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9 minutes | Mar 19, 2020
Fear - Where Does Fear Come From ?
The oldest part of our brain is our fear factory. If we nurture it then we can manage our fear and anxiety. Learn why it is not our enemy. It is a machine that has helped us survive for 40,000 years. This episode draws on the work of Professor Steve Peters and his book, The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness
2 minutes | Mar 13, 2020
Who Am I?
A clear sense of identity helps us to navigate our lives. But what if we don't know who we are? Or perhaps you don't like who you think you are? In this two-minute episode, Jey offers a simple experiment to establish who you are. Or at the very least, who you might be. This episode is inspired by the work of Professor Steve Peters, from his book, The Chimp Paradox: The Acclaimed Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness
10 minutes | Mar 10, 2020
Create Your Life Vision
Learn how to create a compelling vision to propel you towards where you want your life to go. Learn why goals cannot motivate you. But how a vision based on your core values can. For the vision creation exercise, you will need a list of values. Below are fifty. Visit productivityheaven.com for a larger list. Values:AuthenticityAchievementAdventureAuthorityAutonomyBalanceBeautyBoldnessCompassionChallengeCitizenshipCommunityCompetencyConfidenceContributionCreativityCuriosityDeterminationFairnessFaithFameFriendshipsFunGrowthHappinessHonestyHumorInfluenceInner HarmonyJusticeKindnessKnowledgeLeadershipLearningLoveLoyaltyMeaningful WorkOpennessOptimismPeacePleasurePopularityRecognitionReligionReputationRespectResponsibilitySecuritySelf-RespectServiceSpiritualityStabilitySuccessStatusTrustworthinessWealthWisdom
32 minutes | Feb 23, 2020
Interview: Tom Franey - A Diplomat's Guide to Getting Things Done
Tom Franey is a diplomat with the United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In this episode, Tom shares productivity tips learned while working in Afghanistan and his experience working in New York at the United Nations. He compares and contrasts living in half a shipping container, while in Kabul, to his experience living in Manhattan. We explore networking in those two very different places. And how trust and authenticity are crucial no matter where you are in the world. Please note that the views that Tom shares are his own and do not necessarily represent the views of the British Government. Glossary:CSSF - The CSSF is a UK government fund which supports and delivers activity to tackle instability and to prevent conflicts.Desk Officer - A desk officer leads the UK's relationship with a specific country or acts as the lead on a thematic issues such as human rights, counter-terrorism or climate change.G77 - a coalition of 135 developing countries, designed to promote its members collective economic interests and create an enhanced joint negotiating capacity in the United Nations. There were 77 founding members of the organization, but by November 2019 the organization had since expanded to 135 member countries (including China). Since China participates in the G77 but does not consider itself to be a member, all official statements are issued in the name of The Group of 77 and China.General Assembly (UNGA) - All 193 Member States of the United Nations are represented in the United Nations General Assembly - one of the six main organs of the UN - to discuss and work together on a wide array of international issues covered by the Charter of the United Nations, such as development, peace and security, international law, etc.Every year in September, all the Members meet in this unique forum at Headquarters in New York for the General Assembly session.Language - parts of an agreement, resolution, statement or legal text. Programmes - projects that complement traditional diplomatic activity, respond effectively to changing international situations, and maximise funding from international partners, to the UK, and the private sector. Red Lines - policy that is unacceptable.Rotation - the duration of an officer's posting to a country. Rule of Law - governs the relationship between the branches of the state. Its implementation ensures that none of those branches – executive, legislature or judiciary – is above the law, and that each must respect and ensure respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
41 minutes | Jan 23, 2020
Interview: Rani Bains and the Difference that Makes the Difference
Rani Bains is a business psychologist, leadership consultant and executive coach dedicated to helping people flourish. Her current work is helping leaders navigate turbulent times.This episode explores her work on the characteristic qualities of 3-5% of the highest performing individuals. What is the difference that makes the difference?We discuss her work with Martin Seligman, the father of the positive psychology movement, to establish the three most potent pillars of happiness. And the book that she co-authored as a result of that work: Meaning Inc.Rani shares how we can overcome the anxiety that many of us experience to be the person we really are.We talk about the God-spot in our minds and why relationships, especially with your boss, are critical to your mission and well-being. And so much more!Links:Rani Bains at Linkedin (linkedin.com/in/rani-bains-85062b14a)Global Future Partners (https://globalfuturepartners.com/)IMA Foundation (http://www.imafoundation.com/)Martin Seligman (https://positivepsychology.com/who-is-martin-seligman/)Meaning Inc: The blueprint for business success in the 21st century
12 minutes | Jan 8, 2020
New Year Resolutions: Making Goals the Right Way
New Year resolutions don't work for two reasons. First, we misdesign them. Second, goals are not enough - we also need a compelling vision of our future, convincing reasons why we want that future and a set of rituals or habits that will get us there.But well-designed goals are a good start. Join Jey Jeyendran to explore how to design goals that just might work for you this time!
5 minutes | Dec 23, 2019
Productivity Games - Word of the Day
In this second episode of the Productivity Games series, Jey Jeyendran shares how to tackle your email and inbox message stream by using simple games to turn work into play. Today he shares how to use a word of the day to make drafting emails, messages or any written communication fun. And we explore how increasing your vocabulary gives you a competitive edge. As well as the simple Word of the Day game, we explore the super black belt version of the game. So have fun and let's get it done. Links to Word of the Day Sites:Merriam WebsterCollinsDictionary.com
4 minutes | Dec 22, 2019
Productivity Games - Inbox Tennis
This is the first episode of a series, Jey Jeyendran shares how to turn your email or messenger inbox into a board game. First episode: Inbox Tennis. Don't dread your inbox. Instead turn it into the Center Court of Wimbledon and treat emails like tennis balls. Be the champion you are and get work done at the same time. Game on.
4 minutes | Dec 15, 2019
Checklists - The Best Tool To Narrow Your Focus
Imagine you are about to go on holiday or be absent from your work. You have a near-infinite list of stuff to do. What do you do first? How do you prioritize? And how do you prevent becoming distracted by the new stuff that is still coming in while you are frantically getting things done before you go?Checklists are the simplest way to solve this problem. Learn how to use checklists to narrow your focus and simplify your thinking. Especially when you are under intense pressure. Learn how to think of your checklist not just as a list of things to do but as a guide to what not to do. Listen to this 4 minute guide to using checklists and prepare for being away. Put you attention, energy and time to the stuff that matters so you can enjoy your break.
9 minutes | Dec 12, 2019
Mini Course: Getting Things Done (GTD) Part 6 of 6 - GTD Mastery
In the final part of the series on the Getting Things Done (GTD) productivity system, Jey Jeyendran will explore what mastery of GTD looks like. We'll go through principles to help you know what to do first. We'll understand how to reduce anxiety about your priorities. And how taking care of the little things clears space to take care of the big stuff. This series is not endorsed by the David Allen company. If you need more depth on this subject, then check out David Allen's website at https://gettingthingsdone.com/. And also check out the original book and audiobook Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-free Productivity, by David Allen. You can find a list of official coaches and trainers here: https://gettingthingsdone.com/training-coaching/Productivity Heaven receives no compensation for this series. Our reward is your success. So please, have fun and let's get our work done.
9 minutes | Dec 6, 2019
Mini Course: Getting Things Done (GTD) Part 5 of 6 - Reflect & Review
This is part five of a six-part series on the Getting Things Done (GTD) productivity system created by David Allen. It's sometimes called GTD.Please note that the David Allen company does not endorse this series. Please check out David Allen's original book and Audiobook, Getting things Done. It changed my life for the better, and it will give you much more than I can. But I hope to provide you with enough to give you a solid start.This episode is a walk-through a critical part of the GTD system the Regular Review. You need to review all your next action lists, project lists and calendar at least once a week.The Regular Review will be your time to think. And to reassess priorities. Measure success and make sure you are working towards your goals and life mission.Step 1 is to Get Clear - capture all the stuff that's hanging around that you haven't had a chance to put in your inbox.Do a physical collection of papers, emails, voice mails, scraps of paper, business cards, etc.Step 2. Empty your head of uncaptured new projects, action items, outstanding items, new ideas, promises you've made.If step one and two take more than 20 minutes, then try blocking off time to complete this before your regular review.Step 4. Get Current by reviewing Next Action Lists, tick off completed actions and review reminders.Step 5. Review previous calendar events and capture things you may have forgotten, promises you made, follow up meetings etc.Step 6. Review your future calendar and see how what is going to take your attention and energy. See how you can batch things more efficiently. What can you dismiss or move? What could you re-prioritize?Step 7. Now go over your waiting for list. Tick off things you have received and set new reminders for late things. Cross off things you don't need anymore. Delegate as much as you can. But also take the time so see where or who are causes of bottlenecks. Or even sources of high efficiency that you can exploit (or express gratitude for) later. Remember to thank people who serve you well - they are like gold dust.Step 8. Review your project lists. Make sure projects are clearly defined with action verbs, successful outcomes and next actions.Try and take a strategic overview of projects as they fit your larger personal and professional missions. Are they working towards those missions? Do you need to quit some of them? Do you need help or advice? Are the metrics appropriate? Are you on time?Step 9. Review or create checklists.Step 10. Review your Someday/Maybe list - are you still committed to the items on this list. If not get rid of them. Otherwise, are there some items that it's time to take action?
2 minutes | Dec 2, 2019
Tech Tuesday: Location Reminders, A Better Way to Remember The Milk.
It's Tech Tuesday where I share one tech tool that I hope makes your life easier.Today I'm exploring Location reminders.Have you ever come home and realized you forgot to buy a birthday present for your loved one even though you walked right by the shops? Would you like your phone to check with you that you have remembered your gym kit when you leave home? In this episode Jey explores how Location Reminders can help you set reminders depending on where ever in the world you are. Free Apps with Location Reminders:Apple ReminderGoogle KeepAmazon AlexaPaid Apps with Location Reminders:Any.do PremiumTodoist PremiumCheckmark 2
10 minutes | Dec 1, 2019
Mini Course: Getting Things Done (GTD) Part 4 of 6 - Organize
Welcome back to the fourth part of my personal overview of the Getting Things Done productivity system created by David Allen. It's sometimes called GTD.Please note that the David Allen company does not endorse this series. Please do check out the original book and audio-book - Getting Things Done written by David Allen. It changed my life for the better and I can't recommend it enough. This episode is about organizing all the projects and next actions you have created from the capture and clarifying stages.Where you put your work should make sense. If you don't have define places to store your work, then you will end up piling work in random places.The eight basic categories (or buckets) to store your projects and next actions, are:Calendar actions and informationA projects listProject support materialNext action listsA "waiting for" listReference materialA someday/maybe list.Reading or Listening stack
10 minutes | Nov 28, 2019
Mini Course: Getting Things Done (GTD) Part 3 of 6 - Clarify
In the third episode of the Getting Things Done mini-course we now get to process all the things you captured from the previous "Capture" episode.The key things to remember are:View your pile of "stuff" like a heap of commitments you have made to yourself that needs fulfilling either now or at the time of your choosing.The goal is to do things immediately or trash it or turn it into a project with a clearly visible and physical next action.Work through your heap from top to bottom. Don't skip items unless you are dealing with a real emergency.If you can complete a task in one step or less than two minutes, then do it immediately.If you need to keep something for reference, then create a space for reference material.If you are not committed to the item or work, then trash it.If you are committed to the work but can't complete it in one step or less than two minutes, then put it on a project list with a title that describes what success looks like and with the very next physical and visible action to take the project forward.Your project should be a list of finish lines with the very next action step for each one.Remember that you don't have to complete a project to get it out of your head. Emptying your head of your commitments will give you room to think. It is one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself. Please note that Productivity Heaven has no affiliation with the David Allen company. This course is my take on the GTD system. I recommend everyone buys and reads the original book, Getting Things Done, by David Allen. I also recommend the audio-book version - it's excellent.
6 minutes | Nov 18, 2019
Mini Course: Getting Things Done (GTD) Part 2 of 6 - Capturing
In the second part of this six part mini-course, we explore the first step in the GTD system. Capturing. Capturing all the physical and mental stuff that has your attention. You should be thinking about things once. But we spend most of our time re-thinking about the same things because we have not captured them in a system we can trust. It's only when we can trust that our to-do system contains everything we need to get done that we can relax and focus without worrying there's something lurking around that we've forgotten about. This episode walks you through the capturing process.
46 minutes | Nov 14, 2019
Interview: Lessons in Leadership with Professor Arun Singh OBE
Our guest is Professor Arun Singh OBE.Arun Singh with his co-author Mike Mister has written a best selling business book for new leaders called: How to Lead Smart People: Leadership for Professionals. Published by Profile Books. ( https://www.howtoleadsmartpeople.com/ )Jey and Arun discuss how to help professionals who need to step up as leaders and learn a whole new, additional skill set on top of their technical and functional know-how.They explore how to help people who love the challenge of their work but need support to make sense of a leadership role they have been asked to perform, probably with little experience or training.Arun Singh is a leading international business lawyer, non-executive director, corporate educator, visiting professor and a senior government advisor.He has several board mandates, drawing on more than 25 years experience of international law and business, advising global companies, professionals and sovereign wealth funds across the world.He was awarded an OBE for services to international trade and investment in 1999 and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Manufacturers.He now focuses on international transactions for clients, delivering training courses and consultancy on law and professional business skills to executives and professionals in the UK, and at university business schools including at Cambridge, Manchester.Reach out to Arun via : http://www.ibmds.com/
5 minutes | Nov 10, 2019
Mini Course: Getting Things Done (GTD) Part 1 of 6 - Introduction to GTD
Part one of a six part mini-course on the Getting Things Done (GTD) productivity system created by David Allen
34 minutes | Oct 15, 2019
Interview: Amal Essader and the Journey to Your Next Career
Amal Essader is the founder and CEO of Coaching Without Worries. In this episode, she shares how she helps people at career crossroads find their next big break in life and work.Links Mentioned in the Show:Coaching Without WorriesAmal's LinkedIn Profile PageArticle: Life Lessons from Mother NaturePaper Co-Authored by Amal: Development of an analytical method for assessment of silver nanoparticle content in biological matrices by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry.
26 minutes | Sep 22, 2019
Gemi Hartojo and work that matters.
Gemi Hartojo is ferociously productive. Join Jey Jeyendran as he explores the tools, tactics and wisdom that makes Gemi productive, driven and generous. Gemi is a marketing technology strategist and business coach for Noorbiz, a marketing automation company based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Gemi is passionate about automating work to free us up so we can do the real work that matters. She has spent 25 years working for Fortune 500 companies. Her resume includes Ogilvy Asia Pacific Media, USA Today, Nielson, Forrester Research, Lexis-Nexis, Jupiter, AOL and AmericanGreetings.com. She has worked for several non-profits, including Rise Against Hunger. She has a deep passion for entrepreneurship and the professional development of women. She is a co-founder of aMuslima.com a global women's website, promoting dialogue between ethnic women. Other Links:NoorbizaMuslima.com
30 minutes | Sep 22, 2019
Craig Constantine and the Art of the Podcast
What's the secret to consistently producing great podcasts?Craig Constantine has been an Internet entrepreneur for twenty-five years and is currently the voice behind the "Movers Mindset" podcast.Learn how he started his podcast journey and his strategy and tactics for creating his fantastic show that explores themes like independence, self-direction, and human excellence.Craig shares his love of Art du Déplacement, (a French phrase meaning 'art of movement',) as a method of improving oneself through challenge. To practice the Art means being mentally and physically strong; being useful; making a positive contribution to your community; being better than you were yesterday. Art du Déplacement is also known as Parkour or Free Running.Other Links:https://moversmindset.com/https://constantine.name/Parkour/Art du Déplacement/Free RunningSebastien Foucan: Movers Mindset podcast (1 of 3)Movers Mindset Episode 50: Team: Roles, remote work, and passionThe Way I Heard It - with Mike Rowe
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