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For busy people, the idea of spending time getting better at whatever you do can often conflict with just getting the job done. If you run a small business, manage a home, or manage a team of people - whatever you do, it can be difficult to justify spending even more precious time on getting better, or just getting time to yourself. But it doesn't have to be that way. In fact, spending time sharpening the saw can reduce the time it takes you to cut down the tree. This podcast takes that principle and shows you how to be intentional about what you do, apply a little structure, and actually spend less time - but get more done.

For busy people, the idea of spending time getting better at whatever you do can often conflict with just getting the job done. If you run a small business, manage a home, or manage a team of people - whatever you do, it can be difficult to justify spending even more precious time on getting better, or just getting time to yourself. But it doesn't have to be that way. In fact, spending time sharpening the saw can reduce the time it takes you to cut down the tree. This podcast takes that principle and shows you how to be intentional about what you do, apply a little structure, and actually spend less time - but get more done.
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For busy people, the idea of spending time getting better at whatever you do can often conflict with just getting the job done. If you run a small business, manage a home, or manage a team of people - whatever you do, it can be difficult to justify spending even more precious time on getting better, or just getting time to yourself. But it doesn't have to be that way. In fact, spending time sharpening the saw can reduce the time it takes you to cut down the tree. This podcast takes that principle and shows you how to be intentional about what you do, apply a little structure, and actually spend less time - but get more done.

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Episodes

2019 Book Review – STP057

12/24/2019
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Episode 57 - Because sometimes books are more than books. Don't let the battle of the printed word and the audiobook get you down - you decide. Here are 4 books we loved reading this year, now it's your turn to enjoy them. Look at all this stuff we covered: Being in the woods near THAT picnic table in the rotten weather 4 Seconds by Peter Bregman Change your habits and your life Dog-earing pages (yep!) The Getting Things Done Workbook by David Allen and Brandon Hall It's like David coming...

Duration:00:31:04

GTD (not just) for Teens – STP056

8/17/2019
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Episode 56 - If you haven't yet discovered how great GTD is, we tell you why - regardless of your age - you should read GTD For Teens. It's an excellent way of getting to know how GTD can work for you. Look at all this stuff we covered: We first covered GTD back in June 2017 in Episode 15 Bruce Lee and David Allen have something in common (now you know why we chose this episode's cover art) Enter The Dragon What having a 'Mind Like Water' means David Allen's Ted Talk including his...

Duration:00:25:40

Sharp Calendar Skills- STP055

6/16/2019
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Episode 55 - Would you like an extra week in your year to focus on really important stuff? How about TWO weeks? How about ELEVEN days of fun/important/helpful personal time? Take control of your calendar and you could have that - and more. We show you how. Here's all the good stuff: Forbes.com article on 6 things you should NOT have on your calendar Meetings Back to back appointments Checklists Notes Miniscule tasks Other people's priorities History.com and the Gregorian Calendar Today's...

Duration:00:42:29

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5/4/2019
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No shownotes - just me, telling you, why you've been waiting ages for an episode! As always, we're really grateful for your help in supporting this podcast. To do this you can: Rate or subscribe at i-tunes by going here - i-tunes Contact us on Twitter - we are @sharppodcast here Connect with us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sharppodcast/ Share with at us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sharppodcast/ Post comments on the website. This link will take you to home page, and...

Duration:00:04:13

Laura Gassner Otting – STP054

2/24/2019
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Episode 54 - We talk to the whirlwind that is Laura Gassner Otting! With her new book coming out (in April 2019 at time of writing) Laura shares her view on life, what gets in the way, and how we can all enjoy a life without limits! Look at all this stuff we covered: Laura's background and wide range of experience Socks (Isle of Wight of course!) New Year's resolutions Why there will always be a bigger boat How Laura uses her calendar (great tips here) Putting things off GTD "Limitless -...

Duration:00:54:11

Even Sharper New Year Routines – STP053

1/21/2019
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Episode 53 - In the last of our re-visits to helping you get even SHARPER this year, we go back to episode 30 where we summarised all the good stuff about routines. How is your start of day routine? Is it setting you up for the best you can be each day? And what about your end of day routine - does that help you wind down in the right way? These episodes are definitely worth another listen, which is why we did it! If you'd like to listen to the FULL episodes, the links are here: Episode 12...

Duration:00:22:20

Even Sharper New Year Goals – STP052

1/13/2019
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Episode 52 - We go back in time, to an episode we originally broadcast in 2017 where we summarised the best ideas we'd found on setting GREAT goals. This version of EP29 is edited to be a bit tighter. We've got rid of the out of date stuff, and kept the good stuff. Wanna set better goals for 2019? Give it a listen. If you'd like to listen to the FULL episodes, the links are here: Episode 18 (Why Your Goals Aren't Working) where we cover: The resource out there on setting goals 5 steps...

Duration:00:23:27

Even Sharper New Year Habits – STP051

1/7/2019
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Episode 51 - New Year's Resolutions don't work. But at this time of year you might be thinking about what you want to be different in 2019. So we've re-released a tighter, updated version of Episode 28. Even if you've heard this already - it's well worth listening again there's SO much there! If you'd like to listen to the FULL episodes, the links are here: Episode 5 (Breaking Bad) where we cover: What are habits? How are they formed according to Charles Duhigg in his book – The Power of...

Duration:00:23:15

Looking Back – STP050

12/28/2018
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Episode 50 - We look back over what we've done in the past year or so, with a little help from our friends. Some of the stuff in there is: How we ended last year with our tribute to Steve in the Field What Mayor Lance Olive likes about STP, SITF and Episode 27 His tips on using a calendar well Mel Elliot's thoughts on her favourite episode - STP033 Ready Steady Tomato Giving YOU my system in Episodes 35,36 and 37 Laura Gassner Otting's thoughts on - STP034 How About NO Laura's own tips on...

Duration:00:30:44

Do Better Meetings – STP049

11/23/2018
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Episode 49 - Life is too short for terrible meetings. We explore how to make them better, whether you run 'em, go to 'em, or avoid 'em. Dive in... Some of the USEFUL stuff in there is: Who invented the meeting Terrible conference calls - an example Why a CNBC article confirms your worst fears - meetings can be rubbish Everything that's wrong with meetings Holding meetings 101 - The basics: Respect your attendee's time Get to the point Consider who HAS to be there Set the agenda Change the...

Duration:00:31:35

Better Public Speaking – STP048

10/27/2018
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Episode 48 - In this episode we talk about why public speaking and presenting can be difficult, and we give you 13 tips to help you get better in this tricky area. Some of the USEFUL stuff in there is: My terrible presentation Trust me - you look better than you think Why we can find public speaking difficult - even scary Glossophobia Lisa talks to us from a different table about her experience Have your opening lines prepared Feeling anxious Tapping your fingers (not EFT) Relaxing about...

Duration:00:48:45

Overcomoing Perfectionism – STP047

9/15/2018
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Episode 47 - Why perfectionism is at best, unhelpful and at worst, a serious problem. We explore what perfectionism is, and how to deal with it wherever it appears. Some of the USEFUL stuff in there is: The link between perfectionism and competitiveness Where both of mine came from (I'm better now!) Why you should never declare perfectionism as a 'weakness' in an interview What perfectionism is according to Steve and Lisa at the table What research says the different kinds of perfectionism...

Duration:00:43:24

Memory – STP046

8/27/2018
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Episode 46 - We dive deep into your memory, and think we should probably not have looked so close, given what we found! But in this episode we talk about why memory is important, how it works and how you can improve yours. Some of the USEFUL stuff in there is: Devices versus memory Why I keep forgetting toothpaste What is memory? The Brain Institute at the University of Queensland's article on - 8 memory types What happens when severe memory loss hits us Memento - The IMDB summary Henry...

Duration:00:46:52

Brain Food – STP045

8/12/2018
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Episode 45 - We've learned amazing stuff about our brains for this episode. We give you 2 great articles, a fab Ted talk AND a smorgasbord of remarkable brain related facts! Hold on to your hat... Some of the USEFUL stuff in there is: We've realised that the SAW that we're sharpening every week is the one in our heads Did you ever notice it in the logo? All the mind-blowing facts in this episode come from this fab article at - bebrainfit.com How many? Phenomenal brain numbers A superb...

Duration:00:29:17

Doing Time – STP044

7/29/2018
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Episode 44 - Can you rely on time? Can you manage it? What were you doing with yours 3 days ago at 3:15pm? Wanna find out? Then have a listen! Some of the USEFUL stuff in there is: Time management doesn't work What does 'time' even mean? Could we change how we measure time - some people already have Time seems to stretch depending on what you are doing Psychology Today explain why the years pass faster as you get older Terry - come one, give him a chance! At least his facts are real The...

Duration:00:26:58

Happy – STP043

7/15/2018
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Episode 43 - What makes us happy? Lots of things. Whether being happy means getting through things quicker, spending more time focusing on what's important, or being inspired - here are some ideas. Some of the USEFUL stuff in there is: A recommendation from Charles Duhigg (Author of Smarter Faster Better and The Power of Habit) It was this excellent piece by Alice Boyes at Harvard Business Review: Why we fail at focusing on what's important How to change that Schedule time for them Isolate...

Duration:00:18:43

Jessica Abel – STP042

7/1/2018
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Episode 42 - I claim that we cover the meaning of life, the universe, and everything - in episode 42. It's possible I claimed it incorrectly, but we had a great chat about how YOU can finally free time up to get that creative project up and running - or in fact do anything which has been burning a hole in the back of your mind for the last few years. Some of the USEFUL stuff in there is: Jessica's first piece of work that I discovered - Out On The Wire Then I found the amazing - Growing...

Duration:00:42:02

4 FOR 1 – STP041

6/23/2018
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Episode 41 - Four ideas and suggestions for the price of one episode! And of course that price is ZERO pence, cents, yen, euro etc... Some of the USEFUL stuff in there is: Before we hit the subjects, a simple plea asking for your help - if you like what we do, please tell one friend who you think would also like what we do ONE: A great blog we found at lifehacker.com from Michelle Woo Michelle suggests we should split our to-do list into 2: A simple list A hard list She goes on to explain...

Duration:00:24:23

notanepisode

6/18/2018
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Hi - this is just to tell you, that if you were expecting an episode to drop last weekend, you're right - it didn't! But there is stuff coming next weekend! In the meantime why not have a listen to some past episodes, they're really good - and you must have missed one of them! Some of the USEFUL stuff in there is: Nothing - but keep your eyes peeled next weekend! As always, we're really grateful for your help in supporting this podcast. To do this you can: Rate or subscribe at i-tunes by...

Duration:00:01:44

Creative Problem Solving – STP040

6/3/2018
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Episode 40 - Problems not going away? Struggling to solve the big ones? Then this episode is for you. We look at the Creative Problem Solving model and how it can help YOU sort them out. Some of the USEFUL stuff in there is: Steve In The Field is back - OH NO! What do we mean by 'problem' ? The things that cause us to struggle: What the heck is 'convergent thinking'? Quotes - they sound nice, but many don't really help do they? Lisa and Steve at the table are back - HOORAY! We demonstrate...

Duration:00:29:48