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Several years ago, the idea of ProductivityCast (http://productivitycast.net/) was born, as a personal productivity podcast show to discuss topics longer than two minutes or less (as it already done with two-minute episodes on ProdPod (http://prodpod.net)). Ray Sidney-Smith (http://rsidneysmith.com) invited Augusto Pinaud (http://augustopinaud.com) to be his co-host, and so they decided to start ProductivityCast.



ProductivityCast is an opportunity to discuss personal productivity in context, interviewing experts, highlighting popular as well as

the scientific literature (on productivity, time management, focus, habit and performance improvement), discussing technology’s effect on getting things done, and debating important topics.



Augusto and Ray bring you weekly shows with our panel of regular contributors, which includes Francis Wade (http://www.2time-sys.com/) and Art Gelwicks (https://www.theideapump.com/).

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Several years ago, the idea of ProductivityCast (http://productivitycast.net/) was born, as a personal productivity podcast show to discuss topics longer than two minutes or less (as it already done with two-minute episodes on ProdPod (http://prodpod.net)). Ray Sidney-Smith (http://rsidneysmith.com) invited Augusto Pinaud (http://augustopinaud.com) to be his co-host, and so they decided to start ProductivityCast.



ProductivityCast is an opportunity to discuss personal productivity in context, interviewing experts, highlighting popular as well as

the scientific literature (on productivity, time management, focus, habit and performance improvement), discussing technology’s effect on getting things done, and debating important topics.



Augusto and Ray bring you weekly shows with our panel of regular contributors, which includes Francis Wade (http://www.2time-sys.com/) and Art Gelwicks (https://www.theideapump.com/).

    Ergonomics and Your Productivity

    Ergonomics and Your Productivity

    Episode 065 | Ergonomics and Your Productivity With James Olander, The Roost Laptop Stand







    For James, he found the right thing to work on by being very close to a problem that affected him personally and discovering an unsolved problem in that space.  He had been working at a laptop for years, hunched over, until it put him out of commission. RSI (repetitive stress injury), carpal tunnel, constant neck and back pain.







    James started his career in aerospace engineering, worked on satellite and rockets, mainly on lightweight structures. When he came across the ergonomic crisis with his laptop, he found that no one made a compelling solution, something as portable as his laptop, that could help solve the bad posture laptops put us in.  He then decided to put his engineering background into practice and worked to develop a laptop stand that was indeed very portable. He put it on Kickstarter and they rest they say is history.







    The Roost Stand is the resulting ergonomics-focused laptop stand. Today, we talk to James about his experience, his laptop stand and the future of ergonomics and your productivity.







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    In this Cast | Ergonomics and Your Productivity







    Ray Sidney-Smith







    Augusto Pinaud







    The Roost Laptop Stand







    James Olander, The Roost Laptop Stand







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    Voiceover Artist 0:00 Are you ready to manage your work and personal world better to live a fulfilling productive life, then you've come to the right place productivity cast, the weekly show about all things productivity. Here, your host Ray Sidney-Smith and Augusto Pinaud with Francis Wade and Art Gelwicks.







    Raymond Sidney-Smith 0:17 And Welcome back, everybody to productivitycast, the weekly show about all things personal productivity, I'm Ray Sidney Smith.







    Augusto Pinaud 0:24 I am Augusto Pinaud.







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    Are you ready to manage your work and personal world better to live a fulfilling productive life? Then you've come to the right place, productivity cast, the weekly show about all things productivity. Here,

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    Indecision’s Last Stand: How to Make Great Decisions

    Indecision’s Last Stand: How to Make Great Decisions

    Indecision can be one of the powerful productivity inhibitors. It can be a powerful force against projects and actions that can help move your professional and/or personal life forward. We wanted this episode to help you make great decisions and provide you with strategies and techniques to combat indecision.







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    In this Cast | Indecision's Last Stand







    Ray Sidney-Smith







    Augusto Pinaud







    Art Gelwicks







    Show Notes | Indecision's Last Stand: How to Make Great Decisions







    Resources we mention, including links to them, will be provided here. Please listen to the episode for context.







    Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, PhD







    Systems 1 and 2 thinking processes and cognitive reflection testing in medical students







    Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono, MD, PhD







    We discussed Six Thinking Hats methodology more in Episode 053, Optimism Versus Pessimism.







    Robust decisions







    Uncertainty decision model







    Pugh decision matrix







    Sample Pugh decision matrix template (Google Sheets workbook)





    (Note: Once you open the link above in your Web browser, use File > Download, or File > Make a Copy... to use this Google Sheets workbook as a template for your own decision-making.)





    SWOT Analysis







    Ego depletion (as explained in Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister, PhD, and John Tierney)







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    Raymond Sidney-Smith 0:00

    Hey there, productivity cast listeners. Before we jump into this week's episode, I wanted to make a small apology and a big announce...

    • 49 min
    063 Was Email a Mistake? A Response

    063 Was Email a Mistake? A Response

    A recent article in The New Yorker, "Was Email a Mistake?," triggered a conversation around the veracity of email in the Digital Age. The author, computer science professor Cal Newport, discussed this on a recent interview on NPR. This is our response to the question, was email a mistake?







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    In this Cast | Was Email a Mistake? A Response







    Ray Sidney-Smith







    Augusto Pinaud







    Art Gelwicks







    Francis Wade







    Show Notes | Was Email a Mistake? A Response







    Resources we mention, including links to them, will be provided here. Please listen to the episode for context.







    Was Email a Mistake?







    Write Email With Maximum Efficiency Using This Military System







    Scrum







    Microsoft Outlook







    Spike







    Feedly







    Stoop Inbox







    “Bursty” Communication Can Help Remote Teams Thrive







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    Voiceover Artist 0:00 Are you ready to manage your work and personal world better to live a fulfilling productive life, then you've come to the right place productivity cast, the weekly show about all things productivity. Here, your host Ray Sidney-Smith and Augusto Pinaud with Francis Wade and Art Gelwicks.







    Raymond Sidney-Smith 0:17

    And Welcome back, everybody to productivity cast, the weekly show about all things personal productivity, I'm Ray Sidney Smith.

    • 45 min
    062 The Best Productivity Planner

    062 The Best Productivity Planner

    Most don't think about it, but aside from finding the best productivity planner for ourselves, the very paper planner (a/k/a agenda, diary, journal, scheduler, notebook) didn't even exist until roughly 90 years. What did humankind do for the prior millennia upon millennia?! It wasn't until Gustav Grossmann came around with his own 200-page manifesto and leatherbound planning notebook in the 1930s, that the modern organizer was born.







    Today, we who pay attention to our productive lives take it for granted at the plethora of options for planners on the market, as well as learning how to use them effectively. In this week's episode, the ProductivityCast team discusses the factors that make the best productivity planner the right one for you.







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    In this Cast | The Best Productivity Planner







    Ray Sidney-Smith







    Augusto Pinaud







    Art Gelwicks







    Francis Wade







    Show Notes | The Best Productivity Planner







    Resources we mention, including links to them, will be provided here. Please listen to the episode for context.







    History of Day Planner







    Levenger Circa system







    FranklinPlanner







    Staples Arc system







    Day Runner







    Apple Reminders







    Remember the Milk







    OmniFocus







    The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future by Ryder Carroll







    Casts referencing BuJo:







    * 035 What Is the Bullet Journal? How Does It Work? – ProductivityCast* 051 Managing Digital Notebooks* 047 Reflections on Getting Things Done (GTD): What I Wish I Knew When I Started GTD, Part Two – ProductivityCast* 024 Can Productivity Be Fun? – ProductivityCast* 022 Productivity Pet Peeves – ProductivityCast* 016 The Power of Reflection – ProductivityCast* a href="https://productivitycast.

    • 45 min
    061 Personal Kanban: Visualizing Your Productivity System

    061 Personal Kanban: Visualizing Your Productivity System

    If you haven’t heard about Kanban before (which many of our productivity enthusiasts had not, so you’re not alone!) started as a lean manufacturing process by Taiichi Ohno. It has since branched off into a process management and improvement method used by many in the productivity community (especially in the Lean, Six Sigma and Agile communities). In practical terms, with Personal Kanban, you create a visual process management system (Kanban means “billboard” in Japanese) for what you’re going to do, what you're currently working on, and how much you want to do (or what’s been done). There are many tools out there that help manage these kinds of boards and different styles for facilitating the boards. That's what we discuss in this latest episode of ProductivityCast!







    N.B. Ray mentioned mistakenly kanban was developed in the 1960s/70s but it was actually developed in the 1940s/50s.







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    In this Cast | Personal Kanban







    Ray Sidney-Smith







    Augusto Pinaud







    Art Gelwicks







    Francis Wade







    Show Notes | Personal Kanban







    Resources we mention, including links to them, will be provided here. Please listen to the episode for context.







    Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating Life by Tonianne DeMaria Barry and Jim Benson







    Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen







    Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown







    The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future by Ryder Carroll







    Rules of Personal Kanban







    * Visualize your work* Limit your work-in-progress







    Post-It Notes







    Trello







    MeisterTask







    Wekan







    Microsoft Planner







    Notion







    Being Productive podcast hosted by Art Gelwicks







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    • 47 min
    060 Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

    060 Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

    Are you always hearing excuses from others about why they didn't get something done? Or, are you coming to terms with making excuses yourself for commitments you are making and breaking? In this cast, we discuss the particulars of excuses (and making justifications, and perhaps appropriates "reasons") for not getting a task or project completed.







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    In this Cast | Excuses, Excuses, Excuses







    Ray Sidney-Smith







    Augusto Pinaud







    Francis Wade







    Show Notes | Excuses, Excuses, Excuses







    Resources we mention, including links to them, will be provided here. Please listen to the episode for context.







    The Difference Between a Reason and an Excuse (Because the world does not need another thumb sucker)







    QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life by John G. Miller







    How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life by Alan Lakein







    “Responsibility” - Werner Erhard







    Dunning-Kruger Effect







    First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently by Gallup and Marcus Buckingham







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    Voiceover Artist 0:00 Are you ready to manage your work and personal world better to live a fulfilling productive life, then you've come to the right place productivity cast, the weekly show about all things productivity. Here, your host Ray Sidney-Smith and Augusto Pinaud with Francis Wade and Art Gelwicks.







    Raymond Sidney-Smith 0:17

    And Welcome back, everybody to productivity cast, the weekly show about all things personal productivity, I'm Ray Sidney Smith.







    Augusto Pinaud 0:24 I am Augusto Pinaud.







    Francis Wade 0:25I'm Francis Wade.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

JoshCrist ,

Highly recommend!

This is a must-listen show for you if you are committed to consistently leveling-up your productivity and learning from thought leaders in personal development! Ray and Augusto do an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to personal productivity, efficiency and being effective at understanding how to stay focused on the important things. It's fun, easy to dive into and every episode gives you a chance to learn something new!

MisterGrau ,

Refreshing conversations about productivity

I enjoy the 4 different takes in all things productivity. It stimulates my own thinking on the subjects and reminds me that there is no “right” system for everyone. Everyone needs to design a system that works for themselves. These insightful conversations do help refine my own and provide great inspiration.

Keep it up gentlemen.

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