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Would you like to 10x your productivity while adding at least one extra hour of free time to your day? Join Kevin Kruse, a New York Times bestselling author and Inc 500 serial entrepreneur as he shares time management tips, tools and actionable advice from entrepreneurs, self-made millionaires, Olympic athletes, straight-A students and other ultra-productive people.

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Would you like to 10x your productivity while adding at least one extra hour of free time to your day? Join Kevin Kruse, a New York Times bestselling author and Inc 500 serial entrepreneur as he shares time management tips, tools and actionable advice from entrepreneurs, self-made millionaires, Olympic athletes, straight-A students and other ultra-productive people.

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Great podcast

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Love the podcast and plenty of actionable content

Refreshingly Practical

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All your podcasts have actionable information! Thank you

iTunes Ratings

277 Ratings
Average Ratings
243
18
6
4
6

Great podcast

By AlexSoDak - May 29 2019
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Love the podcast and plenty of actionable content

Refreshingly Practical

By #6Mid - May 28 2019
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All your podcasts have actionable information! Thank you
Cover image of Extreme Productivity with Kevin Kruse

Extreme Productivity with Kevin Kruse

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Would you like to 10x your productivity while adding at least one extra hour of free time to your day? Join Kevin Kruse, a New York Times bestselling author and Inc 500 serial entrepreneur as he shares time management tips, tools and actionable advice from entrepreneurs, self-made millionaires, Olympic athletes, straight-A students and other ultra-productive people.

Rank #1: Why Millionaires Don’t Use To-Do Lists

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Today, we’re going to talk about why high achievers and ultra productive people don’t use to do lists and what they use instead.

What you’re going to learn:

  • The truth about to-do lists and why they’re making you unproductive and stressed out
  • What millionaires and high achievers use instead of to-do lists
  • How to use the same tool to get your own goals accomplished on time

Key Quotes:

“Throw away your to do list. Toss it out the window, burn it, stomp on it, tear it into a million pieces and toss them into the wind like confetti.” 

“You run the day or the day runs you.”

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Hey, hey, welcome everyone. I’m Kevin Kruse and I interviewed over 200 self-made millionaires and successful entrepreneurs—like the cofounders of Facebook, Zynga, Groupon, Atlassian and also successful solopreneurs like Pat Flynn and John Lee Dumas all to discover their secrets to extreme productivity.

In the previous episode I gave you simple questions to zero in on your Most Important Task and talked about the power of proper priorities.

Today we’re talking about why high achievers ultra productive people don’t use to do lists!

But first, if you want to 10x your productivity grab your smartphone and text the word ACHIEVE to 44222 and I’ll send you The 1-Page Planning Tool That Millionaire’s Use To Schedule Their Day. Just text ACHIEVE to 44222 or you can visit the website productivity-podcast.com to download the 1-Page Planning Tool that Millionaire’s Use To Schedule Their Day and other bonuses.

Let me ask you this, do you really think back in the day Steve Jobs just kept a running task list in his pocket and would pull out that little piece of paper and ask himself several times a day, what's my next action? If you are not a Steve Jobs or an Apple fan, put in whoever your productivity superhero is, whether that's Bill Gates or Michael Dell or any of these kinds of guys. Do you think they're just running around with that long to do list picking things off throughout the day? Let's get out of business, do you think extreme athletes, professional athletes are working and running their life off a to do list? Does a quarterback say, "Wow, I got a big game on Sunday, let me wake-up and look at my to do list and get to it?" That's not how they work, that's not how they live. To-do lists should be called, nagging wish lists.

A whole bunch of tasks that you hope to accomplish, you think you're supposed to accomplish but you don't have a specific plan as to when you're going to get it all done. How many things on your current to-to list, be honest, have been there for days or even months. There was a time when I had some items on my list for more than a year, like you know, get the 2012 family photo album done. I think that was on the list for several years. Research was done in 2014 and was published in a guide, if you want to start googling around. The Busy Person's Guide to the Done List and they found that 41% of to do list items are never completed, 41% are never completed. 50% of the to do list items that are completed are completed within a day and many of those within an hour of it being written down. It's almost like, we write it on the to do list and then cross it off right away so we can feel productive. Here's the problem, to do lists are, it's a technology that's 120 years old.

The story goes that to do lists were invented by a guy names Ivy Lee. He was a consultant that was hire by Charles Schwabb who was running U.S steel at the time and Schwabb said, " Hey. I want my executives to...

Feb 03 2016

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Rank #2: The Cure For Procrastination

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In this episode, I’ll teach you how to beat procrastination and become productive.

What you’re going to learn:

  • The four types of procrastination
  • The best tips to cure procrastination

Key Quotes:

“Leaders often get promoted in their careers because they get things done.”

“Ultra-productive people don’t use to-do lists.”

“Be clear on your MIT.”

Oct 19 2016

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Rank #3: The Four Procrastination Personalities

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What you’re going to learn:

  • The 4 different causes of procrastination
  • How to identify your own personal procrastination personality

Key Quotes:

“Seize the future by seizing the present. Start procrastinating tomorrow.” – Zig Ziglar

“Nothing beats the timely pursuit of one’s intentions. It is the measure of success in life.” – Clarry Lay

“When we procrastinate, it interferes with our happiness and drains us of our energy.” – Kevin Kruse

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Hello, everybody. I am glad you made the time to join me. You didn't find the time, you didn't have the time. You made the time to join me. I'm Kevin Kruse and as you know I interviewed Mark Cuban and other billionaires, over a dozen Olympic athletes, and hundreds of successful entrepreneurs to uncover the real secrets to time management, which I'm sharing with you. Last week I explained why millionaires don't use to-do lists, and today we're talking about the four different causes of procrastination, and you'll discover your own procrastination personality. First, I want to send you a quick start action plan that includes the one page planning tool that millionaires use to schedule their day. All you need to do is text the word "Achieve" to 44-222, or just point your browser over to the website productivity-podcast.com.

Procrastination. Even the great struggle with it. Let's review some wise words. Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich and bestselling success, self-development author of all time, he said, "Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday." Zig Ziglar once said, "Seize the future by seizing the present. Start procrastinating tomorrow." That's funny. Of course let's not forget my annoying cat Oscar, who says all the time to me, "Stop goofing off and come feed me now." It doesn't matter if he just ate. He says that to me all the time. Back on a serious note, professor Clarry Lay at York University, he specializes in the study of procrastination and he believes, he says, "Nothing beats the timely pursuit of one's intentions. It is the measure of success in life."

He believes the timely pursuit of one's intentions is the most important indicator of success. He says it's more important than general performance, prestige, a bigger predictor than your grades in school. All of those things are secondary to one's commitment to prompt action. Know what you want to do and take prompt action on it. Everyone procrastinates at some point. They say 20% of us are chronic procrastinators. We procrastinate so often that it's having a negative impact on our happiness and on our lives. It is an important thing because it's certainly, procrastination, puts off achievement of our big dreams, our big, hairy, audacious goals. Procrastination is the enemy of that novel you want to write or that marathon you want to run or the career change or the job change that you want.

We so often procrastinate health related things. Going to the gym or eating a healthier diet. If we can overcome procrastination on our health behaviors, well then we are going to end up with more energy and productivity just from that one change. In year 2015 I did a original research study over 4000 working professionals, looking at procrastination and other productivity habits. People who rarely procrastinate report high levels of not just productivity, which we would assume, but also higher levels of happiness and energy. When we procrastinate, it interferes with our...

Feb 03 2016

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Rank #4: How Often Do You Check Your Phone?

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NY Times best selling author, Kevin Kruse, answers listener questions about productivity.

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Rank #5: The 9-Step Procrastination Cure

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Today I’m going to give you the cure for procrastination.

What you’re going to learn:

  • Why you’re procrastinating
  • The 9 steps you can take, today, to overcome procrastination

Key Quotes:

“Plan to settle for good enough.”

“Take small actions and they will build upon each other.”

“I am worse off when I put it off.”

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Welcome back you high-achiever you. I'm Kevin Kruse and I'm sharing the truth bombs from my 200 plus interviews with ultra-productive people like Grant Cardone, John Lee Dumas, Neil Patel, James Altucher even Mark Cuban and so many others. Last week I shared why we must stamp out the evils of procrastination. I shared the 4 procrastination personalities. Which one are you by the way? The postponer, the perfectionist, the punisher, or the politician?

Today I'm going to give you the cure for procrastination. Listen up, take some notes, share out the wisdom on social media maybe, I'd appreciate that. First I want to send you a quick start action plan that includes and inforgraphic on procrastination and how to cure your procrastination. It's instant download just send a text message. Text the word "Achieve" to the number 44222 or go to the website productivity-podcast.com.

I don't want to procrastinate, I want to dive right into it. We need to cure our procrastination for so many reasons. Certainly to help us with just life maintenance like getting our car's oil changed on time. Getting our teeth cleaned every 6 months, and dental hygiene is important. I get most excited about sharing procrastination around our big hairy audacious goals.

I want you to finally write that book you've been thinking about. I want you to run that marathon you've been dreaming of. I want you to, whatever jump on Match.com and find the love of your life. Whatever big things that you've been putting off I want you to overcome your procrastination and take action.

Here's the 9 steps. First step is just to recognize it. What have you been procrastinating on lately? Are there certain things, tasks, activities that you always procrastinate? What are you weak spots? When do you fall prey to this problem?

The second step is to reflect. Why am I procrastinating? What is it about this thing? It is just because it's boring and you'd rather be doing something more fun or is it that you're afraid you are actually going to achieve it and that's going to change your life in some way. This is a challenge to your self-identity or a challenge to your relationship structure. Think about that a little bit.

Third, reflect am I over-estimating the unpleasantness involved. Most of procrastination is behavioral, they say about 60%. We think it's going to be more fun to put something off. My own research and others show we are happier when we procrastinate less. A lot of this is in our mind. Things tend to not be as painful or boring as we think they're going to be.

Going right along with that is step 4, which is just, know that when you take action on it your mood will automatically change for the better. A lot research on this and I've seen it myself. Sometimes I'm feeling the pressure to turn in a book manuscript and maybe I've got to do a rewrite and all the fun of the first draft is gone now I've just got to cut stuff out and look for grammar and typo problems. It sounds kind of boring I'd rather be off writing the next book. I start to do that negative self-talk.

Then once I dive in whether that's doing a second draft of the book or...

Feb 10 2016

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Rank #6: 5-minute Snooze Proof Wake-Up Strategy

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In this episode, I’m going to reveal five steps to get you out of bed alert, awake and productive.

What you’re going to learn:

  • The Five-Minute Snooze-Proof Wake-Up Strategy

Key Quotes:

“If you want to win the day, it starts the night before.”

“Ultra-productive people know that dehydration impacts our productivity.”

Aug 25 2016

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Rank #7: How To Not Feel Overwhelmed

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NY Times best selling author, Kevin Kruse, answers listener questions about productivity.

Oct 01 2018

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Rank #8: 4 Secrets To Replace Your Bad Habits With Good Habits

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NY Times best selling author, Kevin Kruse, answers listener questions about productivity.

Sep 19 2018

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Rank #9: How To Keep Your Remote Workforce Aligned And Engaged

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NY Times best selling author, Kevin Kruse, answers listener questions about productivity.

Jan 11 2019

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Rank #10: 4 Simple Ways To Maximize Energy

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Today I’m giving you 4 simple ways to maximize your energy.

What you’re going to learn:

  • How to maximize your energy without drinking caffeine or taking other stimulants
  • Why taking more breaks at work will actually increase your productivity
  • The amount of exercise you need daily to increase your ability to focus, be creative, make decisions, and stay alert (it’s not as much as you might think)
  • How to use technology to increase your productivity

Key Quotes:

“You can’t manage time at all. We all have the same 24 hours in a day. “

Apr 20 2016

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Rank #11: A Lesson In Minimalism From The Dalai Lama

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In this episode, I’m going to share with you how you can apply the Dalai Lama’s attitude on minimalism to business.

What you’re going to learn:

  • How minimalism can provide positive effects to your life
  • How the Dalai Lama’s attitude on minimalism is connected to the Pareto Principle

Key Quotes:

“We can probably take inspiration from the Dalai Lama, who clearly doesn’t need objects to feel happy.”

“Develop your skills to be exceptional in a few targeted areas; don’t try to master everything.”

Jun 29 2016

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Rank #12: Hire An Assistant, Even If You Think You Cant Afford One

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In this episode, I’m going to completely shift your mindset on task delegation.

What you’re going to learn:

  • The value of delegating your work to get more things done
  • How you can balance your work and family time by hiring an assistant

Key Quotes:

“When you outsource work to others, you free up the time you need to work on your passions—and take advantage of your abilities and strengths.”

“People who actively look for things to delegate report higher levels of productivity…”

Jul 06 2016

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Rank #13: How To Get It All Done

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In this episode, I’ll teach you how to accomplish all the list of things that you want to do.

What you’re going to learn:

  • Tips on how to develop a process on all the things that you need to be doing to actually get them done.

Key Quotes:

“We cannot make more minutes.”

“Give time as a gift to yourself first.”

Sep 29 2016

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Rank #14: 2 Productivity Tips From 2 Superfast Writers

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Today, I’m going to reveal how you can get more stuff done with less stress.

What you’re going to learn:

  • The secrets to increasing your productivity through “energy management” instead of time management.
  • How to use your energy efficiently to get more things done during the day.

Key Quotes:

“The key is to effectively use the energy you already have.”

“Identify when you work best, and focus on these high-level activities during your ‘maximum productivity window.'”

Jun 29 2016

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Rank #15: 3 Questions To Save 8 Hours A Week

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In this episode, I’m going to give you 3 Harvard questions that can save you 8 hours each week on average.

What you’re going to learn:

  • The results of a productivity experiment conducted by Harvard professors Julian Birkinshaw and Jordan Cone that helped participants achieve massive time gains
  • How to delegate your tasks (even if you don’t have a staff to delegate to)
  • Online services you can use to take over annoying tasks like grocery shopping, internet research, making doctor appointments (the list goes on and on)
  • How I manage my own company with a completely virtual team

Key Quotes:

“41% of knowledge workers time is spent on discretionary activities that weren’t very satisfying and could also be done by others.”

“From general freelancers to miscellaneous chores, you can get help for almost any task and probably for less money than you think.”

Apr 13 2016

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Rank #16: You Can’t Do Everything

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NY Times best selling author, Kevin Kruse, answers listener questions about productivity.

Oct 02 2018

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Rank #17: Turn Your SMART Goals Into MITs

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In this episode, I’m going to teach you how to turn your goals into MITs.

What you’re going to learn:

  • The Importance of the Most Important Task (MIT)
  • MITs For Big Company Workers

Key Quotes:

“Identifying your MIT makes your scheduling decisions much easier.”

“Simply, the most important things are to know what to focus on and how you are going to get it done.”

Aug 03 2016

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Rank #18: Mark Cuban’s #1 Productivity Tip

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In this episode, I share the #1 piece of time management advice I received from Mark Cuban.

What you’re going to learn:

  • Mark Cuban’s #1 productivity tip
  • How to facilitate efficient meetings (even when you’re NOT the facilitator!)
  • What Dustin Moskovitz’s (co-founder of Facebook) meeting schedule looks like at Asana (his new productivity company)

Key Quotes:

“Mornings are when we are cognitively at our best, so we should be doing our deep thinking work before noon.”

“The wrong people dominate meetings.”

“People will spend more time discussing the trivial items because they think they have an opinion on it and less time on the important items because they’re afraid to say something stupid.”

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Would you like to 10x your productivity and stop feeling so overworked and overwhelmed? Welcome to the extreme productivity podcast with New York Times best selling author and Inc. 500 entrepreneur Kevin Kruse.
Kevin Kruse: Welcome, welcome, welcome. I am Kevin Kruse and I am sharing tips and advice from my new book, "15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management," where I interviewed over 200 highly successful people and boiled down their productivity habits so that you can 10x your productivity. The last episode, I gave you the 9 steps to cut your email processing time in half. Today, I'm going to share what Mark Cuban told me was his number one productivity tip.
First, I want to send you a quick start action plan that includes the one page planning tool that millionaires use to schedule their day. All you need to do is send a text message to 44222 with just the word achieve. Head on over to the website productivity-podcast.com and put your email address in there if you'd rather get the free download that way. I cold emailed Mark Cuban asking for an interview, asking him to just tell me his number one secret to time management. Now a lot of people discount Mark Cuban and the other billionaires I reached out to as saying they have nothing to learn from them because they're billionaires. They got lots of servants, and maids, and butlers, and staff, or admins, or whatever. It's a different, they just can't relate.
I actually think that is very limiting thinking because yes, of course, Mark Cuban and other people at his level have larger teams of people to get stuff done, but he also has a tremendous amount more than all the rest of us have to look after. I mean, he owns the Dallas Mavericks, he owns Landmark Theaters, he's a TV star co-hosting, investing on Shark Tank. He's written books, he's invested in and is guiding dozens of start-ups and tech companies. He's always being interviewed on TV, on the news programs, on the financial programs. He's a husband. He's a father with three young daughters. This guy has...

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Rank #19: How To Schedule Long-Term Goals On Your Calendar

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NY Times best selling author, Kevin Kruse, answers listener questions about productivity.

Oct 03 2018

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Rank #20: 2019 New Year’s Resolutions

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NY Times best selling author, Kevin Kruse, answers listener questions about productivity.

Jan 04 2019

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