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Hosted by productivity strategist Mike Vardy, The Productivityist Podcast is a weekly show 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 weekly show 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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72 Ratings
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Great and practical

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Thought Provoking

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These useful and thoughtful podcasts are really worth listening to.
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Hosted by productivity strategist Mike Vardy, The Productivityist Podcast is a weekly show 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: 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 #2: 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

31mins

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Rank #3: 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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This week's episode is brought to you by Transpose. Check out that everything Transpose has to offer by visiting Transpose today!

Oct 15 2015

54mins

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Rank #4: 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 #5: Productivity for Dummies with Ciara Conlon

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In this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike speaks with fellow productivity strategist Ciara Conlon. Ciara is the author of Chaos to Control: A Practical Guide to Getting Things Done and Productivity for Dummies.

They talk about the things she learned while writing Productivity for Dummies, the methods she returned to while writing the book (and kept using even after the book was completed), and more.

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Like the show? Be sure to give it a rating and review in iTunes or wherever you happen to listen. Thanks!

Apr 11 2016

34mins

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Rank #6: The Daily Plan Bar with Mike Rohde

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For this episode, I went out and pursued hard so I can chat with Sketchnote creator, Mike Rohde. Mike is a sketchnoter, designer, illustrator, self-professed techy, author and speaker who is fond of simple yet impactful design solutions. A sample of such is the Daily Plan Bar which he created to make task management more manageable.

Our discussion involves the origins of the Daily Plan Bar, how he came up with it and the other systems he utilizes to manage his work tasks and his home life.

Specific points we’ve chatted and Mike shared:

  • How his intention to get the most of his day, avoid distractions and just get away from the computer prompted him to maximize analog tools and create the Daily Plan bar (2:15).
  • Whose systems influenced and were integrated to create Mike’s Daily Plan Bar (4:43).
  • How he incorporates digital with analog, with his outlook calendar playing the master role from which he extracts the details of his daily plan bar (7:00).
  • Dealing with too many tasks, prioritizing which ones to do in the day, how Mike reminds himself of what needs to be done or focus on (8:55).
  • How to make a Weekly Plan Bar that integrated with the Daily Plan Bar, and how this allowed him to prioritize his tasks and see the week at a glance (11:40).
  • Situations when a weekly plan may not be as helpful nor practical to maintain (14:07).
  • How Bruce Lee’s principles based on martial arts may be applied to productivity and life (17:30).
  • The length of testing Mike has done before he released the Daily Plan Bar for public consumption (18:58).
  • What products Mike uses and how he recommends to do and utilize the Daily Plan Bar effectively (20:40).
  • Mike’s simpler task-management and journaling practices for home and personal purposes (22:20).
  • His stand on the analog-digital debate, the apps he uses, and how he prefers to do his task management (24:00).
  • The World Sketchnote Day and how to be a part of it (27:00).

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The Daily Plan Bar is something you might wanna try whether you’re using it solely or integrating it with digital systems. I will also went into the nitty gritty of the paper-digital divide in this bonus episode available on Patreon. If you’re not yet subscribed to the Productivityist on Patreon, I suggest you sign up now to be a member to unlock lots of exclusive content, perks and access to the members only Productivityist Slack community where I get in touch with the members.

Show your support by leaving the podcast a rating and review on the platform you’re listening to – we want to hear your feedback. Doing so also allows more people to discover the Productivityist as we move up the rankings.

Appreciate the time you spent listening to the show. Until next time, remember to stop guessing… and start going.

May 29 2017

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Rank #8: Everything Evernote with Andrew Sinkov

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Mike has an in-depth conversation with Andrew Sinkov, Vice President of Marketing and Brand at Evernote. They talk about where Evernote has been, where it's headed, and they even dive into some of the decisions the company has made (and the markets it has entered) over the years.

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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.

Aug 13 2015

38mins

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Rank #9: Tasking, Tracking, and Tactics with David Sparks

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Mike and guest David Sparks (better known as MacSparky) talk about task management, habit tracking, and plenty of other tactical stuff.

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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 16 2014

29mins

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Rank #10: 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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Thanks for listening!

Jan 18 2016

37mins

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Rank #11: 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 #12: The Bullet Journal Method with Ryder Carroll

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Have you ever wanted to hear the story of how one of the most popular productivity methodologies came to be? Then you'll enjoy this episode as I'm joined by the creator of the incredibly popular Bullet Journal, Ryder Carroll. Ryder is also the author of the book – his first – The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future which goes deeper into the Bullet Journal phenomenon (as do we during our discussion).

Ryder and I speak about how his creation took off, the importance of patience, how to deal with one's own expectations, and more. It's a fascinating conversation that will go beyond the "how" of The Bullet Journal Method and into the "why."

Relevant LinksI had an absolute blast chatting with Ryder and am excited to share this episode with you. I hope you enjoy it!

Like the show? Share it far and wide and leave a rating and/or review. Want to hear more? Subscribe and never miss an episode.

Thanks for listening...and happy bullet journaling!

Oct 24 2018

38mins

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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

46mins

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Rank #14: The Inner Game of Productivity with Alan Brown

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My guest today is Alan Brown – a productivity coach, best-selling author of the book Zen and the Art of Productivity, and the host of Crusher TV. Alan helps people get more things done in less time and with less stress through smart productivity and brain hacks.

We chatted about his experience in overcoming a learning disability and addiction, how he catapulted himself from an average ad executive to a successful entrepreneur, and how brain hacks played an important part in all these.

Today, he shares some techniques to get you from planning to execution. Join us as we discuss:

  • Alan's interesting background which involved dealing with ADHD and turning it into an advantage that accelerated his career (2:42).
  • What motivated him to create the ADD Crusher and eventually the Crusher TV community (4:34).
  • What a brain hack is according to Alan and his thoughts about it (5:43).
  • Alan's thoughts on different coaching approaches and what works (7:35).
  • What an inner game is and the role it plays in one's own productivity (9:05; 22:06.
  • Alan's views on setting boundaries, awareness, deep work, and how these all affect one's inner game (11:11).
  • The importance of well-being to fuel the body and brain (18:28).
  • Alan’s low-bandwidth but high-impact sampling of brain hacks that will help you maximize your productivity (25:31).

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This episode is brought to you by Sanebox. We all know how email can be a huge timekiller. Sanebox can help you cope with email overload with its many features like SaneNews, SaneReminders and SaneVacation among many others. Signup using the link http://sanebox.com/vardy and get $25 credit + free trial for a new account. Bring the sanity back into your email and get started with Sanebox today.

I had a great time chatting with Alan Brown. If you want to hear more from him, check out this bonus episode where we talked about reframing time.

You can also show your support by leaving us a rating and review on the podcast platform you’re using - we use your feedback to improve the podcast further.

Thanks for tuning in! Until next time remember to stop guessing...and start going.

Mar 20 2017

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Rank #15: What Happy Successful People Do Differently with Marc and Angel Chernoff

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On today’s episode, I spent time again with Marc and Angel Chernoff. Marc and Angel Chernoff are New York Times bestselling authors, professional coaches, full-time students of life, admirers of the human spirit, and have been recognized by Forbes as having “one of the most popular personal development blogs.” Through their blog, books, course and coaching, they’ve spent the past decade writing about and teaching proven strategies for finding lasting happiness, success, love, and peace.
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This episode is also brought to you by Front. Founded in 2013, if you are ready to transform your team’s productivity with efficient email, you’ve got to give Front a try for only $9/month. Front is reinventing the inbox so people can accomplish more together. With new workflows, efficient collaboration, and all their communication channels in one place, more than 5,000 businesses rely on their Front inbox to be more productive as a team. Visit https://www.frontapp.com/timecrafting to start your free trial today!
Millions of readers turn to Marc and Angel Chernoff as they wrote 1000+ Little Things Happy Successful People Do Differently for fresh, intimate insights for a fulfilled life. In this pithy and empowering guide, they collect the very best advice they've discovered, on topics that include overcoming setbacks, letting go of what's holding us back, nurturing relationships, finding time for self-care, and cultivating passion in order to achieve our wildest dreams. 
Specifics that we covered on the show include:
  • On their new book: 1000+ Little Things Happy Successful People Do Differently (3:10)
  • On the idea of the list in the book (11:15)
  • Revisiting the content of the book and choosing which applies to them now (13:30)
  • On writing the book as new parents (16:55)
  • The writer vs. the reader perspective (18:51)
  • On the process of editing the book (21:20)
  • The idea of the “little things” (26:53)
  • On the adding triggers to the “to-do list” (33:02)
"Keep doing what you are doing and you will keep getting what you are getting. That is how it works! You have to make a shift. You have to make changes. And the changes need to be small and consistent." ~ Marc and Angel Chernoff
Relevant Links:This episode teaches us that millions of people live their entire lives on default settings, never realizing they can customize everything and we should not be one of those millions of people. We should not settle for the default settings in life.
I appreciate the time you spend listening to the show. If you enjoyed this, make sure to never miss an episode by subscribing. Also, take a moment to give the podcast a rating and review on whatever platform use to listen to podcasts.
Thanks for listening and for your support. See you later.

May 22 2019

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Rank #16: Automating, Growing, and Selling with Joshua Latimer

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In today's podcast episode, my guest is Joshua Latimer – the man behind Send Jim and Automate Grow Sell, which help small businesses tap the power of relationship marketing.
A few years back, Joshua left his job as a banker at JP Morgan Chase and decided to open a cleaning business in Michigan, which he eventually sold in 2015. He is now based with his family in Costa Rica managing a company that creates more freedom fpr businesses through automation and systems.

Topics we’ve discussed are:

  • Joshua’s business background, the different business models that
    inspired him, his motivation to create Send Jim, and it's
    4-year run as a business (2:20; 3:19; 4:41).
  • The importance of relationship marketing in businesses and how
    Send Jim can help entrepreneurs harness its power (6:55).
  • How he applies theming in his personal life and even created themed days for each of his family member.
    (9:39; 11:18).
  • Joshua’s task management approach to the multiple
    projects he is running (12:33; 13:10; 14:00).
  • His fascination with different beliefs, points of view, and
    economic and business principles across cultures (18:50).
  • Books that captivated his interest and shaped
    the core paradigms he is applying in his business and life (20:16).
  • Why he turned down an offer to co-author a book, and a lesson on saying no. This resonated with me a lot.
    (22:50).
  • Other methods he has put into place like breaking his days into
    sprints, delegating, and turning things off (25:45).
  • What Send Jim does and why it's called Send Jim instead of Send Josh (27:21).

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It was a truly awesome conversation that Joshua and I had. We continued further on a bonus episode where he talked about the challenges faced and lessons learned starting up a SaaS company. If you want to hear more about this, I highly recommending subscribing to the Productivityist Podcast on Patreon. This gives you access to bonus episodes, exclusive content and products and first dibs to the weekly episodes.

You can also show your support by leaving the show a rating and review on iTunes - or whatever podcast platform you're listening to.

Thanks for listening!

Until next time remember to stop guessing...and start going.

Mar 06 2017

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Rank #17: The Productivity Habits with Ben Elijah

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This episodes features an invigorating discussion between Mike and Ben Elijah. Ben is the author of "The Productivity Habits" and blogs over at Ink and Ben. They talk about how they look at productivity in general. But they didn't stop there. They also spent time conversing about importance, mode-based work, and even John Cleese's famous talk on creativity.

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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 23 2015

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Rank #18: OmniFocus and Other Things with Joe Buhlig

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Joe Buhlig and I sit down this week to talk about an app that he uses extensively: OmniFocus. But we don't stop there. We talk about a ton of other things, including:

  • Paper-based productivity and where it fits into his workflow
  • The new version of Things by Cultured Code
  • Why you should consider paying for task management apps

Joe's a productivity powerhouse (as you would have noticed if you listened to his earlier appearance on one of the show's bonus episodes – search back through the archives and you'll find that episode) and I really enjoyed diving deeper into the technical and app-oriented stuff this time around. I hope you did too.

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

Aug 07 2017

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Rank #19: 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. He also talks about his habit and goal tracking app of choice, Full for iOS.

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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 #20: Morning Routines with Benjamin Spall

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On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, I speak with Benjamin Spall. Benjamin is the co-author of My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired, and the founding editor of the blog of the same name.

During our discussion we touch on how morning routines are important to both early risers and night owls alike, what was discovered about routines during the research for the book, what he has taken from some of the routines that are in the book (and from the website as well), and more.

The book reads like a solid reference book – a lot like Tim Ferriss's Tools of Titans – and it's a worthy addition to any bookshelf. Whether you use it to establish a solid routine or use it to find things to add or subtract to your own routines.

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I hope you enjoy this episode. Thanks for listening...and for your continued support!

May 16 2018

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How to Be a Successful Speaker with Grant Baldwin

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On this episode of the program I'm joined by Grant Baldwin. Grant is the founder of The Speaker Lab, a training company that helps public speakers learn how to find and book speaking gigs. He's also the author of the book The Successful Speaker: Five Steps for Booking Gigs, Getting Paid, and Building Your Platform.

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.) 
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Through his popular podcast The Speaker Lab and flagship coaching program Booked and Paid to Speak, Grant has coached and worked with thousands of speakers. As a keynote speaker, Grant has delivered nearly one thousand presentations to over 500,000 people in 47 states and has keynoted events for audiences as large as 13,000. Grant has also been featured in national media including Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, and Huffington Post. He now lives near Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Sheila, and their three daughters.

I'm happy to have Grant return to the podcast to share some of the ideas and insights he presents in his new book. I look to Grant as someone who knows his stuff about being a successful speaker and there's plenty you can learn from what he shares during our discussion.

Talking Points
  • What made Grant decide to take all his lessons and work from his speaking gigs and put them into a book? (1:45)
  • This is the step that Grant thinks is overlooked too often (3:41)
  • How does a budding speaker still come off as authentic but not too polished or over-rehearsed? (8:00)
  • How do you keep in mind while speaking that people want you to relate to them and don't necessarily care about your thoughts on something? (12:42)
  • How does Grant suggest dealing with the patience aspect of getting good at speaking... and everything that comes along with that? (21:27)
  • This is Grant's views on slides as a tool for speaking gigs (24:45)
  • How has Grant balanced the travelling life of a speaker with his family life? (30:45)
  • These are the steps Grant takes when he's building a talk (36:03)
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"It's not an overnight thing... and so one of the things we tell speakers all the time is this is simple but it's not easy." - Grant Baldwin
Helpful LinksI hope you enjoy this episode and grab Grant's book. In fact, if you follow the steps he outlines in his book, anyone who is looking to be a good public speaker, in any area, will be able to sell their product concisely, effectively, and consistently.

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Feb 19 2020

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Well-Presented with Mike Pacchione

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On this episode, I'm joined by my good friend Mike Pacchione. Mike is a speaking expert who helps presenters find their voice on stage. Hint: putting yourself in your speech, while scary, is a bit of a secret weapon for making your speech memorable.

This episode is brought to you by Future. Future pairs you up with one of their world-class trainers, and coaches create your personalized workout plan, tailored specifically to your schedule, your routine, your goals, and your progress all through the convenience of their stellar app. I'll explain more during the episode but I encourage you to sign up for Future today at tryfuture.com/timecrafting and get your first 2 weeks with your personal trainer for $1. Don’t overpay for a trainer. Get the workouts you need to meet all your fitness goals and take your trainer with you wherever you go with Future!
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Mike has worked with more than 10,000 speakers from companies all over the world, including giants like Google, Nike, Microsoft, Starbucks and the NSA.

I've known make for several years now and I look to him whenever I'm putting a talk or presentation together. I wanted to bring him to the program to not only share with you some of his best tactics and tips that will help you present your ideas and insights well, but also to remind me of what I need to do in order to do the same. After listening to this episode you'll be able to take Mike's knowledge and experience and apply it to your presentations so you’ll be able to confidently deliver them in a way that leaves your audience wanting more.

Talking Points
  • Why is making the assumption that because you have improvisational skills that you can nail a talk a really bad idea? (1:44)
  • How much time should someone take into consideration while making a presentation? (3:56)
  • This is what made Mike decide that he wanted to give talks and help other people with their talks full-time (7:29)
  • How do you balance knowing your stuff but not coming off too prepared or monotone – or looking like you dont know your stuff and are all just "show"? (15:11)
  • Is there such a thing as too many talks? (17:45)
  • This is how Mike is constructing his time, now that he's running his own business and has a child (23:54)
  • What does a typical day look like for Mike? (27:15)
  • Some thoughtful tools and tips that Mike shares for presenters to use to their advantage (33:10)
  • Does Mike recommend eating before going on stage? (38:17) 
  • What advice do you give people when they know they have a talk at a time during the day that isn't ideal? (39:49)
  • We talk about being the talk that wraps up an event or conference and what you should do if you find yourself in that slot (44:06)
  • Here's the one piece of advice Mike would give someone who is giving a presentation (46:50)
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Feb 12 2020

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The Responsibility Ethic with Adam Kreek

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On this episode, I'm joined "in studio" by Adam Kreek. A two-time Olympian, Adam holds 60 international medals, including Olympic Gold, and multiple hall of fame inductions. Adam’s new book, The Responsibility Ethic, teaches us the how of self-leadership, driving personal and professional results in individuals and organizations.

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Adam has a slew of additional accolades to his name, one of which is that in 2013, Adam made the first ever attempt to row unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean from Africa to America, the subject of the NBC Dateline Documentary, Capsized. It was great to have Adam in the studio to talk about his new book, the idea of providence and patience, what he believes the evolution of SMART goals is, and much more.

Talking Points
  • How does failure and Adam's knowledge on that play into his book? (2:04)
  • What does Adam think responsibility means? (5:01)
  • Adam shares with me the idea of providence (8:51)
  • This is what Adam uses instead of SMART goals (20:43)
  • How important is it to truly understand your values and how that ties into ethics (30:11)
  • Adam and I talk about deciding where to spend your time and how to come to those decisions (33:20)
  • We (finally) get to talk about patience and its role when you know that you have plenty you want to accomplish in a short timespan... like an athletic career (45:21)
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"You visualize the end point and you want the end point to be there now because you can see it, yet you have to put in the work."  - Adam Kreek
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Feb 05 2020

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Accomplish It with Mridu Parikh

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On this episode I chat with Mridu Parikh, founder of Life Is Organized and author of Accomplish It: 7 Simple Actions to Get the Right Things Done and Achieve Your Goals.

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I'm hosting an event on Saturday February 29th, 2020 – the extra day that we get in a leap year – and I'd love for you to join me alongside some stellar speakers and great guests. It's called The BIG Ready and I'm holding this event at The Pace - a venue that's located in the first city I lived in when I moved to the west coast, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Early bird and BIG Ticket VIP tickets are now on sale, so visit TheBIGReady.com to get more details and grab your tickets today!
Mridu helps ambitious people get control of their time, energy, and habits, even when they are overwhelmed by demands and distractions. As a productivity coach, keynote speaker, and best-selling author she teaches people how to focus, overcome procrastination, and squash anxiety.

I had a great time talking with Mridu about her journaling habits (that is, if she has them), her thoughts on capturing ideas and thoughts and how she does that, and we specifically dive into the seven simple actions that she describers in her book.

Talking Points
  • Mridu and I talk about why people stay in a "state of stuckness"? (3:31)
  • Does Mridu journal? If so, how does she journal? (7:25)
  • How does Mridu get people to take their energy levels into account when making to do lists and accomplishing goals? (10:11)
  • We discuss how to balance recurring simple tasks with bigger, harder tasks (11:57)
  • What are The Seven Simple Actions? (17:57)
  • How do you figure out when to ask for help and for what? (24:45)
  • This is something Mridu said no to after realizing it would be too much (27:16)
  • How does Mridu help people with the idea of writing things down consistently? (31:10)
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"Every time you think 'I'll remember that later,' switch that and think 'I won't remember that later'." - Mridu Parikh
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Remember that simple isn't the same as easy. So while Mridu revealed 7 simple actions you can take to accomplish what you need and want to do, that doesn't mean it will be easy to do them. My advice is to start small and build from there. Layer more and more of your ambitions using this formula Mridu shared over time rather than all at once and you'll have a better chance of accomplishing "it" going forward.

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Jan 29 2020

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All You Have to Do is Ask with Dr. Wayne Baker

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On this episode of the podcast, I welcome Dr. Wayne Baker as my guest. Focusing on social capital, social networks, generosity, and positive organizations, Dr. Baker has published six books and contributed to such outlets as Harvard Business Review, Chief Executive Magazine, and Sloan Management Review. A frequent guest speaker and management consultant, Dr. Baker is a cofounder and board member of Give and Take Inc., developers of the collaboration technologies based on principles in his book All You Have to Do Is Ask.

This episode is sponsored by HoneyBook. HoneyBook is an online business management tool that organizes your client communications, bookings, contracts, and invoices – all in one place. HoneyBook makes it simple to run your business better. Professional templates, e-signatures and built in automation keeps everything on track and makes you look good. right now, HoneyBook is offering listeners of this podcast 50% off when you visit http://tryhoneybook.com/timecrafting. Payment is flexible, and this promotion applies whether you pay monthly or annually.
This episode is also 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'm hosting an event on Saturday February 29th, 2020 – the extra day that we get in a leap year – and I'd love for you to join me and a bevy of stellar speakers and great guests. It's called The BIG Ready and I'm holding this event at The Pace - a venue that's located in the first city I lived in when I moved to the west coast, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Early bird and BIG Ticket VIP tickets are now on sale, so visit TheBIGReady.com to get more details and grab your tickets today!
Asking for help can be a real challenge – and it keep us from reaching our full potential. The conversation we have on this episode should help you get better at asking. Dr. Baker and I discuss why we need help from others to be more productive, why generosity within a company isn't the issue when it comes to developing a culture where asking is fostered, and how leaders can use certain techniques and tools to build a habit of asking in themselves and their colleagues.

Talking Points
  • This is how Dr. Baker looks at the idea of asking in reference to his work (2:02)
  • How can company leaders help cultivate a culture of generosity and nurturing the idea of asking (3:21)
  • Dr. Baker talks about the importance of asking and its relationship to your goals (4:51)
  • This is Dr. Baker's definition of SMART is when it comes to goals (6:12)
  • How can someone go through Dr. Baker's criteria in a fairly quick manner and less onerous? (8:34)
  • If you struggle asking for help for any typical reason, this is what you can do to break that habit (10:37)
  • Can this kind of process be applied internally as well? (13:14)
  • What is The Law of Giving and Receiving? (17:31)
  • What techniques can leaders use to promote and foster the habit of asking in their organization? (21:01)
  • This is what The Reciprocity Ring is... and what it does (24:18)
  • Dr. Baker shares some ideas for rewards that can be put in place to help promote asking in the workplace (28:13)
  • This is what you can do to start right now to get better at identifying where you need help and how to ask for it (30:08)
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"The leader needs to be a role model of the behaviour that they want." - Wayne Baker
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I've always said that frameworks foster freedom. That idea definitely applies to what Dr. Baker shares in his work. The ideas of The Law of Giving and Receiving, The Reciprocity Ring, and much more allows individuals and organizations to forge and foster a culture of asking. And that's a big win for everyone. Check out Dr. Baker's book because it's definitely got some great tactics and tools you can use to make asking a more integral part of your productivity process.

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Jan 22 2020

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Finding Success in Your Sphere with Zvi Band

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On this episode of the program I’m joined by Zvi Band. Zvi is the cofounder and CEO of Contactually, a leading CRM platform for relationship-oriented businesses, and author of "Success is in Your Sphere." An engineer, developer, entrepreneur, and startup advisor, Zvi has been named a Washingtonian Tech Titan four times.

I'm hosting an event on Saturday February 29th, 2020 – the extra day that we get in a leap year – and I'd love for you to join me and a bevy of stellar speakers and great guests. It's called The BIG Ready and I'm holding this event at The Pace - a venue that's located in the first city I lived in when I moved to the west coast, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Early bird and BIG Ticket VIP tickets are now on sale, so visit TheBIGReady.com to get more details and grab your tickets today!
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.
Zvi and I talk about the acronym he uses as his CAPITAL strategy, why you need to aggregate all of your relationships (both personal and professional) in a database, and the need for purpose and process when forging and fostering relationships. Considering that my Monthly Theme for February is Relationships this was the perfect conversation to prime me for the month ahead. I trust you'll get a lot of value out of it as well.
Talking Points
  • Zvi shares his origin story (2:49)
  • We talk about the role of consistency when it comes to achieving success in your sphere - and the role of the calendar in that (5:05)
  • This is one of the things Zvi did to execute consistently to help himself over both the short and long term (6:36)
  • Where does someone begin aggregating their relationships? And why aggregate at all? (8:31)
  • Zvi breaks this aggregation down into manageable chunks (10:41)
  • This is why Zvi has many separate email accounts (12:02)
  • Zvi explains how to ensure you are going beyond organizing your relationships... and prioritizing them (17:05)
  • What nuances do you need to watch out for as you gain intelligence around your relationships? What does this intelligence-gathering look like? (18:57)
  • You need to keep this in mind as you forge and foster relationships (22:16)
  • How do you handle the person that connects with you with no real purpose? (25:00)
  • We talk about the importance of boundaries (27:01)
  • Why adding value is of the utmost importance in relationships and why you need to ask how you can do that on an ongoing basis (29:54)
  • How can you make all of this easier to do? (32:36)
  • This is how we can get in our own way during this process (35:48)
  • If you want to start doing what Zvi suggests today, here's the one small action you can do starting now (38:21)

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"The important thing is that just because these are different people...doesn't mean that the people differ or change in importance. " - Zvi Band
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I had a great time listening to and learning from Zvi. He's someone who has a deep understanding of relationships and knows what it takes to organize, prioritize, and add value to them. From there, he can leverage them - and they can leverage him in return. That's a pretty productive way to keep connected.

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Jan 15 2020

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Keeping Productive with Francesco D'Alessio

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This week on the program I'm joined by a guest I've been looking to chat with for a long time. Francesco D'Alessio runs Keep Productive, a YouTube show dedicated to helping people find the most suitable productivity software for their work and life needs. From helping decision making to curbing switching, Keep Productive is passionate about helping you make long-term decisions about your software.

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I'm hosting an event on Saturday February 29th, 2020 – the extra day that we get in a leap year – and I'd love for you to join me and a bevy of stellar speakers and great guests. It's called The BIG Ready and I'm holding this event in the first city I lived in when I moved to the west coast, Vancouver, BC! Early bird and BIG Ticket VIP tickets are now on sale, so visit TheBIGReady.com to get more details and grab your tickets!
I remember the days of keeping up with all the latest and greatest productivity news and app updates. There came a time when I decided that wasn't going to be in my long-term plans, so I moved away from that kind of content (for the most part). Francesco, however, is another story. He loves doing exactly that: sharing all the productivity news and app-related content as possible, as evidenced by his extremely popular YouTube channel. During our discussion we get into why he enjoys producing content around apps and productivity news, how he maps out his content plan, and so much more.

Talking Points
  • Francesco shares his "productivity origin" story (3:45)
  • This is what Francesco looks for in an app that he showcases on his YouTube channel (6:26)
  • What does Francesco define as productivity news? How does he decide what to share? (9:27)
  • These are the tools that Francesco actually uses (11:56)
  • We talk about the way forward with transitioning between apps that avoid friction and promote flow (17:47)
  • This is what Francesco has used in the past and he shares why he moved away from them (20:30)
  • What about paper? (22:54)
  • We discuss Francesco's content workflow (25:49)
  • How does Francesco deal with content that can become dated? (31:22)
  • Francesco shares THE productivity app that you should keep your eye on (32:34)
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"Tools are going to change you marginally... but it's really the approach and the methodology that matter." - Francesco D'Alessio
Helpful LinksIt's always gratifying to talk with someone as enthusiastic about productivity as me, and it's not very often that I get to "geek out" about apps since I've largely moved away from creating that kind of content. That's why I really enjoyed this conversation with Francesco. He knows his stuff and he's a rising star in the productivity space. I can't wait to see how the rest of his journey unfolds.

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Jan 08 2020

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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!

Talking Points
  • 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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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.

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Jan 01 2020

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Freeing The Dream with Cliff Ravenscraft

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On this episode of the podcast, I'm joined by Cliff Ravenscraft. For more than a decade, Cliff had been known as the Podcast Answer Man. He’s trained tens of thousands of individuals how to successfully launch an audio podcast. Today, Cliff is a business and life coach. He mentors coaches, consultants and thought leaders through the transition from their unfulfilling day job to their own responsible and profitable online business so that they can live the life of their dreams and do the work they feel most called to do in this world.

This episode is sponsored by HoneyBook. HoneyBook is an online business management tool that organizes your client communications, bookings, contracts, and invoices – all in one place. HoneyBook makes it simple to run your business better. Professional templates, e-signatures and built in automation keeps everything on track and makes you look good. right now, HoneyBook is offering listeners of this podcast 50% off when you visit http://honeybook.com/timecrafting. Payment is flexible, and this promotion applies whether you pay monthly or annually.
This episode is also 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.
This is a longer episode than usual but it is jam-packed with inspiration - which is the perfect way to wrap up one decade and starting another. Cliff's energy is palpable throughout as he shares with me his online business story, what the transition from one business brand to another has been like, and his evolving views on productivity over the course of the years. There's a lot to unpack and you'll want to just sit back and absorb everything Cliff dishes out over the hour-long conversation.

Talking Points
  • What has the journey been like for Cliff in the many years he's been an entrepreneur (3:08)
  • This is Cliff's advice to anyone who is thinking about jumping into the online business world but wants to play it safe (8:10)
  • What did Year One of Cliff's online business story look like? (9:20)
  • Cliff shares his burnout stories and why he experiences burnout during those times (10:09)
  • This is what happened in Cliff's world in September 2017... and it changed EVERYTHING (12:43)
  • We talk about the transition from Podcast Answer Man to what Cliff is doing today (18:35)
  • What the people in Cliff's life thought about him abandoning his lucrative business (20:46)
  • This is Cliff's "mission statement" (22:45)
  • What about Cliff's health? What changes has he made there? (25:24)
  • Cliff shares the workout routine that he committed to so that he could get his health in order (29:00)
  • We start to spend time talking about... Cliff's views on time (31:02)
  • This is who Cliff learned from as he built his new business (32:35)
  • What does Cliff think of the idea of the "overnight success story" today? (36:25)
  • After Cliff recommended this book, I picked it up (38:00)
  • Cliff takes notes on something I said here... and runs with it! (40:01)
  • Here's an alarming productivity tip... (42:13)
  • We start talking about planning - especially regarding Cliff's "Free The Dream" event (45:05)
  • I share with Cliff the idea of the task-based mindset vs the time-based mindset (48:40)
  • When it all boils down to it, this is really all Cliff cares about (49:50)
  • Does Cliff have a team to help him out on an ongoing basis? (52:50)
  • We end on what Cliff did and what he would recommend you do if you're just starting out on your entrepreneurial journey (54:10)
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Helpful LinksAfter speaking with Cliff, he sent me a quick email that let me know there were things he shared on this episode that he had never expressed before. He said he "verbally processed a few new experiences" that he had never fully processed until our conversation. The big thing he shared was the idea that he'd been experiencing a flow state pretty consistently as of our conversation but hadn't really been able to identify it as such until that point. I hope that our conversation helps you either process some new experiences or identify some of the blind spots in your life. (Hopefully it helps you with both of those things!)

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Dec 25 2019

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Starting Something Stupid with Richie Norton

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On this episode of the podcast, I chat with Richie Norton. Riche is the award-winning, bestselling author of the book The Power of Starting Something Stupid (in 10+ languages) and Résumés Are Dead & What to Do About It. In 2019, Richie was ranked one of the world's top 100 business coaches by Dr. Marshall Goldsmith. He is an international speaker (including TEDx & Google Startup Grind) and serial entrepreneur. 

This episode is also 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 as it is only valid until December 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm.
This episode is also 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 didn't know what to expect when speaking with Richie but I can tell you that I didn't expect the conversation to be so personal. We talk about why he loves bringing products to life, the axiom he uses as a guiding principle for his life, and solid advice when it comes starting something stupid.

Talking Points
  • We talk about the origins of his company name (1:42)
  • What led Richie to want to bring products that they are proud of to life (3:24)
  • Richie explains the origins and the meaning behind Gavin's Law (8:03)
  • This is far more powerful than any New Year's Resolution (24:18)
  • These are the two songs I have on nearly every monthly playlist I assemble (25:33)
  • Richie and I start talking about whether or not it is stupid for me to make a planner (27:35)
  • These are the people that will try to keep you from doing something stupid even though you feel compelled to do it (31:15)
  • What about finishing? (37:18)
  • These are the two questions Richie asks when evaluating ideas that he may want to bring to life (39:45)
  • What's the first thing you can do to start something stupid now? (42:47)
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"Live to start. Start to live." - Richie Norton
Helpful LinksAsk yourself this question if you're afraid of starting something stupid: Will I regret it when I'm 80? If the answer is yes, then forge ahead. If not, then back away. But both Richie and I bet that more often than not you'll want to forge ahead. You need to get out of your own way. You need to fight back against the biases that show up. You need to start something stupid a little more often. (And maybe start by looking at all of those web domains you bought.)

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Dec 18 2019

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Humor That Works with Andrew Tarvin

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On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, I'm joined by Andrew (Drew) Tarvin. Drew is the world’s first Humor Engineer teaching people how to get better results while having more fun. He has worked with 35,000+ people at 250+ organizations, including Microsoft, the FBI, and the International Association of Canine Professionals. He is a best-selling author, has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and FastCompany, and his TEDx talk has been viewed over 4 million times.

This episode is sponsored by Clean Email. If you've ever missed an important email because of your overloaded Inbox or spent far too much time wading through forests of unread emails, tons of newsletters, and follow-ups to find The One email you've been looking for then you're going to want to check out Clean Email. Clean Email organizes all of your emails into smart views like social notifications, newsletters, unread emails, top senders, and more. With Clean Email you can quickly take care of those thousands of emails in your mailbox, marking them as read, archiving them, labeling and moving them around by hundreds or thousands at once. And Clean Email was designed with your privacy and security of your data in mind - since they are in the business of providing a great service in exchange for a fair fee they guarantee to not sell or analyze your data. Give Clean Email a try. Visit https://clean.email/timecrafting and get 50% off the 5 accounts annual package!
This episode is also 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.
This episode is also 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!
Drew and I talk about his book Humor That Works: The Missing Skill for Success and Happiness at Work. We discuss the ways you. can infuse humour into the workplace, why it's important to bring hummer into the workplace, how you can overcome those who think adding humour to the mix is a waste of time, and more. As someone who has been immersed in humour in my previous life I was happy to have Drew on the program to talk have a comedic conversation that can take productivity to greater heights.

Talking Points
  • Drew shares why introducing humor is important at work and why fostering it is as well (2:36)
  • Is Drew's primary interest performing comedy or is it something else? (4:45)
  • This is how Drew got started with improv (5:47)
  • What is the goal of using humour in the workplace? (8:52)
  • This is the definition of "humour that works" (10:12)
  • How to deal with a "Beatrice" at work as opposed to a "Bill" at work (11:28)
  • What is a "humour map"? (11:50)
  • How can humour be used to diffuse conflict in the workplace? (20:27)
  • What can leaders learn from stand-up comics? (22:41)
  • These are Drew's thoughts on authenticity in the workplace (24:55)
  • This is one of the most important attribute you need in the workplace (26:23)
  • What would Drew say to the person that thinks adding humour to the mix is a waste of time (27:35)
  • 31% of people leave their workplace because of this (29:01)
  • Drew and I spend time talking about commitment (30:22)
  • Why was it important for Drew to contract the book the way he did? (32:56)
  • Drew talks about the "conversations" that he had with his editor throughout the book (35:17)
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"Many of you are likeable people... at home." - Drew Tarvin
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I've always believed that infusing humor in the workplace - and in life overall - is healthy and important. Being able to speak to someone who feels the same way and has taken the time to write an entire book on the subject was a real treat. I hope you enjoyed our conversation as much as I did (and, better still, I hope you had a few laughs along the way).

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.

Dec 11 2019

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How to Win the Day with Kris Ward

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On this episode I speak with Kris Ward. Kris is the director of a marketing and branding company and it was through her work there that she learned a great deal about productivity versus being busy. Her work with other small business professionals lead to the creation of Win The Hour Win The Day.

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 December 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm.
This episode is also 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.
This episode is also brought to you by my newly-revitalized YouTube channel, otherwise known as TimeCraftingTV. If you like this podcast but want to hear more tactics, tips, and tricks from yours truly then I encourage you to subscribe to my YouTube channel to catch new videos every single week. From how-to videos to creative short films to learning apps and tools through two week experimentations, I'm delivering the goods on video more than ever before. So check out my YouTube channel today!
Kris Ward helps entrepreneurs grow their business so they can get more work done faster and focus on what's really important in life - and we touch on that throughout our conversation. We discuss the aspects of what she calls the "Freedom Formula" and a slew of other productivity-related topics. There's a lot to absorb in this episode and I'm glad that us two Canadians finally had a chance to connect in podcast form.

Talking Points
  • What does productivity mean to Kris? (2:10)
  • Kris has had several moments that have incited change in Kris's life. Here's one of them. (3:10)
  • Here's another one of those moments - a very different moment at that. (4:46)
  • Why winning the hour is vital to winning the day (7:33)
  • We dive deeper into the idea of the calendar being your "time bank account" (10:10)
  • This is how Kris likes to work (10:59)
  • The biases that rear their ugly heads when we try to take on some of what Kris speaks of show up. Here's how Kris helps people deal with that. (13:41)
  • Kris starts to break down the "Freedom Formula" in greater detail (22:36)
  • Kris understands the resistance towards building systems (27:07)
  • We start talking about tools (31:55)
  • Is Kris more of a morning person or a night owl? And how can she help people listen to their body clocks with her work? (35:00)
  • Kris believes this is something that we don't talk about enough that affects our productivity (37:00)
  • This is one thing that you can do now to start winning the hour and - as a result - win the day (38:17)
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"A business is not run on memory." - Kris Ward
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It's always a pleasure to speak with fellow time management experts. I've been following Kris on Instagram for a while now and there's a lot of crossover in our work. I trust that you've heard that through our conversation on this episode. I think we brought a lot to the table and hope that you've garnered some solid takeaways from our discussion.

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.

Dec 04 2019

43mins

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Crowdsourcing Paris with J.H. Bunting

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On this episode of the program I speak with J.H. Bunting about the life of a writer and the making of his ambitious new book, Crowdsourcing Paris: Memoirs of a Travel Adventure.

This episode is sponsored by HoneyBook. HoneyBook is an online business management tool that organizes your client communications, bookings, contracts, and invoices – all in one place. HoneyBook makes it simple to run your business better. Professional templates, e-signatures and built in automation keeps everything on track and makes you look good. right now, HoneyBook is offering listeners of this podcast 50% off when you visit http://honeybook.com/timecrafting. Payment is flexible, and this promotion applies whether you pay monthly or annually.
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!
J.H. Bunting (or "Joe" as I know him) is a bestselling writer, novelist, and a dad. He leads The Write Practice community, an award-winning community of creative writers. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Talia and three kids and enjoys coffee and corpse reviver no. 2s.
Joe and I talk about the evolution of his book, the challenge of doing something different or outside of the usual path, how panic and desperation can fuel productivity, and much more. I had a great time learning about Joe's process when building this book and I am happy to be able share our conversation with you.
Talking Points
  • Who is J.H. (Joe) Bunting? (2:14)
  • This is how he got his start (3:10)
  • What Joe discovered about the book while in Paris (5:48)
  • How important was it for Joe to take on this book - something that was different than what he'd done before (8:30)
  • Mark Twain played a role in the crafting of Joe's book (10:45)
  • We talk about the power of patience (16:34)
  • Did every suggested challenge that Joe was asked to do while in Paris make the cut? (22:06)
  • I circle back to the idea of panic and desperation and how it can spur on productivity (26:37)
  • Does Joe believe in willpower? (30:03)
  • Joe explains how beneficial it was for his productivity while away from his usual environment (32:32)
  • Joe offers advice regarding traveling with a young family (35:58)
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Helpful LinksWriting a book is hard. Writing a book that falls outside of the scope of what you initially intended to write can be even harder. Joe took that on with passion and pride and the results show it. If you haven't already picked up Joe's book, do so now. It's a fantastic read.

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.

Nov 27 2019

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The Seven Longest Yards with Chris Norton

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On this episode I have the pleasure of speaking with Chris Norton. Chris is a speaker, author, adoptive & foster parent.  He suffered a severe spinal cord injury playing college football.  However, seven years later joyfully conquered the challenge of walking his wife, Emily, down the aisle of his wedding.

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 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 December 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm.
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!
Chris spoke about his journey, chronicled in The Seven Longest Yards, a book he co-wrote with his wife. We also talked about being fathers, what productivity means to him, and so much more. Chris has overcome a lot and yet is incredibly productive and has an inspiring story to share. I'm pleased to be able to bring it to you on this episode of the program.

Talking Points
  • Chris shares a bit about who he is and why he no longer plays football (3:00)
  • What did it take for Chris to show resilience in the face of tragedy? (5:46)
  • This is the one thing that helps Chris stay so positive (8:43)
  • Chris tells the story of the first time he tried to take steps since the accident (10:24)
  • What primary lesson does Chris take from his football days that he applies to this day? (22:01)
  • You need to learn how to do this - something that athletes know all too well (25:17)
  • We talk about fatherhood and parenting - something Chris is incredibly passionate about (27:54)
  • Chris shares why it was key for Emily and him to write this book together (29:35)
  • What does productivity mean to Chris? (32:03)
  • Chris has a challenge for you (33:04)
  • We close out the show talking about the idea of regret... and how Chris fights back against the power of regret (34:36)
  • Chris predicts the winner of Super Bowl LIV (37:06)
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"Who needs you to keep going so that they can keep going?" - Chris Norton
Helpful LinksChris's story is inspiring to say the least. I'm so honoured that he took the time to come on the show and share his story with me... and with you. There are plenty of lessons to be learned from his experience and how he faced it. I hope you can take any number of them and apply them to your own life.

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.

Nov 20 2019

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The Daily Decision with Brian Dixon

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On this episode I'm joined by Brian Dixon, the author of Start with Your People: The Daily Decision that Changes Everything. As a podcaster, conference speaker, and business coach, Brian is passionate about helping high potential leaders and teams thrive in a world of overwhelming options.

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.
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!
Some of the things we discuss during our conversation include what people can do to make sure they are starting on the right foot with others, why putting people first plays a role in your productivity, and the things you can do so that you an start with people first.

Talking Points
  • Brian speaks about the idea of "deciding" and the concept of the daily decision (2:22)
  • The nuanced approach to creating harmony between the needs of your people and your own needs (5:23)
  • This is The One Hour Exchange... and how you make it happen in a way that works for you (7:24)
  • What steps should someone take if they want to start off on the right foot when "starting with their people" (10:24)
  • Brian loves personality tests. Here are the four he likes the best. (23:31)
  • Brian challenges you to pick one day to do this (33:26)
  • What does it mean to adopt a mentality of abundance? (38:40)
  • I learned this about Mr. Rogers (41:43)
  • What can you do to start starting with people today? (42:52)
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"The pebble rarely sees the ripple...my job is to make an impact on the people in my life and I will never necessarily know the impact that they make as a result of me impacting them. But I can hold my head up high or put my head on the pillow at night and say 'job well done.'" - Brian Dixon
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I like this particular take on "people-powered productivity." Why? Because it's personal. Brian's got some great ideas throughout the pages of his book and he shared quite a few during our conversation. I hope you get a lot out of it. I know that I did.

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.

Nov 13 2019

47mins

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You Are Awesome with Neil Pasricha

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On this episode of the podcast, I have the pleasure of being joined by the author of The Book of Awesome Series, Neil Pasricha. Neil thinks, writes, and speaks about intentional living and on this episode he's going to share with me some of his insights from the book You Are Awesome: How to Navigate Change, Wrestle with Failure, and Live an Intentional Life.

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 also sponsored by Clean Email. If you've ever missed an important email because of your overloaded Inbox or spent far too much time wading through forests of unread emails, tons of newsletters, and follow-ups to find The One email you've been looking for then you're going to want to check out Clean Email. Clean Email organizes all of your emails into smart views like social notifications, newsletters, unread emails, top senders, and more. With Clean Email you can quickly take care of those thousands of emails in your mailbox, marking them as read, archiving them, labeling and moving them around by hundreds or thousands at once. And Clean Email was designed with your privacy and security of your data in mind - since they are in the business of providing a great service in exchange for a fair fee they guarantee to not sell or analyze your data. Give Clean Email a try. Visit https://clean.email/timecrafting and get 50% off the 5 accounts annual package!
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 December 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm.
Neil is a New York Times best-selling author of 5(!) books, selling well over a million copies of his books in the process. He also hosts the award-winning podcast – and foamier Productivityist Podcast Pick of the Week – 3 Books. He's an in-demand international speaker and, like me, is a Canadian. Unlike me, he lives in Toronto with his wife and three sons.

We spend time during our discussion talking about his latest book and a wide variety of productivity-related topics for just over an hour, making this one of the longer episodes I've ever produced. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this conversation I have with Neil on the program. It's, in a word... awesome.

Talking Points
  • Neil shares with me what You Are Awesome is really about (3:50)
  • He shares why he started his blog (10:29)
  • This is the difference between resilience and grit (11:47)
  • We talk about the use of ellipses or the dot-dot-dot (13:10)
  • These are the steps that you need to take to be awesome (17:14)
  • We explore an all-too-common feeling: the feeling of not being good enough (21:00)
  • Neil and I discuss the importance of failure (30:50)
  • Does Neil journal? (36:28)
  • Neil turns the tables and asks me about my journaling practice (39:16)
  • When I share with Neil my TimeCrafting methodology he asks if I feel any sort of constraints surrounding it (43:12)
  • I turn the tables back and ask Neil if he has any sort of daily theming practice that he uses (45:15)
  • We close out the conversation by slowing things down a bit (58:35)
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"We have never been more productive – ever – than now." - Neil Pasricha
Helpful LinksThere's a lot to unpack in this episode and so many great takeaways. It was refreshing to have the tables turned on me with a few questions and I know we could have spoken to each other for much longer. I encourage to give this episode a repeat listen - there are insights a-plenty to be found!

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.

Nov 06 2019

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Metamorphosis with Steven L. Blue

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On this episode I speak with Steven L. Blue. Steven is the best-selling author of five critically acclaimed books that target executives, leaders, entrepreneurs, and anyone seeking to learn the secrets of success in the corporate world.Steven’s latest book, Metamorphosis: From Rust-Belt to High-Tech in a 21st Century World, is a detailed blueprint for CEOs and senior leaders to transform their businesses from failing rust-belt companies with small margins into high-tech leaders with superior profits.

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!
I spoke with Steven about the shift from rust-belt to high-tech products, the patience involved when making a change, and the process of metamorphosis as a whole. There's a lot to unpack in this episode and plenty of lessons that Steven offers that you should heed when undergoing organizational - or even individual - metamorphosis.

Talking Points
  • What metamorphosis means to Steven - and what Steven wanted to title the book in the first place (2:06)
  • Steven discusses the idea of "innovational potential" (3:32)
  • The surprising model that Steven believes you should follow when going through a metamorphosis (4:26)
  • We talk about disruptive thinking and how important it is to adopt it (6:47)
  • Would Steven hire a Chief Innovation Officer? (9:06)
  • This is what Steven had his staff trained in years ago that has helped the company out in incredible ways (10:07)
  • The impact Steven feels change has on productivity - and how he suggests a company combat any fears that arise from an initial loss in productivity when instituting change (18:41)
  • We talk about the many forms that innovation can show up in your business and where he has it show up in Steven's company (21:39)
  • When and how does scale play a role in the metamorphosis of a company? (23:41)
  • This is one of the toughest aspects of making change... no matter the size of your business (26:26)
  • How much time does Steven spend in the planning phase? (29:41)
  • Outsourcing is key - but there's an important piece when you're outsourcing to external contractors that Steven believes is a must (33:45)
  • This is the biggest piece of advice that Steven says will help you get a decent start when you decide to undergo a metamorphosis (35:41)
"Innovation should be everybody's job." - Steven L. Blue
Helpful LinksEven though you may not be running a manufacturing company like Steven does, there are still great takeaways regarding change that you can use in your own business - and life. Change is never easy but if you stand still then others will pass you by along the way... and you'll spend time playing catch-up instead of investing it in what you need and want to be investing it in. If your intention is to make change that matters, then you need to plan for it so that you can be as ready as possible for whatever that new route will throw your way.

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 30 2019

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Revisiting and Reframing Automation with Wade Foster

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On this episode, I speak with Wade Foster. Wade  is the CEO and co-founder of Zapier, a workflow automation tool used by over three million people to connect the work apps they use every day. Prior to Zapier, Wade worked as a customer development lead for The Idea Works, Inc. in Missouri. He is an alumnus of Y Combinator and has degrees in industrial engineering and business administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

This episode is sponsored by HoneyBook. HoneyBook is an online business management tool that organizes your client communications, bookings, contracts, and invoices – all in one place. HoneyBook makes it simple to run your business better. Professional templates, e-signatures and built in automation keeps everything on track and makes you look good. right now, HoneyBook is offering listeners of this podcast 50% off when you visit http://honeybook.com/timecrafting. Payment is flexible, and this promotion applies whether you pay monthly or annually.
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.
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!
I wanted to have Wade back on the show to explore the genesis of Zapier as well as how automation has worked for him over the years. We talked about his own to do list, who inspires and motivates him through their work and so much more during our conversation. I'm pleased to have him return as a guest on the show and hope you enjoy this revisited and reframed discussion.

Talking Points
  • Wade shares a bit about Zapier (2:29)
  • Where has Zapier gone since its inception? How has it evolved? (3:41)
  • Is there such a thing as "too much automation"? What trips people up when they are trying to automate? (6:07)
  • Here's what Wade thinks Zapier - and automation - is helping people focus on to help out with their productivity (8:56)
  • Wade shares how you can make time to automate - and why you should (11:03)
  • Here's one thing that you can't automate on the whole... but can automate in parts (13:55)
  • How Wade started automating - and how he keeps at it (21:24)
  • What automation has freed Wade up to do more of (23:23)
  • Does Wade keeps a to do list? Here's how he structures his weeks (25:10)
  • How Wade breaks down big things - like projects (27:02)
  • What about home or personal automation? What does Wade do on that front? (28:15)
  • Where does Wade draw inspiration from? (29:18)
  • These are the particular pieces of writing and content that Wade refers to consistently to stay on track (31:15)
  • We talk about scale and how Zapier plans to scale (33:35)
  • How does Jeff Bezos's quote "Focus on the things that don't change" play a role in Wade's company and his own life (36:30)
"The reality is that innovation and technology move so quickly that you always have to be looking for the next angle for yourself or you might find that your company is... innovated out of business." - Wade Foster
Helpful LinksThe thing about automation is that you need to think about not only what you want to automate but why you want to automate in the first place. Don't just automate for automation's sake. Software can help once you've made that call, but without making a smart and wise choice beforehand you may be setting yourself up for more work than you bargained for.

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Oct 23 2019

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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.

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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.

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Oct 16 2019

57mins

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Bringing Gratitude with Karl Staib

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I'm joined by my good friend and author of Bring Gratitude: Feel Joyful with Bite-Sized Mindset Practices, Karl Staib on this episode. We spend time speaking about the effects that gratitude can have on your productivity when you simply "bring it" into your life as much as possible.

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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 Zapier. When you’re running your own business your to-do list is never-ending. You know you could automate many of the tasks you do, but you don’t know-how. That’s where Zapier comes in. And right now through November, you can try Zapier free by going to our special link. Just visit http://zapier.com/timecrafting through November 2019 and get a 14-day free trial of Zapier - and tell them The Productivityist Podcast sent you!
Karl is also the creator of free 30-Day Bring Gratitude Challenge, an initiative that helps people strengthen their mindset through practicing gratitude. The challenge is presented in a private Facebook Group and his goal is to get the smartest and most caring people together to create an amazing community so they can help each other learn from our mistakes and build a life that they all love.

Talking Points
  • Why Karl is a recovering "complainer" (2:07)
  • What Karl means when he encourages you to "bring" gratitude (4:00)
  • The story of the meeting that began Karl's mindset shift towards gratitude (5:19)
  • What Karl does when he catches himself veering away from gratitude (8:02)
  • The question Karl asks himself that helps him tap into gratitude when he's "just not feeling it" (10:33)
  • Karl explains how to leverage both willpower and way power to help you practice gratitude (14:26)
  • Karl gets into some of the scientific studies that have been made around the effects of gratitude (18:20)
  • These are the 3 levels of gratitude... (27:06)
  • The important thing Karl does at the end of the day (31:14)
  • What finally made the journaling habit stick for Karl (32:23)
  • This is what you can do start building the habit of bringing gratitude more consistently today (38:08)
"If you can be grateful for who you are and know that you are good enough in what you bring to every day, then it makes everything else easier." - Karl Staib
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While gratitude may not have an immediate ROI when it comes to your productivity, the long-term benefits are massive. Like with meditation, simply practicing gratitude a little bit every day strengthens your resolve and builds momentum. Keeping a journal and asking yourself what you were grateful for over the course of your day can be a huge help... and you can also start your day off by simply telling yourself what you're grateful for.

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Oct 09 2019

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