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Overwhelmed by all the hats you wear in life? Listen in as Erik Fisher talks with productivity experts as they share how they implement practical productivity strategies in their personal and professional lives. We explore all aspects of productivity and the true end goal of productivity: living a meaningful life.

Beyond the To-Do List Erik Fisher

    • Business
    • 4.4 • 794 Ratings

Overwhelmed by all the hats you wear in life? Listen in as Erik Fisher talks with productivity experts as they share how they implement practical productivity strategies in their personal and professional lives. We explore all aspects of productivity and the true end goal of productivity: living a meaningful life.

    Heather Adams on the Power and Purpose of Mentorship

    Heather Adams on the Power and Purpose of Mentorship

    This week I was excited to welcome Heather Adams to the show to discuss the many facets and benefits of both mentorship and becoming a mentor. Heather is the founder and CEO of Choice Media and Communications and host of the top-ranked podcast, Make Me Known. As a mentor too many Heather’s experience and passion for elevating the women around her has inspired her to take women under her wing and usher them into the next phase of their careers. 
    Through one-on-one conversations and group settings, Heather relies on her experience, having played an instrumental role in launching more than 100 New York Times bestsellers and securing clients' coverage in a host of national and international media outlets. 
    In this conversation we talk about the value of both finding a mentor and the rewarding experience of being one. In addition we discuss some of the barriers that prevent people from seeking out mentorship and talk through some of the ways that virtual mentorship is connecting people to both coaching and information like never before. 
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    • 48 min
    Michelle Segar on Achieving Lasting Change in Eating and Exercise

    Michelle Segar on Achieving Lasting Change in Eating and Exercise

    This week I was privileged to welcome Michelle Segar to the show to discuss her new book The Joy Choice: How to Finally Achieve Lasting Changes in Eating and Exercise. Michelle is a researcher at The University of Michigan who studies sustainable behavior change and the science of habits. In this conversation Michelle unpacks the science behind our choices and explains how thinking around behavior change has often made the mistake of an all or nothing approach to changing our habits and lifestyle.
    The Joy Choice offers a fresh, brain-based solution that turns the old behavior-change paradigm on its head. This groundbreaking book liberates you from the self-defeating obligations and rigid requirements of past diet and workout regimens and reveals what emerging research suggests really drives the consistent choices that power sustainable change.
    Michelle Segar, PhD is an award-winning lifestyle coach and sustainable behavior change researcher at the University of Michigan. For nearly three decades, she has pioneered methods to create sustainable healthy behavior changes that are being used to boost patient health, employee well-being, and gym membership retention.  
    Website: https://michellesegar.com

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    • 54 min
    Phil Rosenthal on Creativity, Family, Food and Travel

    Phil Rosenthal on Creativity, Family, Food and Travel

    Recently, I was inspired by a number of things to re-release this conversation that I had with Phil Rosenthal from his Netflix show Somebody Feed Phil started, which just released its sixth season. Aside from that Phil, is best known as the creator, writer, and executive producer for the sitcom Everybody loves Raymond. 
    In this conversation we talk about the importance of travel, food and relationships, and the creative process of pulling from your life to make things. All of this felt like a perfect storm for right now to re-release this episode. 
    I was inspired not only by seeing season 6 of Somebody Feed Phil released, but also thinking ahead to American Thanksgiving coming up soon, and the food aspect of that as well as I was talking to a friend, I recounted all the traveling that I had done this year, more traveling than I've done in. And of course the great food I had while traveling. 
    Mentioned in this episode:

    You’re Lucky You’re Funny

    Exporting Raymond

    I’ll Have What Phil’s Having

    Somebody Feed Phil


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    • 47 min
    Justin Zorn and Leigh Marz on The Power of Silence

    Justin Zorn and Leigh Marz on The Power of Silence

    This week I was excited to welcome Justin Zorn and Leigh Marz to the show to discuss their new book, Golden: The Power of Silence in a World of Noise. This book instantly rocketed up my list of the best productivity books of the year! Golden reveals how to go beyond the ordinary rules and tools of mindfulness. It’s a field guide for navigating the noise of the modern world—not just the noise in our ears but also on our screens and in our heads. Drawing on lessons from neuroscience, business, spirituality, politics, and the arts, Marz and Zorn explore why auditory, informational, and internal silence is essential for physical health, mental clarity, ecological sustainability, and vibrant communities.
    Justin Zorn is a Senior Adviser to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a Truman National Security Fellow, and a strategic adviser for a variety of mission-driven businesses, think tanks, and advocacy groups.
    Leigh Marz an author, leadership coach, and collaboration consultant teaching experimental mindsets at NASA, Harvard, Google, IKEA, and the Green Science Policy Institute.

    Book: https://amzn.to/3BtYOgf
    Website: https://leighmarz.com/golden/
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    • 53 min
    Laura Vanderkam on Making Time for What Matters

    Laura Vanderkam on Making Time for What Matters

    This week I was excited to welcome Laura Vanderkam back to the show for her sixth appearance! Laura has been coming on Beyond The To Do List for the past ten years and this time she is here to talk about her newest book: Tranquility by Tuesday: 9 Ways to Calm the Chaos and Make Time for What Matters. In this conversation we address the nine “rules” for making more time in your hectic schedule while diving deep into three of the rules I could most intriguing. 
    This is a really insightful and practical conversation about simple suggestions for both gaining back your time and finding a greater sense of calm and purpose during your week. Laura addresses the research process for the book and points out how a test group of 150 people learned her rules and lived them out for 9 weeks providing practical and insightful feedback for people from all walks of life.
    Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management and productivity books, including the new Tranquility by Tuesday: 9 Ways to Calm the Chaos and Make Time for What Matters, along with Juliet’s School of Possibilities, Off the Clock, I Know How She Does It, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and 168 Hours. Her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Fortune. She is the host of the podcast Before Breakfast and the co-host, with Sarah Hart-Unger, of the podcast Best of Both Worlds. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and five children, and blogs at LauraVanderkam.com.

    Website: https://lauravanderkam.com
    Best of Both Worlds Podcast: https://lauravanderkam.com/podcast/
    Before Breakfast Podcast: https://lauravanderkam.com/before-breakfast-podcast/
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    • 43 min
    Tara McMullen on Changing Your Approach to Goal Setting

    Tara McMullen on Changing Your Approach to Goal Setting

    This week I was excited to welcome Tara McMullen to the show to hear her insights, research, and reflections on her new book, What Works: A Comprehensive Framework to Change the Way We Approach Goal Setting. Tara is a writer, podcaster, and producer who for over 13 years has studied small business owners - how they live, how they work, what influences them, and what they hope for the future. In this conversation Tara shares with us how to transform the way you set and achieve your goals to create a gentler and more fulfilling way to work toward what you truly want. In the book, you’ll explore what’s driving your pursuit of “more” (more money, more things, more prestige, etc.), set commitments to help orient your growth, and organize your actions as part of a holistic learning process.
    In addition to writing and speaking Tara is the host of What Works, a podcast about navigating the 21st-century economy with your humanity intact. Tara is also the co-founder of YellowHouse.Media, a boutique podcast production company. Her work has been featured in Fast Company, The Startup, The Muse, and The Huffington Post.
    What Works Podcast:: https://www.whatworkspodcast.com
    Website: https://explorewhatworks.com/
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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
794 Ratings

794 Ratings

Jazzy579 ,

Great podcast but…

I love this podcast, I really do. But of the episodes I have listened to, I am finding it really hard to relate to my life. A lot of these people run their own businesses and while that is likely more than a 40 hour per week gig, it also allows them a lot of flexibility. I listened to the Katie Krimitsos episode recently hoping to find some helpful tidbits for a working mom. Instead I hear that she doesn’t start her day until 9:30 and usually ends about 2. Those are not normal working hours for most working moms. She also mentioned getting a kid-free 24 hours every week. While it’s nice that she has so much flexibility, that just isn’t realistic for most of us. Alllll that to say, I do like the podcast I am just hoping for more relatable guests in the future. As a mom who works a full time, 8-5, Monday - Friday job, I would love to hear from someone who has navigated that scenario successfully.

EricWitmer ,

Productivity at its finest.

Such a good show, so many good guests. Highly recommend.

Health_ Coach ,

Very impactful

Very practical and actionable advice. I highly recommend listening to this podcast as it has the ability to positively impact your business and life.

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