Start loving Mondays! Courtney, Blake, and Verbs give you practical tips and proven strategies for increasing your focus so you can be more productive than ever before. Based on the proven Full Focus method used in the Full Focus Planner™ they'll help you banish distractions and get the right stuff done so you can start loving Mondays again. They also speak with guests and listeners who share their own productivity tips to help you make the most of every day. It's the most productive podcast on the internet!
#112: Defeat the Sunday Scaries by Designing Your Weeks
It’s Sunday, and you realize the weekend is over and the week is about to come at you full force. You’re anticipating all the things waiting for you on Monday morning. You’re stressing about what needs to be accomplished. You’re anxious about what you might have forgotten. Is there a way for the start of the week to feel less like a potential house of horrors?
In this episode, Blake and Courtney discuss how to overcome the Sunday Scaries by considering four key categories as you plan for the upcoming week. They show you how various parts of the Weekly Preview can help you prevent that feeling of dread, so you can start and end your week at ease.
In this episode, you’ll discover—What to do when your task list feels impossible to completeHow to avoid getting caught by surprise with important meetings Why being proactive to schedule connection is vital for self-careThe value of reviewing your goals every week
#111: The Most Underrated Resource for Goal Achievement
Have you ever found yourself in the “messy middle” of a goal? You’ve come too far to turn back, but the finish line still feels far away. Do you let the goal slide and give up? Do you grit your teeth and just push through, even if you’re running on empty? How do you get through this part of the journey?
In this episode, Blake and Verbs talk with Marissa Hyatt, director of marketing, about one of the most valuable resources for goal achievement: encouragement. They go over four actions you can take to refuel emotionally and replenish your confidence, sense of agency, and belief—and get to the other side.
In this episode, you’ll discover—How to make encouragement a natural part of your relationshipsWhy you should curate your media for your current emotional needsThe power of the phrase “if I say so” The surprising value of a daily treasure hunt
Resources:Full Focus Planner CommunityJoe Pera Talks with YouBusiness Accelerator
#110: How to Clear Your Calendar in Your Busiest Seasons
Do you feel like you don’t have space to breathe during the fourth quarter? Work has picked up. Meetings seem to be multiplying. Family demands are increasing. Your calendar is packed, and you’re jumping from one thing to the next. How can you keep yourself from feeling spread thin, burnt out, and unable to actually enjoy the “fun things” you’ve said yes to?
In this episode, Courtney, Verbs, and Blake walk you through the four keys of calendar triage. You don’t have to feel swept away by this last quarter of the year. You can take back your calendar, redefine what full looks like, and set yourself up to win.
In this episode, you’ll discover—The filter you must have clarity on before you do calendar triageWhat to ask yourself as you reevaluate the necessity of meetings How to get out of an existing commitment with integrityWhy it’s essential to schedule time for margin
Resources:Shorter: Work Better, Smarter, and Less―Here's How by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
#109: Defeat Productivity Enemies with This Two-Pronged Attack
You get to the end of the day, only to realize it wasn’t nearly as productive as you wanted it to be. You got caught responding to urgent requests from others. You spent too long responding to emails. You jumped from task to task as each one entered your mind. How do you defeat these daily interruptions and distractions? What can you do to get on track for a productive last quarter?
In this episode, Courtney, Verbs, and Blake walk you through a series of strategies to get the interruptions and distractions under control. You don’t have to let your time get hijacked. You can design your days rather than drifting through them and, in turn, make greater gains toward your goals.
In this episode, you’ll discover—The difference between interruptions and distractionsHow to head off others’ interruptions by signaling your unavailabilityWhy you should make an actual list of what distracts youThe value of building regular breaks into your scheduleResources:Focus Mode on iPhoneBrain.fm appFull Focus Planner Community
#108: 3 Mental Shifts to Win in Q4
You’re coming to the end of the year, and you’re tired. Momentum has slowed, and you’ve fallen behind on your goals. You know the holidays are coming, which will take huge chunks of the time you have left. You feel behind before you even start the fourth quarter. Should you just write it off and start thinking about next year? Or is there a way to actually make gains in these last few months?
In this episode, Courtney, Verbs, and Blake walk you through three mental shifts you need to make so you can win in the final quarter of the year. They show you how to hit pause and give yourself a chance to reset, so you can take full advantage of the time you have left and cross the finish line with confidence.
In this episode, you’ll discover—The mindset-shifting power of revisiting your why Why arbitrarily going down your to-do list is the wrong strategyHow to reset the narrative that connects what you do to who you areThe far-reaching effects of appreciating people versus the tasks they do
#107: 4 Tips for a Successful Quarterly Preview
A new quarter has begun, with all of its new deadlines and tasks, and you’re still furiously trying to tie up the last quarter. All of a sudden, you’re in “reaction mode.” You’re struggling to think strategically. How can you set yourself up for a win instead of drowning in busyness?
In this episode, Courtney and Blake discuss four tips for conducting a successful Quarterly Preview. They talk about how to pave the way for success, so you don’t end up overwhelmed, whiteknuckling your way through. A lot of people underestimate the power of a Quarterly Preview, but when you make the most of this process, you start the quarter off empowered and ready to meet the challenge of whatever may come.
In this episode, you’ll discover—Why it’s essential to schedule time now for next year’s quarterly previewsThe influence a new location can have in helping you make a mental shiftHow reflecting deeply exposes recurring themes to addressThe power of planning ahead to build confidence, energy, and excitement
Resources:Full Focus Planner annual subscriptionGuided Weekly Preview
I really like this podcast and have recommended it to others. I use the planner and have purchased it for others. But I’ve had to let this one go because the banter is unbearable when I’m trying to um, focus and learn something helpful.
Making a show is hard. I’m in media. I get it. But it would be extremely helpful if, at the very least, someone could mark the times for each major point in the show notes. This would allow folks who don’t have 30+ minutes to listen to gab get in, get what they need, and get out.
Alas, thanks for all you do.
I have been listening to the Focus on This podcast since its first few episodes. I am a podcast junkie and listen to 6-8 podcasts regularly. The ONE that I never miss is this one! My career is in education not business but the insight and tips this great “family” of presenters provide always helps me up my productivity game. They truly have brought the joy back to my Monday’s and I smile the whole time I’m listening (thanks Blake 😉)!
Helpful, practical tips every week.
I’ve been listening every week for a little over a year and I JUST found out Verbs’ first name. Thanks, Mrs. Verbs, for bringing valuable insight as a recurring guest! 😏