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Beyond the To-Do List

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Learn how to choose the right projects, tasks, and goals in work and life. Go Beyond the To-Do List! This show will help you do that with conversations with the people behind the productivity. We talk with people on all aspects of productivity, including getting the right work done, getting good work done, and the true end goal of productivity: living a meaningful life. Erik Fisher talks with real people who practically implement productivity strategies in their professional and personal lives. You'll be refreshed and inspired after hearing how others fail and succeed at daily productivity and be inspired and instructed on how to move forward yourself.
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Jorge Arango on Extending Your Mind Through Better Note Taking

This week it was my pleasure to speak with Jorge Arango about his latest book, Duly Noted: Extend Your Mind Through Connected Notes. Jorge is an information architect, author, and educator. For almost three decades, he has architected digital experiences and made the complex clear for organizations ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to nonprofits. He is the author of "Living in Information: Responsible Design for Digital Places" and co-author of "Information Architecture for the Web and Beyond." In addition to his design consulting practice, Jorge hosts "The Informed Life" podcast, writes a blog, and teaches at the California College of the Arts. In this chat, we'll explore how capturing and organizing thoughts extends beyond traditional note-taking into forming a digital "knowledge garden," where ideas can flourish and interconnect. Jorge will delve into the cognitive science behind why notes are not just for memory, but crucial for thinking, emphasizing the role of the environment in processing information. He'll also guide us through various taxonomies for organizing information and discuss practical tools like Obsidian, Notion, and Apple Notes that can help manage our mental landscapes effectively. Get ready to learn about leveraging digital tools for building a lasting knowledge repository, the importance of nurturing our thoughts to foster innovation and clarity, and why developing a system you trust for note-taking can transform the chaos of information overload into a structured haven of insights.  ______________________________________ Connect With Jorge: Website Book  Podcast  LinkedIn ______________________________________ Connect with Erik: LinkedIn  Facebook  Instagram  ______________________________________ This Podcast is Powered By: Descript Descript 101 Castmagic Ecamm Podpage Rodecaster Pro Top Productivity Books List Make sure to support the show by checking out the sponsors! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/13/202449 minutes, 42 seconds
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Dr. Barry Kudrowitz on How Play and Humor Fuel Innovation

This week it was my pleasure to welcome Dr. Barry Kudrowitz to the show for a chat about his great book, Sparking Creativity: How Play and Humor Fuel Innovation and Design. Dr. Kudrowitz is a professor of product design and department head in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. There, he founded and directed the product design program from 2011-2021. Barry received his PhD from the Mechanical Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), studying humor, creativity, and idea generation. He is interested in how creativity is perceived, evaluated, and learned. In addition, Barry has years of experience working with the toy industry and has taught toy design for over a decade. In this episode, we delve into how changing our mindset can transform mundane chores into enjoyable activities, explore why traditional icebreakers often fail, and discuss the vital role of creativity in every aspect of our lives. Barry will share practical examples of how educators and professionals have successfully implemented these concepts to create more engaging environments. Prepare to rethink how you approach work, creativity, and play with insights that blend academic rigor with real-world practicality.  Related Episodes: Creativity Podcast Playlist  Sparking Creativity: How Play and Humor Fuel Innovation and Design ______________________________________ Connect with Barry: Website Book ______________________________________ Connect with Erik: LinkedIn  Facebook  Instagram  ______________________________________ This Podcast is Powered By: Descript Descript 101 Castmagic Ecamm Podpage Rodecaster Pro Top Productivity Books List Make sure to support the show by checking out the sponsors! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/6/202446 minutes, 53 seconds
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Matt Abrahams on How to Speak Successfully When You're Put on the Spot

This week I’m excited to share my conversation with Matt Abrahams. Matt is a passionate, and innovative educator, podcaster, and coach. As a Lecturer in Organizational Behavior at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business he has helped countless presenters improve and hone their communication, including some who have delivered Nobel Prize, TED, and World Economic Forum presentations. Matt is also the founder and principal at TFTS Communications LLC, a presentation and communication skills company based in Silicon Valley that helps people improve their presentation skills.  In this episode, we'll dive into Matt's six-step methodology to mastering the art of impromptu speaking, which he outlines in his latest book, Think Faster, Talk Smarter: How to Speak Successfully When You're Put on the Spot. Whether you're fielding cold calls or engaging in "small talk", Matt's techniques will teach you to manage anxiety, focus on your audience, and see every speaking situation as an opportunity, not a threat. We also explore the importance of structure in your communication, akin to chefs following a recipe, and how to give feedback that resonates and fosters growth. With Matt's unique blend of experience and insights, get ready to learn how you can transform your communication skills, think on your feet, and express your ideas more effectively, all of which can deepen relationships and expand your ideas. Related Episodes on My New Spotify Playlist: Connect with Matt: Website Podcast LinkedIn Connect with Erik: LinkedIn  Facebook  Instagram  This Podcast is Powered By: Descript Descript 101 Castmagic Ecamm Podpage Rodecaster Pro Top Productivity Books List Make sure to support the show by checking out the sponsors! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/29/202442 minutes, 18 seconds
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Michael Easter on How Comfort and Over Abundance are Stifling Our Progress and Productivity

This week I’m excited to welcome Michael Easter for a conversation about a pair of his books, Scarcity Brain, Fix Your Craving Mindset and Rewire Your Habits to Thrive with Enough and The Comfort Crisis, Embrace Discomfort to Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self. Michael is the founder of the 2% with Michael Easter newsletter and the New York Times bestselling author of The Comfort Crisis and Scarcity Brain. an author and a professor at UNLV. He writes and speaks on how humans can leverage modern science and evolutionary wisdom to perform better and live healthier lives. His work has been implemented by professional sports teams, elite military units, Fortune 500 companies, and leading universities. In this episode, we delve into the profound realizations that Michael made about the role of discomfort in our lives, stemming from overcoming his own battle with alcoholism and spending 33 transformative days in the Arctic. We'll discuss how our modern world's technological conveniences and constant search for comfort have led to sedentary lifestyles and excessive digital consumption, which Michael refers to as the "scarcity brain." Hear about the dangers of the scarcity loop driven by the endless cycle of wanting more, and explore with us the practical steps we can take towards building a healthier mindset and lifestyle, and why sometimes the path towards improvement involves leaning into discomfort. Michael will also share insights on his "2%" newsletter and how small, intentional actions can have a significant impact on our lives.  ______________________________________ Connect with Michael: Website Newsletter Books  Clear Space App ______________________________________ Connect with Erik: LinkedIn  Facebook  Instagram  ______________________________________ This Podcast is Powered By: Descript Descript 101 Castmagic Ecamm Podpage Rodecaster Pro Top Productivity Books List Make sure to support the show by checking out the sponsors! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/22/202443 minutes, 26 seconds
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Karl Hebenstreit on Applying the Enneagram to Your Business and Interoffice Communication

This week I’m excited to welcome Karl Hebenstreit for a chat about his book, The How and Why: Taking Care of Business with the Enneagram. Karl is a certified executive coach, leadership and organization development consultant, author, and international speaker. His 25+ year career spans the areas of HR and OD in biotechnology, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and more. Karl holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University.  Together, we'll explore how the Enneagram provides a deeper, more nuanced look into our psyches compared to other personality frameworks like Myers-Briggs or DISC, and why knowing your Enneagram subtype can revolutionize communication and collaboration within your team. We'll delve into the synergy between your instinctual behaviors and core type, uncover how the Enneagram's focus on motivation helps us navigate workplace dynamics, and highlight the practical benefits of this wisdom for everyday interactions. This is a great episode for anyone eager to learn more about implementing Enneagram principles in their professional lives but are not clear on where to start. Related Episodes: Ian Morgan Cron on The Enneagram 101 Ian Morgan Cron on Overcoming the Productivity Hangups of Each Enneagram Type ______________________________________ Connect with Karl: Website Book LinkedIn Karl’s Kids Book on The Enneagram  ______________________________________ Connect with Erik: LinkedIn  Facebook  Instagram  ______________________________________ This Podcast is Powered By: Descript Descript 101 Castmagic Ecamm Podpage Rodecaster Pro Top Productivity Books List Make sure to support the show by checking out the sponsors! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/15/202440 minutes, 15 seconds
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Carlos Alvarenga on The Rules of Persuasion and Great Communication

This week it’s my pleasure to welcome Carlos Alvarenga for a chat about his new book, The Rules of Persuasion: How the World's Greatest Communicators Convince, Inspire, Lead--and, Sometimes, Deceive. Carlos is an independent researcher and author. Before writing full-time, he worked as a management consultant and adjunct professor at the Robert H.Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Carlos holds a B.A. in Humanities and Classical Greek from Hampden-Sydney College and completed the Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classics at the University of Pennsylvania. In this conversation we delve into the compelling world of persuasion as the art and science that influences every aspect of our lives. Carlos explains how he drew inspiration from Aristotle's foundational work on rhetoric to craft his book. We will unravel the subtleties of persuasion—as the act of shaping beliefs within a community—and how it distinguishes itself from manipulation and coercion. Carlos guides us through his periodic table of persuasion and the vital role language plays in shaping our reality. In addition, we discuss the shifts in teaching persuasion and the emergence of augmented intelligence, and how technology like deep-fakes are testing the limits of authenticity. Carlos also shares personal anecdotes, emphasizing the potency of storytelling, and offers insights into creating messages that resonate deeply with audiences regardless of their background or educational level. ______________________________________ Related Episodes and Links to Content Mentioned In This Episode: Kevin Costner’s Eulogy For Whitney Houston What’s Going On Tops Rolling Stone’s 500 Best Albums of All Time Terri Sjodin on Improving Your Presentation Skills and Public Speaking Kasia Wezowski on Open Body Language & Compassionate Communication Charles Duhigg on the Super Power of Clear Communication at Home and Work ______________________________________ Connect with Carlos: Website ______________________________________ Connect with Erik: LinkedIn  Facebook  Instagram  ______________________________________ This Podcast is Powered By: Descript Descript 101 Castmagic Ecamm Podpage Rodecaster Pro Top Productivity Books List Make sure to support the show by checking out the sponsors! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/8/202445 minutes, 32 seconds
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Adrienne Bellehumeur on The Relationship Between Proper Documentation and Productivity

This week I’m excited to speak with Adrienne Bellehumer. Adrienne the founder of Bellehumeur Co. and co-partner of Risk Oversight, based in Calgary, Alberta. Adrienne is also the author of the book, The 24-Hour Rule and Other Secrets for Smarter Organizations: Including the 6 Steps of Dynamic Documentation. In this episode she is here to shed light on the often overlooked yet crucial practice of documentation and its profound impact on both personal productivity and organizational success. As we dive into the conversation, we'll explore the six dynamic steps of documentation—capturing, structuring, presenting, communicating, storing, and leveraging—and learn why both "little d" everyday habits and "big D" corporate initiatives are essential for our effectiveness. Adrienne will share her insights on the 24-hour rule, a powerful strategy for activating information and maintaining momentum. In addition we'll examine common misconceptions around documentation and discover how it can indeed propel individuals and teams forward rather than being seen as a burden. Get ready to rethink your meetings, create buffer times for processing information, and find out how to align your note-taking with your attention span, enhancing focus and productivity. Plus, you'll learn about the collaborative magic of real-time, communal editing, and the art of iterative processes in documentation. ______________________________________ Connect with Adrienne: Website  LinkedIn Risk Oversight  ______________________________________ Connect with Erik: LinkedIn  Facebook  Instagram  ______________________________________ This Podcast is Powered By: Descript Descript 101 Castmagic Ecamm Podpage Rodecaster Pro Top Productivity Books List Make sure to support the show by checking out the sponsors! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/1/202440 minutes, 54 seconds
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Jeff Sieh on the Rapidly Evolving World of AI Tools

This week I’m excited to conclude a series of conversations I’ve been having with my friend Jeff Sieh. Jeff is an international speaker and visual marketing consultant. He hosts the Social Media News Live show and podcast and is also “Head Beard” at Manly Pinterest Tips. Jeff has worked with and produced a wide range of content for various companies, including Guy Kawasaki, Kim Garst, Social Media Examiner, and Tailwind. In our previous discussions Jeff and I addressed tools for harnessing your creativity, and tips for repurposing audio and video content to reach a larger audience. This week we are diving into the fascinating and rapidly evolving world of AI tools. We'll be exploring the ethical implications and impact of AI on creativity, touching on its integration into business and content creation. Jeff shares his insights on using AI tools such as Descript, and Midjourney in his business and recommends other specific tools for various tasks. In addition we discuss the intertwining of AI and art, the potential impact of AI on industries such as podcasting and live video content, and the moral considerations necessary when using AI. We'll also share our experiences with AI tools in content creation and storytelling. Get ready to explore this ever-evolving landscape of AI and its impact on creativity in today's world.  ______________________________________ Connect with Jeff: Links  Descript 101 Social Media News Live ______________________________________ Connect with Erik: LinkedIn  Facebook  Instagram  ______________________________________ This Podcast is Powered By: Descript Descript 101 Castmagic Ecamm Podpage Rodecaster Pro Top Productivity Books List Make sure to support the show by checking out the sponsors! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/25/202435 minutes, 11 seconds
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Francesco D’alessio on Finding the Right Productivity Tools for You

This week I’m excited to welcome Francesco D’alessio for a really insightful chat about finding the right productivity tools and apps to meet your unique needs. Francesco is the founder of Keep Productive and co-founder of Tool Finder, the world's best place to discover and learn more about productivity tools. Both Keep Productive and Tool Finder aim to make productivity software easier to understand. There is a tool for everything so they create videos and courses to help you match to the perfect productivity tools for you. Tool Finder’s resources are designed to make productivity software easy to grasp and go deeper if you want to. Built on an independent philosophy around reviews and matching people with the perfect tool, Tool Finder is a growing directory, network, and source of knowledge on the ideal productivity software to pick and adopt for your work, family life, or personal time management. Their 120,000+ readers a month gain insight into what apps are best for them, and what features matter and gain real insight into whether the tool is right for them. Tool Finder has reviewed over 750+ productivity apps and constantly updates its database.  In this episode Francesco provides his unique three-part framework on selecting and sticking with productivity apps, emphasizing the importance of research, trial, and optimization. We also discuss the risks of the "shiny object syndrome" and the future of AI's role in productivity tools – a conversation that promises to give you a glimpse into the future of task management. In addition we touch on the importance of 'rules over tools'—a philosophy that prioritizes frameworks and strategies over the apps themselves. This is a vital episode for anyone looking for professional insights on what makes a great productivity tool and where the future of productivity is going. Connect with Francesco: Website YouTube Twitter ______________________________________ Connect with Erik: Sign Up For Our Newsletter LinkedIn  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  ______________________________________ This Podcast is Powered By: Descript Descript 101 Castmagic Ecamm Podpage Rodecaster Pro Top Productivity Books List Make sure to support the show by checking out the sponsors! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/18/202446 minutes, 6 seconds
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Terri Sjodin on Improving Your Presentation Skills and Public Speaking

This week I’m excited to welcome Terri Sjodin for a great conversation about her new book, Presentation Ready: Improve Your Sales Presentation Outcomes and Avoid the Twelve Most Common Mistakes. Terri is the Principal and Founder of Sjodin Communications, a public speaking, sales training and consulting firm based in Newport Beach, CA. In addition to her latest book, she is the author of the book, Small Message, Big Impact, which hit the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists. For over 20 years Terri has served as a speaker and consultant to an impressive list of corporations, associations, academic conferences, CEO's and Members of the U.S. Congress. She is a high-content speaker and her style is fresh, sassy and practical. Terri is considered one of the most sought-after sales, communications and speaking consultants in the country. In this episode, we'll unpack the power of preparation in seizing unexpected opportunities and the underestimated influence of body language. Terri shares her insider knowledge on why public speaking should be embraced as a gateway to new horizons, drawing from her rich personal experiences in speech and debate. We discuss the transforming capacity of verbal communication training and how improving presentation skills can dramatically increase professional competency. In addition Terri advises how to lead conversations with potential clients towards a smooth commitment and how to handle responses that aren't outright rejections. Facing the challenge of last-minute presentations, we'll explore Terri's approach to structure, creativity, and credibility. So join us as we delve into techniques to keep your audience captivated and your presentations impactful. Connect with Terri: Website  LinkedIn  _____________________________________ Connect with Erik: LinkedIn Facebook  Instagram Threads ______________________________________ This Podcast is Powered By: Descript Descript 101 Castmagic Ecamm Podpage Rodecaster Pro Top Productivity Books List Make sure to support the show by checking out the sponsors! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/11/202439 minutes, 3 seconds
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Erik Fisher and Todd Bushong on The State of Television Streaming, Regulating Your Media Diet, and Recapturing the Communal Magic of TV & Movies

This week I’m excited to welcome my friend and the producer of the podcast Todd Bushong back to the show for a laid back chat about the state of television streaming, regulating our media diet, and recapturing some of the communal magic of movies and television. With the Oscars airing this Sunday it got me thinking about how incredibly different media consumption is in the age of streaming and I wanted to talk with Todd about that topic as well as offer up some tips and tricks for maximizing your dollar during the current streaming wars. In the episode we delve into the complexities and even stress caused by the modern streaming landscape. We discuss some of the anxiety that I’ve been experiencing about missing out on many of the Oscar nominated films this year and why that anxiety might be more common than I thought. Todd and I explore the concept of media anxiety, which stems from the overwhelming number of choices available on streaming platforms and the social pressure to keep up with popular shows and films, especially during awards season. In addition we examine the consequences of a fragmented media culture and consider how podcasts have stepped in to fill the void of communal discussion about media. Throughout the episode, we hope to offer practical advice on managing streaming services and consumption, aiming to reduce decision fatigue while maximizing your down time. Some tips include using physical media, being intentional about what to watch, and creating a shared viewing experience with others. We discuss personalizing streaming services to suit your preferences, such as using accessibility features on Apple TV, how to incorporate media into your routine in a controlled manner, and how a healthy media diet is similar to healthy meal planning.  ________________________________________ Related Episodes: Nick Gray on Building Big Relationships with Small Parties or Gatherings Kendra Adachi on Prioritizing the Things That Matter Ryan McRae on Hygge, Pacing and Rest _________________________________________ Connect with Erik: LinkedIn Facebook  Instagram Threads _________________________________________ This Podcast is Powered By: Descript Descript 101 Castmagic Ecamm Podpage Rodecaster Pro Top Productivity Books List Make sure to support the show by checking out the sponsors! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/4/202444 minutes, 21 seconds
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Jeff Sieh on Repurposing Your Audio & Video Content to Reach a Larger Audience

This week I’m excited to welcome my friend Jeff Sieh back to the show to continue a chat we recently had surrounding creativity, repurposing, and how AI and technology can help us reach our goals. In the previous portion of this conversation Jeff and I discussed creativity in the context of building your business. This week we pivot to the art of repurposing, remixing, and repackaging your audio, video, or creative content to reach larger untapped audiences or markets.  Jeff is an international speaker and visual marketing consultant. He hosts the Social Media News Live show and podcast and is also “Head Beard” at Manly Pinterest Tips. Jeff has worked with and produced a wide range of content for various companies, including Guy Kawasaki, Kim Garst, Social Media Examiner, and Tailwind. In this chat Jeff shares his expertise on repurposing pillar content for different platforms and formats, offering valuable insights into leveraging technology and tools to maximize content reach. From the Amazon Influencer program to the importance of repurposing live content, Jeff and I explore strategies to extend content lifespan and engage diverse audiences. We also discuss the significance of catering to different audience preferences and utilizing tools such as Descript for text-based editing and content analysis. Don't miss out on Jeff’s valuable insights into expanding your reach and growing your brand.  _____________________________________ Connect with Jeff: Links  Descript 101 Social Media News Live _____________________________________ Connect with Erik: Sign Up For Our Newsletter LinkedIn  Facebook  Instagram  _____________________________________ This podcast is powered by: Descript  Podpage  Castmagic Ecamm Rodecaster Pro Top Productivity Books List Make sure to support the show by checking out the sponsors! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/26/202433 minutes, 43 seconds
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Charles Duhigg on the Super Power of Clear Communication at Home and Work

This week it's my privilege to welcome Charles Duhigg to the show for a fascinating and engaging conversion about his brand new book, Supercommunicators: How to Unlock the Secret Language of Connection. Charles is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and the author of two previous books, “The Power of Habit” and “Smarter Faster Better.” Charles has been featured on “This American Life,” NPR, “The Colbert Report,” PBS’s “NewsHour,” and “Frontline.”Duhigg, who previously wrote for the New York Times, was part of the team there that won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in explanatory journalism for “The iEconomy,” a series that examined the global economy through the lens of Apple. In this conversation, Charles shares the power of clear communication, the significance of aligning conversations to better connect, and how the simple act of writing down meeting goals can lead to impactful communication. We explore not just the different types of conversations – practical, emotional, and social – but also the importance of asking deep questions that invite people to reveal their values and beliefs. Whether you're looking to enhance your personal relationships, foster a collaborative team environment, or simply want to become a more effective communicator in a world crowded with communication channels, this episode will help guide you towards more meaningful connections. ________________________________________ Related Episodes & Fun Intro Link: Charles Duhigg on Peak Productivity and Becoming Smarter, Faster and Better “Darmok” - Star Trek: The Next Generation Connect with Charles: Website Book Twitter LinkedIn Connect with Erik: Sign Up For Our Newsletter LinkedIn  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  This Podcast Is Powered By: Descript 101 Castmagic Ecamm Podpage Rodecaster Pro Top Productivity Books List Make sure to support the show by checking out the sponsors! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/20/202446 minutes, 25 seconds
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Dr. Charan Ranganoth on the Myths Surrounding Our Memory and the Power of Remembering Better, Not More

This week it’s my privilege to welcome Dr. Charan Ranganath to the show for a fascinating discussion about his new book, Why We Remember: Unlocking Memory's Power to Hold on to What Matters. Charan is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and director of the Dynamic Memory Lab at the University of California at Davis. For over 25 years, he has studied the mechanisms in the brain that allow us to remember past events, using brain imaging techniques, computational modeling and studies of patients with memory disorders. In this episode we uncover the malleability of memory and discuss practical strategies for not just remembering more, but remembering better. Charan guides listeners through the science of memory preservation and the critical role of sleep in processing and retaining our experiences, and more importantly turning the memories of those experiences into Charan also discusses the brain's dopaminergic pathways and how intentional distractions can hamper our performance.  In addition, we touch upon how lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, and stress can affect our cognitive abilities and explore the concept of error-driven learning—why struggling to recall might actually be good for us. So join us as Charan challenges cultural myths about brain usage and busts the notions of effective multitasking and magic techniques for developing a perfect memory. ________________________________________ Related Episodes: Jonathan Levi on Learning, Speed Reading and Memory Palaces Gretchen Rubin on Discovering How To Live Life In Five Senses ________________________________________ Connect with Dr. Charan: Website Instagram Book LinkedIn ________________________________________ Connect with Erik: Sign Up For Our Newsletter LinkedIn  Facebook  Instagram and Threads ________________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/12/202447 minutes, 12 seconds
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Richard Medcalf on Boosting Your Productivity by Making Time for Better Strategy

This week it was my pleasure to welcome Richard Medcalf to the show for a discussion about his book, Making Time for Strategy: How to Be Less Busy and More Successful. Richard describes himself as "what you get if you were to put a McKinsey consultant, a slightly unorthodox pastor and an entrepreneur into a blender". He is the founder of Xquadrant, which helps elite leaders reinvent their 'success formula' and multiply their impact. His personal clients include CEOs of billion-dollar corporations, successful serial entrepreneurs, and the founders of tech 'unicorns'.  Richard has advised the C-Suite for over 25 years. After a Masters at Oxford University, where he came top in his year, he joined a premier strategy consultancy and later became the youngest-ever Partner. He then spent 11 years at tech giant Cisco in an elite team reporting to the CEO. In this episode, we uncover the power of strategic leadership, time allocation, and the impact of energizing activities on productivity. Richard shares real client success stories and practical tactics to move beyond mere task management and into deep strategic thinking. In addition, Richard and I explore the pitfalls of being overwhelmed by daily tasks, the transformative power of taking time for rest and reflection, and the shift from task orientation to strategic planning. Richard offers listeners practical insights and actionable tactics to guide you towards more effective time management and lasting success. ________________________________________ Connect with Richard: Website Book Free Assessment & Resources LinkedIn Twitter ________________________________________ Connect with Erik: Sign Up For Our Newsletter LinkedIn  Facebook  Instagram and Threads ________________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/5/202441 minutes
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Jeff Sieh on Tools and Techniques for Harnessing Your Creativity at Work and Beyond

This week I’m excited to welcome my friend Jeff Sieh back to the show for a great chat about harnessing our creative potential while fostering creative gifts for your business. Jeff is an international speaker and visual marketing consultant. He hosts the Social Media News Live show and podcast and is also “Head Beard” at Manly Pinterest Tips. Jeff has worked with and produced a wide range of content for various companies, including Guy Kawasaki, Kim Garst, Social Media Examiner, and Tailwind. In this conversation Jeff shares his insights on defining creativity in the context of business building and creation. He emphasizes the importance of fostering curiosity, cultivating diverse inputs, while also seeking input from others to inspire creativity. Jeff also shares his system for capturing and organizing ideas, using tools like Tiago Forte's Building a Second Brain and the PARA system. To help you stay focused and centered, we also discuss creative rituals, including journaling and using tools like the Pomodoro technique. In addition we delve into the benefits of napping for creativity and productivity, and share tips for effective napping routines. From the significance of humor and laughter in enhancing creativity and productivity to the importance of seeking creative stimulus from various sources, this episode is packed with actionable advice to ignite your creative spark. So, whether you're feeling stuck with ideas or overwhelmed by the multitude of them, Jeff’s insights on trying and failing often, moving quickly with ideas that gain traction, and changing environments to spark creativity will help you break through those barriers. ____________________________________ Creatives and Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Jeff Goins - Real Artists Don't Starve  Creativity Inc  Duncan Wardle  Julia Cameron  Artist's Dates Morning Pages  Tiago Forte - Building A Second Brain  Arriana Huffington - The Sleep Revolution  Brain.fm  ____________________________________ Connect with Jeff: Website Social Media News Live Instagram Twitter LinkedIn _____________________________________ Connect with Erik: Sign Up For Our Newsletter LinkedIn  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  _____________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/29/202435 minutes, 21 seconds
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Todd Henry on Forming the Habit of Bravery and Developing Courageous Leadership

This week I’m excited to welcome Todd Henry back to the show for a really encouraging and informative conversation about his new book, The Brave Habit: A Guide To Courageous Leadership. Todd has been a guest on the show many times lending his wisdom and insights on everything from creativity to motivation.  Todd is the founder of Accidental Creative, a company that helps creative people and teams be prolific, brilliant and healthy. He regularly speaks and consults with companies about how to develop practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He is the author of six other books (The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Louder Than Words, Herding Tigers, The Motivation Code, and Daily Creative), which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he speaks and consults across dozens of industries on creativity, leadership, and passion for work. In this episode Todd breaks down the unique distinctions between bravery and heroism, the importance of claiming agency, and the application of the brave habit to daily work and team dynamics. Todd also shares personal insights, including his journey in redefining his 18-year-old business, and highlighting the need for an optimistic vision in uncertain times. We discuss how to cultivate bravery as a daily habit and the process of leading yourself and others boldly into the future.  Connect with Todd: Website Todd’s New Book Instagram LinkedIn ______________________________________ Todd’s Episode on The Daily Practice of Creativity ______________________________________ Connect with Erik: Sign Up For Our Newsletter LinkedIn  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  _______________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/22/202449 minutes, 23 seconds
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Dave Delaney on Living and Thriving with Adult ADHD

This week I’m excited to welcome Dave Delaney back to the show for a great conversation about sobriety, living and thriving with ADHD, and helping others to equip themselves with the tools they need to excel. Dave is a recognized leader, consultant and keynote speaker on digital marketing, social media strategy, and business networking. His book, New Business Networking and his Newsletter The Nice Maker are invaluable tools for marketers and anyone working in the social media space.  In this episode Dave openly shares his personal experiences and challenges related to his recent ADHD diagnosis at the age of 50, shedding light on the complexities of acknowledging and understanding the impact of the condition as an adult. The conversation revolves around Dave's journey of realization, coping mechanisms, and the potential comorbidities associated with ADHD. Erik also adds his perspective, having been diagnosed with ADHD in 2005, and discusses the difficulties of accepting the diagnosis as an adult. In addition Dave and Erik delve into the unique challenges faced by individuals with ADHD, including the oft-overlooked aspects of this condition. From the various manifestations of ADHD to the journey of understanding the diagnosis, Erik and Dave share personal experiences and professional insights relating to ADHD. Join us as we explore strategies for coping with overwhelming factors of the condition, the significance of seeking professional help and treatment, and the importance of education and community in navigating life with ADHD. Connect with Dave: Website Wise Squirrels  Book Newsletter  LinkedIn _______________________________________________ Additional Resources: Wise Squirrel’s ADHD Assessment Dave’s Beyond The To Do List Appearance on Networking Dr. Russel Barkley Tamara Rosier ______________________________________________ Connect with Erik: Sign Up For Our Newsletter LinkedIn  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  ______________________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/15/202452 minutes, 7 seconds
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Mailbag Special on Self Awareness, Sleep and Early Rising, Better Communication with Co-Workers and More

This week I’m excited to welcome the show’s producer and editor Todd Bushong for our first ever mailbag episode. I put the call out for questions you the listeners might have about productivity, workflow, or anything Beyond The To-Do List related and you responded. So in this special episode I’m happy to get the chance to dive into your questions and address some of your inquiries about everything from my go-to Ai productivity tool, getting better sleep, knowing when to delegate tasks and so much more.  This was a really fun episode for both Todd and I to get the chance to hear from you the listeners about what has been on your mind concerning your productivity and work life. We plan on continuing to feature more mailbags in the near future so if you have any questions you would like to ask simply go to beyondthetodolist.com/contact to submit your questions for a future mailbag episode! Tools and Prior Episodes Mentioned In the Mailbag: Castmagic Castmagic is an AI tool designed to transform audio content into ready-to-use assets. This innovative and powerful tool AI tool is for long-form audio and video content and podcasts. By simply uploading an MP3 file, users can obtain transcripts, notes, summaries, highlights, quotes, social media posts and much more. Great for anyone creating or working with creating materials.  Pub Crawl Episode Nir Eyal - Indestractible Michael Brues - Chronotype Connect with Erik: Submit Your Question for the Mailbag Episode LinkedIn  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  ________________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/8/202452 minutes, 57 seconds
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Revisiting My Conversation with Carlos Whittaker on Sharing Life Beyond Our Differences

To ring in 2024 I’m excited to revisit an incredibly encouraging and human conversation I had with Carlos Whittaker earlier in 2023. More often than not “productivity minded” people can place too much emphasis on the weeks leading up to and the first few weeks of the New Year. I wanted to reverse that trend and focus on a conversation that reminds us of the importance of human connections and deep relationships in creating a life of contentment and true fulfillment. In this conversation Carlos and I talk about his latest book, How to Human: Three Ways to Share Life Beyond What Distracts, Divides, and Disconnects Us. Carlos is an author, podcaster, and global speaker who I’ve had the privilege of learning from in live settings and through his podcast Human Hope with Carlos Whittaker.  In How to Human, Carlos offers a fresh vision for becoming the best versions of ourselves. We can refuse to let disagreements define us. We can say no to becoming upset, rage-filled humans and say yes to fuller, happier lives. It begins as we make the shift from “me” to “we” to “everybody” in a three-part journey to be human, see fellow humans, and free those around us. This conversation was a real inspiration for me as Carlos and I unpacked the themes and messages of his book. Carlos reminds listeners that it's more powerful to not stand on issues, but to walk with people. That journey of discovering the true value of relationships and the beauty and hope that bind us together rather than focusing on the polarizing divisions is a message I'm so excited for listeners to explore further in this episode. Connect With Carlos: Website Podcast Instagram Connect with Erik: Submit Your Question for the Mailbag Episode LinkedIn  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  ________________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/1/202457 minutes, 57 seconds
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Revisiting My Conversation with Gretchen Rubin on Discovering How To Live Life In Five Senses

As we wrap up 2023 I wanted to revisit a few conversations over the next two weeks that impacted me most this past year. This week I’m delighted to revisit a really powerful talk with author and podcaster Gretchen Rubin. The Holiday and New Years season can bring with it a good deal of stress and anxiety and this conversation reminds us of the importance of stepping outside our everyday anxieties by truly connecting with nature, our bodies, and the world around us. In this chat we unpack many of the principles contained within her book, Life in Five Senses: How Exploring the Senses Got Me Out of My Head and Into the World.  In LIFE IN FIVE SENSES Gretchen’s revelatory journey of self-experimentation, she explores the mysteries and joys of the five senses as a path to a happier, more mindful life. Drawing on cutting-edge science, philosophy, literature, and her own efforts to practice what she learns, she investigates the profound power of tuning into the physical world. From the simple pleasures of appreciating the magic of ketchup and adding favorite songs to a playlist, to more adventurous efforts like creating a daily ritual of visiting the Met and trying ayahuasca, Rubin shows us how to experience each day with depth, delight, and connection. In the rush of daily life, she finds, our five senses offer us an immediate, sustainable way to cheer up, calm down, and engage the world around us—as well as a way to glimpse the soul and touch the transcendent.  Gretchen Rubin is one of today’s most influential observers of happiness and human nature. She’s the author of many books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers Outer Order, Inner Calm; The Four Tendencies; Better Than Before; and The Happiness Project. Her books have sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide, in more than thirty languages. She hosts the top-ranking, award-winning podcast “Happier with Gretchen Rubin,” where she explores practical solutions for living a happier life. Raised in Kansas City, she lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters. Check Out Gretchen’s Previous Episode  Connect with Gretchen: Website Book Podcast LinkedIn Connect with Erik: Submit Your Question for the Mailbag Episode LinkedIn  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  ________________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/25/202356 minutes, 58 seconds
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Charlie Gilkey on Improving Team Habits and Creating a Better Work Environment

This week I was excited to welcome Charlie Gilkey back to the show to talk about his latest book, Team Habits: How Small Actions Lead to Extraordinary Results. Charlie has been on the show before to discuss his previous book Start Finishing: How to Go from Idea to Done. He is the founder of Productive Flourishing, a company that helps professional creatives, leaders, and changemakers take meaningful action on work that matters. He is internationally known as a thought leader on productivity, planning, strategy, and leadership for creative people. Charlie is also the author of The Small Business Life Cycle, and is widely cited in outlets such as Inc., Time, Forbes, the Guardian, Lifehacker, and more. He’s also an Army veteran and near-PhD in philosophy. In this conversation, Charlie shares his insights on the power of teamwork and discusses his new book, presenting a fresh perspective on improving team productivity. We discuss the importance of team dynamics to overcome challenges and mistakes addressing the significance of individual and team communication habits in enhancing productivity and performance. We also discuss the impact that small issues can have within a team, highlighting the downstream effects of broken systems on morale and camaraderie. Charlie points out the impact of adding new team members and the need to focus on improving team habits rather than changing individual team members. This is a great talk for anyone who may be struggling to find practical strategies for creating a better working environment. We discuss finding ways to improve team meetings and addressing small problems that lead to inefficiencies while also focusing on how we can be more humane and understanding with our co-workers while continuing to maintain high standards. As we head into the New Year this chat and of course Charlie’s book are great guides to get teams thinking about better communication, improved habits, and most importantly more enjoyable and productive work days in 2024.  Connect with Charlie: Better Team Habits Productive Flourishing Charlie’s Previous Episode Book LinkedIn Twitter Connect with Erik: Sign Up For Our Newsletter Submit a Question For Our Mailbag Episode LinkedIn  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  ________________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/18/202350 minutes, 6 seconds
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Gillian Tietz on The Power of Sobriety and Navigating Dry January

This week I was excited to speak with Gillian Tietz. Gillian is a biochemist, educator, and entrepreneur who, after struggling with alcohol moderation, found productivity and success in sobriety. Gillian is the host of the Sober Powered Podcast and works as a biochemist in the Boston area. When she quit drinking in 2019, she dedicated herself to learning about alcohol's influence on the brain and how it can cause addiction. In this episode, Gillian shares her personal journey of realizing the negative impact of drinking on her productivity and confidence, and how sobriety has led to numerous accomplishments. The conversation explores the physiological and psychological effects of alcohol, the importance of self-awareness, and the potential benefits of taking breaks from both alcohol and caffeine.  Gillian also shares resources for those interested in exploring sobriety further while breaking down the benefits and drawbacks of the popular “Dry January” craze that has become extremely popular amongst young professionals. The episode concludes with Gillian and I reflecting on personal habits and making informed decisions for a healthier future.  Make sure to check out our sponsors to help support the show! Connect with Gillian: Website  Podcast Instagram  LinkedIn  Connect with Erik: Sign Up For Our Newsletter LinkedIn  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  ________________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/11/202339 minutes, 30 seconds
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Josefine Campbell on How to Manage Personal Energy Levels for Business Success

This week I was excited to speak with Josefine Campbell about her new book, Power Barometer: How to Manage Personal Energy for Business Success. Josefine is the founder of Campbell Co, a top leadership consulting firm for multinational companies. Campbell inspires and coaches leaders, teams, and talents in large organizations such as McDonald's, Deloitte, Maersk, Novo Nordisk, and Carlsberg Group. Her approach combines the practical and the pragmatic. A four-time jiu-jitsu champion, she is particularly interested in developing personal leadership in difficult circumstances, such as is often the case in modern work life. Throughout this episode we delve into several key topics, including the innovative "Power Parameter" check-in, the normalization of energy awareness in the workplace, and the practical application of the "awareness matrix" for effective energy management. This conversation promises to offer expert insights, actionable strategies, and tools to revolutionize your approach to productivity through personalized energy management.  This time of year can be particularly challenging when it comes to managing our energy levels! Josefine and her book offer an array of insights on how we can not only be more aware of our personal energy management load but also how leaders can design and implement more energy efficient meetings and workplaces to both increase productivity and balance work loads. This is the perfect episode for anyone who is struggling to get their energy levels balanced while also looking for tips and strategies for developing a healthier and more transparent workplace both in the office and remotely. Make sure to check out our sponsors to help support the show! Connect with Josefine: Website Book LinkedIn Connect with Erik: Sign Up For Our Newsletter LinkedIn  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  ________________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/4/202340 minutes, 39 seconds
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Susan Drumm on The Power of Music to Transform Your Leadership

This week it was my privilege to welcome Susan Drumm for a conversation about her new book, The Leader’s Playlist: Unleash the Power of Music and Neuroscience to Transform Your Leadership and Your Life. In this episode Susan unveils the groundbreaking process that outlines how our childhood wounds show up in our ability to lead others and how music can heal those wounds. Maybe you’re having a hard time retaining or engaging your people, or perhaps you’re feeling burnout or can’t delegate or trust your team to deliver. These problems and other leadership challenges can be addressed by shifting how you show up as a leader, and music is the catalyst. Susan also shares her incredible insights on the powerful connection between music, neuroscience, leadership, and personal development. She has mastered the art of pattern recognition and has developed a unique process that harnesses the transformative power of music to help leaders break free from unproductive patterns and thrive in their businesses.  In addition Susan reveals how music primes the brain for change, the impact of music on emotions and thought patterns, and even shares her personal journey of using music to shift her own mindset. Susan takes us through step-by-step instructions on creating an empowered playlist and offers valuable tips for leaders looking to ignite positive change within themselves and their teams. Join us as we dive deep into the world of music and its untapped potential to create profound change.  Make sure to check out our sponsors to help support the show! Connect with Susan: Website Book Leadership Quiz LinkedIn ________________________________________ Erik’s Guest Appearance on the Enhance Your Life With Music Podcast ________________________________________ Connect with Erik: Sign Up For Our Newsletter LinkedIn  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  ________________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/27/202336 minutes, 8 seconds
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Marc Lesser on Finding Clarity and Compassionate Accountability at Work and Beyond

This week I was excited to speak with Marc Lesser. Marc is a renowned speaker, facilitator, workshop leader, and executive coach. He specializes in integrating mindfulness and emotional intelligence into his presentations and training sessions. Marc is the author of five books, including his latest Finding Clarity: How Compassionate Accountability Builds Vibrant Relationships, Thriving Workplaces, and Meaningful Lives. He serves as the CEO of ZBA Associates, a firm focused on executive development and leadership consulting. His podcast, Zen Bones: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times, offers insightful interviews and mindfulness practices aimed at personal development and organizational influence. Marc is here to share his wisdom and insights on the power of communication, compassion, and accountability in our lives and work. He challenges us to question our assumptions, engage in difficult conversations, and create both a work and personal culture that fosters both compassion and truth. From his experience in running a Zen monastery kitchen to working with Google engineers, Marc has a unique perspective on leadership, emotional intelligence, and the importance of listening. This was a really insightful conversation about how to both reclaim agency in the workplace and how we can begin asking the hard questions of ourselves and our employers. If you or anyone you know has been struggling with finding a degree of clarity and accountability at work or in your personal life this episode offers immense insights and reflections on how you can begin to start that process and start feeling more empowered while finding deeper meaning and agency in your life.  Check out our sponsors to help support the show! Connect with Marc: Website  Book Podcast Linkedin  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  Connect with Erik: Sign Up For Our Newsletter LinkedIn  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  ________________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/20/202332 minutes, 27 seconds
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William Vanderbloemen on 12 Habits that Separate the Best Leaders from the Rest

This week I’m excited to bring you a conversation I had with William Vanerbloemen. William is the CEO and founder of Vanerbloemen a leading executive search firm that serves teams with a greater purpose by aligning their people solutions for growth through executive search, compensation, succession, and diversity consulting. William is also the author of Be the Unicorn: 12 Data-Driven Habits that Separate the Best Leaders from the Rest.  In this conversation he unveils the surprising and learnable skills that make individuals shine. These habits form a roadmap for developing the sought-after abilities that are consistent among the most talented individuals. "Be the Unicorn" symbolizes the unique and standout qualities discussed in the book, offering a field guide for those looking to level up. In addition William sheds light on the importance of self-awareness as the starting point in the journey of personal development while stressing the ongoing nature of self-awareness and its relevance in job interviews, productivity mastery, and personal development.  We also touch on the impact of AI on the job market, emphasizing how human skills will continue to be crucial, outlasting any innovations or technology on the horizon. William highlights the enduring value of human touch in the workplace, making a compelling case for the learning and nurturing of soft skills. Whether you're navigating a job interview, striving for personal growth, or aiming to stand out from the crowd, this episode offers invaluable wisdom for your journey. Make sure to check out our sponsors to help support the show! Connect with William: Website  Book  Resources Linkedin  Twitter  Instagram  Connect with Erik: Sign Up For Our Newsletter LinkedIn  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  ________________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/13/202336 minutes, 23 seconds
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Nick Gray on Building Big Relationships with Small Parties or Gatherings

This week I was excited to welcome Nick Gray for a really fun conversation about how hosting small parties and gatherings can open the doors for so many networking and business relationships in fun and unexpected ways. Nick is the author of the new book The 2-Hour Cocktail Party: How to Build Big Relationships with Small Gatherings. Nick is a renowned party host and the mastermind behind countless successful gatherings. He believes that hosting parties is a powerful way to bring people together from different backgrounds and foster networking opportunities. In our conversation Nick shares his expertise on structuring events, organizing icebreaker activities, and encouraging networking. Nick also reveals the formula and structure he employs to attract diverse attendees and create an environment for engaging conversations. Many people feel the need to have a specific purpose for hosting a party, but Gray asserts that the act of hosting itself is reason enough. And you might be surprised by just how many people are excited to attend! By following his comprehensive N.I.C.K. Party system you'll gain the confidence to engage and participate effectively.  In addition Nick challenges the notion that you need to venture outside your home to reap the benefits of networking and socializing. Whether you identify as an introvert or an extrovert, he stresses the importance of human connection and networking for personal and career growth. So let’s explore different types of parties as a starting point for meaningful possibilities and conversations. From casual meetups to more specialized themed events, discover how hosting can open doors and lead to unexpected opportunities. Make sure to check out our sponsors to help support the show! Connect with Nick:  Website  Linkedin  Twitter  Instagram  Helpful Tips for Your Party: How to Introduce Two People via Email: Sample Scripts 9 Career Day Speech and Presentation Ideas Party Times: Start, End, & Best Times Icebreaker Name Tags: Examples and How to Do It RIGHT How to Host an Event: Parties & Networking Where to Throw a Party? Ideas and Venues for 2023 Icebreaker Activities for Your Next Event Friendship Recession Website 7 Small Trade Show Booth Ideas for 2023 Connect with Erik: Sign Up For Our Newsletter LinkedIn  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  ________________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/6/202344 minutes
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Joey Coleman on The Simple Path to Never Losing An Employee Again

This week I’m excited to share my conversation with Joey Coleman. Joey is a renowned customer experience expert who has spent over 20 years in the field, helping organizations create remarkable customer and employee experiences. He is the author of the new book, Never Lose An Employee Again: The Simple Path to Remarkable Retention. In addition Joey is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Never Lose a Customer Again. An award-winning speaker at national and international conferences, Joey specializes in creating unique, attention-grabbing experiences. His First 100 Days methodology helps fuel the successful employee and customer experiences he delivers clients around the world. In this episode, Joey and I dive deep into the crucial first 100 days of a new job, exploring the importance of making a positive first impression, aligning the employee journey with his eight crucial phases, and the impact of remote work on the onboarding process. We also explore how organizations can avoid information overload and excessive speed in the onboarding process, the interconnectedness of customer and employee experiences, and why it's crucial for organizations to prioritize both. In conclusion Joey shares some key strategies and techniques to create meaningful remote onboarding experiences, ensuring that new employees feel affirmed and connected even when they're not physically present in the office. This is a great episode for both employees and employers alike as it addresses many of the key friction points that arise within that dynamic and how to address them quickly and compassionately within your business or organization. Make sure to check out our sponsors to help support the show! Connect with Joey:  Website Book Linkedin Twitter Connect with Erik: Sign Up For Our Newsletter LinkedIn  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  ________________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/30/202352 minutes, 3 seconds
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Todd Rogers on Why Your Writing Is Likely All Wrong

This week I was excited to speak with Todd Rogers about the new book that he co-authored with Jessica Lasky, Writing for Busy Readers: Communicate More Effectively in the Real World. Todd is a professor of public policy at Harvard University, where he has won teaching awards for the past seven consecutive years. He is a behavioral scientist and cofounder of the Analyst Institute and EveryDay Labs. His opinion pieces have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and Politico, among others.  In this conversation, we delve into the importance of making writing more accessible and reader-friendly in our fast-paced and busy lives. Todd illustrates the six scientific and common sense principles behind more effective, concise, and readable writing. Drawing inspiration from user design thinking, Todd also challenges the traditional notion that it's solely the reader's responsibility to extract information from the text. Instead, he emphasizes the writer's role in making content accessible and reader-friendly, shifting the burden away from the audience.  The principle of "less is more" takes center stage in this chat as we explore how using fewer words and simplifying content can lead to more effective communication. We also address the vital importance of editing with the purpose of making writing easier for the reader, more effective, kinder, and more accessible. In closing Todd addresses the ways that we can use tools such as ChatGPT and AI software to become better editors and content creators.  Make sure to check out our sponsors to help support the show! Connect with Todd: Website Linkedin Twitter Grab Todd and Jessica’s Book Writing For Busy Readers AI Tool The Reading Ease Calculator Connect with Erik: Sign Up For Our Newsletter LinkedIn  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  ________________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/23/202339 minutes, 5 seconds
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Mindy Peterson and Erik Fisher on Enhancing Your Life With Music

This week I’m excited to share with you a conversation I had with Mindy Peterson on her podcast Enhance Life with Music. Mindy is a kindred spirit who examines and explores the power of music in our everyday lives. She is passionate about exploring how music impacts our psychology, productivity, and well-being. Whether you consider yourself a musician or just a music fan, the fact remains that music is all around us and most of us have deep and dare I say spiritual connections with the magic of Rock, Pop, Rap, Classical Music, Jazz, Country, or any of the infinite genres of music. This episode is clearly personal for me as music has been, and continues to be an incredibly powerful part of my life. Mindy and I dive into the transformative power of songs, bands, and the joyful ways that in its many incarnations, music has enriched our lives in ways that are both productive and stress-reducing. We discuss how different styles of music can impact our brain activity, productivity, stress management, and creativity.  Throughout our conversation, Mindy also unpacks the importance of self-awareness in selecting the right type of music based on mood, motivation, and setting, and how it can reset our minds and help us accomplish tasks more effectively and efficiently.   Make sure to check out our sponsors to help support the show! Connect with Mindy: Website  Podcast Linkedin  Twitter  Instagram  Connect with Erik: Sign Up For Our Newsletter Brian.fm Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  Instagram  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/16/202338 minutes, 34 seconds
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Aytekin Tank on Having an Automation First Mindset

This week it was my privilege to speak with Aytekin Tank about his new book Automate Your Busywork: Do Less, Achieve More, and Save Your Brain for the Big Stuff. Aytekin is the founder and CEO of JotForm, a leading online form builder platform that helps millions of users streamline their workflow and increase productivity. In this conversation, Aytekin emphasizes the importance of clarifying priorities. By asking yourself the questions, "What should I spend my time on?" and "What shouldn't I spend my time on?" you can gain clarity and focus on tasks that energize and excite you. As Aytekin explains, automating the draining, time-consuming tasks can help prevent burnout and improve overall efficiency. In addition, Aytekin unpacks the principles behind time-boxing, where you set aside dedicated blocks of time to investigate and refine ideas that can streamline your processes. By prioritizing what is urgent and important, you can effectively allocate your time and concentrate on tasks that truly require your attention. During the episode, Aytekin also highlights the importance of refining and iterating systems to find the perfect solution for your specific needs. It's a journey that requires exploring automation tools, learning from others, and embracing new technologies like AI. Aytekin also emphasizes that AI is the next revolution in automation, with its ability to learn, adapt, and perform tasks that were once only possible manually. The possibilities are truly beginning to become endless. Make sure to check out our sponsors to help support the show! Connect with Aytekin: Website  Book Linkedin  Twitter  Connect with Erik: Sign Up For Our Newsletter Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  Instagram  ________________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/9/202346 minutes, 44 seconds
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Kasia Wezowski on Open Body Language & Compassionate Communication

This week it was my privilege to speak with Kasia Wezowski about body language, leadership, and communication. Kasia, along with her husband Patryk Wezowski, are founders of The Center for Body Language, the world's number one body language training company for business people. In this conversation Kasia guides us through her new book, Language That Leads: Communication Strategies that Inspire and Engage a compelling and insightful book that combines her cutting-edge research with Marshall Goldsmith’s leadership development methodology into a practical and timely resource for leaders to bring out the best in each team member. Wezowski breaks down the ten core qualities of leadership, providing easy-to-follow implementation steps to express, observe and project these qualities effectively through verbal and nonverbal communication. In this episode, Kasia dives deep into the importance of trust in leadership and how it can transform your team's performance. Recognizing the value of trusting employees to manage their time and work responsibilities while discussing how this approach boosts overall results. Drawing interesting parallels between leadership and parenting, Kasia also shares how giving individuals space and autonomy can lead to enhanced productivity, creativity, and engagement.  This episode also highlights the leadership style of former Ford CEO, Alan Mulally, who prioritized connecting others with skills rather than trying to possess all the expertise himself. Kasia uses Mulally’s leadership style to stress the vital role of effective communication in leadership and the importance of creating a supportive environment where everyone can share their opinions. In conclusion, understanding body language and emotional cues is also addressed as a valuable tool for any leader seeking to cultivate well-being and engagement within their team. Connect with Kasia: Website  Book Linkedin  Twitter  Connect with Erik: Sign Up For Our Newsletter Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  Instagram  Make sure to check out our sponsors to help support the show! ________________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/2/202341 minutes, 6 seconds
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Kevin Eikenberry on Designing Your Team For Everyone’s Success

This week I was excited to speak with Kevin Eikenberry about a host of topics revolving around remote working, company culture, and clear communication. Kevin is an expert in communication, collaboration, and cohesion within organizational cultures and structures. He is recognized as a world expert on leadership development and is the best-selling co-author of Remarkable Leadership, The Long Distance Leader, and The Long Distance Teammate. Kevin’s latest book, The Long Distance Team: Designing Your Team for Everyone’s Success explores the challenges and opportunities of designing virtual or hybrid teams. In addition to writing, Kevin is also the founder and Chief Potential Officer of The Kevin Eikenberry Group, a leadership training and consulting firm who believe that real useful learning comes from a continual process of doing, trying, experiencing and applying.  In our conversation we discuss how team design and culture are often presented as separate concepts when they are in fact intertwined in the remote work setting. Using the 3C model of communication, collaboration, and cohesion. Listeners will discover how to apply these principles to overcome challenges, such as proximity bias and deteriorating social connections, to create an environment where everyone can contribute and add value equally, regardless of location. In addition to the 3 C's of communication, collaboration, and cohesion we also discuss company culture and the importance of developing both a micro and macro culture within your company regardless of employees remote working status or inter office communication and values. Make sure to check out our sponsors to help support the show! Connect with Kevin: Website  Book  Linkedin  Twitter  Instagram  Connect with Erik: Sign Up For Our Newsletter Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  Instagram  ________________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/25/202337 minutes, 53 seconds
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Shawn Lemon on Transforming Your Digital Workspace From Chaos Into Order

This week I was really excited to speak with Shawn Lemon about digital organization and decluttering our digital workspaces. Shawn is the founder of The Digital Organizer, a virtual one-on-one coaching platform that transforms digital workspaces from chaos to order while improving communication, efficiency, and productivity.  In our conversation, we dive deep into the importance and power of digital organizing discussing how it can positively impact both your personal and professional life. In addition we address the knock on effects of disorganization and clutter on our ability to focus and be creative, and how you are probably wasting a lot of time that you aren't aware of, time that adds up when accumulated. Shawn and I also explore the benefits of creating systems that are intuitive and easy to follow, and how this can lead to improved efficiency and reduced stress for you and those you work and live with. In conclusion Shawn breaks down the importance of consolidating tools and resources within an organization, and how this can lead to smoother workflows and better communication.  Make sure to check out our sponsors to help support the show! Connect with Shawn:  Website  Linkedin  Instagram Visit thedigitalorganizer.com/todolist to book a discovery call Connect with Erik: Sign Up For Our Newsletter Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  Instagram  ________________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/18/202344 minutes, 13 seconds
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Chris Sparks on The Correlations Between High Stakes Poker and High Level Performance

This week I was excited to talk with Chris Sparks about all things poker and how the principles of the game can elevate both your professional performance and productivity. Chris is a professional poker player who at one time was ranked in the top 20 online players in the world. Chris Teaches CEOs and portfolio managers elite poker frameworks for unlocking new levels of optimized decision making and investing. He is also the host of the Forcing Function Hour Podcast.  In our conversation Chris shares invaluable lessons on negotiation, collaboration, leadership, and the development of intuition. We also learn about Chris's personal journey from online poker to becoming one of the top players worldwide, and how he applies his expertise to help high performers dispel myths about decision making and risk.  In addition Chris and I delve into his principles and tips for reducing uncertainty through information gathering and experimentation. Listeners will uncover valuable advice on embracing their emotions and personal narratives, and how despite being in competition with others how compassionate action can contribute to long-term success. Remember to sign for our newsletter at beyondthetodolist.com Make sure to check out our sponsors to help support the show! Connect with Chris:  Website  Podcast Twitter  Connect with Erik: Sign Up For Our Newsletter Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  Instagram  ________________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/11/202347 minutes, 36 seconds
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Jon Acuff on His 3-Step Plan to Achieving Your Goals Without Regret

This week it was my privilege to welcome Jon Acuff back to the show to discuss his new book, All It Takes is A Goal: The 3-Step Plan to Ditch Regret and Tap Into Your Massive Potential. Regular listeners to the show are of course familiar with John as he has been on the show a number of times to talk about his previous books, Start, Finish, Soundtracks, and Your New Playlist. I consider Jon a good friend and in this new book he brings his trademark style of humor and clear communication back to the subject of achieving your goals.  Fans of Jon might be familiar with his book Start which begins to outline his philosophies on goal setting. In All It Takes is A Goal he both expands and codifies his thoughts on how we can set goals that are smart and achievable. In our conversation Jon introduces the concept of guaranteed goals, setting easy, middle, and potential goals to achieve a balance between comfort and chaos zones. In addition Jon also highlights the importance of what he calls sustainable fuel, goals that help to drive us without burning us out. Jon is the New York Times bestselling author and is Published in more than twenty languages. His work is both critically acclaimed and adored by readers including yours truly. He has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people at conferences, colleges and companies around the world including FedEx, Nissan, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, Chick-fil-A, Nokia and Comedy Central.   For over 20 years Jon has also helped some of the biggest brands tell their story, including The Home Depot, Bose, and Staples. His fresh perspective on life has given him the opportunity to write for Reader’s Digest, Fast Company, The Harvard Business Review and Time Magazine. Make sure to check out our sponsors to help support the show! Connect with John: Website  Books Linkedin  Twitter  Connect with Erik: Sign Up For Our Newsletter Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  Instagram  _______________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/4/202344 minutes, 36 seconds
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Justin and Tara Williams on Balancing Work, Family, and Entrepreneurship

This week I was excited to welcome the dynamic duo of Justin and Tara Williams to the show to talk about family, business, grit and determination, and their advice for business owners and entrepreneurs. Justin and Tara are the founders of Millionaire University, a unique online set of courses designed to help anyone create a seven figure business. In this episode we dive into the world of clarity, and goal-setting as we explore how Justin and Tara have achieved success in both their business, their marriage, parenting, and life. In addition Justin and Tara share their wisdom on developing clarity in your life, honing your goals, and staying focused on what truly matters. They reveal their innovative color-coding system for to-do lists, their strategies for prioritizing tasks, and how they use their calendar as the ultimate productivity tool. Justin and Tara also open up about the importance of grit and courage when facing oneself, the challenges they have overcome, and the lessons they have learned along the way. Plus, they offer valuable insights on scaling a business, delegating tasks, and finding the perfect balance between work and family time. Make sure to check out our sponsors to help support the show! Connect with Justin and Tara: Millionaire University Tara’s Instagram Podcast Links to the Podcast Episodes Mentioned In This Episode: Episode 5 Episode 12 Episode 44 Connect with Erik: Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  Instagram  ___________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/28/202349 minutes, 31 seconds
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Jason Silver on Unlocking Big Impact at Work Without the Burnout in Life

This week I was excited to welcome Jason Silver to the show for a preview of his upcoming book Quietly Crushing It: Unlocking Big Impact at Work Without the Burnout in Life. This is a special sneak peek into a book that I think is going to be incredibly impactful when it’s released later next year. However in the meantime Jason takes us inside some of the methodologies and techniques that he was putting into practice when inspiration for the book struck. Jason is a former COO turned life strategist and startup coach and in this conversation he shares his inspiring journey of self-discovery and how he began applying everyday startup methodologies to transform his own life. In our chat Jason reveals the wake-up call that made him question societal expectations and reevaluate how he approached work and personal challenges. We dive deep into the experiments he conducted to challenge traditional assumptions, leading to a higher impact at work and greater joy in everyday tasks. Throughout the episode, Jason highlights three key topics that will have you rethinking the way you approach your own work and life choices. First, we'll explore the importance of considering how you want your work to feel, leading to a more enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Then, we'll delve into the power of effective communication, using techniques like the brief back to avoid miscommunications that can hinder productivity. And finally, we'll touch on preventing burnout and achieving work-life balance, all while maintaining high levels of productivity. Jason's journey is incredibly relatable, and his insights will leave you inspired to make positive changes in your own life. Make sure to check out our sponsors to help support the show! Connect with Jason: Book Website Newsletter Linkedin  Connect with Erik: Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  Instagram  Check out Erik's Blinkist Webinar ________________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/21/202357 minutes, 22 seconds
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Lauren Gaggioli on Practical Productivity For the Modern Parent

This week I was delighted to welcome my friend of nearly ten years Lauren Gaggioli to the show for a practical and insightful conversation about purpose, parenting, and productivity. Lauren is a dynamic entrepreneur, educator, and a true advocate for purpose-driven living. She excels at leveraging technology to make her mark on the world, but she also finds joy and fulfillment in domestic activities like knitting, gardening, and brewing beer.  In our conversation, we dive deep into the challenges of finding balance and control in our daily lives. Lauren shares her experiences of being productive as a spouse, a parent of young children and as an entrepreneur, highlighting the importance of communication, compromise, and creating a family culture that works for everyone. We also explore Lauren's passion for teaching and helping others realize their dreams while discussing her new duo of online courses.  Big Why Life, the first of Lauren’s courses, is designed to help individuals assess their values, determine their purpose, and take action. A perfect course for high school or college students, it leverages the observations Lauren made while running a tutoring company that offered online ACT and SAT courses, prioritizing completion over perfection and embracing frameworks over strict formulas. In her second course Organic Marketing Ecosystem, Lauren examines business and content strategy, with a focus on search engine optimization (SEO) to help entrepreneurs refine their target audience and convert online strangers into clients.  Join us on this episode as we delve into the intricacies of parenting, entrepreneurship, and finding balance in a rapidly changing world. Discover how you can align your actions with your purpose, improve communication within your family, and cultivate a meaningful life that harmonizes personal pursuits with responsibilities. Make sure to check out our sponsors to help support the show! Connect with Lauren: Website  Linkedin  Instagram  Connect with Erik: Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  Instagram  ________________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/14/202356 minutes, 1 second
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Phil Mershon on The Art and Science of Creating Unforgettable Experiences

This week I was really excited to speak with my friend and former colleague Phil Mershon about his new book, Unforgettable: The Art and Science of Creating Memorable Experiences. Phil is the director of experience for Social Media Examiner where for over 12 years he has created amazing customer experiences at events like Social Media Marketing World and the Social Media Success Summit. Phil and I worked together at Social Media Examiner and throughout his 30+ year career he has been creating memorable experiences for businesses like non-profits, schools, and churches.  In this new book Phil has compiled the knowledge that he has accumulated throughout his career into an amazing guide for both event creators as well as conference or event attendees. I’m sure you're aware of the adage, “This meeting could have been an email.” Well in many ways if you're anything like me you have been to conferences or events that feel like they should have been a meeting. Phil’s book looks to correct this trend by laying out the principles and best practices for building unforgettable events with truly useful takeaways. In this conversation Phil lays out some of his tried and true techniques for creating events both in person and online that generate team building while encouraging the interplay between in-person and online interactions. Phil also points out how events can minimize distractions and create an environment conducive to both focus and engagement. In many ways Phil sees himself as a kind of “game designer” responsible for creating experiences that are both engaging while simultaneously being rewarding and fun. Listeners will gain valuable insights into maximizing the impact of in-person events, improving engagement and productivity, and developing a deep understanding of attendees' needs while also improving their own attendee IQ to get the most out of their next work event or conference. ______________________________________________________________ Connect with Phil: Website  Book Linkedin  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram Connect with Erik: Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  Instagram  Make sure to check out our sponsors here to help support the show! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/7/202357 minutes, 53 seconds
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Anna Dearman Kornick on Mastering Time Management Essentials

This week I’m excited to welcome Anna Dearmon Kornick to the show to discuss her new book Time Management Essentials: The Tools You Need to Maximize Your Attention, Energy, and Productivity. Recently Anna invited me on her podcast, ‘It’s ABout Time’ for a chat about my journey through the world of productivity and why better time management takes time. I really enjoyed my appearance on that show so I was happy to pass along the invitation for her to join me here on Beyond the To-Do List. Anna is a Time Management Coach who helps busy professionals and business owners master time management so they can stop feeling overwhelmed and start spending time on what matters most. In our chat Anna shares her personal journey towards finding purpose, setting goals, and maximizing productivity while unpacking the inspirations behind her great new book. Time management isn't just about rearranging your schedule to fit everything in. It starts from a place of purpose and knowing what truly matters to you. In Time Management Essentials Anna aims to anchor us to time management with purpose and provide readers with a roadmap to identify and articulate your own purpose in order to both structure our priorities and our schedules.  In addition to helping us finding deeper significance in our scheduling Anna also implements a visualization technique using boulders, big rocks, and pebbles to prioritize tasks, and discusses the importance of getting mentally organized, as well as sharing tips for scheduling parenting and homeownership responsibilities. This is a small, easy to read book that packs a powerful productivity punch for anyone interested in learning tried and true techniques from a true time management master. _________________________________________________________ Erik’s appearance on Anna’s show ‘It’s ABout Time’ Big Rocks Video Connect with Anna: Website Book Linkedin Twitter Instagram Connect with Erik: Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  Instagram  Make sure to check out our sponsors here to help support the show! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/31/202343 minutes, 7 seconds
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Oliver Burkeman on Reclaiming The Humanity in Productivity

This week I’m really excited to share this conversation with Oliver Burkeman. I was inspired by this chat as Oliver is proposing a fresh and humane look at productivity that goes far beyond time management systems and software trends to reach into the finite nature of time and the intuitive skills that we all possess to handle our daily tasks and schedules in a way that is more forgiving and human.  In his latest book, Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals Oliver unpacks how the approximately four thousand hours that the average person has on earth is often spent thinking about, and even stressing about time management rather than embracing the natural flow of time and work cycles. As a contrast to this dread or even guilt that so many of us have regarding our productivity, Oliver stresses the importance of recognizing our limitations and finitude in terms of time and control.  In our talk Oliver also emphasizes the value of understanding these limitations and how it can be freeing, allowing us to focus on realistic goals instead of feeling overwhelmed. In addition we explore the concept of intentional choice in using our limited resources and how it can lead to greater productivity. Oliver also points out techniques for how to distinguish between pursuing groundbreaking projects and trying to do everything at once, highlighting the latter as a futile struggle that often hinders meaningful work.  Oliver Burkeman is the author of The Antidote: Happiness for People who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking and Help! How to Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done. He wrote a long-running column for the Guardian, This Column Will Change Your Life, and has a devoted following for his writing on productivity, mortality and the power of limits. To receive his writing as soon as it’s published, subscribe to his twice-monthly email The Imperfectionist. Connect with Oliver: Website Linkedin Twitter YouTube Connect with Erik: Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  Instagram  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/24/202346 minutes, 25 seconds
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Brittany Berger on Discovering The Productivity System That’s Right For You

This week I’m excited to welcome Brittany Berger to the show to discuss productivity, fighting hustle culture, and helping creatives balance, work and rest. Brittany is the founder of Work Brighter where she talks and teaches about inclusive productivity and helping disabled, chronically ill, mentally ill and neurodivergent creatives find work balance. I’ve admired Brittany’s writing for some time now and enjoy reading about what she's doing with Work Brighter in her weekly newsletter.  In this episode we explore how productivity is all about finding the “best method for you” that both empowers you to get things done without experiencing exhaustion, feelings of laziness, or even guilt. Brittany breaks down some of her favorite techniques for working productively without experiencing fatigue or mental stress. In addition we discuss the value in journaling or tracking your time and your energy levels so you can find those ebbs and flows not just in your personal physiology, psychology and emotions, but also as a way to match your tasks so you're not overloaded and not expecting more of yourself than you should.  Connect with Brittany:  Website Newsletter Twitter Discover Work Brighter: Website Instagram Connect with Erik: Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  Instagram  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/17/202343 minutes, 18 seconds
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Mike Williams on Productivity Made Simple

This week I’m excited to welcome Mike Williams to the podcast to discuss his new book Doing to Done: Productivity Made Simple Illustrated For Busy People Like Us. I was really delighted by the design, illustrations and readable nature of this book. Doing to Done is all about simplified, illustrated, easy-to-implement techniques that help you decrease overwhelm and turn chaos into clarity. It's a better way to be the best. This book teaches anyone how to cultivate quick wins that lead to big-time impacts in all areas of your life, for the rest of your life.  Mike Williams is a speaker, author, executive, and coach who helps leaders obtain small wins with a big impact on their lives and businesses. He gives people the actionable tools to succeed on their terms with less effort AND be at the top of their game in all areas of life. Through his leadership roles with General Electric, The David Allen Company, and Zappos, Mike kept noticing that people were desperate for a better path to productivity to help them fight digital distractions, mind clutter, and wasteful uses of their time. But the only resources available involved complex approaches, reading thick self-help books, or participating in boring seminars. He knew a better way existed—one rooted in simplicity and realism. So in his pursuit, he spent two decades working with thousands of people across different industries--from rocket scientists to students to nonprofit organizations. Connect with Mike:  Website Free Webinar  Book  Twitter Instagram Linkedin Connect with Erik: Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  Instagram  ________________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/10/202348 minutes, 13 seconds
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Lizzie Penny and Alex Hirst on Developing Your Own "Workstyle"

This week I'm excited to welcome Lizzie Penny and Alex Hirst to the show to discuss their new book, Workstyle: A revolution for well being, productivity and society. If you're like me, perhaps you have heard or even used the term “workstyle” in the past without truly reflecting on the overall meaning or concept. As it turns out my guests this week coined the term nearly a decade ago during an inspired conversation at a pub. Little did they know that that conversation would lead them to co-found the multi-million pound social enterprise Hoxby to test and prove the concept of workstyle.  Today Hoxby has helped thousands of workstylers around the world to set, project and respect their own workstyles. They have set up their own longitudinal research study into the link between autonomy, productivity and wellbeing and have delivered projects for some of the biggest businesses in the world including Unilever, Amazon, AIA, and Merck. Forbes.com have described them as 'creating the freelance revolution 3.0' and they have been featured in the FT, Times, Telegraph, Stylist, Marie Claire, Metro and The Guardian, among others. I really enjoyed this book and believe that it will start to help countless people and businesses find relief from their work conditioning, inspire them to create a workstyle for themselves, and enable them to take part in the most significant change to working practices since 1817. By giving you the complete freedom to identify and pursue a way of working which fits around the unique nature of your lifestyle, this book can teach us how to be well, work better and do great things on our own time.  Connect with Lizzie and Alex  Website Join The Revolution Book  Lizzie’s Instagram Alex’s Instagram  Connect with Erik: Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  Instagram  ________________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/3/202347 minutes, 17 seconds
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Scott Miller on Transformative Insights from Our Great Minds

This week I was excited to welcome Scott Miller to the show for a great talk about his latest book, Master Mentors Volume 2: 30 Transformative Insights from Our Greatest Minds. As the book’s title suggests this is the second installment in a ten volume series collecting the best insights and observations from hundreds of episodes of the FranklinCovey on Leadership with Scott Miller podcast. This is a great, easy to read book filled with practical insights on everything from productivity to planning systems. In our chat Scott and I discuss a number of these insights including thoughts from Michael Hyatt, Guy Kawasaki, Marie Forleo, Tiffany Aliche, and more. I always love talking with fellow podcasters and Scott was no exception. This free-flowing conversation is packed with the types of observations and tips that Scott is so qualified to illuminate and illustrate for us.  Scott Miller, a highly sought-after speaker, author, and podcast host, is currently FranklinCovey’s senior advisor on thought leadership, leading the strategy, development, and publication of the firm’s bestselling books on leadership. Prior to this role, Scott was a 25-year FranklinCovey associate, serving as the Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President. He hosts FranklinCovey’s On Leadership with Scott Miller, the world’s largest and fastest-growing weekly leadership podcast. Connect with Scott: Website Twitter Facebook Instagram Connect with Erik: Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  Instagram  ________________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/26/202347 minutes, 8 seconds
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Gaia Bernstein on Gaining Control Over Addictive Technologies

This week I was both excited and intrigued to welcome Gaia Bernstein to the show for an eye opening talk about the addictive nature of technology. Gaia is a Law Professor, Co-Director of the Institute for Privacy Protection and Co-Director of the Gibbons Institute for Law Science and Technology at the Seton Hall University School of Law. She writes, teaches and lectures in the intersection of law, technology, health and privacy.  In her new book, Unwired: Gaining Control Over Addictive Technologies she shatters the illusion that we can control how much time we spend on our screens by resorting to self-help measures. Unwired shifts the responsibility for a solution from users to the technology industry, which designs its products to addicts. The book draws out the legal action that can pressure the technology industry to re-design its products to reduce technology overuse. Gaia has academic degrees in both law and psychology. Her research combines findings from psychology, sociology, science and technology studies with law and policy. Gaia’s research has been featured extensively by the media including the New York Times, Forbes, ABC News and Psychology Today. Connect with Gaia: Website Book Linkedin Connect with Erik: Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  Instagram  ________________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/19/202340 minutes, 45 seconds
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Phil Simon on the Forces Reshaping the Workplace

This week I was excited to welcome Phil Simon back to the show to discuss his new book, The Nine: The Tectonic Forces Reshaping the Workplace. Phil is the world's leading independent expert on workplace collaboration and technology. He is the award-winning author of 14 books, and helps organizations communicate, collaborate, and use technology better. Harvard Business Review, the MIT Sloan Management Review, Wired, NBC, CNBC, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and The New York Times have featured his contributions. He also hosts the podcast Conversations About Collaboration. In our chat Phil and I discuss the 9 forces that are redefining the workplace. These forces include generative AI, automation, dispersed workforces, blockchain, immersive technologies, employee empowerment, and the return of systemic inflation. The workplace is undergoing a massive, irrevocable shift. The only question for business leaders is, What should you do about it? Phil and I begin to unpack some of the first steps that he has been observing within corporations and workplaces. In addition, Phil also helps listeners understand how we can strive to keep our humanity, creativity, and ethical constraints while harnessing the power and time-saving productivity of various tools and trends that are evolving at an exponential rate. Phil’s Previous Episode Erik’s Conversation with Christopher S. Penn About Chat GPT Connect with Phil: Website Linkedin Twitter Connect with Erik: Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  Instagram  ________________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/12/202344 minutes, 13 seconds
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Monica Parker on Discovering The Power of Wonder

This week I was excited to talk with Monica Parker about her new book The Power of Wonder: The Extraordinary Emotion That Will Change the Way You Live, Learn. Monica is an author, speaker, and the founder of global human analytics and change consultancy HATCH, though her career has been punctuated with such highlights as being an opera singer, a museum exhibition designer, and a homicide investigator defending death row inmates for Florida’s Department of Justice.  With such an eclectic and varied set of interests Monica has observed that the key component that ties them all together is a sense of curiosity and wonder. In this conversation we unpack exactly what wonder is and why it can seem at times difficult to access. We also address the practical steps that you can take to rejuvenate and reconnect with the wonder of this world in your everyday life your observations and even your workplace. This is a vital episode for anyone who feels like their intellectual curiosity or even inner nerd has been fading and who wants to reconnect with the childlike wonder that fueled their early curiosities and passions. Monica helps listeners explore some of the research she has been uncovering about our brain's plasticity and how it's never too late to start living a life with more curiosity, more intentionality and more wonder. Connect with Monica:   Website Linkedin Twitter Instagram Connect with Erik: Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  Instagram  ________________________________________ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/5/202342 minutes, 58 seconds
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Seth Godin on The Song of Significance and The Future of Work

This week I was honored and privileged to speak with Seth Godin about his new book, The Song of Significance: A New Manifesto for Teams. For most listeners Seth needs no introduction. Seth is perhaps best known for his prolific daily blog, as well as his books Linchpin, Tribes, The Dip and Purple Cow. I’ve been looking forward to this conversation for a long time now, and Seth of course did not disappoint. In our chat we unpack the purpose and passion that led Seth to writing this latest book. For anyone familiar with his book Linchpin, The Song of Significance is in many ways the spiritual sequel and companion piece to that book. If Linchpin was all about being indispensable on an individual level, The Song of Significance is about how to work together as a team of Linchpins.  This was a really encouraging chat for anyone who might be feeling anxiety about how their skills or unique voice fits into the modern workforce or for anyone considering taking their skills into a freelance or entrepreneurial journey. Seth and I explore how the desire for agency and dignity lie at the core of the modern employee’s desires and how for all of the innovations and progress that have occurred since The Industrial Revolution these two key components have been lost.  The purpose of this new book is to help teams and individuals find this dignity and autonomy again to remind people of their unique voice and how no amount of technology, AI, or automation can replace the song that only they know how to sing. This is truly a book to be read as a team and then have discussions to plan action steps that come out of it, coming together to build a team, organization or business that empowers and trusts everyone to deliver their best work and harmonize together.  Connect with Seth: Website Blog  Linkedin Twitter Instagram Connect with Erik: Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  Instagram  ________________________________________ Support the show by checking out our sponsors! Make sure to grab Shortcasts from Beyond The To-Do List by Blinkist. A Shortcast is a 7-10 min version of a podcast where you get the core takeaways.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/30/202342 minutes, 24 seconds
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You're going to love Marketing Against The Grain

Today we’re sharing an episode of Marketing Against The Grain — a show that leads you down the rabbit hole of marketing trends, growth tactics, and innovation. In this episode, co-hosts Kipp Bodnar (CMO of HubSpot) and Kieran Flanagan (CMO of Zapier), dive into AutoGPT — a tool that can complete your to do list for you! They cover the massive impact it will have on your life and business, the first-mover advantage you can have by implementing it, what AutoGPT will do for you in the next 6-18 months and more. If you like what you hear, search for Marketing Against The Grain in your favorite podcast app. Like the one you’re using right now! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/25/202318 minutes, 58 seconds
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Dr. Luana Marques on Transforming Anxiety Into Power

This week I was privileged to welcome Dr. Luana Marques to Beyond The To Do List to talk about her new book: Bold Move: A 3-Step Plan to Transform Anxiety into Power. As the Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the Director of the Community Psychiatry Program for Research in Implementation & Dissemination of Evidence-Based Treatments at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Dr. Marques is a national and international expert in Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBTs) and a leader in increasing access to scientifically rigorous mental health practices.  In our chat Dr. Marques addresses the many forms that anxiety can manifest both in the workplace and our personal lives. We discuss the spectrum of anxiety and stress and the unique ways every person’s thoughts, behaviors and emotions begin to change in periods of anxiety. This is an extremely broad topic and by no means do Dr. Marques and I begin to address the many forms that anxiety, stress or depression can manifest; however her book is an extremely powerful resource for anyone who wants to identify their anxiety, define the cycles of stress and mindset and start to transform their anxiety into power.  Connect with Dr. Marques  Book Twitter Linkedin Connect with Erik: Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  Instagram  Support the show by checking out our sponsors! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/22/202343 minutes, 1 second
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Nick Sonnenburg on Leveraging Systems and Tools to Stop Drowning in Work

This week I'm excited to welcome Nick Sonnenburg to the show for an informative discussion about his new book Come Up for Air: How Teams Can Leverage Systems and Tools to Stop Drowning in Work Nick is an entrepreneur, Inc. columnist, and guest lecturer at Columbia University. He is the Founder and CEO of Leverage, a leading operational efficiency consultancy that helps companies implement his CPR® Business Efficiency Framework.  Coming Up for Air and what Nick calls The CPR Framework is the culmination of Nick’s unique perspective on the value of time, efficiency, and automation which stems in part from the eight years he spent working as a high-frequency trader on Wall Street. The CPR Framework consistently results in greater output, less stress, happier employees, and the potential to gain an extra full day per week in productivity per person—just by using the right tools in the right way, at the right time. Nick and his team have worked with organizations of all sizes and across all industries, from high-growth startups to the Fortune 10. It is Nick's hope that this book will serve an invaluable tool for organizations of any size to stop drowning in work and start building efficiencies. Connect with Nick:  Linkedin Twitter Facebook Connect with Erik: Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  Support the show by checking out our sponsors! Make sure to grab Shortcasts from Beyond The To-Do List by Blinkist. A Shortcast is a 7-10 min version of the podcast where you get all the core takeaways. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/15/202340 minutes, 42 seconds
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Scott Allender on The Enneagram and Emotional Intelligence

This week I was excited to welcome Scott Allender to the show for a chat about one of my favorite tools for helping people establish their personality type and more importantly their unhealthy traits, The Enneagram. Scott is an expert in global leadership and organizational development. Along with co-hosting The Evolving Leader podcast, he regularly teaches Enneagram workshops and conducts typing interviews and emotional intelligence assessments for individuals and teams who seek to become more radically self-aware and cognizant of the impact they have on the world. Scott’s latest book, The Enneagram of Emotional Intelligence - A Journey to Personal and Professional Success helps you chart a personality-specific path toward lasting emotional health and improved interpersonal relationships by integrating the nine types contained within The Enneagram with the essential skills of emotional intelligence. In this episode Scott unpacks the basic principles of The Enneagram while exploring how the integration of his principles on emotional intelligence help you to take the more general aspects of personality type and transform them into practical applications for improving your relationship towards yourself and others.  Support the show by checking out our sponsors! Make sure to grab Shortcasts from Beyond The To-Do List by Blinkist. A Shortcast is a 7-10 min version of the podcast where you get all the core takeaways. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/8/202340 minutes, 58 seconds
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Dude! Valerie Fridland on Like The Power of Language

This week I was delighted to welcome Valerie Fridland to the show for a really fun conversation about her latest book, Like, Literally, Dude: Arguing for the Good in Bad English. By exploring the dark corners every English teacher has taught us to avoid, Like, Literally, Dude redeems our most pilloried linguistic quirks, arguing that they are fundamental to our social, professional, and romantic success—perhaps even more so than our clothing or our resumes. It explains how filled pauses benefit both speakers and listeners; how the use of “dude” can help people bond across social divides; why we’re always trying to make our intensifiers ever more intense; as well as many other language tics, habits, and developments. In this chat Valerie and I discuss the origins of this great book and how the evolution of language has been rapidly accelerating alongside developments in technology and communication. Valerie helps to guide listeners through the history of some unique words and phrases while unpacking the etymology of the word Dude and how it can give us a glimpse into the history of masculinity and culture in the 19th and 20th century. In addition we discuss some of the more notorious quirks of language and speaking in the modern age and discover how idiosyncrasies such as Um and Uh are by no means “Bad English'' and can even benefit clarity and empathy in our everyday conversations. Valerie Fridland is a professor of linguistics in the English Department at the University of Nevada, Reno. She writes a popular language blog on Psychology Today called “Language in the Wild,” In addition her lecture series, Language and Society, is featured with The Great Courses. With a PhD in linguistics, Valerie is an expert on the relationship between language and society, her work has appeared in numerous academic journals and she is co-author of the book Sociophonetics.  Support the show by checking out our sponsors! Make sure to grab Shortcasts from Beyond The To-Do List by Blinkist. A Shortcast is a 7-10 min version of the podcast where you get all the core takeaways. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/30/202349 minutes, 30 seconds
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Chip Conley on The Transforming Power of Wisdom and Mentorship

This week I was excited to welcome Chip Conley to the show for a great conversation about wisdom and the transforming experience of being a “Modern Elder.” Chip is the CEO and Co-Founder of The Modern Elder Academy, the "world’s first wisdom school" dedicated to reframing aging and helping people navigate the second half of adulthood with a renewed sense of purpose and possibility.  Conley founded and ran the highly successful boutique hotel chain Joie de Vivre for over 20 years before accepting, at age 52, a position as the in-house mentor to Brian Chesky, the youthful co-founder and CEO of Airbnb. At the time, Conley was twice the age of most of the employees at the rapidly-growing company. During his years working there, he discovered how sharing wisdom and swapping ideas with Chesky helped them both to thrive. He honed his own sense of purpose for his second half of life: “To build a community of inspired and empowered midlifers.” In this chat Chip and I trace his journey and discuss the power of what he calls metabolizing wisdom. We also discuss the need for finding purpose and the fact that people who feel aligned with their sense of purpose tend to live longer, and during those extra years of life they also generally are healthier, feel happier and are less lonely. This is a great conversation for people of all ages and is vital for anyone looking at the second half of adulthood and asking questions about how they can apply their unique skills and life experiences to a more enriching career path or period of mentorship. Support the show by checking out our sponsors! Make sure to grab Shortcasts from Beyond The To-Do List by Blinkist. A Shortcast is a 7-10 min version of the podcast where you get all the core takeaways. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/24/202338 minutes, 27 seconds
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Gretchen Rubin on Discovering How To Live Life In Five Senses

This week I was delighted to welcome Gretchen Rubin back to the show for a great conversation about her new book, Life in Five Senses: How Exploring the Senses Got Me Out of My Head and Into the World. Gretchen has been on the show in the past and it’s always great to catch up with her and see what she has been researching or pondering, and this new book is no exception. In LIFE IN FIVE SENSES Gretchen’s revelatory journey of self-experimentation, she explores the mysteries and joys of the five senses as a path to a happier, more mindful life. Drawing on cutting-edge science, philosophy, literature, and her own efforts to practice what she learns, she investigates the profound power of tuning into the physical world. From the simple pleasures of appreciating the magic of ketchup and adding favorite songs to a playlist, to more adventurous efforts like creating a daily ritual of visiting the Met and trying ayahuasca, Rubin shows us how to experience each day with depth, delight, and connection. In the rush of daily life, she finds, our five senses offer us an immediate, sustainable way to cheer up, calm down, and engage the world around us—as well as a way to glimpse the soul and touch the transcendent.  Gretchen Rubin is one of today’s most influential observers of happiness and human nature. She’s the author of many books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers Outer Order, Inner Calm; The Four Tendencies; Better Than Before; and The Happiness Project. Her books have sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide, in more than thirty languages. She hosts the top-ranking, award-winning podcast “Happier with Gretchen Rubin,” where she explores practical solutions for living a happier life. Raised in Kansas City, she lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters. Check Out Gretchen’s Previous Episode  Support the show by checking out our sponsors! Make sure to grab Shortcasts from Beyond The To-Do List by Blinkist. A Shortcast is a 7-10 min version of the podcast where you get all the core takeaways. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/17/202353 minutes, 31 seconds
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Jeff Brown on Creating and Optimizing a Reading Habit

I am excited to rerelease this conversation with Jeff Brown on creating and optimizing a habit of reading. It's been something on my mind a lot lately, and I thought it made sense to share it again as we head into a new season of the year, and in life. Jeff Brown is a podcaster, mentor, and speaker. He is the host of the Read to Lead podcast, and co author of the book: Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career. In this conversation, Jeff talks about the power of creating a reading habit and how to optimize it. Support the show by checking out our sponsors! Make sure to grab Shortcasts from Beyond The To-Do List by Blinkist. A Shortcast is a 7-10 min version of the podcast where you get all the core takeaways.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/13/202343 minutes, 58 seconds
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Zack Arnold on Optimizing Yourself and Avoiding Burnout

This week I was incredibly excited to welcome Zack Arnold to the show for a great conversation about optimizing your life, avoiding burnout and learning to set the right goals. Zack is an award-winning Hollywood film & television editor known for his work on favorites of mine such as, Cobra Kai, Burn Notice, Empire, Shooter, and Glee. Zac is a member of the American Cinema Editors, an American Ninja Warrior, and creator of the Optimize Yourself program.  Zack uses his experience as a creative professional to produce the Optimize Yourself Podcast which aims to give creative professionals insight into how to love what they do for a living without having to sacrifice their health, relationships, or sanity in the process. The podcast also addresses the specifics of creative burnout and ways to avoid it. Previous Episodes Mentioned in This Installment: Marc Champagne on The Importance of Asking The Right Questions Gretchen Rubin on Expectations, Habits and Happiness James Clear on Building Good Habits and Breaking Bad Ones Support the show by checking out our sponsors! Make sure to grab Shortcasts from Beyond The To-Do List by Blinkist. A Shortcast is a 7-10 min version of the podcast where you get all the core takeaways.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/10/202354 minutes, 27 seconds
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Jerry Dugan on Getting Beyond the Rut

What if there was a way to have more time with your family, advance your career or business, and enjoy more of your paycheck? This week I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Jerry Dugan about these topics and more while discussing his new book, Beyond the Rut. This is a fascinating motivational book that will inspire you to re-examine your life. The book lays out some of the manageable steps that you can follow in creating a more fulfilling personal and professional life. Packed with fun and relatable anecdotes, Jerry shares his insights based on real-life experiences that will guide you through the process of identifying the hurdles in your way and help you in taking control of your life. This is a must-read book for anyone who feels like they are stuck in a rut and never-ending cycle of dissatisfaction and discontentment. Dugan offers a life changing set of advice that will help you in successfully breaking the cycle. Support the show by checking out our sponsors!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/4/202340 minutes, 16 seconds
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Christopher S. Penn on What's True and What's False About ChatGPT

This week I’m excited to bring you this informative and topical conversation I had with Christopher S. Penn about the realities, myths, and dare I say productivity applications within ChatGPT and similar language based software tools which I'm sure you have noticed are getting more and more attention in the realms of social media, tech chatter, and even politics. I’ve known Christopher for years and I can’t think of anyone more qualified to guide me and you through this topic. Christopher bridges the gap between marketing and technology. What he shares on social media and writes about helps you understand marketing and technology better plus he is a better coder than most marketers, and a better marketer than most coders. By having one foot in both worlds, he finds solutions that work in one place and brings them to the other. Christopher speaks publicly about digital marketing, marketing technology, and machine learning/artificial intelligence. He is the co-founder of Trust Insights, a data analytics company focused on helping you make more money with your data, a co-founder of PodCamp with Chris Brogan, and co-host of the Marketing Over Coffee marketing podcast with John Wall. In this chat Christopher breaks down the real world applications of ChatGPT while explaining its limitations and ways to maximize the effectiveness of the tool. We discuss some of the ethical and political concerns swirling around the technology while dispelling some of the more hysterical myths that have been propagated online and in print. Regardless of your familiarity with this technology this is a great primer for understanding and maximizing these tools for a wide range of both creative, and labor intensive tasks. Support the show by checking out our sponsors!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/27/202346 minutes, 22 seconds
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For more than a decade, Erik Fisher has sat down with productivity experts, authors, creatives as they share their insights on how to implement productivity strategies in both your professional and personal life. People like… Everybody Loves Raymond and Netflix's Somebody Feed Phil Creator Phil Rosenthal on creativity, family, food, and travel.  Productivity expert David Allen on Getting Things Done  Whole 30 founder Melissa Urban on Setting Boundaries To Save Relationships   Our goal is to help you gain perspective, practical knowledge, and productivity insights for living a whole life that goes Beyond The To Do List. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/22/20231 minute, 12 seconds
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Gretchen Rubin on Expectations, Habits and Happiness

This week I’m excited to re-release this conversation with Gretchen Rubin. At the time of this original recording Gretchen was promoting her then new book The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better. I recently interviewed Gretchen again for a forthcoming book and that conversation will be released soon. However, speaking to her reminded me of how insightful and helpful this talk was. In the Four Tendencies, Gretchen breaks down setting and meeting inner and outer expectations and creating good habits to have greater happiness. I really enjoyed this talk and wanted to share it with everyone in the event that you missed it the first time and get you excited for our new conversation that I will be posting in the coming weeks.  Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, Better Than Before, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. In addition to writing Gretchen also has a very popular podcast, ‘Happier with Gretchen Rubin’ that she hosts alongside her sister. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/20/202352 minutes, 49 seconds
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Jason Feifer on Resilience During Times of Change

This week I was really encouraged by my conversation with Jason Feifer. Jason is the the Editor In Chief of Entrepreneur Magazine and author of the new book, Build for Tomorrow: An Action Plan for Embracing Change, Adapting Fast, and Future-Proofing Your Career. If we want to admit it or not, these past few years have been a time of serious change and in this conversation Jason reveals how the ability to cope with and adapt to change is the number one trait that he has observed in successful business leaders, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders.  Through his research and experience interviewing and interacting with countless business leaders coupled with observations that he and his colleagues made in the lead-up and unfolding of the pandemic, Build For Tomorrow captures the principles and realities of change and how the fear of change can both inhibit our growth and stifle our present. Jason unpacks his four phases of change and illustrates how, similar to the phases of grief, change can be paralyzing and emotionally devastating at first, but through resilience and proper framing can liberate us from both fear and false pillars of our identity.  In addition to editing and writing Jason also hosts the podcasts Build For Tomorrow and Problem Solvers, and is a popular keynote speaker, startup advisor, and nonstop optimism machine.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/13/202346 minutes, 19 seconds
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Marc Champagne on The Importance of Asking The Right Questions

This week I was excited to welcome Marc Champagne to the show to discuss his new book, Personal Socrates: Questions That Will Upgrade Your Life from Legends & World-Class Performers. I connected with Marc through Joey Cofone from Baron Fig who you might recall was a guest on the show back in October of 2022. Baron Fig is the design house behind a host of beautifully and ergonomically designed notebooks, journals, pens, and other analog productivity tools that I use daily. In this conversation it immediately became clear how Marc’s background in mental fitness and strategy was a logical outgrowth of the work that Joey and his team at Baron Fig encapsulate, making him a perfect fit to release his book under the wing of Baron Fig Publishing. In this chat we explore Marc’s inspiration for modernizing and exploring the Socratic Method and how this ancient system of questioning is perhaps more relevant today than ever.  In this episode we also explore questions about stimulating your mental fitness and how to direct your internal narrative to work for you. Listeners will hear Marc begin to unpack some of the over 100 plus life changing questions across more than 40 profiles of legends such as Kobe Bryant, Maya Angelou, Robin Williams alongside Top Performers like Ryan Holiday, Shantell Martin, James Clear.  In addition to writing and consulting Marc also hosts the podcast Behind The Human where he continues to explore mental fitness practices and the power of questions with guests from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/6/202350 minutes, 11 seconds
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Kris Ward on Time Management Myths and Small Business Tips

This week I was happy to welcome Kris Ward back to the show for a wide ranging discussion on everything from time management to the importance of forming the right team to scale your business. Kris is always great to have on the podcast and this discussion was a kind of followup talk to her first appearance where we discussed her book, Win The Hour, Win the Day. In this episode we dive even deeper into that book’s principles while discussing a host of topics on everything from systems and processes to dealing with growth in your business. This was a great chat that has a little of everything for anyone interested in maximizing their efficiency during the workday and beyond.  Kris Ward is the founder of Win The Hour, Win the Day, a platform and Amazon best-selling book, that helps entrepreneurs to systematically grow their business and enjoy a personal life too. After the loss of her husband, Kris returned full-time to the marketing & branding agency she had founded years earlier, only to find her business was thriving. She began teaching clients the exact systems & processes that had freed her up and helped her during that difficult time and changed their lives in the process. Through sound time management principles - that anyone can easily understand and apply - Kris’ clients now had more time, freedom and recaptured the joy & fun they once had when they first started their businesses. Connect With Kris Podcast Free Gift  Previous Episode  Linkedin:  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/27/202349 minutes, 20 seconds
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Carlos Whittaker on Sharing Life Beyond Our Differences

This week I was encouraged to welcome Carlos Whittaker to the show for an honest and compassionate talk about his latest book, How to Human: Three Ways to Share Life Beyond What Distracts, Divides, and Disconnects Us. Carlos is an author, podcaster, and global speaker who I’ve had the privilege of learning from in live settings and through his podcast Human Hope with Carlos Whittaker.  In How to Human, Carlos offers a fresh vision for becoming the best versions of ourselves. We can refuse to let disagreements define us. We can say no to becoming upset, rage-filled humans and say yes to fuller, happier lives. It begins as we make the shift from “me” to “we” to “everybody” in a three-part journey to be human, see fellow humans, and free those around us. This conversation was a real inspiration for me as Carlos and I unpacked the themes and messages of his book. Carlos reminds listeners that it's more powerful to not stand on issues, but to walk with people. That journey of discovering the true value of relationships and the beauty and hope that bind us together rather than focusing on the polarizing divisions is a message I'm so excited for listeners to explore further in this episode. Connect With Carlos: Website: https://www.carloswhittaker.com Podcast: https://www.carloswhittaker.com/podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/loswhit/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/20/202354 minutes, 10 seconds
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Kieran Setiya on How Philosophy Can Help Guide Us Through Life

This week I was excited to connect with Kieran Setiya about his newest book, Life is Hard: How Philosophy Can Help Us Find Our Way. Kieran teaches philosophy at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) working mainly in ethics, epistemology, and the philosophy of mind. In addition to his latest book Kieran is the author of Practical Knowledge, Reasons without Rationalism, and Knowing Right From Wrong. In this conversation we discuss the reality that life can be hard and there is no cure for the human condition: But Kieran believes philosophy can help. In this chat he offers us a map for navigating rough terrain, from personal trauma to injustice along with navigating grief and the overall mission of living with one another. This was truly a great conversation about how the pragmatics of productivity share the common goals of philosophy which is living a good life not only for ourselves but alongside others. Connect With Kieran:  Website: www.ksetiya.net Twitter: https://twitter.com/KieranSetiya Book: Life is Hard: How Philosophy Can Help Us Find Our Way: https://amzn.to/3XrHS2X Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/14/202352 minutes, 34 seconds
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Chris Clews on What 80s Pop Culture Teaches Us About Life and Leadership

This week I was excited to welcome Chris Clews to the show for a more laid back chat and pop cultural conversation about what 80s movies can teach us about leadership, our workplace, and even ourselves. Chris is an author and keynote speaker whose latest book is, Raised on the 80s: 30+ Unexpected Life Lessons from the Movies and Music That Defined Pop Culture's Most Excellent Decade. In this conversation Chris and I discuss such 80s classics as, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Breakfast Club, Field of Dreams, and more. Chris brings a fun approach towards learning from these classic films and I really enjoyed both reminiscing about when I first encountered each movie while also hearing Chris discuss some of the more profound life and leadership lessons that are hiding just under the surface of these beloved classics. Follow Chris:  Website: chrisclews.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/chris.clews Instagram: www.instagram.com/chrisclews80s/ Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/chrisclews/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/80spopculture Books: https://chrisclews.com/books Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/6/202352 minutes, 39 seconds
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My Favorite Productivity Books For 2023 Featuring Jeff Sieh

This week I’m joined by my friend Jeff Sieh of Social Media News Live to talk through the top productivity books for 2023. With the new year well underway I wanted to take the time to compile and curate a list of my favorite productivity books of the past year and share them with listeners. In this episode Jeff and I break down my list and share some of the many tips and takeaways that these books have given us. In addition Jeff and I discuss some of the highlights from the various authors' appearances on the show while offering up opinions on how each book benefits the different aspects of our productivity.  All books in the list below are available for purchase at: BeyondTheToDoList.com/books The Daily Creative: Find Your Inspiration to Spark Creative Energy and Fight Burnout by Todd Henry The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur: 366 Daily Meditations to Feed Your Soul and Grow Your Business by John Jantsch The Power of Writing It Down: A Simple Habit to Unlock Your Brain and Reimagine Your Life by Allison Fallon Building a Second Brain: A Proven Method to Organize Your Digital Life and Unlock Your Creative Potential by Tiago Forte The Laws of Creativity: Unlock Your Originality and Awaken Your Creative Genius by Joey Cofone Creativity Inc.  The Lazy Genius Way: Embrace What Matters, Ditch What Doesn't, and Get Stuff Done by Kendra Adachi The Lazy Genius Kitchen: Have What You Need, Use What You Have, and Enjoy It Like Never Before by Kendra Adachi Win at Work and Succeed at Life: 5 Principles to Free Yourself from the Cult of Overwork by Michael Hyatt and Meghan Hyatt-Miller Your New Playlist: The Student's Guide to Tapping into the Superpower of Mindset by Jon Acuff The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months by Brian P. Moran Start Finishing: How to Go from Idea to Done - Charlie Gilkey When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink Effortless: Make It Easier to Do What Matters Most by Greg McKeown How to Calm Your Mind: Finding Presence and Productivity in Anxious Times by Chris Bailey Tranquility by Tuesday: 9 Ways to Calm the Chaos and Make Time for What Matters by Laura Vanderkam Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life by Nir Eyal List of episodes mentioned on this week's show: Todd Henry on the Daily Practice of Creativity John Jantsch on Resilience, Perseverance and Perspective Allison Fallon on the Power of Writing for Clarity, Confidence and Purpose Tiago Forte on Building a Second Brain to Free Our Minds Joey Cofone on Applying the Laws of Creativity to Unlock Your Creative Genius Kendra Adachi on Prioritizing the Things That Matter Megan Hyatt Miller on How To Win at Work & Succeed At Life Michael Hyatt and Megan Hyatt Miller on Mindset and Controlling the Narrative Jon Acuff on Teaching Teenagers to Remix Their Mindset to Reshape Their Reality Charlie Gilkey on How to Start Finishing Projects in Your Life and Go From 'Idea' to Done! Daniel Pink on Optimizing Your Day, Optimal Timing for Tasks and Maximizing Breaks Greg Mckeown on Making Essential Activities Easy Chris Bailey on How a Calm Mind Increases Productivity Laura Vanderkam on Making Time for What Matters Cal Newport on Digital Minimalism Nir Eyal on Overcoming Internal and External Distractions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/30/20231 hour, 46 seconds
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Michael Hyatt and Megan Hyatt Miller on Mindset and Controlling the Narrative

This week I was excited to welcome back to the show, Michael Hyatt and Megan Hyatt-Miller. Michael Hyatt is the founder and chairman of Full Focus. He has scaled multiple companies, including a $250M publishing company with over 750 employees and his own award-winning goal achievement and coaching company, Full Focus. Through his coaching program for small business owners, BusinessAccelerator®, and the bestselling Full Focus Planner, Michael has helped hundreds of thousands of achievers reach their biggest goals. He is also the author of several New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling books, including Platform, Living Forward, Your Best Year Ever, Free to Focus, The Vision Driven Leader, and Win at Work & Succeed at Life. Michael enjoys The Double Win with his wife of 40+ years, five daughters, and ten grandchildren. Megan Hyatt Miller is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Full Focus and the co-host of the popular Business Accelerator® podcast. As the chief executive of Full Focus, Megan has developed BusinessAccelerator® into the premier coaching program for small business owners, and has grown the Full Focus Planner to sell over 1 million copies. Megan is also Michael's oldest daughter. In their highly anticipated book, Mind Your Mindset: The Science That Shows Success Starts with Your Thinking (Baker Books, January 2023), New York Times bestselling author Michael Hyatt and Megan Hyatt Miller teach readers how to save themselves needless frustration and headache from trying to solve problems with strategies that no longer work. "Rather than thinking about what we're doing," they say, "we need to think about our thinking." Mind Your Mindset draws upon the latest Insights in performance psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive science, as well as case studies from Michael and Megan's own clients. Michael and Megan explore the power of our stories--stories about the problems we face-and how those narratives determine our strategy and, with it, our results They show how these stories are anchored in assumptions about the past, form our predictions of the future, and stem from the way our brain makes sense of the wild array of information it encounters every day. Rather than take those stories at face value, readers can change their stories, rewire their brain for better thinking, and develop new and better strategies. Mind Your Mindset offers three simple, proven steps to do just that and attain extraordinary results: 1. Identify the problem and the story surrounding it 2. Interrogate the story 3. Imagine something that works better These practices help readers cut through the fog of false narratives and offer clear, creative solutions for achieving their goals "Mind Your Mindset is your invitation to step boldly into a new and better way of thinking and living," write Michael and Megan. "Unsettling as it may be, uncertainty is not the enemy; it points not to chaos but to possibility. To have the confidence to engage the world and reshape our stories as needed is a far more valuable and reassuring asset than is certainty." Book Link: Mindyourmindsetbook.com/beyond Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/23/202347 minutes, 35 seconds
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Chris Bailey on How a Calm Mind Increases Productivity

This week I'm excited to share my conversation with Chris Bailey. Chris has been a guest on the show a number of times, and in this episode he unpacks the origins, research, and results of his new book, How to Calm Your Mind: Finding Presence and Productivity in Anxious Times.  This was a really timely conversation for me and I suspect it will be for you as well. Chris and I discuss the events that led up to him writing this book while exploring a number of techniques, and tips for finding presence and calm that he developed and practiced along that journey. We discuss digital fasting, the advantages of analog items for productivity, and how slowing down your lifestyle can often lead to speeding up your efficiency! Chris Bailey is a productivity expert, and the bestselling author of two books about productivity: Hyperfocus https://amzn.to/3iGCsCF, and The Productivity Project https://amzn.to/3CP2dHT. Chris writes about productivity at https://chrisbailey.com, and speaks to organizations around the globe on how they can become more productive, without hating the process. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/15/202355 minutes, 32 seconds
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Matt McWilliams on Turning Your Passions into Profits

This week I was excited to welcome my old friend Matt McWilliams to the show to discuss his new book, Turn Your Passions into Profits: The Proven Path for Building a Rewarding Online Business. Matt is a successful entrepreneur and in-demand online business coach who specializes in helping entrepreneurs gain clarity on the exact steps it takes to start, grow, and monetize their online platform.  So many entrepreneurs either run a profitable business but hate their work or run a business they love, with a message they’re proud of, without making any money. There’s a better way to build a business, one that helps you wake up every day excited and full of purpose and make a profit. In this conversation Matt outlines the details on how to find and attract your audience, build a following, and ultimately how to monetize your venture quickly and sustainably. Matt shares a variety of stories from clients and entrepreneurs he has worked with through the years while illustrating how to build up the confidence necessary to share your message with the world while acquiring the tools and strategies needed to succeed with an online business and compete against established platforms. Book Link: passionsintoprofitsbook.com/erik Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/8/202356 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ryan McRae on Setting Realistic Resolutions

This week I'm excited to re-share an episode I recorded almost two years ago with Ryan McRae. Ryan has had ADHD all of his life, but he wasn’t going to let it slow him down. He has worked hard to figure out how to take all the benefits and cancel out all the drawbacks of this condition that many people only associate with young people yet affects millions of adults as well. Ryan has been on the show previously to talk about ADHD, but in this conversation he and Erik talk about Setting resolutions and sticking to them. With the new year upon us many people are either setting or recommitting to resolutions for 2023. Though this practice is by no means unhealthy or unproductive, the act of setting resolutions can at times be demoralizing, resulting in more harm than good. In this hour Ryan and Erik talk about the power of setting realistic resolutions and how having grace and patience with yourself along the road of resolutions can result in more long-term and sustainable practices that will go far beyond 2023.  Ryan’s Guide to ADHD:  https://medium.com/the-adhd-nerd/the-ultimate-adhd-guide-to-time-management-232c9af94a3e Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/1/202344 minutes, 3 seconds
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Greg Mckeown on Making Essential Activities Easy

In this episode I'm excited to re-release a conversation I had with Greg Mckeown. Greg is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, 'Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less'. His latest book is 'Effortless: Make It Easier to Do What Matters Most'. In addition to writing Greg is also the host of the 'What's Essential Podcast'. In this conversation, Greg talks about what essentialism is and making the most essential activities the easiest ones, so you can achieve the results you want, without burning out. We talk about turning tedious tasks into enjoyable rituals, setting a sustainable pace instead of having to power through and easy setting up of one time choices that eliminate many future decisions, simplifying processes, removing unnecessary steps, making relationships easier to maintain and manage. This is all under that umbrella of effortless making things that matter most easier to do and this is a great conversation and a great book to kick start that process in your life. In addition to discussing Essentialism, we talk about Greg’s follow up to that book, Effortless: Make It Easier to Do What Matters Most. This was such a powerful and timely conversation that centers on figuring out what matters most and then making it easier. As we head into 2023, I cannot imagine a more relevant productivity goal than that!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/26/202255 minutes, 35 seconds
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Allison Fallon on the Power of Writing for Clarity, Confidence and Purpose

This week I’m thrilled to re-release this episode with Allison Fallon. Allison is an award winning author, sought after public speaker, and nationally recognized writing coach. She has coached hundreds of thousands of writers - from NYT Bestselling authors to total beginners to help them finally get their books written and on shelves. Her most recent book The Power of Writing Things Down walks anyone - even those who swear they aren't "real" writers - through a simple daily practice they can use to reduce anxiety, curb depression, improve their confidence and gain clarity in their life. Grab the first chapter free here. I wanted to bring this episode back out and top of mind moving forward into the new year because even though I don’t particularly subscribe to the idea of doing New Years Resolutions, I do believe in making progress and have been thinking about goals I want to push forward next year.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/19/202246 minutes, 7 seconds
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Dr. Cassie Holmes on Understanding and Overcoming Time Poverty

This week I was excited to welcome Dr. Cassie Holmes to the show to discuss her new book, Happier Hour: How to Beat Distraction, Expand Your Time, and Focus on What Matters Most. Cassie is a professor of marketing and behavioral decision making at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and is a renowned expert in the field of time and its correlation to happiness.  In this conversation Cassie guides listeners through a variety of insights and exercises she’s shared with MBA students in her wildly popular UCLA course. Dr. Holmes unpacks concepts such as time poverty, what it is, why it’s damaging, how it’s subjective, and ways you can quickly increase your time affluence. We discuss how the use of time tracking can easily and quickly guide those suffering from time poverty to a more fruitful, fulfilling and happier pace of life. In addition to sharing techniques and research that she has discovered while writing the book, Cassie also reveals some of the psychology and behavioral science that can lead to the sometimes overwhelming feelings of time poverty and the power of embracing quality time over mundane time-costs such as excess social media, and pseudo-work.  Follow Cassie’s Work: https://www.cassiemholmes.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/14/202254 minutes, 38 seconds
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Megan Hyatt Miller on How To Win at Work & Succeed At Life

This week I'm excited to reshare with you a conversation I had with Megan Hyatt Miller. Megan is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Full Focus, previously known as Michael Hyatt & Company, and the co-host of the popular business podcast, Lead to Win. She's the oldest daughter of Michael Hyatt, whose name you'll recognize because he's been on this show a number of times. I wanted to reshare this conversation because I've been thinking about it a lot lately for two reasons: She and Michael are coming back on the show in January to talk about their new book: Mind Your Mindset: The Science That Shows Success Starts with Your Thinking I've been thinking a lot lately on the topic of this conversation which is all about their previously co-authored book: 'Win at Work & Succeed At Life: 5 Principles to Free Yourself From the Cult of Overwork' In this conversation we talk about the five principles that help you rethink work and productivity from the ground up so that you can achieve what they call the Double Win.  We talk about those five principles, we talk about it from a high level, and then drill down into practical steps that you can take at home and at work to achieve true work-life balance and how to make that work for you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/8/202248 minutes, 15 seconds
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Jeff Sieh and Erik Fisher on Productivity for Podcasters

This week I'm excited to share an episode of Social Media News Live in which my friend Jeff Seih interviewed yours truly about the process and productivity mindset for podcasting. I guess you could say these topics fall within the perfect venn diagram of two of my biggest interests. In this episode Jeff and I discuss a wide array of topics and hurdles that face anyone looking to start a podcast either for their professional career or simply as a hobby.  Topics include recruiting and working with guests, how much time per week you should spend on your podcast, how to set up and manage scheduling, and the importance of working with an editor. In addition to laying out many of the things I’ve learned in my ten years of hosting Beyond the To-Do List, Jeff and I also discuss some of the advice I would have given myself when I was just getting started! Jeff Sieh is an international speaker and visual marketing consultant, specializing in Pinterest, visual marketing, and video. He hosts the Social Media News Live show and podcast and is also “Head Beard” at Manly Pinterest Tips. Jeff has worked with and produced visual content for various companies, including Guy Kawasaki, Kim Garst, Social Media Examiner, and Tailwind. Link To a Video of this Episode: https://socialmedianewslive.com/podcast-productivity-with-erik-fisher-2/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/5/202258 minutes, 28 seconds
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Heather Adams on the Power and Purpose of Mentorship

This week I was excited to welcome Heather Adams to the show to discuss the many facets and benefits of both mentorship and becoming a mentor. Heather is the founder and CEO of Choice Media and Communications and host of the top-ranked podcast, Make Me Known. As a mentor too many Heather’s experience and passion for elevating the women around her has inspired her to take women under her wing and usher them into the next phase of their careers.  Through one-on-one conversations and group settings, Heather relies on her experience, having played an instrumental role in launching more than 100 New York Times bestsellers and securing clients' coverage in a host of national and international media outlets.  In this conversation we talk about the value of both finding a mentor and the rewarding experience of being one. In addition we discuss some of the barriers that prevent people from seeking out mentorship and talk through some of the ways that virtual mentorship is connecting people to both coaching and information like never before.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/28/202247 minutes, 47 seconds
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Michelle Segar on Achieving Lasting Change in Eating and Exercise

This week I was privileged to welcome Michelle Segar to the show to discuss her new book The Joy Choice: How to Finally Achieve Lasting Changes in Eating and Exercise. Michelle is a researcher at The University of Michigan who studies sustainable behavior change and the science of habits. In this conversation Michelle unpacks the science behind our choices and explains how thinking around behavior change has often made the mistake of an all or nothing approach to changing our habits and lifestyle. The Joy Choice offers a fresh, brain-based solution that turns the old behavior-change paradigm on its head. This groundbreaking book liberates you from the self-defeating obligations and rigid requirements of past diet and workout regimens and reveals what emerging research suggests really drives the consistent choices that power sustainable change. Michelle Segar, PhD is an award-winning lifestyle coach and sustainable behavior change researcher at the University of Michigan. For nearly three decades, she has pioneered methods to create sustainable healthy behavior changes that are being used to boost patient health, employee well-being, and gym membership retention.   Website: https://michellesegar.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/21/202254 minutes, 20 seconds
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Phil Rosenthal on Creativity, Family, Food and Travel

Recently, I was inspired by a number of things to re-release this conversation that I had with Phil Rosenthal from his Netflix show Somebody Feed Phil started, which just released its sixth season. Aside from that Phil, is best known as the creator, writer, and executive producer for the sitcom Everybody loves Raymond.  In this conversation we talk about the importance of travel, food and relationships, and the creative process of pulling from your life to make things. All of this felt like a perfect storm for right now to re-release this episode.  I was inspired not only by seeing season 6 of Somebody Feed Phil released, but also thinking ahead to American Thanksgiving coming up soon, and the food aspect of that as well as I was talking to a friend, I recounted all the traveling that I had done this year, more traveling than I've done in. And of course the great food I had while traveling.  Mentioned in this episode: You’re Lucky You’re Funny Exporting Raymond I’ll Have What Phil’s Having Somebody Feed Phil Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/18/202246 minutes, 48 seconds
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Justin Zorn and Leigh Marz on The Power of Silence

This week I was excited to welcome Justin Zorn and Leigh Marz to the show to discuss their new book, Golden: The Power of Silence in a World of Noise. This book instantly rocketed up my list of the best productivity books of the year! Golden reveals how to go beyond the ordinary rules and tools of mindfulness. It’s a field guide for navigating the noise of the modern world—not just the noise in our ears but also on our screens and in our heads. Drawing on lessons from neuroscience, business, spirituality, politics, and the arts, Marz and Zorn explore why auditory, informational, and internal silence is essential for physical health, mental clarity, ecological sustainability, and vibrant communities. Justin Zorn is a Senior Adviser to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a Truman National Security Fellow, and a strategic adviser for a variety of mission-driven businesses, think tanks, and advocacy groups. Leigh Marz an author, leadership coach, and collaboration consultant teaching experimental mindsets at NASA, Harvard, Google, IKEA, and the Green Science Policy Institute. Book: https://amzn.to/3BtYOgf Website: https://leighmarz.com/golden/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/14/202252 minutes, 53 seconds
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Laura Vanderkam on Making Time for What Matters

This week I was excited to welcome Laura Vanderkam back to the show for her sixth appearance! Laura has been coming on Beyond The To Do List for the past ten years and this time she is here to talk about her newest book: Tranquility by Tuesday: 9 Ways to Calm the Chaos and Make Time for What Matters. In this conversation we address the nine “rules” for making more time in your hectic schedule while diving deep into three of the rules I could most intriguing.  This is a really insightful and practical conversation about simple suggestions for both gaining back your time and finding a greater sense of calm and purpose during your week. Laura addresses the research process for the book and points out how a test group of 150 people learned her rules and lived them out for 9 weeks providing practical and insightful feedback for people from all walks of life. Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management and productivity books, including the new Tranquility by Tuesday: 9 Ways to Calm the Chaos and Make Time for What Matters, along with Juliet’s School of Possibilities, Off the Clock, I Know How She Does It, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and 168 Hours. Her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Fortune. She is the host of the podcast Before Breakfast and the co-host, with Sarah Hart-Unger, of the podcast Best of Both Worlds. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and five children, and blogs at LauraVanderkam.com. Website: https://lauravanderkam.com Best of Both Worlds Podcast: https://lauravanderkam.com/podcast/ Before Breakfast Podcast: https://lauravanderkam.com/before-breakfast-podcast/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/7/202243 minutes, 24 seconds
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Tara McMullen on Changing Your Approach to Goal Setting

This week I was excited to welcome Tara McMullen to the show to hear her insights, research, and reflections on her new book, What Works: A Comprehensive Framework to Change the Way We Approach Goal Setting. Tara is a writer, podcaster, and producer who for over 13 years has studied small business owners - how they live, how they work, what influences them, and what they hope for the future. In this conversation Tara shares with us how to transform the way you set and achieve your goals to create a gentler and more fulfilling way to work toward what you truly want. In the book, you’ll explore what’s driving your pursuit of “more” (more money, more things, more prestige, etc.), set commitments to help orient your growth, and organize your actions as part of a holistic learning process. In addition to writing and speaking Tara is the host of What Works, a podcast about navigating the 21st-century economy with your humanity intact. Tara is also the co-founder of YellowHouse.Media, a boutique podcast production company. Her work has been featured in Fast Company, The Startup, The Muse, and The Huffington Post. What Works Podcast:: https://www.whatworkspodcast.com Website: https://explorewhatworks.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/31/202253 minutes, 54 seconds
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Dr. Nicole Byers on the Science Behind Procrastination and Sleep

This week I was excited to welcome Dr. Nicole Byers to the show to discuss the correlation between neuroscience and specifically neuropsychology with productivity and efficiency. Nicole brings a wealth of knowledge and research gained during her Ph.D. studies in clinical psychology to the world working by explaining some of the strange ways our brain copes with stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, and mood.  In this episode Nicole unpacks the four signs of procrastination while offering tips and tricks for rewiring our brain to avoid such behavior. In addition Nicole explains some of the science of sleep and why getting quality sleep is so important to our physiology and in turn our productivity! Dr. Nicole Byers is a productivity and leadership coach and host of The Bold Life Podcast. Boasting a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a specialty in neuropsychology, Nicole uses neuroscience-based strategies to help her clients boost their efficiency at work and defeat overwhelm so they can feel productive, not just busy. She has helped hundreds of busy professionals and leaders develop new mental habits. Now, Nicole helps busy professionals train their brain and create new mental habits, allowing them to beat overwhelm, become more productive, and build more confidence in their work and in their lives.  Website: https://www.drnicolebyers.com/ Bold Life Podcast: https://www.drnicolebyers.com/blog Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/24/202246 minutes, 14 seconds
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Joey Cofone on Applying the Laws of Creativity to Unlock Your Creative Genius

This week I was thrilled to welcome back to the show Joey Cofone of Baron Fig. You can find the previous episode here. Joey Cofone is the Co-Founder at Baron Fig. Baron Fig is a New York design startup that is rooted in its mission to champion thinkers around the world through inspiration, imagination and productivity.  Joey’s new book is ‘The Laws of Creativity: Unlock Your Originality and Awaken Your Creative Genius’. The book is a revealing and practical exploration of creativity: what it is, how it works, and how you can harness it in your everyday life. In the book he demystifies the creative process by uncovering the thinking and science behind it, empowering the reader with practical, actionable steps toward creative excellence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/17/202256 minutes, 5 seconds
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Melissa Urban on Setting Boundaries to Save Relationships

This week I was excited to speak with Melissa Urban about her new book, The Book of Boundaries: Set the Limits That Will Set You Free. Melissa and I had an extremely insightful conversation about how setting healthy boundaries with family members, co-workers, friends and even yourself can transform your relationships, eliminate stress and improve your daily outlook.  In this chat, Melissa breaks down the vital steps towards identifying if a boundary needs to be set and the three unique levels of instituting a boundary with both honesty and kindness. Oftentimes we can think of boundaries as barriers towards achieving authentic relationships. Melissa is here to reveal why the exact opposite is the case and how when implemented properly boundaries can help save relationships and strengthen bonds. Melissa Urban is a six-time New York Times bestselling author and has been featured by Good Morning America, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and CNBC. She is based in Salt Lake City. Melissa is the co-founder of Whole30. Since launching the mega-bestselling wellness program, she has taught millions of people how to establish healthy habits and how to deal with pushback and peer pressure. Melissa’s Latest Book: The Book of Boundaries: Set the Limits That Will Set You Free Connect with Melissa on Twitter and Instagram Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/10/202243 minutes, 46 seconds
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Bonus Episode: Joey Cofone on Creativity, Imagination and Inspiration

This week I am rereleasing an episode with Joey Cofone of Baron Fig in advance of his upcoming new episode where we talk about his new book: The Laws of Creativity: Unlock Your Originality and Awaken Your Creative Genius. Joey Cofone is the Co-Founder at Baron Fig. Baron Fig is a New York design startup that is rooted in it’s mission to champion thinkers around the world through inspiration, imagination and productivity. In this conversation Joey and Erik talk about how Baron Fig was founded, the meaning behind the name and their design workflow using digital and analog. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/6/202244 minutes, 5 seconds
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Alan Stein Jr. on Sustaining Your Game and Avoiding Burnout

This week it was my privilege to speak with Alan Stein Jr. Allan is former professional performance coach and now serves as a public speaker and author. In this conversation we unpack a wide variety of lessons he has learned throughout his career including tips on how to avoid burnout and how to sustain a level of high performance by embracing the most fulfilling aspects of your work while not allowing that work to invade upon your personal and family time. Alan and I discuss a wide variety of techniques and teachings contained in the book while also discussing some of the practical strategies he has employed with former clients and world class athletes. Alan Stein, Jr. teaches proven strategies to improve both individual and organizational performance by empowering people to develop winning mindsets, rituals, and routines. As an internationally renowned veteran basketball performance coach, he spent 15+ years working with the highest-performing athletes on the planet (including NBA superstars Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Kobe Bryant). Alan served as a performance coach/consultant for Nike Basketball, Jordan Brand, the NBPA Top 100 Camp, and the McDonald's All-American Game. Alan has been a featured guest on over 200 podcasts and his list of corporate clients include American Express, Pepsi, Sabra, Starbucks, Under Armor, UGG, Orange Theory Fitness, and Penn State Football, where one of his quotes is featured on 12-foot mural outside their locker room (see below). His first book, Raise Your Game: High-Performance Secrets from the Best of the Best, received wide acclaim.  Alan’s latest book, Sustain Your Game: High Performance Keys to Manage Stress, Avoid Stagnation, and Beat Burnout is for high performers who want to learn practical strategies and action steps on how to sustain their game across all three timelines. It assembles invaluable advice and lessons from successful athletes, entrepreneurs, social scientists, journalists, CEOs, motivational speakers, business coaches, and consultants, as well as Alan’s own personal stories. Website: https://alansteinjr.com/ Book: https://amzn.to/3BP5DJn Stronger Team: https://strongerteam.com/sustainyourgame/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/3/202244 minutes, 38 seconds
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Anita Stubenrauch on Creativity in a Remote World

This week I was privileged to be joined by Anita Stubenrauch. Anita is a former Apple Computers Executive and graduate of The Art Institute of Chicago. As a creative sojourner Anita is paving her own path towards both creative and professional success by thinking outside the bounds of typical corporate boxes. In this conversation Anita and I discuss the challenges that face creatives in today's workforce and how remote work is presenting both limitations and opportunities for creatively minded individuals.   Anita Stubenrauch is a former Apple Executive who was able to pivot her success and experience into creating her own creative business. As the founder of Cause:Effect Creative and the developer of the soon to be Land of Make+Believe, Anita is leading small business owners and entrepreneurs to an enlightened way of thinking and making decisions. Anita currently lives in Murphys, California, where she's building a beautiful retreat space, The Land of Make+Believe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/26/202251 minutes, 51 seconds
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Dr. Jennifer Heisz on Moving the Body To Heal The Mind

This week I was excited to welcome Dr. Jennifer Heisz to the show to discuss her new book, Move the Body, Heal the Mind: Overcome Anxiety, Depression, and Dementia and Improve Focus, Creativity, and Sleep. This was a really motivating conversation about the incredible benefits of exercise and movement on not only our body's fitness but our brain’s functions. Dr. Heisz unpacks a host of benefits that exercise has on cognitive functions, memory, creativity, and of course productivity. In addition to discussing the many benefits that movement and exercise can have on creativity and focus in our work lives, Dr. Heisz also discusses the litany of ways that exercise can reward the pleasure centers of our brain helping to both prevent and assist various behaviors associated with addiction. Jennifer also addresses the relationship between exercise and depression and how important it is to be aware of the rhythms of our movement and how they can change throughout the seasons. Dr. Jennifer Heisz is a leading expert on the neuroscience of exercise and is the Director of the NeuroFit Lab at McMaster University, which boasts one of the top kinesiology departments in the world. Structured around Dr. Heisz’s personal journey from sedentary scholar to triathlete, the book combines anecdotes, research, and case studies to explain how exercise and the brain are intertwined. And, each chapter includes specialized workout regimens to help readers get started on their own fitness journey, whether they’re looking to reduce stress/depression or improve their sleep. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/19/202252 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ryan Mcrae on Productivity for College and University Students

Ryan McRae has had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder all of his life, but he wasn’t going to let ADHD run him down. He has worked to figure out how to take all the benefits and cancel out all the drawbacks. In this episode, Ryan and Erik discuss overcoming the productivity challenges of College and University Students. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/15/202250 minutes, 26 seconds
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Todd Henry on the Daily Practice of Creativity

This week I was excited to welcome Todd Henry back to the show for the sixth time to discuss his latest book, Daily Creative: A Practical Guide for Staying - Prolific, Brilliant, and Healthy. Todd is a prolific author and speaker who focuses on the creatives and dispelling myths about who is and who is not “creative” within corporate or professional workforces. For over a decade Todd has helped readers unlock their creative potential and find new ways to apply their talents.   In this new book Todd explores the benefits of reflecting on creative practices on a daily basis by creating a daily guide which succinctly and contemplatively welcomes readers to reflect upon both their creative potential and the ways that creativity can be applied in the most unlikely of work and life circumstances. Todd Henry is the founder of Accidental Creative, a company that helps creative people and teams be prolific, brilliant and healthy. He regularly speaks and consults with companies about how to develop practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He is the author of six books (The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Louder Than Words, Herding Tigers, The Motivation Code, Daily Creative). which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he speaks and consults across dozens of industries on creativity, leadership, and passion for work. With more than twelve million downloads, his podcast The Accidental Creative offers weekly tips for how to stay prolific, brilliant, and healthy. Learn more at AccidentalCreative.com. The Daily Creative is a daily reader for busy professionals, creative and otherwise, designed to help you gain focus for your day and advance toward your goals. Each daily reading is: Quick: Takes less than 5 minutes to complete Focused: Centers around a specific theme Inspiring: Includes a quote from great thinkers and creatives throughout history Actionable: Wraps with a daily action to help you achieve results Even if you don't think of yourself as creative, you'd probably be surprised by how many creative tools you use every day. You solve problems, design, write, invent, or in other words―create. But the pressure we feel to continually create value with our minds can cause tremendous stress and eventually neutralize our ability to be effective in our roles long term. Todd’s previous appearances on the show: Todd Henry on Motivation and Discovering the Hidden Forces That Drive Your Best Work Todd Henry on Challenge, Stability and Leading Creatives Todd Henry on Honing Your Voice, Practice and Creative Work Todd Henry on Creativity, Productivity and Passion Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/12/202244 minutes, 39 seconds
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Jon Acuff on Teaching Teenagers to Remix Their Mindset to Reshape Their Reality

This week I was so happy to welcome Jon Acuff back to the show to discuss his newest book, Your New Playlist: The Student Guide to Tapping into the Superpower of Mindset. This powerful new book which Jon co-authored with his two teenage daughters is a must read for parents, educators, and mentors seeking to empower young people with the mindset and tools that allow them to not only reshape their thoughts, but change the trajectory of negative voices that often plague young people’s everyday life. When Jon’s previous book, Soundtracks, came out, one reaction surprised him. Parents across the country all said the same thing: "Do you have a version for teenagers? If I knew how to change my mindset when I was that age, my entire life would have been different." Why did they say that? Because truth grows like compound interest. Saving money when you're young has a bigger impact than it does when you save in your 40s. A single new soundtrack--Acuff's phrase for a repetitive thought--believed when you're 14 or 18 can change your whole life in the same way. In response, Acuff tagged his two daughters to help him create an honest, actionable guide to mindset for teenagers.  Jon Acuff is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including Soundtracks, The Surprising Solution To Overthinking. Jon’s books have been published in more than twenty languages and his work is both critically acclaimed and adored by readers around the world. When he’s not writing, Acuff can be found on a stage, as one of INC’s Top 100 Leadership Speakers. He’s spoken to hundreds of thousands of people at conferences, colleges and companies around the world including FedEx, Nissan, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, Chick-fil-A, Nokia and Comedy Central. Known for his insights wrapped in humor, Acuff shared the stage with an American Icon when he opened up for Dolly Parton at the Ryman Auditorium. For over 20 years he’s also helped some of the biggest brands tell their story, including The Home Depot, Bose, and Staples. His fresh perspective on life has given him the opportunity to write for Reader’s Digest, Fast Company, The Harvard Business Review and Time Magazine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/5/202243 minutes, 46 seconds
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Kim Rittberg on Transitioning Your Talents when Changing Careers

This week I had a great conversation with Kim Rittberg about her new project the ‘Mom’s Exit Interview Podcast'. Kim and I discuss her checkered career and some of the reasons she chose to leave the corporate world and strike out on her own, producing and consulting on a range of content and media projects.  Kim has a wealth of insights and tips for not just Moms, but anyone considering transitioning into a new career or entrepreneurial endeavor. We discuss the importance of establishing your priorities before you make any major career changes and what she has been learning from her guests on the new podcast.  Kim Rittberg is a Video Marketing Strategy & Podcaster, former media executive, corporate quitter, and mom. She is an award-winning Video & Content Strategist, On-Camera Coach previously at Netflix, PopSugar, and Us Weekly. Kim is the host of ‘Mom’s Exit Interview Podcast’ where she interviews inspirational moms who are taking control of their lives while achieving (gasp!) true work-life balance: entrepreneurs, stay-at-home moms with side hustles, consultants, part-time workers and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/29/202247 minutes, 33 seconds
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Tiago Forte on Building a Second Brain to Free Our Minds

This week I was thrilled to speak with Tiago Forte about his groundbreaking new book, Building a Second Brain: A Proven Method to Organize Your Digital Life and Unlock Your Creative Potential. In this conversation, I discovered just what a second brain is and how productivity-minded people like me, (and likely you) can benefit from the methodologies laid out in this book to more powerfully, creatively, and effectively capture life experiences, journal entries, and and musings in order to free our brains of needless clutter and begin to more effectively create and organize our thoughts. This is an exceptional book and has rocketed into my top 10 productivity books of all time and after you listen you will see why. Tiago Forte is one of the world’s foremost experts on productivity and has taught thousands of people around the world how timeless principles and the latest technology can revolutionize their productivity, creativity, and personal effectiveness. He has worked with organizations such as Genentech, Toyota Motor Corporation, and the Inter-American Development Bank, and appeared in a variety of publications, such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Harvard Business Review. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/22/202250 minutes, 48 seconds
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Kate Tellers on The Power and Skill of Storytelling

This week I was excited to welcome Kate Tellers to the show to help us understand the power, purpose, and practicality of effective storytelling. Kate is the Director of Mothworks at the Moth, a live storytelling podcast that features everyday people sharing powerful, humorous, and insightful stories about their lives and experiences. In this conversation Kate shares her experiences with both helping to craft stories and why effective and well conceived storytelling is so important in both our professional and personal lives. We discuss how storytelling is not only a key element of empathetic, and impactful communication but also how it can be a key productivity tool for laying out your ideas, visions, and concepts in a way that is both authentic and relatable. Kate Tellers is the Director of MothWorks at The Moth, a host of their live storytelling series and Webby award-winning podcast, storyteller and director. Since then she’s developed stories with her heroes from her Pittsburgh childhood to the present day, designed storytelling programs with non-profits including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation and Ashoka, as well as Facebook, Nike, Google and the U.S. State Department. Her writing has appeared on McSweeney’s and The New Yorker.  Kate’s new book that she co-wrote alongside other storytelling experts is entitled How to Tell A Story: The Essential Guide to Memorable Story Telling from The Moth Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/16/202243 minutes, 47 seconds
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Omar Zenhom on Preparing to Leap Into Entrepreneurship

This week I was excited to welcome Omar Zenhom to the show. Omar is the host of the award-winning podcast The $100 MBA Show and the creator of the popular software tool Webinar Ninja. In this conversation, we cover a range of business and entrepreneurial topics including preparing to make the leap from a nine to five job to an entrepreneurial lifestyle and the challenges involved in that process.  We also discuss Omar’s personal journey toward becoming a successful podcast host and content creator as he reflects upon how his early setbacks were actually preparing and teaching him the skills he would need when the right opportunity came along. We conclude by reflecting on both of our journeys and the importance that mentorship, friendships, and support had in shaping our careers.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/9/202255 minutes, 2 seconds
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Phil Simon on Project Management in a Hybrid World

Phil Simon is a frequent keynote speaker, recognized collaboration and technology authority, and college professor for hire. He is the award-winning author of a dozen books, most recently Project Management in the Hybrid Workplace. He helps organizations communicate, collaborate, and use technology better.  In this conversation Phil talks with Erik about the problem of getting things done in the new world of work. When it comes to project management, the issues breaks down into: Communication, Collaboration, Coordination, and Expectation. We talk about where we are, how we got here, and offer some solutions for moving forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/1/202244 minutes, 6 seconds
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Jason Harris on The Soulful Art of Persuasion

This week I had a wonderful conversation with Jason Harris about his new book The Soulful Art of Persuasion: The 11 Habits That Will Make Anyone a Master Influencer. In this chat, Jason dispels some of the toxic chatter about influencers in the internet age and reminds listeners that the art of influence and persuasion is more about compassion, empathy, and finding common ground than Instagram fame or soulless clickbait. We cover his four principles of persuasion: original, generous, soulful, and empathetic by breaking down how each principle is applied and how their application can transform organizations and workplaces from spaces of dysfunctional conversations into communities of healthy and sincere communication.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/25/202243 minutes, 33 seconds
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John Brandon on Maximizing Productivity Seven Minutes at a Time

This week I had a great conversation with John Brandon focused on his new book, The 7-Minute Productivity Solution: How to Manage Your Schedule, Overcome Distractions, and Achieve the Results You Want. This was an excellent discussion on the power of taking just seven minutes out of key moments of your day in order to more effectively plan for your day, achieve moments of self-reflection, and remove oneself from digital distractions and ubiquitous media and technology that is robbing us of achieving our goals and living a more productive and fulfilling lifestyle. John Brandon has written over 15,000 articles for major publications like Inc. Magazine and Forbes, Wired, Popular Mechanics, Entrepreneur, TechRadar, Popular Science. For the last 10 years before starting at Forbes, he wrote a daily column for Inc.com. His new book is The 7-Minute Productivity Solution: How to Manage Your Schedule, Overcome Distraction, and Achieve the Results You Want Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/18/202238 minutes, 40 seconds
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Kendra Adachi on Prioritizing the Things That Matter

This week a had a wonderful discussion with Kendra Adachi both about her new book, The Lazy Genius Kitchen as well as her podcast The Lazy Genius, and her previous book The Lazy Genius Way. In this conversation, we discuss how vital it is to give yourself permission to be lazy about things that are not priorities while learning to manage and prioritize the things that matter most. This is truly a productivity lover's dream discussion that offers so many practical principles that can be applied to many aspects of your modern and busy lifestyle. Kendra Adachi is one part systems expert, and one part permission giver. As The Lazy Genius, she aims to help you be a genius about the things that matter and lazy about the things that don't. She is the host of The Lazy Genius Podcast, author of The Lazy Genius Way, and her new book is The Lazy Genius Kitchen: Have What You Need, Use What You Have, and Enjoy It Like Never Before. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/12/202248 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ken Blanchard and Randy Conley on Simple Truths of Leadership

This week it was truly my privilege to speak with Dr. Ken Blanchard and Randy Conley about their new book, Simple Truths of Leadership: 52 Ways to Be a Servant Leader and Build Trust. Ken Blanchard needs no introduction to many listeners as he has been a leading voice in business and leadership for decades. In this conversation, Ken and Randy share an abundance of wisdom regarding leadership principles of service, trust, and truth. Dr. Ken Blanchard is the cofounder and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management training and consulting firm that he and his wife, Margie Blanchard, began in 1979 in San Diego, California. In addition to being a renowned speaker and consultant, Ken also spends time as a visiting lecturer at his alma mater, Cornell University, where he is a trustee emeritus of the Board of Trustees. Ken is a prominent, sought-after author, speaker, and business consultant, Dr. Blanchard is universally characterized by his friends, colleagues, and clients as one of the most insightful, powerful, and compassionate individuals in business today. Ken is one of the most influential leadership experts in the world and is respected for his years of groundbreaking work in the fields of leadership and management. Randy Conley is the Vice President of Professional Services & Trust Practice Leader for The Ken Blanchard Companies. Their new book is Simple Truths of Leadership: 52 Ways to Be a Servant Leader and Build Trust. In the book they present a carefully curated collection of fifty-two essential leadership principles that are easy to implement and practice. The book is a fun, easy read that will make a positive difference in leadership and organizational success, Simple Truths of Leadership will show readers how to incorporate simple but essential practices into their leadership style, build trust through servant leadership, and enhance their own lives and the lives of everyone around them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/4/202245 minutes, 27 seconds
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Julie Solomon on Getting What You Want Out of Life

This week I had an inspirational conversation with Julie Solomon about her new book, Get What You Want: How to Go From Unseen to Unstopable. Julie was refreshingly candid about her "origin story" and her struggles to break through into a lifestyle of more healthy habits and proper boundaries. This conversation covers a lot of ground as we unpack some of the myths regarding influence and the incredible benefits that can come from hitting rock bottom only to build yourself up stronger. For more than fifteen years, Julie Solomon has been empowering lives—including her own for more than 15 years. In her weekly chart-topping podcast, The Influencer Podcast, she offers up real-time coaching, straight talk, and conversations about business growth and personal development to her millions of listeners worldwide. From her start as a publicist representing some of the top music acts and thought leaders of our generation, Julie has grown to teach tens of thousands of students worldwide. Her new book is Get What You Want: How to Go From Unseen to Unstoppable. Filled with actionable steps and easy exercises, the book offers a no-nonsense, eye-opening path that enables you to leverage your power and influence to: Understand and overcome the origin stories that hinder your success Discover your true purpose and create a new vision Set (and stick to!) newfound boundaries Gain the confidence to pitch, negotiate and get anything you want Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/27/202242 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ashish Goel on Drawing Upon Courage

This week I had a delightful conversation with Ashish Goel centered on his new book, Drawing on Courage: Risks Worth Taking and Stands Worth Making. Ashish and I explore ways in which we can summon our inner courage both in times of crisis and in our everyday work lives. Ashish also breaks down some of the ways that fear can deceive and even paralyze us and how we can learn to both cope with fear and deploy courage to overcome it. Ashish Goel is an entrepreneur, designer, former teaching fellow (at the d.school) and is the former head of design at Zomato (India's larger-scale Yelp!). He currently runs Boca, his sparkling water start-up, and advises some of India's top technology companies on design and product management. His new book Drawing on Courage: Risks Worth Taking and Stands Worth Making is packed with insights, tools and even comics for anyone who wants to jump this great divide. The book comes via the d.school: The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/20/202235 minutes, 25 seconds
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Dr. Susie Wise on Designing for Belonging

This week I was delighted to speak with Dr. Susie about her new book: Design for Belonging: How to Build Inclusion and Collaboration in Your Communities. We have a wide-ranging discussion on everything from the vital importance of design when developing team-building exercises and curriculums focused on the key role that empathy and belonging have in the modern workplace. In addition to discussing design basics, we also cover how technology has developed additional barriers toward belonging while increasing the odds of othering co-workers even without our awareness. In conclusion, Susie offers up simple techniques for combating this reality both when working from home and in the office. Dr. Susie Wise is a design leader with experience in the education, tech, and social sectors. She coaches leaders in equity design and innovation practices. She teaches at the d.school at Stanford. Previously she founded and directed the K12 Lab at the d.school and co-created Liberatory Design. Susie's new book is Design for Belonging: How to Build Inclusion and Collaboration in Your Communities. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/14/202244 minutes, 48 seconds
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Abby Marks Beale on The Need For Speed Reading

This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Abby Marks Beale about her latest book Speed Reading: A little Know Time-Saving Superpower. In this conversation, Abby debunks some of the myths and biases surrounding the practice of speed reading while sharing some practical, and easy-to-use tips on beginning to ramp up both your reading speed plus your focus, and comprehension. Abby is a speed reading educator, author, online course creator and corporate productivity expert, her latest book and ebook is entitled Speed Reading: A Little-Known Time-Saving Superpower. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/6/202239 minutes, 51 seconds
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Michael Reddington on the Value of Everyday Conversation

This week I had the privilege of speaking with Michael Reddington. Michael is an expert forensic interviewer and the President of InQuasive, Inc., which provides businesses and leaders with the tools they need to improve their leadership by activating the truth in all of their business interactions. In his new book, The Disciplined Listening Method: How a Certified Forensic Interviewer Unlocks Hidden Value in Every Conversation. Reddington details his innovative listening approach for anyone looking to improve their communication and relationship-building skills. Using his background in forensics and his understanding of human behavior through interrogation, Reddington teaches businesses to use the truth to their advantage. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/30/202243 minutes, 42 seconds
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Joshua Becker on the Pursuit of Purpose

This week I was excited to welcome back to the show Joshua Becker. Joshua is a best-selling author, speaker, and blogger whose latest book, Things That Matter...Overcoming Distractions to Purse a More Meaningful Life is available now. Joshua and I break down some of the many insights and discoveries covered in the book including the 8 major distractions he has identified as robbing us from living a life of meaning and deeper value. In addition to covering his latest book, we also discuss how the principles and insights of Things That Matter fit into his overall approach and philosophy towards minimalism and living a more simplified and fulfilling life. This epoisode is brought to you by: Zapier - Try Zapier for Free today! Gusto - Get 3 months of Gusto free today! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/24/202245 minutes, 6 seconds
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Lise Vesterlund on Balancing the Equality of Non-Promotional Workloads

This week I had the privilege of speaking with Lise Vesterlund about a new book she helped co-author, The No Club: Putting a Stop to Women's Dead-End Work. In this conversation, Lise helps listeners better understand the enormous disparities when it comes to "non-promotable" work tasks that are disproportionally assigned to women in the workplace. We talk about the root causes of this practice while addressing some of the systematic, cultural, and historical business practices that need to be reformed in order to create workplaces with greater equity and shared non-promotable tasks. In addition Lise shares some of the insights she has gleaned after forming a "No Club" with her fellow female faculty at The University of Pittsburg that aims to create a space for women to both share their experiences and promote accountability in saying no to dead-end work. Lise Vesterlund is a behavioral economist whose highly influential work shows how gender differences in competition, confidence, and expectations contribute to the persistent gender gap in advancement. She is one of the authors of the new book: 'The No Club: Putting a Stop to Women's Dead-End Work'. This episode is brought to you by: Canva Pro - Get your FREE 45-day extended trial! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/4/202241 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ian Sanders on The Journey Towards Better Days

This week I was excited to welcome Ian Sanders to the show. Ian is the author of the new book, 365 Ways to Have a Good Day: A Day-By-Day Guide to Enjoying a More Successful, Fulfilling Life. In this conversation, we explore just a fraction of the year's worth of techniques and tips that Ian has compiled covering everything from mindfulness to gratitude, all in the pursuit of improving our day-to-day lives. Ian reflects on his own personal journey while reminding us all that on this "road trip" called life, it's so vital to take the time to both refuel and reflect daily. Ian Sanders has built an unconventional career out of following his curiosity and sharing what he’s learned along the way. His new book is '365 Ways to Have a Good Day: A Day-By-Day Guide to Enjoying a More Successful, Fulfilling Life'. This episode is brought to you by: CircleDNA - Use the code 'ERIK' to get 33% off any DNA Test Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/25/202237 minutes
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Eric Pliner on Navigating Difficult Decisions

This week I had the opportunity to speak with Eric Pliner about his new book, Difficult Decisions: How Leaders Make the Right Call with Insight, Integrity, and Empathy. In this conversation, Eric lays out three steps for making decisions with speed, clarity, and humanity. We talk about decision making and why it's difficult, why it slows us down and how by equipping ourselves with "skilled subjectivity" we can not only improve our productivity and focus but prepare ourselves for difficult decisions we will inevitably face in the future. Eric Pliner is the Chief Executive Officer of YSC Consulting. Eric has more than 20 years’ experience in leadership development, organizational culture, diversity and inclusion initiatives. In his new book, 'Difficult Decisions: How Leaders Make the Right Call with Insight, Integrity, and Empathy', Eric presents a path to understanding your own subjectivity, and how your morals, ethics, and responsibilities affect how leaders make the most important decisions. This episode is brought to you by: [CircleDNA](www.circledna.com) - Use code 'ERIK' to get 33% off any kit Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/18/202235 minutes, 55 seconds
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Jon Acuff on Changing Overthinking Into a Superpower to Achieve Your Goals

Jon Acuff is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including his Wall Street Journal #1 bestseller, Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done. He's an INC Magazine Top 100 Leadership speaker and has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people at conferences and companies around the world. His latest book is Soundtracks: The Surprising Solution to Overthinking. In this conversation he talks about identifying overthinking, calling it what it really is (fear), and offering a simple plan to turn it from a super problem into a superpower. This episode is brought to you by: Backblaze- Use the link to get a 15-day free trial! CircleDNA - Use code 'ERIK' to get 33% off any kit Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/11/202252 minutes, 6 seconds
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Amanda E. White on Healthy Boundaries With Alcohol

Amanda E. White is a licensed therapist and the creator of the popular instagram account @therapyforwomen. She is the founder and owner of the group therapy practice, Therapy for Women Center, based in Philadelphia serving clients across the country. In her clinical work, she specializes in working with individuals with substance use disorders and eating disorders. Her new book is 'Not Drinking Tonight: A Guide to Creating a Sober Life You Love' In this conversation, we discuss the vital issue of developing healthy boundaries and truthful self reflection when it comes to alcohol consumption and the tendency of many to use alcohol for self-medication. In the wake of the pandemic, millions of people have been forced to re-evaluate their alcohol intake and ask some difficult questions regarding both their dependency and relationship to drinking. Amanda helps us explore a vast spectrum of questions when it comes to drinking do's and don'ts while reminding listeners that if your drinking habits are no longer a joyful part of a balanced lifestyle, it may be time to ask some deeper questions about your overall wellness. This episode is brought to you by: Riverside.fm - Use Coupon Code BEYOND for $10 off any subscription CircleDNA - Use code ERIK for 33% OFF any CircleDNA kit Canva Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/4/202235 minutes, 58 seconds
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Harry Glorikian on the Breakthrough Benefits of Biotech

Harry Glorikian has been a healthcare entrepreneur, author, podcaster, and company leader for the last 25 years. He has been at the intersection of the fast-moving science and business of healthcare and biotechnology. His latest book is 'The Future You: How Artificial Intelligence Can Help You Get Healthier, Stress Less, and Live Longer'. In this episode, we discuss some of the amazing biotech breakthroughs over the past few years while sharing stories about how each of us has been using technology to improve both our health and productivity. This epoisode is brought to you by: Riverside.fm - Use Coupon Code BEYOND for $10 off any subscription CircleDNA - Use code ERIK for 33% OFF any CircleDNA kit Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/28/202238 minutes, 25 seconds
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Eric Zimmer on Fostering Spiritual Habits Without Religious Baggage

Eric Zimmer is a behavior coach, podcast host, and author inspired by the quest for a greater understanding of how our minds work and how to intentionally create the lives we want to live. Eric is the host of 'The One You Feed'. The show features conversations with experts across many fields of study about how to create a life that has less suffering and more fulfillment and meaning. In this conversation Eric and Erik explore the differences between spirituality and religion and some of the wisdom he has gleaned from a variety of different spiritual practices he has observed over the years. This episode is brought to you by: Riverside.fm - Use Coupon Code BEYOND for $10 off any subscription CircleDNA - Use code ERIK for 33% OFF any CircleDNA kit Lexus Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/21/202240 minutes, 40 seconds
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Keith Ferazzi on Competing in the New World of Work

This week I'm excited to share a conversation I had with Keith Ferrazzi. Keith's new book is entitled Competing in the New World of Work: How Radical Adaptability Separates the Best from the Rest. In this talk, we cover everything from the challenges facing executives and employees returning to offices to the rewards that are in store for companies that are willing to adapt to the changing times. Keith and I also reframe the "Great Resignation" by exploring the movement for what it really is, a great exploration of new opportunities. Keith Ferrazzi is Chairman of Ferrazzi Greenlight and The Greenlight Research Institute. His writing has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Inc., and Fast Company. His latest book is 'Competing in the New World of Work: How Radical Adaptability Separates the Best from the Rest'. This episode is brought to you by: Canva CircleDNA - Use code ERIK to get 33% off any kit Lexus Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/14/202234 minutes, 20 seconds
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Lara Heimann on Yoga and the Importance of Proper Movement

This week I was excited to speak with fellow podcast host and yoga pioneer Lara Heimann. Laura and I had a fascinating discussion centered on the importance of consistent and effective movement in our everyday lives. If you’re anything like me maybe you have considered yoga as a means for improving your mobility and energy but just never got around to exploring the basics. In this conversation Laura answers all of my questions about how to get started, the array of physical and emotional benefits yoga offers, and how her physical therapy-based practice of "LYT" yoga differs from other more trendy or fashionable techniques. Lara Heimann is the host of the Redefining Yoga Podcast and has an advanced degree in physical therapy and is revolutionizing yoga based on three principles — physiology, kinesiology, and neurology. This episode is brought to you by: Thesis Lexus Loansteady Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/7/202247 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ryan Jenkins and Steven Van Cohen on Loneliness and Forging Meaningful Connections

Ryan Jenkins and Steven Van Cohen are co-founders of LessLonely.com, the world’s first resource fully dedicated to reducing worker isolation and strengthening team connections. Their new book is Connectable: How Leaders Can Move Teams From Isolated to All In. In this conversation they show what’s causing today’s loneliness, the role inclusion plays in solving it, and how you can decrease loneliness and increase belonging, engagement, and performance with employees at every level. This episode is brought to you by: CircleDNA - Use code 'ERIK' to get 33% off your order Lexus Loansteady Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/28/202247 minutes, 36 seconds
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Dr. Nate Zinsser on Finding a Mindset of Confidence

Dr. Nate Zinsser is an expert in the psychology of human performance who consults to individuals and organizations seeking a competitive edge. He is the director of west point’s influential performance psychology program. His new book is The Confident Mind: A Battle Tested Guide to Unshakeable Performance. In this discussion, we not only define confidence but debunk some commonly held beliefs on what it means to have confidence in yourself despite that voice in your head that's always saying you're not good enough. This episode is brought to you by: Lexus Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/21/202239 minutes, 40 seconds
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John Meese on Not Merely Surviving but Thriving

This week it was my pleasure to welcome my friend John Meese back to the show. John and I had a great conversation centered around building the foundations to not simply survive in this period of change but to find the tools, resources, and courage to thrive in it. John Meese is the author of the #1 bestseller Survive and Thrive: How to Build a Profitable Business in Any Economy (Including This One). John is on a mission to eradicate generational poverty by equipping entrepreneurs with the tools and training they need to build thriving businesses from scratch. He is the CEO of Cowork.Inc, co-founder of Notable, and host of the Thrive School podcast. John previously appeared on the show to talk about giving up social media. This episode is brought to you by: Lexus Ritual Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/14/202237 minutes, 54 seconds
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Daniel Pink on Learning From and Freeing Ourselves From Regret

Daniel H. Pink is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of seven books -- including his latest, 'THE POWER OF REGRET: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward'. In this episode Daniel provides an array of insights on why reframing, and properly understanding regret can be a poweful step twords rejuvinating our outlook on life, loved ones, and legacy. Daniel was previously on the show to talk about his previous book 'When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing'. This episode is brought to you by: Thesis Lexus Loansteady Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/7/202239 minutes
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Priyanka Wali on Balancing Healing, Humor, and Podcast Hosting

Dr. Priyanka Wali is a licensed and practicing physician who specializes in Internal Medicine and is also a stand up comedian. (Before Covid) Priyanka performs comedy routinely all throughout the United States and abroad, including corporate gigs, casinos and comedy clubs. She is also the co-host of HypochondriActor with Sean Hayes. She truly believes laughter is the best medicine, but likes to cover her bases as a board-certified practicing physician in Internal Medicine too. http://www.apple.co/hypo Follow Priyanka: Twitter Instagram This episode is brought to you by: [Goodrx](goodrx.com/beyond) Lexus [Loansteady]( www.loansteady.com/beyond) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/1/202253 minutes, 49 seconds
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Jenn Lim on Growing Beyond Happiness Both Personally and Professionally

Jenn Lim has dedicated her career to helping organizations from name-brand industry leaders to innovative governments build workplace cultures that benefit both their employees and their bottom line, with less employee turnover, greater engagement, and higher profits. Her culture consultancy, Delivering Happiness, demonstrates the profound impact happiness can have on businesses' ability to thrive in our ever-changing times. In her new book Beyond Happiness: How Authentic Leaders Prioritize Purpose and People for Growth and Impact https://amzn.to/3qkuFvS Jenn draws on her decades of experience in culture and strategy as a consultant for Zappos and CEO of DH and translates it into a practical “how to” framework for more sustainable workplaces and modern organization design. Jenn guides all of us – no matter our title or role – how to live more meaningful lives through the work we do every day. This episode is brought to you by: Lexus http://lexus.com/NX Net-Results http://net-results.com/beyond Wix http://wix.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/24/202234 minutes, 4 seconds
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Catherine Price on the Power of Fun

Catherine Price is a science journalist, speaker, coach, consultant, and author of books including How to Break Up With Your Phone and Vitamania. Her newest book is called The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again. This episode is brought to you by: Net-Results Ritual Wix Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/17/202250 minutes, 20 seconds
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Dr. Michael Breus on Recapturing Your Energy and Reclaiming Your Sleep

Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and both a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Michael was previously on the show to talk about his book The Power of When: Discover Your Chronotype In this conversation Michael talks with Erik about his new book he co-wrote with soulcycle founding instructor Stacey Griffith Energize! This episode is brought to you by: Net-Results Thesis Wix Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/10/202251 minutes, 21 seconds
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Don Khouri on Knowing When to Say Yes

Don Khouri has spent decades studying productivity as a PhD in human and organizational systems, corporate VP, speaker, and executive coach. In his quest to understand the secrets of the most productive people, he discovered the missing link in current productivity systems: they tell you how to manage projects and to-do lists, but don't show you how to determine what gets put on your plate in the first place. Don's new book is 'When to say Yes - The 5 Steps to Protect Your Time'. In this episode Don shares ways to protect your time, knowing how to triage requests and knowing when to say yes to incoming opportunities. Mentioned in this episode: "Why You Should Eliminate Your Free Time" This episode is brought to you by: Lexus Net-Results Wix Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/3/202239 minutes, 39 seconds
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Katie Krimitsos on Meditation and Achieving Balance as a Working Mom

Katie Krimitsos is a long time podcaster and business woman and the creator of The Women’s Meditation Network where she produces a number of highly effective meditation podcasts to help women feel more calm, less stress and anxiety and more confident. In this episode Katie lays out her approach to achieving a centered and productive lifestyle, how meditation differs depending on your personality, and how she is achieving balance while managing both a household and a growing business. This episode is brought to you by: Breathwrk - Get 40% off Breathwrk Pro! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/20/202148 minutes, 49 seconds
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Linda Bonnar on Managing Your Thoughts and Making Change Manageable

Linda Bonnar is a Personal & Corporate Coach, Author, Trainer and Educational Wellbeing Consultant based in New York City. Her latest book is 'Just Three Things: Bite-size ways to transform your life'. In this episode Linda addresses dealing with your inner critic, imposter syndrome, managing stress and making change more manageable. This episode is brought to you by: Breathwrk GoodRX Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/13/202142 minutes, 8 seconds
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Mike Sturm on Mastering Prioritization, Focus and Motivation

Mike Sturm is the publisher of the weekly newsletter Woolgathering, which is intended to help you think better, more creatively, and add more value to your life and work. His first book is Be, Think, Do Essays on Personal Development and Productivity. His second book is The Wabi-Sabi Way In this episode Mike shares his personal productivity workflow 'The Today System'. He created this system to achieve what other productivity systems were lacking: a sense of personalization, gamification and daily satisfaction. Mike Sturm https://thetodaysystem.com Previous episodes with Mike Sturm: Mike Sturm on the Meaning of Productivity Mike Sturm on The Wabi-Sabi Way This episode is brought to you by: Skylight Calendar Textexpander Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/6/202150 minutes, 46 seconds
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Steve Dotto on Navigating Career Transitions

Steve Dotto is a Tech geek, Business owner and Entrepreneur. For over 20 years, as host and executive producer of Dotto Tech, a nationally syndicated TV show. His new co-written book is 'No Limit Over 50: What To Do When You’ve Been Let Go, Replaced, Displaced, Or Just Want Something Different From Life'. In this conversation Steve talks with Erik about the current state of the workforce and how to prepare for the future. This episode is brought to you by: GoodRX Skylight Calendar Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/29/202142 minutes, 21 seconds
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Anne Bogel on Getting More Out of Your Reading Life

Anne Bogel is an Author, Podcaster, and Blogger. Her latest book is My Reading Life: A Book Journal, which helps book lovers get more out of their reading lives. This episode is brought to you by: Skylight Calendar Setapp Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/22/202142 minutes, 16 seconds
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Anne Bogel on Overthinking, Decision Making, and Self-Awareness

Anne Bogel is an Author, Podcaster, and Blogger. This is her third appearance on the show. Anne’s new book is Don't Overthink It - Make Better Dicisions, Stop Second Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life. This podcast is brought to you by: Wild Alaskan Company Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/15/202153 minutes, 38 seconds
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Dane Jenson on the Power of Pressure: How to Reduce Stress, Perform at Your Best and Master the Moments that Matter

Dane Jenson is the CEO of Third Factor where he works to help leaders be more effective, creative and resilient under pressure. In addition to his corporate work, Dane works extensively with athletes, coaches, leaders and boards across Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic sport system to enhance national competitiveness. Dane's new book is 'The Power of Pressure: Why Pressure Isn’t the Problem, It’s the Solution'. In this conversation dane talks about the power of pressure, how to reduce stress, and performing at your best and master the moments that matter. This episode is brought to you by: Setapp Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/8/202150 minutes, 59 seconds
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Carson Tate on How to Make Any Job Your Dream Job

Carson Tate is the founder and managing partner of Working Simply, Inc., a business consulting firm that partners with organizations, business leaders and employees to enhance workplace productivity, foster employee engagement, and build personal and professional legacies. The author of the best-selling, Work Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style. Her newest title is 'Own It. Love It. Make It Work.: How to Make Any Job Your Dream Job'. This episode is brought to you by: Textexpander Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/1/202138 minutes, 59 seconds
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Tanya Dalton on Intentionality and Living a Life of Meaning & Success

Tonya Dalton is the host of the Productivity Paradox Podcast, a show with actionable strategies & exercises to help you create a life centered around your own personal priorities. Her new book is 'On Purpose: The Busy Woman's Guide to an Extraordinary Life of Meaning and Success'. In this conversation Tanya talks about goal setting, reverse engineering actions, and living a intentional life of meaning and success. This episode is brought to you by: Justworks Setapp Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/25/202144 minutes, 50 seconds
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Tonya Dalton on the Joy of Missing Out, Overcoming Overwhelm and Taking Ownership

Tonya Dalton is the host of the Productivity Paradox Podcast, a show with actionable strategies & exercises to help you create a life centered around your own personal priorities. Her new book is The Joy of Missing Out: Live More by Doing Less. In this conversation Tonya and Erik talk about what the "Joy of Missing Out" is, overcoming overwhelm and taking ownership. This episode is brough tot you by: Gabi Insurance Postie Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/18/202153 minutes, 34 seconds
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Jeremie Kubicek on Becoming a Leader Worth Following

Jeremie Kubicek specializes in getting leaders to a higher level through his speaking, consulting and books. He takes complex concepts and adapts them into powerful tools that are practical and scalable. Jeremie speaks worldwide to audiences of all sizes across various industries and sectors. In this conversation Jeremie and Erik talk about his new book is 'The 100X Leader: How To Become A Person Worth Following'. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/11/202139 minutes, 21 seconds
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Jaime Masters on Focus, Flow, Time Tracking and Nootropics

Jaime Masters is the CEO of Evential Millionaire. She is a Business coach, author, and professional speaker and has hosted one-on-one interviews with over 350 millionaires and billionaires. In this conversation Jaime and Erik talk about 'Absolute Yes', Flow State, Time Tracking and Nootropics. This episode is brought to you by: Justworks Textexpander Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/4/202146 minutes, 55 seconds
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Paul Jarvis on Resilience, Autonomy, Speed and Simplicity

Paul Jarvis is a web designer, best-selling author and gentleman of adventure. Paul has a reputation as the designer whose vision and web design strategy is the prime catalyst for building multi-million dollar businesses. He's worked with Silicon Valley startups, pro sports athletes, Fortune 500 companies, best-selling authors and the world’s biggest entrepreneurs. Paul's new book is 'Company of One: Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing for Business'. In this episode he and Erik talk about staying small and avoiding growth to have freedom to pursue more meaningful pleasures in life, and avoid the headaches that result from dealing with employees, long meetings, or worrying about expansion. Company of One introduces this unique business strategy and explains how to make it work for you. This episode is brought to you by: LMNT Setapp Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/26/202148 minutes, 50 seconds
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Bonus Shortcast Episode: Nir Eyal on Conquering Distractions

This is a bonus episode, a shortcast. Shortcasts are something that I've partnered with Blinkist on for a year now. A shortcast is a 10-15 min version of a podcast where you get the core takeaways. This episode is with Nir Eyal on conquering distractions. You can listen to all the shortcasts of Beyond The To-Do list for free by going to blinkist.com/friends and enter 'beyond' for 14 days of Blinkist for free! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/23/202112 minutes, 25 seconds
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Dorie Clark on the power of Long Term Thinking

Dorie Clark is an Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and a Visiting Professor for IE Business School in Madrid. She has guest lectured at Harvard Business School, the Harvard Kennedy School, Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, the Wharton School, the MIT Sloan School of Management, and more. Her new book is The Long Game: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World. In it she shares unique principles and frameworks you can apply to your specific situation, as well as vivid stories from her own career and other professionals' experiences to give long term strategy to your goals. This episode is brought to you by: Setapp Wild Alaskan Company Postie Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/19/202143 minutes, 22 seconds
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Bonus Shortcast Episode: Laura Vanderkam on Remote Work

This is a bonus episode, a shortcast. Shortcasts are something that I've partnered with Blinkist on for a year now. A shortcast is a 10-15 min version of a podcast where you get the core takeaways. This episode is with Laura Vanderkam on remote work productivity. You can listen to all the shortcasts of Beyond The To-Do list for free by going to blinkist.com/friends and enter 'beyond' for 14 days of Blinkist for free! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/17/202111 minutes, 6 seconds
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Megan McNealy on Achieving Optimal Productivity Through Well-being

Megan McNealy has devoted her career to helping others achieve their highest potential-- by helping clients attain financial freedom through her wealth management career, and by helping readers and audiences master total well-being through her impactful work as a well-being and success thought leader. In Reinvent the Wheel, McNealy takes on the mistaken belief that doing well is more important than being well. In executive summary style, with to-the-point research combined with poignant stories, McNealy shows that well-being, in fact, drives, promotes and accelerates success. This episode is brought to you by: LMNT - Get a free sample pack! LinkedIn Jobs - Post your job free! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/13/202149 minutes, 36 seconds
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Bonus Shortcast Episode: Robert Stanley on Quitting

This is a bonus episode, a shortcast. Shortcasts are something that I've partnered with Blinkist on for a year now. A shortcast is a 10-15 min version of a podcast where you get the core takeaways. This episode is with Stanley Robertson on Why Quitting is the Last Principle of Success. If you're interested, you can listen to all the rest of the shortcasts of Beyond The To-Do list for free by going to blinkist.com/friends and enter 'beyond' for 14 days of Blinkist for free! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/10/202110 minutes, 55 seconds
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Aaron Dignan on Challenging Assumptions and Operating System of an Organization

Aaron Dignan is the founder of The Ready, an organization design and transformation firm that helps institutions like Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Airbnb, and charity: water change the way they work. He is a co-founder of responsive.org, an investor in purpose-driven startups, and a friend to misfit toys. Aaron’s new book is Brave New Work: Are You Ready to Reinvent Your Organization? In this conversation, Aaron talks about challenging the assumptions about the future of work, the organizational operating system and making the necessary changes to move forward. This episode is brought to you by: Textexpander - Get 20% off your first year! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/6/202145 minutes, 33 seconds
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Bonus Shortcast Episode: James Clear Atomic Habits

This is a bonus episode, a shortcast. Shortcasts are something that I've partnered with Blinkist on for a year now. A shortcast is a 10-15 min version of a podcast where you get the core takeaways. This episode is all about the power of habits and how to create them, and is created from my episode with James Clear the author of Atomic Habits. If you're interested, you can listen to all the rest of the shortcasts of Beyond The To-Do list for free by going to blinkist.com/friends and enter 'beyond' for 14 days of Blinkist for free! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/3/202111 minutes, 18 seconds
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Juliet Funt on Taking Strategic Pauses to Conquer Busyness

Juliet Funt is a renowned keynote speaker and tough-love advisor to the Fortune 500. She is an evangelist for freeing the potential of companies by unburdening their talent from busywork. Her new book is 'A Minute to Think: Reclaim Creativity, Conquer Busyness, and Do Your Best Work'. In this conversation Juliet talks about how to reclaim creativity, conquer busyness, and do your best work using strategic pauses. This episode is brought to you by: LMNT Setapp Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/30/202143 minutes, 19 seconds
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Grant Crowell on Creative Communication Skills

Grant Crowell is a virtual events trainer, a creative communication skills facilitator, a neurodiversity speaker and author. His book is 'GRANTASMS: Creative twisted words for cool people!'. In this conversation, Grant talks about how to use creative techniques to improve workplace communication. This episode is bought to you by: Postie Setapp Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/23/202144 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ron Friedmann on Using Reverse Engineering to Master New Skills Faster

Ron Friedman, an award-winning social psychologist who specializes in human motivation. Ron has served on the faculty of the University of Rochester, Nazareth College, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and has consulted for some of the world’s most successful organizations. Ron's new book is Decoding Greatness: How the Best in the World Reverse Engineer Success. In this conversation, Ron shares how using reverse engineering helps to master new skills faster. This episode is brought to you by LinkedIn Jobs - Post your job for free! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/16/202143 minutes, 5 seconds
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Jeff Brown on the Power of Creating and Optimizing a Reading Habit

Jeff Brown is a podcaster, mentor, and speaker. He is the host of the Read to Lead podcast, and co author of the new book: Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career. In this conversation, Jeff talks about the power of creating a reading habit and how to optimize it. This episode is brought to you by: Brain fm Boost your reading speed and comprehension and get 20% off your first year! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/9/202145 minutes, 58 seconds
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Stanley Robertson on Why Quitting is the Last Principle of Success

Dr. Stanley G. Robertson is the author of the book 'Quit: The Last Principle of Success'. In this conversation, Stanley and Erik discuss: The stigma of quitting The steps of qutting well Bad reasons to quit things Why our brain can't let it go This episocde is brought to you by: Textexpander Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/2/202153 minutes, 8 seconds
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Jess Cording on Managing Stress and Anxiety

Jessica Cording, MS, RD, CDN, INHC is a registered dietitian, health coach, and writer with a passion for helping people streamline their wellness routine and establish a balanced relationship with food and exercise. Through her writing, consulting, public speaking, and counseling, she works with individuals, corporations, and the media to help make drama-free healthy living approachable and enjoyable. Her new book is The Little Book of Game-Changers: 50 Healthy Habits For Managing Stress & Anxiety. In this converdsation, she and Erik talk scheduling time to worry, getting the right amount of caffeine, and having a plan for loneliness. This episode is brought to you by: Textexpander Sit Down, Startup by Zendesk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/27/202139 minutes, 53 seconds
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Scott Shute On the Positive Benefits of Mindfulness and Compassion in Organizations

Scott Shute is the Head of Mindfulness and Compassion at LinkedIn, and Author of 'The Full Body Yes: Change Your Work and Your World from the Inside Out'. In this conversation Scott talks about how companies can best help their employees, the place mindfulness and compassion take in the workplace, and The impact that moving from a "Me" to "We" mindset can have on an organization. This episode is brought to you by Sit Down, Startup by Zendesk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/20/202145 minutes, 43 seconds
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Greg Mckeown on Making Essential Activities Easy

Greg McKeown is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, 'Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less'. His new book is 'Effortless: Make It Easier to Do What Matters Most'. He is also the host of the 'What's Essential Podcast'. In this conversation, Greg talks about what Essentialism is and making the most essential activities the easiest ones, so you can achieve the results you want, without burning out. This episode is brought to you by: Sit down, Startup by ZenDesk LinkedIn Jobs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/14/202154 minutes, 50 seconds
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Shawn Stevenson on Caffeine and Screen Curfews to Get Better Sleep

Shawn Stevenson is an author of Sleep Smarter: 21 Strategies to Sleep Your Way to A Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success. He is also the creator of The Model Health Show, featured as the #1 Health podcast in the country on iTunes. A graduate of The University of Missouri, St. Louis, Shawn studied business, biology and kinesiology, and went on to be the founder of Advanced Integrative Health Alliance, a company that provides wellness services for individuals and organizations worldwide. This episode is brought to you by: Streak Unidragon - Use code 'beyond' for 10% off! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/6/202149 minutes, 35 seconds
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James Beshara on Caffeine Alternatives for Energy and Productivity

James Beshara is a startup founder and investor in San Francisco, CA. After developing a heart condition in 2013 from excess caffeine consumption, James became fascinated by the science and research backing up alternatives to caffeine for energy, productivity, and focus. His new book is 'Beyond Coffee: A Sustainable Guide to Nootropics, Adaptogens, and Mushrooms'. In this conversation Erik and James talk about James past relationship with caffeine, decreasIng stress and improving productivity. This episode is brought to you by: Magic Mind - Use code 'todo20' for 20% off! Setapp Sit down, Startup Podcast by Zendesk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/29/202158 minutes, 56 seconds
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Corbett Barr on Digital House Cleaning, Online Presence and Reputation

Corbett Barr is a founder/CEO of Fizzle. He's been self employed on the Internet since 2005, earning a living from blogging, podcasting, online courses, memberships, SaaS and more. Recently Corbett announced he was doing a digital house cleaning or online presence reboot. In this conversation Corbett talks with Erik about what he is pruning and keeping digitally, This episode is brought to you by: Usual Wines Use code 'beyond' for $8 off! Streak Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/22/202147 minutes, 13 seconds
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Miles Adcox on Prioritizing Emotional Wellness, Mental Health and Margin

Miles Adcox is an entrepreneur, speaker, host, and coach. He is the Owner and CEO of Onsite, an internationally-known emotional wellness lifestyle brand that delivers life-changing personal growth workshops, inspiring content, leadership retreats, and emotional treatment. In this conversation Miles talkes with Erik about prioritizing emotional wellness and mental health and margin. Mentioned in this episode: Setapp Donald Miller - Scary Close Donald Miller - Beyond the To-Do List 1 Donald Miller - Beyond the To-Do List 2 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/15/202145 minutes, 48 seconds
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Nir Bashan on Creativity and Unlocking The Creator Mindset

Nir Bashan is a world-renowned creativity expert. He has taught thousands of leaders and individuals around the globe how to harness the power of creativity to improve profitability, increase sales, and ultimately create more meaning in their work. His new book is The Creator Mindset: 92 Tools to Unlock the Secrets to Innovation, Growth, and Sustainability. In this conversation Nir talks about unlocking The Creator Mindset creativity for non-creative people and training your mind to think in a creative way. This episode is brought to you by: Textexpander Unidragon Puzzles - Use code 'BEYOND' for 10% off Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/8/202135 minutes, 45 seconds
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Bonus Episode: Erik Fisher on The Simplify Podcast by Blinkist

This bonus episode is an appearance Erik made on the Simplify podcast by Blinkist. In it you will hear lessons from almost 10 years of podcasting about productivity. blinkist.com/friends and enter 'beyond' for 14 days of Blinkist for free! Link to original episode https://simplify.simplecast.com/episodes/erik-fisher-get-the-right-work-done Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/7/202136 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ximena Vengoechea on The Power and Skill of Listening

Ximena Vengoechea is a user researcher, writer, and illustrator whose work on personal and professional development has been published in Inc., The Washington post, Newsweek, and Huffington Post. She is the author of the new book, 'Listen Like You Mean it: Reclaiming the Lost Art of True Connection'. This episode is brought to you by: Otis Unidragon Puzzles Use code 'beyond' for 10% off Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/1/202141 minutes, 53 seconds
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Jason Scott on Project Management and Productivity

Jason Scott has personally overseen the global transformational efforts within organizations such as DirecTV, Trader Joe's, Blizzard Entertainment, Sony Pictures, Mattel, and others. His book 'The Irreverent Guide to Project Management: An Agile Approach to Enterprise Project Management' offers comprehensive, step-by-step instruction and best practice techniques to help you move your project forward aggressively and achieve optimum results. This episode is brought to you by: Otis Setapp Usual Wines - use promo code 'beyond' for $8 off! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/25/202143 minutes, 10 seconds
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Jon Acuff on Changing Overthinking Into a Superpower to Achieve Your Goals

Jon Acuff is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including his Wall Street Journal #1 bestseller, Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done. He's an INC Magazine Top 100 Leadership speaker and has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people at conferences and companies around the world. His latest book is Soundtracks: The Surprising Solution to Overthinking. In this conversation he talks about identifying overthinking, calling it what it really is (fear), and offering a simple plan to turn it from a super problem into a superpower. This episode is brought to you by: Streak Otis Usual Wines - Use promo code 'beyond' for $8 off! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/18/202152 minutes, 25 seconds
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Dee Ann Turner on Transitioning Your Career to Create a Work Life You Love

Dee Ann Turner spent three decades leading teams and coaching staff members at Chick-fil-A. In her new book 'Crush Your Career: Ace the Interview, Land the Job, and Launch Your Future' Dee Ann draws on that experience to create a guide that is part roadmap, part proactive push to understand ourselves and our goals better. In this conversation, Dee Ann talks with Erik about: Finding a job Preparing for an interview Conquering the first 90 days Managing work relationships Getting started in a career now, Making career transitions, entering into second acts, Finding a career that gives work life meaning This episode is brought to you by: Ladder Life Insurance Canva Setapp Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/11/202142 minutes, 32 seconds
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Dave Crenshaw on The Myth of Multitasking

Dave Crenshaw is the author of 'The Myth of Multitasking: How “Doing It All” Gets Nothing Done'. His courses on LinkedIn Learning have been viewed tens of millions of times. His five books have been published in eight languages, the most popular of which is The Myth of Multitasking—a time management bestseller. In this conversation Dave talks with Erik about how and why multitasking doesn’t work and how to be more effective by doing one thing at a time. This episode is brought to you by: OTIS Textexpander Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/4/202147 minutes
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Mary Rensel and Ali Hively on Brain Health and Optimization

Dr. Mary Rensel and Ali Hively have backgrounds in academic medicine and life coaching. Their company, BrainOps Group helps professionals optimize their brain for stress management, productivity and performance. In this conversation they talk about ways to optimize your brain health and function through sleep, physical activity, nutrition and much more. This episode is brought to you by: Canva Setapp Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/27/202147 minutes, 7 seconds
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Julie Fast on Getting Things Done with Depression

Julie Fast is a critically acclaimed international author, researcher, educator and sought after expert in the mental health field. She is regarded as a mental health pioneer for her groundbreaking, comprehensive approach to treating bipolar disorder, unipolar depression, anxiety and schizoaffective disorder using both mainstream and self created management strategies. She is also the author of Get It Done When You're Depressed, now with a 2nd edition. In this conversation Julie talks about easy to follow and practical strategies for anyone trying to live a more productive life when dealing with depression, like how to know when your brain is lying to you and many more strategies for keeping your life on track. This episode is brought to you by: Setapp Vidyard Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/20/202156 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ariel Garten on Meditation, Mindfulness and Neuroscience

Ariel Garten is a Neuroscientist, former psychotherapist and cofounder of Muse - The Brain Sensing Headband. Muse tracks your brain during meditation to give you real-time feedback on your meditation, guiding you into the “zone” and solving the problem most of us have when starting a meditation practice. Muse lets you know when you are doing it right. In this conversation, Ariel talks about: What meditation is What meditation is NOT How to get started The benefits of meditation How Muse works and helps meditation This episode is broguth to you by: Setapp Vidyard Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/14/202145 minutes, 53 seconds
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Megan Hyatt Miller on How To Win at Work & Succeed At Life

Megan Hyatt Miller is the chief executive officer at Michael Hyatt & Co. She is also the co-host of the Lead to Win podcast. Her new book, co-authored with her father Michael Hyatt is 'Win at Work & Succeed At Life: 5 Principles to Free Yourself From the Cult of Overwork'. In this conversation Megan talks about work/life balance, the cult of overwork and implementing the double win in your organization and at home. This episode is brought to you by: Vidyard Textexpander Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/6/202147 minutes, 37 seconds
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Michael Dietrich-Chastain on Reducing Stress, Accomplishing Goals, and Mastering Adaptability

Michael Dietrich-Chastain is a psychotherapist, an executive coach, and an organizational consultant at his firm Arc Integrated. He is also the author of the book CHANGES: The Busy Professional’s Guide to Reducing Stress, Accomplishing Goals, and Mastering Adaptability. Mentioned in this episode: [Blinkist - Get Shortcasts of this podcast!](beyondthetodolist.com/blinkist) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/30/202146 minutes, 19 seconds
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Charlie Gilkey on How to Start Finishing Projects in Your Life and Go From 'Idea' to Done!

Charlie Gilkey is the founder of Productive Flourishing, a website that helps changemakers (creatives, leaders, and entrepreneurs) start finishing the stuff that matters. Productive Flourishing is routinely placed in the Top 50 websites for planning, productivity, creativity, and team development for creative folk. Charlie's book Start Finishing presents a 9-step method for converting an idea into a project by addressing the challenges you'll face and getting the project on a reality-based schedule. Check out shortcasts of this podcast on Blinkist! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/23/202155 minutes, 38 seconds
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Kim Foley on How You Can Be Your Best in Virtual Meetings

Kim Foley founded Smartphone Video Production Academy and trains organizations how to produce and edit professional-quality mobile video. In addition, she consults with corporations on how to create better quality virtual meetings. Her new book is Virtual Meetings With Power And Presence: The Ultimate Guide To Online Meetings. In this conversation, Kim talks about how you can be your best in virtual meetings, from tech to clothing and apprearance. This episode is brought to you by: The Great Courses Plus - Get a full unlimited month free at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/beyond Mint Mobile Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/16/20211 hour, 51 seconds
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John Lee Dumas on Discipline, Mentorship, Achieving Uncommon Success

John Lee Dumas is the founder and host of the award winning podcast, Entrepreneurs On Fire. His first traditionally published book, The Common Path to Uncommon Success is available for pre-order now at UncommonSuccessBook.com. In this conversation John talks about lessons learned in podcasting, entrepreneurship, writing the book, and how discipline and mentorship helped him get started. This episode is brought to you by: The Great Courses Plus - Get a full month FREE at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/beyond Vital Choice - Use Code BEYOND10 to get 10% off one order Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/9/202151 minutes, 21 seconds
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Cal Newport on Information Overload and a World Without Email

Cal Newport is the author of Deep Work and So Good They Can’t Ignore You and Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World. Cal's new book is A World Without Email: Reimagining Work in an Age of Communication Overload. In this conversation Cal talks about the real problem with modern knowledge work, how email and other tech plays into it, how the problem started and how to start getting ahead in the new world of knowledge work that is coming soon. Tweet or DM me your questions for an upcoming Q & A episode with Cal! Make sure to check out Cal's article 'When Did Productivity Become Personal?' for further reading on this topic. This episode is brought to you by: Textexpander - Get 20% your first year! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/2/202154 minutes, 41 seconds
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Eric Partaker on Identity, Purpose and Change

Eric Partaker is a certified coach by the High Performance Institute. Eric coaches a limited number of entrepreneurs and leaders throughout the world, helping them reach peak levels of performance, in both their businesses and lives. He draws from his work experiences, cutting-edge research, and behavioral science from Stanford University, as well as the approaches and techniques used in the worlds of elite sports and the military - areas where peak performance is key. In this conversation Eric talks about his new book The 3 Alarms: A Simple System to Transform Your Health, Wealth, and Relationships Forever. This episode is brought to you by: The Great Courses Plus - Get 1 month Unlimted for free! Vital Choice - Use code 'BEYOND10' for 10% of one order Otis - Get a free 14 day trial and $50 credit Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/23/202138 minutes, 52 seconds
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Jeffrey and Jami Downs on The Power of Streaking to Create Life Changing Results

Jeffrey and Jami Downs of StreakingMastery.com are the authors of the new book Streaking: The Simple Practice of Conscious, Consistent Actions That Create Life-Changing Results. In this conversation they talk with Erik about the power of streaking, how streaks are different from habits, the rules of streaking, choosing the right streaks, and how to recover from a broken streak. This episode is broguth to you by: The Great Courses Plus - Get 1 month Unlimted for free! Otis - Get a free 14 day trial and $50 credit Mint Mobile - Cut your wireless bill to $15 a month Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/16/202159 minutes, 21 seconds
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Chris Byers on Remote Teams, Remote Culture and OKRs

Chris Byers, CEO of Formstack, an online form and data-collection platform. He has helped Formstack grow from 7 to 200 employees in the past 10 years and pioneered a highly relational remote culture. Formstack also produces the Ripple Effect Podcast. In this conversation Chris talks with Erik about building a remote culture, maintaining that culture during the pandemic, onboarding remote workers, and OKR planning. This episode is brought to you by: Otis Vital Choice - Use code 'BEYOND10' for 10% of one order Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/9/202148 minutes, 4 seconds
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Annie Duke on Making Better Decisions by Identifying and Dismantling Hidden Biases

Annie Duke is a decision strategist, poker champion, and the bestselling author of Thinking in Bets. Her new book How to Decide: Simple Tools for Making Better Choices. In this episode Annie talks about how to make better decisions, identifying and dismantling hidden biases, and making better choices. This episode is brought to you by: Vital Choice - Use code BEYOND10 to 10% off one order The Great Courses Plus - Get Unlimted Access Free for 1 Month! Textexpander - Get 20% off 1 year! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/2/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 58 seconds
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Allison Fallon on the Power of Writing for Clarity, Confidence and Purpose

Allison Fallon is an award winning author, sought after public speaker, and nationally recognized writing coach. She has coached hundreds of thousands of writers - from NYT Bestselling authors to total beginners to help them finally get their books written and on shelves. Grab the first chapter free here. Her most recent book The Power of Writing Things Down walks anyone - even those who swear they aren't "real" writers - through a simple daily practice they can use to reduce anxiety, curb depression, improve their confidence and gain clarity in their life. This episode is brought to you by: The Great Courses - Get one month Unlimited FREE Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/26/202146 minutes, 42 seconds
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Jon Acuff on Finishing, Fighting Perfectionism and Completing Your Goals

Jon Acuff is the New York Times Bestselling author. In this conversation Jon talks with Erik about his book Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done about completing goals. Jon also has a new podcast called 'All It Takes Is A Goal'. This episode is brought to you by: Mint Mobile Brain.fm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/19/202140 minutes, 16 seconds
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Dr. Samantha Brody on Overcoming Overwhelm

For decades, Dr. Samantha has helped people to transform their lives with her innovative approach. Now you can use the same tested tools and guidance to experience the freedom of better health, greater resilience, and peace of mind. Samantha's new book is Overcoming Overwhelm: Dismantle Your Stress from the Inside Out. In this episode she and Erik talk about overcoming overwhelm, dismantling stress and achieving greater resilience. This episode is brought to you by: ExpressVPN Brain.fm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/12/202136 minutes, 43 seconds
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Cait Flanders on Opting Out of Expectations and Living With Intentionality

Cait Flanders is the author of Wall Street Journal bestseller, The Year of Less. Her new book is Adventures in Opting Out: A Field Guide to Leading an Intentional Life. In this conversation Cait and Erik talk about how to opt-out of expectations and live a more intentional life. This episode is brought to you by: Textexpander Brain.fm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/5/202152 minutes, 51 seconds
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David Smith and Brad Johnson on How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace

David G. Smith and W. Brad Johnson are gender-in-the-workplace experts. Their new book is Good Guys: How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace. In this conversation they talk about: How men can partner with their female colleagues to advance women's leadership and equality Overcoming unconscious biases Creating productive and respectful working relationships with women This episode is brought to you by: Setapp Betterhelp Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/29/202045 minutes, 6 seconds
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David Shar on Identifying, Preventing and Dealing with Burnout

David Shar is a keynote speaker, consultant, and trainer specializing in helping organizations improve their leadership and culture, combat burnout, and design meaningful work. In this conversation David talks with Erik about identifying the signs of burnout, ways to prevent it, and dealing with burnout when you have it. Make sure to check out David's Burnout-Proof Culture Model. This episode is brought to you by: ExpressVPN Setapp Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/22/202049 minutes, 26 seconds
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Melissa Steginus on Mindfulness, Intention and Attention

Melissa Steginus is a mindfulness teacher and productivity coach helping people structure their work and lives to be intentional, empowering, and fulfilling. With a background in social work and over a decade of experience as a counsellor, coach, yoga instructor, and world traveller, Melissa has helped thousands of people transform their personal and professional lives. Her new book is 'Everyday Mindfulness: 108 Simple Practices to Empower Yourself and Transform Your Life'. In this conversation Melissa and Erik discuss the importance of mindfulness and getting started daily mindfulness practices. This episode is brought to you by: Fight Camp NuCalm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/15/202048 minutes, 26 seconds
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John Jantsch on Resilience, Perseverance and Perspective

John Jantsch is a marketing consultant, speaker and best selling author Duct Tape Marketing, Duct Tape Selling, The Commitment Engine, The Referral Engine and SEO for Growth. He is the creator of the Duct Tape Marketing System and Duct Tape Marketing Consulting Network that trains and licenses small business marketing consultants around the world. John Returns to the show this time to talk about specific entries in the month of August from the book centered around resilience, perseverance, and perspective. John's new book is 'The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur: 366 Daily Meditations to Feed Your Soul and Grow Your Business'. This episode is brought to you by: Setapp Betterhelp Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/8/202045 minutes, 55 seconds
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Holiday Gift Suggestions 2020

In this episode, Erik runs through his top suggestions for holiday gifts to give or ask for in 2020. Kiwi Co - Promo code: beyond Fight Camp Setapp Textexpander X-Stand - Portable Standing Desk Ember Mug Oculus Quest 2 Swanwick Muse Brainfm AirPods Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones Top 5 Productivity Books Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/1/202027 minutes
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Greg Audino on Control, Ownership, and Mindset

Greg Audino is the host of the Optimal Living Advice podcast. In this conversation Greg talks with Erik about the concept of control, ownership, agency and mindset. This episode is brough to you by: NuCalm KiwiCo Use code 'beyond' to get 50% off your first month and free shipping! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/24/202046 minutes, 57 seconds
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Firdaus Kharas on Creativity as a Key to a Remarkable Life

Firdaus Kharas is an Author, Speaker and Founder of Chocolate Moose Media. His new book is 'Creativity: The Key to a Remarkable Life'. In this conversation, Firdaus talks with Erik about what creativity is and is not, how to tap into it, how to use it through focus and distraction, and how to lead a creative life. This episode is brought to you by: ExpressVPN Athletic Greens Betterhelp Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/17/202043 minutes, 57 seconds
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Edward Hess on Hyper-Learning and Adapting to Change in the Workplace

Ed Hess is a Professor of Business Administration, Batten Fellow and Batten Executive-in-Residence at the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. He is the author of 13 books and over 150 practitioner articles and over 60 Darden cases, etc. dealing with growth, innovation and learning cultures, systems and processes. The common themes of his work is high individual and organizational performance. In this conversation Ed talks with Erik about his new book: Hyper-Learning: How to Adapt to the Speed of Change and how humans can stay relevant In the workplace using hyper-learning to excel cognitively, behaviorally, and emotionally in ways that technology can't. This episode is brought to you by: Fightcamp Kiwico - Get 50% off your first month and free shippoping with promo code 'Beyond' Betterhelp Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/10/202044 minutes, 45 seconds
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Bryan Falchuk on Building Better Relationships with The 50 75 100 Solution

Bryan Falchuk is a Certified Personal Trainer and Behavior Change Specialist who has coached many people to improve their lives. In his professional career, Bryan has been a management consultant and executive in the Financial Services sector for nearly 20 years, having lead large teams, managed significant budgets, and turned around struggling operations. In this episode Bryan talks with Erik about the message of his book The 50 75 100 Solution: Build Better Relationships. This is Bryan's 2nd appearance on the show. He previous appeared here. This episode is brought to you by: KiwiCo - Use code 'BEYOND' for 50% off your first month and free shipping! Textexpander Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/3/202047 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ashley Whillans on Being Time Smart, How to Reclaim Your Time and Live a Happier Life

Ashley Whillans Is an assistant professor at Harvard Business School and author of TIME SMART: How to Reclaim Your Time and Live a Happier Life. In this conversation, Ashley talks about finding time, spending time, funding time, Happiness dollars and how we can reframe our decisions around time and money to make happier choices. This episode is brought to you by: Athletic Greens Betterhelp Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/27/202048 minutes, 51 seconds
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Top 5 Personal Productivity Books

This week Erik counts down his top five personal productivity books! The Top 5 Personal Productivity Books: The Getting Things Done Workbook - David Allen Free to Focus: A Total Productivity System to Achieve More by Doing Less - Michael Hyatt Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life - Nir Eyal Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones - James Clear The Motivation Code: Discover the Hidden Forces That Drive Your Best Work - Todd Henry Honorable Mentions: The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery - Ian Morgan Cron Now, Discover Your Strengths - Don Clifton Reading Tools: Brain.fm Blinkist Deeper Listening: David Allen on Developing the Skill of Outcome and Action Thinking Michael Hyatt on Energy, Clarity and Focus Michael Hyatt on Achieving the Freedom to Focus and Eliminating Distractions Through Digital Minimalism Nir Eyal on Overcoming Internal and External Distractions James Clear on Building Good Habits and Breaking Bad Ones Todd Henry on Discovering the Hidden Forces of Motivation That Drive Your Best Work Ian Morgan Cron on The Enneagram 101 Ian Morgan Cron on Overcoming the Productivity Hangups of Each Enneagram Type Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/20/202018 minutes, 5 seconds
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Rob Hatch on Time, Attention, Information Overload and Focus

Rob Hatch is the co-founder and President of Owner Media Group, providing strategies and skills for the modern business. He is also a highly sought after business coach and advisor serving executives and owners of organizations large and small. Rob's new book is 'Attention!: The Power of Simple Decisions in a Distracted World'. In this conversation Rob talks with Erik about creating a flexible approach that gives you the space to focus your attention on what is important, the power to make decisions aligned with your goals, and the ability to take action. This episode is brought to you by: Brain.fm Betterhelp Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/13/202048 minutes, 5 seconds
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Dave Delaney on Technology and Focus, Relationships and Networking

Dave Delaney is a recognized leader, consultant and keynote speaker on digital marketing, social media strategy, and business networking. His book is New Business Networking and his Newsletter is The Nice Maker. Dave recently took two months off social media. In this conversation, Dave and Erik talk about the lead up to that, the steps he took, and lessons learned. This episode is brought to you by: Athletic Greens Woven Textexpander Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/6/202053 minutes, 36 seconds
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Todd Henry on Motivation and Discovering the Hidden Forces That Drive Your Best Work

Todd Henry write books, podcasts and speaks internationally on creativity, leadership, productivity, and passion for work, and help people and teams generate brilliant ideas. Todd has been on the show three times previously. In this conversation, Todd talks with Erik about his new book The Motivation Code: Discover the Hidden Forces That Drive Your Best Work Help me improve the show for you by going to PodcastListenerSurvey.com! This is episode is brought to you by: Green Chef Woven Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/29/202049 minutes, 16 seconds
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Julie Morgenstern on Productivity in Parenting and Relationships

Julie Morgenstern is a well known expert on organization and time management. The author of five best-selling books, Morgenstern has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, and helped thousands of people transform their homes, businesses, and attitudes about every kind of clutter. Her new book is called Time to Parent: Organizing Your Life to Bring Out the Best in Your Child and You. In this conversation Julie and Erik talk about: Simple strategies to stay truly present and focused, whether you’re playing with your kids, enjoying a meal with your significant other, or getting ahead on that big proposal for work. Clever tips to make the most of in-between time―Just 5-15 minutes of your undivided attention has a huge impact on kids. Permission to take personal time without feeling guilty, and the science and case studies that show how important self-care is and how to make time for it. This episode is brought to you by: Woven Betterhelp Mentioned in this episode: Time to Parent: Organizing Your Life to Bring Out the Best in Your Child and You Time to Parent Podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/22/202043 minutes, 55 seconds
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Paul Casey on Time Management and Maximizing Every Minute

Paul Casey is the owner of Growing Forward Services, and has partnered with his corporate and individual clients to transform their vision, their habits, and their lives. In this conversation Paul talks with Erik about time management as an aspect of productivity, make better use of our calendars and blocking out time. Make sure to check out Paul's 'Control My Calendar Checklist'! This episode is brought to you by: Podcast Movement Virtual - Use Code BEYOND for a great discount! Woven Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/14/202036 minutes, 31 seconds
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Andy Andrews on Having the Proper Focus, The Power of Thought and Being Truthful with Yourself

Andy Andrews is an author of over 20 books and sought after corporate speaker. Andy Andrews is the author of the New York Times bestsellers How Do You Kill 11 Million People?, The Noticer, and The Traveler’s Gift, and is also an in-demand speaker for the world’s largest organizations. In this conversation, Andy talks about his New book Just Jones, the third book in The Noticer Trilogy. Andy and Erik talk about lessons from that book including the power of thought, having the proper focus, changing perspective, and being truthful with yourself This episode is brought to you by: Athletic Greens Betterhelp Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/8/202032 minutes, 21 seconds
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Andy Andrews on Perspective

Andy Andrews is an author of over 20 books and sought after corporate speaker. Andy Andrews is the author of the New York Times bestsellers How Do You Kill 11 Million People?, The Noticer, and The Traveler’s Gift, and is also an in-demand speaker for the world’s largest organizations. In this conversation, Andy talks about his book The Noticer Returns and the topic of perspective and how powerful changing perspective can be. This episode is brought to you by: Podcast Movement - Use Code BEYOND for a great discount! Textexpander Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/1/202033 minutes, 16 seconds
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Bruce Tulgan on The Art of Being Indispensable at Work

Bruce Tulgan is a leading expert on young people in the workplace and one of the leading experts on leadership and management. Bruce is a best-selling author, an adviser to business leaders all over the world, and a sought-after keynote speaker and management trainer. His latest book is The Art of Being Indispensable at Work: Win Influence, Beat Overcommitment, and Get the Right Things Done. In this conversation Bruce talks about how to beat overcommitment, understand Influence and when to say no, and how to say yes. This episode is brought to you by: Woven Betterhelp Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/25/202033 minutes, 4 seconds
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Laura Vanderkam on How to Succeed at Remote Work

Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management and productivity books, including Off the Clock, I Know How She Does It, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and 168 Hours. This is her 5th appearance on the show. Her new book is The New Corner Office: How the Most Successful People Work from Home. In this conversation Laura Vanderkam draws from her 18 years of experience working remotely to share strategies for productivity, creativity, and health in the world of remote work. This episode is brought to you by: Podcast Movement Virtual Use code BEYOND for a great discount! Woven Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/18/202049 minutes, 45 seconds
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Cal Newport on Digital Minimalism

Cal Newport is the author of Deep Work and So Good They Can’t Ignore You. Cal’s latest book is Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World. In this conversation, Cal and Erik talk about the premise of the book: Technology is intrinsically neither good nor bad. The key is using it to support your goals and values, rather than letting it use you. This episode is brought to you by: Athletic Greens Woven Betterhelp Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/12/202046 minutes, 28 seconds
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Brooke McAlary on Rhythms, Rituals and Routines

Brooke McAlary of The Slow Your Home Podcast talks about creating Rhythms, Rituals and Routines to slow down and have more simplicity in your life. Her book is Destination Simple: Everyday Rituals for a Slower Life. This episode is brought to you by: Woven Textexpander Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/4/202044 minutes, 26 seconds
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David Allen on Developing the Skill of Outcome and Action Thinking

David Allen is the originator of GTD. GTD is the shorthand brand for “Getting Things Done“. GTD enables greater performance, capacity, and innovation. It alleviates the feeling of overwhelm—instilling focus, clarity, and confidence. In this conversation David talks about the new Getting Things Done Workbook, developing the skill of outcome and action thinking and overcoming the biggest objections to the GTD methodology. This episode is brought to you by: Betterhelp Setapp Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/28/202043 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ian Morgan Cron on Overcoming the Productivity Hangups of Each Enneagram Type

Ian Morgan Cron is a bestselling author, Enneagram teacher, nationally recognized speaker, psychotherapist, and Episcopal priest. In his book 'The Road Back to You', Ian presents an approachable and practical path to access the wisdom of the Enneagram. He also hosts the Typology Podcast. Ian covered the basics of the Enneagram in the last episode. In this conversation Ian covers the productivity hangups of each enneagram type and how to overcome them. This podcast is brought to you by: Athletic Greens Miro Betterhelp Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/21/202047 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ian Morgan Cron on The Enneagram 101

Ian Morgan Cron is a bestselling author, Enneagram teacher, nationally recognized speaker, psychotherapist, and Episcopal priest. In his book 'The Road Back to You', Ian presents an approachable and practical path to access the wisdom of the Enneagram. He also hosts the Typology Podcast. In this conversation Ian Morgan Crongives gives an overview of what the Enneagram is and the key attributes of a healthy and unhealthy version of each of the 9 types. This podcast is brought to you by: Setapp Betterhelp Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/14/202041 minutes, 18 seconds
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Mike Sturm on The Wabi-Sabi Way

Mike Sturm is the publisher of the weekly newsletter Woolgathering, which is intended to help you think better, more creatively, and add more value to your life and work. His first book is Be, Think, Do Essays on Personal Development and Productivity. Mike's new book is The Wabi-Sabi Way. In this conversation Mike talks with Erik about what Wabi Sabi Is, and how to talk The Wabi-Sabi Way. This episode is brought to you by: Betterhelp Textexpander Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/7/202050 minutes, 51 seconds
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Mike Sturm on the Meaning of Productivity

Mike Sturm is the publisher of the weekly newsletter Woolgathering, which is intended to help you think better, more creatively, and add more value to your life and work. His first book is Be, Think, Do Essays on Personal Development and Productivity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/30/202043 minutes, 5 seconds
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Mike Robbins on Creating a Team Culture of High Performance, Trust, and Belonging

Mike Robbins is an author, thought leader and sought-after speaker who teaches people, leaders, and teams to infuse their lives and businesses with authenticity and appreciation. As a leadership expert, he partners with some of the top organizations in the world helping enhance performance, trust, and belonging. His new book is 'We're All in This Together: Creating a Team Culture of High Performance, Trust, and Belonging'. In this conversation Mike and Erik talk about the 4 pillars of how to create a team culture of high performance, trust, and belonging. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/23/202058 minutes, 46 seconds
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Liz Fosslein on the Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work

Liz Fosslien is a consultant on product design and experience design projects with companies including Salesforce, SYPartners, and Ernst & Young. Her work has been featured by The Economist, The Financial Times, NPR, Quartz, Fast Company, the Freakonomics Blog, and LifeHacker. Her book 'No Hard Feelings: Emotions At Work and How They Help Us Succeed' (co-author Mollie West Duffy) takes a look at how emotions profoundly affect key aspects of professional life. The book serves as a deeply researched guide to un-repressing emotions at work, finding constructive channels even for jealousy and anxiety, and demystifying digital interactions and coworker communication styles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/16/202046 minutes, 55 seconds
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Melissa Steginus on Making Self-Care, Personal, Purposeful and Practical

Melissa Steginus is a mindfulness teacher and productivity coach helping people structure their work and lives to be intentional, empowering, and fulfilling. With a background in social work and over a decade of experience as a counsellor, coach, yoga instructor, and world traveller, Melissa has helped thousands of people transform their personal and professional lives. Her book is Self Care at Work: How to Reduce Stress, Boost Productivity, and Do More of What Matters. You can find her course on Skillshare here. In this conversation Melissa and Erik discuss common excuses and hangups that keep people from making an intentional plan for self-care, the importance of self-care, and how to make it personal, purposeful and practical. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/9/202053 minutes, 23 seconds
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Elizabeth Emens on the Admin Tasks of Life

Elizabeth Emens is a Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, and the author of Life Admin: How I Learned to Do Less, Do Better, and Live More. Elizabeth Emens was a working mother with two young children, swamped like so many of us, when she realized that this invisible labor was consuming her. Desperate to survive and to help others along the way, she conducted interviews and focus groups to gather favorite tips and tricks, admin confessions, and the secrets of admin-happy households. Life Admin tackles the problem of admin in all its forms, from everyday tasks like scheduling doctors appointments and paying bills, to life-cycle events like planning a wedding, a birth, a funeral. Emens explores how this labor is created, how it affects our lives, and how we might avoid, reduce, and redistribute admin whenever possible—as individuals and as a society. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/1/202041 minutes, 55 seconds
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Mamie Kanfer Stewart on Making Meetings More Effective, Engaging and Enjoyable

Mamie Kanfer Stewart founded Meeteor, a global venture providing meeting management solutions. Through consulting and technology, Meeteor enables teams and organizations to develop a healthy and productive meeting culture. Her book is Momentum: Creating Effective, Engaging and Enjoyable Meetings. In this episode Made talks about how to the your meetings where they have been to where they could be: a huge collaborative tool towards greater goals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/26/202052 minutes, 26 seconds
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Chris Bailey on Hyperfocus, Mental RAM and Boredom

Chris Bailey turned down lucrative job offers to pursue a lifelong dream—to spend a year performing a deep dive experiment into the pursuit of productivity, a subject he had been enamored with since he was a teenager. Erik and Chris talked about his first book The Productivity Project during the last episode he appeared on. Chris is back to talk about his new book Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction. In this conversation Chris talks with Erik about: Hyperfocus Scatterfocus Attention Residue Mental RAM Boredom Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/19/202055 minutes, 28 seconds
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Lacy Boggs on Slow Growth and Work Life Balance

Lacy Boggs is director of The Content Direction Agency. She helps small businesses and solopreneurs teach them how to drive their own content marketing with strategies and frameworks that make content easier and more effective to produce. In this conversation Lacy talks with Erik about how she built her business putting in just 20 hours a week, has maintained flexibility and work life balance, and made time for herself and family along the way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/13/202041 minutes, 10 seconds
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Michael Brues on The Power of Chronotypes and Sleep

Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and both a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Michael joins Erik in this episode to talk about discovering your chronotype, and the difference that can make not only to your sleep quality and quantity, but to your day to day productivity as well! In this Michael’s book ‘The Power of When: Discover Your Chronotype–and the Best Time to Eat Lunch, Ask for a Raise, Have Sex, Write a Novel, Take Your Meds, and More’ is out now, and a must read! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/6/202039 minutes, 30 seconds
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Matt Bodnar Psychology of Business and Decision Making, Contemplative Routines and the 80/20 Principle

Matt Bodnar is also the Creator and Host of The Science of Success Podcast. He was named to "Forbes 30 Under 30” and partner in multiple "Inc Fastest Growing Companies," is a deal maker and strategy expert who has scaled businesses across multiple industries. Bodnar has acquired more than 25 private businesses. In this conversation Matt talks with Erik about the Psychology of Business and Decision Making, Contemplative routines, the 80/20 Principle And keeping a work journal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/29/202054 minutes, 46 seconds
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Nir Eyal on Overcoming Internal and External Distractions

Nir Eyal is the bestselling author of 'Indistractable: 'How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life'. In this conversation Erik And Nir talk about the secret of finally doing what you say you will do and the hidden psychology driving us to distraction. He describes why solving the problem is not as simple as swearing off our devices. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/21/202048 minutes, 44 seconds
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James Clear on Building Good Habits and Breaking Bad Ones

James Clear is an author and speaker focused on habits, decision-making, and continuous improvement. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Entrepreneur, Time, and on CBS This Morning. He is a regular speaker at Fortune 500 companies and his work is used by teams in the NFL, NBA, and MLB. Through his online course, The Habits Academy, Clear has taught more than 10,000 leaders, managers, coaches, and teachers. In this episode James talks with Erik about his new book Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/15/202054 minutes, 18 seconds
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How Productive Should You Be in a Crisis?

In this brief 15 min episode, Erik takes a few minutes to talk about two previous crisis from his past in hopes of being real about how there is no 'one size fits all' approach to life and productivity when a crisis hits. Mentioned in this episode: Anne Bogel on Overthinking, Decision Making and Self-Awareness Jess Cording on Managing Stress and Anxiety Kate Swoboda on Courage as a Habit and Emotional Resilience James Beshara on Caffeine Alternatives for Energy and Productivity Brainfm - Get 20% off a year! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/9/202015 minutes, 3 seconds
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Kate Swoboda on Courage as a Habit and Emotional Resilience

Kate Swoboda is author of 'The Courage Habit: How to Accept Your Fears, Release the Past, and Live Your Courageous Life'. She's also Director of the Courageous Living Coach Certification where she teaches people how to change old patterns of self-doubt and create courageous habits (and courageous lives) using the principles of habit-formation. She has been a consultant for teams within businesses, and she's spoken at conferences and seminars on the topic of courage as it relates to personal development, releasing overwhelm, business and marketing, money mindset, wellness, increasing emotional resilience, and healthy goal-setting using habit-formation techniques. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/31/202053 minutes, 11 seconds
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Michael Hyatt on Creating a Clear and Compelling Vision to Grow Your Organization

Michael Hyatt is the founder and CEO of Michael Hyatt & Company and no stranger to this podcast! His newest book is 'The Vision Driven Leader: 10 Questions to Focus Your Efforts, Energize Your Team, and Scale Your Business'. In this conversation Michael and Erik discuss the need for a vision script instead of a vision statement, energizing your team and creating a vision script for growth of your organization. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/24/202042 minutes, 41 seconds
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Grant Baldwin on Productivity Tips for Public Speakers

Grant Baldwin is the founder and CEO of TheSpeakerLab.com, a training company for public speakers. He is the best-selling author of "The Successful Speaker" and also host of "The Speaker Lab Podcast." In this episode Grant and Erik talk about getting started as a speaker and productivity tips for speakers just getting started or further on in their journey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/17/202052 minutes, 27 seconds
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Anne Bogel on Overthinking, Decision Making and Self-Awareness

Anne Bogel is an Author, Podcaster, and Blogger. This is her third appearance on the show. Anne’s new book is Don't Overthink It - Make Better Dicisions, Stop Second Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/2/202053 minutes, 26 seconds
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Merlin Mann on Unknown Inboxes, Fear Vs Anxiety and Interuptions Vs Distractions

Merlin Mann is an independent writer, speaker, and broadcaster based in San Francisco. Merlin mostly makes podcasts: Do By Friday, Reconcilable Differences, Roderick on the Line, and Back to Work. Covered in this episode: Examining the known inboxes you have in your life The inboxes we have accepted How thoughts effect our feelings and vice versa Fear vs Anxiety Interruptions vs distractions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/25/20201 hour, 13 minutes, 46 seconds
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Merlin Mann on Inbox Zero, Getting Things Done and Being a Student of Productivity

Merlin Mann is an independent writer, speaker, and broadcaster based in San Francisco. Merlin mostly makes podcasts: Do By Friday, Reconcilable Differences, Roderick on the Line, and Back to Work. Covered in this episode: Different definitions of the word ‘productivity’ Merlin’s superhero origin story as a productivity student The creation of 43Folders, the transition from then to today Getting Things Done by David Allen ©DavidCo, 2001. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/18/20201 hour, 7 minutes, 13 seconds
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James Beshara on Caffeine Alternatives for Energy and Productivity

James Beshara is a startup founder and investor in San Francisco, CA. After developing a heart condition in 2013 from excess caffeine consumption, James became fascinated by the science and research backing up alternatives to caffeine for energy, productivity, and focus. His new book is 'Beyond Coffee: A Sustainable Guide to Nootropics, Adaptogens, and Mushrooms'. In this conversation Erik and James talk about James past relationship with caffeine, decreasIng stress and improving productivity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/11/202059 minutes, 9 seconds
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Jess Cording on Managing Stress and Anxiety

Jessica Cording, MS, RD, CDN, INHC is a registered dietitian, health coach, and writer with a passion for helping people streamline their wellness routine and establish a balanced relationship with food and exercise. Through her writing, consulting, public speaking, and counseling, she works with individuals, corporations, and the media to help make drama-free healthy living approachable and enjoyable. Her new book is The Little Book of Game-Changers: 50 Healthy Habits For Managing Stress & Anxiety. In this converdsation, she and Erik talk scheduling time to worry, getting the right amount of caffeine, and having a plan for loneliness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/4/202039 minutes, 45 seconds
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John Jantsch on Becoming a Self-Reliant Entrepreneur

John Jantsch is a marketing consultant, speaker and best selling author Duct Tape Marketing, Duct Tape Selling, The Commitment Engine, The Referral Engine and SEO for Growth. He is the creator of the Duct Tape Marketing System and Duct Tape Marketing Consulting Network that trains and licenses small business marketing consultants around the world. John's new book is 'The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur: 366 Daily Meditations to Feed Your Soul and Grow Your Business'. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/28/202047 minutes, 5 seconds
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Amber De La Garza on Productivity for Business Owners

Amber De La Garza works with business owners who are ready to transform the way they work so they can reduce stress, maximize time, and grow their business. She is also the host of the Productivity Straight Talk Podcast. In this conversation, Amber talks with Erik about putting your best time towards your best activities and the four buckets every business owner needs to be filling. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/21/202049 minutes, 48 seconds
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Donald Miller on How the Principles of a Good Story Can Lead to a Meaningful Life

Donald Miller is all about story. He is the author of several books, including multiple New York Times Best Sellers. After studying story for years and successfully using the elements of story to engage customers, Don created StoryBrand, a process any business owner or marketing team can go through to create a communication script that will increase sales. In this conversation Donald talks with Erik about how the principles of a good story can lead to a meaningful life. Mentioned in this episode: Storybrand * A Million Miles in a Thousand Years The Storyline Productivity Schedule Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/14/202029 minutes, 24 seconds
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Rob Bell on Being Present in the Here and Now Through Rhythms, Routines, Rituals, and Sabbath

Rob Bell is a New York Times bestselling author and top Podcaster. He’s been profiled in The New Yorker, he’s toured with Oprah on her Life You Want Tour, and in 2011 Time Magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People In The World. In this conversation, Rob and Erik talk about Rob's book Be Here Now and how to gain the proper perspective and awareness of ‘being here now’ through practicing rituals, routines, rhythms and taking a sabbath. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/7/202037 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ryan McRae on Setting and Keeping New Years Resolutions

Ryan McRae has had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder all of his life, but he wasn’t going to let ADHD run him down. He has worked to figure out how to take all the benefits and cancel out all the drawbacks. Ryan has been on the show previously to talk about ADHD, But in this conversation he and Erik talk about Setting resolitions and sticking to them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/31/201944 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ryan McRae on Hygge, Pacing and Rest

Ryan McRae has had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder all of his life, but he wasn’t going to let ADHD run him down. He has worked to figure out how to take all the benefits and cancel out all the drawbacks. Ryan has been on the show previously to talk about ADHD, But in this conversation he and Erik talk about Hygge, Pacing and Rest. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/24/201934 minutes, 45 seconds
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Daniel Clark on Using Music for Better Focus, Relaxation, Sleep and Meditation

Daniel Clark is the CEO of Brain.fm. Brain.fm makes music to help you do what you need to do, better. The company uses a patented AI engine to generate music backed by scientific research to help listeners focus, relax, and sleep. While “normal,” everyday music is primarily made to sound good and evoke feelings, Brain.fm works with a team of music composers backed by PhD-led scientific research to engineer music specifically designed to enhance these states within minutes of use. Daniel also made an offer to all listeners of this show: Try it out FREE AND get 20% off your first year! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/17/201949 minutes
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Jonathan Levi on Learning, Speed Reading and Memory Palaces

Jonathan Levi grew up struggling with learning disabilities, low self esteem, bullying, and severe depression. Today he helps others as an author (The Only Skill that Matters: The Proven Methodology to Read Faster, Remember More, and Become a SuperLearner) and podcaster (THE SUPERHUMAN ACADEMY PODCAST) to overcome their personal battles & become the person they dream of being. In this episode Jonathan talks about learning, speed reading, memory improvement and memory palaces. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/3/201946 minutes, 36 seconds
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Eric Zimmer on Mindfulness, Meditation and Momentum

Eric Zimmer is a behavior coach, podcast host, and author inspired by the quest for a greater understanding of how our minds work and how to intentionally create the lives we want to live. Eric is the host of 'The One You Feed'. The show features conversations with experts across many fields of study about how to create a life that has less suffering and more fulfillment and meaning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/26/201950 minutes, 20 seconds
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Michael Dietrich-Chastain on Reducing Stress, Accomplishing Goals, and Mastering Adaptability

Michael Dietrich-Chastain is a psychotherapist, an executive coach, and an organizational consultant at his firm Arc Integrated. He is also the author of the book CHANGES: The Busy Professional’s Guide to Reducing Stress, Accomplishing Goals, and Mastering Adaptability. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/19/201946 minutes, 22 seconds
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Craig Jarrow on Time Management Ninja Tools for Productivity

Craig Jarrow is the author of Time Management Ninja. The mission of his site is to help individuals and companies reclaim their time. His new book is Time Management Ninja: 21 Rules for More Time and Less Stress in Your Life. In this episode Craig talks with Erik about the productivity tools to make more time and get rid of stress. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/12/20191 hour, 3 minutes, 14 seconds
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Megan McNealy on Achieving Optimal Productivity Through Well-being

Megan McNealy has devoted her career to helping others achieve their highest potential-- by helping clients attain financial freedom through her Wealth Management career, and by helping readers and audiences master total well-being through her impactful work as a Well-Being and Success thought leader. In Reinvent the Wheel, McNealy takes on the mistaken belief, pervasive in our workplaces, that doing well is more important than being well. In executive summary style, with to-the-point research combined with poignant stories, McNealy shows that well-being, in fact, drives, promotes and accelerates success. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/5/201950 minutes, 47 seconds
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Charlie Gilkey on How to Start Finishing Projects in Your Life and Go From 'Idea' to Done!

Charlie Gilkey is the founder of Productive Flourishing, a website that helps changemakers (creatives, leaders, and entrepreneurs) start finishing the stuff that matters. Productive Flourishing is routinely placed in the Top 50 websites for planning, productivity, creativity, and team development for creative folk. Charlie's new book Start Finishing presents a 9-step method for converting an idea into a project by addressing the challenges you'll face and getting the project on a reality-based schedule. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/29/201956 minutes, 29 seconds
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John Meese on NOT using Social Media For Business or Personal Use

John Meese helps leaders build an online audience around their message as the Dean of Platform University, and helps entrepreneurs systemize success so that they can get more results from less effort on his personal blog. In this conversation John and Erik talk about: Why John doesn't have any social media accounts The thought process he and his wife went through to leave social media The personal and professional benefits of not using social media Why John doesn't have internet at his home! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/22/201947 minutes, 53 seconds
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Stanley Robertson on Why Quitting is the Last Principle of Success

Dr. Stanley G. Robertson is the author of the book 'Quit: The Last Principle of Success'. In this conversation, Stanley and Erik discuss: The stigma of quitting The steps of qutting well Bad reasons to quit things Why our brain can't let it go Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/15/201953 minutes, 24 seconds
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Tim Campos on Overcoming the Productivity Pitfalls of the Calendar

Tim Campos is former Chief Information Officer at Facebook, and is now the co-founder and CEO of Woven. The Woven calendar app makes shared scheduling much easier, a first step along the way to better managing your time. The app pulls together every stage of the calendar lifecycle – planning, scheduling, preparation, meeting, and follow-up – and puts it into a smart, cohesive view. In this conversation Tim talks with Erik about overcoming the productivity pitfalls of the Calendar. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/7/201951 minutes, 45 seconds
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David Hauser on Experimenting for Optimal Diet, Physical Activity, Sleep and More

David Hauser is a serial entrepreneur who launched several companies before he began high school. David spent his youth working more than one hundred hours a week, until he realized the toll it was taking on his mind, body, and life. After failing to see results from conventional wisdom, he decided to do what he does best: innovate. His unique journey to wellness has helped him realize his life's purpose of empowering others to optimize their own lives by reclaiming their health. David's new book is Unstoppable - 4 Steps to Transform Your Life in which he provides an open structure that encourages you to experiment with all the factors that contribute to wellness—from nutrition and exercise, to sleep, yoga, meditation, productivity, and more. In this conversation David talks with Erik about the different experiments and tests he went through to compile his findings for the book. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/1/201944 minutes, 53 seconds
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Tonya Dalton on the Joy of Missing Out, Overcoming Overwhelm and Taking Ownership

Tonya Dalton is the host of the Productivity Paradox Podcast, a show with actionable strategies & exercises to help you create a life centered around your own personal priorities. Her new book is The Joy of Missing Out: Live More by Doing Less. In this conversation Tonya and Erik talk about what the "Joy of Missing Out" is, overcoming overwhelm and taking ownership. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/27/201953 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ryan Hanley on Making and Overcoming Excuses and Blocking Time for Margin to Be Creative

Ryan Hanley is the CEO at Metabolic, a unique fitness program centered around Metabolic Training, or “strength training at a pace”; the ultimate blend of strength and cardio. He was previously a content marketing writer, speaker, and consultant specializing in the insurance industry. In this conversation Ryan and Erik talk about why we make excuses, how to overcome them, moving past expecting instant results, scheduling margin for creativer work and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/17/201953 minutes, 5 seconds
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Nir Eyal on Becoming Indestractable

Nir Eyal is the bestselling author of "Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products" and "Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life." He has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. His writing on technology, psychology, and business appears in the Harvard Business Review, The Atlantic, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today. In this conversation he talks with Erik about the hidden psychology driving us to distraction. He describes why solving the problem is not as simple as swearing off our devices: Abstinence is impractical and often makes us want more. Eyal lays bare the secret of finally doing what you say you will do with a four-step, research-backed model. Indistractable reveals the key to getting the best out of technology, without letting it get the best of us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/10/201950 minutes, 57 seconds
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David Allen on Developing the Skill of Outcome and Action Thinking

David Allen is the originator of GTD. GTD is the shorthand brand for “Getting Things Done“. GTD enables greater performance, capacity, and innovation. It alleviates the feeling of overwhelm—instilling focus, clarity, and confidence. In this conversation David talks about the new Getting Things Done Workbook, developing the skill of outcome and action thinking and overcoming the biggest objections to the GTD methodology. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/3/201943 minutes, 55 seconds
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Melanie Penna on Worklfows, Problem Solving and Strategy

Melanie Penna is the head of CX Integration at Comcast. In this conversation we talk about setting up an organization that is able to support changes, identifying known issues or gaps in your processes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/27/201937 minutes, 17 seconds
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Kris Ward on Time and How to 'Win the Hour' to 'Win the Day'

Kris Ward is the founder of Win The Hour, Win the Day, a platform and Amazon best-selling book, that helps entrepreneurs to systematically grow their business and, oh, by the way, enjoy a personal life too. After the loss of her husband, Kris returned full-time to the marketing & branding agency she had founded years earlier, only to find her business was thriving. She began teaching clients the exact systems & process that had freed her up and helped her during that difficult time and changed their lives in the process. Through sound time management principles - that anyone can easily understand and apply - Kris’ clients now had more time, freedom and recaptured the joy & fun they once had when they first started their businesses. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/20/201951 minutes, 38 seconds
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Pete Mockaitis on How to Accomplish More, Faster

Pete Mockaitis is an award-winning trainer and coach who helps professionals perform optimally at work. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, and Inc. He began his career at Bain & Company and currently hosts the How to be Awesome at Your Job podcast. The show has been downloaded over 8,000,000 times and consistently ranks as a top business show in Apple Podcasts. Erik was recently a guest on Pete's show! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/13/201936 minutes, 34 seconds
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Moe Carrick on Creating a Bravespace Workplace

Moe Carrick has over 30 years of experience working in organizations on issues of partnership, leadership, strategy, and culture. Her latest book 'Bravespace Workplace' shows how leaders need to focus on six interdependent levers of their day-to-day work (culture, leadership, team, meaning, design, and partnership with machines) to materially enliven and lift the humanity and the performance of everyone who works for them – which is a win–win for both employee and employer. Bravespace Workplace offers a clearly imagined future for organizations in which the people who work there grow, connect, and thrive. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/6/201948 minutes, 19 seconds
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Miles Adcox on Prioritizing Emotional Wellness, Mental Health and Margin

Miles Adcox is an entrepreneur, speaker, host, and coach. He is the Owner and CEO of Onsite, an internationally-known emotional wellness lifestyle brand that delivers life-changing personal growth workshops, inspiring content, leadership retreats, and emotional treatment. In this conversation Miles talkes with Erik about prioritizing emotional wellness and mental health and margin. Mentioned in this episode: Donald Miller - Scary Close Donald Miller - Beyond the To-Do List 1 Donald Miller - Beyond the To-Do List 2 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/30/201945 minutes, 50 seconds
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Shawn Blanc on Course Correction, Overwhelm and Task Management

Shawn Blanc is the founder of The Sweet Setup, a site that recommends the best apps for your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Shawn and his team are incredibly prolific in their reviews and recommendations of mac and iOS apps, but also create great training courses for those apps including: Unlock 1Password All The Things Day One In Depth Learn Ulysses In this conversation taken from bonus material from the 'All The Things' course, Shawn dicsusses overwhelm, course correction and choosing a task management software with Erik in this reverse interview. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/23/201946 minutes, 15 seconds
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Liane Davey on Productive Conflict

Liane Davey is known as the “teamwork doctor,” and for the past 25 years, Liane has researched and advised teams on how to achieve high performance. In her latest book The Good Fight, Liane Davey shows you how to create the productive conflict your organization needs to get along and get stuff done. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/16/201952 minutes, 22 seconds
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Brad Barrett on Eating Well and Staying Active While Achieving Financial Independence

Brad Barrett is the cohost of ChooseFI, a podcast explaining Financial Independance and why it is a liberating and achievable concept, and how just about any one can do it. They find smart and creative life hacks to make our lives easier. In this episode Brad talks with Erik about how to eat well and stay active while prioritizing finances in the right places. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/9/201954 minutes, 23 seconds
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Steven Rogelberg on the Science of Meetings and How to Fix Them

Steven Rogelberg is researcher and consultant to some of the world’s most successful companies and Chancellor's Professor at University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He has well over 100 publications and recently won the highly prestigious Humboldt Award for his research on meeting science. His new book 'The Surprising Science of Meetings' draws from extensive research and survey interviews with over 5,000 employees across a range of industries to share the proven practices and techniques that help managers and employees enhance the quality of their meetings. In this conversation Steven talks with Erik about what's wrong with meetings, why they get a bad name and how we can start to fix them. Mentioned in this episode: A Conference Call in Real Life - Tripp and Tyler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/2/201939 minutes, 22 seconds
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Stever Robbins on Speed Dating Your Tasks, Do It Days, Technology and Intentionality

Stever Robbins is a Top-10 business podcaster since 2007, co-founder/team member of 9 startups. CEO coach and futurist. He is the host of Get-It-Done Guy's Quick and Dirty Tips to Work Less and Do More where each week as he provides inventive productivity and organization tips to transform even the most overwhelmed person into an overachiever. In this conversation Stever and Erik talk about 'Speed Dating your tasks', 'Do It Days', Technology and Intentionality. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/25/201949 minutes, 42 seconds
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Angelo Poli on Metabolism, Contrast and Consistency

Angelo Poli is an internationally recognized expert in fitness and nutrition. He’s the Founder of MetPro, the world’s first algorithm based transformation engine. MetPro analyzes your metabolism and provides an individualized approach to obtaining your health goals. In this episode Erik talks with Angelo about this process as well as why constrast and consistency are key. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/18/201959 minutes, 38 seconds
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Jaime Masters on Focus, Flow, Time Tracking and Nootropics

Jaime Masters is the CEO of Evential Millionaire. She is a Business coach, author, and professional speaker and has hosted one-on-one interviews with over 350 millionaires and billionaires. In this conversation Jaime and Erik talk about 'Absolute Yes', Flow State, Time Tracking and Nootropics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/11/201948 minutes, 18 seconds
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Wade Foster on Automation, Delegation and Trust

Wade Foster is the co-founder and CEO of the automation platform Zapier. In this conversation Wade and Erik talk about the power of automation and delegation, and how to gain trust in your systems and relationships. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/7/201932 minutes, 9 seconds
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Mike Schmitz on Intentionality, Personal Retreats and Faith-Based Productivity

Mike Schmitz is a productivity nerd who loves to read books and enjoys making things. He cohosts the Bookworm Podcast as well the Focused Podcast. Mike has a new course out on Faith Based Productivity. In this episode we talk about what that means, as well as why you don't have to have any specific religious belief to have a faith based productivity approach. We also talk about setting priorities and intentions by taking a personal retreat. Mentioned in this episode: Bookworm Podcast Focused Podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/29/20191 hour, 3 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ruth Soukup on Fear, Courage and Action

Ruth Soukup is a New York Times Best Selling author, 7-figure entrepreneur, and author of the new book - Do It Scared: Finding the Courage to Face Your Fears, Overcome Obstacles, and Create a Life You Love. In this conversation she and Erik talk about fear archetypes, the principles of courage and creating an action plan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/23/201954 minutes, 11 seconds
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Jordan Lee Dooley on Perfectionism, Imposter Syndrome and Discipline

Jordan Lee Dooley is an author, a podcast host, speaker and community builder whose work is dedicated to providing tools, motivation, and inspiration people need to show up for what you were made to do - in your career dreams, and in your everyday life. Her new book is 'Own Your Everyday: Overcome the Pressure to Prove and Show Up for What You Were Made to Do'. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/15/201935 minutes, 10 seconds
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Grant Sabatier on Time, Money and Freedom

Grant Sabatier is the creator of Millennial Money and author of Financial Freedom. His passion paking is making financial freedom accessible to all. His new book is Financial Freedom: A Proven Path to All the Money You Will Ever Need. The book is a blueprint for fast-tracking financial independence through personal finance, investing, and entrepreneurship, all broken down step by step. It’s the why, what, and how. He shares all of the mistakes he made, as well stories and strategies from others who’ve done it too. It’s definitely not your typical money book. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/8/201955 minutes, 1 second
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Jessica Hartung on Finding Meaning in Work, Owning Your Own Growth and the Power of Reflection

Jessica Hartung founded Integrated Work, a consulting firm and learning laboratory for innovative work practices. Integrated Work focuses exclusively on growing mission driven leaders personally, professionally, and collectively, using an integrated, heartfelt blend that elevates work experiences into the training ground for change-making leadership. Jessica's new book is The Conscious Professional - Transform your Work Life. In this conversation Jessica Hartung talks with Erik about finding meaning in everyday tasks and activities by linking them to bigger-picture goals, owning your own learning, the power of reflection to create insights that make work better and taking responsibility to facilitate an environment of growth and improvement. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/1/201943 minutes, 8 seconds
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Skip Prichard on Learning From Your Mistakes Without Repeating Them

Skip Prichard is an accomplished CEO, growth-oriented business leader, and keynote speaker. He is also a WSJ Bestselling Author. His latest book is The Book of Mistakes: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future. In this conversation Skip talks with Erik about discovering and following your personal purpose, pushing beyond your perceived capabilities and achieving more than you ever dreamed possible. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/27/201940 minutes
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James Sudakow on Defining and Achieving Your Own Design for Work/Life Balance

James Sudakow is the principal and founder of CH Consulting where he has led engagements with clients ranging from small, entrepreneurial start-ups to Blue Chip Fortune 100 organizations across various industries including healthcare, medical device, technology, finance, and entertainment. Jame’s newest book is 'Out of the Blur: A Delirious Dad’s Search For The Holy Grail of Work-Life Balance' which tells his story of building and running a small business while raising a family. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/19/201942 minutes, 58 seconds
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Michael Hyatt on Achieving Freedom to Focus and Eliminating Distractions Through Digital Minimalism

Michael Hyatt is the founder and CEO of Michael Hyatt & Company and no stranger to this podcast! His newest book is 'Free to Focus: A Total Productivity System to Achieve More by Doing Less'. In this conversation Michael and Erik discuss what the Freedom to Focus is, getting into 'The Desire Zone' and how Michael applied Cal Newport's new book Digital Minimalism to eliminate distractions from his smartphone. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/11/201944 minutes, 27 seconds
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Mike Sturm on The Meaning of Productivity

Mike Sturm is the publisher of the weekly Newsletter called Woolgathering, which is intended to help you think better, more creatively, and add more value to your life and work. His new book is Be, Think, Do Essays on Personal Development and Productivity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/5/201942 minutes, 6 seconds
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Dave King on the Future of AI in Work and Productivity

Dave King is Founder and CEO of Move 37. He has more than 20 years’ product development and strategy experience in startups, agencies and corporate environments. Prior to Move 37 he founded the award-winning independent creative agency, The Royals. Jean is a social media assistant for business that makes coming up with social media ideas fun and easy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/29/201938 minutes, 38 seconds
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Jeremie Kubicek on Becoming a Leader Worth Following

Jeremie Kubicek specializes in getting leaders to a higher level through his speaking, consulting and books. He takes complex concepts and adapts them into powerful tools that are practical and scalable. Jeremie speaks worldwide to audiences of all sizes across various industries and sectors. In this conversation Jeremie and Erik talk about his new book is The 100X Leader – How To Become A Person W0rth Following. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/19/201938 minutes, 29 seconds
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Laura Vanderkam on Time, Priorities and Possibilities

Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time-management and productivity books, including Off the Clock, I Know How She Does It, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and 168 Hours. She is the co-host, with Sarah Hart-Unger, of the podcast Best of Both Worlds and blogs at LauraVanderkam.com. In this episode, Laura talks with Erik about her new book: Juliet’s School of Possibilities: A Little Story About the Power of Priorities. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/12/201935 minutes, 15 seconds
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Aaron Dignan on Challenging Assumptions and Operating System of an Organization

Aaron Dignan is the founder of The Ready, an organization design and transformation firm that helps institutions like Johnson & Johnson, Charles Schwab, Kaplan, Microsoft, Lloyds Bank, Citibank, Edelman, Airbnb, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and charity: water change the way they work. He is a co-founder of responsive.org, an investor in purpose-driven startups, and a friend to misfit toys. He lives in Colorado with his wife and son. Aaron’s new book is Brave New Work: Are You Ready to Reinvent Your Organization? In this conversation, Aaron talks about challenging the assumptions about the future of work, the organizational operating system and making the necessary changes to move forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/5/201945 minutes, 9 seconds
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Nathalie Beauchamp on Health Hacks

Dr. Nathalie Beauchamp is a chiropractor, a former professional natural figure/bodybuilder, a wellness consultant. Her mission is to empower people to take control of their health and lead happy and productive lives. As a natural and holistic health care practitioner, she recognize that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for health. Her new book is Hack Your Health Habits: Simple, Action-Driven, Natural Health Solutions For People On The Go! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/28/201937 minutes, 6 seconds
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Pamela Wilson on Creating a Content Creation Strategy

Pamela Wilson is an online educator, author, keynote speaker + founder of BIG Brand System. She is former Executive VP of Educational Content at Rainmaker Digital, publishers of Copyblogger. Her passion is teaching — and she has a gift for making complex topics simple and easy to understand and has helped local, national, and international clients communicate their messages effectively during her 30+ year career. She has been on the show previously talking about systems, processes and collaboration. This time she is back to talk about her new book: Master Content Strategy: How to Maximize Your Reach and Boost Your Bottom Line Every Time You Hit Publish. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/20/201945 minutes, 4 seconds
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Cal Newport on Digital Technology, Distraction and Focus

Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, and the author most recently of Deep Work, a book which argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the modern workplace, and So Good They Can’t Ignore You, a book which debunks the long-held belief that “follow your passion” is good advice. Cal’s new book is Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/12/201946 minutes, 16 seconds
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Elizabeth Emens on the Admin Tasks of Life

Elizabeth Emens is a Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, and the author of Life Admin: How I Learned to Do Less, Do Better, and Live More. Elizabeth Emens was a working mother with two young children, swamped like so many of us, when she realized that this invisible labor was consuming her. Desperate to survive and to help others along the way, she conducted interviews and focus groups to gather favorite tips and tricks, admin confessions, and the secrets of admin-happy households. Life Admin tackles the problem of admin in all its forms, from everyday tasks like scheduling doctors appointments and paying bills, to life-cycle events like planning a wedding, a birth, a funeral. Emens explores how this labor is created, how it affects our lives, and how we might avoid, reduce, and redistribute admin whenever possible—as individuals and as a society. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/5/201942 minutes, 57 seconds
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Erik Fisher on Bricklaying, Streamlining and Moments

In this episode, Erik talks through the three words he has chosen for this year, and his perspective on the whole process of choosing three words. Chris Brogan is the originator of this method. The words for 2019 are Bricklaying, Streamlining and Moments. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/29/201932 minutes, 49 seconds
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Liz Fosslein on the Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work

Liz Fosslien is a consultant on product design and experience design projects with companies including Salesforce, SYPartners, and Ernst & Young. Her work has been featured by The Economist, The Financial Times, NPR, Quartz, Fast Company, the Freakonomics Blog, and LifeHacker. Her first book No Hard Feelings: Emotions At Work and How They Help Us Succeed (co-author Mollie West Duffy) takes a look at how emotions profoundly affect key aspects of professional life. The book serves as a deeply researched guide to un-repressing emotions at work, finding constructive channels even for jealousy and anxiety, and demystifying digital interactions and coworker communication styles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/22/201948 minutes, 14 seconds
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Dr. Samantha Brody on Overcoming Overwhelm and Dismantling Stress

For decades, Dr. Samantha has helped people to transform their lives with her innovative approach. Now you can use the same tested tools and guidance to experience the freedom of better health, greater resilience, and peace of mind. Samantha’s new book is Overcoming Overwhelm: Dismantle Your Stress from the Inside Out. In this episode she and Erik talk about overcoming overwhelm, dismantling stress and achieving greater resilience. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/15/201937 minutes, 2 seconds
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Paul Jarvis on Resilience, Autonomy, Speed and Simplicity

Paul Jarvis is a web designer, best-selling author and gentleman of adventure. Paul has a reputation as the designer whose vision and web design strategy is the prime catalyst for building multi-million dollar businesses. He’s worked with Silicon Valley startups, pro sports athletes, Fortune 500 companies, best-selling authors and the world’s biggest entrepreneurs. Paul has ben on the show once before which you can find here. Paul’s new book is Company of One: Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing for Business. In this episode he and Erik talk about staying small and avoiding growth to have freedom to pursue more meaningful pleasures in life, and avoid the headaches that result from dealing with employees, long meetings, or worrying about expansion. Company of One introduces this unique business strategy and explains how to make it work for you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/8/201949 minutes, 13 seconds
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Joey Cofone on Creativity, Imagination and Inspiration

Joey Cofone is the Co-Founder at Baron Fig. Baron Fig is a New York design startup that is rooted in it’s mission to champion thinkers around the world through inspiration, imagination and productivity. In this conversation Joey and Erik talk about how Baron Fig was founded, the meaning behind the name and their design workflow using digital and analog. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/18/201842 minutes, 31 seconds
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Joshua Becker on Refocusing, Decluttering and Purpose

Joshua Becker is on a mission to inspire others to live more by owning less. Joshua is a blogger at Becoming Minimalist and is the bestselling author of Simplify and The More of Less. Joshua’s new book is The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life. In this episode Erik and Joshua discuss his new book, the meaning of minimalism, the practicality behind decluttering, how to get other members of your family of board and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/11/201846 minutes, 23 seconds
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James Clear on the Power of Habits, Building Good Habits and Breaking Bad Ones

James Clear is an author and speaker focused on habits, decision-making, and continuous improvement. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Entrepreneur, Time, and on CBS This Morning. He is a regular speaker at Fortune 500 companies and his work is used by teams in the NFL, NBA, and MLB. Through his online course, The Habits Academy, Clear has taught more than 10,000 leaders, managers, coaches, and teachers. In this episode James taels with Erik about his new book Habits: Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/3/201857 minutes, 17 seconds
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Jim Woods on Self Awareness, Progress and Getting Unstuck

Jim Woods is a freelance writer, author, developmental editor and business jumpstarter in northeast Ohio. His writing focuses on helping you get unstuck so you can achieve your dreams and live better stories. In this episode Jim. and Erik talk about getting unstuck, self awareness, how to know if you are stuck or just feel stuck and how to stop being blind about your blind spots.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/29/201855 minutes, 5 seconds
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John Zeratsky on Time, Busyness and Distraction

John Zeratsky was a designer in the tech industry who became obsessed with the idea of redesigning time. Previously, John was a senior designer​ at YouTube and Google. He is the author of New York Times bestseller Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days. In this conversation, John and Erik talk about his new book he cowrote, Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/22/201859 minutes, 33 seconds
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Dan Schawbel on Connection, Technology and Teams

Dan Schawbel is a New York Times bestselling author, partner, and research director at Future Workplace, and the founder of both Millennial Branding and WorkplaceTrends.com. His latest book is Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation. In this episode Dan talks with Erik about how leaders to create a workplace where teammates feel genuinely connected, engaged, and empowered to grow strong interpersonal skills rather than relying on technology.In this episode Dan talks with Erik about how leaders to create a workplace where teammates feel genuinely connected, engaged, and empowered to grow strong interpersonal skills rather than relying on technology. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/13/201837 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ryder Carroll on Intentionality and Designing the Future Through Tracking the Past and Ordering the Future

Ryder Carroll is a digital product designer and author living in Brooklyn, NY. Diagnosed with learning disabilities early in life, he was forced to figure out alternate ways to be focused and productive. Through years of trial and error, he developed a methodology that went far beyond simple organization. Now he focuses on helping others learn what the Bullet Journal method is truly about: the art of intentional living. Ryder’s new book is ‘The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future‘. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/7/20181 hour, 43 seconds
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CJ McClanahan on Busyness, Reflection and Defining Success

CJ McClanahan is Business coach with 12 years of experience inspiring growth, helping entrepreneurs develop systems and coaching business executives to be successful leaders. He is the host of the Success 2.0 podcast. He is also the author of the new book ‘The Overachiever’s Dilemma: How to Break the Achievement Obsession Before It Breaks You‘. In this episode, Cj and Erik discuss busyness, the comparison trap, reflection and redefining success.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/31/201849 minutes, 30 seconds
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Jay Acunzo on Questioning Best Practices, Honing Intuition and Mastering Decision Making

Jay Acunzo has served as a digital media strategist at Google and held multiple leadership positions at high-growth technology companies, including HubSpot. He spent three years as VP of Brand for the venture capital firm NextView before founding Unthinkable Media, which creates original series with B2B brands. Jay hosts his narrative-style podcast Unthinkable, and travels the world as a keynote speaker. In this conversation Jay talks with Erik about his new book: Break the Wheel: Question Best Practices, Hone Your Intuition, and Do Your Best Work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/26/201850 minutes, 27 seconds
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Julie Morgenstern on Productivity, Parenting and Progress

Julie Morgenstern is a well known expert on organization and time management. The author of five best-selling books, Morgenstern has appeared on Oprah and NBC’s The Today Show, and helped thousands of people transform their homes, businesses, and attitudes about every kind of clutter. The New York City-based Julie Morgenstern Enterprises has been in business for more than 25 years. Her new book is called ‘Time to Parent: Organizing Your Life to Bring Out the Best in Your Child and You‘. In this conversation Julie and Erik talk about: Simple strategies to stay truly present and focused, whether you’re playing with your kids, enjoying a meal with your significant other, or getting ahead on that big proposal for work. Clever tips to make the most of in-between time―Just 5-15 minutes of your undivided attention has a huge impact on kids. Permission to take personal time without feeling guilty, and the science and case studies that show how important self-care is and how to make time for it. Mentioned in this episode: Time to Parent: Organizing Your Life to Bring Out the Best in Your Child and You Time to Parent Podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/19/201845 minutes, 21 seconds
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Jay Baer on Word of Mouth, the 80/20 Rule and Growth

Jay Baer, CSP, CPAE has spent 25 years in digital marketing and customer experience, consulting for more than 700 companies during that period, including 34 of the FORTUNE 500. His current firm – Convince & Convert – provides word of mouth, digital marketing, and customer experience advice and counsel to some of the world’s most important brands. His new book, Talk Triggers, is the complete guide to creating customers using strategic, operational differentiators that compel word of mouth. In the best companies, the customers do the marketing. Talk Triggers is the instruction manual for making businesses grow with customer conversation. Mentioned in this episode: Talk Triggers  Brain.fm – Try it FREE and get 20% off your first year with promo code ‘beyond’ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/11/201845 minutes, 31 seconds
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Daniel Clark on Focus, Sleep and Neuroscience

Daniel Clark is the CEO of Brain.fm. Brain.fm makes music to help you do what you need to do, better. The company uses a patented AI engine to generate music backed by scientific research to help listeners focus, relax, and sleep. While “normal,” everyday music is primarily made to sound good and evoke feelings, Brain.fm works with a team of music composers backed by PhD-led scientific research to engineer music specifically designed to enhance these states within minutes of use. Daniel also made an offer to all listeners of this show: Try it out FREE AND get 20% off your first year! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/3/201850 minutes, 42 seconds
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Aaron Edelheit on Resting, Recharging and Renewing

Aaron Edelheit is the Chief Strategy Officer of FLO Technologies. Since selling his company, The American Home in 2015, Aaron founded Mindset Capital, a private investment firm. Aaron has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Bloomberg, and the New York Times and has given lectures on entrepreneurship and investments all over the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Aaron is the author of The Hard Break: The Case For The 24/6 Lifestyle. In this conversation, Aaron talks about his personal journey of discovering the joy of taking a “hard break” of one day a week to reset, Edelheit profiles not only his own life transformation, but how this same practice has been changing the lives of well known entrepreneurs, celebrities and politicians alike. For anyone who has ever struggled to find a good balance between life and work, this book offers an essential roadmap for how to make the right choices, attain more success, put life back into perspective and gain more happiness all by taking a hard break for yourself. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/28/201837 minutes, 1 second
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Mike Mcderment on Culture, Collaboration, and Leading by Example

Mike is the Co-Founder and CEO of FreshBooks, the world’s #1 cloud accounting software for self-employed professionals. Built out of frustration after accidentally saving over an invoice, Mike spent 3.5 years growing FreshBooks from his parents’ basement. Since launching in 2003, over 10 million people have used FreshBooks to save time billing and collect billions of dollars. In this conversation, Mike talks with Erik about how cultivating culture at Freshbooks is his priority, helping employees cross pollinate ideas through blind dates, what an average day looks like for him, and how he stays productive and focused. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/18/201841 minutes, 44 seconds
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Jennie Nash on Writing, Purpose and Accountability

Jennie Nash is the founder of Author Accelerator, a book coaching service that has helped hundreds of writers complete their book projects by giving them the sustained editorial support they need. Jennie’s book coaching methods bring back the powerful and time-tested concept of artistic mentorship – which has been largely squeezed out of a publishing industry hungry for the next big, fast hit. Jennie has spent 30 years on all sides of the publishing industry and is the author of four novels, three memoirs, and one self-help book for writers. In this episode Jennie talks about on starting and finishing writing projects, having a purpose to your writing and how accountability helps complete the project. Mentioned in this episode: Author Accelerator Habits: Gretchen Rubin on Expectations, Habits and Happiness – BTTDL190 Atul Gawande TED Talk The Four Tendencies NaNoWriMo Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/11/201855 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ryan Mcrae on Productivity for College and University Students

Ryan McRae has had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder all of his life, but he wasn’t going to let ADHD run him down. He has worked to figure out how to take all the benefits and cancel out all the drawbacks. In this episode, Ryan and Erik discuss overcoming the productivity challenges of College and University Students. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/4/201850 minutes, 26 seconds
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Chris Bailey on Hyperfocus, Scatterfocus and Attention

Chris Bailey turned down lucrative job offers to pursue a lifelong dream—to spend a year performing a deep dive experiment into the pursuit of productivity, a subject he had been enamored with since he was a teenager. Erik and Chris talked about his first book The Productivity Project during the last episode he appeared on. Chris is back to talk about his new book Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/28/20181 hour, 1 minute, 14 seconds
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Shawn Blanc on an 8 Week Work Cycle and Sabbaticals

Shawn Blanc is the founder of The Sweet Setup, a site that recommends the best apps for your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Shawn and his team are incredibly prolific in their reviews and recommendations of mac and iOS apps, but also create great training courses for those apps including: Unlock 1Password All The Things Day One In Depth Learn Ulysses Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/21/20181 hour, 5 minutes, 56 seconds
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Shawn Askinosie on Career, Vocation and Meaningful Work

Shawn Askinosie left a successful career as a criminal defense lawyer to start a bean to bar chocolate factory and never looked back. Askinosie Chocolate is a small batch, award winning chocolate factory located in Springfield, Missouri, sourcing 100% of their beans directly from farmers. Shawn’s book, recently released, co-written with his daughter Lawren is Meaningful Work: The Quest To Do Great Business, Find Your Calling, and Feed Your Soul. In this episode Shawn and Erik cal about Shawn’s story, the steps to find your personal vocation and how to apply your vocation to your current position. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/14/201853 minutes, 35 seconds
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Jeff Goins on Clarifying Your Creative Process

Jeff Goins is a full-time writer who lives just outside of Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife and kids. He has authored five books: Real Artists Don’t Starve, The Art of Work, The In-Between, Wrecked, and You Are a Writer. This is Jeff’s 6th time on this show! In this episode, Jeff and Erik talk about the creative process, how there is more to writing than just typing, know what part of the creative process you are in and how a finished product is more important than a perfect process.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/7/201855 minutes
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Srinivas Rao on Creating Fulfilling Lifelong Creative Practices

Srinivas Rao is the creator and host of The Unmistakeable Creative Podcast where he has conducted over 700 interviews with thought leaders and people from all walks of life. He has also written multiple books including the Wall Street Journal bestseller The Art of Being Unmistakable. His new book is An Audience of One: Reclaiming Creativity for Its Own Sake. In this episode we talk about what it takes to create lifelong creative practices, and why creating them for an audience of one is more fulfilling. Mentioned in this episode: So Good They Can’t Ignore You Perennial Seller The Unmistakeable Creative Podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/1/201857 minutes
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Cal Newport on Doing Collaborative Deep Work, Digital Minimalism and Solitude

Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, and the author most recently of Deep Work, a book which argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the modern workplace, and So Good They Can’t Ignore You, a book which debunks the long-held belief that “follow your passion” is good advice. In addition to studying the theoretical foundations of our digital age as a professor, Newport also writes about the impact of these technologies on the world of work. Mentioned in this episode: Lead Yourself First Digital Minimalism: On Living Better with Less Technology So Good They Can’t Ignore You Deep Work   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/24/201854 minutes, 32 seconds
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Rob Dionne on Getting Fit and Staying Fit With a Busy Lifestyle

Rob Dionne is an NASM (National Academy of Sport Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer, also holding advanced specialist certifications in Corrective Exercise and Performance Enhancement. Rob is a lifestyle and fitness expert based out of Los Angeles. He specializes in helping busy people and entrepreneurs get out from behind their desks and carve out time to create a better quality of life for themselves and their family. He is on a mission is to provide you with the best information out there. Rob is also the host of the Open Sky Fitness Podcast. In this episode, Erik and Rob discuss the psychological shift needed to make lasting change and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/17/20181 hour, 5 minutes, 51 seconds
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David Allen on Getting Things Done for Teens (and Their Parents Too!)

David Allen is the originator of GTD. GTD is the shorthand brand for “Getting Things Done“. GTD enables greater performance, capacity, and innovation. It alleviates the feeling of overwhelm—instilling focus, clarity, and confidence. This is David’s third appearance on the show. You can hear his previous episodes here: Getting Things Done: David Allen shares GTD obstacles and secrets – BTTDL016 GTD: David Allen on how “creative types” can get things done with #GTD – BTTDL086 In this conversation, David discusses the new GTD book: Getting Things Done for Teens. Make sure to check out this conversation between David and the coauthors of the book on the official GTD Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/10/201839 minutes, 5 seconds
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Jeff Sieh on Getting More Done by Working Less

Jeff Sieh is the host of the Many Pinterest Tips podcast where he is always adding testosterone, one pin at a time. In this episode, Jeff and Erik talk about the book Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less. In this conversation they talk about how rest and work are partners, rest is necessary, and ways we can hack rest to become more creative and focused. Jef has been on the show twice before, which you can find here: Time: Jeff Sieh on Einstein Time, The Zone of Genius and The Big Leap – BTTDL197 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/3/201844 minutes, 3 seconds
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Stephen Warley on Self Management, Remote Work and the Future of Work

Stephen Warley has been been self-employed for the last 17 years. He is obsessed with researching and experimenting with alternative ways of working. He is passionate about helping people work on their terms and in alignment with what makes them uniquely productive. In this conversation Stephen talks with Erik about working by yourself, working for yourself, the future of work, remote work, co-working spaces and self awareness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/27/201854 minutes, 39 seconds
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Jon Kolko on Critiques and Creating a Culture of Creativity

Jon Kolko is a Partner at Modernist Studio , and the Founder of the Austin Center for Design. Jon is the author of six books. One of his most recent is Creative Clarity: A Practical Guide for Bringing Creative Thinking Into Your Company. In this conversation Jon and Erik discuss: Giving your team the space to produce amazing work; and build a unique form of trust in your company culture The process of critique, conflict, and ideation Implementing creativity in a strategic manner across your company Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/20/201840 minutes, 38 seconds
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Benjamin Spall on Morning Routines, Evening Routines and Habits

Benjamin Spall is a writer and the founding editor of the website My Morning Routine, with co-founder Michael Xander. Their book of the same name is out now: My Morning Routine – How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired. In this episode Benjamin and Erik discuss creating a morning routine that works for you, how an evening routine helps with a morning routine and some of the most common components successful people include in their routines.    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/13/201841 minutes, 46 seconds
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Kelli Wood on Quitting, Failure and Self-Awareness

Kelli Wood is the Provost of altMBA, an online leadership and management workshop founded in 2015 by bestselling author Seth Godin. The altMBA uses digital tools like Slack, Discourse and Zoom to engage more than 100 students in an intense four-week process. In 2018, students from 45+ countries worldwide participated, with more students being added each session. As graduate of the first class of the altMBA, Kelli now hires and trains coaches and is the human at the center of each class. Before the altMBA, she worked in advertising and founded the astonishing Little Big Words company, an imaginative stationery and gift company. In this episode Kelli and Erik talk about the power of quitting, the true definition of failure and having the self awareness to know the difference. Mentioned in this episode: Seth Godin – TedX Talk Andy Dunn – The Risk Not Taken   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/7/201839 minutes, 10 seconds
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Allen Gannett on Genius, Talent and Creativity

Allen Gannett is the founder and CEO of TrackMaven, a marketing insights platform whose clients have included Microsoft, Marriott, Saks Fifth Avenue, Home Depot, Aetna, Honda, and GE. He has been on the “30 Under 30” lists for both Inc. and Forbes. He is a contributor for Fast Company where he writes on the intersection of technology and human nature. Allen’s latest book is The Creative Curve, which overturns the mythology around creative genius, and reveals the science and secrets behind achieving breakout commercial success in any field. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/31/201846 minutes, 32 seconds
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Robert Plotkin on Mindfulness and the Benefits and Distractions of Technology for Productivity

Robert Plotkin is the Founder of Technology for Mindfulness, a leading blog and Top 40 iTunes podcast on science, technology, and mindfulness. In his Tap Into Mindfulness program, he teaches people how to be less distracted by their smartphones and how to retake control over their time to be more focused, productive, and creative. In this episode Robert and Erik discuss using mindfulness to be more focused and less distracted by technology, and how to use technology instead of being used by it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/8/201858 minutes, 56 seconds
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Laura Vanderkam on Perspective and the Stewardship of Time

Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management and productivity books, including Off the Clock, I Know How She Does It, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and 168 Hours. Her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Fortune. She is the co-host, with Sarah Hart-Unger, of the podcast Best of Both Worlds. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and four children, and blogs at LauraVanderkam.com. In this episode Laura talks with Erik about her new book: Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done which explores, through more than 900 time diaries collected on a single March day, why some busy people feel relaxed about time, while others do not. You can listen to Laura’s previous appearances here: What Successful People Do: before breakfast, at work, and on the weekend with Laura Vanderkam – BTTDL043 Having it all: Laura Vanderkam on success in career, family and self investment – BTTDL104 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/30/201841 minutes, 39 seconds
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Mike Vardy on Frameworks, Themes and Modes

Mike Vardy is a writer, speaker and podcaster on productivity. His main site is Productivityist.com. He’s given talks on productivity and technology, as well as several featured keynotes and workshops related to time, task, project, and goal management. In this episode, Mike and Erik talk about how to stay productive when you get sick, having frameworks to support changes as they come, theming days, and working in modes.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/23/201851 minutes, 41 seconds
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Scott Gerber on Networking vs. Connecting in Business Relationships

Scott Gerber is CEO of The Community Company, an organization that builds and manages community-driven programs for media companies and global brands. He is the founder of YEC, an invitation-only organization comprised of the world’s most successful young entrepreneurs, and Forbes Councils, a collective of invitation-only organizations for world-class executives. Scott’s new book is ‘Superconnector: Stop Networking and Start Building Business Relationships that Matter’. The book is about abandoning the networking-for-networking’s-sake mentality in favor of a more powerful and effective approach to creating and enhancing connections. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/16/201842 minutes, 57 seconds
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Lauren Zander on Excuses, Self-Sabotage and Facing the Truth

Lauren Zander is a life coach, university lecturer, and public speaker. As Co-Founder and Chairman of Handel Group, an international corporate consulting and private coaching company, she has coached countless private clients: professors, politicians, award-winning artists, and Fortune 500 CEOs. Lauren’s new book is Maybe It’s You: Cut the Crap. Face Your Fears. Love Your Life. In this episode Erik and Lauren talk about identifying excuses, facing the truth and defeating self-sabotage. Mentioned in this episode: Maybe It’s You: Cut the Crap. Face Your Fears. Love Your Life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/9/201854 minutes, 59 seconds
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Phil Rosenthal on Creativity, Family, Food and Fun

Phil Rosenthal is an American television writer and producer who is best known as the creator, writer, and executive producer for the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. In Phil’s new show ‘Somebody Feed Phil’ he travels around the world sampling food and tradition with friends and a sense of humor. Mentioned in this episode: You’re Lucky You’re Funny Exporting Raymond I’ll Have What Phil’s Having Somebody Feed Phil Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/2/201846 minutes, 52 seconds
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Mamie Kanfer Stewart on Making Meetings More Effective, Engaging and Enjoyable

Mamie Kanfer Stewart founded Meeteor, a global venture providing meeting management solutions. Through consulting and technology, Meeteor enables teams and organizations to develop a healthy and productive meeting culture. In this episode Made talks about how to the your meetings where they have been to where they could be: a huge collaborative tool towards greater goals. Mentioned in this episode: Momentum: Creating Effective, Engaging and Enjoyable Meetings Successful Meetings Start with Why The One Thing You Should Do Before Any Meeting- Defining The Desired Outcome What Your Meetings Say About Your Organizational Culture Advance Your Meeting Conversation with Norms Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/19/201854 minutes, 28 seconds
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Jess Ostroff on Relegating, Automating and Delegating With Virtual Assistants

Jess Ostroff is a writer, speaker, and proud Director of Calm. Her company, Don’t Panic Management, is the agency that embodies a people-first approach to virtual assistant success. Since 2011, she’s been making the best possible matches between chaotic, overworking entrepreneurs and focused, calm virtual assistants. Her new book is ‘Panic Proof: How the Right Virtual Assistant Can Save Your Sanity and Grow Your Business’. In this conversation, Jess talks with Erik about relegating, automating and delegating with Virtual Assistants. She also shares what expectations you should have a virtual assistant, and what expectations they should have of you. Mentioned in this Episode: Don’t Panic Management Panic Proof: How the Right Virtual Assistant Can Save Your Sanity and Grow Your Business Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/12/201859 minutes, 12 seconds
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Allison Schaaf on Efficiency, Preparation and Balance

Allison Schaaf is a food, nutrition & culinary expert and founder of Prep Dish, a subscription-based gluten-free and paleo meal plan service. Allison has helped people achieve their nutrition goals for over fifteen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Nutrition from Johnson & Wales University and a Masters in Nutrition Communications from Tufts University, and she became a Registered Dietitian at New England Medical Center. Allison has been on the show once before, which you can listen to here. In this episode, Erik and Alison pick up where they left off last time and continue talking about more kitchen hacks, and then also applying batch processing to other aspects of her business. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/5/201847 minutes, 8 seconds
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Chris Ducker on Priority, Strategy, Reputation and Relationships

Chris Ducker is Known as the “Virtual CEO” and regarded as the number-one authority on the subject of virtual staffing and personal outsourcing. Chris Ducker is a serial entrepreneur who owns and operates three businesses in the Philippines, amounting to almost three hundred employees, including a call center, a recruitment consultancy, and a co-working space to support local startup entrepreneurs. This time Chris is back to talk about his new book, as well as how relationships and reputation matter. He also shares about his priority of family and relationships and strategies he has put in place for that. This is Chris’ second time on the show. You can find his first episode here: Delegation: Chris Ducker talks staffing and delegating for tasks, roles and team building – BTTDL062 Delegation: Chris Ducker talks staffing and delegating for tasks, roles and team building – BTTDL062 Mentioned in this episode: Rise of the Youpreneur: The Definitive Guide to Becoming the Go-To Leader in Your Industry and Building a Future-Proof Business Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/19/201847 minutes, 14 seconds
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Jeff Sanders on Focus, Free Time and Priorities

Jeff Sanders is a productivity coach, personal development junky, and avid trail runner. Jeff writes and speaks through his blog and podcast about healthy habits, personal development, high energy, and rockin’ productivity. Jeff’s new book is The Free-Time Formula: Finding Happiness, Focus, and Productivity No Matter How Busy You Are. In this episode, Jeff and Erik talk about Jeff’s new book and slowing down time to get the important things done. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/12/201850 minutes, 29 seconds
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Daniel Pink on Optimizing Your Day, Optimal Timing for Tasks and Maximizing Breaks

Daniel H. Pink is the author of several bestselling books about business, work, and behavior. His newest book is When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. His other books include the long-running New York Times bestseller A Whole New Mind and the #1 New York Times bestsellers Drive and To Sell is Human. He has been a contributing editor at Fast Company and Wired as well as a business columnist for The Sunday Telegraph. His articles and essays have also appeared in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The New Republic, Slate, and other publications. Mentioned in this episode: When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices