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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

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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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366 Ratings
Average Ratings
301
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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.

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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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: 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

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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 #2: 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 #3: 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 #4: The Hybrid Calendar System That Will Help You Stay On Top Of Everything (TPS233)

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Have you ever considered using an analog calendar with a digital calendar? A lot of people like the feeling of writing on their paper or wall calendar but they miss the portability and speed of a digital calendar. If you’ve tried both approaches and you haven’t found a working solution yet, then you’re going to love this episode. We’ll share our system for using a digital and analog calendar together. It’s so simple and effective that you might be wondering why you haven’t done it yourself yet!

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Cheat Sheet:

  • The advantages and drawbacks of going fully digital [7:44]
  • How an analog calendar can help you achieve certain goals that a digital calendar can’t [10:48]
  • Why use both calendars and how the sum is greater than the whole of its parts [13:23]
  • How Brooks keeps all of his and his family’s digital calendars synced up [17:03]
  • Why you should keep your digital calendar as the ‘master’ and the analog as the ‘servant’ [21:47]
  • How having a hybrid calendar system can help curb distraction and keep you more focused during your day [24:30]
  • How Brooks recommend you protect yourself against conflicts and forgetting to transfer dates [30:18]
  • What members of the Asian Efficiency Dojo do use for their hybrid system [31:02]

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Feb 04 2019

39mins

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Rank #5: Think Like a Geek: How Simple Systems Lead to Sustainable Success (TPS174)

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Simple systems are all around us, and being able to influence these systems is important in order to attain both personal and professional success. There’s a saying that you are where you are today because of the choices that you made yesterday. But if you don’t like the results that you’re getting, we have good news for you – YOU have the ability to create the positive change you want. All you need to do is tweak the system.

In this episode, Brooks and Mike talk about how everything in life is the result of simple systems mechanics, share how these simple systems are vital to working effectively (and not just efficiently), and why they are the real key to achieving your goals. All you need to do to change your future is make the right adjustments to your systems, and in this episode we’ll help you identify the systems that need attention in your own life by sharing 6 characteristics of a good system, show you how to develop a systems mindset and achieve the results you’re looking for, and give you some quick tips you use to start making those 1% improvements that will take you to your ideal future.

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Cheat Sheet

  • What is a system anyway? [2:15]
  • The 3 key parts of any system [4:40]
  • Six characteristics of a good system [9:18]
  • Why a system should always give you predictable results, and how to change it if it doesn’t [18:15]
  • Thinking like a geek: how to always be on the lookout for improvements to your systems [23:21]
  • How to create habits and rituals to manipulate your systems for greater success [28:00]
  • 1% improvements that leverage the compound effect to get you to your ideal future [34:42]
  • Why “eating your frog” is so important to your success [36:39]
  • Why you need to get better sleep [44:45]
  • How movement is an important habit, and why meditation and gratitude can transform your habits [53:22]
  • Saying “no” even when there is free space on your calendar [59:36]
  • Additional resources to help you develop a systems mindset [1:05:46]

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Dec 18 2017

1hr 14mins

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Rank #6: Level Up The People You Surround Yourself With, Without Cheesy Networking (TPS230)

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Welcome to The Productivity Show, a podcast by Asian Efficiency to help you maximize your productivity so you can get everything done without having to sacrifice your health, family, and things that matter to you. We’ve helped tens of thousands of people save time, be happier, and become more productive.

You probably have heard of the saying “you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”. While most of us agree with that idea, very few people put that into practice. In this episode, we want to help you take this idea and consciously make an effort who you spend time with. We’ll discuss how to identify which people you should spend more time with AND which people you need to ditch. As always, you can expect it to be simple and actionable.

Thanks to Grammarly for supporting The Productivity Show. Grammarly is offering our listeners 20% off a Grammarly Premium account. To sign up, go to Grammarly.com/TPS.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • Why who we surround ourselves is so important [5:25]
  • What it means to “spend time” with people [9:05]
  • How the people you spend time with can impact your energy [11:38]
  • Why we need to protect our attention in dealing with the people in our lives [16:27]
  • How to perform an audit on the people in your life [23:00]
  • Finding the people who are doing what you want to be doing [29:14]
  • The importance of going where your people are [33:58]
  • How to use the people you surround yourself to hold yourself accountable [39:58]
  • What to do if you want to change your routines with people for the better [46:20]
  • Why having clear goals can make this process easier [50:14]

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Jan 14 2019

54mins

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Rank #7: 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.

Connect with Kendra Wright

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Mar 21 2016

35mins

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Rank #8: Why Time Management Doesn’t Work & Why You Should Focus on Energy Instead (TPS142)

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Ever wonder why some people seem to get so much more done than others? We all have the same 24 hours in a day, but some people are much more productive and the secret to this next-level productivity is not traditional time management but actually energy management. Energy management is a force multiplier for how productive you are in the time you have available to you, and in this episode Brooks and Mike dive deep into why energy management is the real key to high achievement and how to do it effectively. They walk through different types of energy that need to be managed, and what you can do to maximize each one. Do you find that you often can’t muster up the energy to focus on an important task? Then you don’t want to miss this episode.

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Cheat Sheet

  • Why energy management is more important than time management [3:12]
  • The four pieces of the energy pyramid presented in The Power of Full Engagement [6:40]
  • Why getting enough sleep is so important (and why you’re probably not getting as much as you should) [8:07]
  • How to track your sleep cycles to maximize the quality and quantity of your sleep [11:15]
  • How blue light causes your body to stay awake and why NightShift and f.lux are so important in getting enough sleep [15:41]
  • Why regular exercise will decrease the amount of sleep you need and help you have more energy during the day [19:11]
  • How walking every day can boost your energy levels [22:07]
  • The power of productive meditation and how to do it correctly [24:15]
  • How eating healthy can exponentially increase your energy and productivity [26:04]
  • The emotional impact that positive and negative emotions have on your energy levels [28:51]
  • Ways to give your brain a break to have more mental energy [35:08]
  • Why going back and forth between being fully engaged and strategically unengaged is so effective [38:01]
  • Why going back to your “Why” and your foundational vision can help keep you motivated [38:49]
  • 6 Things you can do right now to increase your energy [43:50]
  • How to establish rituals that will help you have more energy throughout the day [46:54]
  • Why giving to others translates into a higher quality of life and more energy [50:58]

Links

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May 08 2017

56mins

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Rank #9: Being Good At Your Job Is Not Enough For Growth: You Need To Create This Plan (TPS240)

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In this episode, we talk about creating a Personal Development Plan. Setting yourself, and your team, up for success doesn’t just happen. You want to figure out where you want to go and what you need to do to get you there, and Marmel and Brooks will take you through 8 questions to help you do that.

If you’re an employer or have a team, we’ll also go through how to support your team members with their learning journey, because the more your team grows, the more your organization will grow. We’ll wrap up with how we at AE go from yearly objectives from the CEO -> each team member’s Plan, so everyone is growing and aligned.

Thanks to Airbnb for supporting The Productivity Show. Airbnb is offering our listeners a $100 Amazon gift card if you generate $500 in booking value by May 30th. Visit airbnb.com/tps to start hosting.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • Why bother making a personal development plan instead of just learning on the job [6:09]
  • What a personal development plan is [9:24]
  • Why being good at your job isn’t enough [11:45]
  • The 8 questions to ask yourself in creating your own personal development plan [17:01]
  • Why you should reflect on where you are in your career and if you are where you want to be [18:51]
  • How to work in the short and long term to get into the position or role you want [24:01]
  • What Marmel is working on in her own personal development plan [26:20]
  • The importance of getting feedback and using the “skills matrix” during your process [27:05]
  • What to keep in mind when you begin learning new skills [29:40]
  • How to deal with the constraints we have over our time, energy, and financial resources [33:00]
  • The many different educational resources that are available for you to develop your skills [35:11]
  • How to support your employees or team members in their own development plans [37:11]
  • How the learning and development process works at Asian Efficiency [39:31]
  • What actions you can take right now to get started on your own personal development plan [43:53]

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Mar 25 2019

47mins

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Rank #10: 3 Simple Steps To Delegating Work The Right Way So You Don’t Have to Worry About It (TPS182)

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Have you ever tried handing off a work task but were frustrated because it took too long or wasn’t done correctly? You probably made one of the 5 common delegation mistakes that we cover in this episode. We show you how to avoid these mistakes, overcome 4 common limiting beliefs people have about delegation, share some of the expensive costs of ineffective delegation, and show you the 3 critical components you absolutely must have if you want your delegated work to get done correctly and on time.

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Cheat Sheet

  • Frustrations that cause people to not want to delegate work [2:01]
  • What delegation really means [4:57]
  • Overcoming the 4 common limiting beliefs that people have about delegation [12:06]
  • The value of understanding how your colleagues work [18:16]
  • Delegation from the point of view of the CEO of a business [23:48]
  • Why acceptance criteria is so important when delegating tasks [31:32]
  • The unexpected costs of bad delegation [33:15]
  • The 3 critical components your tasks MUST have when delegating effectively [38:52]
  • Resources for creating standard operating procedures [47:15]
  • How to set the definition of done for delegated work [51:02]
  • How to get started if you’re just beginning with delegation [57:35]
  • Common delegation mistakes to avoid [1:01:37]

Links

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Feb 12 2018

1hr 14mins

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Rank #11: TPS69: Journaling w/ Kendra Wright

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Kendra Wright sits down with Zack to discuss the power of daily journaling and how it can help you organize and energize your life. She chronicles why she started journaling and how it helped her remember the awesome moments in her year while getting her through hard times as well. Listen in to learn how journaling can make you more productive!


Cheat Sheet

  • Why Kendra journals and what got her started
  • Why she believes that your life is less about what you do and more about what you remember
  • How journaling can help you make it through the hard times
  • The nitty-gritty details of Kendra’s epic journaling system
  • Why Kendra has chosen the DayOne app as her digital journal
  • The daily reflection questions that Kendra personally uses
  • How she implements a tagging system to organize her journal
  • Some of Kendra’s favorite magic moments from her year that she can recall because of her journaling habit
  • The most important time to journal
  • How to consistently review your journal at the end of the week
  • How (and why) journaling can help you maintain focus and energy in your life

Links

Book, tool, ritual

Book: Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It and The Last Lecture
Tool: News Feed Eradicator (Chrome plugin) or Kill FB Feed (Firefox Add-On)
Ritual: Daily journaling

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Dec 14 2015

42mins

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Rank #12: 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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Connect with Chris Bailey

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Dec 12 2016

53mins

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Rank #13: 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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Cheat Sheet

  • 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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Rank #14: 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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Cheat Sheet

  • 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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Rank #15: 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.

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  • 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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Rank #16: 5 Things to Plan Your Week Around for Maximum Long-Term Impact (TPS164)

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If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Luckily for you, planning is much easier than you think. It all starts with planning the perfect day and then the perfect week. You’ll learn how to be in control of your schedule and make the planning process easy (and not so intimidating). Whether you have kids, run your own business or work in a big company – there are 5 things you want to watch out for when you plan your week. Thanh and Brooks discuss what has worked for them and the Asian Efficiency team, and what they’ve learned from evolving their planning process over many years.

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  • Things you want to pay attention to when you plan your week [0:45]
  • How Thanh’s and Brooks’s planning process has changed over time [4:31]
  • Why you want to be proactive about your week and not reactive [7:35]
  • The big rock approach to planning the week and the process approach [8:56]
  • How Thanh uses leading indicators to plan [9:49]
  • Why thinking time can be a leading indicator [15:44]
  • How meeting with influencers can help you in the long term [19:29]
  • Why conferences are important even though it’s hard to attach an ROI to them [27:12]
  • Using customer research to grow your business and stay in tune with the marketplace [30:01]
  • Why leading indicators don’t need to have immediate effects [37:09]
  • Finding and recruiting great talent for your team [43:40]
  • How deep work can be scheduled into your week to create value [51:02]
  • How leading indicators can also be created for your personal life [56:57]
  • Ways to track your leading indicators [59:52]

5 Leading Indicators

  1. Thinking time
  2. Meeting with influencers
  3. Customer research
  4. Finding and recruiting people to come work for us
  5. Deep Work

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Oct 09 2017

1hr 6mins

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Rank #17: 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.

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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 #18: 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.

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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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Rank #19: Why Pursuing the Work-Life Balance Myth is Hurting Your Productivity (TPS139)

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Ever feel stuck trying to achieve the elusive “work-life balance?” In this episode, we show you why it’s not only impossible to achieve, but also why’s it’s not something you should be striving for anyway. We explain the solution (which is intentional imbalance), and in this episode we show you how to achieve this by working on the areas of your life that need it the most and provide the greatest return on your time, attention, energy, and focus investment. Thanh agrees to become Mike’s guinea pig and volunteers to go through the Wheel of Life exercise live on the podcast, showing you step-by-step how to implement this exercise on your own using the included PDF. Listen in if you’re keeping too many plates spinning in your life, and to find out how you can not only define your ideal future but make achieving it inevitable.

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  • The history of work-life balance and why it became a buzzword [2:13]
  • The problems with work-life balance and why the concept doesn’t apply in a modern society [3:39]
  • Why extremely successful people actually don’t have work-life balance and what they do instead [8:10]
  • Why pursuing intentional imbalance actually leads to MORE balance [11:56]
  • The importance of thinking high-level about your life [15:31]
  • The problem with living out of emergency scan modality, or “living like a firefighter” [19:18]
  • The solution to living like a firefighter (and why it’s so effective) [20:26]
  • How to apply Wheel of Life exercise so that you can make conscious decisions on what you should be focusing on [23:21]
  • Why it is so important to write your life vision down on paper [25:15]
  • How to accurately measure how close you are to your ideal future so you can decide what you need to focus on [29:43]
  • Thanh goes under the microscope by doing the Wheel of Life exercise live in the podcast [33:55]
  • What to do after you complete the Wheel of Life exercise [42:16]

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Apr 17 2017

49mins

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Rank #20: 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.

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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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Your GTD Weekly Review: Be Consistent And Achieve “Mind Like Water” Each Week (TPS311)

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If you’ve tried David Allen’s Getting Things Done methodology, you’ve probably run into this scenario: You start doing your Weekly Review, and then you miss one, and then you miss another one, and before you know it, things are starting to slip.

It doesn’t have to be that way — in this episode, we are going to talk about doing an effective and efficient Weekly Review, and we are going to talk about how to be CONSISTENT. It almost always comes down to one of 2 things, and we’ll help you save both of them.

The Weekly Review is the best way to achieve that “Mind Like Water” state, every single week. Even if you are not a GTD person, you can benefit from doing this Weekly Review.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • The top 3 productivity resources for this week [2:52]
  • What the GTD Weekly Review is and why it’s so powerful for productivity [6:00]
  • How David Allen breaks down the Weekly Review in Getting Things Done [11:43]
  • Why getting clear of what happened since your last review is so important [12:25]
  • How to improve the trust you have with your current systems and why it matters [24:15]
  • Why having next actions is the key to avoiding procrastination on your projects [30:08]
  • How to drive your professional development by getting creative [33:52]
  • How to overcome the MOST difficult problem people share: consistency [38:57]
  • The common pitfalls that Thanh has seen with people and their weekly reviews [44:55]
  • Action steps you can take to integrate today’s topic into your life [48:54]

The Three Stages To A Great Weekly Review

  1. Get Clear — Tie up any loose ends from the week before.
  2. Get Current – Plan out the steps you need to take over the next week to advance whatever projects you’re currently working on.
  3. Get Creative — Think about and start planning things you could be doing to move your life.

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Aug 03 2020

51mins

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How To Build a Second Brain and Be More Organized w/ Tiago Forte (TPS310)

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Today I’m joined by Tiago Forte, founder of Forte Labs and the creator of Building A Second Brain. It’s a system he developed for organizing ideas and information to help people become more productive and creative. If you’re a knowledge worker and want to be more efficient and organized, then you’re going to love today’s episode.

We’re also going to host a live webinar together on the topic of Building a Second Brain a few days from now and you can sign up for it here at theproductivityshow.com/brain

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Cheat Sheet:

  • Tiago’s top 3 productivity resources [2:23]
  • How Tiago developed the ‘second brain’ system [5:36]
  • What the second brain system is and how to build your own [10:50]
  • How Tiago’s system addresses the dreaded pile of information and files [17:23]
  • What you can put into practice today with the PARA system [26:49]
  • What you can do if you’re “totally new” to productivity [32:38]
  • Why David Allen’s GTD system and Tiago’s second brain are ‘twins’ [35:11]
  • Tiago’s weekly routine and how it keeps him productive in his own life [38:31]

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Jul 27 2020

49mins

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The 5 GTD Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes… Do You? (TPS309)

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GTD or “Getting Things Done” is a productivity system that has been a lifesaver for us going back to the mid-2000s.

As we’ve talked to members of the community and podcast listeners over the years, we’ve found that there are certain things that almost everyone does when they’re just starting out, and most of the time they cause problems later.

We don’t want that to be you! So we’re going to go through 5 mistakes that almost everyone makes with GTD, and what you should do instead. Even if you’ve been using GTD for years, we bet you’re doing some of these too.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • The top 3 productivity resources for this week [2:35]
  • What GTD is and for who and for what it works best [9:10]
  • Why the key to having a good capture system is to minimize the amount of inputs [16:25]
  • How specificity with your next actions can have a profound effect on your GTD system [26:46]
  • How not having a clear idea of contexts can be confusing [34:00]
  • The strength of keeping consistent scheduled times to do your weekly reviews [40:38]
  • Why overthinking things can cause your system to fall apart [45:15]
  • Action steps you can take to integrate today’s topic into your life [51:30]

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Jul 20 2020

54mins

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Has The Pandemic Put You Behind On Your Goals? Here’s What We Did To Get On Track (TPS308)

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Had the pandemic put you behind on your goals? Maybe you’ve completely abandoned your goals altogether when life got too crazy. Given what has been going on in the world this year, you might be thinking “Goals? Those went out the window in March” — we get it.

But there’s still half a year to go and so much left for you to accomplish! In this episode, we are going to share best practices around goal setting, how you can start fresh and give you tactics for accomplishing your goals for the rest of the year.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • The top 3 productivity resources for this week [2:41]
  • The goals that Thanh and Brooks set for themselves this year and how it’s going [6:52]
  • Why changing goals is not giving up [10:38]
  • Why you should not limit yourself to a new year to set new goals [13:35]
  • How Thanh and Brooks prepared their 2020 goals [16:45]
  • How to whittle away the things in your life that are making achieving your goals more difficult [25:16]
  • Staying on track with your goals by measuring your key drivers [31:17]
  • What pitfalls and obstructions to your goals you should look for in the future [35:45]
  • Action steps you can take to integrate today’s topic into your life [41:30]

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Jul 13 2020

43mins

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How To Beat Zoom Fatigue, Even If You Don’t Use Zoom (TPS307)

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Have you ever noticed that at the end of a long web conferencing call like on Zoom or Teams, you feel way more drained than if it was an in-person meeting?

The term for this is “Zoom Fatigue”, and even if you use another tool like Microsoft Teams or Skype, it’s a real thing and a lot of us are feeling it these days.

In this episode, we’re going to share with you 5 tips to beat Zoom Fatigue and still stay productive in the day, even if you’re staring at a screen full of meetings all day long.

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  • The top 3 productivity resources for this week [2:25]
  • Why despite the advanced tech, online calls are so fatiguing [7:53]
  • Why you should use the “Active Speaker” mode whenever possible [11:40]
  • Why Thanh never prefers using the grid mode over “Active Speaker” mode, even when speaking to a group [14:02]
  • Why AE recommends you turn off the self-view option in a Zoom call [19:35]
  • The power of taking mini-breaks [23:14]
  • Why you should push to do meetings with your camera off if you can [27:47]
  • How multitasking can ruin a Zoom meeting for you and everybody else [34:58]

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Jul 06 2020

43mins

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Master Your Calendar: 3 Actionable Tips To Take Control of Your Day (TPS306)

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Your calendar is your most important productivity tool. It represents so much — what your commitments are, what your opportunities are, and what is going on in your life and your work.

In fact, we’d even say that your calendar is the true reflection of your priorities. It represents what you ACTUALLY spend your time on, not what you WISH you spend your time on.

Your calendar can be a force for good with your productivity, and in this episode, we’re going to share 3 tips to help you Master Your Calendar and become Jedi level productive.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • The top 3 productivity resources for this week [3:36]
  • How to use your calendar to check if your ambitions can fit into reality [7:27]
  • How to figure out what kind of calendar you will use [10:14]
  • The advantages of paper or digital systems [12:34]
  • How to use emojis to streamline your calendar organization [16:16]
  • How to get the best of both worlds with the hybrid method [19:03]
  • Unique ways to fully utilize your calendar [24:28]
  • What should go on a calendar and what should go in your task manager [31:49]
  • The benefits of color-coding your events [34:20]
  • Why buffer blocks are so useful when scheduling your days out [40:43]
  • Action steps you can take to integrate today’s topic into your life [45:06]

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Jun 29 2020

47mins

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See How Easily You Can Start a Side-Hustle w/ Jen Shultz (TPS305)

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Today I’m joined by Jen Shultz, founder of The Non-Nine-to-Five where she helps people transition from a full-time career to starting a business. She has helped many people over the years and still manages to do everything herself without any staff which to me is crazy. So I asked how she’s able to be productive, run a business, help clients, and live a normal life. We also dove deep into the apps and tools she uses, and her workflows.

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  • The top 3 productivity resources for this week [1:51]
  • What inspired Jen to leave her job in New York and move to Austin [3:13]
  • What gave Jen the courage to just quit her job without a backup plan [7:43]
  • Why Jen transitioned from her first successful business into her current one [10:42]
  • How intuition plays into Jen’s work with her clients [13:17]
  • How one can start a side business when they’re so busy at work [21:47]
  • What steps Jen takes to ensure her work and personal lives run efficiently [29:56]
  • Why Jen doesn’t use a lot of productivity tools and what her priorities are in her planning [37:28]
  • How Jen deals with procrastination [42:31]

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Jun 22 2020

47mins

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Did You Choose The Right Goals? Here’s How To Find Out And Get Unstuck (TPS304)

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At the start of the year or quarter you made a goal which sounded fantastic. You were all in.

Now? Maybe you’re not so sure. How do you know whether the goal you THOUGHT was a good idea truly is a goal worth pursuing for the rest of the year?

In this episode, we’re going to share 3 ways you can take a look at your goals and decide whether they’re goals you should still go after. Maybe they are, and maybe they’re not — we’ll find out!

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Cheat Sheet:

  • The top 3 productivity resources for this week [1:59]
  • Why Asian Efficiency felt this topic wasn’t discussed enough [6:08]
  • What it takes to make a strong why for your goals [7:56]
  • Why it is okay for our motivations and our goals to change over time [11:06]
  • Why we need to fall in love with our goals and get our emotions involved [14:15]
  • How evaluating your current situation can help you get insight on your goals [18:49]
  • Why you should break down goals into manageable steps and consult with experts often [26:02]
  • Action steps you can take to integrate today’s topic into your life [35:55]

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Jun 15 2020

37mins

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Our Most Useful Productivity Purchases From The Last Year (TPS303)

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We all know that you can’t buy your way to productivity. The biggest factor to you becoming more productive is for you to have focus and to execute as consistently as possible.

HOWEVER, applying the right tool, app, book, or course can make things go faster, run more smoothly, or can just make things more enjoyable.

In this episode, we are going to cover 10 of our favorite purchases over the past year, and share how they’re helping us get healthier, smarter, more productive, and making our lives better.

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  • The top 3 productivity resources for this week [2:16]
  • Thanh’s best purchase he has made to stay healthy during quarantine [5:57]
  • Why Brooks loves his Surface Pro 7 [9:37]
  • Why the Airpod Pros are a step up from the others [12:51]
  • The community-building book that turned out to be way better than Brooks expected [18:27]
  • How Thanh is finding trends in how his habits affect his day [20:38]
  • What data-storage solutions Brooks is upgrading into [24:05]
  • Thanh’s number one purchase of the past year [27:37]
  • The course that helped Brooks master the “most underutilized app out there” [30:40]
  • How a percussive therapy massage device has kept Thanh relaxed and in shape [33:45]
  • How Brooks turned a forgotten project into a retro gaming station during quarantine [38:06]
  • Action steps you can take to integrate today’s topic into your life [40:55]

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Jun 08 2020

42mins

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Can Productivity Challenges Help You Grow? Yes! Here Are Ours (And What We Did) (TPS302)

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If you’re listening to this podcast, we’re going to bet that you’ve had some sort of productivity challenge in your life. Maybe you found yourself repeating the same negative habits. Maybe you haven’t adapted as well to a new situation than you’d like, or maybe distractions get the better of you and you get to the end of the day and don’t feel like you’ve accomplished anything.

Well, even though we host a podcast called The Productivity Show, we’ve been there too. In this episode, we’re going to share 4 productivity challenges we’ve had over the years, and what we did to overcome them.

Even though your challenges may be different, we think you’ll pick up some ideas that will help you breakthrough.

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  • The top 3 productivity resources for this week [2:33]
  • What happened with Brooks that made him work on his productivity habits [8:15]
  • How Brooks took a weekend off of his work and family life to implement his new productivity system [12:23]
  • What made Thanh and the Asian Efficiency team learn to focus on only one thing at a time [16:00]
  • How to evaluate many opportunities and learn to settle on just one using the ICE matrix [22:14]
  • What Brooks did when he found himself overextended in one area of his work [26:57]
  • How a period of uncertainty in his job and learning about how our brains work brought Thanh to GTD [35:46]
  • Action steps you can take to integrate today’s topic into your life [43:47]

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Jun 01 2020

45mins

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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 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 [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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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.