20:26]
  • Eric’s stance on medication and nootropics for people with ADHD [30:16]
  • What Eric would recommend for people who think they may be suffering from ADHD [36:50]

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Feb 10 2020

40mins

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10 Health Hacks to Feel More Energized and Focused (TPS285)

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We talk about health quite a bit here on the podcast, and for good reason: we believe that good health leads to energy, and energy is a key part of our TEA Framework: if you don’t have enough energy, it doesn’t matter how focused you are or how much you master your time – you aren’t going to be as productive as you want to be.

In this episode we are going to be sharing some of our best health hacks – things you can do RIGHT NOW to be more rested, have more energy and have a solid foundation to be uber-productive.

Thanks to Freshbooks for supporting The Productivity Show. Freshbooks is offering our listeners a free 30-day trial, no catch and no credit card required. Go to Freshbooks.com/tps and enter TPS in the “How did you hear about us” section to get started.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • This week’s top 3 productivity resources [2:59]
  • Why Thanh drinks apple cider vinegar every night before bed [4:39]
  • Brook’s favorite sleep and travel hack [8:17]
  • How one of Thanh’s favorite health hacks has saved him from food poisoning [11:09]
  • The supplement that helps keep Thanh and Brooks avoid getting sick [15:50]
  • How to avoid the side effects of afternoon coffee drinking [18:32]
  • The best meditation app that doubles as a sleep aid [24:29]
  • How a float tank can act as a “meditation on steroids” [28:31]
  • The easiest way to make sure you’re hydrated throughout the day [33:06]
  • What Egoscue is and how it helped Thanh fix his alignment and posture [36:22]
  • Tracking your food intake and the many benefits it can have on your health [40:12]

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Feb 03 2020

46mins

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A Maker and Creative Entrepreneur Reveals Her Personal Productivity System (w/ Best Self’s Cathryn Lavery) (TPS284)

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I’m joined this time by Cathryn Lavery. She’s the co-founder of the Best Self company that you might recognize as the creator of the Self Planner and Self Journal. Cathryn considers herself a maker and creator so we dove deep into how she approaches the creative process, gets things done and what her personal productivity system is.

Thanks to Indeed for supporting The Productivity Show. Get started today at Indeed.com/tps.

Thanks also to Freshbooks for supporting The Productivity Show. Freshbooks is offering our listeners a free 30-day trial, no catch and no credit card required. Go to Freshbooks.com/tps and enter TPS in the “How did you hear about us” section to get started.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • Cathryn’s three favorite productivity resources [1:34]
  • How Cathryn accidentally made productivity into her job [4:18]
  • What makes Cathryn’s Self Journal so effective [9:38]
  • The strategies and productivity tools Cathryn had before she started Best Self [11:50]
  • How Cathryn’s weekly structure works with her creativity to maximize her most productive times [16:29]
  • How Best Self evolved from productivity into a more holistic brand [26:46]
  • What benefits the Oura Ring has had in Cathryn’s life [34:00]
  • Why you should work with people who are passionate about what they do [47:00]
  • How Cathryn uses the Best Self products in her own life, and surprising stories from other Best Self clients [50:17]

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Jan 27 2020

1hr 1min

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How Anyone Can Have A Prosperous And Productive Lunar New Year (TPS283)

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This isn’t going to be your normal “New Year” productivity podcast. You may or may not know that a few days after this podcast is released, it will be the start of a new Chinese New Year, or more accurately called Lunar New Year.

5,000 years of Asian culture can’t be wrong, so since this is Asian Efficiency, we are going to talk about some of the lessons from Lunar New Year traditions, and how we can apply them to have a more productive and happy 2020. So Happy Year of the Metal Rat!

Thanks to Freshbooks for supporting The Productivity Show. Freshbooks is offering our listeners a free 30-day trial, no catch and no credit card required. Go to Freshbooks.com/tps and enter TPS in the “How did you hear about us” section to get started.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • Thanh and Brooks’ top 3 favorite productivity tools for this week [2:37]
  • What this year’s Chinese sign is and why it is such a good omen [10:52]
  • Why we work on being productive in the first place [13:02]
  • How these elements of the Lunar New Year can help anybody, regardless of heritage or ethnicity [15:28]
  • What can be learned from the Chinese traditions of giving red envelopes for the new year [23:39]
  • Spring cleaning and the sweeping away of our demons for the new year [32:45]
  • Why you should be wary of being too ambitious with your new year’s goals [37:27]

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Jan 20 2020

43mins

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Just Listened to 10 Healthy Hacks for More Energy

By Slappyzsgh - Apr 28 2020
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Really enjoyed the podcast about the health hacks you guys are using. Really appreciated this episode.

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By E wu star - Oct 01 2018
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I relate to this show significantly. My favorite.