Episode 532: Laura Mae Martin Talks About Personalized Productivity Systems and Well-being
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by Mike Vardy
5d ago
In this episode of A Productive Conversation, I sit down with Google’s productivity expert, Laura Mae Martin, to explore the nuances of personal and business productivity. With thirteen years at Google under her belt, Laura has experience in sales, product operations, event planning, and executive coaching. During our conversation, Laura shares her journey to becoming a productivity guru and the insights that led to her latest book, “UPTIME: A Practical Guide to Personal Productivity and Wellbeing.” Together, we explore how traditional definitions of productivity often miss the mark and how p ..read more
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Episode 531: Writing | PM Talks S1:E6
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by Mike Vardy
1w ago
Welcome to the latest episode of PM Talks, our monthly series on A Productive Conversation where I engage in thought-provoking conversations with my good friend Patrick Rhone. This time around we dive deep into our unique approaches to writing, balancing productivity, and embracing creative freedom. Patrick and I share our experiences with writer’s block and self-doubt, discuss curating blog content into book format, and highlight the value of writing for personal growth. Key Discussion Points We discuss our busy schedules, including Patrick’s circus performances and my NFL Draft viewing. I ..read more
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The Intersection Of Purpose And Pleasure
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by Mike Vardy
1w ago
The intersection of purpose and pleasure is a fascinating crossroad. And I’m trying to tip the balance towards the former. My conversation with Mark Mears on A Productive Conversation (listen here) stirred a deeper dive into this realm. We often chase quick shots of pleasure, fleeting moments of joy that have the lifespan of a mayfly. But recently, I’ve found myself increasingly drawn towards simple, sustained pleasures, a direct outcome of my purpose-driven life. When it comes to adopting that mindset it turns out I might be right on schedule. According to this Psychology Toda ..read more
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Episode 530: Scott Rusnak Talks About Integrating EOS for Maximum Impact
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by Mike Vardy
2w ago
In this episode, I sit down with Scott Rusnak to explore the powerful integration of the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) into both personal and professional lives. Scott and I talk about the importance of prioritizing and designing one’s life intentionally, providing actionable insights and tools for personal growth and maximum impact. We also highlight the significance of journaling for personal and professional development, emphasizing the roles of non-negotiables, reflection, and self-awareness in achieving long-term goals. Additionally, Scott shares his thoughts on gratitude and th ..read more
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Why Habit Tracking Apps Outshine To-Do Lists for Building Better Habits
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by Mike Vardy
3w ago
To-do list apps have long been a staple of personal productivity, but are they the best solution for tracking our habits? I don’t think so. While to-do lists are incredibly useful for managing our tasks, they lack the features necessary to support the formation and maintenance of habits. And that’s where dedicated habit tracking apps come in. These apps are specifically designed to help us establish new habits and stick to them over time. They do this by providing a simple and intuitive interface that makes it easy to track our progress, set reminders, and celebrate our successes. When you ha ..read more
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Episode 529: Scott H. Young Talks About Getting Better at Anything
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by Mike Vardy
3w ago
In this captivating episode of the podcast, I sit down with the renowned author and self-directed learning enthusiast, Scott H. Young, to dive into the intricacies of mastering new skills and the science of learning. Scott, known for his groundbreaking work on rapid skill acquisition, shares his unique insights into writing, learning, and the critical role of research in personal development. Throughout our discussion, Scott and I explore a variety of topics from the practical to the philosophical, all centered around how we can better understand and improve our ability to learn and perform ..read more
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Nuanced Time Management: Embracing Complexity for Productivity
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by Mike Vardy
3w ago
We live in a world that often demands quick fixes and one-size-fits-all solutions. Yet acknowledging and respecting nuance in our approach to time management is like discovering a hidden treasure. It’s the recognition that not all tasks are created equal, that priorities can shift, and that flexibility is key to sustainable productivity. Embracing nuanced time management means understanding that our schedules are not always predictable, our energy levels fluctuate, and our focus ebbs and flows. (I can speak to this all to well this week as I’ve been fighting off a nasty bug.) It’s about recog ..read more
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Episode 528: John Diggs Talks About Unlocking Potential with Mind Mapping
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by Mike Vardy
1M ago
Welcome to this episode where we dive deep into the world of mind mapping with John Diggs, a former NFL player turned coach – but not a coach of the football variety. John brings a unique perspective on how mind mapping has not only transformed his personal life but also how he coaches others to achieve their fullest potential. We explore the broad applications of this powerful tool, from personal development to academic and professional success. John shares his journey from the football field to becoming a mind mapping mentor, emphasizing how this technique has helped him and many others vis ..read more
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A Simple Strategy for Short Weeks
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by Mike Vardy
1M ago
This might be a week that feels shorter to you. Depending on when you’re reading this, it might actually be a short week where you live thanks to a holiday. It’s common to feel a bit behind after such interruptions. But fear not — I’ve got a straightforward and effective strategy to share that can help you catch up or stay on track during these compressed weeks. When time is tight choose one significant task that, if completed, will make the biggest difference to your week. This might sound overly simplistic, but the impact of completing just one major task can be profound. It creat ..read more
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Episode 527: Steven Bertrand Talks About Overcoming Challenges and Embracing Meditation
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by Mike Vardy
1M ago
In this episode, I’m joined by Steven Bertrand, who shares his inspiring transition from blogging and web design to becoming a public speaker and a meditation advocate. In this episode, we explore how Steven has overcome significant personal challenges and how meditation has played a pivotal role in his life From tackling physical disabilities to changing career paths, Steven’s story is a testament to the power of resilience and the importance of mindfulness in achieving balance and inner peace. Key Discussion Points Journey from Blogging to Public Speaking: Steven reflects on his evolution ..read more
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