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Hosted by productivity strategist Mike Vardy, The Productivityist Podcast is a weekly show 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.

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    Sleep Smarter with Shawn Stevenson

    I met Shawn Stevenson at Tropical Think Tank in February of 2017 and his talk was phenomenal. We had a few exchanges while we were there but I wanted to have him on the show to dive deeper into some of his work.

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    Tackling Transition with Shawn Razek

    On this episode of the podcast, I am joined by engineer by day, aspiring productivity hacker, and co-founder of to-do list app Vista List, Shawn Razek.

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    Real Artists Don't Starve with Jeff Goins

    Jeff Goins is out to prove that real artists don't have to starve. In fact, he is out to prove that they can thrive in his latest book Real Artists Don't Starve.

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    The Daily Plan Bar with Mike Rohde

    For this episode, I went out and pursued hard so I can chat with Sketchnote creator, Mike Rohde. Mike is a sketchnoter, designer, illustrator, self-professed techy, author and speaker who is fond of simple yet impactful design solutions. A sample of such is the Daily Plan Bar which he created to make task management more manageable.

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    Being with Toku McCree

    It has been a real treat with this episode's guest Toku McCree. Toku is a coach, teacher and the guy behind Unexecutive.com and Samurai Coaching Dojo.

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    Speaking with Passion with Corey Poirier

    My guest on this episode is fellow Canadian Corey Poirier. Corey is a keynote speaker, sales professional, entrepreneur, and the host of Conversations with Passion Radio Show where he has interviewed over 4,000 Super-Achievers. He has been featured in TV specials on Eastlink TV and TeleTelevision and is also a columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine.

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    The Magic of Manifestation with Jen Mazer

    Do you want to live in an apartment with a jacuzzi in Manhattan – for free? Jen Mazer did that for 10 years, and so much more – all through the power of manifestation. Jen Mazer a.k.a. the Queen of Manifestation is a transformational speaker and coach, teaching people how to manifest their dreams and goals while making an impact on the world. She is the creator if the board game Sparked, and is also the author of Manifesting Made Easy: How to Harness the Law of Attraction to Get What You Really Want.

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    The Problem with Productivity with Adam Quiney

    Despite the two of us being based in Victoria, and within the same circle, I have only been able to touch base with Adam Quiney pretty recently. He is the kind of guy that I can talk to for hours, no beer needed. In his words, he is an “obsessive perfectionist and high performer” who used to work as a project manager and lawyer. He is currently working as an executive coach where he teaches people how to live a life without compromise while creating the impact they want to.

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    The Power of Pursuit with Kelsey Humphreys

    This episode’s guest is an amazing woman that I have been pursuing to get into the podcast for a while. She’s the host and producer of The Pursuit, a talk show and podcast where she interviews influencers and the who’s who of business. Kelsey Humphreys is a media entrepreneur, success coach and consultant, a motivational journalist who’s written for Entrepreneur Magazine and Huffington Post, just to name a few, and the author of the book Go Solo: How to Quit the Job You Hate and Start a Small Business You Love.

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    Making and Modifying with Justin Jackson

    My guest today is Justin Jackson. He is a dad, husband, entrepreneur, coach, the founder of Megamaker, author of Jolt, the creator of Marketing for Developers and Tiny Marketing Wins, and overall serial maker. He aims to help people through the things they create.

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    Building an Empire with Stacy Tuschl

    For this episode, my guest is Stacy Tuschl of She’s Building Her Empire. Stacy is a business owner, philanthropist, in-demand speaker and business coach, author, wife, and mother. Her book Is Your Business Worth Saving? is a #1 International Bestseller which helps entrepreneurs to move towards success and do so without sacrificing time away from family.

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    The Staying Power of Sketchnotes with Deborah LeFrank

    A landscape architect, entrepreneur, graphic journalist and memory collector, Deborah LeFrank uses pens and paper to capture stories from daily life by creating sketch-notes or visual stories which help her remember things and memories. I've known her for quite some time and I'm a big fan of her work, and she's my guest for this episode.

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    Zen and The Art of Work with Kourosh Dini

    My guest for this episode is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, writer, musician, and author – Kourosh Dini. Some of the books he’s written and courses he taught include Zen & The Art of Work, Creating Flow with OmniFocus, and Workflow Mastery.

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    The Inner Game of Productivity with Alan Brown

    I would like to introduce you all to Alan Brown – he is a productivity coach, brain hacker, host of Crusher TV, and a best-selling author of the book Zen and the Art of Productivity – and he is my guest on this episode. In a nutshell, Alan helps people through productivity and brain hacks get more done in less time and with less stress.

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    The Productive Kitchen with Allison Schaaf

    On this episode, my guest is Allison Schaaf. She is a food, nutrition and culinary expert, and the founder of meal-planning website PrepDish, which offers gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo meal plans. PrepDish aims to save people time preparing and cooking healthy, homecooked meals.

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    Say Hello to David Knapp-Fisher

    My guest on this episode is one of my good friends, David Knapp-Fisher. We met at the World Domination Summit where we found out that we live 4 blocks apart, and have been constantly connecting ever since.

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    Controlling the Clutter with Claire Tompkins

    This episode's guest is Claire Tompkins (a.k.a. the Clutter Coach). Claire works with clients to organize and declutter their homes and offices, to manage their time and get things done better. She works with artists, writers, entrepreneurs and more as a professional organizer by creating simple, practical systems for real people.

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    Giving and Growing with Philip McKernan

    My guest for this week’s episode is Philip McKernan. He is an inspirational speaker, philosopher, writer, and filmmaker who works with entrepreneurs and leaders to live a life that benefits all aspects of their lives. One of the most impactful episodes I’ve had (so I suggest that you really listen to his insights), we had a very refreshing conversation that covered so much it can get you to see things in a different light.

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    Alignment and Automation with Mridu Parikh

    Joining me on this episode is Mridu Parikh - the woman behind Life is Organized. Mridu is a productivity coach, business strategist, speaker and trainer. She made it her goal to help individuals get clear on their priorities through effective time management, efficient processes, systems and life-changing habits – to do more in less time.

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    The Sunday Basket with Lisa Woodruff

    My guest on this episode is Lisa Woodruff, a professional organizer, productivity specialist and author of the book The Mindset of Organization: Take Back Your House One Phase at a Time. She coaches people to organize their households and their lives through systems she designed specifically for whichever part of your life or house that needs help tidying up and organizing.

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    A Focus on Flourishing with Charlie Gilkey

    This episode's guest is a long-time friend whom Mike met at the World Domination Summit. He is the founder of Productive Flourishing, a best-selling author, the host of the Creative Giant podcast, and a productivity expert: Charlie Gilkey.

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    The Well Life with Briana Borten

    Anytime is a good time to establish a "well life", and it just so happened that we’re starting 2017 with a means to help you do just that. On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, my guest is Briana Borten. She is a peace engineer and wellness entrepreneur who owns The Dragontree Spa and co-wrote The Well Life.

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    Demystifying Evernote with Charles Byrd

    This week on The Productivityist Podcast we zero in on Evernote with a guest who knows the ins and outs of the app. Charles Byrd will be talking Evernote with Mike with the goal of helping anyone get started and familiarize themselves with Evernote. He'll be giving insights, sharing tips, and offering hacks along the way.

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    A Closer Look at Automation with Wade Foster

    On this week’s episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike will be chatting with Wade Foster. Wade is the co-founder and CEO of the automation platform Zapier, which helps people automate their work by allowing connections between various apps.

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    Broadcasting Happiness with Michelle Gielan

    We’re "broadcasting happiness" on this episode of The Productivityist Podcast with Mike Vardy and his guest Michelle Gielan, the bestselling author of Broadcasting Happiness.

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    Fostering Creative Focus with Shawn Blanc

    Shawn Blanc is back on the Productivityist Podcast with Mike Vardy. This week, Mike and Shawn will be diving into the subject of creative focus. A father of three, Shawn has a passion for creative focus and productivity, regularly writing about these topics on his blog since 2007.

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    Beyond the E-Myth with Michael E. Gerber

    Michael E. Gerber, founder of Michael E. Gerber companies and author of The E-Myth books is this week's featured guest and he discusses some of the main concepts of his latest book, Beyond the E-Myth.

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    The Power of Journaling with Zachary Sexton

    The guest for this week's podcast episode is Zachary Sexton (formerly of Asian Efficiency) whom together with host Mike Vardy discusses the science and art of journaling as a productivity practice. Listen as Zack shares his insights on journaling, and expounds on the medium and apps he uses, the structure of his journal, and the purpose it serves him to reflect on his past and plan for the future.

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    Paperless Productivity with Brooks Duncan

    Brooks Duncan from DocumentSnap (a.k.a. The Paperless Guy) is this week’s guest on The Productivityist Podcast where both he and host Mike Vardy talked about the idea of backing up and going paperless.

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    Sound Speaking with Grant Baldwin

    On this episode, Mike Vardy’s guest is Grant Baldwin, who returns to The Productivityist Podcast. Grant is a speaker, blogger, podcaster, and founder of The Speaker Lab – where he helps people (specifically speakers) become more effective in their craft. Mike and Grant spoke about the processes in planning and delivering an effective talk.

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    The Power of When with Dr. Michael Breus

    On this episode of the podcast, Mike speaks with "The Sleep Doctor" and author of The Power of When, Dr. Michael Breus. They discuss the ties between chronotypes and productivity, what The Sleep Doctor's chronotype is, how leveraging when you do something can impact how well you do it, and much more.

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    ProTECHtivity with Steve Dotto

    On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast Mike welcomes his good friend Steve Dotto to the show. Steve's made a name for himself on two separate occasions – first as a nationally-recognized television personality in Canada and now as a globally-recognized Internet personality worldwide.

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    The Making of The Productivityist Playbook

    In this episode of the podcast Mike talks about the making of The Productivityist Playbook, diving into the creative and tactical processes he used – as well as mistakes made – during the creation of this product.

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    Progress with Erik Fisher

    On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike speaks with his good friend Erik Fisher in the second part of a cross-podcast conversation started on his podcast Beyond the To-Do List. They talk about overwhelm, prioritization, what productivity (and other related terms) means to them, and much more.

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    Crafting Clear Systems with Marina Darlow

    On this episode of the podcast, Mike speaks with Marina Darlow. Marina is a systems' expert, and a productivity geek. She sees her job as helping impact-driven entrepreneurs get 10-20 more productive hours a week, stop leaking money, and prevent stress-fuel breakdowns.



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    The Coaching Habit with Michael Bungay Stanier

    On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast Mike speaks with the author of The Coaching Habit, Michael Bungay Stanier. They talk about deep work, simplicity, elegance, the questions you can ask to help you get more out coaching, and much more.

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    The Perfect Day with Craig Ballantyne

    This episode Mike is joined by Craig Ballantyne of Early to Rise. Craig is the creator of The Perfect Day Formula and during our discussion they chat about Craig's thoughts on Stoicism, how the mind is the real gateway (or barrier) to establishing better days, how Craig handles email, and the rule Craig crafted that has been shared all over the web (and received its share of praise and criticism in the process).

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    Whole Life Fitness with Dai Manuel

    On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast Mike speaks with Dai Manuel. Dai is the author of The Whole Life Fitness Manifesto and during this episode Mike and Dai talk about the relationship between health, wellness, and productivity and what Dai's book and work does to promote making the most of this relationship.

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    Framing Your Mind with Kim Ades

    On this episode of the podcast, Mike speaks with Kim Ades. Kim is the founder of Frame of Mind Coaching and Mike and her talk about coaching – her philosophy behind the practice, what she focuses on with her clients, and more. they also dive into mindfulness and focus along the way, as those are aspects of her work that Mike spends time on in his own work.

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    Managing Millennials (and More) with Lee Caraher

    On this episode of the podcast, Mike speaks with Lee Caraher. Lee's a CEO, an author, and an acclaimed communication strategist known for her practical solutions to big problems.

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    1-800-GOT-PRODUCTIVITY with Brian Scudamore

    On this episode of the podcast Mike speaks with Brian Scudamore, the founder and CEO of O2E Brands. O2E Brands is the banner company for 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, WOW 1 DAY PAINTING, You Move Me, and Shack Shine. Starting with one truck and a great idea, Brian grew 1-800-GOT-JUNK? into one of North America’s most successful companies and he’s poised to do the same with his three newest ventures.

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    Order and Organization with Rashelle Isip

    On this episode of the podcast Mike is joined by Rashelle Isip of The Order Expert. Rashelle is a consultant, author, and founder of TheOrderExpert.com, a blog featuring organization, time management and productivity tips, ideas and inspiration to help people lead more balanced lives. She is author of “The Order Expert’s Guide to Time Management” and “How to Plan a Great Event in 60 Days.”

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    Being Unmistakable (Again) with Srinivas Rao

    On this episode of the podcast, Mike chats with his friend Srinivas Rao. Srini is the author of the book Unmistakable: Why Only is Better Than Best and the founder and CEO of Unmistakable Creative. They talk about his book (which Mike says he's dog-eared to death) and going down the path of becoming unmistakable.

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    Getting Optimized with Stephan Spencer

    On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike speaks with Stephan Spencer. Stephan is a man of many talents and projects, including hosting The Optimized Geek and writing the book The Art of SEO.

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    Learning to Commit with Avrum Nadigel

    On this episode of the podcast Mike chats with Avrum Nadigel. Avrum is an author and relationship therapist. He co-produces "It's the anxiety, stupid!” - a podcast about relationship angst, and draws a comic about intimacy called “Ball and Change”. His new book, Learning to Commit (The Workbook): Becoming Your Best Self to Find Your Best Match, will be published by Self-Counsel Press in November 2016.

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    The Big 100

    On this, the 100th episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike chats with producer John Poelstra about the evolution of the podcast since it started nearly two years ago.

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    Being Truly Productive with Michael Dolan

    On this episode of the podcast, Mike speaks with Michael Dolan. Michael is an executive coach who helps leaders get out of their own way by enabling them to develop and maintain higher levels of productivity, self-awareness and effectiveness so that they can create a bigger impact and experience greater satisfaction in their work and life.

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    Distractions & Disruptions with Dave Nevogt

    On the episode this week, Mike speaks with Dave Nevogt. Dave is the co-founder of Hubstaff and Mike and Dave chat about what it's like to pivot from one entrepreneurial venture to another and how Dave is especially adept at eliminating distractions and dealing with disruptions.

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    Hacking Corporate with Nick Snapp

    On this episode Mike speaks with Nick Snapp, the host of The Make It Snappy Productivity Show and a productivity strategist who specializes on helping people "hack" Corporate.

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    Strategic Storytelling with Jordan Bower

    On this episode of the podcast, Mike speaks with Jordan Bower. They talk about the power of story, his approach to storytelling, and much more (including a mention of one of Mike's favourite storytellers, Steven Pressfield).

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    Good to Greatist with Derek Flanzraich

    In this episode Mike speaks with Derek Flanzraich, the founder/CEO of Greatist. They talk about the idea of planning, time chunking, and many other things that allow them to push our intentions forward (and allow Derek to embody the term "greatist").

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    Beating Burnout with Ben Fanning

    On this episode of the podcast, Mike speaks with Ben Fanning. Ben is a "burnout specialist," the author of The Quit Alternative.

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    The More of Less with Joshua Becker

    This episode features Mike in conversation with Joshua Becker. Joshua is the man behind Becoming Minimalist and the author of The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own.

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    Productivity and Play with Kirsten Milliken

    On this episode of the podcast, Mike speaks with clinical psychologist and certified ADHD Coach, Dr. Kirsten Milliken. She's the author of PlayDHD, a book that not only gives adults with ADHD permission to play – it encourages it!

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    Focusing on Memory with Brad Zupp

    In this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike speaks with Brad Zupp. Brad is an entertaining motivational speaker and memory improvement expert from New York. Brad shows people how to supercharge their memories to improve many aspects of their lives (including productivity) and to have a better memory at any age.

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    Productivity for Dummies with Ciara Conlon

    In this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike speaks with fellow productivity strategist Ciara Conlon. Ciara is the author of Chaos to Control: A Practical Guide to Getting Things Done and Productivity for Dummies.

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    Making Better Meetings with John Poelstra

    On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike speaks with podcast producer and meeting facilitation expert John Poelstra about how you can go about making better meetings.

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    Getting Momentum with Jason and Jodi Womack

    On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike speaks with Jodi and Jason Womack. They are the wife and husband team behind Get Momentum, a coaching program designed to help people realize their full potential. They are also the co-authors of the book of the same name.

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    The Year of Fear with Kendra Wright

    On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike speaks with Kendra Wright. They talk about how they each treat fear, their to do lists, their calendars, and more.

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    Overnight Success with Aaron Mahnke

    This episode features a conversation between Mike and Aaron Mahnke, accomplished author and the man behind the award-winning podcast Lore.

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    Getting Reading Done with Mike Dariano

    On this episode of the show, Mike is joined by Productivityist's resident book reviewer and fellow avid reader Mike Dariano. They talk about how they go about reading and what they do differently to keep their reading workflow...flowing.

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    A Mindful Conversation with Patrick Rhone

    On this episode of the podcast, Patrick Rhone returns for another great conversation with Mike. This time around they focus on reading more (and better), mindfulness (and Patrick's new book "Mindfulness for Mere Mortals), and much more.

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    ADHD Productivity with Ryan McRae

    This week Mike speaks with Ryan McRae, better known as The ADHD Nerd. They talk about how ADHD has affected Ryan's productivity, what time management tips he recommends to those who have ADHD, and how anyone should combat the perils of procrastination.

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    Think Productive with Graham Allcott

    On this edition of the podcast, Mike speaks with founder of Think Productive and productivity ninja Graham Allcott. They focus on the nine characteristics you need to have to become a true productivity ninja and dive into a myriad of other offshoot topics as a result.

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    Freakishly Productive with Annie Mueller

    In this episode Mike talks with Annie Mueller from Freakishly Productive about tactical time management tips. They discuss how Annie is able to be productive while homeschooling four kids and running a business.

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    Better Email Habits with Andy Mitchell

    In this episode Mike speaks with the founder of ActiveInbox, Andy Mitchell. They talk about email and how you can (if you want) use it to manage your tasks. It's not something Mike does (or advocates) but for those of you who want to hear why you may want to give this a go...then this episode is for you.

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    Level Up Your Life with Steve Kamb

    In this episode Mike speaks with the founder of Nerd Fitness and the author of the book Level Up Your Life, Steve Kamb.

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    The Real Inbox Zero with Dmitri Leonov

    On this episode of the podcast, Mike speaks with Dmitri Leonov, co-founder of SaneBox. They talk about why it isn't always a good idea to use every aspect of a tool (SaneBox naturally gets mentioned here) and a ton of other thoughts surrounding a productivity pain point for many: email.

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    Deep Work with Cal Newport

    To ring in 2016, Mike speaks with his friend and the author of the forthcoming book "Deep Work", Cal Newport.

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    Simplicity and Impact with Simon Tyler

    In this edition of The Productivityist Podcast Mike speaks with Simon Tyler, author of The Impact Code and The Simple Way. They talk about raising your impact level in business, simple ways to be more productive, and much more.

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    Relentless Sales Success with Chris Johnson

    In this installment of the podcast, Mike is joined by his friend and principal owner of Simplifilm Chris Johnson. They dive into a lot of things but really focus on how to work on sales technique and how being relentless in the sales arena – and in life – can go a long way.

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    The Art of the Side Hustle with Nick Loper

    On this episode of the podcast I speak with the founder of Side Hustle Nation, Nick Loper. We talk about some of the unconventional productivity tactics he uses and dive into some of the equally unconventional side hustle experiments he's undertaken.

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    Boosting The Brain with Dr. Andrew Hill

    Mike spends time with the Lead Neuroscientist of truBrain, Dr. Andrew Hill, on this episode of the podcast. They talk about a ton of "brain stuff", including the importance of getting things out of your head, how decision fatigue works, and more.

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    Military Time with Julie Sheranosher

    On this episode Mike chats with military veteran and fellow productivity professional Julie Sheranosher. They talk about the story behind her developing a passion for productivity, the lessons she learned in the military that she uses today in her new profession, and the various other time and task management tactics that she explores...and employs.

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    A Doer Who Likes To Be with Michael Townsend Williams

    This episode of the podcast features a conversation between Mike and guest Michael Townsend Williams, who is known as "A doer who likes to be." He's the founder of Breathe Sync™ and the author of the book Do Breathe...and he's a big believer in mindful productivity.

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    SPECIAL EPISODE: Laura McClellan Returns!

    This week I've decided to make the first of our bonus episodes available to everyone - even those not currently patrons. This episode marks the return of Laura McClellan to discuss the idea of theming further - along with much more!

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    Money and Minimalism with Cait Flanders

    In this episode Mike talks with the woman behind Blonde on a Budget, Cait Flanders. They talk about managing money wisely, why she imposed a one year shopping ban on herself, and more.

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    Passionate About Productivity with Amber De La Garza

    This week on the show, Mike speaks with fellow productivity specialist Amber De La Garza. They talk about the reason you want to be productive, how multiple screens can help (or hinder) your productivity, messy desks, and why the apps out there aren't enough to make you more productive.

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    Project Management for You with Cesar Abeid

    This week’s episode features a discussion between Mike and fellow Canadian and project management professional Cesar Abeid. Cesar is the author of the new book Project Management and You, and he talks about why he wrote the book, the struggles he discovered that people have with project management during his research for the book, and how to apply project management beyond the workplace and into your home life.

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    15 Time Secrets with Kevin Kruse

    Joining Mike this week on the podcast is the author of 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management. They talk about why Kevin wrote this book, how to wrap your work day responsibly, the importance of awareness when it comes to productivity, the importance of routines, and much more.

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    The Power of Focus with Shawn Blanc

    This week on the show Mike welcomes his friend Shawn Blanc, creator of The Focus Course. They have a deep discussion about intentionality, being attentive, the creative process, productivity, and – fittingly – focus.

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    Less Doing with Ari Meisel

    This week on the show Mike is joined by Ari Meisel of Less Doing. They talk about what task management app Ari uses (the answer will surprise you), the art of optimization, automation, and outsourcing, and more tips and tricks you can use to help you make more great things happen by doing less.

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    The Habits of a Happy Brain with Loretta Breuning

    In this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike speaks with Dr. Loretta Breuning from the Inner Mammal Institute. They talk about how you can retrain your brain, including some tactics and tips so that you can start building a happier and healthier brain.

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    Building Better Teams with Jared Brown

    This episode features a discussion between Mike and Jared Brown of Hubstaff. They talk about what you need to do in order to make bringing people on to work with you a more beneficial experience for everyone involved.

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    Crafting Coaches with Tony Stubblebine

    On this episode of the podcast, Mike talks with Tony Stubblebine of Coach.me. They talk about the power of coaching, what it takes to be a coach, and several areas that people could really use coaching in so that they can take their work (and their lives) to the next level.

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    Getting Into Smartsheet with Brent Frei

    Smartsheet has been a player in the task management and project management space for a long time, and on this episode of the podcast Mike speaks with Brent Frei, the founder and VP of Marketing at Smartsheet. They talk about the present (and future) state of productivity, the subject of email, and why a smarter spreadsheet may very well be the best tool you can use to help you get things done.

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    The Productive Woman with Laura McClellan

    This episode features a lengthy discussion between Mike and the host of The Productive Woman – and a productive woman in her own right – Laura McClellan. They chat about the possible differences that women and men approach productivity as well, productivity tactics to explore, and how she manages to deal with everything in her life.

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    Voice Lessons with Todd Henry

    In this week's episode of the podcast Mike talks with Todd Henry, author of the new book "Louder Than Words: Harness The Power of Your Authentic Voice". They discuss the importance of delivering your work and how your voice plays a huge role in that and also talk about their favourite football team, the Cincinnati Bengals.

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    Making Teamwork Work with Sebastian Klein

    Being productive on your own can be a challenge with everything we face today, but being productive as a team can be even more daunting. On this episode of the podcast, Mike Vardy chats with Sebastian Klein of Blinkist on what his small team uses as a productivity approach to keep things moving forward across the board.

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    Everything Evernote with Andrew Sinkov

    Mike has an in-depth conversation with Andrew Sinkov, Vice President of Marketing and Brand at Evernote. They talk about where Evernote has been, where it's headed, and they even dive into some of the decisions the company has made (and the markets it has entered) over the years.

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    The Productive People of Podcast Movement 2015

    In this episode of the podcast, producer John Poelstra and host Mike Vardy continue to talk to those attending Podcast Movement 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. They speak with Srinivas Rao (The Unmistakable Creative), Erik Fisher (Beyond The To Do List), Vickie Velasquez (Productivity Power Up Podcast), Julia Tunstall (A Bar Above & Effortless Workflow), and more.

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    Podcast Movement 2015: Making Conferences Productive

    This bonus episode of the podcast features a discussion between myself and Jaime Tardy (Eventual Millionaire) and Russel Lolacher (The Upsell) about how they make conferences productive. Also, newly-minted producer John Poelstra speaks with me about how I do the same.

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    Internationally Intentional with Jared Brock

    This week Mike chats with author, filmmaker, and co-founder of Hope For The Sold, Jared Brock. Jared lives both a multi-faceted, intentional, and international life, which is why he is another ideal guest for the show.

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    The World Domination Summit Experience

    In this episode, Mike and podcast editor John Poelstra chat with those who were gearing up for The World Domination Summit while at The Productivityist Enthusiasts' Meetup in Portland, Oregon. A bevy of guests pop by on this longer-than-usual episode, and they talk productivity and much more!

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    Defending Against Distractions with Tim Metz

    On this episode Mike tackles distractions. He discusses what he believes is the difference between distractions, disruptions, and diversion (and how to defend yourself against them through awareness and measurable prevention). He also talks with Saent co-founder Tim Metz about the new device that he and his team are building that is designed to help you win the battle against distractions.

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    The Productive Pastor with Jonathan Pearson

    In this episode, Mike spends some time this episode chatting with Jonathan Pearson, who aptly describes himself as "a millennial determined to leave the world in better shape than he found it". They talk about different productivity methods both of them use (and have used), the tools of the trade, his book The Productive Pastor Handbook, and much more.

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    How to be a Productive Speaker with Grant Baldwin

    This episode features a discussion between Mike and Grant Baldwin. Grant is an accomplished speaker (so much so that he teaches others to become better speakers) and many of his weeks are more dynamic than what most people experience. Mike asks Grant how he organizes his week, how he deals with a hectic travel schedule, and how each speaking gig brings something different (read: challenging) to the table.

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    The Productivity Habits with Ben Elijah

    This episodes features an invigorating discussion between Mike and Ben Elijah. Ben is the author of "The Productivity Habits" and blogs over at Ink and Ben. They talk about how they look at productivity in general. But they didn't stop there. They also spent time conversing about importance, mode-based work, and even John Cleese's famous talk on creativity.

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    The End of Jobs with Taylor Pearson

    In this episode Mike talks with Taylor Pearson, the author of "The End of Jobs" (due out in late June 2015). They discuss the process Taylor used to write the book – including drawing inspiration from Paul Graham's work – as well as what "the end of jobs" can mean for you...if you're willing to shift your mindset.

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    Mind Hacking with Sir John Hargrave

    In this discussion, Mike Vardy and Sir Joh Hargrave (author of the forthcoming book "Mind Hacking") talk about how to "hack the mind" in order to optimize productivity and what approaches you can take to start changing the way you operate today.

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    The Art of Iteration with Omar Zenholm

    Omar Zenhom has spent a lot of time defining and refining what he delivers, and recently rebooted what his co-created product, Webinar Ninja, was and created a vastly different iteration as a result. In this episode Mike and Omar speak on the art of iteration, their calendar usage, and more.

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    An Introduction To The NOW Year Formula

    This episode is being released earlier than usual because it's a special one. Why? Because Mike talks about his "big work" - the thing he's been actively working on for well over a year (and likely subconsciously for five or so). It's called The NOW Year Formula, and he talks about what it is, how it works, and how by adopting it as your productivity approach can help you have more of what you want in life.

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    It’s All Fun and Games with Dave Caolo

    This week Mike talks with Dave Caolo of the podcast Home Work and the website Apple World Today about his newest hobby: tabletop gaming. They discuss the benefits of gaming in terms of helping with productivity and planning as well as offer some suggestions of games to check out.

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    Flying Solo: A Solo Parenting Productivity Adventure

    In this episode, Mike discusses how he dealt with a major workflow change over the past 10 days as a result of his wife going on holiday and him acting as the lone parent during that time. He'll share my successes, his failures, and what you can do to help make any kind of irregularity in your workflow feel less taxing on you.

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    Beyond Productivity with Erik Fisher

    As the host of the Beyond The To Do List podcast, Erik Fisher has interviewed many of the top names in productivity, task, and time management and now Mike is putting him on the other side of the mic. They talk about habits, productivity approaches, and a lot more.

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    Efficient Writing with Jim Woods

    On this episode of the podcast, Mike speaks with Jim Woods, author and creator of the "Write Publish Share" course. They talk about the writing process, habits, and the relationship between productivity and getting writing done.

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    Closing Chapters with Michael Schechter

    Michael Schechter, Mike's good friend and former podcasting partner, drops by the show for the first time on his own. The two of them talk about old times, what Schechter has been up to since they stopped producing Workflowing at 5by5, and the challenges behind closing one chapter in your life so you can make greater strides going forward.

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    The Power of SCALE with Travis Collier

    On this edition of The Productivityist Podcast Mike chats with his friend Travis Collier, the author of "SCALE: Refuse to Settle, Recognize what Matters, Redefine Success." They talk about how they met, the Lantern Corps, and what the power of SCALE can do for you.

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    How to Deliver a "Do Over" with Jon Acuff

    Jon Acuff is a celebrated (and New York Times best-selling) author whose latest effort is titled Do Over. In this lively (and efficient) discussion, Jon talks with Mike about his latest book and they both occasionally crack jokes while doing so.

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    Procrastinating on Purpose with Rory Vaden

    The guest on this episode is Rory Vaden. He is the author of "Take The Stairs: 7 Steps To Achieving True Success" and "Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time." In this discussion, Mike and Rory talk about results management, the calendar, and a slew of other productivity-related subjects.

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    Body Talk with James Hamblin

    Dr. James Hamblin, Senior Editor at The Atlantic and the host of "If Our Bodies Could Talk" joins Mike this week on the show as they talk about the things we can do to help ourselves and our bodies be more effective and efficient and the things we sometimes do that make them function at less than optimum levels.

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    Getting Things Done with David Allen

    In this episode Mike Vardy talks with David Allen, author of Getting Things Done. They discuss the pull of email, how to wrap your head around working by context, and what's different in the 2015 edition of Getting Things Done.

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    Message Not Received with Phil Simon

    In this episode Mike Vardy sits down with Phil Simon, author of "Message Not Received." They talk about the problem with email, why clarity is often lost in communication, and what we can do to make sure we have a far better chance of being heard when we send out messages to colleagues and cohorts.

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    A Look At Meetings

    On this episode of the podcast, Mike Vardy and Lee Garrett take a look at one of the biggest productivity drains on the planet: meetings. They discuss why they don't usually work as currently designed and what you can do to make them more effective and more productive.

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    Moods and Modes with Brett Terpstra

    Brett Terpstra is one of the smartest guys on the Internet, and in this episode Mike and Brett talk about work habits, workflows, and how moods and modes each help them deliver their work on a consistent basis.

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    Everything Is A To Do with Michael Schechter & Patrick Rhone

    Mike is joined once again by Patrick Rhone and reunites with his former podcasting partner-in-crime Michael Schechter on this episode. They discuss the idea of "have to" versus "need to," choices, chaos, caution, and much more.

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    Building a Better Podcast with Joel Boggess & Dr. Pei

    In this episode Mike chats with prolific podcasters Joel Boggess and Dr. Pei. They are the husband and wife team behind the creation, development, and explosive growth of ReLaunch, an incredibly popular podcast.

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    How To Read More (and Read Better)

    In this episode Mike flies solo, revealing his reading workflow. This workflow is how he's able to stay productive and build a reading habit that allows him to read more...and read better.

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    An Intentional Discussion with Patrick Rhone

    Patrick Rhone returns to the show for another free-form discussion with Mike. They talk about intentions, planning and allocating your time wisely, and eventually get around to talking about what saying 'no' can do for you and for others.

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    Built Unstoppable with Justin Levy

    This week on the podcast, Mike spends time with Justin Levy. The story that has unfolded for him in the past few months has been very inspiring, as he's in the midst of recovering from a series of seizures that seemingly originated from a brain tumor. And even that hasn't slowed him down all that much.

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    Managing Time Demands with Francis Wade

    This episode features a conversation between Mike and Francis Wade, author of Perfect Time-Based Productivity. They have a lively discussion about the difference between time management and time demands, the importance of looking inward when trying to improve your productivity, and what to do when you fall off the wagon with your resolutions for the year.

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    A Look at Calendar Apps

    In this episode Mike explores several calendar apps, offering his thoughts on each of them along with some tips and tricks that he uses when dealing with his calendar. (Note: This won't be the last time he looks at calendar apps, as they are under constant development.)

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    Shaping a Great Year with David Delp

    In this conversation with David Delp of Pilot Fire, Mike and David discuss what it takes to make a great year, how understanding and acknowledging roles can be a real boon to productivity, what goals actually mean, and much more.

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    The Disconnection Discussion with Patrick Rhone

    This week Mike has another conversation with Patrick Rhone. They discuss letter and number grading systems in schools, when tech fails you, and more kernels of wisdom in less than a half an hour.

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    The Procrastination Conversation with Dr. Tim Pychyl

    In this episode, Mike has a candid conversation with Dr. Tim Pychyl about procrastination, strategic delaying, and what can get in the way of our productivity no matter what technology or approach we use.

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    Let Go and Lean In with Daniel Gold

    Daniel Gold of DEG Consulting pops by to talk with Mike about letting go, leaning in, and the primary thing you need to keep in mind that will help you take your work, life, and side projects to greater heights.

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    Leveling Up with Jaime Tardy

    This week Mike chats with Jaime Tardy, founder of Eventual Millionaire and author of the book The Eventual Millionaire. They talk about the growth of their respective businesses and the things they did to level up along the way.

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    The Contexts Conversation: Part Two

    After a lengthy thread on Twitter that debated what contexts were (and weren't), Mike invites some of the participants to discuss their thoughts on contexts in more detail in the second of two episodes on the subject. This week's guests are Mike's old podcasting partner Michael Schechter and Lee Garrett.

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    The Contexts Conversation: Part One

    After a lengthy thread on Twitter that debated what contexts were (and weren't), Mike invites some of the participants to discuss their thoughts on contexts in more detail. For this first part in the two-part series, the guests are Sven Fechner and Kevin Rothermel.

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    Voices for Vets with Gary Miller Jr. and Daniel & Vanessa Hayes

    This special episode of the podcast features interviews that Mike conducted with veterans of the military service, Gary Miller Jr. of GaryMillerJr.com and Daniel & Vanessa Hayes of Simple Life Together as part of the Voices For Vets campaign. These discussions focus on what aspects of the military that they've been able to translate into making their civilian lives fulfilling, and how they prepared for the transitions to their new lives beforehand.

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    Paul Jarvis: Old Man Internet

    This episode features a great conversation with the incredibly creative and productive Paul Jarvis. The discussion revolves around future-proofing your work and your business (which also does the same for your productivity...in a manner of speaking).

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    Free Time with Patrick Rhone

    Mike sits down with Patrick Rhone to talk about Rick Rubin, his Dash/Plus system, and a bunch of other cool stuff in the first of the regular "Free Time with Patrick Rhone" series on the podcast.

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    Being Unmistakable with Srinivas Rao

    Mike speaks with the "unmistakably creative" Srinivas Rao, author of The Art of Being Unmistakable and founder of The Unmistakable Creative. They dive into the art and craft of taking things to the next level, adjusting your goals, and what it's like to get support - and not just from those in your corner, but also from the most unlikeliest of places.

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    Productivity on the Road

    Mike just returned from a whirlwind travel schedule, and on this episode of The Productivityist Podcast he discusses how (and why) he went iOS only on this trip. He also offers up his presentation app of choice and sings the praises of SimpleREV.

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    Living Productively with Chris Bailey

    This week Mike chats with fellow Canadian Chris Bailey of A Life of Productivity about experimenting with workflow and productivity, as well as looking deeper at time, task, and living a more productive (and meaningful) life.

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    Simply Executing with Josh Long

    Mike is in conversation with Josh Long, an incredibly prolific and productive writer, builder, and designer. The thing about Josh is that he focuses on quality over quantity, and that's just one of the things discussed during this episode. (Seth Godin's name comes up as well.)

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    The Best Kind of Paper Pushing

    This week Mike talks about why he still loves and uses paper. He also talks about several paper-based approaches worth exploring, including Ryder Carroll's Bullet Journal and his own creation: The Strikethrough System.

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    A Hard Habit App to Break

    Mike dives into the world of "habit tracking" apps, which also encompasses routines, rituals, and goals that we want to develop and foster.

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    Talking TaskClone with Troy Christmas

    On the first official episode of the podcast, Mike talks about MeetingHero, Checkmark 2.1, and Dave Ursillo's new book. He also has a conversation with Troy Christmas of TaskClone.

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    Greetings and Salutations

    In this "unofficial" first episode, Mike discusses what to expect from his new solo podcast effort. He also brings up what ideas he has for the podcast and how you can help make those ideas happen.

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