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The weekly POWER to Live More podcast from Jo Dodds is designed to give you inspiration, ideas, tips, tools and apps to help you to use your POWER (Productivity, Organisation, Wellbeing, Energy and Resilience) to Live More (to do more of the things you want to do).

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The weekly POWER to Live More podcast from Jo Dodds is designed to give you inspiration, ideas, tips, tools and apps to help you to use your POWER (Productivity, Organisation, Wellbeing, Energy and Resilience) to Live More (to do more of the things you want to do).

    Mark Struczewski: Living a Productive Life

    Mark Struczewski: Living a Productive Life

    Mark ‘Ski’ Struczewski is also known as Mister Productivity.

    He is a keynote speaker who has presented on multiple stages and at a wide variety of events across the United States, including the Women’s Council of Realtors, the Association of Legal Administrators, American Business Women’s Association, and the Greater Houston Builders Association.

    He is the host of The Mark Struczewski Podcast, where he discusses productivity and the things that get in the way of it, and the author of multiple books to help busy professionals be more productive and get more done.

    Mark joins me today to discuss productivity, and how centering his life around it has made growing and achieving success possible for him.

    As learning is a huge part of his day-to-day activities, he also shares his favourite resources in helping him attain maximum productivity. He also explains his philosophy on prioritisation, the significance of identifying goals, and shares foolproof ways on how you can stick to them.

    “What gets scheduled gets done. The worst thing you can do is to have an empty calendar.” –  Mark Struczewski”

    This Week on The Power to Live More Podcast:



    * The humorous story of how Mark found a way to “productively” use his knack for productivity.

    * Why he believes that as an entrepreneur, he is “always working.”

    * How and why he transitioned from photography to public speaking.

    * How he makes the most out of his “opportunity antennas.”

    * His approach to prioritisation, both in his work and in his personal life.

    * The importance of scheduling in ensuring productivity.

    * The concept of “Grow” — and how he incorporates it into his schedule.

    * Best practices and tips in choosing productivity apps.

    * Why he chooses to do things alone for his business instead of hiring a team.

    * The number one mistake that most new entrepreneurs make.

    * Why it’s important to learn how to edit and upload your own podcast.

    * His thoughts on self-care, health, and the importance of consistency in both.

    * His love for running, and how it has greatly improved his sense of wellbeing.

    * Sleep: its role in your life, and why you’re probably not getting enough of it.

    * How he deals with a less-than-ideal day.

    * Why he bases “good days” on feelings instead of numbers.

    * The concept of the “up list”.

    * The importance of goal-setting.

    * How making a decision to move in the right direction makes a significant difference.



    Resources:



    * Fantastical

    * Things 3

    * Reminders

    * Notes

    * AutoSleep

    * Breethe

    * Audible

    * a href="https://thefeed.libsyn.

    • 52 min
    Dan Murray: Productivity, Leadership, and Brain Health

    Dan Murray: Productivity, Leadership, and Brain Health

    Dan Murray is a serial entrepreneur currently running his third successful business with a small team in the West End of London.







    His current business, Heights, is a human potential company where he works closely with dieticians, nutritionists, and psychologists to create the ultimate holistic brain-care brand.







    He is also the host and co-founder of the popular podcast, the Secret Leaders Club, which has featured founders and CEOs of international brands over three series. 







    Today Dan shares how his personal struggle with insomnia led to his research into brain health and why he was inspired to set up his current enterprise.







    We discuss how he manages his workload and promotes healthy habits in his daily life by combining bursts of productivity with protected downtime.







    We also dive into the details of leadership philosophy, from the ‘inspirational leader’ model to the ‘servant leader’ model, and why he has changed his leadership technique with his current business.







    “The brain – is a complex machine that needs feeding” Dan Murray







    Today on the Power to Live More Podcast:







    * How Dan’s business turns scientific journals into ‘snackable’ newsletters* How he built a great team to explore brain health and how to improve it* Why daily exercise is vital to his routine* What Dan does to recharge in his downtime* The tools he uses to manage his tasks* What he sees as the most crucial factor when working with others* How he keeps up with current research in his area of interest* Why he loves podcasts* What he does on days when it all goes wrong







    Resources Mentioned:







    * Optimum Nutrition for The Mind by Patrick Holford * Notion* Trello* G Suite* Leading As A Host – Six New ‘Roles Of Engagement’ – Mark McKergow







    Connect with Dan Murray:







    * Heights Website* Secret Leaders Podcast* Instagram







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    • 38 min
    Anastasia Wilson: Lists, Charts, and Work-Life Balance

    Anastasia Wilson: Lists, Charts, and Work-Life Balance

    Anastasia Wilson is a virtual assistant and a business owner based in Nottinghamshire. More commonly known as Ana, she handles tasks that business owners don’t like doing such as web design, social media management, and bookkeeping.

    She is also a creative – Ana used to run her handicraft business for years before the founding of her virtual assistant company, Virtual Bird.

    Anastasia joins me on this episode to share how she uses lists and charts to ensure there’s a balance between her work and personal life. She shares how she ended up owning a virtual assistant business, some practical tips for business owners who are considering outsourcing, and why she appreciates ‘living more’ each day.

     “It’s living more to me – as long as you’re making most of life and you feel content, and you push yourself just a little bit.” – Anastasia Wilson

    This Week on the POWER to Live More Podcast:



    * How Anastasia ended up as a virtual assistant

    * Where she got her entrepreneurial spirit

    * How she integrates her work and life

    * Tools she uses to keep track of her work-life balance

    * How she manages her tasks and lists

    * People she approaches for help regarding her business

    * How to start creating a list of the things you do within your business

    * How she keeps herself relaxed

    * How she learns and improves herself

    * The only constant in her day that keeps her on track

    * How she assesses her day using the Plan-Do-Review Approach



    Resources Mentioned:



    * Lists

    * To-Do List

    * Pie chart

    * The Ultimate Diary Planner

    * Notebook

    * Spreadsheets

    * Asana

    * Toggl

    * MailChimp

    * WordPress



    Connect with Anastasia Wilson:



    * Anastasia Wilson on Facebook

    * Anastasia Wilson on Twitter

    * The Virtual Bird Website

    * The Virtual Bird Business Support Group (BSG) on Facebook



    Connect, Share, Inspire

    Thank you for joining me for this week’s episode of the POWER to Live More Podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and would like to help support the show, please head over to iTunes or Stitcher, subscribe to the show and leave your honest review! You can also help me reach even more amazing business owners and leaders by sharing your favourite episodes on your social media channels.

    Don’t forget to check out my website, join my Facebook Group,

    • 37 min
    Vibeke Foss: From Corporate Employee to Gorgeous Geek

    Vibeke Foss: From Corporate Employee to Gorgeous Geek

    Vibeke Foss is the founder of Gorgeous Geek, an agency providing web design and online business consulting for female coaches and entrepreneurs.

    After leaving a corporate career, she embraced her inner geek and began designing professional websites and teaching female entrepreneurs how to use content and marketing strategies to convert visitors into clients.

    Today, Vibeke describes how she learned to let go of the employee mindset and embrace the perks of working for herself. She shares the benefits of using a coworking space, the strategies she used to overcome her anxiety regarding outsourcing, and how time tracking has helped her improve her productivity. She also explains the importance of identifying when you’re procrastinating and shares her detailed vision of a day of living more.

    “Worldwide coworking spaces are growing so much because there are more entrepreneurs and more freelancers.” – Vibeke Foss]

    This Week on The Power to Live More Podcast:



    * How her career path led to the start of Gorgeous Geek.

    * How her work as a virtual assistant led to her specialising in web design.

    * The importance of managing client’s expectations around her availability.

    * The benefits of using a coworking space and why it is important to find one that is a good fit for you.

    * How making a todo list in the evening helps to clear her mind for better sleep.

    * Why she prefers to finish the task at hand before moving on to the next no matter how long it takes.

    * How she has handled her anxiety about outsourcing aspects of her business.

    * The importance of listening to her body and how working for herself allows her to do that more than ever before.

    * Why you need to learn to recognise when your body is lying to you as a form of procrastination.

    * Spending time with the right people and having meaningful conversations as a form of relaxation.

    * The elements of her morning routine that help her start the day in a positive and healthy way.

    * How she deals with bad days.

    * The detailed picture of what a day she has lived more looks like.



    Resources Mentioned:



    * Georgia Varjas on Show #50: Celebrate Life

    * Todoist

    * Getting Things Done by David Allen

    * Toggl

    * Zoho Invoice

    * The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

    * Overcast



    Connect with Vibeke Foss:



    * Gorgeous Geek

    * Gorgeous Geek on Facebook

    * Vibeke on Facebook

    * Biz Ladies Facebook Group

    * Instagram

    * LinkedIn

    * Twitter



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    • 47 min
    Jac Julien: Breaking Free From Hustling

    Jac Julien: Breaking Free From Hustling

    Jac Julien is, in her own words, a “reformed organised mess”.

    As a clinical psychologist and productivity expert, she enables today’s hardworking entrepreneurs to find time to stop and smell the roses without compromising their business ventures.

    Jac joins me today to discuss hustling — what it is, how it has changed the way we work, and why it isn’t healthy.

    She shares her thoughts on productivity, the importance of getting adequate rest, and how she personally managed to break out of the hamster wheel and stop being an unwilling participant in the everyday hustle of the corporate world. She also provides thoughts and insights on how to prioritise tasks and maximise productivity, making life simpler by relying on fewer tools, and why there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all productivity solution.

    Figuring out how to use time is a lifesaver, especially on those days when things go wrong. – Jac Julien

     This Week on The Power to Live More Podcast:



    * The concept of hustling, and how it has changed work for the worse.

    * Why leisure time matters.

    * How she manages to get everything done and still have time to relax.

    * The signals the brain sends regarding productivity and rest.

    * How she eventually got tired of hustling every single day — and decided to help entrepreneurs escape this way of getting things done.

    * The “everyone’s doing this, and I should, too” mindset.

    * The reason people procrastinate.

    * How she prioritises what she does.

    * Why it’s important to be clear on what a person values most in life, and how that affects productivity.

    * The secret to making time for important projects during the day.

    * How she manages to her to-do list.

    * How productivity styles differ from person to person.

    * Why people tend not to seek help or implement new ideas, even when they’re overwhelmed.

    * Why she doesn’t use a lot of tools.

    * The importance of getting a good rest, and how it has helped her significantly.

    * How she takes bad days in stride, and what a “good day” looks like.



    Resources:



    * Asana

    * Google Translate

    * FitBit



    Connect with Jac Julien:



    * Website

    * Facebook



    Connect, Share, Inspire

    Thank you for joining me for this week’s episode of the POWER to Live More Podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and would like to help support the show, please head over to iTunes or Stitcher, subscribe to the show and leave your honest review! You can also help me reach even more amazing business owners and leaders by sharing your favourite episodes on your social media channels.

    Don’t forget to check out my website, join my Facebook Group,  follow me on Twitter and connect up with me on LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram to interact with me and my amazing audience!

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    • 47 min
    Holly Scott Donaldson: Trello, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Podcasts, Pen and Paper and Mindfulness

    Holly Scott Donaldson: Trello, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Podcasts, Pen and Paper and Mindfulness

    Trello, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Podcasts, Pen and Paper and Mindfulness with Holly Scott Donaldson of Back 2 Biz magazine and the Back to Life programme, back in 2016.

    What We Recommended:

    Tools & Apps

    Trello – “Trello I’m using for my big picture, what are those higher level tasks? Trello is very interactive. You’re making your little blocks of projects, but you can actually move them around your board depending on how you’ve arranged a column. If you have planning, doing, done, or to do, you can pull that task with your mouse and drag it into the relevant column. It’s very easy and interactive.

    Slack – “Slack is something that I’ve been introduced to, and I’ve been loving. It’s a sort of project management communication tool. Apparently it’s one of the fastest growing pieces of software around at the minute. It’s very good if you are part of a team of people that are all virtual. It helps you not just instant message each other, but the whole group can share documents and see each other notes, or you can do them as private notes.”

    Achievr – “There is a mobile app called Achievr which helps me with routine, ironically. What are the routines of the most successful people around? What do they do every day? And what do I need to do every day? Like the daily walk, spending twelve minutes doing mindfulness. Some of those non-work related, but success related activities I track on this app. That’s making me keep aware of the things that I often forget, such as mindfulness, which is a key part to success.”

    Other Resources

    Jin Shin Jyutsu – “Astrid Kauffman is a friend of mine, and she’s also a practitioner of something called Jin Shin Jyutsu, which is an ancient Japanese therapy I think, which deals with your own body’s energy levels. If you’ve got pain, you hold yourself a certain way and you will relieve the pain. For example, you hold the outsides of your ankles if you’ve got a headache, and the headache will go away.

    I never gave myself into the therapy until my diagnosis. Actually, while I going through the diagnosis she said, “Okay, come and see me. I’m going to put you on the couch and I’m going to do these treatments on you.” I started to drift off into … I really understand what giving yourself over to peace and tranquility is, stopped thinking about everything. I think it’s such a big monster sitting in my head, I completely blocked it and thought of nothing.

    Her treatments brought such a calmness and understanding and ease with it. It saved my sanity, it allowed me to get rid of that adrenaline junkie fix and to look at life through a completely different lens. Everybody who knows me before, during, and after said I’m a completely different person now.”

    Influential People in the Entrepreneurial World – “I stay very close to a few people that I think are massively influential. That’s Simon Coulson here in the UK, and Ed Dale I mentioned in Australia. Through Simon Coulson there’s quite a good network of entrepreneurs, like Andy Harrington and Nick James”

    Books

    Key Person of Influence by Daniel Priestley – “I found his book amazing”

    Music

    African Music – “I’m South African by birth, and I have a href="https://en.wikipedia.

    • 43 min

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