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Hosted by productivity strategist Mike Vardy, A Productive Conversation is a podcast that discusses tips, tools, tactics, and tricks that are designed to help you take your productivity, time management, goals, to do lists, habits, and workflow to new heights - both at work and at home. If you're looking to focus your efforts on getting the right things done and start living the good life, then this weekly conversational podcast – crafted in the tradition of Slate's Working, Back to Work, and HBR IdeaCast – is for you.

A Productive Conversation Mike Vardy

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    • 4.2 • 97 Ratings

Hosted by productivity strategist Mike Vardy, A Productive Conversation is a podcast that discusses tips, tools, tactics, and tricks that are designed to help you take your productivity, time management, goals, to do lists, habits, and workflow to new heights - both at work and at home. If you're looking to focus your efforts on getting the right things done and start living the good life, then this weekly conversational podcast – crafted in the tradition of Slate's Working, Back to Work, and HBR IdeaCast – is for you.

    FROM THE VAULT: Jon Acuff talks about Finish

    FROM THE VAULT: Jon Acuff talks about Finish

    From the vault this week, we have Jon Acuff – a New York Times bestselling author of multiple books. In this episode, we discussed Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done. John's delivered some other great stuff since this discussion, including a book called Soundtracks that I highly recommend you check out after listening to this conversation.
    Jon helps some of the world’s biggest brands tell their story and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, Good Day LA, and other major media outlets.
    We discussed a sampling of the topics in his book, Finish, which includes planning, prioritizing, and reaching the state of finished no matter what you’re working on.
    Links Worth Exploring

    Connect with Todd: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn


    Buy Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done


    Check out his latest book Soundtracks: The Surprising Solution to Overthinking


    Listen to All it Takes is a Goal with Jon Acuff


    Join Jon's Weekly Idea Experiment


    Related Conversation: Overlap with Sean McCabe


    Related Blog Post: How To Find Your Way Forward (And Finish)



    Thanks to all of the sponsors of this episode. You can find all of the sponsors you heard me mention on this episode on our Podcast Sponsors page.
    Want to support the podcast? Beyond checking out our sponsors, you can subscribe to the show wherever you listen to podcasts. Click on any of the links below to make that happen.
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    Thanks again for listening to A Productive Conversation. See you later.

    • 35 min
    Todd Henry talks about The Daily Creative

    Todd Henry talks about The Daily Creative

    Todd Henry is returning for another productive conversation.
    He's the author of several books, and an international speaker on creativity, productivity, and passion for work, as well as a coach for people and teams to help them generate brilliant ideas.
    This week, we are discussing his latest book, The Daily Creative.
    We talk about what it was like to put this book together, how you should go through the book, and then we take certain passages of the book and discuss them.. and it's very likely that the Cincinnati Bengals come up.
    It's a fun and productive conversation that you don't want to miss.
    Links Worth Exploring

    Connect with Todd: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook


    Buy Todd's latest book: Daily Creative: A Practical Guide for Staying Prolific, Brilliant, and Healthy


    Listen to the Accidental Creative Podcast


    Check out The Daily Creative


    Join Mike's TimeCrafting Trust community


    Watch this Quentin Tarantino video

    Related Conversation: Episode 340: Your Motivation Code with Todd Henry


    Related Blog Post: On Doing What Really Needs Doing



    Thanks to all of the sponsors of this episode. You can find all of the sponsors you heard me mention on this episode on our Podcast Sponsors page.
    Want to support the podcast? Beyond checking out our sponsors, you can subscribe to the show wherever you listen to podcasts. Click on any of the links below to make that happen.
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    Thanks again for listening to A Productive Conversation. See you later.

    • 30 min
    Joey Cofone talks about The Laws of Creativity

    Joey Cofone talks about The Laws of Creativity

    This week I am joined by the founder and CEO of Baronfig, Joey Cofone.
    Joey is an award-winning designer and entrepreneur living and working in NYC who has designed and art-directed over 100 products from zero to launch.
    With over a decade of ideas, notes, and journaling - Joey has published his book The Laws of Creativity: Unlock your Originality and Awaken your Creative Genius. A book that he hopes will serve the purpose of enlightening people on creativity; how it works and how they can harness it.
    During our conversation we dive into the different laws, discuss the way the book has been constructed, and we ultimately get to the idea of how creativity and productivity are related.
    Links Worth Exploring

    Connect with Joey: Website | Instagram | Twitter


    Buy Joey's book: The Laws of Creativity: Unlock your Originality and Awaken your Creative Genius


    Check out what Baronfig has to offer


    Related Conversation: Episode 228: Tailoring Tools for Thinkers with Joey Cofone


    Related Blog Post: Taking Journaling to Another Level



    Thanks to all of the sponsors of this episode. You can find all of the sponsors you heard me mention on this episode on our Podcast Sponsors page.
    Want to support the podcast? Beyond checking out our sponsors, you can subscribe to the show wherever you listen to podcasts. Click on any of the links below to make that happen.
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    Thanks again for listening to A Productive Conversation. See you later.

    • 35 min
    Katie Stoddart talks about The Focus Bee

    Katie Stoddart talks about The Focus Bee

    In this episode, I am joined by Katie Stoddard.
    Katie is an award-winning international coach whose mission is to support entrepreneurs, founders and executives world-wide to reach higher levels of performance.
    She is the person behind The Focus Bee. She hosts a super informative podcast, The Focus Bee Show and is the writer behind The Focus Bee Blog. During this conversation, primarily around focus, we talk about precision, resilience, and the fascinating idea of equanimity.
    I enjoyed talking to someone who has a passion for productivity, and especially an element of productivity and its focus. 
    Links Worth Exploring

    Connect with Katie: Website | Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter


    Grab Katie's FREE e-book here


    Listen to Katie's podcast: The Focus Bee Show


    Related Conversation: What Goes Into a Task App with Amir Salihefendic


    Related Blog Post: The Thing About Focus



    Thanks to all of the sponsors of this episode. You can find all of the sponsors you heard me mention on this episode on our Podcast Sponsors page.
    Want to support the podcast? Beyond checking out our sponsors, you can subscribe to the show wherever you listen to podcasts. Click on any of the links below to make that happen.
    Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher
    You can also click on this link to paste the podcast feed into your podcast app of choice.
    Thanks again for listening to A Productive Conversation. See you later.

    • 30 min
    FROM THE VAULT: Getting Productive With Astrology with Jill Blumenstock

    FROM THE VAULT: Getting Productive With Astrology with Jill Blumenstock

    This week's featured vault episode is with guest, Jill Blumenstock!
    Jill is a certified Yoga Teacher and Vedic Astrologer, and has seen firsthand the impact of tuning into your own natural rhythms. It’s a time guide that’s beyond just your horoscope; you learn how to best manage your time. In this episode, we uncover how to chart your astrological patterns, how to apply it to your daily life – and hear Jill’s live reading of me!
    Links Worth Exploring

    Connect with Jill: Website | Instagram | Facebook


    Click here to schedule a Vedic Reading with Jill

    Buy Eviatar's book: The Seven Day Circle: The History and Meaning of the Week


    Related Conversation: Episode 331: It’s Time to Slow Things Down (Mike Vardy solo episode!)

    Related Blog Post: The Speed of Right



    Thanks to all of the sponsors of this episode. You can find all of the sponsors you heard me mention on this episode on our Podcast Sponsors page.
    Want to support the podcast? Beyond checking out our sponsors, you can subscribe to the show wherever you listen to podcasts. Click on any of the links below to make that happen.
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    You can also click on this link to paste the podcast feed into your podcast app of choice.
    Thanks again for listening to A Productive Conversation. See you later.

    • 45 min
    Britt Frank talks about The Science of Stuck

    Britt Frank talks about The Science of Stuck

    It's never fun to feel as if you're stuck. But there might be some advantages to getting stuck that you may not see, especially when you're actually in that state.
    That's where Britt Frank comes in.
    Britt Frank is the author of The Science of Stuck. She is a therapist, teacher, speaker, and trauma specialist who is committed to dismantling the mental health myths that keep us feeling STUCK and SICK.
    On this episode, she joined me for a discussion about dealing with "stuckness". We also chat about the hidden benefits of staying stuck, Energy Management, and more about her work focusing on empowering people to understand the inner mechanisms of their brains and bodies.
    Links Worth Exploring

    Connect with Britt: Website | Instagram


    Buy Britt's Book: The Science of Stuck


    Check out Daniel Coyle's book: The Culture Playbook: 60 Highly Effective Actions to Help Your Group Succeed


    Related Conversation: Episode 420: Daniel Coyle talks about The Culture Playbook


    Related Blog Post: How to Get Unstuck: The Big Paper Exercise



    Thanks to all of the sponsors of this episode. You can find all of the sponsors you heard me mention on this episode on our Podcast Sponsors page.
    Want to support the podcast? Beyond checking out our sponsors, you can subscribe to the show wherever you listen to podcasts. Click on any of the links below to make that happen.
    Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher
    You can also click on this link to paste the podcast feed into your podcast app of choice.
    Thanks again for listening to A Productive Conversation. See you later.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
97 Ratings

97 Ratings

Arlie K ,

Amazing conversations!

A Productive Conversation has become one of my faves - the discussions here are consistently empowering, engaging, and insightful! It’s obvious that Mike puts extraordinary effort into finding guests that are authentic and truly care about being a positive force in this world. Definitely not one to miss!

Lillyvblue ,

Wish the host would let the guests speak more

I really want to like this podcast. The productivity nuggets and gems are there, and I appreciate that. The host brings on amazing guests on the show. HOWEVER, instead of making the most of the special guests he interviews, the host spends a lot of airtime elevating his own thoughts and his own opinions. In interviewing guests, the host often talks way too much, finds ways to point everything back to himself, and oftentimes cuts off the very people he interviews while they are trying to answer his questions.

I understand that it is his show and he should be able to talk about whatever he wants. But why bring on the guests then if he would rather hijack the time to point things back to himself? I feel like I have to literally ENDURE the host in order *try* to hear what nuggets of wisdom the guest he brings on is trying to share.

This podcast could be so much better. It has lots of potential if the host would just stop trying to take center stage during his interviews. Sure, if he has lots of opinions then don’t bring on a guest and just do a solo conversation…that would be fine. But if you bring on a guest, let’s give them the stage so they can truly explain and share without constantly being interrupted.

Plus, do all the interview questions have to be so nuanced, complicated, and slanted? How about just ask them straight up cut-to-the chase questions?

Marina 'The Trader Chick' ,

So helpful for my business

I love listening to the tips, tricks, and tools from this podcast. Aside from learning a lot from other businesses, I get to apply many to my own, plus it keeps me entertained.

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