33 episodes

Deb Lee and Cris Sgrott are both leaders in innovative productivity methods and tools and love sharing their knowledge with others. Join them as they share strategies, tips, real-life examples (and more!) on how to become more productive in your work and home environments.

Productivity Lovers Cris Sgrott & Deb Lee

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Deb Lee and Cris Sgrott are both leaders in innovative productivity methods and tools and love sharing their knowledge with others. Join them as they share strategies, tips, real-life examples (and more!) on how to become more productive in your work and home environments.

    Episode #30 - Extreme Ways to Fight Procrastination

    Episode #30 - Extreme Ways to Fight Procrastination

    Have a project you’ve been putting off? Need a strong shove to get it done? Deb and Cris have got you covered! In this episode, they delve into extreme strategies you can use to overcome procrastination, like burning money. Literally!  The discussion covers unusual “anti-procrastination” apps, methods from authors Jon Acuff and Raymond Chandler, and even a tip from a well-known comedian. Use this episode as a comprehensive guide to unconventional techniques to combat procrastination so you can get ‘er done! 
    PSA: Have sensitive ears? Be forewarned -- there is a colorful word or two in this episode. Be sure to use your earbuds if you have kiddos around!  
    DISCUSSION POINTS

    Commitment apps to help you to overcome procrastination  
    "Shocking” method to help you get stuff done 
    Using social media as motivation to overcome procrastination  
    Ranking the effectiveness of various extreme strategies 

    • 26 min
    Episode #29 - When Productivity Basics are Annoying!

    Episode #29 - When Productivity Basics are Annoying!

    In this episode, Cris shares a pet peeve -- how annoying “being basic” can be especially when it comes to productivity tips and tricks. And asks the question: What should you do when you’re looking for the “holy grail” of strategies so you can finally boost your productivity BUT all you get is the boring stuff you’ve already heard about? In this discussion, Cris and Deb tease through how you can go from annoyed to productive with "just the basics."
     DISCUSSION POINTS

    The pros and cons of basic productivity habits
    Cris and Deb’s “basics” of productivity
    Routines & mindsets that match your work day
    The basic thing that helps “procrastination brain” and “hyperfocus”
    Do your productivity tools need to look good in order for you to use them?
    Share what you’re doing, send feedback, rate, and subscribe!

     
    RESOURCES
    Episode #21 – Have You Experienced Hot Potato Productivity? https://bit.ly/PLPodcast21HotPotato
    Episode #5 – Do You Pomodoro? https://bit.ly/PLPodcast5Pomodoro
    Planner by Diane N. Quintana https://dnqsolutions.com/
    Trainual SOP & Training App  https://trainual.com/
    Have a question or a “basic” tip that works for you? Share it with us! bit.ly/PLPQuestions
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    CONNECT WITH CRIS & DEB:
    Cris' Website -- Organizing Maniacs https://organizingmaniacs.com/
    Deb's Website -- D. Allison Lee

    • 28 min
    Episode #28 - Mom Neglect

    Episode #28 - Mom Neglect

    In this episode, Deb and Cris discuss the importance of self-care for parents, especially mothers. They share personal experiences and insights on balancing motherhood and work, emphasizing the need for a strong support system and meaningful relationships beyond the parent-child dynamic. Cris and Deb explore self-care strategies for busy moms and the essential role it plays in maintaining productivity.
    DISCUSSION POINTS

    Cris’ AARP membership and Seasonal Affectation Disorder
    What is “Mom Neglect?”
    How can you balance motherhood and work?
    Strategies to help parents feel more in control and productive
    Mom or Dad? Who is more able to maintain self-care?
    Taking time for oneself- self-care ideas
    Parenting and self-care challenges
    Should you hire help or seek support? 

     
    RESOURCES

    PLP Episode 25: My 3 Favorite People https://bit.ly/PLP3FavePeople
    Finding You: An Evoke Therapy Podcast by Dr. Brad Reedy - Episode 244 - Healthy Detachment: https://apple.co/3pimIsp (We mentioned Dr. Becky but it was really Dr. Brad!)
    The NYT Article: Neglecting Yourself Doesn’t Make You a Better Mother by Danna Lorch https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/10/parenting/self-care-moms.html
    Submit Your Questions to Productivity Lovers Podcast: bit.ly/PLPQuestions

     
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    • 36 min
    Episode #27 - The Chaos of To Do Lists and Sticky Notes

    Episode #27 - The Chaos of To Do Lists and Sticky Notes

    In this episode, Deb and Cris dig into a listener question submitted through their survey form (link below in “Resources”). The question centers on using sticky notes to write to-do lists. Cris and Deb go through the pros and cons of sticky notes and share some stories about clients who were extreme sticky note users and savers. They aslo offer some tools and solutions to stop the chaos and help you keep track of those little pieces of paper.
    Discussion Points:

    What is ‘junk’ to an organizer?
    Do you have to stop using sticky notes to capture your to-dos?
    Ways to organize your note and find them easily
    Apps + digital notebooks to help you save and organize all your notes
    How to name your digital lists so you can find them quickly
    Tech tools and their assistance in naming files
    Show us what you're using for your tasks!

     
    Resources

    Have a question or hot topic you want us to cover? SHARE IT: https://bit.ly/PLPQuestions
    Listen to the PLP Time & Task Management Episode: https://bit.ly/TaskTimeMgt
    Tag us on IG to show what you’re using for your task list! https://instagram.com/ProductivityLuv

     
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    CONNECT WITH CRIS & DEB:
    Cris' Website -- Organizing Maniacs https://organizingmaniacs.com/
    Deb's Website -- D. Allison Lee

    • 27 min
    Episode #26 - 3 Words to Rule Them All - Boosting Your Productivity in 2023

    Episode #26 - 3 Words to Rule Them All - Boosting Your Productivity in 2023

    Author and podcaster Chris Brogan (“The Backpack Show”) begins each year by selecting 3 words with which he frames all of his activities and choices for the year. Deb and Cris disclose their three chosen words for 2023 (Deb has only found 2 so far), share how they chose these particular words, and what they mean to each other personally.  
    You’ll hear how these words will help them frame decisions and choices that they make, how they will say yes or no to projects, and how choosing three words can help you be more productive by shaping the rest of your activities throughout the year (especially if 2023 hasn't turned out the way you planned so far).
    Discussion Points:

    Personal update and a note about ChatGPT
    Chris Brogan - chooses three words each year to frame his perspective
    Deb and Cris' 3 words
    How can three words help you be more productive?

    Resources 

    Chris Brogan: My 3 Words (YouTube: https://bit.ly/3nF8ZLx | Blog Post: https://bit.ly/3m14jz4)
    Book: Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person https://amzn.to/3Mktzei
    Books by Jon Acuff: https://acuff.me/books/

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    CONNECT WITH CRIS & DEB: 
    Cris' Website -- Organizing Maniacs https://organizingmaniacs.com/ 
    Deb's Website -- D. Allison Lee

    • 31 min
    Episode #25 - My 3 Favorite People

    Episode #25 - My 3 Favorite People

    If money wasn’t an object, would you hire a specific person (or persons) to manage some of the stuff of life? 
    In this episode, Deb and Cris fantasize about having “3 favorite people” who would free up some of their time and contribute to their overall well-being.
    You’ll hear what kinds of tasks these “helpers” could take off their plate, and what Cris and Deb would do with all their new-found free time. Listen to this episode to hear all about it and share who *your* 3 favorite people would be.
    Discussion Points:

    Clappers, sunshine, and plants
    Celebrating two years of the Productivity Lovers podcast! 
    Deb and Cris share who their 3 “helpers” would be (plus a couple bonus people!)
    Small (and doable) ways to gain more time so you can focus on other things

     
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    CONNECT WITH CRIS & DEB:
    Cris' Website -- Organizing Maniacs https://organizingmaniacs.com/
    Deb's Website -- D. Allison Lee https://dallisonlee.com/
    Cris on Instagram https://instagram.com/theorgmaniacs
    Deb on Instagram

    • 35 min

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