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Lesley and Zachary love learning about productivity, making small improvements, and how to become the best version of themselves (as individuals, a couple, parents).
Come listen to their conversation about what they're learning, progress they're making, and how their goals are going.

Half Better Zachary Lang

    • Self-Improvement
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Lesley and Zachary love learning about productivity, making small improvements, and how to become the best version of themselves (as individuals, a couple, parents).
Come listen to their conversation about what they're learning, progress they're making, and how their goals are going.

    Taking a Step Back

    Taking a Step Back

    Happy holidays and Happy New Year!


    We're popping into the podcast feed to share with you that mostly unintentionally, we've been saying no to the podcast for a few months now. And as we're resetting for 2020, setting our goals and focus for the year, we've decided to intentionally step back from the podcast (for now). We are forever grateful to have published 65 episodes. Thank you thank you thank you.


    And this isn't goodbye forever. Here are some ways to stay in touch:



    stay subscribed to the feed. . . you never know when we might pop back in again to say hey!
    sign up for our email newsletter (and receive a free audio training from us called A Couple's Guide to Setting and Supporting Goals): https://halfbetter.us/goals
    speaking of email, shoot us a note at hello@halfbetter.us
    finally, follow us on Instagram (I think we're intentionally coming back to that social network slowly but surely)


    @lesleymlang
    @zachary_lang



    Until next time, we wish you and your better half the best on your journey of personal development, Together.
    Links:
    Half Better — Join the Newsletter!Lesley Lang (@lesleymlang) • Instagram photos and videosZachary Lang (@zachary_lang) • Instagram photos and videos

    • 1 min
    Episode 65: Treat Yo’ Self Care

    Episode 65: Treat Yo’ Self Care

    As important as it is to have a plan for doing work, it is perhaps more important to have a plan for rest, relaxation, self-care, and sleep.



    ~ Akiroq Brost


    On today's episode we dive a little deeper into self care. What is working for us, what are some tips and tricks, and how do we help each other as partners?


    We use the Full Focus Planner's new Self Care Planner as a framework for our conversation. We go through:



    Sleep
    Eat
    Move
    Connect
    Relax
    Links:
    Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals: Rachel Hollis: 9781400209606: Amazon.com: BooksThe Adventure Zone | Maximum FunManta Sleep Mask - Upgrade Your Sleep. Upgrade Your Life.Planners – The Full Focus Store by Michael Hyatt and Co.Organifi GoldCook Once, Eat All Week: 26 Weeks of Gluten-Free, Affordable Meal Prep to Preserve Your Time & Sanity: Cassy Joy Garcia: 9781628603439: Amazon.com: BooksWhole Life Challenge | 7 Habits (That Might Change Your Whole Life)Bumbleroot Rethink how you drink... a healthier way to hydrate for you and the planetCure | Clean, Effective HydrationSTREAKS. The to-do list that helps you form good habits. For iPhone.Automatic Sleep Tracking with Sleep++ 3.0 - David Smith, Independent iOS DeveloperWaterMinder® - track your daily water intake, hydrate, feel better!

    • 49 min
    Episode 64: Reducing Your Exposure to Environmental Toxins with Jessica Wall and Dr. Tijana Eby

    Episode 64: Reducing Your Exposure to Environmental Toxins with Jessica Wall and Dr. Tijana Eby

    Joyce Meyer said, "I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you." Brendon Burchard states that if there is one piece of advice he can give to his productivity clients, it would be to take a year and get in the best shape of your life possible. With those in thoughts in mind and knowing that October is Breast Cancer awareness month -- something very near and dear to my heart as there is history of Breast Cancer in my family -- we have two guests on today to talk about Environmental Toxins (specifically within cosmetics) and how they can can affect your health. . . and ultimately your productivity.


    Lesley here. This week, I chat with Director Jessica Wall and Senior Consultant Dr. Tijana Sefic Eby of BeautyCounter to talk about the risk of environmental toxins to your health and the role that switching to safer skin care and cosmetics can play in prevention.


    Additionally, I am excited to talk with both of them because both are moms who work multiple side hustles. How do they make time for a side hustle and fit in into their life? We explore the power of a strong why, and how finding connection with other women and entrepreneurs brought unexpected joy into each of their lives.


    I hope you enjoy the episode, and join us in our listener challenge for Breast Cancer Awareness Month:



    text BETTERBEAUTY to 52886 in the US
    switch out one skin care/beauty product to a safer choice (www.beautycounter.com/lesleylang)
    and if there is one thing you do - please do a breast exam every month!!!!


    Where to find Jessica Wall:



    The CounterCurrent Facebook Group
    [Instagram](www.instagram.com/countercurrentmama)


    Where to find Dr. Tijana Eby



    https://www.healthybeingwellness.com/
    Instagram
    Facebook


    Check out the BeautyCounter Holiday Line here: https://www.beautycounter.com/lesleylang?goto=/products/gifts
    Links:
    Clean Beauty | Safer Skin Care | Beautycounter

    • 58 min
    Episode 63: Make Time (Book Discussion)

    Episode 63: Make Time (Book Discussion)

    Today on the podcast, we discuss the book Make Time by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky. The book helps you to see the value in the Make Time Framework, which helps you to choose what you want to focus on, build energy to do the work you want to do, and then break your default habits so that you can actually focus and be intentional about the way you live your life. Literally - its about making time for what matters.


    The Make Time Framework is 4 steps, repeated every single day. The four steps are:



    Highlight
    Laser
    Energize
    Reflect


    The book is chock full of 80+ tactics to try and figure out how to make the framework work best for you. We love how it's not a one size fits all approach and we have a lot of fun discussing several of the tactics that we have opted to try out.


    We hope you enjoy it, and encourage you to try some of the tactics out!


    Until next time, we wish you and your better half the best on your journey of personal development, together.
    Links:
    Focused #78: Changing Defaults with John Zeratsky - Relay FMCalm - Meditation Techniques for Sleep and Stress ReductionWeWork IPO: Company yanks plans to go public - CBS NewsSprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days: Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky, Braden Kowitz: 9781501121746: Amazon.com: GatewayMake Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day: Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky: 9780525572428: Amazon.com: GatewayWhat's the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon? | HowStuffWorksTime Timer | Visual Timers, Classroom Timers, Time TimersMark's Daily AppleUsing Tags - Things Support - Cultured Code

    • 50 min
    Episode 62: Gaining Traction in Life Using the Rule of 3s

    Episode 62: Gaining Traction in Life Using the Rule of 3s

    The pursuit of goals, personal development, even just getting by day-to-day (with or without a task list) can sometimes feel chaotic and never-ending. What if we could use a filter to help us focus on what is really important to us? That's why we recommend using the Rule of 3 to help guide you through your year, quarter, week, and day.


    In today's podcast, we go into detail about how to achieve the life you want by:



    deciding on 7-10 goals to pursue throughout a year
    focusing on 3 goals for a 3-month period (quarter)
    breaking up the goals into 3 manageable outcomes per week
    getting to work on those outcomes through the daily action of 3 tasks


    In terms of a partner perspective, we recommend at the least sharing your 3 goals/objectives with your partner for the year, the quarter, and the week. These conversations can be really interesting dives into what is important for your partner and your family, how you can support each other.


    We think it might get a little tedious to share Daily Big 3 with a partner, however, we recommend sharing a win at the end of the day. Studies show that when you share joy with someone, it increases your sense of well-being. That little boost to your motivation might be just what you need to wade through the resistance and the messy middle of completing a goal.


    Until next time, we wish you and your better half the best on your journey of personal development, together.
    Links:
    Time Tracking with Timeular — MacSparkyTimeular - The easiest time tracking solutionGetting Results the Agile Way | A Personal Results System for Work and LifeReply All | GimletGoal Setting for Couples — Half BetterHow to Plan Your Life: Together — Half BetterHalf Better Clarity SheetLiving Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want: Michael Hyatt, Daniel Harkavy: 0884430287664: Amazon.com: GatewayFull Focus Planner – The Full Focus Store by Michael Hyatt and Co.How to Make Time for What’s Most Important — Half BetterMake Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day: Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky: 9780525572428: Amazon.com: Books

    • 34 min
    Episode 61: Overcome the Overwhelm with a Weekly (P)review

    Episode 61: Overcome the Overwhelm with a Weekly (P)review

    "We can’t improve what we don’t assess."
    ~ Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy


    Lesley and Zachary chat about a weekly (p)review - what it is, how to do it, and how it can help you feel a little more centered and less frazzled even when you're super busy. Topics include:



    why a weekly (p)review doesn't have to be complicated


    the basic framework they use every week

    the importance of scheduling the (p)review
    how to make the time special
    sharing components of a weekly (p)review with your partner
    Links:
    Amazon.com: Getting Results the Agile Way: A Personal Results System for Work and Life eBook: J.D. Meier, Michael Kropp: Kindle StoreFull Focus Planner® | A planner by Michael HyattGetting Things Done® - David Allen's GTD® MethodologyThe story of the Brilliant Life Planner + Your Questions Answered! - Brilliant Business MomsAtomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results by James Clear

    • 38 min

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Highly Recommended!

This is a great podcast for those who like improving their productivity, setting and tracking goals, and improving their lives through a more thoughtful and deliberate way of living. More generally, it is an inspiring listen: the hosts share their wins and challenges in a beautifully relatable and down-to-earth way. Every time I listen, I find myself inspired to try new ways to better myself.

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