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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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335 Ratings
Average Ratings
276
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7
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Favorite Podcast

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

200 Strong 💪

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Awesome!!! Thanks for the “value” you all provide 🙏

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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.

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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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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Book:

Tool:

Ritual:

  • Emptying his head and inbox once a day

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Sep 28 2015

38mins

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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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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

Connect with Jeff Sanders

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Dec 07 2015

37mins

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TPS83: How to Plan Your Week w/ Kendra Wright

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Zack chats with Kendra Wright about her awesome strategy for planning her week. This strategy will change the way you think about your calendar, helping you to fit in self-care and work and feel fulfilled during your week but not over-worked.

Cheat Sheet

  • Why Kendra’s way of planning her week is awesome and how you can apply it yourself
  • One easy method to help you remember more of your life and make the weeks stop flying by
  • The new priorities in Kendra’s life
  • How to build a bad-ass life without burning out
  • Ways you can actually make more money by doing less
  • How and why you should build self-care into your calendar
  • The benefits that come from setting a weekly appointment to plan your week with yourself
  • The 3 key zones of your life that you should assess during your weekly meeting
  • Step-by-step instructions to help you map out your week
  • Why the best thing you can do for your business is to take care of yourself first
  • How to fit fun events into your schedule so you don’t miss out the things you really want to do
  • How to recover when things go wrong in your calendar

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Contest Winners

  • Grand prize: ProteusFactor
  • Second prize: danielwroberson
  • Third prize: fitnowork, jcp543, Dsker42, robertjtighe, Thomastsai92

Because we only have your iTunes name, please email us at podcast@asianefficiency.com to claim your prize. Note that additional verification may be required.

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Mar 21 2016

35mins

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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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TPS39: Personal and Business Productivity w/ Amber DeLaGarza

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Amber is The Productivity Specialist. She works with business owners who feel overwhelmed and out of time, yet want to achieve higher levels of success. Amber helps her clients maximize their time and reach their goals through one-on-one personal productivity training and business efficiency consulting.

Cheat Sheet

  • The #1 thing to do when you are overwhelmed and out of time.
  • Unanswered productivity question for the ages: “Which comes first, the focus or the systems that allow focus?”
  • How to be creative, have a bit less structure yet still be productive.

Links

Book, tool, frog

Book: How the World Sees You by Sally Hogshead

Tool: Go back to the basics and be very clear about your goals. Clear goals allow you to filter ever task, opportunity and project to see if they align with your long term objectives. This is how you can be sure you are making best use of your time.

Frog: Build an online productivity e-learning platform.

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May 18 2015

32mins

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TPS29: Paper Organization w/ Kacy Paide

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Kacy Paide joins Zachary to share her paper organization tips for an inspired office, including the critical question you must ask yourself about every piece of paper you keep and the 3 places she recommends all papers end up.

Links

Kacy’s website: http://www.theinspiredoffice.com/
Kacy’s YouTube: http://youtube.com/kpaide
Kacy’s article: http://www.theinspiredoffice.com/100-ways-to-organize-your-office/

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Mar 07 2015

36mins

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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

Links

Connect with Chris Bailey

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Dec 12 2016

53mins

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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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TPS101: Lean Thinking w/ Paul Akers

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Paul Akers has built a business and a life on making small improvements every single day. In this episode, we explore the concept of lean: lean thinking, lean relationships, and lean business. Using this lean methodology, Paul shows us how to eliminate waste and make continuous improvements in your life and business.

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  • What lean thinking is and how the lean manufacturing model is used at successful companies
  • How to identify the different kinds of waste present in your systems and systematically eliminate them
  • How and why Paul got started with using the lean system in his own life
  • Why people can become paralyzed to not make change and how to overcome this feeling
  • What the work “kaizen” means and how the system actually works
  • How Toyota has used kaizen to revolutionize their business
  • How sweeping, sorting, and standardizing your workspace can make you more productive
  • What businesses can do to tap into unused employee genius to improve their organization
  • How Paul applies the lean thinking concept to relationships and love
  • Why you should make a document that clearly defines what makes you happy and how to do it effectively
  • The simple way to get up and running with the lean thinking method

Links

Book, tool, ritual

Book: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
Tool: Lean PD app
Ritual: Reading a book per week, and listening to audio books every day.

Connect with Paul Akers

Sponsor

  • Freshbooks.com/productivity
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Jul 25 2016

39mins

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TPS104: Life Skills That Matter w/ Stephen Warley (Part 2 of 2)

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In Part 2 of our conversation with Stephen Warley, we dive deeper into life skills that matter for the self-employed and freelancers. We talk about the need for continued education, how to align all of your daily habits towards your purpose, reframing your mindset around working hours and how much money you really need to make.

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Cheat Sheet

  • The importance of figuring out what makes you productive instead of just copying someone else
  • Why you need to keep learning and how it can help you advance your career
  • The real reason why people get stuck between who they are supposed to be and who they want to be (and how to overcome this)
  • How to effectively organize your time when you suddenly become your own boss
  • Tips to help you understand your larger life purpose
  • The benefit of surrounding yourself with people who are doing what you want to do
  • Why you should pick one thing to change at a time and not five
  • How to find your peak performance period to maximize your productivity during the day
  • Why you don’t actually need to work 8 hours a day
  • The benefits that come from reframing your mindset on your ideas surrounding work
  • Why embracing discomfort will help you learn more effectively

Links

Challenge

  • Use the Lifestyle Calculator and see how much you actually need to make to live the life that you want.

Connect with Stephen Warley

Sponsor

  • Freshbooks.com/productivity
  • For a 30 day free trial, be sure to enter the word ‘productivity’ in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section

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Aug 15 2016

1hr 2mins

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The Overwhelm Survival Kit: Tips & Strategies to Help You Get the Space & Control You Need (TPS206)

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Do you ever get overwhelmed? Ever feel like you’ve lost control of your day and there’s absolutely nothing that you can do about it? Do you get frustrated with having to respond to things other people declare are urgent and find yourself with no time left for the things that are important to you?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then this episode is for you. Brooks and Mike talk about what overwhelm is as well as what contributes to it, and share a simple 4-step strategy to help you escape overwhelm once and for all. They share 5 quick tips for disconnecting from the moment and getting some space and control when everything goes wrong, and give you 5 tactical tips to help you systematically create space and escape overwhelm once and for all.

Thanks to Stamps.com for supporting The Productivity Show.

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Cheat Sheet

  • How this topic came about from a Twitter question [1:49]
  • What overwhelm feels like and why it’s often self-imposed [6:50]
  • How today’s society creates a culture of emergency-scan modality [11:57]
  • Resetting the expectations surrounding work/life balance [18:47]
  • 4 Steps to escape overwhelm [19:58]
  • Why you need to learn how to say “No” [22:52]
  • How email is a major contributing factor to overwhelm [30:25]
  • Why rituals help you keep overwhelm at bay [35:26]
  • Action item: identify one thing that you want to turn into a ritual or routine [39:11]
  • What should you do when everything is going wrong right now [40:37]
  • How meditation or taking a walk outside can help you feel like you are more in control of your life [44:52]
  • Ways that famous authors and business owners deal with overwhelm [48:40]
  • 5 Things you can do to make sure you will systematically fight against overwhelm [51:43]
  • Why you should reflect on your experience after you make it through an overwhelming situation [58:06]

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Jul 30 2018

1hr 1min

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TPS106: Influence Yourself w/ Ramit Sethi

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Ramit Sethi, the New York Times bestselling author of the book I Will Teach You to Be Rich, has changed the lives of many by questioning the mainstream narrative of how you should do things. In this episode we explore why people make goals and don’t follow through on them, and how you can avoid the same fate. Ramit also answers some questions about how he built his business and what habits he has developed for his own life.

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  • Why money is an important (but small) part of your life and how to make sure it is assigned the proper role
  • The psychological reasons why we set out for certain objectives and then don’t follow through
  • Why you should focus on behavior and how to let your attitude follow
  • How to narrow the scope of success in order to change behavior
  • How to build a productivity system that works for you
  • Why taking time to think is so important (and the huge benefits it’s had on Ramit’s business)
  • How to build and keep intrinsic motivation to make your habits stick
  • Why you shouldn’t be afraid to change habits
  • The importance of making a system for systems
  • Why so many people experience FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and how you can overcome this
  • The system Ramit created for his health and eating habits and how you can apply it to your own life
  • The two things you can use to identify what is really important to people
  • How we live our lives according to an invisible script (and how to change this into a narrative for a life we actually want)
  • The life lessons Ramit picked up from starting his business

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Book, tool, ritual

Book: Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got
Tool: Gmail shortcuts
Ritual: Working out

Connect with Ramit Sethi

Sponsor

  • Freshbooks.com/productivity
  • For a 30 day free trial, be sure to enter the word ‘productivity’ in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section

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Aug 29 2016

53mins

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How To Stay Focused When You Get Bored Working On Your Goals (TPS272)

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Do you get easily bored with your goals after a while? Do you get easily distracted even though you know you should be focusing on your goals? Then this episode is for you. I’ll share 5 tips with you to help you stay focused when you get bored working on your goals. This episode is going to be a solo episode too. Brooks is somewhere vacationing in Siberia, I wish that was a joke but he’s traveling the country by train right now and Marmel is spending quality time with her family, so it’s just you and me today.

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.

Thanks to Rhone for supporting The Productivity Show. Visit Rhone.com/tps and enter code TPS during checkout for 20% off your first purchase. Go to Rhone.com/TPS to learn more.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • Thanh’s top three habit-building resources [2:22]
  • Why putting in the hours is the most important thing [5:10]
  • The power of falling in love with the process [8:50]
  • Why you need to stay connected with the purpose of your goals [16:30]
  • How to change your plan if necessary, and keep your goal the same [23:01]
  • What advantages a process-oriented habit has over a goal-oriented one [26:18]

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Nov 04 2019

33mins

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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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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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  • 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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5 of the Most Powerful Email Tools We’ve Used to Help You Reclaim Your Email Inbox (TPS183)

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Email is a nuisance to your productivity and something that everyone has to deal with on a daily basis. In this episode, Brooks and Mike talk about strategies and tools you can use to process the email in your inbox even faster, and give you 5 strategies you can use to get out of your inbox and start reclaiming your time. We share several resources and tools you can use no matter what operating system or email client you decide to use. If you find yourself struggling to keep up with email, this episode is for you.

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  • Why email apps have limited impact on the time it takes to process email and what tools you can do to decrease the time email requires [1:20]
  • Two approaches you can use if you want to spend less time in email [4:44]
  • How to use email filters effectively [6:24]
  • How to set up email filters in common email clients [15:08]
  • Why you should use text expansion for canned responses [18:57]
  • How to use a shared inbox for team accounts [23:20]
  • What VIP notifications are and how to use them to avoid distractions [26:10]
  • Why direct integrations are so useful for getting email out of your inbox [27:54]
  • Resources you can use to process email more effectively [31:01]
  • How to use TextExpander beyond just the basic text expansion [37:36]
  • How to use MailPusher to get VIP notifications for email with any client [41:07]
  • How to make Apple Mail better with MailButler [42:54]
  • Why you should use Boomerang if you use Gmail [45:26]
  • Why Newton’s premium features will blow you away [47:19]

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Feb 19 2018

52mins

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Change Your Mind, Change Your Life: How a Growth Mindset Leads You to Your Ideal Future (TPS171)

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Ever wonder why some people are so successful and others seem to really struggle? More than likely, it has little to do with their talent or ability and more to do with their growth mindset. In this episode, Thanh and Mike talk about the importance of developing a growth mindset and how it can translate into personal and professional success. They explain what a growth mindset looks like and how it’s different from a fixed mindset, how you can spot a growth mindset in several different areas, and share some tips about how you can change from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset yourself. If you find it difficult to take action on things that you know are important but you struggle to find motivation, or you find yourself giving in to procrastination more often than you’d like, then this episode is for you.

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  • How today’s topic came from an #AskTPS question on Twitter [1:10]
  • The difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset [3:23]
  • The surprising benefits that come from having a growth mindset [9:50]
  • What the fixed mindset does to you personally [15:12]
  • How to tell if you might have a fixed mindset in certain areas of your life [21:15]
  • How you can have  a growth mindset in some areas of your life while having a fixed mindset in other areas [27:59]
  • 3 quick tips to identify if a business partner, friend, or romantic partner has a growth mindset [29:30]
  • The impact of truly mastering a skill, and why it’s about how you put in the time and not just the amount of time [36:01]
  • Examples of using a growth mindset for your relationships [44:33]
  • Using a growth mindset for finances [51:15]
  • The top areas where Thanh and Mike have a growth mindset [55:14]
  • Where Thanh and Mike find themselves struggling with a fixed mindset [57:48]
  • 5 tips to change from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset [1:01:38]
  • Why you should collect “reference experiences” in order to make yourself believe that your goals are possible [1:07:24]
  • Dojo member Jon talks about why he joined and how he’s changed since joining [1:12:42]

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Nov 27 2017

1hr 17mins

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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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A Single Mother Reveals How She Runs a Business And Live Life On Her Terms (TPS277)

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Today I’m joined by Corina Frankie, the founder of Brand Besties that helps companies with experiential marketing services. She’s a good friend of mine and a very smart, successful single mom and entrepreneur. We talk about how she’s able to run a business while raising a kid by herself, how she approaches work-life balance and her unique approach to productivity.

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  • Corina’s top 3 productivity resources [1:31]
  • What makes Corina stand out to Thanh, and what a typical week looks like for her [3:57]
  • How Corina’s work-life has been set up to maximize her time with her son [11:52]
  • Corina’s “money date” and how it helps her plan for the future [15:40]
  • Why routine has never been normal for Corina, and how she plans with that in mind [20:12]
  • How Corina finds it effortless to find time for what she wants out of life [25:15]
  • The benefits of living an extremely intentional life [38:28]
  • Corina’s best “mom hacks” [41:13]
  • What Corina teaches her kid about how she lives her life and why she sees it as super important when they are young [45:53]

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Dec 09 2019

52mins

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Productive Networking: 5 Secrets To Connect That Anyone Can Do (TPS276)

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Today we are going to be talking about Productive Networking. You’ll discover 5 tips and strategies you can use for your next networking event to meet new people. Whether you’re introverted and have trouble meeting people, or you are looking for ways to improve your networking, this episode is for you.

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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  • Brooks and Thanh’s top 3 favorite resources for this week [2:12]
  • What makes a successful networker [5:11]
  • How not to network [9:05]
  • How to take advantage of predictable questions when meeting someone new [13:40]
  • Ways to get past the awkward beginnings of a new conversation [19:53]
  • Why you should be relentlessly helpful and never keep score [30:29]
  • What you should always do before you start exchanging information [36:02]
  • How to increase the likelihood of people to come out and remember you well [40:05]
  • The most important part of networking: the follow up [46:28]
  • An actionable exercise you can start using today to improve your networking skills [53:38]

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Dec 02 2019

56mins

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Revisiting The TEA Framework: Should We Add This 4th Pillar? (TPS275)

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A year ago we unveiled the TEA Framework here on the podcast, which is our simple framework that will help you get laser-focused on the root cause when your productivity dips. We’ve learned that there are three currencies that you must master in order to be as productive as you can be, and one year on we are going to revisit the TEA framework, share some feedback and successes that we’ve received, and share our lessons learned one year on.

We’ll also cover where you should start if you are feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, or distracted.

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  • Brooks’s top 3 productivity resources [2:30]
  • The three areas that make up the TEA framework and how it can help with your productivity [4:51]
  • What makes the TEA framework so useful in diagnosing problems [10:32]
  • Why the Time element is the reason most everybody learned about productivity [15:37]
  • Why Energy is the most important element of the TEA framework [21:43]
  • The three components of Attention [33:24]
  • Why Attention may be the most important for freelancers and those high up in their company [39:00]
  • How to get started in implementing the TEA framework [45:29]
  • How members of the Dojo have used the TEA framework to supercharge their productivity and remove roadblocks [47:51]
  • Is this the newest letter to the TEA framework? [49:29]
  • What a whole year of the TEA framework has shown Thanh and Brooks [52:47]

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Nov 25 2019

57mins

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Want To Start Over? Here’s How We Would Do It (TPS274)

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Think back to when you started your productivity journey — are there things you know now that you wish you did back then? Is there anything you’d do differently? Are you just getting started and want to make sure you start off on the right foot?

In this episode, we will be talking about the things we’d change if we were starting over from scratch, and the lessons we’ve learned along the way. You can learn from the things we did well, and the areas of growth we’ve experienced.

Thanks to Honeybook for supporting The Productivity Show. Honeybook is offering our listeners 50% off your first year. Go to Honeybook.com/tps to learn more.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • Brooks’s and Thanh’s top 3 productivity resources [2:47]
  • How the TEA framework can guide you whether you’re just starting out with productivity or you’re a veteran [5:01]
  • What Thanh recommends to manage your time most efficiently [8:43]
  • How Brooks and Thanh make quickly capturing tasks and ideas simple [18:37]
  • How Brooks’s favorite time management tips have paid dividends over time [20:55]
  • The tried and true methods to recover and make the most of your energy [27:45]
  • The power of “eating the frog” first thing in your day [37:11]
  • Thinking time to improve the clarity of your goals and quality of your work [44:46]
  • Why asking for help is such an important tool for honing our focus and attention [49:17]
  • The “bonus round” of productivity tips from Brooks, Thanh, and the Dojo [51:55]

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Nov 18 2019

1hr 1min

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Notion and Choosing The Right Productivity Tool For You w/ Francesco D’Alessio (TPS273)

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In this episode, Francesco D’Alessio from the Keep Productive Youtube channel returns to the podcast. We talk about Notion, a productivity tool that has been getting a ton of buzz over the past year, as well as how to pick a productivity tool that’s right for you.

We also do a lightning round where Francesco shares his favorite tools that he uses to be productive every day.

Thanks to LinkedIn for supporting The Productivity Show. Go to LinkedIn.com/jobs to learn more about how LinkedIn can help you.

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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  • Francesco’s top 3 productivity resources [2:22]
  • What Notion is and why it’s such a revolutionary application [6:58]
  • Some of the more inspired uses of Notion that Francesco has seen in the community [11:05]
  • How Notion’s flexible options make maintaining a database much easier than with other platforms [13:49]
  • Why Francesco says Notion does 80% of what every other application can do [19:19]
  • What Airtable is and how it is useful for teams [25:30]
  • Why Francesco made his “Sorry Evernote Users” video and how Evernote’s role in his life has changed [28:54]
  • What apps and tools Francesco for different productivity areas [37:13]
  • Francesco’s advice for how to best use your tools [44:07]

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Nov 11 2019

49mins

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How To Stay Focused When You Get Bored Working On Your Goals (TPS272)

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Do you get easily bored with your goals after a while? Do you get easily distracted even though you know you should be focusing on your goals? Then this episode is for you. I’ll share 5 tips with you to help you stay focused when you get bored working on your goals. This episode is going to be a solo episode too. Brooks is somewhere vacationing in Siberia, I wish that was a joke but he’s traveling the country by train right now and Marmel is spending quality time with her family, so it’s just you and me today.

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.

Thanks to Rhone for supporting The Productivity Show. Visit Rhone.com/tps and enter code TPS during checkout for 20% off your first purchase. Go to Rhone.com/TPS to learn more.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • Thanh’s top three habit-building resources [2:22]
  • Why putting in the hours is the most important thing [5:10]
  • The power of falling in love with the process [8:50]
  • Why you need to stay connected with the purpose of your goals [16:30]
  • How to change your plan if necessary, and keep your goal the same [23:01]
  • What advantages a process-oriented habit has over a goal-oriented one [26:18]

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Nov 04 2019

33mins

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A Million Mile Traveler Reveals Her 5 Productivity and Travel Tips (TPS271)

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Today I’m joined by Katherine Fan, a senior writer for The Points Guy, one of the leading websites on travel. She has flown a million miles in her lifetime so she knows a thing or two about traveling productively and efficiently. That’s what we’re diving into today and how she does it while staying productive on the road.

Thanks to Honeybook for supporting The Productivity Show. Honeybook is offering our listeners 50% off your first year. Go to Honeybook.com/TPS to learn more.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • Katherine’s top 3 productivity resources [1:46]
  • How Katherine stays on track with her routines as she travels [8:48]
  • Why staying on track with goals while traveling is actually easier for Katherine [14:36]
  • How Katherine packs to maximize space and usefulness of every item [19:19]
  • What suitcase Katherine recommends for people to travel with [28:54]
  • Why Katherine insists on having two of everything she uses regularly at home [33:53]
  • How her work gets done while on the road, and Katherine’s robust backup strategy [37:37]
  • The key to getting upgraded on your flights [48:44]
  • How Katherine approaches solo travel as a woman [59:16]

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Oct 28 2019

1hr 7mins

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Strategic Planning: Get From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be (TPS270)

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When people talk about planning, usually they talk about planning your day, planning your week, or even your quarter or year. But what about higher-level strategic planning?

In this episode, we’re going to talk about making sure you are doing the right things and making sure that what you are doing is actually taking you where you want to go using the 5-step strategic planning we use ourselves.

Thanks to LinkedIn for supporting The Productivity Show. Go to LinkedIn.com/jobs to learn more about how LinkedIn can help you.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • This week’s top 3 productivity resources [2:15]
  • Why strategic planning isn’t just for your boss [5:01]
  • The importance of a distinct and clear vision in strategic planning [8:07]
  • What you need to research to make your planning a success [16:04]
  • The ideal outcome of the research process and what it will provide for you [23:52]
  • The strategy of how to implement your ideas, and why knowing where you are is the best way to get started [29:51]
  • Brooks’s and Thanh’s strategy development processes [40:26]
  • Why the strategy planning matters so much when execution comes around [44:13]
  • How to improve your execution as you go [48:01]
  • What a review of your plan can do for you and your future [53:37]

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Oct 21 2019

1hr 6mins

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3 Simple Steps To Win The Last Quarter Of The Year (TPS269)

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Can you believe it’s already the final quarter of the year? Q4 is often a time where one of two things happens: either we feel down because we haven’t accomplished what we thought we would during the year, or we’re motivated to make a final push to finish up the year strong.

This episode will help you be in the latter camp: we’re going to take you through the 3 step framework we use to make sure the final quarter of the year is our best quarter, so you can go into the holidays feeling accomplished.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • Brooks’s top 3 productivity resources this week [2:32]
  • How to review your last quarter to prepare for the final quarter of 2019 [5:34]
  • What you can discover about yourself and your next quarter with three simple questions [8:31]
  • What to look for when goal setting for the new quarter [15:37]
  • How to improve on the things you’re doing already [25:27]
  • Ways to get in-depth with the events from last quarter to do them even more effectively this time [32:04]
  • How to make optimize your goal setting [40:42]
  • Why you should be optimistic but not too eager in how many goals you set for yourself [47:19]
  • Some rapid-fire quick tips and tricks to make next quarter your best quarter [50:08]

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Oct 14 2019

54mins

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An Evernote Consultant Reveals How She Uses The Tool To Manage Busy Life and Business (TPS268)

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Today I’m joined by Stacey Harmon, a certified Evernote consultant who helps people get setup and use Evernote. We dive deep into how she uses Evernote to run her life and business, we share examples of how other people use Evernote and some advanced tips and tricks to get the most out of the tool. Even if you don’t use Evernote, you’ll learn a lot of ways to organize information and process them in whatever tool you use.

Thanks to Honeybook for supporting The Productivity Show. Honeybook is offering our listeners 50% off your first year. Go to Honeybook.com/TPS to learn more.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • Stacey’s top three productivity resources [2:17]
  • How Stacey got started working with Evernote [4:11]
  • How to make next year’s taxes easy [7:27]
  • Why Evernote being a blank slate is so powerful, but can be daunting to new users [9:51]
  • What Stacey sees as the strengths and drawbacks of Evernote [16:57]
  • How to set up a GTD workflow in Evernote [26:12]
  • Stacey’s productivity philosophy [37:07]
  • How to use Evernote for anything [47:02]
  • Poweruser tips for people looking to get better with Evernote [51:34]

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Oct 07 2019

1hr

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Start Yourself On A Lifetime of Unlimited Physical Energy and Amazing Sleep (TPS267)

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A couple of weeks ago, I took a hair test that tested for mineral deficiencies. I learned about this when I met Barton Scott, founder of Upgraded Formulas, that helps people identify mineral deficiencies in their bodies and then makes recommendations for you to optimize your health and which supplements to take. On this episode, we go over my test results and I didn’t know what they were before we recorded so you’re going to hear my first reaction on the episode. You’ll also learn how you can optimize your health to live longer, sleep better and feel your best. I’m excited for you to listen to this episode today!

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  • The three things that most affected Barton’s life over the last 10 years [2:23]
  • What happened in Barton’s life that got him started in productivity and health [3:45]
  • What Barton has learned about the absorption rates of supplements, and what that means for your health and wellness [7:02]
  • Why multivitamins are not only ineffective but can be harmful to your health [12:44]
  • How a hair test can reveal more about what your body needs than a blood test [14:23]
  • How mineral makeup differs between different types of people, and some of the most important minerals we need [18:46]
  • Thanh’s hair test and what he learned from it [23:17]
  • How to improve your sleep hygiene and use of your circadian rhythm [41:39]
  • What Barton recommends for taking care of food sensitivities [48:19]
  • Why many of us have forgotten what feeling good really feels like [53:56]
  • What kinds of things Barton recommends Thanh do outside of nutrition to manage his health [1:04:00]
  • How to take nutrients and supplements to maximize their efficacy [1:08:25]

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Sep 30 2019

1hr 22mins

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Which Of These 10 Tools Over $100 Would We Invest In Again? (TPS266)

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Last week we shared with you our favorite productivity tools under a $100. This time we’ll share our 10 favorite tools over $100 that we personally use to help us save time and be more productive.

Thanks to Clearbanc for supporting The Productivity Show. If you’re doing over $20,000 per month in revenue, Clearbanc is offering our listeners a 20-minute term sheet for Clearbanc Capital. Go to Clearbanc.com/TPS to learn more.

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  • This week’s top three productivity resources [2:30]
  • Why Thanh and Brooks can’t go for very long without their Kindle Paperwhite [4:36]
  • How the Oura Ring beat out the Apple Watch for fitness and sleep tracking [8:05]
  • Brooks’s ultimate carry-on suitcase [13:13]
  • Thanh’s even more ultimate carry-on suitcase [20:19]
  • Why a good pair of pants can make all the difference when you travel [25:55]
  • Why you can’t go wrong with a good powerbank [32:07]
  • How a blood test can get you the important data you have to get healthy [34:29]
  • The household items that make the biggest impact for Brooks and Thanh [39:39]

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Sep 23 2019

47mins

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The 10 Best Productivity Tools Under $100 (TPS265)

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At Asian Efficiency we have dozens of productivity tools that we use to save time, to be more productive and effective. We put together a list of our 10 favorite tools under $100 dollars that we personally use and can recommend to you.

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  • Thanh and Brooks’s top three productivity tools for this week [2:03]
  • Why a USB hub for Brooks’s new Macbook is such a huge productivity tool [5:55]
  • How Thanh’s glasses help him fall asleep easier at night [8:11]
  • How electrolyte powders can make it easier to stay hydrated [14:10]
  • The power of automation with Amazon Echo and how it can cut down on distraction in your work [20:26]
  • What benefits Brooks gets from his NeuYear calendar [24:31]
  • Why Thanh takes his Manta Sleep Mask with him everywhere he travels [27:13]
  • How a uniquely shaped water bottle solved so many problems for Thanh [31:54]

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Sep 16 2019

37mins

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15+ Things Asian Efficiency Implemented to Double Team Productivity and Collaboration (TPS264)

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Asian Efficiency has always been a remote team and we have team members all over the world. We all come from different backgrounds, different cultures, and with different ‘quirks’. Despite all these differences, we are able to work well together because we always work as a team. But, it wasn’t always without problems. We have struggled to work together as a team across different continents and time zones but eventually, we did figure it out. In this episode, we will go over what 3 lessons learned about highly productive teamwork and how you can use it in your own team. Whether you are in a remote company or not, these lessons will apply to all teams.

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  • Asian Efficiency’s top three team productivity resources [2:20]
  • Why trust is the foundation of every good team [6:02]
  • How Marmel accelerates the trust-building process with new employees [9:37]
  • The different ways Asian Efficiency has built trust between their team members [17:10]
  • How acting with integrity will develop trust between you and others [28:46]
  • Why under-communication is such a waste to a company [31:45]
  • What practices Asian Efficiency has implemented to help with communication [36:03]
  • Why Thanh prioritizes getting everybody’s input on a project [41:42]
  • What it means for everybody’s happiness to be equally important in a company [45:28]
  • How Thanh and the AE team have prioritized the happiness of the team [52:45]
  • The “roundtable of gratitude” and how it helps the team morale [1:00:00]

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Sep 09 2019

1hr 5mins

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15+ Ways TPS Listeners Save Time and Have Time Freedom (TPS263)

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Are you curious about automation, but want some examples of what others like you do, to spark some ideas?

In this episode, we continue our mini-series on Automation that we started last week in TPS262, but this time we share more examples of what Asian Efficiency readers have automated to save time. Without spoiling too much, it will include examples like paying bills, reporting, clearing emails, and much more.

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  • Brooks’s top three productivity resources [2:22]
  • Why you don’t have to be a coder or a superuser to embrace automation [6:15]
  • Why you should automate your food, grocery, and household purchases [7:44]
  • How Asian Efficiency members have automated their household purchases [11:03]
  • What you can learn from a time tracking app [13:38]
  • Learning how to better trust your automation system [18:24]
  • Why you should always “setup and verify” your new automations [21:52]
  • How you can make your email experience organized, easy, and efficient [29:26]
  • How to make centralizing information into one simple place [39:54]
  • Ways that the Asian Efficiency community have streamlined their reporting [46:42]

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Sep 02 2019

53mins

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5 Examples of Tasks You Can Automate To Save Yourself An Hour a Day (TPS262)

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Have you ever wanted to start with automation, but you weren’t sure where to start? Then this episode is for you. We talk about our 5 biggest personal automation wins, and where we think you should start if you want to get started with automation. We also share an exciting new automation course that we’ve been cooking up, so stay tuned for that until the end.

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  • The top three productivity resources for this week [2:09]
  • What Thanh and Brooks learned from their automation survey [5:17]
  • How you can type faster without learning how to type faster [10:52]
  • Why everybody can get started with text replacement today easily and for free [16:03]
  • How Brooks and Thanh use Text Expander to work more efficiently [19:37]
  • How keyboard shortcuts speed up your workflow and save time in your work [26:06]
  • A simple way to get started with keyboard shortcuts [36:40]
  • Thanh shares some of his favorite keyboard shortcuts [41:06]
  • The power of using “copy and paste on steroids” [45:29]
  • How automatic file management can keep your workspace clutter free and organized [55:04]
  • Examples of how to use automatic file management to enhance your computer’s organization [1:05:33]
  • The peace of mind of having all your backups completely automated [1:08:15]

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Aug 26 2019

1hr 17mins

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How To Get Started With Personal Finance With Proven Workflows, Apps and Tools w/ Charles Ngo (TPS261)

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What’s the best way to get started with personal finance? How do you track your money? Which personal finance apps do you recommend? We get these questions a lot from Asian Efficiency readers and podcast listeners. That’s what we’ll cover in this episode. I’m joined this time by Charles Ngo, a successful entrepreneur and one of my best friends. You might recognize his name because he was on the podcast before in episode 143 where we talked about how to get started with executive assistants. About three years ago, Charles started to dive into personal finance and tracking every cent he spent. He learned a lot along the way and I asked him to share his workflow, tools and how he budgets so you can get started with managing your finances in a more efficient way.

Thanks to Lumen5 for supporting The Productivity Show. Lumen5 is offering our listeners 50% off their first month. Go to Lumen5.com/tps to get 50% off your first month.

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  • Charles’s top three productivity resources [2:43]
  • What got Charles interested in better understanding of personal finance [3:50]
  • How the fear of confronting your financial situation [9:27]
  • The only way you can really learn about your own personal finances [12:58]
  • Why forecasting is the key in personal finance, and how deeply it can impact your financial security [17:06]
  • The different systems that Charles has tried [29:46]
  • Why Charles likes having an accountability partner for his finances [34:37]
  • Charles’s two favorite tools outside of YNAB to get a handle on your finances [38:37]
  • How Charles uses the data he gathers to improve [46:40]
  • The power of the leading indicator, and how you can leverage it [53:25]
  • The different components of Charles’s financial system [57:07]
  • What Charles would recommend for everybody getting started with their own financial literacy [1:02:42]

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Aug 19 2019

1hr 10mins

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There’s No Action Without ACT w/ Mridu Parikh (TPS260)

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Today I’m joined by Mridu Parikh, productivity coach, speaker, and trainer at Life Is Organized. We talk about the biggest challenges her productivity coaching clients face, how busy professionals can squash overwhelm, and ways to commit to your biggest priorities.

Thanks to Gusto for supporting The Productivity Show. Gusto is offering our listeners 3 months free when you run your first payroll. Check out Gusto at Gusto.com/TPS.

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  • Mridu’s top three productivity resources [2:45]
  • How Mridu helps people recover their time and get more productive [4:55]
  • The first thing Mridu does with every client [7:42]
  • How to stop spinning your wheels and start taking action [10:33]
  • Why Mridu believes avoiding distractions is the most powerful thing you can do to boost your productivity [13:55]
  • The exercise that will prove to you the power in not multitasking [16:09]
  • The unique way Mridu uses the Pomodoro technique [23:44]
  • Committing to your “power hour” and why it’s so important [25:51]
  • How to keep your priorities front and center and easy to remember [32:42]
  • The only way we can accurately get through our day and know what we can accomplish [36:56]
  • The key to holding fast to your time boxing [41:49]
  • What the most common challenge is for people and their productivity [50:15]

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Aug 12 2019

55mins

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Stop Wasting Time! Try These 5 Productive Power Break Ideas Today (TPS259)

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How many times have you found yourself with a few minutes in the middle of the day, and you decide to “check social media” or hit up YouTube or watch TV and then next thing you know an hour is gone and you feel like the time has been totally wasted?

In this episode, we are going to be talking about Productive Power Breaks — things you can do in the gaps to still give you an important break, but leave you feeling energized, ready to take on the rest of the day, and with a sense that it’s been time well-spent.

Thanks to Gusto for supporting The Productivity Show. Gusto is offering our listeners 3 months free when you run your first payroll. Check out Gusto at Gusto.com/TPS.

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  • The top three productivity resources of the Asian Efficiency team [1:55]
  • The idea of the “productive power break” and where it came from [3:11]
  • Ways to get your blood flowing and get a big boost to your focus during your power breaks [6:30]
  • How running a quick errand can help chip away at your todo list and give you a solid break [9:49]
  • How Marmel uses a foam roller on her breaks to keep her relaxed and focused [13:29]
  • The way to reduce overwhelm while taking a power break [14:06]
  • How to integrate personal development into the little breaks throughout your day [18:02]
  • Engage your brain! Use your breaks to stay sharp [20:32]
  • Why Brooks’s mini OmniFocus reviews help make his breaks more efficient [22:03]
  • Using those times for self-care [23:38]
  • How to best utilize and remember these ideas in your workday [27:57]

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Aug 05 2019

32mins

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ADHD, Lack of Focus, No Time – Which Do You Want to Overcome? w/ Jamie Masters (TPS258)

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I’m joined this time by Jamie Masters. She’s been a top Business Coach for over 10 years and has helped hundreds of 6 & 7 figure Entrepreneurs and Business Owners optimize every area of their business.

She’s also the host of the online show – Eventual Millionaire, where she’s interviewed over 400 self-made millionaires. Jamie is a tech geek, has two kids – and even has a sword wall in her house. In this episode, we talk about ADHD, something that Jamie has been diagnosed with. I asked her how she’s able to run her successful business, be a parent and be Asian Efficient while managing her ADHD. Even if you aren’t diagnosed with ADHD, you’re going to learn new ways to focus, get less distracted and make the most out of your limited time with time tracking.

Thanks to Gusto for supporting The Productivity Show. Gusto is offering our listeners 3 months free when you run your first payroll. Check out Gusto at Gusto.com/TPS.

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  • Top 3 productivity resources [2:16]
  • How Jaime and her podcast have grown together over the past seven years [3:36]
  • What common themes have come up between the over 400 guests in Jaime’s podcast [5:37]
  • The common misconception about people with ADHD and their ability to focus [7:40]
  • When Jaime realized she was coping with ADHD, and how she dealt with it [9:38]
  • What Jaime often sees when working with someone who has ADHD that doesn’t know it yet [15:03]
  • How to keep yourself accountable without having an assistant to help you out [18:07]
  • What nootropics are and how it is different than drugs like Adderall [19:28]
  • How Jaime sets her environment and works with others to make it easy to get things done [23:47]
  • Why having a strong definition of done is so important for people with ADHD [30:35]
  • Time tracking and why Jaime makes all her clients do it [33:03]
  • What Jaime looks at on her client’s timesheets, and how she helps them optimize it [38:42]
  • Why so many people resist delegation, and why it is so good for you [41:20]
  • How time tracking can help you understand what you actually need to recharge after a long day [46:56]
  • Why you can’t afford to be anything but “all in” when working on a task [52:06]

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Jul 29 2019

57mins

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