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17 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Monthly Breaks From Productivity - 5 Benefits.
Discover why taking regular breaks from productivity is a good idea. Corresponding blogposts with all the links: https://monthlymethod.com/breaks-from-productivity/ Achieve your goals 3 weeks at a time: https://monthlymethod.com/enroll/ Support this podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/monthly_method Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 00:53 - How we do montly breaks under the Monthly Method 01:55 - When you don’t take breaks from productivity 02:40 - Working during this week off 03:22 - Benefit #1: It prevents burnout. 04:57 - Benefit #2: It adds to the quality of your life. 06:24 - Benefit #3: You don’t rebel against the system. The key to consistency. 09:35 - Benefit #4: It gives you an opportunity to reflect on your sprint. 11:06 - Benefit #5: It allows you to think big. Get in touch: https://monthlymethod.com/contact/
28 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
The Need-to Want-To Cycle of Daily Life
Find out how to have more energy throughout the day by engaging in your want-to activities in between your need-to activities. https://monthlymethod.com/need-to-want-to/ Achieve your goals 3 weeks at a time: https://monthlymethod.com/services/ Contribute: https://www.patreon.com/monthly_method 00:00 - Intro 01:00 - Need-to vs. Want-to tasks 04:00 - Need-to criteria 06:38 - Need-tos = inhale. Want-tos = exhales 08:30 - When you do too many need-tos 10:00 - When you do too many want-tos 12:00 - What is your rhythm? 25:47 - Conclusion https://monthlymethod.com/contact/
24 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Time blocking Q&A
Get answers to your questions about time blocking. How to avoid exhaustion, how to time block with kids, how to deal with distractions and how to get started. Show notes and links mentioned in this episode can be found here: https://monthlymethod.com/time-blocking-qa/ Work with me: https://monthlymethod.com/services/ Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 01:20 - What’s my ideal unit of time block? 02:17- How to avoid exhaustion when time blocking 04:06 - Proper Rest 06:40 - Helpful thoughts 08:19 - Tools I use for time blocking 10:21 - Dealing with distractions 13:34 - Time blocking with kids 15:11 - Fine-tuning time required for each task 17:17 - Time blocking as a business owner vs. an employee 20:46 - Example of my time blocks 21:10 - How to get started with time blocking as a beginner
23 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Unconventional Productivity Tips from Reddit [June 2021 edition]
My favourite productivity tips from Reddit found last month. Find all the links to the original posts here: https://monthlymethod.com/productivity-tips-reddit-2021-06/ Achieve your goals with the Monthly Method: https://monthlymethod.com/services/ Timestamps: 0:00 - Intro 00:49 - Tip #1: Value your attention as much as Facebook values it. 01:44 - Tip #2: Quirky methods for getting things done. 05:32 - Tip #3: Morning routines done differently. 07:40 - Tip #4: Sometimes we buy a thing when what we want is the time to use it. 08:55 - Tip #5: Drink water (but not too much) to jump out of bed in the morning. 10:50 - Tip #6: Take breaks to restore your energy, not to drain it on distractions. 12:47 - Tip #7: Front-load your yucky feelings. 15:25 - Tip #8: Break down your day. Get back on track in the next quarter. 16:51 - Tip #9: You can trade your time for money but you can never buy your time back. Keep quality of life in mind with all decisions. 19:24 - Tip #10: What will your kids really value? 20:58 - Most popular Monthly Method ideas from June. Get in touch: https://monthlymethod.com/contact/
19 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Time blocking reduces stress
Time blocking is not only an extremely efficient way of getting things done but it is also one of the best ways to reduce stress levels on a daily basis. Show notes and links mentioned in this episodes can be found here: https://monthlymethod.com/time-blocking-reduces-stress/ Work with me: https://monthlymethod.com/services/ Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 01:08 - How I started time blocking 03:07- Stress levels before time blocking & examples 08:06 - Focus on one thing at a time 10:03 - This is not a problem. This is a time block that needs to be scheduled. 12:19 - Showing up for your time blocks 13:16 - Do what you said you would do 15:24 - Different people embracing time blocking
29 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Dream big. Go small.
I share one of the lesson I've learned from working with over a dozen first Monthly Method clients. Learn about one factor that differentiated the one who achieved incredible success from the ones who struggled. Show notes and links mentioned in this episodes can be found here: https://monthlymethod.com/dream-big-go-small/ Work with me: https://monthlymethod.com/services/ Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 01:00 - The backstory & three types of goal setters. 06:20 - The overachievers. 13:30 - The realists. 17:40 - Dream big, go small group. 21:40 - One client that went from setting huge goals to setting small goals and the results he had.
20 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
The one question that turns a lazy day around
Feeling sluggish, lazy, and unproductive? Do you want to throw in the towel on all your tasks for the day? This one question can turn your lazy day around. Shownotes and links mentioned in this episodes can be found here: https://monthlymethod.com/lazy-day-around/ Work with me: https://monthlymethod.com/services/ Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 01:00 - One lazy day turned around that proved the concept 02:33 - “Can I?” vs. “have to”, “need to”, and “should” 06:39 - “Can I?” in practice 12:12 - How to turn your lazy day around 14:48 - Warning 16:59 - Conclusion
31 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Consuming vs. Producing
Have you been stuck in the consumption phase? Do you want to start creating instead of consuming? Learn more about the Consuming vs Producing Principle. Shownotes and links mentioned in this episodes can be found here: https://monthlymethod.com/consuming-vs-producing/ Work with me: https://monthlymethod.com/ Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 01:30 - Reaching the Point of Maximum Consumption 08:11 - The more you produce, the less interested you become at consuming. 13:50 - Consuming vs. Producing Principle in Content Creation 19:00 - What are you going to produce today? 20:41 - How to start producing instead of consuming 28:35 - Conclusion
30 minutes | May 24, 2021
Is long-term planning always bad?
When is long-term planning good and when is it bad? When and how to use long-term planning? https://monthlymethod.com/long-term-planning/ Check out the Monthly Method for yourself: https://monthlymethod.com
18 minutes | May 17, 2021
The one question that will stop procrastination
Learn the one question you can ask yourself when tempted to procrastinate. It will help you to show up for your goals and your schedule. https://monthlymethod.com/stop-procrastination/ Work with me: https://monthlymethod.com/beta-client/ Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 01:05 - The question 01:37 - Example #1 07:23 - Example #2 10:47 - Example #3 14:03 - Recommendation
18 minutes | May 10, 2021
How to be consistent. Normalize, then optimize. The Rule of 10.
What to do when building a new habit? First, normalize. Then optimize. How do you normalize an activity quickly? Follow The Rule of 10 to build consistency. https://monthlymethod.com/how-to-be-consistent/ Work with me: https://monthlymethod.com/ Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 01:10 - Normalize 03:00 - Optimize 03:20 - Why it's not a good idea to do it all at once 06:10 - When you want to start something 08:38 - The Rule of 10 16:44 - Conclusion Get in touch: https://monthlymethod.com/contact/
20 minutes | May 3, 2021
Unconventional Productivity Tips from Reddit [April 2021 edition]
My favourite productivity tips from Reddit found last month. Find all the links to the original posts here: https://monthlymethod.com/productivity-tips-reddit-2021-04/ Timestamps: 0:00 - Intro 01:05 - Tip #1: 5 truths about our desires. 02:55 - Tip #2: [Method] Pretend your life is a movie. 05:05 - Tip #3: Realize that you’re currently in the good old days. 06:20 - Tip #4: Surfing the internet is just watching other people live their lives while you stay unproductive. 08:00 - Tip #5: Don't turn your life into a never-ending productivity rut. 11:40 - Tip #6: The "addition bias". 14:20 - Tip #7: Your high school ideas of what's "cool" might be holding you back. 15:50 - Tip #8: Pay yourself for being productive and control your shopping expenses. 18:00 - Bonus Get in touch: https://monthlymethod.com/contact/
10 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
The What, Why, and How of an Accountability Buddy
Learn what an accountability buddy is. Why do you need one? And how do you find the perfect accountability partner for your goals? All the links can be found here: https://monthlymethod.com/accountability-buddy/ Written by Macgill Davis - the cofounder of rize.io - a simple, intelligent time tracker that improves focus and helps build better work habits. Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 01:09 - What is an accountability buddy? 02:25 - The power of external accountability 03:15 - Does an accountability buddy really help? 04:05 - Additional bonuses of accountability buddies 05:13 - Drawbacks of an accountability buddy 05:47 - Where to find an accountability buddy 07:01 - How to be a great accountability buddy 08:15 - Conclusion Get in touch: https://monthlymethod.com/contact/
12 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
When you don't achieve your monthly goals.
5 practical things you can do when you don't achieve your monthly goals. https://monthlymethod.com/dont-achieve-your-monthly-goals/ Free Monthly Method PDF Guide "Plan Your Best Week" https://monthlymethod.com/plan-your-week/ Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 01:04 - What happened in March. 02:56 - Lesson #1 Travel does affect your productivity a lot. 03:39 - Lesson #2 The importance of rest. 05:04 - Lesson #3 Don’t take this failed sprint personally 06:06 - Lesson #4 Embrace the concept of continuous improvement. 08:40 - Lesson #5 Don’t plan for the double load in the next sprint. 10:26 - Conclusion Get in touch: https://monthlymethod.com/contact/
12 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
What will people think?
Do you want to do something or say something, yet the question of “What will people think?” stops you? In this episode I share the answer to this question I have recently discovered. https://monthlymethod.com/what-will-people-think/ Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 01:12 - My recent trip to my hometown 03:35 - People are not objective in their reactions. 05:13 - The answer to "What would people think?" 06:38 - Don't drop your standards. 07:26 - Example of an artist 09:29 - Why it is liberating 10:06 - Conclusion Get in touch: https://monthlymethod.com/contact/
10 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Unconventional Productivity Tips from Reddit [March 2021 edition]
My favourite productivity tips from Reddit found last month. Find all the links to the original posts here: https://monthlymethod.com/productivity-tips-reddit-2021-03/ Timestamps: 0:00 - Intro 00:44 - Tip #1: The price of creativity is the judgment of others. 01:18 - Tip #2: It is normal to be lazy sometimes. 02:59 - Tip #3: Focused on 3 tasks a day for a year. Depression is gone. 04:25 - Tip #4: Set a timer. 05:46 - Tip #5: Newton's First Law. 08:31 - Your favourite Monthly Method episodes from last month 10:25 - Most popular Monthly Method posts on Reddit Get in touch: https://monthlymethod.com/contact/
13 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
How to Use Definition of Done for Personal Productivity
Learn about another concept adapted from Agile/Scrum that increases the chances of achieving your personal goals. How to use the Definition of Done in your life. https://monthlymethod.com/definition-of-done/ Enrol in April sprint: https://monthlymethod.com/services/ Timestamps: 0:00 - Intro 0:50 - How Definition of Done is used in agile product development 3:18 - How to use Definition of Done in personal productivity 4:29 - Examples of Definition of Done being used for different personal goals 8:07 - Why is it worth taking the time to write down the definition of done for each of your monthly goals? 9:53 - Using Definition of Done in time blocking 12:10 - April sprint enrolment Get in touch: https://monthlymethod.com/contact/
10 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Now Not to Be Miserable in Achieving Your Goals
In this episode I want to share some examples that illustrate why being miserable is actually counterproductive when it comes to achieving your personal and professional goals. https://monthlymethod.com/miserable/ Free Monthly Method PDF Guide "Plan Your Best Week" https://monthlymethod.com/plan-your-week/ Timestamps: 0:00 - Intro 01:23 - Misery in achieving personal goals is one of the biggest productivity lies. 02:15 - Examples illustrating why misery is counterproductive to achieving your personal goals. 04:23 - The real reason why people exercise on a consistent basis. 06:28 - Why “no pain, no gain” advice doesn’t work. 07:25 - How these principles are applied in the Monthly Method. 08:53 - Conclusion Get in touch: https://monthlymethod.com/contact/
10 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Hustle culture. Why it doesn't work.
10 reasons why the hustle culture doesn't work. Free Monthly Method PDF Guide "Plan Your Best Week" https://monthlymethod.com/plan-your-week/ Find show notes and recommended readings here: https://monthlymethod.com/hustle-culture/ Timestamps: 0:00 - Intro 1:18 - The hustle culture 2:04 - Problem #1: It robs you of focus and the ability to think deep. 2:43 - Problem #2: The hustle culture makes you irritable. 3:20 - Problem #3: Impacts energy and health. 3:40 - Problem #4: Hustle culture makes people focus exclusively on one area of their lives. 4:20 - Problem #5: Hustle culture fails at prioritization. 4:44 - Problem #6: The focus is on false vanity metrics. 5:33 - Problem #7: Hustle culture doesn’t teach you to delegate. 6:06 - Problem #8: There is a ceiling of achievement. 6:35 - Problem #9: Self-worth of hustlers is based on how many tasks you get done. 8:28 - Problem #10: The hustle culture embraces complexity. 9:12 - The opposite of hustle is an intentional life. Get in touch: https://monthlymethod.com/contact/
12 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
Unconventional Productivity Tips from Reddit [February 2021 edition]
My favourite productivity tips from February. For this episode I wanted to focus on the productivity tips I have found on reddit last month. Find all the links to the original posts here: https://monthlymethod.com/productivity-tips-reddit-2021-02/ Free Monthly Method PDF Guide "Plan Your Best Week" https://monthlymethod.com/plan-your-week/ Timestamps: 0:00 - Intro 01:33 - Tip #1: Logarithmic Goal Setting. 04:35 - Tip #2: Do not be afraid to be “cringy”. 06:49 - Tip #3: The problem with working too much. 08:03 - Tip #4: Invite people over or get other people involved when you feel lazy. 09:00 - Tip #5: Your company didn’t know you existed before you applied and won’t notice you when you’re gone. Take care of yourself. 10:25 - Most popular Monthly Method posts on Reddit Get in touch: https://monthlymethod.com/contact/
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