207 episodes

The Positively LivingⓇ podcast offers specially curated content to help you prioritize your passions and achieve more without the burnout. Designed for multi-tasking creatives and caregivers, the mix of solo and special guest episodes covers topics like productivity, self-awareness, personal development, habits + systems, decluttering + organizing, positivity, stress management, entrepreneurship, and more. You’ll find actionable advice, wrapped in humor and hope, dedicated to helping you do less, live more, and breathe easier.

Positively Living®: Do Less, Live More... Breathe Easier‪.‬ Lisa Zawrotny

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    • 5.0 • 53 Ratings

The Positively LivingⓇ podcast offers specially curated content to help you prioritize your passions and achieve more without the burnout. Designed for multi-tasking creatives and caregivers, the mix of solo and special guest episodes covers topics like productivity, self-awareness, personal development, habits + systems, decluttering + organizing, positivity, stress management, entrepreneurship, and more. You’ll find actionable advice, wrapped in humor and hope, dedicated to helping you do less, live more, and breathe easier.

    Why Some Stress Actually Helps You Perform Better

    Why Some Stress Actually Helps You Perform Better

    We often refer to all types of stress just as “stress” but there is a difference between eustress (good stress) and distress (bad stress). When we make this distinction, we’re able to clearly see how some stress can be a useful tool (is, in fact, necessary) for increasing productivity. This week, episode 205 of the Positively LivingⓇ Podcast is about why some stress actually helps you perform better. 


    In this episode of the Positively LivingⓇ Podcast, I share how different levels of stress impact our well-being and productivity and give you actionable steps to take right now to find the right balance of stress to get into a state of focus and flow.
    I cover the following topics:
    Stress itself is neither good nor bad, but our response to stressors determines whether or not it serves us.Examples of how stress can increase short-term performance and focus by boosting adrenaline. The Yerkes-Dodson law that shows us the relationship between arousal (i.e., stress) and performance. Types of arousal (mental, emotional, or physical) and factors that affect your level of arousal.   Like everything else, it all comes down to self-awareness. You will know when you’re in the optimal range of stress when your mental capacity, attentiveness, processing speed, and ability to learn and make decisions are at their best.  


    Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, take a screenshot of the episode to post in your stories and tag me!  And don’t forget to follow, rate, and review the podcast and tell me your key takeaways!
    Learn more about Positively LivingⓇ and Lisa at https://positivelyproductive.com/podcast/


    Could you use some support? Ready for a quick win and to try coaching with Lisa? The Productivity Boost session is a speed-round strategy that is highly effective for shifting a habit, quickly reviewing your weekly schedule, discussing productivity-related tech and systems, and moving past decision hurdles for prioritizing. You'll walk away encouraged and inspired to take action! Go to https://www.positivelyproductive.com/plpboost for a very special listener discount!


    CONNECT WITH LISA ZAWROTNY:
    Facebook
    Instagram
    Resources
    Work with Lisa! 


    LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
    (Find links to books/gear on the Positively Productive Favorites Page.)
    Positively Productive Stress Management Episode Playlist



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    • 13 min
    Why Bringing Nature Inside Will Help You Focus Better with Kasey Riley

    Why Bringing Nature Inside Will Help You Focus Better with Kasey Riley

    Biophilic design is an incredible way to restore focus, enhance productivity and creativity, reduce stress, and improve overall wellness. The good news is, you may already be using it without even realizing it. Kasey Riley joins us today to share how this type of design, indicating a “love of life,” brings nature indoors and has a myriad of benefits. This week, episode 204 of the Positively LivingⓇ Podcast is about why bringing nature inside will help you focus better!
    Kasey Riley is the Co-Founder and CMO of The Fat Plant Society, a biophilic design studio creating green walls and biophilic designs from real moss that doesn’t require watering or misting. They create with moss from American forests that’s hand-harvested with respect for the plant and its surroundings. Kasey and her husband Morten Klinte turned their love of all things green into a business that enhances interiors and the wellness of those who inhabit it.
    In this episode of the Positively LivingⓇ Podcast, Kasey shares the incredible benefits that come with going out into nature and alternatively, bringing nature inside. She gives actionable steps you can take right now to incorporate biophilic design into your home. 
    Kasey and I cover the following topics:
    The threads of history that show us how humans have always had an affinity to nature and a psychological pull to appreciate other forms of life.Scientifically proven mental health and cognitive benefits of being exposed to nature.  Dormant moss as a low expense, low maintenance way to bring nature into your home. We often underestimate the benefits of nature, but this conversation is a beautiful reminder of how we can use what is around us to increase our overall well-being. 
    Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, take a screenshot of it to post in your stories and tag me! Don’t forget to follow, rate, and review the podcast and tell me your key takeaways!
    Learn more about Positively LivingⓇ and Lisa at https://positivelyproductive.com/podcast/
    Could you use some support? Ready for a quick win and to try coaching with Lisa? The Productivity Boost session is a speed-round strategy that is highly effective for shifting a habit, quickly reviewing your weekly schedule, discussing productivity related tech and systems, and moving past decision hurdles for prioritizing. You'll walk away encouraged and inspired to take action! Go to https://www.positivelyproductive.com/plpboost for a very special listener discount!


    CONNECT WITH KASEY RILEY:
    The Fat Plant Society
    Instagram


    CONNECT WITH LISA ZAWROTNY:
    Facebook
    Instagram
    Resources
    Work with Lisa! 


    LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
    (Find links to books/gear on the Positively Productive Favorites Page.)
    Ep 198: Notetaking Inspiration to Easily Organize Your Life with Emily Aborn
    Ep 176: A Surprisingly Effective Alternative to Multi-tasking
    Music by Ian and Jeff Zawrotny
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    • 38 min
    How Breathing Can Calm Your Body and Better Your Mood with Jenny Cheifetz

    How Breathing Can Calm Your Body and Better Your Mood with Jenny Cheifetz

    It’s amazing what a deep breath can do, especially when you’re feeling agitated or stressed. Jenny Cheifetz, a certified breathwork facilitator joins us to dive deep into how we can use breathwork as a tool to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, and more. This week, episode 203 of the Positively LivingⓇ Podcast is about how breathing can calm your body and better your mood!


    Jenny Cheifetz is a certified breathwork facilitator and empowerment coach at Jentle Coaching. She helps women find peace, confidence, and self-love so they can finally feel good enough to course-correct toward happiness. She is a wife, mom of two teens and two dogs, native New Englander, and avid podcast listener.  


    In this episode of the Positively LivingⓇ Podcast, Jenny Cheifetz shares what breathwork is (and is not) and gives you actionable steps to take right now to use breathwork as a tool to manage your anxiety and mood. 


    Jenny and I cover the following topics:
    A glimpse into what a breathwork session with a facilitator may look like.How breathwork helps regulate the nervous system and manages energy. Simple breathwork techniques you can incorporate into your daily life. Suggested breathing patterns to help you boost your mood or calm anxiety, depending on what you need in the current moment.  Breathwork is a form of self-care and (as we have covered many times on the podcast before) self-care is a priority because YOU are a priority. 


    Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, take a screenshot of the episode to post in your stories and tag me!  And don’t forget to follow, rate, and review the podcast and tell me your key takeaways!


    If you’re a DIY dynamo looking for simplicity and productivity support, you’ll find it in the Positively Productive Resources Vault. It’s packed with the worksheets, checklists, workbooks, and recordings I use with clients. Go to http://www.positivelyproductive.com/podcastvault where the promo code PODCAST will give you a special listener discount.


    CONNECT WITH JENNY CHEIFETZ:
    Website
    Instagram
    Facebook

    Spotify Playlist


    CONNECT WITH LISA ZAWROTNY:
    Facebook
    Instagram
    Resources
    Work with Lisa! 


    LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
    (Find links to books/gear on the Positively Productive Favorites Page.)
    Mindfulness Practices to Help You Focus with Lindsay Coward | Positively Productive Systems LLC
    Breathwork to Reduce Stress and Anxiety with Sarah Novak | Positively Productive Systems LLC


    Dance Song Playlist V1, V2, V3
    Music by Ian and Jeff Zawr

    • 33 min
    7 Reasons Diets Fail and What to Do Instead with Alisha Carlson

    7 Reasons Diets Fail and What to Do Instead with Alisha Carlson

    Dieting is a HUGE industry, and yet, 95% of diets don’t work. That’s because the diets pushed on us are often rooted in fear, guilt, and shame, masking themselves as a healthy lifestyle change that doesn’t hold up in the long term. Today’s guest Alisha Carlson found this out the hard way and set out to do better, helping women find balance while still reaching their goals. This week, episode 202 of the Positively LivingⓇ Podcast is about 7 reasons diets fail and what to do instead!


    Alisha Carlson is a non-diet lifestyle coach for women. She uses a holistic approach to help her clients create food and time freedom, fitness, and overall lifestyle transformation without feeling deprived or restricted around food. She teaches women how to radically love themselves, their bodies, and their lives before they ever lose a pound by healing their relationship to food, exercise, their bodies, and themselves. 


    In this episode of the Positively LivingⓇ Podcast, Alisha Carlson shares how even with a background in exercise science and extensive knowledge of nutrition, she fell into the appeal of diet culture herself and she gives you actionable steps to take right now to approach dieting in a healthy, sustainable way.
    Alisha and I cover the following topics:
    Defining the word ‘diet’ (how it can be used as a noun and a verb, with different implications for each).7 reasons why diets often fail. Why it’s essential to reflect on your honest intentions around dieting.Steps you can take to approach diet in a realistic, healthy, and sustainable way.For productivity and dieting alike, understanding your why will drive you forward to find the right habits and the right way to do things for YOU.


    If you’re a DIY dynamo looking for simplicity and productivity support, you’ll find it in the Positively Productive Resources Vault. It’s packed with the worksheets, checklists, workbooks, and recordings I use with clients. Go to http://www.positivelyproductive.com/podcastvault where the promo code PODCAST will give you a special listener discount.


    CONNECT WITH ALISHA CARLSON:
    Website
    Instagram
    The Strong(her) Way Podcast
    The Strong(her) Way App


    CONNECT WITH LISA ZAWROTNY:
    Facebook
    Instagram
    Resources
    Work with Lisa! 


    LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
    (Find links to books/gear on the Positively Productive Favorites Page.)
    PLP: Ditch the Diet and Eat Intuitively with Megan Hadley
    PLP: Give Yourself More with Georgie Fear
    The Life Coach School Podcast
    Dance Song Playlist V1, V2, V3
    Music by Ian and Jeff Zawrotny


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    • 41 min
    How To Make Sure You're Productive Versus Busy

    How To Make Sure You're Productive Versus Busy

    Productivity is not something you strive for on principle or an endgame unto itself. It’s important to recognize that we’re not trying to be productive for productivity’s sake, but rather to support who we are, the life we want to live, and the goals we wish to achieve. This week, episode 201 of the Positively LivingⓇ Podcast is about how to make sure you’re productive vs. busy!


    In this episode of the Positively LivingⓇ Podcast, I am sharing the difference between taking action and being productive and giving you steps to take right now to get clear on the life you want to live and to start taking aligned (productive) action toward it. 
    I also cover the following topics:
    Being productive towards your goals starts with setting SMART goals for yourself.5 tips to help you get and stay on the track of productivity. Common reasons that might hinder your productivity and knowing when to pivot when necessary. 

    If we’re not clear on the direction we want to go in life, we might find ourselves busy without being productive at all. To be truly productive, we must be clear on goals and focus on the tasks that will have the biggest impact on those goals. 


    Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, take a screenshot of the episode to post in your stories and tag me!  And don’t forget to follow, rate, and review the podcast and tell me your key takeaways!
    Learn more about Positively LivingⓇ and Lisa at https://positivelyproductive.com/podcast/
    If you’re a DIY dynamo looking for simplicity and productivity support, you’ll find it in the Positively Productive Resources Vault. It’s packed with the worksheets, checklists, workbooks, and recordings I use with clients. Go to http://www.positivelyproductive.com/podcastvault where the promo code PODCAST will give you a special listener discount.


    CONNECT WITH LISA ZAWROTNY:
    Facebook
    Instagram
    Resources
    Work with Lisa! 


    LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
    (Find links to books/gear on the Positively Productive Favorites Page.)
    The Difference Between Busy and Productive | by John Spencer | Medium
    What Being Productive Really Means for You | Positively Productive Systems LLC
    Why You Must Savor and Celebrate Your Success (buzzsprout.com)
    Five Ways to Make Procrastination Work for You | Positively Productive Systems LLC


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    • 15 min
    200 Episodes of Positively Living®

    200 Episodes of Positively Living®

    The Positively Living Podcast is celebrating 200 episodes! In honor of that, my friend and former guest, Manpreet Bawa, is stepping in as guest host for a special interview so you can get to know the host behind the mic. This week, episode 200 of the Positively Living Podcast is about celebration and reflection! 


    In this episode of the Positively Living Podcast, I am reflecting on my podcasting journey–what brought me to 200 episodes—and how I hope to continue serving my audience in the future. 
    Manpreet and I cover the following topics:
    The life experiences that brought me to starting a podcast (instead of writing a book as intended). My favorite moments of impact that have come as a result of the podcast. How podcasting and caregiving intertwine through the service of others. Learning that self-care is critical for showing up authentically and serving. A glimpse into my process of providing valuable content for my listeners. 

    Life will always be coming at you with challenges. All you can do is find the best tools to navigate it and that's what I hope to continue sharing in the next 200 episodes. 


    Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, take a screenshot of the episode to post in your stories and tag me!  And don’t forget to follow, rate, and review the podcast and tell me your key takeaways!
    Learn more about Positively Living and Lisa at https://positivelyproductive.com/podcast/
    If you’re a DIY dynamo looking for simplicity and productivity support, you’ll find it in the Positively Productive Resources Vault. It’s packed with the worksheets, checklists, workbooks, and recordings I use with clients. Go to http://www.positivelyproductive.com/podcastvault where the promo code PODCAST will give you a special listener discount.


    CONNECT WITH MANPREET BAWA:
    Manpreet Bawa 🧠 | LinkedIn


    CONNECT WITH LISA ZAWROTNY:
    Facebook
    Instagram
    Resources
    Work with Lisa! 


    LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
    (Find links to books/gear on the Positively Productive Favorites Page.)


    PLP Ep 34: My Caregiving and Clutter Story
    PLP Ep 100: 100 Episodes of Positively Living
    PLP Ep 101: Being Versus Doing with Manpreet Bawa




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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

BrandoBlanco ,

Great actionable tips for creators and anyone building a business

Lisa’s warm and welcoming tone makes her show easy on the ears while learning valuable tips and techniques you can put into action to move you and your business forward after each episode. Recommended listening!

NicoleMajik ,

Great Content, Very Digestible

Captivating insights for high achievers! This podcast delivers superb content on organization, productivity, and self-development in a highly digestible format. A must-listen for those seeking actionable strategies and inspiration

ALarkCreation ,

Love the actionable tips and genuine insights

This podcast is a must for anyone looking to redefine their approach to building a business and community building. Lisa consistently brings valuable content to every episode.

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