At The Productivity Show we believe you should get your important things done without having to sacrifice your health, family and things that matter to you. This is a weekly podcast where we show you ways to save time, increase your productivity and happiness. We cover topics such as goal setting, time management, personal development and efficiency. Listen to our podcast today and start doubling your productivity.
How To Adapt GTD To YOUR Needs (TPS405)
Getting Things Done, or GTD, is a productivity system developed by David Allen, and it was introduced to the world in the book "Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.""
Here’s the thing about GTD though: a lot of its promoters are very… opinionated about how you follow it. If you don’t follow it to the letter, you aren’t “doing it right”
We don’t really care about all that - we just want to get our important stuff done! We’ve both used GTD for at least 15 years, but we’ve both adapted it to what works for us.
In this episode, we’ll share how you can adapt GTD to your own needs, while still “Getting Things Done”. Here are 3 things you’ll get out of this episode:
How you can rethink GTD Contexts, and use them for your own purposes - or we’ll share an even better thing to try
How you can make your GTD Weekly review way shorter, so you’ll actually stick with it
How to handle GTD when you work in a team, or with other systems
You can find links to everything that we share in the show notes by going to theproductivityshow.com/405.
What’s Your Book, Tool, and Frog? (TPS404)￼
The Productivity Show podcast has been around since 2015 or so - this is episode 404 - and at the beginning, whenever we had a guest on, the host would end it by asking the guest three questions:
“What’s your Book, Tool, and Frog”?
Book: What’s a book you’re either loving right now, or you would recommend to the audience?
Tool: What’s a “tool” that helps you get your best work done? It could be an app, a physical tool or device, or anything really.
Frog: What is a project or something you are focusing on right now? (Comes from the concept of “Eat Your Frog” - we have a big article about that we will list in the shownotes)
In this episode, we’re going to share OUR current Books, Tools, and Frogs, as well as share some from your fellow TPS listeners and our Productivity Academy members
You can find links to everything that we share in the show notes by going to theproductivityshow.com/404.
Former Top 20 Poker Player Turned Productivity Pro Shares All Of His Secrets w/ Chris Sparks (TPS403)
Today I’m joined by Chris Sparks. He’s the founder of Forcing Function where he helps executives achieve peak performance.
As a former top 20 poker player in the world, he takes lessons and frameworks that helped him become one of the best at poker to help others perform at the highest level and make better decisions.
We’ll be diving into Chris’s productivity methodology and strategies so you can use to perform at the highest level.
Welcome to the show Chris!
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You can find links to everything that we share in the show notes by going to theproductivityshow.com/403.
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Top 3 Productivity Resources [2:10]
What made Chris realize that poker was truly for him? [8:07]
What's the difference between the average competitive poker player and the top-ranked players? [11:17
How did Chris approach losing in poker? [14:14]
What was it like living in a "Poker House" for Chris? [19:15]
How does Chris think he would do if he had started poker now instead of in the late '00s? [22:49]
What sorts of "waves" does Chris anticipate in his world in the coming years? [26:22]
How did Chris transition from the world of professional poker to business education? [29:13]
What are some concepts from professional poker that Chris applies to coaching and his own personal life? [32:04]
How does Chris apply the concept of "expected value" to everyday life? [37:10]
How would Chris assess and launch a new product? [45:10]
How does Chris coordinate with his wife when planning significant trips or outings? [49:00]
What is a life philosophy that resonates with Chris? [56:29]
How did Chris come up with the company name "Forcing Function?”[59:05]
What is Chris' goalsetting approach like? [1:03:28]
Where is Chris on his productivity journey currently? [1:08:06]
Where can Chris be reached for services online? [1:11:34]
Forcing Function Performance Library
Everlywell Food Sensitivity Test
Experiment Without Limits Workbook
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Take the Productivity Quiz
Connect with Chris Sparks
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Conflicting Productivity Advice, Google Suggestions, Notion & More (TPS402)
Let’s catch up on what’s been happening in our industry and new trends that you need to be aware of so you stay ahead of the curve.
Aside from the industry news, we also have 3 important topics to go over:
Is the 40-hour workweek an outdated concept?
Are Google’s suggestions helpful or annoying?
What do you do when people you admire give conflicting productivity advice?
You can find links to everything that we share in the show notes by going to theproductivityshow.com/402.
3 Ways To Buy Back Time (Anyone Can Do It!) (TPS401)
In this episode, we’re going to talk about 3 ways you can use your money to buy back time.
We’ll be covering some very inexpensive ways, and some more advanced ways, you can get back more of that precious time.
Because Time is the first part of our TEA Framework - the 3 levers of productivity - Time, Energy, and Attention. Improve any of those 3 areas, and you’ll improve your productivity.
Even better, by using some of the tips in this episode, you’ll improve your Energy and Attention. A TEA Framework trifecta!
Here are 3 things you’ll get out of this episode:
How you can use technology to save a ton of time each year, even if you’re not a techy
The 3 Level Framework for deciding what you should stop doing yourself
How to get started with an executive assistant, and why almost anyone can benefit from one!
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You can find links to everything that we share in the show notes by going to theproductivityshow.com/401.
The Big 400! Our Favorite Episodes, Books, Stories & More (TPS400)￼
We’ve been helping people become more productive at work and in life since 2011. The podcast has been around since 2016 and we surpassed 11mm downloads which makes us the #1 productivity podcast in the world.
We don’t take this for granted. We’re taking this episode to celebrate this major milestone.
It’s fun to mix it up so we’re going to give each co-host an opportunity to share things with the audience that you might know about them. This could be passion projects they’re working on outside of AE, hobbies, favorite foods, and more.
We’re also going to recommend one podcast episode from the last 399 episodes that we recommend. Not necessarily which one we think is “the best”, but just one we think you should listen to.
You can find links to everything that we share in the show notes by going to theproductivityshow.com/400.
Lots of ideas and lots of fun!
The Productivity Show not only keeps entertaining me with each new episode, but it gives me plenty of ideas and great guidance on ways to elevate my focus, efficiency and success.
This is a joke right?!
45+ mins episodes full of ads, references to their website and repetitions? I have a different understanding of productivity...
Part of my morning ritual ;-)
This show is doing what it says on the cover: offering loads of tips and workflows for tackling what life throws at you. If you know AE from other resources you will feel right at home with the outstanding quality the team is making available for free.
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One of the more subtle teachings is witnessing the growth of main host Zachary Sexton to its current level of expertise. These guys practice what they preach!