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Hosted by productivity strategist Mike Vardy, The Productivityist Podcast is a podcast that discusses tips, tools, tactics, and tricks that are designed to help you take your productivity, time management, goals, to do lists, habits, and workflow to new heights - both at work and at home. If you're looking to focus your efforts on getting the right things done and start living the good life, then this weekly conversational podcast – crafted in the tradition of Slate's Working, Back to Work, and HBR IdeaCast – is for you.

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Hosted by productivity strategist Mike Vardy, The Productivityist Podcast is a podcast that discusses tips, tools, tactics, and tricks that are designed to help you take your productivity, time management, goals, to do lists, habits, and workflow to new heights - both at work and at home. If you're looking to focus your efforts on getting the right things done and start living the good life, then this weekly conversational podcast – crafted in the tradition of Slate's Working, Back to Work, and HBR IdeaCast – is for you.

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76 Ratings
Average Ratings
56
6
9
3
2

Great and practical

By TrueGordon - Sep 09 2017
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Thanks for sharing "value" 💎

Thought Provoking

By Rachel Crutcher - Jun 12 2017
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These useful and thoughtful podcasts are really worth listening to.
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The Productivityist Podcast: A Time Management and Personal Productivity Talk Show

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Hosted by productivity strategist Mike Vardy, The Productivityist Podcast is a podcast that discusses tips, tools, tactics, and tricks that are designed to help you take your productivity, time management, goals, to do lists, habits, and workflow to new heights - both at work and at home. If you're looking to focus your efforts on getting the right things done and start living the good life, then this weekly conversational podcast – crafted in the tradition of Slate's Working, Back to Work, and HBR IdeaCast – is for you.

Rank #1: The Power of Focus with Shawn Blanc

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This week on the show Mike welcomes his friend Shawn Blanc, creator of The Focus Course. They have a deep discussion about intentionality, being attentive, the creative process, productivity, and – fittingly – focus.

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Oct 15 2015

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Rank #2: Deep Work with Cal Newport

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To ring in 2016, Mike speaks with his friend and the author of the forthcoming book "Deep Work", Cal Newport. They talk about the difference between deep and shallow work, why focusing on doing more deep work may not be for everyone, and how you can start to create more time to do deep work.

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Thanks to Transpose for sponsoring this week's episode of the show – and thanks to you for listening!

Jan 01 2016

41mins

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Rank #3: Overcoming Overwhelm with Dr. Samantha Brody

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On this episode of the podcast, I'm joined by Dr. Samantha Brody. Dr. Samantha is a licensed naturopathic physician and acupuncturist, and the founder of Evergreen Natural Health Center in Portland, Oregon. For decades in her private practice and virtual consulting business Dr. Samantha has helped thousands of people transform their lives with her innovative, personalized approach. She is the author of Overcoming Overwhelm: Dismantle Your Stress from the Inside Out.

Join me at my first-ever live event on Saturday February 29th! I'm holding a BIG event in Vancouver, BC, Canada on the extra day we have in 2020 to help you craft your time bigger and better moving forward. This event will feature actionable workshops, special guests, and a chance for you to spend intentional time and attention with others who want to stop "doing" productive and start being productive. It's going to be a lot of fun... and I hope you'll join us! Visit productivtiyist.com/ready to learn more. Early bird tickets are going on sale soon so visit that link to be one of the first to grab your tickets when they are released!
This episode is brought to you by my new online course, 30 Days of TimeCrafting. In this program you'll learn all of the basics of the productivity methods I use in my TimeCrafting process that help me define my day, filter my focus, and make every moment matter... for just $5. To learn more about this program, visit productivityist.com/fivedollars.
I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Samantha when we both spoke at Marc and Angel Chernoff's event Think Better, Live Better. After seeing her speak, I found that there was plenty of alignment with our work and asked her to come on the show. During this conversation we talk about her book, what she means by overwhelm, the steps she believes can help you overcome overwhelm, and the idea of resolutions. There is a lot that we cover in our discussion and I'm pleased to be able to finally bring it to you after many months of trying to make it happen. Enjoy!

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  • This is how Dr. Samantha looks at overwhelm (3:29)
  • Does Dr. Samantha believe in New Year's Resolutions? (6:06)
  • We start to dig into the steps Dr. Samantha reveals in her book (6:48)
  • This the first step (7:42)
  • Dr. Samantha shares her current values... along with the second step (9:28)
  • How can someone stay on target with their values and the other elements Dr. Samantha shares in her work? (15:55)
  • The third step is revealed...(18:30)
  • I share a fitting story with Dr. Samantha about an obstacle that turned out to be a source of overwhelm (21:40)
  • Dr. Samantha offers feedback after hearing the story of my stressor (23:36)
  • What is "beauty way?"(25:35)
  • Does Dr. Samantha journal? Does she believe the practice is helpful? (27:52)
  • If someone was to start using what's found in Dr. Samantha's book, what's the simplest first step to take? (29:45)
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"Life throws curveballs at you. That's just... life." - Dr. Samantha Brody
Helpful LinksThis episode has been in the works for some time and I'm glad I was able to deliver it to you at the start of a new calendar year – and a new decade. While resolutions can be a bit of a trap at this time of year, Dr. Samantha offers alternatives... sound strategies that won't just help you in the year that's just begun. They will help you for many years to come.

If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using – or you can do so on a variety of podcast platforms by clicking here.

Jan 01 2020

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Rank #4: A Hard Habit App to Break

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Mike talks about the benefits of using habit tracking apps, as well as what can happen if you dive too deep into them.
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Want to send Mike an app, book, or something similar to discuss on the show? Email him at podcast@productivityist.com and he'll give it a look. Want to listen on Stitcher? Click here.

Support The Productivityist Podcast by becoming a patron! Click here to visit The Productivityist Podcast's Patreon page and see what perks await those who pitch in a buck or more.

Sep 09 2014

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Rank #5: Getting Things Done with David Allen

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In this episode Mike Vardy talks with David Allen, author of Getting Things Done. They discuss the pull of email, how to wrap your head around working by context, and what's different in the 2015 edition of Getting Things Done.

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Want to send us an app, book, or something similar to discuss on the show? Email us at info@productivityist.com and we'll give it a look. Want to listen on Stitcher? Click here.

Support The Productivityist Podcast by becoming a patron! Click here to visit The Productivityist Podcast's Patreon page and see what perks await those who pitch in a buck or more.

Mar 17 2015

29mins

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Rank #6: Paperless Productivity with Brooks Duncan

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Brooks Duncan from DocumentSnap (a.k.a. The Paperless Guy) is this week’s guest on The Productivityist Podcast where both he and host Mike Vardy talked about the idea of backing up and going paperless.

Brooks sets things straight on the concept of going paperless, which often people think means just not using paper at all. He also recounts how he fell into the paperless lifestyle, and how people can also choose to do the same with theirs. Brooks and Mike walked through the process of easing into the paperless life, its benefits, as well as recommended apps to help us all transition into this lifestyle.

On this episode, they discussed:

  • Brooks’ definition of ‘paperless’ (02:11) and when did he decide to explore the paperless life (04:10).
  • The best way of keeping track of the digital files upon switching to paperless (10:00).
  • The framework / system / sample workflow to get it from paper to digital (13:24).
  • Brooks’ thoughts the rise of digital-analog hybrid notebooks (20:44)
  • What were the benefits of the digital space (24:04) as well as its disadvantages (27:09) and security (29:11).
  • The launch of the second version of The Paperless Security Guide (33:34).

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Thanks for joining this week’s episode. Want to support the podcast and get even more content? Check out the The Productivityist Podcast on Patreon to learn more!

Nov 07 2016

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Rank #7: The Perfect Day with Craig Ballantyne

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This episode Mike is joined by Craig Ballantyne of Early to Rise. Craig is the creator of The Perfect Day Formula and during our discussion they chat about Craig's thoughts on Stoicism, how the mind is the real gateway (or barrier) to establishing better days, how Craig handles email, and the rule Craig crafted that has been shared all over the web (and received its share of praise and criticism in the process).

They also talk about rules Craig lives by, the power of a "not to do" list, and engage in a lively discussion about early rising versus being a night owl.

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Thanks again for listening. Until next time remember to stop guessing...and start going!

Sep 12 2016

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Rank #8: Order and Organization with Rashelle Isip

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On this episode of the podcast Mike is joined by Rashelle Isip of The Order Expert. Rashelle is a consultant, author, and founder of TheOrderExpert.com, a blog featuring organization, time management and productivity tips, ideas and inspiration to help people lead more balanced lives. She is author of “The Order Expert’s Guide to Time Management” and “How to Plan a Great Event in 60 Days.”

They talk about a wide variety of topics relating to order and productivity, including the importance of saying no, the idea of journaling, simple ways you can stay on track, and more.

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Thanks for listening and enjoy the show!

Aug 01 2016

31mins

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Rank #9: Boosting The Brain with Dr. Andrew Hill

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Mike spends time with the Lead Neuroscientist of truBrain, Dr. Andrew Hill, on this episode of the podcast. They talk about a ton of "brain stuff", including the importance of getting things out of your head, how decision fatigue works, and more.

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Enjoy the episode!

Dec 04 2015

54mins

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Rank #10: The Art of Taking Action with Gregg Krech

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On this episode of the podcast, I welcome Gregg Krech to the program. Gregg is one of the leading experts on Japanese Psychology in the U.S. He is the author of 5 books including The Art of Taking Action: Lessons from Japanese Psychology, which has become an Amazon best seller and offer practical strategies for integrating ideas from Eastern philosophy with contemporary Western living.

Gregg and I spend time discussing how he got into Japanese psychology, why Eastern ways are appealing to Western cultures, perfectionism and being obsessed with the unfinished, and even look deeper into Kaizen. I had an incredible time chatting with Gregg and I trust you'll find this to be a rather compelling conversation.

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Thanks so much for listening. Enjoy the show!

Oct 11 2017

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Rank #13: Why You Need Atomic Habits with James Clear

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This episode is brought to you by Gusto. Gusto is a payroll provider that you might fall in love with. It does everything you need from automatically filing and paying your taxes to organizing employee documents. It is easy to use – you can add benefits and HR support to help take care of your team and keep your business safe. It’s loyal, it’s modern, and you can get three months free when you run your first payroll by visiting gusto.com/timecrafting.

On this episode, James and I had a really productive discussion on a range of topics from the journey of putting the book together, how alarm clocks fail me (or I fail alarm clocks), turning off the internet router at 10 PM to keeping the beer at the back of the fridge and Crossfit.

Here are a few highlights of our conversation:
  • Designing and Defining Atomic Habits: Two main lenses to look the book through (02:08)
  • The two-minute rule in scaling down a habit and actually making it stick (05:09)
  • Importance of slowing down and awareness for effective behavioral change (08:11)
  • Having a variety of small things organized toward the same goal (11:53)
  • Solutions for setting up efficient timing (17:02)
  • Strategies for building good seasonal habits (21:29)
  • Tools to make habits stick and break through biases (28:58)
  • The three reasons/meanings behind the use of the term “atomic” (32:42)
  • Creating a journal that makes it easier to build habits that is useful but not fixed (37:24)

“Many of our behaviors are socially reinforced… When the social reinforcement is so strong, we overcome the obstacles in our environment. The key insight there is you want to join a tribe, a group where your desired behavior is the normal behavior. Because if it's normal in that group, then it's going to seem attractive to you to do it even if it's not convenient.” ~ James Clear

Relevant Links I learned a lot from reading Atomic Habits and through my conversations with James and I’m sure you will too. And make sure to catch the next episode where I have Joey Cofone as my guest for a back-to-back habit tracking and intentionality goodness. 

If you do get valuable insights out of our discussion, you may leave us a rating and review for this episode in Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. I also encourage you to subscribe to the podcast so that you don't miss a single weekly episode. You can do that by visiting the podcast subscription page on Transistor.fm.

Thanks for your time. See you later.

Jan 23 2019

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Rank #14: Becoming Indistractable with Nir Eyal

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On this episode I'm joined by Nir Eyal, the author of what I consider to be the best productivity book I've read in a long time, Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life.

This episode is sponsored by MeetEdgar. I've been using MeetEdgar to help me pay greater attention to what I share on social media, when I share it, and how I share it. One element of my work that is going to be impacted by using MeetEdgar is that I can give greater attention to areas of my work outside of social media - like the book I'm working on - because MeetEdgar will take care of my social media needs. If you want to give MeetEdgar a try, visit meetedgar.com/timecrafting and use the code timecrafting to receive an extended 60-day free trial!
This episode is brought to you by Woven Calendar. Woven Calendar features powerful scheduling tools built into a smart, collaborative calendar. I absolutely love Woven. It’s allowed me to streamline my appointment bookings on so many levels and is an absolute pleasure to use. The templates are a huge timesaver, the scheduling links are phenomenal, and the ability to quickly toggle between what is "My Time" and everything else on my calendar gives me a quick snapshot of my day like no other calendar app does. Listeners of thus podcast are getting an exclusive offer to put Woven through the paces for themselves. Sign up for free today at woven.com/timecrafting and add Woven to your productivity stack and schedule faster than ever before!
This episode is brought to you by the University of California Irvine Division of Continuing Education. Established in 1962, UCI offers education for adult learners in Orange County. But thanks to technology, their courses and certification programs in various fields are now available worldwide and online for just about anyone who's interested. You can get 15% off of one (1) course by visiting http://ce.uci.edu/productivityist then enter the promo code timecrafting. Make sure you take advantage of this limited time offer when Winter registration opens up on October 25th as it is only valid until December 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm.
Without question I feel that Nir's book Indistractable is the best book on the topic of productivity that I've read in a long time. We dig into the book throughout our lengthy discussion, discuss the concept of willpower (and my misinterpretation of how he feels about it), and so much more. There's plenty to unpack in this episode and I'm pleased to be able to bring it to you.

Talking Points
  • Why I feel that Indistractable is one of the best productivity books out there (1:40)
  • Nir shares why ther book covers for both Hooked and Indistractable are yellow (2:22)
  • The distinction between traction, time management, and becoming indistractable (5:00)
  • What is pseudowork? (7:10)
  • Nir Starts to reveal the four strategies that you'll need to become indistractable (9:36)
  • This is what time management actually is (11:36)
  • We talk about willpower - and this is where I misinterpret Nir's belief on the subject (12:56)
  • As a follow up to our willpower back-and-forth, Nir says that this is what we DO have available to us (14:47)
  • I share my external triggers with Nir and that leads to a discussion of the idea of identity (17:22)
  • Nir spends time discussing the other types of "pacts" you can put in place on your indistractable journey (24:00)
  • Nir gets personal as he discusses the power of "effort packs" (27:00)
  • I share my own examples of "effort packs" (28:45)
  • Nir talks about "progressive extremism" and its role in becoming indistractable (30:34)
  • Nir talks about to do lists (37:35)
  • Here's what Nir says what you shouldn't - and should - put on your calendar (40:25)
  • We chat about misinformation around the use of tech (41:36)
  • This is Nir's definition of productivity... and his advice to live up to that definition (51:30)
"The body gets what the body needs." - Nir Eyal
Helpful LinksThis episode is longer than usual but it's worth every second. Nir's perspective on productivity is attuned to my own in many ways. Hearing him agree with me on the concept of theming your time and using the calendar as a directory for your day and a to do list for the details of your day made... well, my day. I hope that this discussion we had made your day too.

If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using – or you can do so on a variety of podcast platforms by clicking here.

Oct 16 2019

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Rank #15: Designing Your Mindset with Andy Murphy

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On this episode of the podcast I spoke with Andy Murphy, the founder of Mindset by Design. Andy has helped world champion athletes, multi-millionaire entrepreneurs, Hollywood producers and actors, and even royalty design their mindsets. We discussed what changing and designing your mindset can do for you, how NLP can help you when it is used for good, why it matters who is in your network, and more.

Here are a few highlights from the show:

  • Where most people get stuck regarding mindset
  • What neuro-linguistic programming is
  • Removing confirmation bias
  • Why it is important to train ourselves in each area of our life
  • Our default setting is whatever is safe
  • When we grow, our network changes as well

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This was a fun and informative conversation. I hope you enjoy it. Until next time, remember to stop guessing…and start going!

Apr 11 2018

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Rank #16: Mind Hacking with Sir John Hargrave

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Sir John Hargrave and Mike Vardy have a lot in common. They both like to inject humour into their work and are both fascinated with how they can change the way they operate in order to improve productivity (and their lives in the process). In this discussion, they talk about "mind hacking" - the title of John's forthcoming book - and what approaches you can take to start changing the way you operate today.

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Want to send Mike an app, book, or something similar to discuss on the show? Email Productivityist at info@productivityist.com and we'll give it a look. Want to listen on Stitcher? Click here.

Really like the show and want it to flourish even more? Support The Productivityist Podcast by becoming a patron! Click here to visit The Productivityist Podcast's Patreon page and see what perks await those who pitch in a buck or more.

Jun 09 2015

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Rank #17: Declutter Your Way to Success with Terri Savelle Foy

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Today’s guest is Terri Savelle Foy. Terri is a motivational speaker, Youtuber and cheerleader of dreams. Terri is also the author of a new book called Declutter Your Way to Success: the Keys to Organize Your Life. We spoke about how your environment affects your mindset, why it is important to define your definition of organization and how you can maintain a standard of excellence in your life.

Here are some highlights of the show:

  • Our homes reflect our inner state
  • Why unfinished tasks can stall deep work
  • The "laundry basket of success"
  • Why changing the world starts with making your bed
  • Building a momentum by using a timer
  • Using the "Don't Break the Chain" method with a calendar

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Enjoy the show and I'll see you again in a few days for a new bonus episode. Until next time remember to stop guessing…and start going!

This episode of The Productivityist Podcast is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people like runners, cyclist, weightlifters and vegetarians get lower rates on their life insurance. Go to healthiq.com/vardy to support the show and see if you qualify.

Mar 21 2018

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Rank #18: The Vision Driven Leader with Michael Hyatt

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Michael Hyatt returns to the show for this excellent episode of the program. Michael is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Michael Hyatt & Company. He is also the author of several New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling books, including Platform, Living Forward, Your Best Year Ever, Free to Focus, and his newest book The Vision-Driven Leader.

This episode is brought to you by SaneBox. SaneBox is the easiest way to automatically organize your inbox and keep it that way forever. SaneBox sorts your emails for you, keeping ​unimportant email out of your inbox, so you can focus on what matters. See how SaneBox can help you reclaim your time and attention with a free trial. Visit sanebox.com/timecrafting today to start your free trial and get a $25 credit.
This episode is brought to you by the University of California Irvine Division of Continuing Education. Established in 1962, UCI offers education for adult learners in Orange County. But thanks to technology, their courses and certification programs in various fields are now available worldwide and online for just about anyone who's interested. You can get 15% off of one (1) course by visiting http://ce.uci.edu/productivityist then enter the promo code timecrafting. Make sure you take advantage of this limited time offer as it is only valid until July 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm. (Please note that this discount is for almost all of the certificate programs. The exceptions only include coding boot camps, international programs, teacher credentialing programs, and test prep courses.)
Michael has scaled multiple companies over the years, including a $250M publishing company with 700+ employees and his own leadership development company that has grown over 60% year over year for the past 4 years. Under his leadership, Michael Hyatt & Company has been featured in the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing companies in America for three years in a row. He enjoys The Double Win with his wife of 40+ years, five daughters, and nine grandchildren. 

I spoke with Michael about the journey he took to get to this book, what it takes to become a vision driven leader, the importance of having a vision, and much more. As always, it's fantastic to speak with Michael about his work – he's someone who truly embodies everything that he delivers to the world – and I know you'll get plenty out of this discussion.
Talking Points
  • Michael talks about why he wrote this book now and if it was a progression of his past books or if now was just the right time (0:50)
  • What does vision mean to Michael? (1:42)
  • We discuss the difference between a manager and leader (5:03)
  • Michael shares whether or not you must use the steps to become a vision driven leader in order... or if that is not all that important (7:38)
  • What can you do to help a leader who has so many ideas and visions execute those ideas and visions? (10:03)
  • Michael talks about what he would do if someone isn't really understanding (or interested) in "The Vision Script" that a vision driven leader attempts to bring to life (17:43)
  • This is the person that Michael considers to be a vision driven leader that he looks up to (22:40)
  • We talk further about the term "vision zag" (25:02)
  • What are some things people can take away from the book that they can use if they are not running a company but simply want to run their lives better?(27:40)
  • This is the first step to becoming a vision driven leader (29:25)
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"Leadership by its very definition means that you're heading towards a destination and if you're not clear on the destination you really aren't gonna be leading people anywhere." - Michael Hyatt
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If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using – or you can do so on a variety of podcast platforms by clicking here.

Mar 25 2020

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Rank #19: The Magic of Manifestation with Jen Mazer

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Do you want to live in an apartment with a jacuzzi in Manhattan – for free? Jen Mazer did that for 10 years, and so much more – all through the power of manifestation.

Jen Mazer a.k.a. the Queen of Manifestation is a transformational speaker and coach, teaching people how to manifest their dreams and goals while making an impact on the world. She is the creator of the board game Sparked, and is also the author of the book Manifesting Made Easy: How to Harness the Law of Attraction to Get What You Really Want.

Manifesting gave way Jen the chance to experience some of the most outrageous adventures – like attending a cocktail party hosted by Martin Scorsese, getting published in the New York Times, and even paying off debt. Jen's the guest on this episode and she’ll share the power of manifestation in her life and how it can do the same for you.

We chatted about her background, the law of attraction, resistance, and even touched a bit on quantum physics. Here’s a rundown of what we’ve covered in our conversation:

  • How she started in this niche and how her friends came up with the
    moniker Queen of Manifestation (1:50).
  • The skepticism and misconception that manifesting is solely about
    visualization and meditation, how productivity and action factors in,
    and why she isn’t a proponent of working too hard (3:20).
  • Her metaphor on how placing an order of the food you want in a restaurant
    is what manifesting is like to your life (4:50).
  • The importance of trusting your dreams as it could be intuiting what
    the universe wants for you, despite the limitations like not having
    time, experience, money (6:37).
  • The idea of seeing resistance as proof of movement and change, and
    obstacles as opportunities to experience new things (8:12).
  • The law of polarity, fostering awareness through what you want and
    don’t want, and reframing your intentions by positioning them so that
    they are positive and open to possibilities (11:30).
  • Reframing task management from “have to”, to “need to” to “get to” to
    make each task more impactful (16:33).
  • How her book breaks down manifesting concepts and techniques allowing
    anyone employ these, and the power of positivity and feeling positive
    inside before it even manifests (17:45).
  • What sparked the creation of the board game she co-created with her
    friend, and how it is able to promote happiness, gratitude,
    inspiration and love (20:46).
  • Simple and easy ways to start manifesting, and a story of how an
    affirmation she wrote years ago manifested in her life (23:44).

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Did you enjoy this episode? Jen and I continue this good vibes and empowering episode in an upcoming bonus episode available only to our Patreon supporters. If you're not yet subscribed, check out the Productivityist on Patreon, and access exclusive content, perks and interact direectly with me through our exclusive Slack community.

You can also show your support by leaving the show a rating and review in any of the platforms you're listening to. We use your feedback to improve the show further.

Thanks for listening today and until next time, remember to stop guessing… and start going.

May 08 2017

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Rank #20: Better Email Habits with Andy Mitchell

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In this episode Mike speaks with the founder of ActiveInbox, Andy Mitchell. They talk about email and how you can (if you want) use it to manage your tasks. It's not something Mike does (or advocates) but for those of you who want to hear why you may want to give this a go...then this episode is for you.

They also talk about the "snoozing" feature that some email apps have, the shifting from app to app and how it can affect productivity, and the different roles people have and how that can impact how productive they can be.

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Jan 18 2016

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HEY! I'm Talking Email with Phil Simon

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I wanted to talk to someone who knows communication and email to talk about that subject. So Phil Simon joined me once again to talk about email – and in particular, the new kid on the block, HEY.

Relevant LinksIf you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using – or you can do so on a variety of podcast platforms by clicking here.

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Aug 02 2020

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Let's Zoom with Phil Simon

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Phil Simon returns to the program to talk about a service that more people have started using in 2020... some whether they wanted to or not: Zoom.This episode is sponsored by Bambee. When running a business, Human Resources issues can kill you. There's so much to wrap your head around and hiring an HR Manager is going to cost you  - they command an average of seventy-thousand dollars a year! That's where Bambee comes in. Created specifically for small business, Bambee provides you with a dedicated HR Manager that can craft your HR policy, and maintain your compliance, all for just one low monthly fee. You don't need to deal with HR issues - let Bambee do that for you. Go to bambee.com/timecrafting now to schedule your FREE HR audit. You'll be glad you did.Phil's made a recent appearance on this podcast talking about his book Slack for Dummies. Now he's back to share some of his knowledge and insights on another service – as well as another book he's written Zoom for Dummies.

We spend this episode talking about the rise of Zoom use, what Phil's first experience with Zoom was like, and some of the things Phil really likes about Zoom. If you're new to Zoom and want to go from comfortable to confident with it, then this episode is well worth your time and attention.

Talking Points
  • Why does Phil think Zoom replaced Skype in many ways? (1:59)
  • This was what Phil's initial experience with Zoom was like (7:38)
  • Phil talks about what Zoom brings to the table with webinars (15:41)
  • What is a tip for people who want to get more out of Zoom? (27:29)
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Jul 29 2020

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3 More Things with Benjamin Spall

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Benjamin Spall returns to the podcast to share three more things. Check out his original appearance on Episode 196 of the podcast.

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Jul 26 2020

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The New Corner Office with Laura Vanderkam

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On this episode I'm joined once again by Laura Vanderkam, a fellow productivity specialist. Laura is the author of several books, including The New Corner Office: How the Most Successful People Work from Home.This episode is sponsored by Setapp, a subscription for Mac apps. Setapp packs over 180 high-quality apps into one. There’s an app for almost any task, so you can stay in your flow and finish what you started. Setapp has a dedicated curation team that only selects the highest quality apps. New apps are always being added to Setapp, updates are free and all the apps are full-featured pro versions. And you don’t have to spend time on app discovery and testing. Setapp makes it easy to get the best tools when you need them - they’re already in Setapp. Listeners of The Productivityist Podcast can check out Setapp for free for 7 days. Just visit Setapp.com and give it a try today!I wanted to talk about productivity with someone who speaks my language, and Laura certainly fits that bill. She's penned a book that is designed to help people not only survive working from home... it's a book that will help people thrive while working from home. We talk about what it's like to be thrust into a "work from home" situation, why right now might just be the best time to take on that monumental project, and much more. This episode is well worth your time... I know you'll enjoy our conversation!  

Talking Points
  • Laura explains why she chose to write this book right now (1:00)
  • What led Laura to writing this book? (3:13)
  • Why does Laura advise you manage by task rather than time? (4:41)
  • How important does Laura thinks self care in the work environment is during times like these? (11:07)
  • Laura shares insights on how she thinks people can embrace their own needs more while working from home (13:47)
  • Laura talks about her chapter that touches on "thinking big" (18:30)
  • How does Laura think people can continue to track their time while working from home? (21:10)
  • How can one work from home and parent from home and still bring their best selves to both? (27:12)
  • Laura gives one action you can take to start building your own "at home" work life (29:32)
Quote"Working from home is a skill." - Laura VanderkamHelpful LinksTake my 30 Days of TimeCrafting fundamentals course
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Jul 22 2020

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An Appetite for Apps

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I've had an "on again, off again" relationship with apps during my career as a productivity strategist. Right now, it's back on again. I share some of my insights on apps during this episode.This episode is sponsored by LinkedIn Talent Solutions. When your business is ready to make that next hire, LinkedIn Jobs can help by matching your role with qualified candidates so that you can find the right person quickly. You can pay what you want and get the first $50 off. Just visit linkedin.com/timecrafting to get fifty dollars off your first job post. Terms and conditions apply.You'll hear what apps I'm currently using (and why I'm using them), what I look for in an app of any sort, and why going ""all in" with an app can be a recipe for productivity problems. I've got several relevant links to apps below so as you're listening feel free to check out what I'm using and start to sate your appetite for apps starting today!

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Jul 19 2020

23mins

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You and The Internet of Things with Vicki McLeod

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Vicki McLeod joins me on this episode of the program. Vicki McLeod is a writer, author, coach, consultant and an award-winning entrepreneur. She is an advocate for mindful business, everyday happiness and living a life rich with meaning. She's here to talk about her book You and The Internet of Things.This episode is sponsored by Bambee. When running a business, Human Resources issues can kill you. There's so much to wrap your head around and hiring an HR Manager is going to cost you  - they command an average of seventy-thousand dollars a year! That's where Bambee comes in. Created specifically for small business, Bambee provides you with a dedicated HR Manager that can craft your HR policy, and maintain your compliance, all for just one low monthly fee. You don't need to deal with HR issues - let Bambee do that for you. Go to bambee.com/timecrafting now to schedule your FREE HR audit. You'll be glad you did.
This episode is sponsored by Setapp, a subscription for Mac apps. Setapp packs over 180 high-quality apps into one. There’s an app for almost any task, so you can stay in your flow and finish what you started. Setapp has a dedicated curation team that only selects the highest quality apps. New apps are always being added to Setapp, updates are free and all the apps are full-featured pro versions. And you don’t have to spend time on app discovery and testing. Setapp makes it easy to get the best tools when you need them - they’re already in Setapp. Listeners of The Productivityist Podcast can check out Setapp for free for 7 days. Just visit Setapp.com and give it a try today!
Vicki is the author of several books beyond You and the Internet of Things, A practical guide to understanding and integrating the IoT into your daily life (Self-Counsel Press 2020). She's also penned #Untrending, A Field Guide to Social Media That Matters, How to Post, Tweet, and Like Your Way to a More Meaningful Life (First Choice 2016) and coauthor of Digital Legacy Plan, A Guide to the Personal and Practical Elements of Your Digital Life Before You Die (Self-Counsel Press 2019) and writes a biweekly newspaper column on the intersection of digital and analog life.
I've been friends with Vick for years and wanted to have her share with you some of the concepts around IoT (The Internet of Things), how IoT can work for you, the importance of getting comfortable with technology, and more. I hope you learn a lot from this discussion... I know I did!

Talking Points
  • What is The Internet of Things? (0:45)
  • Where did Vicki start with buying smart items... and where would she suggest others start? (7:46)
  • How far does Vicki believe is too far when introducing yourself to The Internet of Things and how can you reign it in if you feel like you're starting to lose control? (14:48)
  • How important is it for people to get used to technology being everywhere? (24:11)
  • Is a fitness tracker a good way to ease into using smart technology? (27:22)
Quote"You need learn how to use it and to develop at least some rudimentary degree of comfort with it." - Vicki McLeodHelpful LinksTake my 30 Days of TimeCrafting fundamentals course
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Jul 15 2020

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The Quest for Simplicity

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, "In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity." I couldn't agree more. So I decided to share my thoughts on the quest for simplicity on this episode.
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Jul 12 2020

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Growing Young with Marta Zaraska

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My guest is Marta Zaraska, a Polish-Canadian science journalist published in the Washington Post, Scientific American, New Scientist, the Atlantic, Discover, and more. She's the author of the book Growing Young: How Friendship, Optimism, and Kindness Can Help You Live to 100.This episode is sponsored by Setapp, a subscription for Mac apps. Setapp packs over 180 high-quality apps into one. There’s an app for almost any task, so you can stay in your flow and finish what you started. Setapp has a dedicated curation team that only selects the highest quality apps. New apps are always being added to Setapp, updates are free and all the apps are full-featured pro versions. And you don’t have to spend time on app discovery and testing. Setapp makes it easy to get the best tools when you need them - they’re already in Setapp. Listeners of The Productivityist Podcast can check out Setapp for free for 7 days. Just visit Setapp.com and give it a try today!Marta reached out to me just before Growing Young's release date and after having a chance to check out what the book was all about I knew I wanted to talk to her about it for this program.

And talk about the book we did! We talked about why she wrote the book, how challenging it was to write, some of the surprises she came across during the writing process, and more. I had a wonderful time chatting with Marta and I know you'll get a lot out of listening to our conversation.

Talking Points
  • What inspired Marta to write this book? (1:12)
  • Marta explains why she thinks people focus more on their health when trying to live longer (3:46)
  • This is something that Marta tried and noticed it was helping her a lot as she worked towards "growing young" (6:42)
  • What are some things that people can do when they feel like they are stuck in a sense of loneliness? (11:16)
  • Marta talks about how helping others can boost your happiness (14:44)
  • What does Marta think are some benefits of meditating? Why does she think people are so stubborn to try it? (21:31)
  • Did Marta find it challenging to write a book that tries to convince people that there is a science-backed way to live longer and happier? (25:52)
  • Does where one live play a role in "growing younger"? (31:58)
  • Marta suggests one action someone can take to start this journey (34:47)
Quote"Spend more time with your friends." - Marta ZaraskaHelpful LinksTake my 30 Days of TimeCrafting fundamentals course
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Jul 08 2020

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The Analog Way with Jeff Sheldon

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On this solo episode of the podcast, I'm doing something a little different: I'm hosting a guest. Jeff Sheldon joins me on the program to talk about simplicity, productivity, and the story behind Analog.This episode is sponsored by the University of California Irvine Division of Continuing Education. Established in 1962, UCI offers education for adult learners in Orange County. But thanks to technology, their courses and certification programs in various fields are now available worldwide and online for just about anyone who's interested. You can get 15% off of one (1) course by visiting http://ce.uci.edu/productivityist then enter the promo code timecrafting. Make sure you take advantage of this limited time offer as it is only valid until July 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm. (Please note that this discount is for almost all of the certificate programs. The exceptions only include coding boot camps, international programs, teacher credentialing programs, and test prep courses.)Jeff Sheldon is the founder and designer of Ugmonk, a brand focused on creating and curating thoughtfully-designed products. Jeff launched Ugmonk in 2008 as a creative outlet to design products that he wanted to wear and use. Now over a decade later, Ugmonk continues to expand its collection of well-designed objects and clothing and attract a passionate following from around the globe.

Jeff and I spend a lot of time talking about his Analog venture – which is something I've been experimenting with for several weeks as of this recording. We also talk about design, simplicity, the importance of flexibility, and much more. I've been a big fan of Jeff's work for some time and I'm glad I am able to share our conversation with you on this episode.
Talking Points
  • Jeff explains what he does... and what Ugmonk is (1:18)
  • Did Jeff expect the Kickstarter campaign for Analog to blow up like this? (5:20)
  • What made Jeff think that this product was useful for you... and that he should share it with the world? (7:08)
  • Jeff talks about the Analog "card signals" (16:58)
  • Jeff talks about his design study background and process (26:53)
Quote"It makes you prioritize... okay I no longer can keep adding to my list because the hours in the day will run out before you can get to all them." - Jeff SheldonHelpful LinksTake my 30 Days of TimeCrafting fundamentals course
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Jul 05 2020

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It's Go Time with Jill McAbe

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My guest this time around is Jill McAbe. Jill is a business coach, high-performance expert and Amazon best-selling author of It’s Go Time: The ALL-IN System For Unstoppable Success in Business and Life.This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Shippo. The #1 challenge for most e-commerce businesses? Shipping. And these days customers expect it to be flawless. That’s why you need Shippo. Whether you're a major retailer, or just getting started, you will save time and money, fulfill and ship at scale, and make returns easy for your customers with Shippo. Shippo is offering listeners of The Productivityist Podcast their best discount available anywhere - get a shipping consultation and Shippo Pro Plan 6 Month Trial - for FREE – at goshippo.com/timecrafting. That’s up to a $700 value - for free! Check out Shippo to receive this incredible offer today.
This episode is sponsored by TextExpander. With TextExpander, you can unlock your productivity with its many features. With TextExpander you can make everything you write repetitively available everywhere you type: text documents, spreadsheets, web forms, and more. Unlock your productivity with TextExpander. Visit TextExpander.com/podcast for 20% off your first year.
This episode is sponsored by the University of California Irvine Division of Continuing Education. Established in 1962, UCI offers education for adult learners in Orange County. But thanks to technology, their courses and certification programs in various fields are now available worldwide and online for just about anyone who's interested. You can get 15% off of one (1) course by visiting http://ce.uci.edu/productivityist then enter the promo code timecrafting. Make sure you take advantage of this limited time offer as it is only valid until July 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm. (Please note that this discount is for almost all of the certificate programs. The exceptions only include coding boot camps, international programs, teacher credentialing programs, and test prep courses.)After seven gruelling years as celebrated restaurateur, 10+ years as a growth consultant to entrepreneurs, and a car accident that nearly took her life, Jill realized she couldn't spend another minute on a business that wasn't perfect for her in every way. At 48, Jill turned her business development skills on herself to build a business aligned with her purpose and that fits her life. She now teaches people like herself (misfits who sell their talent and crave lifestyle freedom) how they can do the same. Jill is a Top Teacher on the global career-skills platform, Skillshare. Her official residence is in Toronto, Canada; however, her dream business allows her to work from anywhere.

Jill and I spend time talking about what "go time" is, her insights on willpower (and whether or not they align with mine), and much more. It's always a pleasure to talk with a fellow Canadian, and speaking with Jill was no exception. I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as we did.

Talking Points
  • What led Jill to think that this book needed to be out in the world? (0:53)
  • Jill shares some tips to help you go from feeling uncertainty to feeling unstoppable (2:51)
  • These are Jill's thoughts on willpower (23:39)
  • What is something someone can do either mentally or systematically to prepare themselves for challenges and uncharted terrain? (28:25)
Quote"Your subconscious loves repetition." - Jill McAbeHelpful LinksTake my 30 Days of TimeCrafting fundamentals course
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Jul 01 2020

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I Took a Clarity Day

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I took a Clarity Day this week.

This episode is sponsored by the University of California Irvine Division of Continuing Education. Established in 1962, UCI offers education for adult learners in Orange County. But thanks to technology, their courses and certification programs in various fields are now available worldwide and online for just about anyone who's interested. You can get 15% off of one (1) course by visiting http://ce.uci.edu/productivityist then enter the promo code timecrafting. Make sure you take advantage of this limited time offer as it is only valid until July 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm. (Please note that this discount is for almost all of the certificate programs. The exceptions only include coding boot camps, international programs, teacher credentialing programs, and test prep courses.)
Not sure what a Clarity Day is? I explain its value on this episode... as well as how I know it's going to help me with my productivity and prioritization moving forward.

Want to take a Clarity Day for yourself? Here's how.

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Jun 28 2020

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The Only Skill That Matters with Jonathan Levi

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On this episode I'm joined by Jonathan Levi. Jonathan is a serial entrepreneur, published author, and podcaster born and raised in Silicon Valley.
This episode is sponsored by LinkedIn Talent Solutions. Now more than ever, we need people with the right skills to support our communities, especially the frontline workers who provide resources and care for those most in need. To help, LinkedIn is offering free job posts for healthcare and essential service organizations that need to quickly fill critical roles with the people who help us all. If you are hiring for one of these organizations, job posts on LinkedIn Jobs can help you quickly find the right people for your front line. To post a healthcare or essential service job for free, or if you’re in another industry and have hiring needs, visit linkedin.com/timecrafting. Terms and conditions apply.
This episode is sponsored by Bambee. When running a business, Human Resources issues can kill you. There's so much to wrap your head around and hiring an HR Manager is going to cost you  - they command an average of seventy-thousand dollars a year! That's where Bambee comes in. Created specifically for small business, Bambee provides you with a dedicated HR Manager that can craft your HR policy, and maintain your compliance, all for just one low monthly fee. You don't need to deal with HR issues - let Bambee do that for you. Go to bambee.com/timecrafting now to schedule your FREE HR audit. You'll be glad you did.
This episode is sponsored by Setapp, a subscription for Mac apps. Setapp packs over 180 high-quality apps into one. There’s an app for almost any task, so you can stay in your flow and finish what you started. Setapp has a dedicated curation team that only selects the highest quality apps. New apps are always being added to Setapp, updates are free and all the apps are full-featured pro versions. And you don’t have to spend time on app discovery and testing. Setapp makes it easy to get the best tools when you need them - they’re already in Setapp. Listeners of The Productivityist Podcast can check out Setapp for free for 7 days. Just visit Setapp.com and give it a try today!
Jonathan is the face of such products and brands as the award-winning SuperHuman Academy Podcast; the bestselling “Become a SuperLearner” series; and, most recently, his new venture, SuperHuman Academy. Jonathan’s media products have been enjoyed by over 250,000 people in 205 countries and territories.

During our conversation we talk about the perils of overdoing optimization, how to avoid information overload, why planning matters, and Jonathan's exploits into speed reading. There's a lot to unpack in this episode... I hope you enjoy it.

Talking Points
  • Jonathan tells us a bit about himself and his origin story. (0:55)
  • How does Jonathan turn off the desire to want to optimize everything all the time? (5:04)
  • Jonathan talks about the filtration aspect of information overload (10:40)
  • This is what Jonathan thinks about planning and plans (14:59)
  • Jonathan and I talk about "speed reading" (23:44)
Quote"I really look to things that have sustained the test of time." - Jonathan LeviHelpful LinksTake my 30 Days of TimeCrafting fundamentals course
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Jun 24 2020

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Three Big Days

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Three big days that happen over a three week period are incredibly meaningful to me: World Productivity Day, Father's Day, and my birthday. I share my thoughts on all of them in this episode.

This episode is sponsored by the University of California Irvine Division of Continuing Education. Established in 1962, UCI offers education for adult learners in Orange County. But thanks to technology, their courses and certification programs in various fields are now available worldwide and online for just about anyone who's interested. You can get 15% off of one (1) course by visiting http://ce.uci.edu/productivityist then enter the promo code timecrafting. Make sure you take advantage of this limited time offer as it is only valid until July 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm. (Please note that this discount is for almost all of the certificate programs. The exceptions only include coding boot camps, international programs, teacher credentialing programs, and test prep courses.)
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Jun 21 2020

29mins

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Curating Your Life with Gail Golden

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This episode of the podcast delves into the concept of curation with the author of Curating Your Life, guest Gail GoldenThis episode of the podcast is sponsored by Shippo. The #1 challenge for most e-commerce businesses? Shipping. And these days customers expect it to be flawless. That’s why you need Shippo. Whether you're a major retailer, or just getting started, you will save time and money, fulfill and ship at scale, and make returns easy for your customers with Shippo. Shippo is offering listeners of The Productivityist Podcast their best discount available anywhere - get a shipping consultation and Shippo Pro Plan 6 Month Trial - for FREE – at goshippo.com/timecrafting. That’s up to a $700 value - for free! Check out Shippo to receive this incredible offer today.
This episode is brought to you by Setapp, a subscription for Mac apps. Setapp packs over 180 high-quality apps into one. There’s an app for almost any task, so you can stay in your flow and finish what you started. Setapp has a dedicated curation team that only selects the highest quality apps. New apps are always being added to Setapp, updates are free and all the apps are full-featured pro versions. And you don’t have to spend time on app discovery and testing. Setapp makes it easy to get the best tools when you need them - they’re already in Setapp. Listeners of The Productivityist Podcast can check out Setapp for free for 7 days. Just visit Setapp.com and give it a try today!
This episode is brought to you by the University of California Irvine Division of Continuing Education. Established in 1962, UCI offers education for adult learners in Orange County. But thanks to technology, their courses and certification programs in various fields are now available worldwide and online for just about anyone who's interested. You can get 15% off of one (1) course by visiting http://ce.uci.edu/productivityist then enter the promo code timecrafting. Make sure you take advantage of this limited time offer as it is only valid until July 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm. (Please note that this discount is for almost all of the certificate programs. The exceptions only include coding boot camps, international programs, teacher credentialing programs, and test prep courses.)Gail Golden, MBA, Ph.D., is the Principal of Gail Golden Consulting, LLC. As a psychologist and consultant for over twenty-five years, she has developed deep expertise in helping businesses to build better leaders. Her experience as an entrepreneur, business owner, and consultant to senior leaders of both Fortune 1000 and non-profit organizations informs her approach to executive selection and development.

We focus on the idea of curation - something we are both keen on - and also discuss mediocrity, her thoughts on managing time, her views on comfort, and more.

Talking Points
  • How does curating your life allow you to have more balance? (0:51)
  • Gail offers her take on mediocrity (5:43)
  • How do you know when it is time to re-evaluate and change what your priority is? (9:08)
  • Gail talks about her views on wanting to escape the comfort zone (28:26)
  • What is one simple action someone can take to start this process after they pick up the book? (32:03)
Quote“Don't manage your time, manage your energy." - Gail GoldenHelpful LinksTake my 30 Days of TimeCrafting fundamentals course
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Jun 17 2020

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3 More Things with KC Procter

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KC Procter returns to the podcast to share three more things. Check out his original appearance on Episode 206 of the podcast.

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Jun 14 2020

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Trying Times with Bosco Anthony

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My guest for this episode of the program is digital strategist, renowned speaker, and good friend Bosco Anthony. When we decided to have this conversation initially, we had a different set of topics in mind. But based on the current climate of the world when we recorded this episode – early June 2020 – the discussion went in a different direction.
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Bosco Anthony is an International Speaker, Storyteller and Digital Strategist with a background in corporate leadership and business operations. His experience in the corporate sector provides wisdom on operational maturity, business growth, digital strategy, performance efficiencies, and design thinking ideology. Bosco spends much time on research trends and is an idea rebel at heart. Bosco is recognized for his executive mentorship, entrepreneurial spirit and passion for operational maturity. Bosco thrives in a collaborative playground and is known for being an influence to the business and digital community having spoken at TEDx Stanley Park on fuelling life with purpose and alignment. Having roots in Tanzania, East Africa Bosco spent much of his adult life in Vancouver, Canada. He now calls Brisbane, Australia home.

I've known Bosco for years and have seen him speak on many occasions. He knows his stuff and having him on the podcast has been a long time coming. But there's more to Bosco than I'd known before having this discussion with him.
During our discussion, Bosco and I went beyond the topic of productivity. We focused primarily on the subject of racism and uncertainty. We also spent some time talking about being a night owl, whether or not the return of sports will serve as a distraction from both the minutia and the important issues of the day, and how to deal with uncertainty in a time filled with it. I'm glad we took the time to shift gears and take our conversation down this path. I hope you enjoy it, too.

Talking Points
  • Bosco speaks on how he feels about todays on going events and protests (6:04)
  • I ask Bosco if he thinks that when sports come back that it will create a distraction that shifts attention away from the Black Lives Matter movement (11:04)
  • How does uncertainty and unfolding uncertain elements in the world affect Bosco's productivity? (27:07)
  • Bosco offers some simple steps you can take when you are in trying times and don't feel like you can keep moving forward (32:30)
Quote"When you're not biased to one perspective it allows you to absorb more information at a quicker, rapid pace." - Bosco Anthony
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Jun 10 2020

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3 More Things with Judy Machado-Duque

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Judy Machado-Duque returns to the podcast to share three more things. Check out his original appearance on Episode 205 of the podcast.

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Jun 07 2020

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Talking Slack with Phil Simon

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Phil Simon joins me on this episode to talk about his book, Slack for Dummies. If you've ever wanted to get more out of Slack then you'll get a lot out of this conversation.This episode is brought to you by TextExpander. With TextExpander, you can unlock your productivity with its many features. With TextExpander you can make everything you write repetitively available everywhere you type: text documents, spreadsheets, web forms, and more. Unlock your productivity with TextExpander. Visit TextExpander.com/podcast for 20% off your first year.
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This episode is brought to you by the University of California Irvine Division of Continuing Education. Established in 1962, UCI offers education for adult learners in Orange County. But thanks to technology, their courses and certification programs in various fields are now available worldwide and online for just about anyone who's interested. You can get 15% off of one (1) course by visiting http://ce.uci.edu/productivityist then enter the promo code timecrafting. Make sure you take advantage of this limited time offer as it is only valid until July 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm. (Please note that this discount is for almost all of the certificate programs. The exceptions only include coding boot camps, international programs, teacher credentialing programs, and test prep courses.)Phil is a sought-after speaker and recognized authority on technology, trends, communication, and management. He advises companies on how to optimize their use of technology has written nine books, most recently Slack For Dummies. His contributions have appeared in Harvard Business Review, CNN,& Inc., The New York Times, Wired, NBC, CNBC, Wired, The Huffington Post, FoxNews, abcnews.com, forbes.com, BusinessWeek, and many other high-profile media outlets.

Whenever Phil and I have the opportunity to connect, we have a great discussion. This episode is no exception. We spend plenty of time "talking Slack," including why Phil decided to write an entire book about it, the most creative use cases he discovered while writing the book, and more. If you've been dipping your toe into Slack, then this episode will help you warm up to the idea of not only using Slack... but really making it sing for you.
Talking Points
  • What was Phil's reasoning for diving into Slack? (1:45)
  • These are some of the good things to know when first Getting into Slack (4:02)
  • Phil talks about how he makes sure Slack doesn't go off the rails and become something it wasn't made for (7:38)
  • What was it like when Phil realized how useful Slack is? (24:33)
  • Phil explains one of the most creative ways he has seen Slack used (29:40)
  • If you're familiar with Slack and you want to take things to the next level, this is one action you can take (33:14)
Quote"Once you go Slack, you don't go back." - Phil Simon
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Jun 03 2020

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This is The Most Productive Thing I've Done Today

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I'm taking imperfect action with this episode. I know that I've got plenty to learn and a lot of listening to do. But I wanted to start somewhere. This episode is that.

There are no show notes for this episode. I'd like for you to give all 22 minutes a listen and then if you'd like to email me to talk about this episode, I'm at askmike@productivityist.com. Feel free to reach out. Thanks.

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Jun 03 2020

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Leading Without Authority with Keith Ferrazzi

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I'm beyond thrilled to bring you this episode of the podcast featuring guest Keith Ferrazzi. Keith is the author of the best-selling book Never Eat Alone and our conversation centers around his latest book – a book I had the pleasure of devouring in advance – Leading Without Authority: How the New Power of Co-Elevation Can Break Down Silos, Transform Teams, and Reinvent Collaboration.

This episode is brought to you by the University of California Irvine Division of Continuing Education. Established in 1962, UCI offers education for adult learners in Orange County. But thanks to technology, their courses and certification programs in various fields are now available worldwide and online for just about anyone who's interested. You can get 15% off of one (1) course by visiting http://ce.uci.edu/productivityist then enter the promo code timecrafting. Make sure you take advantage of this limited time offer as it is only valid until July 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm. (Please note that this discount is for almost all of the certificate programs. The exceptions only include coding boot camps, international programs, teacher credentialing programs, and test prep courses.)
This episode is brought to you by Setapp, a subscription for Mac apps. Setapp packs over 180 high-quality apps into one. There’s an app for almost any task, so you can stay in your flow and finish what you started. Setapp has a dedicated curation team that only selects the highest quality apps. New apps are always being added to Setapp, updates are free and all the apps are full-featured pro versions. And you don’t have to spend time on app discovery and testing. Setapp makes it easy to get the best tools when you need them - they’re already in Setapp. Listeners of The Productivityist Podcast can check out Setapp for free for 7 days. Just visit Setapp.com and give it a try today!
This episode is brought to you by SaneBox. SaneBox is the easiest way to automatically organize your inbox and keep it that way forever. SaneBox sorts your emails for you, keeping ​unimportant email out of your inbox, so you can focus on what matters. Check out the collection of Inbox Zero Heroes has assembled. See how SaneBox can help you reclaim your time and attention with a free trial. Visit sanebox.com/timecrafting today to start your free trial and get a $25 credit.
Keith's mission is simple: transform teams to help them transform the world. (I said simple.. not easy.) Beyond his work as an author of #1 New York Times bestselling author of Who’s Got Your Back and Never Eat Alone, Keith is the founder and CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight, a management consulting and team coaching company that works with many of the world’s biggest corporations. A graduate of Harvard Business School, Keith rose to become the youngest CMO of a Fortune 500 company during his career at Deloitte, and later became CMO of Starwood Hotels. He is a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Fortune and I am delighted he decided to join me in conversation on The Productivityist Podcast.

Keith and I talk about what he means by "co-elevation" and why it's so vital in today's world – even beyond the workplace environment. We also spend time discussing the role of ego. in leading without authority, why believing that you work better on your own is not at all true, and much more. I had a great time having Keith as my guest on the program and I know you'll get plenty out of our conversation.

Talking Points
  • Keith explains what he means by leading without authority (0:53)
  • What is an example of how co-elevation can help you operate beyond your work life? (3:13)
  • Why can a shift in mindset be such a struggle for people? (6:01)
  • Keith touches on what it is like to have to change how you work to adapt for someone else (11:22)
  • How important was it for Keith to include the proof that this can work for people – and lead people in the right direction? (23:32)
  • How can ego affect the process and the co-elevation way of thinking and living? (27:25)
  • This is what Keith has to say to people who think they work best on their own (31:14)
  • Keith shares his thoughts on patience and if patience is required for adopting the elements of co-elevation (32:24)
  • If someone picked up Leading Without Authority today, what is ONE action that they should start with? (34:12)
Quote"The ability to truly transform, not just you, not just your companies but the people around you." - Keith Ferrazzi
Helpful LinksTake my 30 Days of TimeCrafting fundamentals course
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May 27 2020

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