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Optimal Work Daily - Career, Productivity & Entrepreneurship

Author: Optimal Living Daily | Dan W.

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Optimal Work Daily, presented by the experienced narrator Dan, is a podcast that focuses on enhancing productivity, creativity, and work-life balance. Dan provides clear and engaging narration of thought-provoking articles from leading experts in the fields of work, career development, productivity, and entrepreneurship.

Optimal Work Daily is an ideal resource for professionals, entrepreneurs, and anyone looking to maximize their potential in the workplace. The podcast's diverse range of topics, from time management strategies to fostering creativity, provides valuable insights for enhancing performance and achieving career satisfaction, making it a must-listen as you strive to excel in your professional life.

Whether you're aiming to advance your career, boost productivity, or delve into entrepreneurship, Optimal Work Daily offers practical advice and inspiration. Each episode focuses on work, career, productivity, and entrepreneurship, providing you with the tools needed to thrive professionally. Dan's engaging narration and the podcast's insightful content make it an essential daily listen for those dedicated to career growth and success.

This podcast is designed for those passionate about work, career, productivity, and entrepreneurship. It’s your go-to source for practical advice on enhancing your work performance, advancing your career, and exploring entrepreneurship. Each episode offers actionable steps to foster productivity and professional growth, emphasizing the importance of work, career, productivity, and entrepreneurship in achieving your goals.

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Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 1362: Navigating through personal hardships while maintaining your professional responsibilities can be incredibly challenging. Christine Comaford offers compassionate and practical advice on how to care for yourself during these tough times, from checking in with your emotions to finding solace in nature and meditation. Her insights remind us that asking for help and honoring our individual healing processes are crucial for resilience and recovery. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://smarttribesinstitute.com/how-to-keep-working-during-personal-hardship/ Quotes to ponder: "Give yourself the gift of being honest when others ask you how you are." "Asking for help is actually generous to others, as well as to yourself." "The seasons take time, so does healing. Chill. Enjoy the process, let it unfold, gather the wisdom from it." Episode references: Rules for Renegades: https://www.amazon.com/Rules-Renegades-Money-Career-Individuality-ebook/dp/B001B681T4 Power Your Tribe: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Your-Tribe-Resilient-Turbulent/dp/1260108775 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 1361: Rosemary Schmidt highlights the importance of responsiveness in workplace communication, drawing on insights from the Gottman Institute's research on relationships. By encouraging teams to respond to "bids" for attention, just as in personal relationships, organizations can foster trust and improve overall performance and collaboration. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.gottman.com/blog/turning-toward-bids-better-work-relationships/ Quotes to ponder: "Execution and delivery foster trust, which builds stronger working relationships." "To pay attention means we care, which means we really love." "Responsiveness serves as a good outward indicator of the health of our relationships." Episode references: Why Aren't We More Compassionate? (TED Talk by Daniel Goleman): https://www.ted.com/talks/daniel_goleman_why_aren_t_we_more_compassionate First Break All The Rules: https://www.amazon.com/First-Break-All-Rules-Differently/dp/1595621113 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 1360: Margo Aaron emphasizes that while actionable marketing tactics are often sought after, true success lies in understanding human behavior and paying attention to people. She argues that the most successful brands experiment freely, learn from failures, and adapt their strategies accordingly, focusing less on rigid tactics and more on authentic engagement and trust. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.thatseemsimportant.com/marketing/actionable-secret-marketing-tactics/ Quotes to ponder: "Your job is to pay attention to the people. And find the patterns." "The marketing genius you’re looking for is not as sexy as you think. Clear trumps clever." "It’s hard. Not complicated." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 1359: Jillian Johnsrud outlines adaptable plans to build financial security while launching a business. Her strategies emphasize flexibility, allowing for adjustments based on new information and external changes, ensuring you can pivot and thrive even when facing unexpected challenges. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.jillianjohnsrud.com/5-different-options/ Quotes to ponder: "You never want just one plan that you blindly follow until the story ends with - 'and then I was homeless.'" "Flexible thinking and creating resilient plans are crucial because two factors are at play. You will gain new information as you go along. Outside situations will change." "It’s good to prepare for disaster but create some space for magic as well." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 1358: Jillian Johnsrud encourages a flexible approach to decision-making by exploring multiple options beyond the initial binary choices. Through brainstorming various scenarios, individuals can align their decisions with their core intentions, leading to more effective and personalized solutions. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.jillianjohnsrud.com/5-different-options/ Quotes to ponder: "What are the other options?" "In reality, in any situation, there are a dozen different ways things could play out." "This is part of the art of flexible thinking. Imagine all the options and then sequence them into various plans." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 1357: Leo Babauta shares his journey of confronting fear when launching his new app, Habit Zen, on Kickstarter. He discusses practical strategies to manage this fear, such as defining intentions, seeking support from friends, facing fear directly, avoiding desperate actions, practicing self-compassion, and taking decisive action. By embracing these approaches, Babauta demonstrates how overcoming fear is essential for personal growth and achieving significant goals. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://zenhabits.net/sweats/ Quotes to ponder: "It’s not worth it. But if I’m doing this for someone else, it’s worth the struggle." "Fear can make me panicky, but when I face it, I find that it’s not the end of the world." "What I’ve found is when I give myself compassion, I learn to trust that things will be OK." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 1356: Honey Smith outlines effective networking strategies to overcome the fear of career advancement. By keeping connections warm and engaging with group memberships and websites, she demonstrates how proactive and genuine networking can lead to significant professional opportunities. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.getrichslowly.org/networking-strategies-can-help-you-overcome-fear/ Quotes to ponder: "I try to meet my grad school friends in the area every so often for lunch or a quick drink. I ask questions about their careers and lives and tell them about mine." "Putting effort into keeping up with someone’s life and career, even when everything’s going great for you, has a couple of advantages." "By engaging in 'pre-emptive networking,' I am starting to make connections before I need them." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 1355: Chalene Johnson delves into the importance of outsourcing in business, highlighting how delegating tasks can free up time for more valuable activities and personal well-being. She also emphasizes redefining success by prioritizing life balance over constant work, encouraging entrepreneurs to enjoy their achievements and live more fulfilling lives. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://chalene.com/when-right-time-outsource/ & https://www.chalenejohnson.com/do-you-need-help-defining-success/ Quotes to ponder: "You can’t outsource being YOU." "If you had a magic wand and you could suddenly grant yourself the wish of cloning yourself, would you have enough tasks to keep your clone busy for about 10 hours a week?" "If you’re constantly under crazy amounts of stress and your personal life is in shambles, these things are difficult to enjoy." Episode references: The 4-Hour Workweek: https://www.amazon.com/4-Hour-Workweek-Escape-Live-Anywhere/dp/0307465357 Virtual Freedom: https://www.amazon.com/Virtual-Freedom-Assistants-Productive-Explosive/dp/1939529743 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 1354: Paula Lawes shares her transformative journey from a high-powered career to finding fulfillment as a part-time cleaner. She emphasizes that true happiness comes from pursuing one's dreams and purpose, not from job titles or societal expectations. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://tinybuddha.com/blog/your-job-doesnt-define-you/ Quotes to ponder: "I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as making a ‘life.’" "I realized that what I did as a job wasn’t what mattered. What mattered was the fact that I was happy" "Always feel blessed and honored to be able to follow your heart and have the courage to go after what makes you happy." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 1353: Steve Pavlina suggests replacing traditional mission statements with invitation statements to foster consent and reduce resistance. By inviting participation rather than imposing visions, organizations can empower people more effectively and build better relationships with their audience. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://stevepavlina.com/blog/2020/02/replacing-mission-statements-with-invitation-statements/ Quotes to ponder: "Imagine if we combined all four of these companies into one and gave them a singular mission statement. What would that look like?" "Invite people to participate in your vision to create a better future, but don’t push your vision on the whole world because people will fight you on that." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 1352: Laura Gariepy of Women Who Money explores the concept of working smarter versus harder, challenging traditional views and offering actionable tips for combining efficiency with effort. Learn how to leverage technology, creativity, and prioritization to enhance productivity and achieve a balanced, effective work life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://womenwhomoney.com/working-smarter-rather-than-harder/ Quotes to ponder: "Working smart prevents you from working unnecessarily hard." "It’s applying yourself fully to a task and seeing it through to completion." "Efficiency and effort complement one another and result in a high level of achievement." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 1351: Craig Stephens reflects on the significant financial impact of high fees on his 401(k) and the improved benefits he gained after switching jobs. He emphasizes the importance of balancing salary and benefits, particularly as family needs evolve, and shares his journey of prioritizing personal freedom and quality time with his family. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.retirebeforedad.com/higher-salary-vs-better-benefits/ Quotes to ponder: "I managed to save more than $300,000 despite the lousy fund selection and high fees." "Part of creating a life of freedom, happiness, and purpose is to eliminate negative aspects of your life." "Benefits are more important as your family grows and everyone ages. I’ve waited too long to make this a priority." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 1350: Craig Stephens delves into the dilemma of choosing between a higher salary and better benefits, drawing from his personal experience of staying with a company for 14 years due to a lucrative salary despite subpar benefits. His story highlights the hidden costs and challenges associated with poor benefits, especially as family needs grow. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.retirebeforedad.com/higher-salary-vs-better-benefits/ Quotes to ponder: "Speaking to other employers and friends, I realized what a good benefits package looks like and should cost." "Every year I received a salary increase. But I’ve never received a benefits increase." "Maybe I maximized my earning potential and should have left long ago. Leaving a position for a better one can be more lucrative." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 1349: Emma Scheib shares her transformative journey from a stressed, overworked career woman to a fulfilled individual embracing a slower, simpler life. By prioritizing her well-being and family, she discovered that stepping away from societal expectations allowed her to find genuine happiness and create a balanced life on her own terms. Read along with the original article(s) here: http://simpleslowlovely.com/traded-my-career-for-slow-and-simple/ Quotes to ponder: "I realized that I didn’t have to have it all. I didn’t have to keep my dream job. I was fortunate enough that I could choose to let it go." "We couldn’t afford for me, a wife, a mother and a friend to be broken (anymore than I already was)." "I am loving my cobbled path. The stones are cracked, and wildflowers are poking through. And I’m finding small moments of deep joy that I haven’t experienced for a long time." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 1348: Discover powerful strategies to take charge of your inbox with Ryan H. Law's insights from "7 Simple Steps to Get Control of Your Inbox." Learn to balance connectivity and productivity by managing your email effectively. Ryan offers practical advice, from making email intentional to streamlining your communication tools, to help you reclaim your time and reduce stress. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://ryanhlaw.com/7-simple-steps-to-get-control-of-your-inbox/ Quotes to ponder: "Make e-mail intentional instead of reacting to e-mails as they come through." "E-mail is easy. It takes almost no focus, and it creates the illusion that you are getting a lot done." "Recognize that the world will go on if you don’t check e-mail every 5 minutes." Episode references: A World Without E-mail by Cal Newport: https://calnewport.com/a-world-without-email/ The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris: https://www.amazon.com/4-Hour-Workweek-Escape-Live-Anywhere/dp/0307465357 Getting Things Done by David Allen: https://gettingthingsdone.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 1347: Explore leadership strategies that genuinely make a difference in creating top workplaces as Brian Tracy highlights in his article. Discover how challenging, trusting environments, clear communication, strong relationships, and fair compensation not only enhance productivity but also foster employee satisfaction and loyalty. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.briantracy.com/blog/leadership-success/5-ways-leaders-create-best-places-to-work/ Quotes to ponder: "Give your employees a challenge that will keep them busy. They will respect you as a leader and have better self-esteem because they understand that you have faith in them." "Keep your employees informed of what is going on within the organization. Employees will have more drive because they feel they are contributing something to the organization’s success as a whole." "When employees felt that they were free to make mistakes with no punishment or hostility, they developed better self-esteem and pride in their work, they enjoyed their work much more, became more creative, and worked more effectively with other people." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 1346: Discover how Joel from 5AMJoel.com transformed rejection into self-motivation and leadership. Joel's candid storytelling reveals the pivotal changes he made after a career setback, highlighting the importance of self-motivation in professional success and personal growth. Read along with the original article(s) here: http://5amjoel.com/motivation/ Quotes to ponder: "Nobody should depend on others for motivation. What if it’s not there one day?" "When sad people are surrounded by happy people, they can get even sadder." "Motivating others isn’t my primary goal, it’s an awesome side effect of being a self-motivated individual." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 1345: Laura Stack's article "The Perfect World: Helping Your Team Understand and Commit to Team Goals" explores the ideal and the real dynamics of team management. Laura describes how the best team scenarios involve clear goal communication, shared understanding, and a participatory approach in goal setting, contrasting it with common challenges like lack of alignment and resistance to change. She suggests practical steps for team members to actively engage in aligning and achieving team goals. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://theproductivitypro.com/blog/2015/10/the-perfect-world-helping-your-team-understand-and-commit-to-team-goals/ Quotes to ponder: "Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment." - Jim Rohn "In a perfect world, everyone on the team would automatically grasp the team goals, understand instinctively why they mattered, and how to move forward with them both as individuals and as a team." "In the real world, sometimes a team member has to quietly take charge, pull things together, and move the team forward in spite of itself." Episode references: Good to Great" by Jim Collins: https://www.amazon.com/Good-Great-Some-Companies-Others/dp/0066620996 The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Now-Guide-Spiritual-Enlightenment/dp/1577314808 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 1344: Carl Pullein highlights the pitfalls of Silicon Valley's grueling work culture in his article, emphasizing the importance of work-life balance. Pullein underscores the necessity for meaningful personal development and health preservation, warning against the dangers of letting work consume life. He advocates for the development of healthy habits, adequate rest, and prioritizing personal relationships over professional gains. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.carlpullein.com/blog/why-your-work-life-should-never-be-built-on-the-silicon-valley-model/31/7/2019 Quotes to ponder: "Work is something we need to keep us mentally healthy. It gives us a purpose and a reason to get out of bed in the morning." "Our creative ideas do not come from sitting in front of a computer screen twenty hours a day dealing with the same issues." "You will never improve your skills doing the same stuff every day over long periods." Episode references: Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us by Dan Lyons: https://www.amazon.com/Lab-Rats-Silicon-Valley-Miserable/dp/031656186X Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 1343: In "Create a Stable Life, not a Stable Job" by Tynan, the author dismantles the antiquated notion of job stability and advocates for a holistic approach to life that ensures resilience and flexibility. By minimizing financial obligations and building robust personal and emotional foundations, Tynan illustrates how we can thrive amidst the uncertainties of modern work landscapes. Read along with the original article(s) here: http://tynan.com/stable Quotes to ponder: "You can’t control the stability of your job, but you can control the stability of many other factors in your life." "Create a life where it doesn’t matter if your job is stable or not." "If you have good enough shocks, you can’t feel bumps in the road." Episode references: Awareness by Tony de Mello: https://www.amazon.com/Awareness-Opportunities-Reality-Anthony-Mello/dp/0385249373 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Sophie G.

This piece was awesome!

Aug 20th
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Ed Ed

great episode. keep it coming please.

Dec 13th
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