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Have you ever wondered if the worlds’ leading entrepreneurs, writers, musicians and business people construct their day differently to you? How I Work delves into the working days of some of the world’s most successful innovators. We discuss tactics, rituals and tricks they use to achieve so much more than the average person, despite having the same number of hours in the day.

How I Work Amantha Imber

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 120 Ratings

Have you ever wondered if the worlds’ leading entrepreneurs, writers, musicians and business people construct their day differently to you? How I Work delves into the working days of some of the world’s most successful innovators. We discuss tactics, rituals and tricks they use to achieve so much more than the average person, despite having the same number of hours in the day.

    Mamamia Out Loud co-hosts Mia, Holly and Jessie on prep routines, reading lists and respectful disagreement

    Mamamia Out Loud co-hosts Mia, Holly and Jessie on prep routines, reading lists and respectful disagreement

    If a mystical wizard with very specific powers and a very strange agenda cast a spell on me, dictating that I could only listen to one podcast for the rest of my life - that podcast would be Mamamia Out Loud. And based on the Apple Podcast homepage charts, I wouldn’t be alone.
    Mamamia Out Loud is one of Australia’s most popular podcasts, and it’s just one of many incredible woman-led shows in the Mamamia stable, which is the largest female-led podcast network on the planet. 
    Out Loud’s three co-hosts, Mia Freedman, Holly Wainwright and Jessie Stephens also have their hands full with an array of high-level jobs at Mamamia, so getting this show out three times a week (and even more frequently for subscribers) is a feat beyond comprehension.
    Mia’s the co-founder of the Mamamia Women’s Media Company and also the host of No Filter. 
    Holly’s the Head of Content for Mamamia and a bestselling novelist. 
    Jessie is Mamamia’s Executive Editor, as well as the host of the podcast, Cancelled. Alongside her twin sister, she writes about reality television, pop culture and current affairs. 
    The Mamamia Out Loud hosts break down how they manage their overlapping schedules, where they go to find their news and fresh takes, and why modeling respectful disagreement is so important to them.
    Use Instagram to connect with Mia, Holly and Jessie, or find their work at the Mamamia website
    You can find my recent appearance on Mamamia Out Loud here 
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    If you’re looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a fortnightly newsletter that contains three cool things I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.co
    Visit https://www.amantha.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.
    Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au
     
    CREDITS
    Produced by Inventium
    Host: Amantha Imber
    Production Support from Deadset Studios
    Episode Producer: Liam Riordan
    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber

    • 49 min
    My Favourite Tip: Chris Oliver-Taylor - Why you need to smarten up

    My Favourite Tip: Chris Oliver-Taylor - Why you need to smarten up

    The modern office dress code is a pretty nebulous thing nowadays. Most industries have been slowly moving away from strict “business attire” for decades now. The full suit and tie gave way to the business shirt, before modern tech entrepreneurs popularised the image of a t-shirt and jeans as the uniform of the workaholic disruptor. 
    And that’s all before we started working from our couches! 
    But Chris Oliver-Taylor, the Director of Production for Netflix Australia & New Zealand, doesn’t want to hang his suit up for good just yet. When he first left the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, he bounded into an interview for a new position, dressed in a t-shirt and jeans. 
    When he accepted the job, his new mentor told him that his first port of call was to go out and get a suit. He’s never been entirely sure if she just wanted him to dress a bit sharper, but he found deeper meaning in that advice nonetheless: smarten up. Demonstrate that you know the importance of your role, and remember that you’re always on show. 
    Connect with Chris on LinkedIn
    You can find the full interview here: The art of the pitch with media executive Chris Oliver-Taylor
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    If you’re looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a fortnightly newsletter that contains three cool things I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.co
    Visit https://www.amantha.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.
    Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au
     
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    Produced by Inventium
    Host: Amantha Imber
    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber

    • 6 min
    Eric Barker on his Five-Hour Rule and deliberate work-life imbalance

    Eric Barker on his Five-Hour Rule and deliberate work-life imbalance

    **Pre-order your copy of Time Wise at amantha.com**
    It’s the greatest productivity debate of our time: how do we achieve work-life balance? Or maybe the real debate should be: is work-life balance even possible? 
    Eric Barker, the author of Barking Up the Wrong Tree and now Plays Well With Others, doesn’t think work-life balance is truly achievable. At least, not if you want the best possible results in a given field. The problem, he says, is that most of live an unbalanced life by accident. 
    Because of the internet and the rapidly increasing pace of everything from the news cycle to the way we socialise, we’re all doing too much of something, and not enough of something else. It’s overwhelming, and we’re constantly playing catchup. 
    Eric’s solution is to abandon balance, but to do it on purpose. Decide what you want to be really, really good at it, and accept that you won’t be world-class in your other pursuits. 
    Eric also shares why he sets a five-hour timer at the start of every work day, how he deals with contradictions in his own writing, and how he developed his sense of humour.
    Connect with Eric on Twitter or Linkedin
    Pick up a copy of Plays Well With Others
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    If you’re looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a fortnightly newsletter that contains three cool things I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.co
    Visit https://www.amantha.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.
    Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au

    CREDITS
    Produced by Inventium
    Host: Amantha Imber
    Production Support from Deadset Studios
    Episode Producer: Liam Riordan
    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber

    • 42 min
    My Favourite Tip: David Williamson - The price of success in the arts

    My Favourite Tip: David Williamson - The price of success in the arts

    David had it pretty good. He was working in a great university. His students loved him. His peers loved him. He had plenty of friends who loved him. And then he became a successful playwright. Life couldn’t get any better!
    Except reaching the dizzying heights David reached in the theatre world didn’t come cheap. For most of his life, he was like anyone else. You might have the occasional tiff with a co-worker or acquaintance, but generally, you’re well-liked by the people you care about. And all of a sudden, hordes of strangers started to hate David Williamson. 
    Already a self-conscious man, the idea of people making a living by tearing apart his every thought was almost debilitating for David. 
    He shares how he learned to train his focus onto the audience, rather than the critics, and reflects on the help he received from his wife, who would conduct audience surveys in the women’s bathrooms after his shows. 
    Pick up a copy of David’s book, Home Truths
    Or connect with him at his website
    You can find the full interview here: Playwright David Williamson on negativity, perfectionism and the myth of writer’s block
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    If you’re looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a fortnightly newsletter that contains three cool things I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.co
    Visit https://www.amantha.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.
    Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au

    CREDITS
    Produced by Inventium
    Host: Amantha Imber
    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber

    • 9 min
    Learning on the job - how Brian Koppelman turned his first movie into a DIY film school

    Learning on the job - how Brian Koppelman turned his first movie into a DIY film school

    **Pre-order your copy of Time Wise at amantha.com**

    For productivity geeks like us, the professional writer can become a bit of a mystic figure. When we fantasise about finally perfecting our morning routines, finally clearing out enough time for a fruitful Deep Work session, setting up the ideal workstation - we’re often thinking about a writer. 
    There’s something idyllic about the idea of being a writer: it’s just you, your thoughts, and the blank page. It’s the platonic ideal of knowledge work! But… it’s not that simple. 
    Take Brian Koppelman, for example. Inarguably one of the most prolific and successful screenwriters working today, you’d think Brian spends most of his life holed up in a cabin in the woods, clacking away on a typewriter, free from any and all distractions. 
    But Brian lives in New York City, the busiest, most distracting place on the planet. Oh, and he’s not just a screenwriter. He’s also a director, producer, and showrunner. Brian’s “average” day looks a lot less like that of a reclusive artist, and much more like that of a busy CEO. 
    So, how does he still manage to produce so much incredible work? Brian shares how meditation, morning pages and music help him focus, and recalls the most powerful lessons he learned on the set of his very first film. 
    Connect with Brian on Twitter
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    If you’re looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a fortnightly newsletter that contains three cool things I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.co
    Visit https://www.amantha.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.
    Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au

    CREDITS
    Produced by Inventium
    Host: Amantha Imber
    Production Support from Deadset Studios
    Episode Producer: Liam Riordan
    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber

    • 48 min
    My Favourite Tip: Sally Hepworth - Set boundaries to protect your time

    My Favourite Tip: Sally Hepworth - Set boundaries to protect your time

    Sally Hepworth loves her fans. She loves hearing how they think about her work, and like anyone, she’s partial to a bit of praise every now and then! 
    However, as her following has grown over the years, the amount of people seeking pockets of her time has become overwhelming. And as a writer, Sally knows that the only way she can continue to produce great work is to protect that writing time as diligently as she can. It takes discipline, and it can be hard to turn down a conversation with a reader, but it’s the only way she can keep on producing. 
    One way Sally protects her time is with her now infamous “No List,” a carefully constructed collection of things she’ll always say no to, even if they’re enticing. 
     
    Connect with Sally on Twitter or Instagram
    You can find the full interview here: Sally Hepworth on her No List, Brain walks and the Nifty Three Fifty rule
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    If you’re looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a fortnightly newsletter that contains three cool things I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.co
    Visit https://www.amantha.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.
    Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au

    CREDITS
    Produced by Inventium
    Host: Amantha Imber
    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber

    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
120 Ratings

120 Ratings

maryrosewenham ,

Great podcast with versatile advice

Amantha’s podcast has been such a wonderful addition to my commute these days. I have read so many productivity books and it’s a welcome change to get the same subject matter through the lens of the mother of a young child. As a working parent I highly value the advice she provides and elicits from her various guests. She interviews CEOs and creative types, authors and office workers, and so the information is relevant to a wide variety of listeners. I just preordered Amantha’s book and can’t wait to receive it!

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Great show!

Amantha, host of the podcast, highlights all aspects of how top tier people structure their lives, their tricks to success, and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

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Ana that makes work fun

LOVE listening to her. Practical, personal, and fun! She has this aura of fascination about her that I’m sure makes her guests come across as being even more fascinating than they already are. I’d love to have that power!

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