The Productivity Show | Getting Things Done (GTD)

The Productivity Show | Getting Things Done (GTD)

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Asian Efficiency is the leading website on time management and productivity. Learn how to be efficient, get things done (GTD), and stay motivated.

Episodes

The Holiday Gift Guide for Productivity Nerds (TPS120)  

The AE Holiday Gift Guide is here! Thanh and Mike each give you their top 10 gifts for the productivity junkie in your life. The AE Holiday Gift Guide Thanh's pick, then Mike's pick Round 1 Amazon Echo LifeStraw Go water bottle Round 2 Bose QuietComfort 20 | Bose QuietComfort 25 Esington Glass Productivity Timer Round 3 Humangear GoTubb, 3-Pack Fidget Cube Round 4 Bartender (Mac app) Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse Round 5 Spacepack packing cubes Rhodia Black Webnotebook 5.5 inch x 8.3 inch Dot Grid Round 6 Kindle Paperwhite | Kindle Oasis Logitech Create Backlit Keyboard Case for iPad Pro 9.7-Inch Round 7 Tile Mate Key Finder, Phone Finder, 4-pack NeuYear Calendar Round 8 Fitbit Charge 2 Sonos PLAY:1 Round 9 Extra phone charger, extra computer cable charger Philips HF3520 Wake-Up Light Round 10 Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebook Jaybird X3 Sport Wireless Bluetooth Headphones | Jaybird X2 Other Links 9 Ways I Use the Amazon Echo to Double My Productivity TPS78: Live a Minimalist Luxury Lifestyle w/ Thanh Pham Going iPad-only: How to do it with the right apps and accessories Evernote If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Sticher, Overcast, PocketCast or your favorite podcast player. It’s easy, you’ll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure. You can also leave a review! Here's how.

3 Keys to Using the 80/20 Rule in Your Business for Exponential Growth (TPS119)  

This is part 2 of our conversation on the 80/20 rule with Tim Francis. If you missed part 1, visit theproductivityshow.com/118, where we covered the 5 levels of 80/20. In this episode, we talk about how businesses have used the 80/20 rule to create exponential growth. Tim and Thanh take us through real world examples of successful business, and talk about how they are each using the 80/20 rule for their own business. Cheat Sheet How Thanh has implemented the 80/20 rule to grow Asian Efficiency to where it is today Why it’s OK (and even important) to spend a lot of time on the lower levels of 80/20 Why you can't cheat the process when trying to grow your business The big takeaways Tim received from going to a $10,000 conference with Richard Koch The two strategies successful companies use to effectively to grow exponentially How to use price simplification in the information business How Michael Dell used price simplification to create a "star business" by streamlining distribution methods How Apple utilized the proposition simplification approach to become the most valuable company in the world How Tim personally used the proposition simplification method to create his business that matches CEOs with executive assistants The three questions you must ask to leverage proposition simplification in your own business How super successful businesses like Amazon, Uber, and Airbnb managed to utilize BOTH price simplification AND proposition simplification The importance of making things easier, more valuable, and more aesthetically pleasing (and how to turn that added value into increased prices for your product or service) Links 5 Ways to Apply the 80/20 Rule To Free Up 2+ Hours A Week (TPS118) Tim's video on the 5 Levels of 80/20 Profit Factory: About Tim Francis Kolbe Test Richard Koch The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less 80/20 Sales and Marketing: The Definitive Guide to Working Less and Making More Connect with Tim Francis @TimothyJFrancis Profit Factory YouTube channel for Profit Factory If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Sticher, Overcast, PocketCast or your favorite podcast player. It’s easy, you’ll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure. You can also leave a review! Here's how.

5 Ways to Apply the 80/20 Rule To Free Up 2+ Hours A Week (TPS118)  

The 80/20 is an important concept, one that is often appreciated but also relatively difficult to find practical applications for in your own life. In this episode, you’re going to learn the framework for implementing the 80/20 in all areas of your life and work. The 5 levels laid out by our guest Tim Francis will help you take action using the 80/20 rule and significantly change your personal and professional life. Cheat Sheet How you can apply the 80/20 rule in an actionable way and see results in every part of your life What the 5 levels of 80/20 are and how they will change your future if you implement them correctly How Warren Buffet personally uses the 80/20 rule and how the majority of his success can be traced back to a few key decisions Key questions you can ask yourself to take action on the 80/20 rule How the Asian Efficiency team uses the Kolbe test to work more efficiently and effectively How the 80/20 rule applies to learning new skills How to use the right tools and ask yourself the appropriate questions when growing your business The value of having mastermind groups and community to enlarge your thinking Why the personal level (Level 1) of the 80/20 rule impacts all the other levels Why personal habits and rituals are are foundational for your success Links Tim's video on the 5 Levels of 80/20 Profit Factory: About Tim Francis Kolbe Test Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less TPS28: Working the System w/ Sam Carpenter Richard Koch Who 80/20 Sales and Marketing: The Definitive Guide to Working Less and Making More Connect with Tim Francis @TimothyJFrancis Profit Factory If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Sticher, Overcast, PocketCast or your favorite podcast player. It’s easy, you’ll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure. You can also leave a review! Here's how.

How to Keep Up Your Healthy Lifestyle When You’re Traveling (TPS117)  

Alistair Clark is a former management consultant and current founder of Work. Life. Fitness. He helps overworked professionals create a competitive advantage at work using fitness, productivity and lifestyle strategies. We chat today about creating systems that will help you keep a balance between work and life. Cheat Sheet How management consulting killed his work-life balance (and what he did to fix this) Travel hacks for staying healthy on the road (including the 3 things Alistair brings to make sure he can get a good workout in no matter where he ends up staying) Healthy eating & nutrition tips for when you are on the road Simple but effective bodyweight workouts you can do just about anywhere The difference between high-intensity training and interval training (and how to implement it effectively) Why it doesn't really matter what exercises you decide to use for your workout (and the important principle that produces results) How to avoid the "all-you-can-work buffet" and how you can build up barriers to protect areas of your life from being taken over by work How staying in touch with family can help you establish a work-life balance system How his life-checklist system works and the "buckets" he uses to make sure he's consistently taking action on his goals The motivational power of using checklists and how Alistair uses his own "Life Checklist" Why sometimes your body needs to take break and stop consuming information Links WorkLifeFitness.co The Four Hour Body Body by Science TPS13: Jeff Sanders Checklist Manifesto Essentialism The One Thing TinyLetter Book, tool, ritual Book: On the Shortness of Life: Life Is Long if You Know How to Use It Tool: Productivity Planner Ritual: Daily journaling Connect with Alistair Clark @WorkLifeFitness If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Sticher, Overcast, PocketCast or your favorite podcast player. It’s easy, you’ll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure. You can also leave a review! Here's how.

9 GTD Mistakes You Must Avoid – TPS116  

Zack and Mike revisit the Getting Things Done method and chat about common obstacles that prevent people from successfully implementing the system into their lives. They chat about keeping things simple, not following the system exactly, and evolving as you use the GTD method. You’ll get something out of this episode whether you’re new to the GTD method or a seasoned GTD pro. Cheat Sheet Common pitfalls and why some people have trouble making GTD work for them How to make sure you are capturing everything so nothing falls through the cracks How to identify all the inboxes that exist in your life (including those outside of email) Why writing tasks for your future self increases the probability of completion How writing a story that includes the desired outcome & defining what “done” means actually helps you take action Quick tips for keeping your system as simple as possible How to combat "shiny new object syndrome" How to evaluate whether your system is functioning efficiently Why Zack goes into execution mode during the week and does decision making on Sunday Why journaling sets you up to make better decisions tomorrow The different types of weekly reviews and how to implement them What to do when you have no time left to do the actual work Links Getting Things Done GTD 101: The Beginner’s Guide To Getting Things Done TPS58: Getting Things Done w/ David Allen Drafts (iOS app) Field Notes GTD in 15 minutes – A Pragmatic Guide to Getting Things Done Bookworm podcast w/ Mike Schmitz - Getting Things Done episode TPS57: Advanced OmniFocus Setup + Workflow w/ Joe Buhlig If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Sticher, Overcast, PocketCast or your favorite podcast player. It’s easy, you’ll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure. You can also leave a review! Here's how.

TPS115: Life Decisions & Technology w/ Rick Stawarz  

Technology is a huge part of our modern-day lives, and it’s easy to forget that technology was meant to serve us and make our lives easier, not the other way around. Today we talk with Rick Stawarz about how to make technology work for us, not get in the way, and automate tasks we don’t want to do. We also chat about technology and children, and the decisions we make about technology in our lives. Cheat Sheet The origin story of Rick's business, Appinstructor What his time working at the Apple store taught him about tech support and how it led to him starting his own consulting business How Rick teaches people to solve technology problems for themselves and why he finds it so personally fulfilling How to embrace the proper role of technology in your life and make it work for you Examples of ways that technology can enhance our lives (as well as some negative ways it can impact us if we're not careful) How you can figure out what technology-based use cases can be valuable and time-saving for you Recommended tools for automating email tasks How to use Slack effectively as a middle world between email and text messaging How to safely implement technology with a family and kids (and tools you can use to establish boundaries and safe zones within your home) How technology (when used correctly) can help accelerate your goal achievement Links Appinstructor TPS47: 13 Productive Parenting Hacks TPS34: Developing an IT Mindset w/ Scotty Loveless Polymail Google Inbox Outlook Airmail Unroll.me HipChat Slack Book, tool, ritual Book: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable Tool: Curbi, parental controls for mobile devices Ritual: Not using an iPhone as an alarm clock, keeping all technology out of the bedroom at night. Connect with Rick Stawarz @stwrz If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Sticher, Overcast, PocketCast or your favorite podcast player. It’s easy, you’ll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure. You can also leave a review! Here's how.

TPS114: Take Action and Produce Results w/ Nathan Latka  

Nathan Latka is an entrepreneur on a mission. He’s built and sold companies and is currently planning to take a company public, all before his 30th birthday. Nathan and Zack chat about what drives his success, delegating tasks, ego, and more. Cheat Sheet The secret to Nathan achieving success at such a young age The source of Nathan's energy and how it enables him to be a high achiever Why lazy people tend to do everything themselves How to get people on board with your vision and how it can help you achieve your goals Why you should emphasize your strengths rather than try to improve your weaknesses The strategies Nathan uses to build successful teams The power of big ideas (and why people are scared to verbalize them) How leveraging your ego (in the correct way) can actually help you accomplish your goals How clearing your calendar enables you to pursue opportunities Why influence is more important than mastery The differences between a craftsman and an influencer Links The Top Entrepreneurs Nathan Latka - Find Anyone's Email Address Jeff Woods' podcast Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World Book, ritual Book: A system for book reading - alternate between a Bio book and a Strategy book. Find the habits of the successful person that each Bio book is about. Ritual: On Sunday evenings, sit down and map out the week ahead. Try and cancel as many meetings that week as you possibly can. Connect with Nathan Latka @NathanLatka If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Sticher, Overcast, PocketCast or your favorite podcast player. It’s easy, you’ll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure. You can also leave a review! Here's how.

TPS113: 5 Ways to Make Your Home More Efficient  

Thanh and Zack discuss simple action items you can take to make your home or work space a more efficient and productive place. From working habits, health habits, and sleep habits, they talk about ways to make things more efficient and design productive living places. Cheat Sheet 5 simple things you can do today to make your home more productive How to design your space so that everything is within reach or easily usable (20 second rule) How a home design can be a trigger for a habit - good or bad Simple ways that you can use a white board in your home or work area One of the fastest things you can do that will give you the biggest bang for your buck How stuff occupies mindshare and builds stress Tips and tricks for if you work from home A couple productivity hacks you can use to automate your home with technology Some simple steps you can take to get better sleep Links Marie Kondo TPS90: Become a Minimalist w/ Joshua Becker Amazon Echo Hue bulbs Better Sleep Blackout Curtains Homework podcast episode w/ Mike Schmitz If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Sticher, Overcast, PocketCast or your favorite podcast player. It’s easy, you’ll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure. You can also leave a review! Here's how.

TPS112: How to Escape Your Email  

In this episode, we go through 8 tips (plus a bonus) on how to escape your inbox and focus on tasks that matter. We’ll discuss apps and systems that you can use to cut down on the time you spend processing your emails. Cheat Sheet Behind-the-scenes peek at how we built the final stages of the Escape Your Email course The toxic results of email-related stress on your ability to think clearly and work efficiently The amazing efficiencies that are created when you can integrate email with your task manager Tips for reducing the amount of email that you receive (which in turn leads to you spending less time in your inbox) One trick you can use to instantly find everything you are currently subscribed to in your inbox Why unsubscribing to even one email is a bigger deal than you think How the carbon copy feature multiplies the true productivity cost of an email The use cases that email really isn’t good for (and alternatives that can improve the communication efficiency of YOUR team) 8 Tips + A Bonus on How You Can Escape Your Inbox Turn off notifications on your computer and phone Have a system you can trust Touch it once Unsubscribe Use other team communication tools instead of email Stop using folders to store your messages Automate common responses Turn off the unread badge BONUS: Use Sanebox to improve the quality of what ends up in your inbox Links TPS111: Why You Must Escape Your Email Animal Farm Omnifocus PostBox Dispatch iOS app Zapier IFTTT TPS105: The AE Email Workflow Airmail AE Blog Post: What’s the Best Way to Handle Email on a Mobile Device? Bonusly Unroll.me Fitness in Post podcast HipChat Slack JIRA Confluence TextExpander Mailmate Basecamp If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Sticher, Overcast, PocketCast or your favorite podcast player. It’s easy, you’ll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure. You can also leave a review! Here's how.

TPS111: Why You Must Escape Your Email  

Americans spend way too much time on email, and it’s breaking our creative flow and making us less productive. In this episode, we talk about the reasons why this is, and how you can break the cycle and spend more time out of your inbox taking action on the things that really matter. Cheat Sheet Why the corporate email culture is so unhealthy The amazing results people have been getting from our inbox zero challenge The real reasons people spend so much time in email (and how you change your mindset to escape your email) How to create more time to spend doing work that actually adds value to your business Why email often functions as a to-do list that other people can write on and how you can change this so you can be more intentional about your work The unconscious (and unproductive) behavior patterns that people fall in to when it comes to email How email breaks your flow and what you can do to stop your focus train from being derailed Thanh’s personal email horror stories How you can get people to communicate with you over email on your terms Links The Simple Guide to Managing Your Email with the Asian Efficiency Email Workflow The Willpower Instinct TPS38: I Know Kung Fu w/ Patrick Hart Boomerang for Gmail Become More Productive with the Pomodoro Technique The Best Way to Handle Email on Your Mobile Device (Thanh's article) If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Sticher, Overcast, PocketCast or your favorite podcast player. It’s easy, you’ll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure. You can also leave a review! Here's how.

TPS110: Fitness in the Workplace w/ Zack Arnold  

Movement energizes us and makes us more productive and efficient, and yet most knowledge workers spend eight hours or more sitting at a desk every day. Zack Arnold sits at a desk too, but he’s become an expert in building habits of movement into his daily life. On this episode, we talk about little tweaks to get more movement while at work, which will increase your productivity. Cheat Sheet How sitting all day is killing your productivity (and how regular movement during the workday can actually make you more creative) Why movement is vital for having energy The number of steps you need every day to maintain good energy (it's probably more than you think) The difference between movement and exercise How to quantify your activity and track your progress The productivity benefits from making your office setup inefficient by forcing you to move more How to effectively implement a time blocking habit (especially if you've failed at this before) Breathing exercises you can do right now to increase productivity A sneak preview of Zack Arnold's content in the Asian Efficiency Dojo Links Optimize Yourself (use promo code ASIAN to save 25%) AE Dojo Fitness in Post podcast Fitness in Post Ep31: Managing Stress with Heart Rate Variability Go Far movie TPS17: Fitness w/ Zack Arnold TPS41: Go Far w/ Zack Arnold TPS23: Optimization, Automation, and Outsourcing with Ari Meisel BJ Fogg Atul Gawande's TED Talk Book, tool, ritual Book: The Checklist Manifesto | The Art of Less Doing Tool: Trello | FitBit | Heart-Rate Variability monitor Ritual: Knockout 60 seconds of pushups while you are waiting for your water to warmup for your shower in the morning. Connect with Zack Arnold @EmpireEditor If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Sticher, Overcast, PocketCast or your favorite podcast player. It’s easy, you’ll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure. You can also leave a review! Here's how.

TPS109: Finding Your Focus w/ Michael Hyatt  

Michael Hyatt is a NY Times best selling author, speaker, and former CEO (and chairman) of Thomas Nelson Publishers. He’s on the podcast to discuss the true goal of productivity, how to find your focus, and making room for activities that truly matter. Cheat Sheet Michael's journey to becoming a productivity expert The real purpose of productivity (why productivity is a means to an end and not the goal itself) How to create margin for the things that really matter How to use the Freedom Compass to achieve your goals and live a fulfilling life How to get out of the drudgery zone and eliminate the activities you don’t want to do Tips for automating the tasks that you don't really want to be doing How to develop a template mindset to save time The importance of creating a daily game that you can win How you can personally create a blueprint for a productive day Freedom Compass Links FreeToFocus.com MichaelHyatt.com Getting Things Done TPS102: Essentialism w/ Greg McKeown TextExpander Hazel Nozbe Book, tool, ritual Book: Deep Work by Cal Newport Tool: Workflowy Ritual: Ritual for speaking - going through notes and saying the speech out loud the night before. In the morning, exercise and affirmations. Connect with Michael Hyatt @MichaelHyatt If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Sticher, Overcast, PocketCast or your favorite podcast player. It’s easy, you’ll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure. You can also leave a review! Here's how.

TPS108: Sustainable Behavior Change w/ Eric Zimmer  

Eric Zimmer is the host of the award-winning podcast The One You Feed. Through hundreds of interviews, Eric has learned a lot about healthy habits, mindfulness, and sustainable behavior change. We chat about changing environments, habits, and feeding your “good wolf.” Cheat Sheet The true meaning of the parable behind Eric's podcast, "The One You Feed" What Eric personally does to feed his "good wolf" Why meditation is so important to Eric and the difference it has made in his own life How the stimulus --> response cycle works and how you can use it to spin the stories you tell yourself so they are more positive Eric’s personal journey of recovery and how it led him to where he is today The importance of community and the environment you live in How to make environmental tweaks to help establish positive habits and achieve your goals The effective way to figure out for yourself what is really important Why happiness isn’t something out there in the future (and how you can achieve it in your own life starting now) Links OneYouFeed.net The One You Feed Episodes (Zack's Recommendations) Eric's Story Norman Rosenthal James R Doty Russell Simmons TPS92: No More Underpants w/ Steve Kamb TPS102: Essentialism w/ Greg McKeown Man's Search for Meaning Headspace app The Willpower Instinct Book, tool, ritual Book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Tool: Calendly, Evernote, TextExpander Ritual: A morning routine Connect with Eric Zimmer @OneYouFeed If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Sticher, Overcast, PocketCast or your favorite podcast player. It’s easy, you’ll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure. You can also leave a review! Here's how.

TPS107: Being Data-Driven w/ John Johnson  

John Johnson, PhD is an expert in reading and understanding data and statistics. He talks with Zack about how to become a discerning consumer of data, now that we can track personal data as well. Listen in to learn how to ask questions about data, using data to forecast, and when to not pay attention to data. Cheat Sheet What econometrics is all about and how it can be used to find the truth of what the data is really telling you How to communicate data-driven observations to people who don’t like statistics Dr. Johnson's experience as an expert witness Why the idea of the quantified self is important (but only if you know what datapoint to consider) How to be discerning when looking at data and find the real meaning Why "cherrypicking" is rampant among data analysis and what you can do to spot this How to ask effective questions when you are presented with data The hidden danger in looking for patterns in everything you see How forecasting works and why it's important The benefits from applying an information diet Links Everydata book Dr. Johnson's website Edgeworth Economics Fooled by Randomness Book, tool, ritual Book: The Last Lecture Tool: Rewire app (Android) Ritual: Going to the gym Connect with John Johnson, PhD @Everydata Sponsor Freshbooks.com/productivity For a 30 day free trial, be sure to enter the word 'productivity' in the "How Did You Hear About Us?" section If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Sticher, Overcast, PocketCast or your favorite podcast player. It’s easy, you’ll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure. You can also leave a review! Here's how.

TPS106: Influence Yourself w/ Ramit Sethi  

Ramit Sethi, the New York Times bestselling author of the book I Will Teach You to Be Rich, has changed the lives of many by questioning the mainstream narrative of how you should do things. In this episode we explore why people make goals and don’t follow through on them, and how you can avoid the same fate. Ramit also answers some questions about how he built his business and what habits he has developed for his own life. Cheat Sheet Why money is an important (but small) part of your life and how to make sure it is assigned the proper role The psychological reasons why we set out for certain objectives and then don’t follow through Why you should focus on behavior and how to let your attitude follow How to narrow the scope of success in order to change behavior How to build a productivity system that works for you Why taking time to think is so important (and the huge benefits it's had on Ramit's business) How to build and keep intrinsic motivation to make your habits stick Why you shouldn’t be afraid to change habits The importance of making a system for systems Why so many people experience FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and how you can overcome this The system Ramit created for his health and eating habits and how you can apply it to your own life The two things you can use to identify what is really important to people How we live our lives according to an invisible script (and how to change this into a narrative for a life we actually want) The life lessons Ramit picked up from starting his business Links Ramit's Ultimate Guide to Habits 15 Little Life Experiments that Will Change Your Life Growthlab's Ultimate Guide to Working From Home TPS58: Getting Things Done w/ David Allen BJ Fogg Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness  TPS102: Essentialism w/ Greg McKeown Charles Duhigg Jay Abraham Book, tool, ritual Book: Getting Everything You Can Out of All You've Got Tool: Gmail shortcuts Ritual: Working out Connect with Ramit Sethi @Ramit Sponsor Freshbooks.com/productivity For a 30 day free trial, be sure to enter the word 'productivity' in the "How Did You Hear About Us?" section If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Sticher, Overcast, PocketCast or your favorite podcast player. It’s easy, you’ll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure. You can also leave a review! Here's how.

TPS105: The AE Email Workflow  

Zack and Mike go in-depth on some new workflows that the Asian Efficiency team has been developing regarding our most time-intensive task: email. Email often takes a huge chunk out of your day, and we’re here to fix that. Learn how you can ruthlessly process your inbox to move on with your tasks and increase your productivity. Cheat Sheet A recap of the original AE email workflow and why it needed to be updated Startling statistics about how much time people actually spend dealing with email and how you can escape your inbox How to effectively use triggers to make sure you see emails at the right time How you can achieve (and keep) inbox zero One simple trick which can make your inbox processing MUCH simpler Why you should always archive messages after you process them The real reasons why you NEED a task manager when processing email Criteria to use when trying to decide if you should send emails into the reference folder When to delegate actions from emails you receive instead of doing the task yourself Links Inbox Zero challenge Simple Guide to Managing Email Getting Things Done Todoist Inside Omnifocus: Email Omnifocus Remember the Milk Trello Dispatch Polymail SaneBox Advanced AE Email Workflow Sponsor Freshbooks.com/productivity For a 30 day free trial, be sure to enter the word 'productivity' in the "How Did You Hear About Us?" section If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Sticher, Overcast, PocketCast or your favorite podcast player. It’s easy, you’ll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure. You can also leave a review! Here's how.

TPS104: Life Skills That Matter w/ Stephen Warley (Part 2 of 2)  

In Part 2 of our conversation with Stephen Warley, we dive deeper into life skills that matter for the self-employed and freelancers. We talk about the need for continued education, how to align all of your daily habits towards your purpose, reframing your mindset around working hours and how much money you really need to make. Cheat Sheet The importance of figuring out what makes you productive instead of just copying someone else Why you need to keep learning and how it can help you advance your career The real reason why people get stuck between who they are supposed to be and who they want to be (and how to overcome this) How to effectively organize your time when you suddenly become your own boss Tips to help you understand your larger life purpose The benefit of surrounding yourself with people who are doing what you want to do Why you should pick one thing to change at a time and not five How to find your peak performance period to maximize your productivity during the day Why you don’t actually need to work 8 hours a day The benefits that come from reframing your mindset on your ideas surrounding work Why embracing discomfort will help you learn more effectively Links Part 1: TPS103 Life Skills That Matter w/ Stephen Warley LifeSkillsThatMatter.com TPS92: No More Underpants w/ Steve Kamb of Nerdfitness TPS Episodes on Habits/Rituals: TPS84: Differences Between Habits and Rituals TPS55: Building Habits Through Coaching w/ Tony Stubblebine TPS54: Rituals over Habits TPS26: Habits, Visualization, and Finding Your Why TPS25: Rituals, Habits, and Achieving Your Goals Daily Rituals: How Artists Work Workflowy Ryan Holiday A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy Challenge Use the Lifestyle Calculator and see how much you actually need to make to live the life that you want. Connect with Stephen Warley @StephenWarley Sponsor Freshbooks.com/productivity For a 30 day free trial, be sure to enter the word 'productivity' in the "How Did You Hear About Us?" section If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Sticher, Overcast, PocketCast or your favorite podcast player. It’s easy, you’ll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure. You can also leave a review! Here's how.

TPS103: Life Skills That Matter w/ Stephen Warley (Part 1 of 2)  

Stephen Warley has been self-employed for more than a decade, and he’s on the show to talk about life skills that matter for the new nature of work. As more and more people change jobs every 3-5 years or become self-employed, skills like self-awareness, building community, and continued education become fundamental to our success in life and business. Cheat Sheet Why being intentional with everything that you do is so important and how you can start doing this today Why self-reflection is so important whenever you feel stuck The real reasons why more and more people are becoming self-employed (and how you can make that transition for yourself) Why doing experiments with your work is so important and how it facilitates learning Steps you can use personally to help you get unstuck How writing everyday helps you create self-awareness The benefits of surrounding yourself with like-minded people The correct way to do a "mental purge" Tips for practicing self-awareness Links 10 Life Skills That Matter World Domination Summit Unstuckable podcast TPS20: Getting Unstuck w/ Stephen Warley TPS102: Essentialism w/ Greg McKeown Number One Self-Awareness Habit TPS5: Deron Bos Lifestyle Calculator What is Self-Awareness? Challenge Tell Your Story this week. Tell as many people as you can what you want to do, not what you think they want to hear. Connect with Stephen Warley @StephenWarley Sponsor Freshbooks.com/productivity For a 30 day free trial, be sure to enter the word 'productivity' in the "How Did You Hear About Us?" section If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Sticher, Overcast, PocketCast or your favorite podcast player. It’s easy, you’ll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure. You can also leave a review! Here's how.

TPS102: Essentialism w/ Greg McKeown  

Greg McKeown is the author of Essentialism, The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. He is on the podcast to discuss how to figure out what is essential to you, how to create your vision for your life, and why being bored is important. Listen in for tools to remove obstacles and get the essential things done. Cheat Sheet Why creating space is so important in your essentialism journey The key tenets of the essentialist lifestyle and how you can use them to live a life of purpose How being an essentialist is not just about saying "no" but about finding space to decide what's essential Things you can do to make sure you are working on the correct problems Ways to figure out how you can best use your time and energy to solve these essential problems How to explore and discover what is truly essential for you Why being bored can actually be a good thing How the Asian Efficiency team sets quarterly goals to make sure our goals are the right goals How you can make sure you are working on the right things The benefits of very long-term thinking and why you should create an 100-year vision How essentialism is a life view and not just another tool How to remove obstacles to execution Links GregMcKeown.com Fitness in Post podcast interview w/ Greg TPS90: Become a Minimalist w/ Joshua Becker TPS88: Deep Work w/ Cal Newport Scaling Up by Verne Harnish TPS100: Celebrating Your Wins TPS101: Lean Thinking w/ Paul Akers Book, tool, ritual Book: The Catastrophe of Success by Tennessee Williams (essay) Tool: Daily journaling Ritual: Choose six things to accomplish each day - three professional and three personal. At the end of the day, celebrate the progress you’ve made, and write down six things for tomorrow. Connect with Greg McKeown @GregoryMcKeown Sponsor Freshbooks.com/productivity For a 30 day free trial, be sure to enter the word 'productivity' in the "How Did You Hear About Us?" section If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Sticher, Overcast, PocketCast or your favorite podcast player. It’s easy, you’ll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure. You can also leave a review! Here's how.

TPS101: Lean Thinking w/ Paul Akers  

Paul Akers has built a business and a life on making small improvements every single day. In this episode, we explore the concept of lean: lean thinking, lean relationships, and lean business. Using this lean methodology, Paul shows us how to eliminate waste and make continuous improvements in your life and business. Cheat Sheet What lean thinking is and how the lean manufacturing model is used at successful companies How to identify the different kinds of waste present in your systems and systematically eliminate them How and why Paul got started with using the lean system in his own life Why people can become paralyzed to not make change and how to overcome this feeling What the work "kaizen" means and how the system actually works How Toyota has used kaizen to revolutionize their business How sweeping, sorting, and standardizing your workspace can make you more productive What businesses can do to tap into unused employee genius to improve their organization How Paul applies the lean thinking concept to relationships and love Why you should make a document that clearly defines what makes you happy and how to do it effectively The simple way to get up and running with the lean thinking method Links PaulAkers.net FastCap video resources TripIt.com Work The System Sam Carpenter's Work The System interview Getting Things Done David Allen Getting Things Done interview Freedom's Forge The Everything Store Book, tool, ritual Book: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Tool: Lean PD app Ritual: Reading a book per week, and listening to audio books every day. Connect with Paul Akers @PaulAkers Sponsor Freshbooks.com/productivity For a 30 day free trail, be sure to enter the word 'productivity' in the "How Did You Hear About Us?" section If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Sticher, Overcast, PocketCast or your favorite podcast player. It’s easy, you’ll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure. You can also leave a review! Here's how.

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