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If you're often finding yourself overwhelmed by your to-do list, your obligations, and all the hats you wear in your career and at home, listen and learn as Host Erik FIsher talks with real people who implement practical productivity strategies in their professional and personal lives. We explore 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. Learn how to choose the right projects, tasks, and goals in work and life. 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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Mike Sturm (https://mikesturm.net/wabi-sabi-way/) is the publisher of the weekly newsletter Woolgathering (https://mikesturm.net/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 (https://amzn.to/2TSreZq) Essays on Personal Development and Productivity. Mike's new book is The Wabi-Sabi Way (https://mikesturm.net/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 (http://betterhelp.com/beyond) * Textexpander (https://textexpander.com/podcast?utm_source=beyond-the-to-do-list&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=t extexpander-Jul-2020)
Mike Sturm is the publisher of the weekly newsletter Woolgathering (https://mikesturm.net/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 (https://amzn.to/2TSreZq) Essays on Personal Development and Productivity. This episode is brought to you by: * Setapp (https://setapp.com?utm_source=sponsorship&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=beyondthetodolist)
Mike Robbins (https://mike-robbins.com/together/) 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 (https://amzn.to/2BzSeJO)'. In this conversation Mike and Erik talk about the 4 pillars of how to create a team culture of high performance, trust, and belonging. This episode is brought to you by: Miro (http://miro.com/beyond)
Liz Fosslien (https://amzn.to/2MB1df5) 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 (https://amzn.to/2MB1df5)' (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. This episode is brought to you by: * Setapp (https://setapp.com?utm_source=sponsorship&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=beyondthetodolist) * UCI (https://ce.uci.edu/about/trending/toolkits.aspx?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=paid-social&ut m_campaign=Beyondtodo&utm_term=19-20)
Melissa Steginus (https://melissasteginus.com) 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. (https://amzn.to/37l6vG2) You can find her course on Skillshare here (https://www.skillshare.com/classes/Self-Care-for-Productivity-Creating-an-Action-Plan-for-Wellness-at-Work/137518673?via=user-profile). 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. This episode is brought to you by: Miro (http://miro.com/beyond) Setapp (https://setapp.com?utm_source=sponsorship&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=beyondthetodolist)
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 (https://amzn.to/2MZjdQr). 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 (https://amzn.to/2MZjdQr)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. This episode is brought to you by: * Textexpander (https://textexpander.com/podcast?utm_source=beyond-the-to-do-list&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=t extexpander-Jun-2020) * Brain.fm (http://beyondthetodolist.com/brainfm)
Mamie Kanfer Stewart (https://amzn.to/2TEssdi) 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 (https://amzn.to/2TEssdi). 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. This episode is brought to you by: * UCI (https://ce.uci.edu/about/trending/toolkits.aspx?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=paid-social&ut m_campaign=Beyondtodo&utm_term=19-20) * Setapp (https://setapp.com?utm_source=sponsorship&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=beyondthetodolist) * Betterhelp (http://betterhelp.com/beyond)
Chris Bailey (https://amzn.to/2LEhSMJ) 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 (https://amzn.to/2LEhSMJ). In this conversation Chris talks with Erik about: * Hyperfocus * Scatterfocus * Attention Residue * Mental RAM * Boredom This episode is broguth to you by: * Setapp (https://setapp.com?utm_source=sponsorship&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=beyondthetodolist) * Betterhelp (http://betterhelp.com/beyond)
Lacy Boggs (https://lacyboggs.com) is director of The Content Direction Agency (https://lacyboggs.com). 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. This episode is brought to you by: LinkedIn Learning (http://linkedinlearning.com/todo)
Michael J. Breus, Ph.D (https://thepowerofwhenquiz.com)., 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 (https://amzn.to/2A4HW3y)–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! This episode is brought to you by: * Setapp (https://setapp.com?utm_source=sponsorship&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=beyondthetodolist) * Textexpander (https://textexpander.com/podcast?utm_source=beyond-the-to-do-list&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=textexp ander-May-2020)
Matt Bodnar is also the Creator and Host of The Science of Success Podcast. (https://www.successpodcast.com) 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. This podcast is brought to you by: * Betterhelp (http://betterhelp.com/beyond) * LinkedIn Learning (http://linkedinlearning.com/todo)
Nir Eyal (https://amzn.to/2yE7aoQ) is the bestselling author of 'Indistractable: 'How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life' (https://amzn.to/2yE7aoQ). 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. This show is broight to you by: PolicyGenius Textexpander (https://textexpander.com/podcast?utm_source=beyond-the-to-do-list&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=textexp ander-Apr-2020)
James Clear (https://amzn.to/2EofwCm) 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 (https://amzn.to/2EofwCm) This podcast is brought to you by: * LinkedIn Learning (http://linkedinlearning.com/todo) * Betterhelp (http://betterhelp.com/beyond)
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 (https://beyondthetodolist.com/315) * Jess Cording on Managing Stress and Anxiety (https://beyondthetodolist.com/311) * Kate Swoboda on Courage as a Habit and Emotional Resilience (https://beyondthetodolist.com/318) * James Beshara on Caffeine Alternatives for Energy and Productivity (https://beyondthetodolist.com/312) * Brainfm - Get 20% off a year! (http://beyondthetodolist.com/brainfm)
Kate Swoboda is author of 'The Courage Habit: How to Accept Your Fears, Release the Past, and Live Your Courageous Life (https://amzn.to/2JASV6h)'. 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. This show is brought to you by: * Listables (http://listables.com) * Textexpander (https://textexpander.com/podcast?utm_source=beyond-the-to-do-list&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=textexp ander-Apr-2020)
Michael Hyatt (https://visiondrivenleader.com/beyond) is the founder and CEO of Michael Hyatt & Company (https://visiondrivenleader.com/beyond) 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 (https://visiondrivenleader.com/beyond)'. 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. This episode is brought to you by: LinkedIn Learning (http://linkedinlearning.com/beyond) Sunbasket (http://sunbasket.com/beyond) Promo code 'beyond' for $35 off your first order
Grant Baldwin (https://amzn.to/2Qxgxwl) is the founder and CEO of TheSpeakerLab.com, a training company for public speakers. He is the best-selling author of "The Successful Speaker (https://amzn.to/2Qxgxwl)" 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. This episode Is brought to you by: * Betterhelp (http://betterhlp.com/beyond) * Brainfm (http://beyondthetodolist.com/brainfm)
Anne Bogel is an Author (https://www.amazon.com/Anne-Bogel/e/B00MAQ12HW/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1), Podcaster (https://modernmrsdarcy.com/what-should-i-read-next/), 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 (https://amzn.to/2PHp67m). This podcast is brought to you by: Betterhelp (http://betterhelp.com/beyond) Listables (http://listables)
Merlin Mann (http://www.merlinmann.com) is an independent writer, speaker, and broadcaster based in San Francisco. Merlin mostly makes podcasts: Do By Friday (http://dobyfriday.com/), Reconcilable Differences (http://relay.fm/rd), Roderick on the Line (http://www.roderickontheline.com/), and Back to Work (http://5by5.tv/b2w). 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 This podcast brought to you by: * Betterhelp (http://betterhelp.com/beyond) * Sunbasket (http://sunbasket.com/beyond) * Textexpander (http://textexpander.com/podcast)
Merlin Mann (http://www.merlinmann.com) is an independent writer, speaker, and broadcaster based in San Francisco. Merlin mostly makes podcasts: Do By Friday (http://dobyfriday.com/), Reconcilable Differences (http://relay.fm/rd), Roderick on the Line (http://www.roderickontheline.com/), and Back to Work (http://5by5.tv/b2w). 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. (https://amzn.to/3bZAyEU) Mentioned in this episode: * Betterhelp (http://betterhelp.com/beyond) * LinkedIn Learning (http://linkedinlearning.com/todo)
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Comments (23)

Christi Sewell

It definitely isn't as simple as introvert or extrovert. It sounds like they are describing an extroverting introvert.

Jun 24th
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Valerie DeWandel Ayres

probably one of my least favorite episodes. I had difficulty following the guest speaker to me he seemed to ramble and not finish his thoughts.

Feb 25th
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Melissa Noakes

Thank you Erik. Very useful information, and if Mike (or any of us) can't be authentic about our own story, that's living a lie or in fear. Don't worry about what people think if you open a platform for being honest - the alternative is much worse.

Jun 17th
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Kenneth Hopkins

so wish these apps were not Mac only.

Apr 23rd
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James Mitterling

excellent episode

Apr 9th
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Inna Perets

This episode is full of lots of great tips and information! Definitely have to listen to it again.

Feb 28th
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Sarah Raad

Hi guys, I listened till the end and took notes 😊😊 thank you for being awesome

Feb 28th
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Inna Perets

Yes! God always seems for have a Solution C!

Feb 27th
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Inna Perets

Perfect title to this episode. I love that quote.

Feb 27th
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Inna Perets

Haha I love this!!! Expectation vs. Reality

Feb 25th
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Ify Nsoha

yo this is quality content.

Feb 13th
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AwarenessTriPp

funny how I put atomic habits on my list of books to read and then the next day I find this podcast! James brings up that habits essentially form our Identity. it definitely shifted the way I think about my daily actions and inactions and habits and routines. also the 2 min rule is interesting. I am having a bit of difficulty figuring out what is the simplest part of a habit but I'll definitely listen to this podcast a few more times and check out that book 👌 #muchappreciated

Jan 18th
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sequoia fabunmi

Electronic Musicians Podcast

Jan 18th
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AwarenessTriPp

enjoyed this episode very much , it did leave me wondering more about coaching and how to go about finding a coach or mentor in conventional or unconventional ways / professional or unprofessional coaches if that makes sense. I think it'd be great to hear a podcast on this topic. I look forward to what you've got coming next

Dec 5th
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Paul Winfield

Went from a broken family to Senior Manager responsible for millions of dollars of infrastructure and 90 + employees, with many success stories/Friends/Community engagement, only to be taken down by Corporate politics, 20 years experience doing the right thing, doing what made me feel valuable. Post two decades of Corporate BS playing the game, to be reduced down to the rubble of my formal self. It's been 9 years of why me? I was so successful? Corporate Sharks why? Has left me empty inside or as the podcast mentioned about addressing the issues in the past, vs the moral inventory of yourself and being able to shed the resentment, getting the truth out and putting the past behind me is where I'm stuck.

Aug 1st
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Lisa Jean Rawlins

hmm, at first, with all that I've read and skimmed over here...In was super excited...but never mind lol

Jun 22nd
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Janeth Flores

tThanks

Jun 20th
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Kaite Mannon

I expected a bit more...this was a lot of talking without a lot of content. I felt like I was eavesdropping on a lunch conversation.

Jun 18th
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Hkyeng Seng Naw Awng

great contents

Jun 14th
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Janeth Flores

hi

Jun 13th
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