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ProdPod: Episode 118 — Pondering Minimalism vis-à-vis Personal Productivity

8/7/2018
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How does minimalism affect your personal productivity? And, is there such a thing as a minimalist approach to productivity? I believe ardently that our physical and digital worlds are a manifestation of our mental-emotional world, so I sought out some answers about these thorny questions. After about 30 hours of research and uncounted hours of pondering, here are my thoughts on these two questions. Read more.

Duration:00:02:00

ProdPod: Episode 117 — Getting More Resilient (Resilience and Productivity)

3/6/2018
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In the last episode, I defined resilience, or emotional elasticity, as I like to call it. Here, I’d like to detail tactics for bending back into shape faster for more productive output. Read more.

Duration:00:02:05

ProdPod: Episode 116 — Resilience and Productivity

7/11/2017
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A few episodes ago I covered several challenges that people face in their productive lives, including overcoming overwhelm, distractions, indecision, procrastination, and burnout. And, in this episode, I am detailing an important emotional skill that one hears in many contexts but is one consistent source of productive strength for those willing to build it: resilience. — Quick announcement: I have launched my new podcast, ProductivityCast, the weekly show about all things personal...

Duration:00:01:55

ProdPod: Episode 115 -- Thinking INSIDE the Box! (Part 2)

3/3/2017
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In the last episode we learned that the scientific research that told everyone to think outside the box to overcome challenges and to be creative in life and work, was summarily misguided. We can be primed that a box exists, and we’ll still see a box as a limitation, unless we are guided to work within it.

Duration:00:01:53

ProdPod: Episode 115 — Thinking INSIDE the Box! (Part 2)

3/3/2017
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In the last episode we learned that the scientific research that told everyone to think outside the box to overcome challenges and to be creative in life and work, was summarily misguided. We can be primed that a box exists, and we’ll still see a box as a limitation, unless we are guided to work within it.

Duration:00:01:53

ProdPod: Episode 114 -- Thinking INSIDE the Box! (Part 1)

3/2/2017
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So often I hear the cliché that you need to be an “out of the box” thinker. Creativity and problem-solving (which I feel frequently are synonymous in many circumstances) are, after all, great tools in any productive person’s toolbelt. But, is thinking outside the box really possible? (Hint: no.) And, if not, how can we effectively use thinking inside the box?

Duration:00:01:49

ProdPod: Episode 114 — Thinking INSIDE the Box! (Part 1)

3/2/2017
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So often I hear the cliché that you need to be an “out of the box” thinker. Creativity and problem-solving (which I feel frequently are synonymous in many circumstances) are, after all, great tools in any productive person’s toolbelt. But, is thinking outside the box really possible? (Hint: no.) And, if not, how can we effectively use thinking inside the box?

Duration:00:01:49

ProdPod: Episode 113 -- Limiting Resources for Greater Productivity

3/1/2017
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Intuitively, we know that focus is a fundamental of greater productivity. Broadly and less instinctively, focus manifests heightened productivity by training and straining any resource, including but not limited to attention, time, money, and other resources. In Episode 98, I spoke about using time-based challenges for sprinting toward such productivity. Now, I’d like to discuss some ideas about limiting one resource--the stuff we own--as a means to greater productivity.

Duration:00:01:59

ProdPod: Episode 113 — Limiting Resources for Greater Productivity

3/1/2017
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Intuitively, we know that focus is a fundamental of greater productivity. Broadly and less instinctively, focus manifests heightened productivity by training and straining any resource, including but not limited to attention, time, money, and other resources. In Episode 98, I spoke about using time-based challenges for sprinting toward such productivity. Now, I’d like to discuss some ideas about limiting one resource–the stuff we own–as a means to greater productivity.

Duration:00:01:59

ProdPod: Episode 112 -- Overcoming Burnout: Rest and Rejuvenation for Sustainable Productivity

2/28/2017
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Burnout is a systemic problem not a situational/circumstantial challenge. And, so overcoming burnout is more about how to build systematic “down time” and renewal into your life and work for sustainable productivity. Here are some suggestions for both rest and rejuvenation.

Duration:00:02:00

ProdPod: Episode 111 -- Overcoming Procrastination

2/27/2017
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In Episode 22, I defined procrastination and even gave a few pointers about Procrasti-Doing in Episode 82. In this episode, I’d like to continue the dialog with some tips on overcoming procrastination.

Duration:00:02:00

ProdPod: Episode 110 -- Overcoming Indecision

2/25/2017
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Do you have a good idea of how well you manage uncertainty and make decisions? For most people, there is no well-defined strategy for overcoming indecision in their productivity systems. I think everyone should think about how to reduce distress and increase action through some basic components of good decision-making.

Duration:00:01:57

ProdPod: Episode 109 -- Overcoming Distractions

2/24/2017
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Without focus, almost nothing can get done. Yet distractions abound in our everyday work and personal lives. Here are some suggestions on overcoming distractions of each kind.

Duration:00:01:53

ProdPod: Episode 108 -- Overcoming Overwhelm

2/23/2017
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Overwhelm is a pernicious productivity detractor that affects us all in varying degrees. In my definition, overwhelm is a buildup of stimuli that creates anxiety which, in turn, blocks action or clear decision-making. Learn more here.

Duration:00:01:58

ProdPod: Episode 108 — Overcoming Overwhelm

2/23/2017
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Overwhelm is a pernicious productivity detractor that affects us all in varying degrees. In my definition, overwhelm is a buildup of stimuli that creates anxiety which, in turn, blocks action or clear decision-making. Learn more here.

Duration:00:01:58

ProdPod: Episode 107 -- Managing People for Productivity

2/22/2017
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In all my years of management, I’ve learned a few things which have proved consistent, that I have wrapped into a developing, high-level leadership framework for organizations, so I thought I’d share it with you.

Duration:00:01:57

ProdPod: Episode 106 -- End of Workday Routine

2/21/2017
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In the last episode I spoke about routines that were primarily designed to facilitate personal and work life improvements. However, those are not my only routines and I wanted to explain another of my most helpful daily routines--my end of workday routine. Listen/read more.

Duration:00:01:51

ProdPod: Episode 105 -- The Power of Daily Routines: Morning, Midday and Evening Productivity Routines

2/20/2017
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For years I’ve spoken about the power of habits, and tangentially, I’ve spoken about many routines that I have--from meditation (Episode 32), to my Day Reset strategy (Episode 69), and more. I use a variety of routines to minimize distractions and maximize my productivity. None more than any others, I have three routines I use every day: my morning, midday, and evening productivity routines. Learn more.

Duration:00:02:00

ProdPod: Episode 104 -- The Myth of the Left and Right Brain

2/19/2017
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Let’s discuss how the incorrect left and right brain paradigm impacts your productivity, and how, by thinking about it slightly differently and correctly, you can improve your productivity. Read/listen to the full article/episode.

Duration:00:01:58

ProdPod: Episode 103 -- Managing Up for a More Productive Organizational Culture, Part 2

2/18/2017
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In episode 102, I introduce the idea of managing up and discussed one leg of it--managing expectations and delegation. Here in this episode, we’ll cover the next two legs of managing up--managing collaborative time wisely and managing your manager. Read/listen more.

Duration:00:01:47