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Hosted by productivity strategist Mike Vardy, The Productivityist Podcast is a podcast that discusses tips, tools, tactics, and tricks that are designed to help you take your productivity, time management, goals, to do lists, habits, and workflow to new heights - both at work and at home. If you're looking to focus your efforts on getting the right things done and start living the good life, then this weekly conversational podcast – crafted in the tradition of Slate's Working, Back to Work, and HBR IdeaCast – is for you.

The Productivityist Podcast Mike Vardy

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Hosted by productivity strategist Mike Vardy, The Productivityist Podcast is a podcast that discusses tips, tools, tactics, and tricks that are designed to help you take your productivity, time management, goals, to do lists, habits, and workflow to new heights - both at work and at home. If you're looking to focus your efforts on getting the right things done and start living the good life, then this weekly conversational podcast – crafted in the tradition of Slate's Working, Back to Work, and HBR IdeaCast – is for you.

    How to Be Time Smart with Ashley Whillans

    How to Be Time Smart with Ashley Whillans

    Once again, I’m joined by a fellow Canadian! Today’s guest is Ashley Whillans, a Behavioral Scientist and Assistant Professor at Harvard Business School in Negotiations, Organizations, and Markets. She’s the author of ‘Time Smart: How to Reclaim Your Time and Live a Happier Life’, which I can’t wait to unpack in this interview.
    This episode is sponsored by TextExpander. With TextExpander, you can unlock your productivity with its many features. With TextExpander you can make everything you write repetitively available everywhere you type: text documents, spreadsheets, web forms, and more. Unlock your productivity with TextExpander. Visit https://textexpander.com/lp/podcast?utm_source=productivityist-podcastandutm_medium=podcastandutm_campaign=textexpander-Mar-2021 (TextExpander.com/podcast) for 20% off your first year.This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. BetterHelp offers you access to your own licensed professional therapist – all from the comfort of wherever you are. You can arrange weekly video chats or phone calls, text with your carefully curated counsellor, and do so at an affordable price. And anything you share is confidential. I’ve been using BetterHelp for a while and I am highly impressed. It’s been a huge help for me and I know it can be the same for you. Start living a happier life today with BetterHelp. As a listener, you’ll get 10% off your first month by visiting https://betterhelp.com/timecrafting (betterhelp.com/timecrafting). Give BetterHelp a try today.

    In this conversation, Ashley provides a very holistic view on how to value our time. Find out more about the Day Reconstruction Method, qualitative time tracking, rough scheduling, and why so many of us avoid being (or feeling) idle.


    Talking Points
    What is ‘being time smart’? (02:57)
    Our relationship with time tracking (04:00)
    The idea of rough scheduling (05:51)
    How to slow down more (10:18)
    How Happiness Dollars can help you become more time smart (17:24)
    The simple first step to becoming time smart (27:46)


    Quote
    "You can make changes on an everyday basis to help you take control of your time."

    Helpful Links
    https://www.amazon.com/Time-Smart-Reclaim-Your-Happier-ebook/dp/B0842X6L2C/ (‘Time Smart’ by Ashley Whillans)
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashleywhillans/ (Ashley’s LinkedIn)
    https://www.instagram.com/drashleywhillans/ (Ashley’s Instagram)


    Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast? https://www.scribd.com/g/9a8d8 (Check out Scribd, my reading app of choice.)
    Podcast Theme Song: https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/eFDGyraN87 (Nothing at All by Fictions (courtesy of Epidemic Sound))


    If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using – or you can do so on a variety of podcast platforms by clicking https://productivityist.captivate.fm/listen (here).

    • 32 min
    Finding Clarity with Jenna Britton

    Finding Clarity with Jenna Britton

    As a self-proclaimed “soulful storyteller”, Jenna Britton is a writer, coach and speaker. Finding Human Design was integral to helping Jenna find — and begin truly living — her life with clarity and ease. So in 2020, she began offering coaching sessions designed and aligned to help people like you understand how parts of your Human Design chart can clarify your purpose — what you’re here to do (and how you’re here to do it).
    The episode is sponsored by Streak. It’s a CRM designed to help you stay on top of each part of your email process, without ever leaving Gmail. Streak gives you the tools for tracking, mail merges and snippets, to save you time and scale up your email efficiency. What’s more, you can set up pipelines right inside your inbox to start tracking your email process – in just a few minutes. Go to https://www.streak.com/podcast?utm_medium=podcastandutm_source=v_toneandutm_campaign=timecrafting (streak.com/timecrafting) to get 20% off your first year with the Pro plan, their most popular option.

    This episode is sponsored by LinkedIn Jobs. When your business is ready to make that next hire, LinkedIn Jobs can help by matching your role with qualified candidates so that you can find the right person quickly. You can pay what you want and get the first $50 off. Just visit https://linkedin.com/timecrafting (linkedin.com/timecrafting) to get fifty dollars off your first job post. Terms and conditions apply.

    This episode is brought to you by OTIS, a digital marketing assistant to help you target, optimize and measure campaigns. From the easy-to-use app you create Facebook, Instagram and Google ads, and OTIS’ A.I. technology intuitively optimizes your daily budget to whichever platform is performing best. It will analyze your existing customers to retarget and find other people like them to target your ads to. I love how you can see results from as little as $10 per day, and track results all in real time. As a listener to the show, get a 14 day free trial plus $50 in ad credit. Visit https://www.meetotis.com/timecrafting (MeetOtis.com/TIMECRAFTING) to take advantage of this offer today.

    As a fellow writer, I enjoyed discussing with Jenna about the writing process. Tune in to this episode as we unpack internal processing, looking back through old journals, the comedian’s mind, and goosebump moments. And this conversation is by no means just for writers – it will help give you direction if you feel stuck in any area.


    Talking Points
    What you get through clarity coaching (04:18)
    Finding harmony with clarity and communication (07:50)
    The value of journaling (09:37)
    Writing creative non-fiction (16:07)
    Having a clear intention (29:38)
    How to lift the fog of resistance (34:19)


    Quote
    "Clarity comes from action."

    Helpful Links
    https://productivityist.com/podcast361/ (Episode 361: Being a Multipotentialite with Vanessa Tharp)
    https://www.amazon.com/Wild-Found-Pacific-Crest-Oprahs-ebook/dp/B005IQZB14 (‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed)
    https://www.baronfig.com/ (Baron Fig)
    https://www.netflix.com/title/60024976 (Jerry Seinfeld: Comedian)
    https://braveenoughtobe.com/ (BraveEnoughToBe.com)
    https://www.jennabritton.com/ (JennaBritton.com)
    https://www.instagram.com/jennabrittonwrites/ (Jenna’s Instagram)
    https://www.instagram.com/braveenoughtobe/ (Brave Enough To Be’s Instagram)
    https://productivityist.com/tbr2022/ (The BIG Ready 2022)


    Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast? https://www.scribd.com/g/9a8d8 (Check out Scribd, my reading app of choice.)


    Podcast Theme Song: https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/eFDGyraN87 (Nothing at All by Fictions (courtesy of Epidemic Sound))


    If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new epis

    • 39 min
    Your Energy Level Formula with Michelle Cederberg

    Your Energy Level Formula with Michelle Cederberg

    Certified Speaking Professional Michelle Cederberg has captivated audiences across the world with her messages about how to set worthwhile goals and get energized for success. As a coach, consultant and professional speaker, Michelle educates busy, driven professionals about purpose, productivity – and the pursuit of better.
    The episode is sponsored by Stitch Fix, an online personal styling service. Shopping for new clothes can be needlessly stressful so why not let Stitch Fix make it easy by doing the work for you so you can spend time doing the things you love instead. Stitch Fix offers clothing hand-selected by expert stylists for your unique size, style, and budget. Every piece is chosen for your fit and your life and it's the easy solution to finding what makes you look and feel your best. Get started today at https://www.stitchfix.com/men?utm_source=timecraftingandutm_content=Podcastandutm_medium=Podcastandutm_campaign=podcast%7Ctruenativemedia%7Cmens%7Cm%7Cfix%7Cpros%7Cweb%7Cus%7C (StitchFix.com/timecrafting) and you’ll get 25% off when you keep everything in your Fix!This episode is brought to you by OTIS, a digital marketing assistant to help you target, optimize and measure campaigns. From the easy-to-use app you create Facebook, Instagram and Google ads, and OTIS’ A.I. technology intuitively optimizes your daily budget to whichever platform is performing best. It will analyze your existing customers to retarget and find other people like them to target your ads to. I love how you can see results from as little as $10 per day, and track results all in real time. As a listener to the show, get a 14 day free trial plus $50 in ad credit. Visit https://www.meetotis.com/timecrafting (MeetOtis.com/TIMECRAFTING) to take advantage of this offer today.

    This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. BetterHelp offers you access to your own licensed professional therapist – all from the comfort of wherever you are. You can arrange weekly video chats or phone calls, text with your carefully curated counsellor, and do so at an affordable price. And anything you share is confidential. I’ve been using BetterHelp for a while and I am highly impressed. It’s been a huge help for me and I know it can be the same for you. Start living a happier life today with BetterHelp. As a listener, you’ll get 10% off your first month by visiting https://betterhelp.com/timecrafting (betterhelp.com/timecrafting). Give BetterHelp a try today.

    Tune in to this candid conversation as we uncover some key insights from Michelle’s book The Success-Energy Equation: How to Regain your Focus, Recharge your Life and Really Get Sh!t Done. We also discuss how to recognize when your thoughts are becoming unproductive, the “How might I...?” question, the power of repetition, and making plans (weather permitting).


    Talking Points
    Factor in energy into your equation (02:14)
    Understanding your energy levels (03:43)
    The Motivation Matrix (05:04)
    The 4 Rs for managing negative self-talk (07:19)
    What we can learn from will power (24:43)
    Why you need to be more hydrated (28:36)


    Quote
    "Everything we do that drives our success is better when we manage our energy."

    Helpful Links
    https://www.amazon.com/Success-Energy-Equation-Regain-Recharge-Really/dp/1774580209 (‘The Success-Energy Equation’ by Michelle Cederberg)
    https://www.netflix.com/title/81305757 (History of Swear Words)
    https://productivityist.com/captivate-podcast/your-motivation-code-with-todd-henry/ (Episode 340: Your Motivation Code with Todd Henry)
    https://medium.com/about-time/3-pm-weather-permitting-6922a7e663f3 (3 PM, Weather Permitting)
    https://www.amazon.com/Power-Full-Engagement-Managing-Performance/dp/0743226755/ (‘The Power of Full Engagement’ by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz)
    https://productivityist.com/getthedailydriver/ (The Daily Driver)
    https://www.amazon.com/Do-Work-Overc

    • 35 min
    Find Your ONE Thing with Geoff Woods

    Find Your ONE Thing with Geoff Woods

    Geoff Woods is the Co-Founder and President of ProduKtive®, the training company behind The ONE Thing and the host of The ONE Thing podcast. He’s an advisor to executives ranging from small businesses to the Fortune 500, helping them design the future of work, and create cultures where people are clear on what matters most so they achieve extraordinary results.
    This episode is sponsored by LinkedIn Jobs. When your business is ready to make that next hire, LinkedIn Jobs can help by matching your role with qualified candidates so that you can find the right person quickly. You can pay what you want and get the first $50 off. Just visit https://linkedin.com/timecrafting (linkedin.com/timecrafting) to get fifty dollars off your first job post. Terms and conditions apply.

    This episode is sponsored by Setapp, a large collection of 200+ powerful Mac apps, for almost any task, available by subscription. It’s the best way to discover new, quality apps so you can get all the tools you need to be productive. Plans start from $9.99 per month. With this flat monthly fee you get access to full-featured pro versions of apps, including Ulysses, MindNode and CleanMyMacX. Head over to https://setapp.com/?utm_source=sponsorshipandutm_medium=podcastandutm_campaign=productivityist (Setapp.com) for a one week free trial today.

    This episode is brought to you by OTIS, a digital marketing assistant to help you target, optimize and measure campaigns. From the easy-to-use app you create Facebook, Instagram and Google ads, and OTIS’ A.I. technology intuitively optimizes your daily budget to whichever platform is performing best. It will analyze your existing customers to retarget and find other people like them to target your ads to. I love how you can see results from as little as $10 per day, and track results all in real time. As a listener to the show, get a 14 day free trial plus $50 in ad credit. Visit https://www.meetotis.com/timecrafting (MeetOtis.com/TIMECRAFTING) to take advantage of this offer today.

    I loved geeking out with Geoff in this episode, as we muse over the ultimate currency: time. Tune in as we explore having clarity, how to invest more in our time, disabling notifications, when it’s time to switch priorities – and couples goal-setting.


    Talking Points
    The ONE Thing in the nutshell (02:02)
    Master the 3 C’s to invest more in your time (04:22)
    Why productivity is beyond just efficiency and effectiveness (11:01)
    Our relationship with email (13:58)
    Getting on the same page with people around you (22:03)
    How tools can (and can’t) support your productivity (31:19)


    Quote
    "Don’t confuse busyness with business."

    Helpful Links
    https://www.amazon.com/ONE-Thing-Surprisingly-Extraordinary-Results/dp/1885167776 (‘The ONE Thing’ by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan)
    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/dec/22/why-time-management-is-ruining-our-lives (Why time management is ruining our lives)
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYyaQsm2HyneP9CsIOdihBw (Keep Productive Channel)
    https://www.the1thing.com/podcasts/ (The ONE Thing Podcast)
    https://www.the1thing.com/ (The1Thing.com)


    Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast? https://www.scribd.com/g/9a8d8 (Check out Scribd, my reading app of choice.)
    Podcast Theme Song: https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/eFDGyraN87 (Nothing at All by Fictions (courtesy of Epidemic Sound))


    If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using – or you can do so on a variety of podcast platforms by clicking https://productivityist.captivate.fm/listen (here).

    • 41 min
    Scale Your Services with Shawn Dill and Lacey Book

    Scale Your Services with Shawn Dill and Lacey Book

    With a background in chiropractic steeped in neurology, Shawn Dill and Lacey Book help support service professionals grow their business. Through their principles of success in marketing, sales and mindset, I had to bring them on to the show to learn more about how they help small businesses run productively.
    This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. BetterHelp offers you access to your own licensed professional therapist – all from the comfort of wherever you are. You can arrange weekly video chats or phone calls, text with your carefully curated counsellor, and do so at an affordable price. And anything you share is confidential. I’ve been using BetterHelp for a while and I am highly impressed. It’s been a huge help for me and I know it can be the same for you. Start living a happier life today with BetterHelp. As a listener, you’ll get 10% off your first month by visiting https://betterhelp.com/timecrafting (betterhelp.com/timecrafting). Give BetterHelp a try today.

    This episode is brought to you by OTIS, a digital marketing assistant to help you target, optimize and measure campaigns. From the easy-to-use app you create Facebook, Instagram and Google ads, and OTIS’ A.I. technology intuitively optimizes your daily budget to whichever platform is performing best. It will analyze your existing customers to retarget and find other people like them to target your ads to. I love how you can see results from as little as $10 per day, and track results all in real time. As a listener to the show, get a 14 day free trial plus $50 in ad credit. Visit https://www.meetotis.com/timecrafting (MeetOtis.com/TIMECRAFTING) to take advantage of this offer today.

    Join our conversation as we explore neuroplasticity, midday routines, our shared love for simplicity, practical insights from their book ‘None of Your Business: A Winning Approach to Turn Service Providers into Entrepreneurs’ – and what it’s like working with your partner.


    Talking Points
    Mastering a midday routine (1:58)
    How to not lose track from your routines (3:48)
    Finding the harmony between work and home life when you work with your partner (7:46)
    The impact of investing in great people (18:38)
    Why we need to step back in order to move forward (24:35)


    Quote
    "Implement infrastructure before growth."

    Helpful Links
    https://www.amazon.com/None-Your-Business-Providers-Entrepreneurs/dp/1544513712 (‘None of Your Business’ by Shawn Dill and Lacey Book)
    https://productivityist.com/captivate-podcast/beyond-the-e-myth-with-michael-e-gerber/ (Episode 121: Beyond the E-Myth with Michael E. Gerber)
    https://shawnandlacey.com/ (ShawnAndLacey.com)


    Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast? https://www.scribd.com/g/9a8d8 (Check out Scribd, my reading app of choice.)
    Podcast Theme Song: https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/eFDGyraN87 (Nothing at All by Fictions (courtesy of Epidemic Sound))


    If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using – or you can do so on a variety of podcast platforms by clicking https://productivityist.captivate.fm/listen (here).

    • 29 min
    The Patreon Process with Steve Dotto

    The Patreon Process with Steve Dotto

    Steve Dotto is an expert in helping people master tech to live the life they want. For over 20 years, as host and executive producer of Dotto Tech, a nationally syndicated TV show, Steve has entertained and educated millions of Canadians on all aspects of technology.
    A big revenue stream to his business is from his supporters on Patreon. He currently generates over $6,000 per month from his Patreon fans, and he’s generated over $400,000 in revenue to date. I had to have my good friend Steve back on the show to learn more about his success, and his Patreon Boot Camp that I’ve signed up to. Join us as we discuss the 80/20 rule with email subscribers, why relationships are so unique on Patreon, the lessons learnt from my first Patreon launch – and exit strategies.
    Talking Points
    Patreon’s origin story serving the musician community (03:53)
    How to build a dialogue with your podcast community (10:00)
    Steve’s success on Patreon (14:00)
    Leverage your email subscribers (20:19)
    What kind of perks to offer to your Patreons (21:24)
    What you’ll get from Patreon Boot Camp (23:23)
    A special assignment to do after this episode (27:36)


    Quote
    "Customers aren’t vested in your success – they’re vested in purchasing the value it gives them."


    Helpful Links
    https://access.wearethegreywave.com/patreon-webinar-12th-may/?affiliate=mikevardy (Webinar: How to Succeed on Patreon and Monetize Your Content)
    https://mikevardy--dottotech.thrivecart.com/patreon-boot-camp/ (Steve's Patreon Boot Camp)
    https://www.patreon.com/dottotech (Steve’s Patreon page)
    https://productivityist.com/podcast-steve-dotto/ (Episode 115: Protechtivity with Steve Dotto)
    https://www.patreon.com/saidthewhale (Saidthewhale)
    https://kk.org/thetechnium/1000-true-fans/ (1000 True Fans)
    https://productivityist.com/podcast238/ (Episode 238: How to Keep Going with Austin Kleon)


    Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast? https://www.scribd.com/g/9a8d8 (Check out Scribd, my reading app of choice.)
    Podcast Theme Song: https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/eFDGyraN87 (Nothing at All by Fictions (courtesy of Epidemic Sound))


    If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using – or you can do so on a variety of podcast platforms by clicking https://productivityist.captivate.fm/listen (here).

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
91 Ratings

91 Ratings

Marina 'The Trader Chick' ,

So helpful for my business

I love listening to the tips, tricks, and tools from this podcast. Aside from learning a lot from other businesses, I get to apply many to my own, plus it keeps me entertained.

Cindy Bidar ,

Some good interviews

Mike has a few interesting guests and there is almost always a useful takeaway or two in an episode. My one complaint is the crazy long ads break. Six minutes of ads? Really? That big ad block makes me turn it off midway through just about every episode.

Rebsyyyy ,

Time Waster

I just listened to the episode "Happy Days.” There was so little substance in these twenty minutes that it reminded me of those ads for people offering "get rich quick" classes but their own wealth only comes from selling get rich quick classes to suckers. It seems like the host is working on his own productivity by not spending a lot of time on making an episode, but as a result he shows no value for his listeners' time. (He hinted at as much, at one point saying in passing that you may have to let go of your own standards). For gosh sakes edit your podcast if you stumble and don't know what you're going to say or where it's going. But maybe it's by design. It was almost artful the way he said nothing of substance for the first 8 minutes, talking around things, painfully circling a point and then walking it back without really committing. Later in the episode there was a lot of jargon that came across as double-speak and I wondered if I was listening to performance art. Maybe other episodes with guests are better but this left such a negative impression on me that I won’t be back for more. I'm surprised this was one of the top results when I searched "productivity podcast" since it has less than 100 reviews.

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