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Have you ever wondered if the worlds’ leading entrepreneurs, writers, musicians and business people construct their day differently to you? How I Work delves into the working days of some of the world’s most successful innovators. We discuss tactics, rituals and tricks they use to achieve so much more than the average person, despite having the same number of hours in the day.

How I Work Amantha Imber

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    • 4.7 • 573 Ratings

Have you ever wondered if the worlds’ leading entrepreneurs, writers, musicians and business people construct their day differently to you? How I Work delves into the working days of some of the world’s most successful innovators. We discuss tactics, rituals and tricks they use to achieve so much more than the average person, despite having the same number of hours in the day.

    BEST OF: Eric Barker on his Five-Hour Rule and deliberate work-life imbalance

    BEST OF: Eric Barker on his Five-Hour Rule and deliberate work-life imbalance

    It’s the greatest productivity debate of our time: how do we achieve work-life balance? Or maybe the real debate should be: is work-life balance even possible?

    Eric Barker, the author of Barking Up the Wrong Tree and now Plays Well With Others, doesn’t think work-life balance is truly achievable. At least, not if you want the best possible results in a given field. The problem, he says, is that most of live an unbalanced life by accident.

    Because of the internet and the rapidly increasing pace of everything from the news cycle to the way we socialise, we’re all doing too much of something, and not enough of something else. It’s overwhelming, and we’re constantly playing catchup.

    Eric’s solution is to abandon balance, but to do it on purpose. Decide what you want to be really, really good at it, and accept that you won’t be world-class in your other pursuits.

    Eric also shares why he sets a five-hour timer at the start of every work day, how he deals with contradictions in his own writing, and how he developed his sense of humour.

    Connect with Eric on Twitter or Linkedin

    Pick up a copy of Plays Well With Others

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    My new book The Health Habit is out now. You can order a copy here: https://www.amantha.com/the-health-habit/

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    If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work and live, I write a weekly newsletter where I share practical and simple to apply tips to improve your life. You can sign up for that at https://amantha.substack.com/

    Visit https://www.amantha.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.

    Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au

    Credits:Host: Amantha Imberound Engineer: Martin ImberEpisode Producer: Liam Riordan
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    • 38 min
    BEST OF: Embracing Regret: Dan Pink on Learning from Mistakes

    BEST OF: Embracing Regret: Dan Pink on Learning from Mistakes

    There’s a moment in the 2013 comedy movie We’re the Millers that points to how pervasive - and misguided - the “no regrets” life motto has become. A character proudly displays a tattoo that reads, “no rAgrets”, and even more proudly proclaims that he really doesn’t have any regrets. Not even one letter.

    Bestselling author Dan Pink highlights this scene as a great metaphor for society’s almost comical underappreciation of regret. Dan is an advocate for the transformative power of looking back on your past actions, processes and routines in order to learn from them, and do better next time.

    He discusses what’s changed about his working habits since his last appearance on the show, why he was drawn to the concept of regret in the first place, and how compassion changed his whole approach to learning from past mistakes.

    Connect with Dan on Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn

    Find The Power of Regret book here

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    My new book The Health Habit is out now. You can order a copy here: https://www.amantha.com/the-health-habit/

    Connect with me on the socials:

    Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/amanthaimber)

    Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/amanthai)

    If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work and live, I write a weekly newsletter where I share practical and simple to apply tips to improve your life. You can sign up for that at https://amantha.substack.com/

    Visit https://www.amantha.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.

    Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au

    Credits:Host: Amantha ImberSound Engineer: Martin ImberEpisode Producer: Liam Riordan
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    • 38 min
    Insider Secrets to Writing and Marketing Hit Books with Scott Young

    Insider Secrets to Writing and Marketing Hit Books with Scott Young

    Want to write a non-fiction book that not only tops the charts but stands the test of time? In this episode, bestselling author Scott Young pulls back the curtain on his writing and publishing process, sharing hard-won insights from his books Ultralearning and Get Better at Anything. Packed with actionable strategies and behind-the-scenes stories, this is a must-listen for any aspiring author.

    Discover:

    💡 How to determine if your idea is truly book-worthy

    🔬 The power of research, testing, and community feedback to refine your concepts

    📝 Crafting a compelling book proposal that gets publishers' attention 🖥️ Cutting-edge tactics to optimise your book for the online world

    🤖 Leveraging AI tools to streamline your ideation and research process 🚀 Proven launch and promotion strategies to maximise sales

    🏆 The secrets to cultivating a perennial bestseller that sells for years to come

    Whether you're a first-time writer or a seasoned author, this episode will give you a competitive edge in the world of publishing. Tune in now to learn from one of the best in the business and take your book to the next level.

    My new book The Health Habit is out now. You can order a copy here: https://www.amantha.com/the-health-habit/

    Connect with me on the socials:

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    If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work and live, I write a weekly newsletter where I share practical and simple to apply tips to improve your life. You can sign up for that at https://amantha.substack.com/

    Visit https://www.amantha.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.

    Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au

    Credits:Host: Amantha ImberSound Engineer: Martin ImberEpisode Producer: Rowena Murray
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    • 28 min
    Ramp it up or shut it down: How ConvertKit’s Founder and CEO made his most important business decision

    Ramp it up or shut it down: How ConvertKit’s Founder and CEO made his most important business decision

    How does an entrepreneur go from being told to shut down their business to building a software company worth over $200 million and serving over 50,000 creators? In this episode of How I Work, Nathan Barry, founder and CEO of ConvertKit, shares his incredible journey and the counterintuitive strategies that propelled his success. In this episode, we discuss:


    🤔 Nathan's annual life review ritual: We delve into how he not only assesses business opportunities but also tracks his adventures, home life updates, fitness endeavours, and personal goals.
    🛑 The turning point: Just 18 months into launching ConvertKit, a friend advised him to shut it down. Discover the pivotal questions Nathan asked himself and the framework he used to make that crucial decision.


    💬 Nathan shares his transformative experience of writing 1000 words a day for 600 consecutive days and how this habit has evolved over time.


    🌀 What on earth are flywheels? We unravel this concept and discuss how Nathan applied it to the sales process at ConvertKit.


    👥 The importance of team building and its ripple effects on business success.

    Tune in to discover more about Nathan's incredible journey, or catch his documentary (which he reluctantly filmed!) on YouTube. Don't forget to visit his website: nathanbarry.com, where you can sign up for his weekly newsletter or tune in to his podcast, "Billion Dollar Creator." 🚀My new book The Health Habit is out now. You can order a copy here: https://www.amantha.com/the-health-habit/

    Connect with me on the socials:

    Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/amanthaimber)

    Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/amanthai)

    If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work and live, I write a weekly newsletter where I share practical and simple to apply tips to improve your life. You can sign up for that at https://amantha.substack.com/

    Visit https://www.amantha.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au

    Credits:Host: Amantha ImberSound Engineer: Martin ImberEpisode Producer: Rowena Murray

     
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    • 27 min
    Quick Win: The power of a daily ritual with Susan Carland

    Quick Win: The power of a daily ritual with Susan Carland

    How well do you know yourself? Pretty well, you’d think, given you spend all day everyday together! But… how much of that time is quality time, and how much of it is swallowed up by distraction?  As a practising Muslim, Susan Carland’s been praying five times a day, every day, for decades now. Aside from its religious component, Susan’s fallen in love with the ritualistic element of her daily prayer. As an incredibly busy academic, mother and media personality, her prayer times are often the only peaceful, reflective moments of her day. And that dedicated time for reflection is something she treasures: it’s her most effective means of strengthening her relationship with herself.  You can find the full interview here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/14pcuDAluoEL0PP869dVKF?si=ayEtmoxtSyqDqcUoVNyDCg My new book The Health Habit is out now. Order your copy hereConnect with me on LinkedIn and Instagram. For more life-improving tips, sign up for my weekly newsletter at https://amantha.substack.com/. Questions or feedback? Email me at amantha@inventium.com.au. Credits: Host: Amantha Imber Sound Engineer: Martin Imber 
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    • 9 min
    Radical Candour's Kim Scott Shares the Secret Techniques Top Leaders Use to Give and Receive Feedback

    Radical Candour's Kim Scott Shares the Secret Techniques Top Leaders Use to Give and Receive Feedback

    🚨 Warning: This episode contains radical ideas that may change the way you lead forever! In this episode of How I Work, leadership guru and author of global bestseller Radical Candour Kim Scott shares her unconventional approach to leadership and feedback. 💥Join us as we explore the ins and outs of radical candour, the framework that's transformed the way leaders communicate with their teams. Kim dives deep into her personal journey, revealing the hard-learned lessons and "a-ha!" moments that led her to develop this game-changing approach. In this episode, you'll discover:


    😱 The truth about why most managers fail to give effective feedback
    🙏 The power of caring personally and challenging directly in leadership
    🚫 How to avoid the pitfalls of ruinous empathy and obnoxious aggression
    💬 Practical strategies for soliciting criticism and handling feedback like a pro
    🎉 The secret to mastering the art of praise and criticism
    🌟 Techniques for creating a culture of open communication and respectful debate
    📈 Surprising ways radical candour can boost team productivity and foster growth

    Whether you're a seasoned executive or a first-time manager, this episode is packed with actionable insights and game-changing ideas that will help you take your leadership skills to the next level.Tune in now and discover how embracing radical candour can revolutionise the way you lead and work. 🎧Grab your copy of Kim's new book Radical Respect. Follow Kim on Linkedin.My new book The Health Habit is out now. You can order a copy here: https://www.amantha.com/the-health-habit/Connect with me on the socials: Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/amanthaimber) Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/amanthai)If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work and live, I write a weekly newsletter where I share practical and simple to apply tips to improve your life. You can sign up for that at https://amantha.substack.com/Visit https://www.amantha.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes. Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au Credits:Host: Amantha Imber Sound Engineer: Martin Imber Episode Producer: Rowena Murray
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    • 24 min

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What a find!

I’m in the New Year mode and know I am dogged by distractions! I enjoyed the Nir Eyal interview. The habit of schedules is a good new habit ... most enlightening is that it’s not around work but related to my values. I have hated this idea but now can see it working in relationships, me and my work.

Digital Tanya ,

Love the tips

Been listening to the pod for a while. Love all the great tips and a good reminder that we can create our work and life however we want it to look like. How I work: I take Friday afternoons off and make my own rules in business. Keep up the good work Amantha 👍

Angelique Greco ,

Packed with actionable insights

Always insightful. This podcast brings so many perspectives that you will find many things that can work for you.

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