73 episodes

Fed up with boring self-development podcasts? Then you need SHARPPODCAST! We help you get better at the stuff you have to do, freeing up more time to spend on what you want to do. We do it with humour, quality, great resource and NEVER taking ourselves too seriously.



Join us and sharpen your saw, with a smile on your face. In fact, spending time sharpening the saw can reduce the time it takes you to cut down the tree.



This podcast takes that principle and shows you how to be intentional about what you do, apply a little structure, and actually spend less time - but get more done.

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    • Self Help
    • 5.0 • 36 Ratings

Fed up with boring self-development podcasts? Then you need SHARPPODCAST! We help you get better at the stuff you have to do, freeing up more time to spend on what you want to do. We do it with humour, quality, great resource and NEVER taking ourselves too seriously.



Join us and sharpen your saw, with a smile on your face. In fact, spending time sharpening the saw can reduce the time it takes you to cut down the tree.



This podcast takes that principle and shows you how to be intentional about what you do, apply a little structure, and actually spend less time - but get more done.

    Looking Ahead – STP069

    Looking Ahead – STP069

    Episode 69 -  We look ahead at what's coming this year, and what our thoughts are for making the podcast EVEN BETTER than it is now. Tell us what you think, we're gonna do a Q&A episode in the future. So ask us your questions in the comments on the website, on social media or by e-mail sharpthepodcast@gmail.com







    Look at all this stuff we covered:







    * Moving house* Building the new studio* Top tips to use ToDoIst with a big project* Friend of the show Laurie pops in to say hi* Our ideas for the coming year* The kitchen table - new house, new ideas* Dealing with change* Nothing's perfect* Nothing's permanent* Nothing's personal* Q&A - send us your questions, ask us anything















    As always, we're really grateful for your help in supporting this podcast. To do this you can:







    * Buy me a coffee (I'd be ever so grateful)* Rate or subscribe on apple podcasts by going here - apple podcasts* Contact us on Twitter - we are @sharppodcast here* Connect with us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sharppodcast/* Share with at us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sharppodcast/* Post comments on the website. This link will take you to the home page, and then you can go onto the episode you'd like to comment on here







    Thanks EVER SO MUCH for listening. If we help you to BE BETTER at what you do, then it's all been worth it!

    • 42 min
    Reflecting on 2020 – STP068

    Reflecting on 2020 – STP068

    Episode 68 -  We have a look back at 2020. An awful year for many. So we decided to focus on what's happened with the podcast. There are 3 sections: we look at what changed for 'sharppodcast' in 2020, we quickly revisit each episode with a tiny sample, and then end with Steve and Lisa at the table.







    Look at all this stuff we covered:







    * What's new for sharppodcast:* Making videos* New formats for some episodes* Covering current subjects* Then we do a quick visit to each episode, like a taster menu, but better:* January - STP058 Mind Maps* February - Sharing Is Caring* March - STP059 Laurie Jeffery* April - STP060 Help With Change* May - STP061 To Do With Todoist* May - STP062 To Do With Todoist 2* June - STP063 Todo Level 3 and Top Tips* August - STP064 10 Cognitive Biases Spoiling Your Thinking* August - STP065 Resource Roundup* October - STP066 The ALPEN Method* November - STP067 Resource Roundup* December - STP068 Reflecting...oh hang on, that's this episode!* Steve and Lisa back at the Kitchen Table* Sharppodcast episodes from 2020* How 2020 has demanded more focus on home life* Moving house* The weekly planner* Our weekly 'meeting' (if you want to know more about this, let us know)* Walking to work* Why winning the lottery doesn't necessarily make you happy* Treating personal goals the same as work goals* Getting vaccinated* Hugs!* Jeff Wayne's War of The Worlds - Here's the official website, if you haven't heard this, you DEFINITELY need to find out about it















    As always, we're really grateful for your help in supporting this podcast. To do this you can:







    * Buy me a coffee (I'd be ever so grateful)* Rate or subscribe on apple podcasts by going here - apple podcasts* Contact us on Twitter - we are @sharppodcast here* Connect with us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sharppodcast/* Share with at us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.

    • 47 min
    Resource Roundup – STP067

    Resource Roundup – STP067

    Episode 67 -  We've collated the best of the resource we've shared on social media in the past few weeks. We're aiming to give you a selection of things to look at for yourself, and hopefully you'll find something that works for you.







    Look at all this stuff we covered:







    * Procrastination* Time chunks* Your 'why' and your 'how'* Mindsets and self-sabotage* Damaging your brain* Dealing with overwhelming to-do lists* Recharging* Taking things personally* Meditation







    Here are the links to the resource where you can find out more:







    * Robert Taibbi - 8 Steps to Overcome Procrastination* Bryan Robinson - Procrastination a Friend Without Benefits* Accidental Creative - Time Chunks* My Instagram post - Work on your 'why' to help your 'how'* Celine Da Costa - Stop Self Sabotage* Best Brain Possible - 7 Modern Lifestyle Habits Damaging Your Brain* Zen Habits - Overwhelming Todo Lists* My Instagram post - Recharging* Lachlan Brown - 11 Tips to Stop Taking Things Personally* Hackspirit - 25 Surprising Meditation Tips* (And as promised, just for you, here are the links):* Headspace* Ten Percent Happier* Jessica Abel - Hell Yeah! Or Hell No!* My pic of the tree inspiring my thoughts on change















    As always, we're really grateful for your help in supporting this podcast. To do this you can:







    * Buy me a coffee (I'd be ever so grateful)* Rate or subscribe on apple podcasts by going here - apple podcasts* Contact us on Twitter - we are a rel="noreferrer noopene...

    • 17 min
    The ALPEN method – STP066

    The ALPEN method – STP066

    Episode 66 -  If you struggle to get things from your to-do list actually done, then ALPEN is for you. We have a look at this great method...







    Look at all this stuff we covered:







    * Why it's different from other to-do list methods* You don't have to work long hours to be effective* Professor Lothar J Seiwert - who is he?* Why we don't like the word 'productivity' (again)* Two acronyms (depending on your language):* Activities* Length* Plan Buffer* Establish Priorities* Note Success* OR:* Aufschreiben* Lange schatzen* Pufferzeit einplannen* Entscheidungen Treffen* Nachkontrolle* Activities - Get them written down* Length - Work out how long each one will take* Plan Buffer - Add in 40% (we tell you why)* Establish priorities - Decide on which ones you're going to focus on* Note Success - Review the day and identify what worked well* The Sydney Opera House planning disaster * What Helmuth Von Moltke the Elder said* Reviewing your list every week* The Two Minute Rule







    Here are the links to the resource where you can find out more:







    * OECD stats working hours across the world* How to prioritise* Episode 7 - Habits and the Write Stuff (featuring Eisenhower Matrix)* Professor Lothar J Seiwert talking about what he does* Find out more about Lothar J Seiwert* Yodelling: Astounded Christopher J Astbury Switzerland















    As always, we're really grateful for your help in supporting this podcast. To do this you can:







    * Buy me a coffee (I'd be ever so grateful)* Rate or subscribe on apple podcasts by going here - apple podcasts* Contact us on Twitter - we are @sharppodcast here* Connect with us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sharppodcast/* Share with at us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sharppodcast/* Post comments on the website. This link will take you to the home page, and then you can go onto the episode you'd like to comment on here







    Thanks EVER SO MUCH for listening. If we help you to BE BETTER at what you do, then it's all been worth it!

    • 29 min
    Resource Roundup – STP065

    Resource Roundup – STP065

    Episode 65 -  A different approach in this episode. We've collated the best of the resource we've shared on social media in the past few weeks. We're aiming to give you a selection of things to look at for yourself, and hopefully you'll find something that works for you.







    Look at all this stuff we covered:







    * Brain hacks* 3 daily habits* Goals* Today is unique* Stop taking things personally* Can we trust our brain* Stress and burnout* Habits and streaks* Doing more* Past present and future* Stress* Process instead of goals and targets







    Here are the links to the resource where you can find out more:







    * Entrepreneur.com - Brain Hacks to boost motivation/beat the work from home blues* Success.com - 3 things successful people do daily* Psychology Today - Wide awake at 2 am? * Michael Hyatt - 4 ways to make daily progress on goals* Sharppodcast on Instagram - Today is never going to happen again* Hackspirit.com - 11 ways to stop taking things personally* Psychology Today - Can we trust our brains?* Psychology Today - I miss the old 'me'* Lifehacker - You don't truly build a habit until you break your streak* Psychology Today - Do more by doing less* Sharppodcast on Instagram - thoughts about the past and future are all in the present moment * Psychology Today - a rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="Stress can be good for you (opens in a new tab)" href="...

    • 18 min
    10 cognitive biases spoiling your thinking – STP064

    10 cognitive biases spoiling your thinking – STP064

    Episode 64 -  Your thinking isn't as rational or balanced as you think. Let us tell you why, and how you can be more aware of what's stuffing it up.







    Look at all this stuff we covered:







    * What cognitive biases are* How they affect us* Why your brain is SO effective - and that's the problem* How not to make a cup of tea* Our top 10 chart of biases* The difference between sharks, selfies and coconuts* THE IDIOT (and his lockdown diary)







    Here are the links to the resource where you can find out more:







    * Buster Benson's image showing 200 cognitive biases* The Visual Capitalist - 24 Cognitive Biases* The Scientific American article on the role of luck in success* "Thinking Fast and Slow" by Daniel Kahneman * The excellent VeryWellMind article on biases* Ted-X talk on the Dunning Kruger effect* Myles on the Just World hypothesis* Vicky and her amazing art at Etsy* Jessica Abel's Creative Focus Workshop* Laura Gassner Otting* The Woo Long Talks podcast* Run With Me On This podcast







    As always, we're really grateful for your help in supporting this podcast. To do this you can:







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Customer Reviews

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36 Ratings

36 Ratings

#1Curtis ,

A Great Show!

The Sharp Podcast is Great! It is interesting, informative and offers some great advice!
I Definitely recommend taking a Listen!

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A great tool and listen

All episodes are worth a listen, well thought out and always something new to think about.

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Warm, positive & worth your time

Found this on Twitter - glad I did too, as it's blooming good. Very calm, superbly produced and riddled with positive things you can do in your life.

We'll worth your time!

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