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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 • 545 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: “Quirkology” Professor Richard Wiseman on using magic to up your public speaking game

    BEST OF: “Quirkology” Professor Richard Wiseman on using magic to up your public speaking game

    **BEST OF 2022**

    If you know anything about magic, you know a true magician never reveals his secrets. While psychologist and author Richard Wiseman might not share the secrets behind his favourite magic tricks, he’s more than happy to share how magic has made him a better thinker, a better psychologist, and a better public speaker. 

    Richard also shares how focusing more intently on listening has led to some of his most successful outings as an author, and describes his unconventional - and frightening - method for pitching experiments. 

    Richard’s also the creator of the beloved YouTube channel, Quirkology, where he demonstrates short experiments and explains unusual facets of psychology. He shares how the channel came about, and why he works across so many platforms. 

    Connect with Richard on Twitter and at his website 

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    My new book Time Wise is out now. You can grab a copy here.

     

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    If you’re looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a fortnightly newsletter that contains three cool things I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.co

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

    Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au

     

    CREDITS

    Produced by Inventium

    Host: Amantha Imber

    Production Support from Deadset Studios

    Episode Producer: Liam Riordan

    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber
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    • 35 min
    My Favourite Tip: Hugh van Cuylenburg - It all comes back to ‘why’

    My Favourite Tip: Hugh van Cuylenburg - It all comes back to ‘why’

    Hugh van Cuylenburg hangs up the phone - he’s been speaking to his (very) pregnant wife, who’s struggling at home without him. He’s exhausted too, after days and days of back-to-back presentations. Oh, and the AC’s not working. 

    Needless to say, Hugh’s not feeling his best going into this presentation. But a couple of minutes into his speech, he spots a boy in the middle of the audience, and something clicks. 

    Hugh doesn’t know why this particular kid stood out, or if he even really stood out, but something shifted nonetheless. Hugh remembered that even if this one kid - out of hundreds - was the only one to gain something important from that presentation, that’s a win.

    A growing audience is great, but it can sometimes make you forget the individuals who need what you’re doing… 

    Connect with Hugh on the Resilience Project’s website or listen to The Imperfects podcast

    You can find the full interview here: Hugh van Cuylenburg demonstrates how a string purpose fuels strong actions

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    My new book Time Wise is out now. You can grab a copy here.

     

    Connect with me on the socials:

    Linkedin

    Twitter

    Instagram 

     

    If you’re looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a fortnightly newsletter that contains three cool things I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.co

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

    Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au

     

    CREDITS

    Produced by Inventium

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    • 9 min
    BEST OF: Eric Barker on his Five-Four Rule and deliberate work-life imbalance

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

    **BEST OF 2022**

    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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    Connect with me on the socials:

    Linkedin

    Twitter

    Instagram 

     

    If you’re looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a fortnightly newsletter that contains three cool things I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.co

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

    Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au

     

    CREDITS

    Produced by Inventium

    Host: Amantha Imber

    Production Support from Deadset Studios

    Episode Producer: Liam Riordan

    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 38 min
    My Favourite Tip - Dom Price: Just do one thing

    My Favourite Tip - Dom Price: Just do one thing

    Atlassian’s Dom Price is just like anyone else - some days, he just doesn’t want to get out of bed. The difference is: he stays in bed. 

    After decades of working at breakneck speed, Dom’s learning to listen to the signals his body sends him, and it’s working wonders. 

    But what about when it’s something beyond a bad day? What about when he’s feeling truly burnt out? 

    Dom’s theory is that part of what causes burnout is ‘information obesity’, and one of the best ways to overcome it is with action. Dom believes the world can be a “Do-ocracy”, and that means picking one thing to do now, and seeing how it goes.  

    Connect with Dom on Twitter or LinkedIn

    You can find the full interview here: Atlassian’s Dom Price wants you to up your communication by designing a “working agreement”

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    My new book Time Wise is out now. You can grab a copy here.

     

    Connect with me on the socials:

    Linkedin

    Twitter

    Instagram 

     

    If you’re looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a fortnightly newsletter that contains three cool things I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.co

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

    Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au

     

    CREDITS

    Produced by Inventium

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    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 7 min
    BEST OF: Learning on the job - how Brian Koppelman turned his first movie into a DIY film school

    BEST OF: Learning on the job - how Brian Koppelman turned his first movie into a DIY film school

    **BEST OF 2022**

    For productivity geeks like us, the professional writer can become a bit of a mystic figure. When we fantasise about finally perfecting our morning routines, finally clearing out enough time for a fruitful Deep Work session, setting up the ideal workstation - we’re often thinking about a writer.

    There’s something idyllic about the idea of being a writer: it’s just you, your thoughts, and the blank page. It’s the platonic ideal of knowledge work! But… it’s not that simple.

    Take Brian Koppelman, for example. Inarguably one of the most prolific and successful screenwriters working today, you’d think Brian spends most of his life holed up in a cabin in the woods, clacking away on a typewriter, free from any and all distractions.

    But Brian lives in New York City, the busiest, most distracting place on the planet. Oh, and he’s not just a screenwriter. He’s also a director, producer, and showrunner. Brian’s “average” day looks a lot less like that of a reclusive artist, and much more like that of a busy CEO.

    So, how does he still manage to produce so much incredible work? Brian shares how meditation, morning pages and music help him focus, and recalls the most powerful lessons he learned on the set of his very first film.

    Connect with Brian on Twitter

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    Connect with me on the socials:

    Linkedin

    Twitter

    Instagram

     

    If you’re looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a fortnightly newsletter that contains three cool things I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.co

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

    Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au 

     

    CREDITS

    Produced by Inventium

    Host: Amantha Imber

    Production Support from Deadset Studios

    Episode Producer: Liam Riordan

    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 44 min
    My Favourite Tip - Catriona Wallace: Avoid bad money

    My Favourite Tip - Catriona Wallace: Avoid bad money

    How much is a million-dollar investment worth? 

    If that feels like a trick question, maybe you haven’t come across ‘bad money’ the way Dr Catriona Wallace has.

    When she was the CEO of Flamingo AI, Catriona received a million-dollar investment offer, but there was a catch: the investors would only hand over the cash if Cat promised to stop wearing a nose ring in public. 

    She said no. 

    Why? Why would you turn down so much money for something seemingly so small? Well, in Cat’s eyes, the money from people so concerned with her physical appearance might not be the kind of money she’s after…

    Connect with Catriona on Twitter or LinkedIn

    You can find the full interview here: Dr Catriona Wallace’s million-dollar nose ring and what it taught her about running a business

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    My new book Time Wise is out now. You can grab a copy here.

     

    Connect with me on the socials:

    Linkedin

    Twitter

    Instagram 

     

    If you’re looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a fortnightly newsletter that contains three cool things I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.co

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

    Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au

     

    CREDITS

    Produced by Inventium

    Host: Amantha Imber

    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
545 Ratings

545 Ratings

JT_001 ,

Best podcast ever

The podcast is fantastic, I love to listen to all the productivity tips and tricks! I was able to implement few habits (one habit at a time) to improve how I work. I’m slowly working my way through the episodes, best so far is #121 with Nir Eyal! I think I’ve listened to it at least 3 times now and my opinion is that people should listen to it first before they embark on all the other episodes.
We need to master our internal distractions and become indistractable before productivity tools become helpful. Thanks for continuing to put content out there, you’re doing us all a great favour!

Verbs34 ,

The best start to my day!

I’m so glad I found this podcast! Lots of helpful tips here, and Amantha’s vibe just makes me feel really positive and motivated. This pod has been a nice addition to my morning routine! Having previously overwhelmed myself by consuming soooo much productivity content, I personally really like the idea of including those shorter episodes that discuss one tip/ takeaway from a recent interview. Ingenious!

North Taswegia ,

Good podcast… for neurotypical people

Some interesting content, but it is solely geared towards neurotypical people. It’d be great to see the host stretch herself to understand neurodiversity and demonstrate inclusivity in her approach.

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