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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 • 801 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.

    Michael Hyatt and Megan Hyatt Miller on Mindset and Controlling the Narrative

    Michael Hyatt and Megan Hyatt Miller on Mindset and Controlling the Narrative

    This week I was excited to welcome back to the show, Michael Hyatt and Megan Hyatt-Miller.
    Michael Hyatt is the founder and chairman of Full Focus. He has scaled multiple companies, including a $250M publishing company with over 750 employees and his own award-winning goal achievement and coaching company, Full Focus. Through his coaching program for small business owners, BusinessAccelerator®, and the bestselling Full Focus Planner, Michael has helped hundreds of thousands of achievers reach their biggest goals. He is also the author of several New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling books, including Platform, Living Forward, Your Best Year Ever, Free to Focus, The Vision Driven Leader, and Win at Work & Succeed at Life. Michael enjoys The Double Win with his wife of 40+ years, five daughters, and ten grandchildren.
    Megan Hyatt Miller is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Full Focus and the co-host of the popular Business Accelerator® podcast. As the chief executive of Full Focus, Megan has developed BusinessAccelerator® into the premier coaching program for small business owners, and has grown the Full Focus Planner to sell over 1 million copies. Megan is also Michael's oldest daughter.
    In their highly anticipated book, Mind Your Mindset: The Science That Shows Success Starts with Your Thinking (Baker Books, January 2023), New York Times bestselling author Michael Hyatt and Megan Hyatt Miller teach readers how to save themselves needless frustration and headache from trying to solve problems with strategies that no longer work. "Rather than thinking about what we're doing," they say, "we need to think about our thinking."
    Mind Your Mindset draws upon the latest Insights in performance psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive science, as well as case studies from Michael and Megan's own clients. Michael and Megan explore the power of our stories--stories about the problems we face-and how those narratives determine our strategy and, with it, our results
    They show how these stories are anchored in assumptions about the past, form our predictions of the future, and stem from the way our brain makes sense of the wild array of information it encounters every day.
    Rather than take those stories at face value, readers can change their stories, rewire their brain for better thinking, and develop new and better strategies. Mind Your Mindset offers three simple, proven steps to do just that and attain extraordinary results:
    1. Identify the problem and the story surrounding it
    2. Interrogate the story
    3. Imagine something that works better
    These practices help readers cut through the fog of false narratives and offer clear, creative solutions for achieving their goals
    "Mind Your Mindset is your invitation to step boldly into a new and better way of thinking and living," write Michael and Megan. "Unsettling as it may be, uncertainty is not the enemy; it points not to chaos but to possibility. To have the confidence to engage the world and reshape our stories as needed is a far more valuable and reassuring asset than is certainty."
    Book Link: Mindyourmindsetbook.com/beyond
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    • 48 min
    Chris Bailey on How a Calm Mind Increases Productivity

    Chris Bailey on How a Calm Mind Increases Productivity

    This week I'm excited to share my conversation with Chris Bailey. Chris has been a guest on the show a number of times, and in this episode he unpacks the origins, research, and results of his new book, How to Calm Your Mind: Finding Presence and Productivity in Anxious Times. 
    This was a really timely conversation for me and I suspect it will be for you as well. Chris and I discuss the events that led up to him writing this book while exploring a number of techniques, and tips for finding presence and calm that he developed and practiced along that journey. We discuss digital fasting, the advantages of analog items for productivity, and how slowing down your lifestyle can often lead to speeding up your efficiency!
    Chris Bailey is a productivity expert, and the bestselling author of two books about productivity: Hyperfocus https://amzn.to/3iGCsCF, and The Productivity Project https://amzn.to/3CP2dHT. Chris writes about productivity at https://chrisbailey.com, and speaks to organizations around the globe on how they can become more productive, without hating the process.
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    • 56 min
    Matt McWilliams on Turning Your Passions into Profits

    Matt McWilliams on Turning Your Passions into Profits

    This week I was excited to welcome my old friend Matt McWilliams to the show to discuss his new book, Turn Your Passions into Profits: The Proven Path for Building a Rewarding Online Business. Matt is a successful entrepreneur and in-demand online business coach who specializes in helping entrepreneurs gain clarity on the exact steps it takes to start, grow, and monetize their online platform. 
    So many entrepreneurs either run a profitable business but hate their work or run a business they love, with a message they’re proud of, without making any money. There’s a better way to build a business, one that helps you wake up every day excited and full of purpose and make a profit.
    In this conversation Matt outlines the details on how to find and attract your audience, build a following, and ultimately how to monetize your venture quickly and sustainably. Matt shares a variety of stories from clients and entrepreneurs he has worked with through the years while illustrating how to build up the confidence necessary to share your message with the world while acquiring the tools and strategies needed to succeed with an online business and compete against established platforms.
    Book Link: passionsintoprofitsbook.com/erik
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    • 57 min
    Ryan McRae on Setting Realistic Resolutions

    Ryan McRae on Setting Realistic Resolutions

    This week I'm excited to re-share an episode I recorded almost two years ago with Ryan McRae. Ryan has had ADHD all of his life, but he wasn’t going to let it slow him down. He has worked hard to figure out how to take all the benefits and cancel out all the drawbacks of this condition that many people only associate with young people yet affects millions of adults as well. Ryan has been on the show previously to talk about ADHD, but in this conversation he and Erik talk about Setting resolutions and sticking to them.
    With the new year upon us many people are either setting or recommitting to resolutions for 2023. Though this practice is by no means unhealthy or unproductive, the act of setting resolutions can at times be demoralizing, resulting in more harm than good. In this hour Ryan and Erik talk about the power of setting realistic resolutions and how having grace and patience with yourself along the road of resolutions can result in more long-term and sustainable practices that will go far beyond 2023. 
    Ryan’s Guide to ADHD: 
    https://medium.com/the-adhd-nerd/the-ultimate-adhd-guide-to-time-management-232c9af94a3e
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    • 45 min
    Greg Mckeown on Making Essential Activities Easy

    Greg Mckeown on Making Essential Activities Easy

    In this episode I'm excited to re-release a conversation I had with Greg Mckeown. Greg is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, 'Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less'. His latest book is 'Effortless: Make It Easier to Do What Matters Most'. In addition to writing Greg is also the host of the 'What's Essential Podcast'.
    In this conversation, Greg talks about what essentialism is and making the most essential activities the easiest ones, so you can achieve the results you want, without burning out. We talk about turning tedious tasks into enjoyable rituals, setting a sustainable pace instead of having to power through and easy setting up of one time choices that eliminate many future decisions, simplifying processes, removing unnecessary steps, making relationships easier to maintain and manage. This is all under that umbrella of effortless making things that matter most easier to do and this is a great conversation and a great book to kick start that process in your life.
    In addition to discussing Essentialism, we talk about Greg’s follow up to that book, Effortless: Make It Easier to Do What Matters Most. This was such a powerful and timely conversation that centers on figuring out what matters most and then making it easier. As we head into 2023, I cannot imagine a more relevant productivity goal than that! 
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    • 56 min
    Allison Fallon on the Power of Writing for Clarity, Confidence and Purpose

    Allison Fallon on the Power of Writing for Clarity, Confidence and Purpose

    This week I’m thrilled to re-release this episode with Allison Fallon. Allison is an award winning author, sought after public speaker, and nationally recognized writing coach. She has coached hundreds of thousands of writers - from NYT Bestselling authors to total beginners to help them finally get their books written and on shelves.
    Her most recent book The Power of Writing Things Down walks anyone - even those who swear they aren't "real" writers - through a simple daily practice they can use to reduce anxiety, curb depression, improve their confidence and gain clarity in their life. Grab the first chapter free here.
    I wanted to bring this episode back out and top of mind moving forward into the new year because even though I don’t particularly subscribe to the idea of doing New Years Resolutions, I do believe in making progress and have been thinking about goals I want to push forward next year. 
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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
801 Ratings

801 Ratings

Cdraw18 ,

Great messages

I appreciate the messages in this podcast. The guests are impressive and listening to them is inspiring. I would love to have more actionable tips for us regular people working multiple jobs to make ends meet, etc. That said, the positivity is hard to beat and helpful.

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.

Livmarch ,

Great show!

Beyond the To-Do List is a fantastic show! Erik is a great and engaging host and I really appreciate the wise words in each episode. I like his perspective on life and work, and recommend this show to many friends. Keep up the great work! Can’t wait to listen to more!

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