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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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55 Ratings
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44
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Great and practical

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

Thought Provoking

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

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Hosted by productivity strategist Mike Vardy, The Productivityist Podcast is a 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: Controlling the Clutter with Claire Tompkins

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This episode's guest is Claire Tompkins (a.k.a. the Clutter Coach). Claire works with clients to organize and declutter their homes and offices, to manage their time and get things done better. She works with artists, writers, entrepreneurs and more as a professional organizer by creating simple, practical systems for real people.

If you’ve been following the podcast and my other work, you’d know how big a fan of simple I am. That's something that Claire also promotes. Claire and I chatted on this episode about clutter - from physical to digital, workflows, apps, clients, books, and influencers.

Some of the specific areas we’ve discussed are:

  • Her perception of what clutter is – from the physical ones occupying
    our spaces, those hidden behind drawers and cupboards, up to the ones
    that occupy our minds and our devices (1:29).
  • An epiphany that motivated her to start decluttering her (4:05).
  • How she starts the process of decluttering, and dealing with clients
    who identify and define clutter very differently (5:18).
  • One of the methods she uses in task management which is to make your
    tasks into a card game (6:33).
  • Books she is interested in that deals with resistance (8:00),
    willpower (9:09), habit-creation (11:16), and procrastination
    (21:15).
  • The process of working with her clients by identifying pain points
    and urgency, sorting clutter and items, and dealing with resistance
    and the return of clutter (15:19).
  • Getting people to step back and recognize the need to re-organize and
    declutter, and a very interesting story of how one client did not
    recognize their own living space immediately after taking a photo of
    it (23:00).
  • Her preference for paper to-do lists, and the influencers that have
    inspired her to fit her to do list to the larger context of how she
    intends her life to be (25:40).
  • How she observes her clients’ productivity and organization
    techniques, asking them the logic behind their habits and practices,
    to help them personalize their workflow to create a sense of
    ownership and accountability (29:10).
  • The reason for her shift from productivity to zero in on clutter
    (31:54), the lack of women working on productivity and why she thinks
    it is such (33:00).
  • We also discussed how we want to introduce workflows so it becomes
    easier for people to absorb (35:22), the problems we’ve experienced
    with systems and clients (39:45), and the integration of online and
    offline task managements (43:46).

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That was a great conversation that Claire and I had. Thinking of decluttering or doing a complete overhaul of your productivity systems? I’d love to hear about it so leave them on the comments on the blog post for this episode. I also want to hear your feedback and recommendations so we can make improve the shows further.

If you’re not yet subscribed to the The Productivityist Podcast at Patreon, I suggest you do that now so you get to access exclusive content, freebies, and first dibs on the weekly episodes. You can also show your support by leaving the podcast a rating and review on iTunes or whatever platform you're listening to.

Thank you for joining me today and until next time! remember to stop guessing and start going

Feb 20 2017
49 mins
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Rank #2: 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
28 mins
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Rank #3: 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
29 mins
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Rank #4: 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
41 mins
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Rank #5: 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
31 mins
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Rank #6: The Perfect Day with Craig Ballantyne

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

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

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

Sep 12 2016
34 mins
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Rank #7: Mind Hacking with Sir John Hargrave

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

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

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

Jun 09 2015
27 mins
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Rank #8: Building The Best Planner Ever with Jennifer Dawn

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I welcome Jennifer Dawn, creator of the Best Planner Ever, to the podcast this time around. Jennifer is a serial entrepreneur who has grown two multi-million dollar businesses and serves high-achieving entrepreneurs through private business coaching helping to take their companies further, faster.

Since I've got a "mild" obsession with paper planners I wanted to talk with Jennifer about what went into building the Best Planner Ever. We discuss how it got its name, the elements that are unique to the planner, and why she thinks it's important to bring what's important to you into the planner that you use and how you can do that.

Relevant LinksJennifer and I could have kept going for much longer but there'll (hopefully) be another time for that. Right now it's time for you to check out her planner (linked above) and check out The Productivityist Playbook as well. You can get The Productivityist Podcast at a discounted price by clicking here.

Thanks again for joining me on The Productivityist Podcast. Until next time, remember to define your day, filter your focus, and make every moment matter. See you later.
Nov 21 2018
36 mins
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Rank #9: 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
46 mins
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Rank #10: Defending Against Distractions with Tim Metz

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On this episode Mike tackles distractions. He discusses what he believes is the difference between distractions, disruptions, and diversion (and how to defend yourself against them through awareness and measurable prevention). He also talks with Saent co-founder Tim Metz about the new device that he and his team are building that is designed to help you win the battle against distractions.

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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.

Jul 14 2015
29 mins
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Rank #11: Free to Focus with Michael Hyatt

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On today’s episode, I spend time with Michael Hyatt. Michael is the founder and CEO of Michael Hyatt & Company, a leadership development firm specializing in transformative live events, workshops, and digital and physical planning tools. In his newest book, Free to Focus, Michael reveals to readers nine proven ways to win at work so they are finally free to succeed at the rest of life. Michael has been married to his wife, Gail, for forty years. They have five daughters, three sons-in-law, and eight grandchildren. They live just outside Nashville, Tennessee.
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Everyone gets 168 hours a week and yet for some it never feels like enough. Work gobbles up the lion's share. Most people think productivity is about finding or saving time. But it's not. It's about making our time work for us. In Michael’s book Free to Focus he reveals to readers nine proven ways to win at work so they are finally free to succeed at the rest of life —their health, relationships, hobbies, and more. He helps readers redefine their goals, evaluate what's working, cut out the nonessentials, focus on the most important tasks, manage their time and energy, and build momentum for a lifetime of success.
Specifics that we covered on the show include:
  • On Michael’s new book, Free to Focus (01:58)
  • On Michael's definition and background on productivity (02:35)
  • On the idea of hitting the reset button (03:39)
  • Scheduling every hour of the day vs. leaving white space in your calendar (06:48)
  • On making time for others (07:40)
  • On how to not forget things (10:13)
  • The idea of the intersection between passion and proficiency (11:25)
  • How to say "no" with grace (14:38)
  • Tips for delegation, scaling yourself and getting an assistant (22:01)
  • How the book Free to Focus came to be (25:58)
  • On planning and mapping your week (29:15)
  • What is a backstage and frontstage work (32:40)
  • Ideas on how to beat distractions (37:30)
  • On productivity being a personal thing (43:25)
  • How does it feel to be Michael Hyatt the leader? (45:30)
  • What does journaling look like for a Michael Hyatt? (46:48)
  • Parting advice to the listeners (50:10)
“We have got to ask ourselves, what is it that we are trying to achieve through productivity? The first part of the book is all under the umbrella of STOP. We have got to stop and ask ourselves why are we on this hamster wheel? What is it that we are trying to accomplish? And where is it leading?”
Relevant Links:This episode drives home the point that many professionals are working as much as 70 hours a week thinking that they are productive...but productivity is about making our time work for us. Just imagine having free time again. It's not a pipe dream. It’s much more than that. I hope you learned that — and more — during our discussion.
I appreciate the time you spent listening to the show. If you enjoyed this episode, make sure to never miss another by subscribing. Also, take a moment to give the podcast a rating and review on whatever platform you’re using to listen to podcasts.
Thanks for listening to the show and for your support. See you later.
Apr 10 2019
55 mins
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Rank #12: 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
34 mins
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Rank #13: Paperless Productivity with Brooks Duncan

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

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

On this episode, they discussed:

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

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

Nov 07 2016
37 mins
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Rank #14: The Procrastination Conversation with Dr. Tim Pychyl

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In this episode, Mike has a candid conversation with Dr. Tim Pychyl about procrastination, strategic delaying, and what can get in the way of our productivity no matter what technology or approach we use.

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Want to send Mike an app, book, or something similar to discuss on the show? Email him at info@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.

Dec 17 2014
26 mins
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Rank #15: 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
38 mins
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Rank #16: The Power of Journaling with Zachary Sexton

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The guest for this week's podcast episode is Zachary Sexton (formerly of Asian Efficiency) whom together with host Mike Vardy discusses the science and art of journaling as a productivity practice. Listen as Zack shares his insights on journaling, and expounds on the medium and apps he uses, the structure of his journal, and the purpose it serves him to reflect on his past and plan for the future.

This episode includes narratives about:

  • The idea that journaling is a teenage girl thing, the reason why both Zack and Mike are doing this now (02:40), and how long has Zack been journaling (14:06).
  • How Facebook is basically public journaling and how to translate this into a private and personal log (05:43) for systems improvement, habit building, and daily planning (06:20, 11:57).
  • The structure Zack and Mike follow with their respective journals (03:17, 09:43).
  • Why Zack decided on using the digital medium for journaling (14:36) and his hacks to make it faster and more efficient (18:55).
  • The practice of reviewing journals by the end of the year (15:15), and how Zack maintains accountability to ensure he is moving towards the direction and objectives he has set (26:46).
  • Zack's tips for people contemplating to start journaling (15:54) and the benefits of the practice in terms of archiving, reflecting, planning, and decision-making (20:11).
  • Zack's journaling exercise together with his fiancée, who has always been interested in journaling but hasn’t just gotten around to doing it (23:50).

Relevant links to the episode may be seen below:

If you enjoyed this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, provide a rating and review in iTunes or your podcasting platform of choice to help us learn how we can improve the show. Also check out The Productivityist Podcast on Patreon for exclusive content, perks for patrons, and bonus episodes.

Nov 14 2016
32 mins
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Rank #17: Finding Focus with Shawn Blanc

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On this episode of the podcast I speak with my good friend, productivity expert, and creator of The Focus Course, Shawn Blanc.

We dive into the idea of getting out of our own way, as well as discuss our takeaways from Jeff Goins’s Tribe Conference and why showing up every day matters so much.

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As always, I had a great time chatting with Shawn. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

Thanks for listening!

Sep 25 2017
28 mins
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Rank #19: 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
37 mins
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Rank #20: Demystifying Evernote with Charles Byrd

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This week on The Productivityist Podcast we zero in on Evernote with a guest who knows the ins and outs of the app. Charles Byrd will be talking Evernote with Mike with the goal of helping anyone get started and familiarize themselves with Evernote. He'll be giving insights, sharing tips, and offering hacks along the way.

Charles lives in Northern California and worked in the Silicon Valley for tech companies for a significant time. He is now the founder of Byrd Word and hosts a 3-hour training course on productivity, specifically, the uses of Evernote, and how this can save people time, and in effect, impact their lives.

Listen to learn more about:

  • How long Charles has been using Evernote, his initial reaction to the app (1:30), and how it has helped him in his career and, ultimately, his business (03:20).
  • Where people should start when trying to adopt Evernote to help them with their productivity practices (05:55), and what the three concepts Charles teaches people when they are starting out with Evernote (06:36).
  • Charles’s thoughts on the changes made recently by Evernote in its pricing structure (09:50), and on paying for the premium versions of apps and software (12:27, 14:07).
  • An anecdote of how useful Evernote has been in Charles’s life and how that story convinced a man to take Charles’s Evernote course (15:05).
  • Evernote features that are not as heralded as they should be but have proven to be very useful for Charles (18:40, 20:04, 20:42).
  • An overview of Charles’s Zero-to-60 with Evernote course to get people to do more in less time, and help them get up and running with the basics of Evernote quickly (21:18).

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Thank you for listening. If you’re interested in supporting the podcast and receiving exclusive content while doing so, you'll want to check out the patrons-only version of The Productivityist Podcast on Patreon. Also, remember to leave The Productivityist Podcast a rating and review on iTunes, or on whatever platform you’re listening to. This gives insights on how to improve the show even more.

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

Dec 26 2016
27 mins
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