Rank #1: ProdCast 21: Motivating yourself to write
This episode is sponsored by Inogic.
In this episode of ProdCast, Matthew and Joel discuss writing--how to get started, what our writing processes are, and what tools we use.
Matthew recommends Scrivener, a great way to collect and organize your ideas and combine them into a document or blog post.
Joel shares a tip for rearranging big documents in Microsoft Word.
Rank #2: ProdCast 10: Overcoming Mental Blockers
In this episode (sponsored by Kingswaysoft and AlexaCRM), we talk about mental blockers--tasks that you have on your to-do list that you don't want to do or have difficulty motivating yourself to do--how do you break through blockers and motivate yourself to get them done?
We also discuss "The psychological importance of wasting time." A balanced view of productivity doesn't mean a total elimination of time wasters--it means being intentional about your time, including your wasted time.
Rank #3: ProdCast 27: Productivity while traveling
This episode is sponsored by Ingenius.
Flying can be frustrating, but if you plan for it, travel can also be a productive time. In this episode, Matthew and Joel share their favorite tips for productive travel.
- Productive planning before the trip
- Getting through security efficiently
- Dealing with the challenges of finding a charge at the gate
- Making your flights more productive
- Avoiding forgetting personal items on the trip
- Noise canceling headphones--are they worth it?
Rank #4: ProdCast 14: Good Enough
We also discuss one of the major modern distractions--app notifications. How can you tame the notification beast?
Rank #5: ProdCast 13: Kids and the power of a deadline
In this episode (sponsored by KingswaySoft and AlexaCRM) we ask the question “is having kids the ultimate productivity hack?” It comes down to the power of deadlines–whether you have kids or not, one trick to becoming more productive is to give yourself deadlines for your goals.
In that’s not productive, we talk about listening to podcasts in “chipmunk mode.” Is that productive?
Rank #6: ProdCast 11: Mobile vs PC email
In this episode, we discuss email and calendar apps for computer and mobile--which is the most productive experience?
We also talk mobile calendar woes--why can't we find one calendar app to rule them all? And have you ever taken a fake-cation? Why that might be a call for help.
Rank #7: ProdCast 19: Meetings you should have with yourself
This weeks episode (sponsored by KingswaySoft) covers meetings you should have with yourself. Too often we let our schedules get dictated by others, it is important that we schedule focused time for specific purposes. We discuss what types of meetings you should have with yourself each week.
In "that's not productive," we discuss our workspaces, and what music, lighting, and desks accessories we use for optimal productivity.
Rank #8: ProdCast 26: Making Outlook more productive
In this episode (sponsored by CRMUG/D365UG) we talk about Outlook and how to make it more productive.
- Quick access toolbar
- Reading Pane
- Folder Pane
- Smart Folders
Rank #9: ProdCast 28: Coworking
In this episode (sponsored by D365UG/CRMUG), Matthew talks about his experiences working from a coworking space--why he chose to use a coworking space, coworking etiquette, and if it has made him more productive.
Joel gives an update on his month-long experiment pausing his inbox, and some of the unexpected results.
Rank #10: ProdCast 15: Procrastination vs. Patience
This episode is sponsored by KingswaySoft. We revisit the topic of procrastination this week. When is it prudent to put things off, and how do you know if you should remove something from your list?
In "that's not productive," is it productive to catalog your collections?
Rank #11: ProdCast 31: Minimalism and book reading strategy
This episode is sponsored by Ingenius.
Today on ProdCast Matthew and Joel talk about minimalism--what is it, and how can it help you be more productive? And not only in reducing unnecessary possessions, but also digital decluttering.
We also discuss strategies for reading books productively--how should you approach reading fiction vs. nonfiction, and what are some good nonfiction books we've read recently?
Books mentioned in the podcast:
Rank #12: ProdCast 17: OneNote vs. Evernote
In this episode (sponsored by KingswaySoft), Matthew C. Anderson and Joel Lindstrom discuss Evernote vs. Microsoft OneNote. While they may seem similar, there are differences between their approach to organization and how to optimally use them.
- Which is better for work?
- Which is better for personal notes?
- Tagging and organization
We also ask “is taking a nap productive?” Whether you are a regular napper, or you don’t take naps, we hope you will enjoy this episode.
Rank #13: Becoming a better Microsoft Teams player
In today's episode (brought to you by D365UG), Matthew and Joel talk about being more efficient with your browser sessions during demos and screenshares, and Microsoft Teams productivity--is Teams the new Trapper Keeper or the new flapper binder?
Chrome browser profiles Working with multiple demo personas and D365 accounts Controlling extension icons Tab management Microsoft Teams productivity The Team of me Organizing contacts Quickly start a chat Group meetings vs teams Copying and moving files between Teams and OneDrive Handle multiple networks more effectively Managing your teams list Using Flow to manage Teams
Rank #14: ProdCast 25: New job productivity
This episode is sponsored by KingswaySoft.
Matthew Anderson is starting a new role, so we talk about productivity when starting a new job. Career changes give you a chance to take a fresh start on your personal systems and structures.
- Separating work and personal artifacts
- OneNote organization
- Personal contact management
- Update on Microsoft To-Do
We also talk about daily routines and compare our morning and evening routines. Do you check your calendar and email when you get up in the morning?
Rank #15: Episode 29: Asking for help
Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is ask for help.
In this episode (sponsored by Maplytics by Inogic), Matthew and Joel discuss asking for as well as giving help.
- When should you ask for help
- Imposter syndrome
- Where to find mentors and advisors
- Reciprocity of giving help
- Helping others in a helpful way
- When someone asks for help and you don’t have time
- Rules for productive calendaring
- Optimal meeting duration
Rank #16: ProdCast 22: The Power of Finishing
This episode is sponsored by Inogic.
It's the last ProdCast of 2017, and in the spirit of the end of the year we talk about the power of finishing things. How many books have you started reading but never finished? Do you have half-completed home improvement projects? Many people are enthusiastic starters and terrible finishers. We discuss the motivational value of tying up loose ends.
We also revisit some of our recommendations from the past year and some of the best productivity books and podcasts that we have listened to this year.
Resources in this episode:
- Microsoft To-Do
- Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
- Back to Work Podcast
Rank #17: ProdCast 16: Productivity Tools Update
In this episode (sponsored by KingswaySoft), we talk about some new productivity tools.
Moment for IOS Focus – Screen Free Driving Quality Time for Android Passion Planner That’s not productive: Multitasking
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Rank #18: ProdCast 18: The power of journaling
In the latest episode of ProdCast (sponsored by Maplytics™ by Inogic), Matthew Anderson discusses how he developed the habit of journaling, and how it has helped him over the past decade. Topics discussed include:
- Paper vs. digital
- When to jornal
- Work vs. personal jornaling
- The benefits of handwriting
- How to start journaling
Rank #19: ProdCast 12: Weekly Planning
In this episode Matthew C Anderson and Joel Lindstrom discuss how to do a weekly self-evaluation planning session. How effectively are you meeting your goals?
Rank #20: Episode 46: Breaking down goals and being intentional with technology
In today's ProdCast (brought to you by KingswaySoft):
- Breaking an audacious goal down into smaller pieces
- Re-evaluating direction toward a goal
- Deleting Facebook
- Being more intentional with technology
- Joel's strategy for managing personal online subscriptions
Links discussed in this episode:
- How to achieve your most ambitious goals https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQMbvJNRpLE
- Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport: https://www.amazon.com/Digital-Minimalism-Choosing-Focused-Noisy-ebook/dp/B07DBRBP7G/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=digital+minimalism&qid=1550850372&s=gateway&sr=8-1
- Reclaiming Conversation by Sherry Turkle: https://www.amazon.com/Reclaiming-Conversation-Power-Talk-Digital-ebook/dp/B00SI0B6PC/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=reclaiming+conversation&qid=1550850334&s=gateway&sr=8-1