#019: 3 Fresh Productivity Hacks [Podcast]

On this week's episode I share 3 fresh new productivity hacks, plus I answer a bunch of listener questions.

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Here are 3 fresh productivity hacks I am experimenting with. Listen to the podcast audio for a complete discussion – the list below won't make sense without the audio!

  1. Free Day Targets
  2. Budget 168
  3. Exclusion Bias
“The single best time management tool is the word ‘no'.”
-Rick Warren
Listener Questions
  1. From the Listener Line: Bill Murray asks about how to create response-generating titles and subtitles.
  2. From the Listener Line: Bret Ridgway asks about the future of product launches.
  3. From the Listener Line: Robert M Schwarztrauber asks about how to find the audience for your website or product.
  4. From the Listener Line: Dr. Eric Hall asks about promotion and SEO.
  5. From the Listener Line: James Stewart contends I'm wrong about men being “the bride of Christ”.




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  • Start with a side note, I have actually unplugged my phone from the base before because Murphy messes with me the same way; the phone doesn’t ring once all day, but as soon as I am on a skype call or my cell phone, it rings off the hook.
    An idea that I use to help organize my time are the day planners (I like Day Timer) that have two page entry. The ones that separate out calls to be made, appointments, etc. along with an hourly schedule and a place to leave journal notes etc. Something about writing it down as opposed to typing it into my phone helps me stay on track and not overlap my time. At the beginning of every month there is usually an overview calendar that I use. I color in the squares of the day based on the percentage of the activities that do that day. This way, instead of opening up my planner to that day and going through it, I can just glance and see if I am booked up that day by how much of the square is filled in.
    Not sure if I made sense with this, it’s been one of those squares completely colored in days, so I am kind of worn out. But, none the less, it has kept me from over extending myself.

    •  @Ministryguru These are good thoughts. I especially appreciate the detailed description of your process. It’s always interesting to see how other people deal with these challenges.
      I have tried all kinds of systems. Currently, my “day planner” consists of a 3 x 5 index card, upon which I write the 5 things I most need to get done today. I have been noticing that on average, I get 3 of them done. So I think I’m going to start just writing down the 3 things I most need to get done today. That way, I’ll have a 100% success rate!

  • I was encouraged several years ago to budget a tithe of my time: 16.8 hours a week.  Assuming I sleep 7 hours a night, that’s one focused day of worship, rest and service. Sounds a bit like your ‘free day’ away from work.  As for the exclusion bias, I’m still learning to let go of some projects to have enough time and energy to pick up something new

  • Holger Drechsler

    I began a few weeks ago to hear your podcasts from the first one. So, I am a bit afterwards. A question about topic one “Free day target”: you spoke about 52 days free, one per week. Did you also plan a longer period for free, like weeks together without work (holidays) ? Or did you only try to have a day off per week? Thank you for sharing all this stuff.