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Fed up with ‘dusty’ ‘old’ ‘boring’ self development podcasts? Then you need SHARP! We help you sharpen your saw so you can get better at the stuff you have to do, freeing up more time to spend on the things you want to do. We do it with humour, quality, great resource and NEVER taking ourselves too seriously. Getting better doesn’t have to be boring!

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9 Best Productivity Tips – STP023

Episode 23 -  In this episode, I've researched 152 different productivity and efficiency tips, to find you the best. These 9 will make a big difference to how much stuff you can get done - freeing you up to spend more time doing the stuff you really WANT to do. Enjoy!Some of the stuff in there is: How Eating The Frog will mean you actually get things done Why you should Ditch The Phone to concentrate Automate Or Eliminate - how they can save you time The Brainscape.com study on shortcuts saving you 8 days per year Michael Hyatt's book - The Virtual Assistant SolutionWhat Clutter can do to reduce your productivity and how to sort it -  according to Forbes Batching What it looks like in - Getting Things Done by David Allen The Pomodoro technique - some more info hereLooking After Yourself - what Lifehack.com says about a 2005 study How we covered morning routines - in episode STP012 And the importance of sleep - in episode STP022Taking Breaks How it increases performance according to a study - from the University of IllinoisTo-do lists don't work - we explain the difference between 'to-do' and 'Must-Do' Peter Bregman's version from his - 18 Minutes Book What Josh Kauffman says about 'MIT's' in - The Personal MBAThe Force Multiplier - Killer Schedule How to make it actually work What 2 things - and ONLY 2 things should be on your scheduleThe other tips which didn't make the top 9 - but were still useful: The 2 minute rule Planning email - covered in episode STP020 Make goals - again covered in two previous episodes STP018 and STP019 Killing your darlings Have fun!As always, we're really grateful for your help in supporting this podcast. To do this you can:Rate or subscribe at i-tunes by going here - i-tunes Contact us on Twitter - we are @sharppodcast here Connect with us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sharppodcast/ Share with at us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sharppodcast/ Post comments on the website. This link will take you to home page, and then you can go onto the episode you'd like to comment on hereThanks EVER SO MUCH for listening. If we help you to BE BETTER at what you do, then it's all been worth it!

27mins

17 Sep 2017

Rank #1

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Creative Problem Solving – STP040

Episode 40 -  Problems not going away? Struggling to solve the big ones? Then this episode is for you. We look at the Creative Problem Solving model and how it can help YOU sort them out.Some of the USEFUL stuff in there is:Steve In The Field is back - OH NO! What do we mean by 'problem' ? The things that cause us to struggle:What the heck is 'convergent thinking'? Quotes - they sound nice, but many don't really help do they? Lisa and Steve at the table are back - HOORAY! We demonstrate why 'sticky thinking' doesn't helpCreative Problem Solving - the CEF full explanation is here  The key stages of the Creative Problem Solving model Clarify Gather as much information as you can about the problem Use - The 5 Why Technique Ask more questions - Who? What? Where? When? How? Define your aim - where do you want to get to, what would the world be like if the problem went away? Remember, the problem may not be the thing you want to solveIdeate Come up with as much data as you can on the problem Brainstorm Use search engines Make lists Do Mind Maps DON'T judge at this stage - just get as much varied information as you canDevelop Now you sort everything out Start to prioritise the things which may help you Consider losing the things which are obviously unhelpfulImplement Turn it all into a plan Make it actionable Be SMART Do IT!Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo explained by Ted - here Have a listen to the FAB, challenging, demanding, beautiful podcast by Sean called Share A Slice Get some support and ideas to get houseplants looking great in your life by listening to the excellent On The Ledge by Jane Perrone Thank you to Stacey and Carla at the Brit Pod Scene network - a lovely bunch of people!As always, we're really grateful for your help in supporting this podcast. To do this you can:Rate or subscribe at i-tunes by going here - i-tunes Contact us on Twitter - we are @sharppodcast here Connect with us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sharppodcast/ Share with at us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sharppodcast/ Post comments on the website. This link will take you to home page, and then you can go onto the episode you'd like to comment on hereThanks EVER SO MUCH for listening. If we help you to BE BETTER at what you do, then it's all been worth it!

29mins

3 Jun 2018

Rank #2

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Take It On With Trello – STP038

Episode 38 -  David Allen said that anything with more than 2 steps is a project. But what if they've got 10 steps, 20 or more? We've found a simple solution to help you manage everything from a trip to the shops, to a full blown project.Some of the USEFUL stuff in there is: Planning a party, running a website or a blog, having a family - these are all projects Why projects can be a problem to get hold of Action lists are not the best solution to them 'Spirally' bits How Trello can help Why Piggly Wiggly was different - according to the Smithsonian Projects are messy - Trello keeps it all together with you The great stuff that people do with Trello - have a look at their examples Taiichi Ohno and his visit to Piggly Wiggly in 1956 How he went on to develop Kanban and 'Just In Time' for Toyota Read more from Six Sigma How SIMPLE Trello is Or it can be more sophisticated if you need it If you can fill in a post-it note, you can use Trello What Joel Spolsky says about Trello Go and try it for yourself at - Trello.comAs always, we're really grateful for your help in supporting this podcast. To do this you can:Rate or subscribe at i-tunes by going here - i-tunes Contact us on Twitter - we are @sharppodcast here Connect with us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sharppodcast/ Share with at us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sharppodcast/ Post comments on the website. This link will take you to home page, and then you can go onto the episode you'd like to comment on hereThanks EVER SO MUCH for listening. If we help you to BE BETTER at what you do, then it's all been worth it!

25mins

5 May 2018

Rank #3

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Last Night A Checklist Saved My Life – STP026

Episode 26 -  In this episode we have a look at the humble checklist. In today's complex and sophisticated life, we often have equally complex solutions. However, sometimes there's still a place for the simple checklist. It can be a lifesaver, and in certain circumstances - literally.Some of the stuff in there is: Why should we consider checklists Who uses them Our brain, and why it needs help at times We considered the Psychology Today article on why we only retain certain information What you've got in common with an airline pilot, a doctor, a diver - and me The solutions we come up with to make allowances for our brain's limitations Beans The tragedy which caused the airline pilot checklist to come into existence The Art Of Manliness - their ideas about checklists Atul Gawande author of - The Checklist Manifesto Gawande's Ted talk Malcolm Gladwell's review of his book You can order The Checklist Manifesto from Amazon UK here Or you can order it from Amazon USA here That bumbling dufus and his report this week My checklists - the podcast, travelling Ideas about what you could consider making simpler with checklists Cleaning routines Morning routine Checklists for Kids in the morning Xmas Day Photographer/Filmmaker's checklist Holiday checklists - packing or actions before the holiday First Aid kits Entertaining Finances Networking Blogging or online content checklistsHow to manage them - from paper to apps Evernote Nozbe - this shows you how to set up a template Wunderlist Alternatives to Wunderlist when it eventually goes :-( Atul's guide for creating strong checklistsAs always, we're really grateful for your help in supporting this podcast. To do this you can:Rate or subscribe at i-tunes by going here - i-tunes Contact us on Twitter - we are @sharppodcast here Connect with us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sharppodcast/ Share with at us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sharppodcast/ Post comments on the website. This link will take you to home page, and then you can go onto the episode you'd like to comment on hereThanks EVER SO MUCH for listening. If we help you to BE BETTER at what you do, then it's all been worth it!

23mins

29 Oct 2017

Rank #4

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Reasons to be Cheerful – STP003

Episode 3 - You don't need to be faster, just betterSocial media doesn't have to be a drag, it can be a superb resource, and lively to use if we think about how we're using it. We talk about how to keep up with the ever-increasing social media 'noise' here in this episode. Can you use LinkedIn and Twitter to get better? We think so, and explain how and why you should. This time we take our life in our hands by talking to people on the street, and at least one of them isn't me!Some of the stuff in there is: LinkedIn - should you? LinkedIn claim 60% of the UK's student and working population are connected in this article The We Are Flint survey which gives a different and interesting perspective Some suggestions to get the most out of your time if you dive in to LinkedIn Thank people - they'll appreciate it Take time to set up your profile Join groups - you can get good information Re-share articles - people will notice you Write articles. Come on, you know you want to. After all you know something that no one else does Limit your time on there - I reckon 30 mins a fortnight or month is probably enoughUseful info from Forbes.com on setting up your profile and getting the most from LinkedInTwitter - do you bucket? Some of the numbers I quoted were from this article from Brandwatch Using lists and how it may save your life. Or time. Or money. Ok, maybe not your life, but definitely time and after all time is money eh? Some suggestions for starting your lists: 'Family stuff' - this could include people who tweet about days out, kids clothes, education and so on 'People I want to engage with' - this is self-explanatory. Bear in mind people do see what you've called the list you put them in, so something like 'great connections' or similar may be a good name for this list Local Network People linked to the field you work in (field=vocation, not somewhere sheep graze, unless of course you're a farmer in which case it could be spot on). People linked to the field you want to work in (!) 'Inspirational People' 'Monday List', 'Tuesday List' - this is a different way to do it. Limiting the time you spend online each dayMy top five tips for new Twitter users:Do NOT buy followers, or connect back to people claiming to "increase your followers to 20,000!". They are a waste of time, it's pointless and doesn't help you Engage with people, that's a much better way to grow than any 'hack' Remember that we're human (well most of us) and we like to be acknowledged Re-tweet and share tweets, it will grow your connections and show people you're interested in what they're talking about Use Hashtags - they still work. Maximum 3 per tweet though. #After #all #this #just #looks#annoying!!!And my bonus tip - Use the Twitter Hour. Here's a link to a directory from Design That FitsIf you liked this episode - we'd love you to come along and subscribe at i-tunes hereAnd if you've not yet been to the website, you can see it hereLook forward to your listening prowess next time!

17mins

5 Mar 2017

Rank #5

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What’s Important – STP035

Episode 35 -  The first episode in a series of 3 where I share with you my trusted system for managing my activities. In this episode we work out how to define what's important to you, so you can make the rest of the system work really well. This is an interactive episode - you will need some paper, and a pen if you want to work this out for yourself.Some of the USEFUL stuff in there is: Time Management doesn't work - you can't manage time! Why we can only ever do one thing Stop trying to manage the time, and start managing what you pay attention to You don't need to feel anxious any more about what you haven't done You can apply this to work, home, family or life in general No apps in these episodes (almost) Steve in the Field makes a brief appearance - and of course a poor choice! Why you need a filter to decide on what's important to YOU The four levels which will help you decide importance: Level 1 - What's the point or purpose Level 2 - What are the different areas Level 3 - What is the stuff - the detail Level 4 - What should I do right nowWhatever you're reviewing, start at Level 1) The point or purpose Job - What is the point or purpose of your job? Why does that role exist? Some answers could be: To grow a business, to make people's lives better, to pay the bills!Vocation - What is the point or purpose of the vocation? Where is the value of that vocation to society? Some answers could be: To make society better, to remove suffering, to help disadvantaged peopleParent - What is the point or purpose of being a parent? How would you define aims which might be bigger than you? Some answers could be: To prepare children to be great adults, to help children learn to make a contribution, to ensure children feel loved and secureNOW COME UP WITH 2/3 'PURPOSES' THAT APPLY TO YOU! Then it's time to look at Level 2) What are the different areas? Job - What are the broad areas you focus on in your job? Some answers could be: Marketing, Sales, Developing People, Recruitment, Customer Engagement, NetworkingHome Maintenance - What are the areas you look after or need to plan for? Some answers could be: Gardening, Decorating, Housework, PlumbingNOW COME UP WITH 10-20 'AREAS' THAT YOU FOCUS ON OR WORK IN APPLICABLE TO WHAT YOU'RE REVIEWING Now it's time to look at Level 3) The detail, the stuff, all the tasks you get involved in Job - What are all of the tasks and activities you work on, everything you can do with your hands, arms, legs, brain, mouth - physical things you can do Some answers could be: Meetings, presentations, complaints, producing reports, appraisals, interviews, phone calls, writing reports, raising invoices, creative activitiesParent - what is the stuff that fills your day? Some answers could be: School runs, parent/school meetings, making lunch, homework, bedtime stories, dealing with accidents, cleaning.NOW COME UP WITH THE ENTIRE LIST OF ACTIVITIES AND TASKS YOU GET INVOLVED IN. THERE'S LIKELY TO BE LOADS SO TAKE SOME TIME OVER THIS. RE-VISIT THE LIST A FEW TIMES. THERE'LL BE STUFF YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN! Lisa and Steve had a bit of a chat at this point to see how she got on NOW! Put your Level 3 list (Activities) to one side, you'll need it for next week Grab your list for Level 1 - think really carefully are you happy about your 2/3 things you've got for Level 1 ? Grab your list for Level 2 - the areas of focus. Look at them, consider them against level 1 purpose, ask yourself this question - which ones are most likely to positively support Level 1 stuff? What are 3-6 areas of focus which more than any others support Level 1 ? Put a star by the side of the 3-6 areas of focus you’ve chosen Then rewrite each one an ACTION starting with a verb like 'grow, build, sell, develop, gain,

34mins

4 Mar 2018

Rank #6

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Cake Or Broccoli – STP032

Episode 32 -  We solve the problem of getting stuck and not seeing things through to the end. The answer is not only simple, but can give you the best of both worlds.Some of the USEFUL stuff in there is: What happens in our heads when we get stuck on things An article from Inc.com which refers to a Princeton Study Why it's the same as making a choice between 'cake now' or 'broccoli later' How this may explain why we get distracted and don't finish stuff The 3 SHARP solutions: 1) Giving yourself rewards with intention 155 ways to reward yourself - the article is here2) Social Accountability Getting outside of your comfort zone by being accountable to others A good article by Do The Things with some ideas Joining a Mastermind Group - here's some resource Finding a coach Meet Up where you can join like-minded people Apps to improve your fitness regime Fitbit - you can join up with friends to compare activity Strava - where you can compare runs or cycle routes with others Pumpup - where you can track progress, post your success, and get a coach3) Gamification Why the gaming industry is so huge How the quality of games can help us with 'work' stuff Yu-Kai Chou's talk on what gamification is How you're already doing 'gamification' even if you don't realise it Why we need to stop thinking about 'work' and 'play' differently - according to Janaki Kumar A great article from Trello featuring: Using 2 dice and a bit of paper to reward yourself A 'gamified' version of Social Accountability to punish your pal! We talked earlier before SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY: but this is a gamified version called WILL YOU PUNISH YOUR BUDDY?Using Apps to take gamification further if you want to Yu-Kai's useful article on the top 10 gamified productivity apps - including: Super Better Todoist Karma - which ranks your performance on to-doist Epic Win HabiticaAs always, we're really grateful for your help in supporting this podcast. To do this you can:Rate or subscribe at i-tunes by going here - i-tunes Contact us on Twitter - we are @sharppodcast here Connect with us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sharppodcast/ Share with at us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sharppodcast/ Post comments on the website. This link will take you to home page, and then you can go onto the episode you'd like to comment on hereThanks EVER SO MUCH for listening. If we help you to BE BETTER at what you do, then it's all been worth it!

25mins

20 Jan 2018

Rank #7

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Mayday! Mayday! – STP009

Episode 9 - Why you should take time out for yourself, before you crash.Ok, it's a little dramatic, but in reality how long should you go supporting and helping others - before you decide to spend time on yourself? Beginning with a quest set by our conversation in Ep8 with Mel Elliott to find out why we should focus on setting time aside for ourselves, in this episode we end up crashing planes, meditating and bringing it all together in a good life. Some of the stuff in there is: Why we should plan in some time to ourselves What could motivate us to plan in some downtime Why you should attach your oxygen mask first - Telegraph article Considering building up your resources, before you give to others Jonathan Fields and - The Good Life Project Planning to fill the part of our lives described by Jonathan as the "vitality bucket" The power of music, and learning an instrument Psychology Today - The 10 Ways Musical Training Boosts Brain Power Planning to relax What Katy Perry, Steve Jobs and Oprah Winfrey have in common Meditating - It's not woo woo Dan Harris - The 10% Happier Podcast The One You Feed Podcast - EP147 Washington Post article on the science of meditationAs always, we're really grateful for your help in supporting this podcast. To do this you can: Rate or subscribe at i-tunes by going here - i-tunes Contact us on Twitter - we are @sharppodcast here Connect with us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sharppodcast/ Post comments on the website. This link will take you to home page, and then you can go onto the episode you'd like to comment on hereThanks EVER SO MUCH for listening. If we help you to BE BETTER at what you do, then it's all been worth it!Credit for the cover image cropped from an original by David here - https://www.flickr.com/photos/99255685@N00/2063575447

18mins

16 Apr 2017

Rank #8

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Even Sharper New Year Habits – STP051

Episode 51 -  New Year's Resolutions don't work. But at this time of year you might be thinking about what you want to be different in 2019. So we've re-released a tighter, updated version of Episode 28. Even if you've heard this already - it's well worth listening again there's SO much there! If you'd like to listen to the FULL episodes, the links are here: Episode 5 (Breaking Bad) where we cover: What are habits? How are they formed according to Charles Duhigg in his book – The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change The notion of cue/routine/reward Bad habits – smoking – yuk! How to stop with – The EasyWay method from Allen Carr The plasticity of our brains and changing habits Podcast resource 1 – Freakonomics Radio – How to be More Productive Changing behaviour – the BJ Fogg Model The notion of Motivation/Ability/Trigger Podcast resource 2 – The One You Feed Episode 91 Why motivation is not the only way to change habits Why you should aim for ‘easy’ Baby steps – or ‘How to design a website just by opening a laptop’ David Allen’s idea of ‘Next Actions’ when tackling a project – GTDEpisode 6 (Get Into the Groove) where we cover: New Year’s resolutions, and why they don’t stick – some stats Gym memberships – some stats from Planet Money Apps which can help you with the ‘cue’ and ‘reward’ parts of habit forming For both Android and Apple there’s – Coach.me Prefer simple and on Android? try – Loop Habit Tracker Prefer simple and on IOS (And Android)? try – Habit Bull Why the behaviour and reward cycle is so powerful – Judson Brewer on the TED stage Procrastination and how to attack itEpisode 7 (Habits and the Write Stuff) where we cover: Even if you’ve already read it, it’s worth re-visiting – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People The urgent important matrix – Eisenhower version Charles Duhigg – Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business Peter Bregman –18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction and Get the Right Things DoneAs always, we're really grateful for your help in supporting this podcast. To do this you can:Rate or subscribe at i-tunes by going here - i-tunes Contact us on Twitter - we are @sharppodcast here Connect with us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sharppodcast/ Share with at us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sharppodcast/ Post comments on the website. This link will take you to home page, and then you can go onto the episode you'd like to comment on hereThanks EVER SO MUCH for listening. If we help you to BE BETTER at what you do, then it's all been worth it!

23mins

7 Jan 2019

Rank #9

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What’s Wrong With Positive – STP025

Episode 25 -  This week we challenge the idea that being 'positive' is always the best approach. In fact we discovered some research that suggests it could even hold you back:Some of the stuff in there is: Astonishment at our global listener group Me failing to greet our listeners in a few different languages The glass half full half empty scenario - it might not be helpful How social media can make us feel like our lives are half empty Our discovery on where we are in the world on income Try it yourself you may be surprised - How Rich Am I ? How positive thinking influenced my ability to pass a test Steve-in-the-field goes to the races to prove me wrong A Washington Post article - interview of Susan David challenging forced positive thinking Hidden Brain podcast by NPR - featuring professor Gabriele Oettingen Her article in the New York Post What Joel Minden says in Psychology Today - about challenging beliefs WOOP! - Here's an explainer video Professor Oettingen's talk at - New York University The Rethinking Positive Thinking book  - UK link to purchase The Rethinking Positive Thinking book - US link to purchaseAs always, we're really grateful for your help in supporting this podcast. To do this you can:Rate or subscribe at i-tunes by going here - i-tunes Contact us on Twitter - we are @sharppodcast here Connect with us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sharppodcast/ Share with at us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sharppodcast/ Post comments on the website. This link will take you to home page, and then you can go onto the episode you'd like to comment on hereThanks EVER SO MUCH for listening. If we help you to BE BETTER at what you do, then it's all been worth it!The amazing image we used in this episode is by Bailey Weaver and was adapted with our title added to fit our various formats. You can see the original image here it was reproduced under the Creative Commons 2.0 licence which is here

20mins

15 Oct 2017

Rank #10

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Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – STP013

Episode 13 - Kicking 'luck' to the kerb and ending your day with intention!We follow up last week's 'start of day' routine focus, with its neighbour and bedfellow - the 'end of day' routine. These two powerful rituals can add up to making all the stuff that happens in your day manageable, easier - and leaving you more time to do the things you WANT to do. We give you ideas, pointers, places to look at and plenty of information to get you on our way to setting up your own end of day routine. Some of the stuff in there is:How your 'start of day' and your 'end of day' routine support each other, and support you getting stuff done Why Forbes.com say how you end your day is critical - in this article Michael Hyatt says, "The right activities before you sleep can set you up for success the next day" in this article The two groups of 'end of day' routines - the workday one, and the dayday one Why it's even more important to have a defined end of day process if you do work which doesn't have its own clear end to each day THE END OF WORKDAY ROUTINE: A great template for a 7 step routine from todoist.com - the full article is here 1. Clean up your physical and digital workspace 2. Review your to-done’s 3. Write out tomorrow’s to-do list 4. Set yourself up to “Eat Your Frog” first thing in the morning 5. Confront the things you’ve been putting off. (Break them down and choose one 'next step' for tomorrow) 6. Set a time to end your workday and stick to it 7. End on a high note: Forgive yourself Show gratitude Do someone a favourMy personal end of workday routine (from 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction and Get the Right Things Done) looks like this: Spend 5 minutes asking yourself these key questions: How did my day go? What went well? What were my challenges? What did I learn today? About myself? About others? What do I plan to do - differently or the same tomorrow? Who did I interact with? Anyone I need to update? Thank? Ask a question? Share feedback with?THE END OF DAY (DAY) ROUTINE: Set a 'turn off your screen' time - and stick to it What Scientific American say about - using screens before bedtime Coffee - did you know it has a 'half-life'? - The effect of caffeine on sleepWind-down time, take it seriously Take the time to work out how long you need to start your wind-down process. Mine is 45 minutes between starting, and going to sleepJournal. Take time in your wind down space to write down: What went well for you today What you learned today which developed you, or improved something Three things you appreciate, or are grateful for. The more basic, the betterAs always, we're really grateful for your help in supporting this podcast. To do this you can: Rate or subscribe at i-tunes by going here - i-tunes Contact us on Twitter - we are @sharppodcast here Connect with us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sharppodcast/ Share with at us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sharppodcast/ Post comments on the website. This link will take you to home page, and then you can go onto the episode you'd like to comment on hereThanks EVER SO MUCH for listening. If we help you to BE BETTER at what you do, then it's all been worth it!Oh yeah, and this time the cover image is by me (again). Hope you like.

24mins

21 May 2017

Rank #11

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Hello Good Morning – STP012

Episode 12 - Start your day with a killer morning routineAfter taking a pause so we can 'be better' - we're back this week with an episode on starting your day in the best way you possibly can. After all, if you're going to be good at things, and have a great day - you're in with a fighting chance if you start that day well. In this week's episode we look at why you should think about your morning routine, how small things can make a difference, and where to find out how successful people start their day. Some of the stuff in there is:Why you should think about your morning routine Planning to plan from a personal perspective Having a morning routine isn't just for people running multi-million pound operations But if they do it - why shouldn't you? I've done the research in places like Success magazine,  Forbes,Tony Robbins, Jim Rohn, David Allen and so on, so you don't have to. Here are some articles for further reading: Success - 10 morning routines of wildly successful entrepreneurs Fastcompany - The morning routines of the most successful people Forbes - Routines of 7 successful but human millennial entrepreneursWhat my morning routine is - and why I do it Circadian rhythms and - why they make you feel like you do Your alarm is a conflict, but you can make it work for you Why I get up at 4:50, and why you should get up at 6:37 Laugh, smile - do it FIRST The psychology of smiling Water water everywhere - get it inside you Run for your life - why some exercise every day is a good idea Oy - YOU! (time) Get cold - If it's good enough for Tim Ferris and Tony Robbins, it's good enough for us What 30 seconds in a cold shower tells you about taking things for granted The 6 steps: Alarm - set it with intention, don't snooze Laugh - look in the mirror laugh or smile at yourself, I promise you, it's funny and good Water - half a litre, 16 ounces re-hydrate quickly after you've woken up Activity - walk outside, gym, run - whatever works for you You time - 10 minutes of meditation, yoga, or just taking 10 to stop and think what you want to do today Shower - cold blast, 30 seconds at the end.As always, we're really grateful for your help in supporting this podcast. To do this you can: Rate or subscribe at i-tunes by going here - i-tunes Contact us on Twitter - we are @sharppodcast here Connect with us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sharppodcast/ Post comments on the website. This link will take you to home page, and then you can go onto the episode you'd like to comment on hereThanks EVER SO MUCH for listening. If we help you to BE BETTER at what you do, then it's all been worth it!Oh yeah, and this time the cover image is by me. Hope you like.

21mins

14 May 2017

Rank #12

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Brain Food – STP045

Episode 45 -  We've learned amazing stuff about our brains for this episode. We give you 2 great articles, a fab Ted talk AND a smorgasbord of remarkable brain related facts! Hold on to your hat...Some of the USEFUL stuff in there is: We've realised that the SAW that we're sharpening every week is the one in our heads Did you ever notice it in the logo? All the mind-blowing facts in this episode come from this fab article at - bebrainfit.com How many? Phenomenal brain numbersA superb article from Sean Nisil at - Productivityist.com He has written about cognitive load Empty your brain Stop things filling it up You'll thank yourself, feel more relaxed, be creative and your 3 pounds of fat and water will be SHARPER!Lewis Hamilton doesn't drive a Hillman Imp A good news/bad news sandwich around how flexible your brain is What a great article from Lachlan Brown at - Hackspirit.com He tells us 7 activities or hobbies that science says can make you smarter Meditate Learn a second language Read Exercise your body Exercise your brain Learn a musical instrument Cumulative learningA lovely podcast I found via Brit Pod Scene It's called Tourist Podcast - and you can find it here A round of myths and misinformation about your grey matter We end up sharing one of our favourite Ted Talks It is by Anil Seth - his contact details are here And the Ted Talk is here Your brain hallucinates your reality - yep, how weird is that! We end up with the 10 oddest brain facts But sadly it's not all good news Cheer up - it's not the end of the worldAs always, we're really grateful for your help in supporting this podcast. To do this you can:Rate or subscribe at i-tunes by going here - i-tunes Contact us on Twitter - we are @sharppodcast here Connect with us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sharppodcast/ Share with at us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sharppodcast/ Post comments on the website. This link will take you to home page, and then you can go onto the episode you'd like to comment on hereThanks EVER SO MUCH for listening. If we help you to BE BETTER at what you do, then it's all been worth it!

29mins

12 Aug 2018

Rank #13

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Once Great. Twice Automate! – STP008

Episode 8 - In conversation with Mel ElliottThis week's episode is a recording of a conversation I had with Mel Elliott about her world as a successful professional voiceover artist. We talked about the challenges of being a Mum, juggling a busy job with an ever-moving landscape, and her solutions to getting better at what she has to do, in order to spend more time doing what she wants to do.Mel's many solutions are listed below with links to stuff that you can go and look at if you'd like... Some of the stuff in there is: Never do the same thing twice, once is great - twice automate Templates for email - here's a link to doing it in Outlook Keyboard shortcuts, and YES they can save you 8 days a year - have a look here Routines - get one in the bag before lunch, build half hour buffer at end of the day (when I read the one above at first I thought I'd written a 'half hour buffet' at the end of the day, that also works!) Plan on a Friday - rolling lists in the week Prioritise health and well being Eat together - Some ideas and inspiration here if you're struggling to do it  Full stop on the working day - clock off, end process, blanket, shutdown Put phone away when with kids Get something done if it is as quick to do than put on a list - GTD 2 minute rule James Rhodes book on - How to Play the Piano If you want to hear more from Mel - her voiceover website is hereIt was great talking with Mel, and I've now got my challenge set to look at how we can prioritise 'me time' without feeling guilty or disrupting our commitments.As always, we're really grateful for your help in supporting this podcast. To do this you can: Rate or subscribe at i-tunes by going here - i-tunes Contact us on Twitter - we are @sharppodcast here Post comments on the website. This link will take you to home page, and then you can go onto the episode you'd like to comment on hereThanks EVER SO MUCH for listening. If we help you to BE BETTER at what you do, then it's all been worth it!Credit for the cover image this week is here - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:D_J_Shin_-_My_Toy_Museum/gallery

58mins

9 Apr 2017

Rank #14

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Better Public Speaking – STP048

Episode 48 -  In this episode we talk about why public speaking and presenting can be difficult, and we give you 13 tips to help you get better in this tricky area.Some of the USEFUL stuff in there is: My terrible presentation Trust me - you look better than you think Why we can find public speaking difficult - even scary Glossophobia Lisa talks to us from a different table about her experience Have your opening lines prepared Feeling anxious Tapping your fingers (not EFT) Relaxing about not having all the answers Using a 'car-park'A great Psychology Today article on why public speaking is so difficult Our physiology Anxiety about being anxious The stakes are raised Overestimating the skills needed and the consequences People's status Judgement and evaluation A new audience or a new ideaTips on speaking in small groups Toastmasters groups Knowing your subject Engaging with the audience Slowing down Thinking about breathing Conversation not presentation Less is moreHave a look at this Toastmasters video Tips for larger more full blown presentations Accepting that nerves will happen Realising you look much better than you think People won't react like you expect, and that's ok Planning A beginning, a middle and an end Knowing your audience Practice Talking to one person at a time Use media carefully - Powerpoint can become your enemy easily! Aiming for averageWhat we can learn from TED TalksHave a look at this great video from Chris Anderson at TEDIf you want to do further reading, here's where we got some of the insights Toastmasters International Grammarly MindtoolsAs always, we're really grateful for your help in supporting this podcast. To do this you can:Rate or subscribe at i-tunes by going here - i-tunes Contact us on Twitter - we are @sharppodcast here Connect with us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sharppodcast/ Share with at us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sharppodcast/ Post comments on the website. This link will take you to home page, and then you can go onto the episode you'd like to comment on hereThanks EVER SO MUCH for listening. If we help you to BE BETTER at what you do, then it's all been worth it!

48mins

27 Oct 2018

Rank #15

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Voices in Your Head – STP011

Episode 11 - The word on the street about getting YOU timeIn our final episode on getting some 'me-time' we turn to two books which I think you'll like. Both of these books are easy reads, clear and enjoyable. 10% Happier is more specific as it's primarily about how Dan found meditation could help cure his chattering voice, while How To Live a Good Life is broader looking at options across your life in general. Great reads, and if you prefer your resource in the form of something you CAN take into the bath, on the bus or places that you can't use on-line resource, then I thoroughly recommend giving them a try. Some of the stuff in there is:What having a panic attack, live, on-air, in front of millions of people - sounds like How Dan Harris moved from that to changing his life Paying attention to that voice in your head, and then doing something about it Meditation - it's not just for hippies Showering, bolognaise and the weather The book 10% Happier - 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works - A True Story Why a kind sounding man, can give you powerful insights Jonathan Fields - explanation of why reading his book is a good idea Where to get a free chapter of the - How To Live a Good Life bookAs always, we're really grateful for your help in supporting this podcast. To do this you can: Rate or subscribe at i-tunes by going here - i-tunes Contact us on Twitter - we are @sharppodcast here Connect with us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sharppodcast/ Post comments on the website. This link will take you to home page, and then you can go onto the episode you'd like to comment on hereThanks EVER SO MUCH for listening. If we help you to BE BETTER at what you do, then it's all been worth it!Cover image cropped from a photo by Katie Tegtmeyer. Link and licence details here - Katie Tegtmeyer

14mins

30 Apr 2017

Rank #16

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Happy – STP043

Episode 43 -  What makes us happy? Lots of things. Whether being happy means getting through things quicker, spending more time focusing on what's important, or being inspired - here are some ideas.Some of the USEFUL stuff in there is: A recommendation from Charles Duhigg (Author of Smarter Faster Better and The Power of Habit) It was this excellent piece by Alice Boyes at Harvard Business Review: Why we fail at focusing on what's important How to change that Schedule time for them Isolate the most impactful bits Anticipate and manage your feelings of anxiety Spend less time on unimportant tasks Prioritise tasks that will reduce your number of urgent/unimportant tasks Pay attention to what helps you see and track the bigger pictureA podcast recommendation we've made before - 10% Happier Being happy doesn't just mean laughing, it can also come from feeling uplifted The latest episodes of 10% Happier do just that, give them a listen If you want to just get things done in the day we found a resource with 5 quick tips It was compiled by Ashley Stahl at Forbes.com We've covered these tips in various guises before, but they are worth revisiting and checking in with ourselves by asking, "Do I do these well?" Stop multitasking Take breaks Set small goals Take care of the biggest tasks when you are most alert Implement the two minute ruleQuestion - What are you doing when you are happiest? The answer may not be what you think We look at and listen to the Ted Talk by Matt Killingsworth He explains how he created an app that 15,000 people responded to From 650,000 reports, he learned that there is one thing we're doing more than anything else when we are happy You'll have to watch the talk, or listen to the episode to find out!As always, we're really grateful for your help in supporting this podcast. To do this you can:Rate or subscribe at i-tunes by going here - i-tunes Contact us on Twitter - we are @sharppodcast here Connect with us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sharppodcast/ Share with at us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sharppodcast/ Post comments on the website. This link will take you to home page, and then you can go onto the episode you'd like to comment on hereThanks EVER SO MUCH for listening. If we help you to BE BETTER at what you do, then it's all been worth it!

18mins

15 Jul 2018

Rank #17

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Mini Episode – Homeland

Mini Episode -  Just a few words from me rambling a bit about the podcast, moving house and how lucky we all really are to have the problems that we have.Some of the USEFUL stuff in there is: Er...Letting you know that the next full episode is called 38, and is really good?As always, we're really grateful for your help in supporting this podcast. To do this you can:Rate or subscribe at i-tunes by going here - i-tunes Contact us on Twitter - we are @sharppodcast here Connect with us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sharppodcast/ Share with at us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sharppodcast/ Post comments on the website. This link will take you to home page, and then you can go onto the episode you'd like to comment on hereThanks EVER SO MUCH for listening. If we help you to BE BETTER at what you do, then it's all been worth it!

12mins

21 Apr 2018

Rank #18

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You Snooze You Win – STP010

Episode 10 - Plan to get downThis week we consider the idea that planning to do nothing, helps you do more. It seems weird, but there is research showing that if you achieve 'down-time' you actually get better at doing stuff. Well we're gonna be all over something that involves being BETTER aren't we? So, continuing the theme of 'me-time' we look at apps and on-line resource to help you do just that. Some of the stuff in there is:Gawking at how we've already managed to get to 10 episodes Sleeping in the day - why it's not lazy What Salvador Dali, a key, and a plate have in common How Einstein, Edison, Churchill, Kennedy boost their productivity Michael Hyatt on - Why you should nap every day Take a break, it's important -  Why you should do it A bloke called Andy Puddicombe and - why he might change your life Great apps to help you meditate in a busy day How to get Headspace - Link to website The Headspace App on - Android and itunes The 10% Happier App How groovy the people are at - Good Life Project Jonathan Fields chats on YouTube, this time with - Debbie Millman Excellent fitness apps, get started - here Journalling - it can make your day The power of gratitude. You can see some of the research - here Golden steps, smartphones and handbags Using brilliant resource from Evernote and Dropbox Laura Vanderkam's excellent Ted Talk on planning time for you - watch it hereAs always, we're really grateful for your help in supporting this podcast. To do this you can: Rate or subscribe at i-tunes by going here - i-tunes Contact us on Twitter - we are @sharppodcast here Connect with us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sharppodcast/ Post comments on the website. This link will take you to home page, and then you can go onto the episode you'd like to comment on hereThanks EVER SO MUCH for listening. If we help you to BE BETTER at what you do, then it's all been worth it!

20mins

23 Apr 2017

Rank #19

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10 Tips To Stop Email Overload – STP020

Episode 20 -  This week we're showing you how to get in control of your inbox. Two options for you - pick any of the tips you like and apply them individually, or apply them all and get to 'INBOX ZERO' every day. In the first few minutes we look at why email is not necessarily helping us, and then in part two we show you 10 things you can do differently.Some of the stuff in there is:PART 1 - 01:33 Who Elwood Edwards is Why e-mail is different now than it was in 1989 The Radicati Group Estimate 269 Bn emails sent a day - in this article Why e-mail is no respecter of hierarchy, time or our priorities The Daily Mail claim email is taking up over 2 hours a day - article here The Huffington Post claim it's taking up over 6 hours a day - article here Lifehacker explain why it can take over 20 minutes to get interrupted concentration back - here The CTO who learned that email was costing his company the equivalent of a Learjet - article here We ask - do you want one whole working day back every month? Where some of my solutions have come from: GTD Merlin MannPART 2 - 09:08 How to clear your inbox Frame of mind - treat email like post, it's a task to get done so you can get back to your job, it isn't your job Process emails don't read them - what's the verb, what's the action, be clear on what you need to do, and when, and then put it into a system 2 minute rule - if you can complete the action in 2 minutes, do it Notifications - turn them off, and process mail at structured times in the day Multiple folders -  get rid Set up two folders - Action and Awaiting Response Challenge expectations - especially your own. Would you prefer to be someone who is productive, or someone who has a reputation for responding to emails Don't accept other people passing their urgency onto you - make your own decisions about whether the content is important and/or urgent - (don't forget there's a difference) Send fewer emails -  consider other methods of communication Avoid cc and reply all - unless you want ten emails back for the price of oneAs always, we're really grateful for your help in supporting this podcast. To do this you can:Rate or subscribe at i-tunes by going here - i-tunes Contact us on Twitter - we are @sharppodcast here Connect with us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sharppodcast/ Share with at us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sharppodcast/ Post comments on the website. This link will take you to home page, and then you can go onto the episode you'd like to comment on hereThanks EVER SO MUCH for listening. If we help you to BE BETTER at what you do, then it's all been worth it!

30mins

6 Aug 2017

Rank #20