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    Productivity Strategies

    Explore "Productivity Strategies" with insightful episodes like "Making time for what matters | Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky (authors of Sprint and Make Time, co-founders of Character Capital)" and "#38 - Self-Care, Goal Setting, and Happiness with Robyn Taaffe | Nurse & Self-Care Coach" from podcasts like ""Lenny's Podcast: Product | Growth | Career" and "In an Imperfect World"" and more!

    Episodes (2)

    Making time for what matters | Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky (authors of Sprint and Make Time, co-founders of Character Capital)

    Making time for what matters | Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky (authors of Sprint and Make Time, co-founders of Character Capital)

    Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky are the authors of best-selling books Sprint and Make Time. They have helped more than 300 teams design new products and bring them to market, including those at YouTube, Gusto, One Medical Group, and Slack. Jake and John are co-founders of the venture capital firm Character, where they support startups with capital and sprints. Previously, they were operating partners at Google Ventures and, before that, design leaders at Google, where John worked on Google Ads and YouTube and Jake helped build Gmail and co-founded Google Meet. In our conversation, we discuss:

    • “Busy bandwagon” and “infinity pools”

    • Creating one “highlight” each day

    • Their four-part framework for productivity

    • How to use the calendar to design your day

    • How creating friction can help you avoid distractions

    • Tips on creating a distraction-free phone

    • Strategies for managing email and distractions

    • The importance of reflecting on the day and making time for meaningful work

    • Design sprints

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    Find the full transcript at: https://www.lennyspodcast.com/making-time-for-what-matters-jake-knapp-and-john-zeratsky-authors-of-sprint-and-make-time-co-fou/

    Where to find Jake Knapp:

    • X: https://twitter.com/jakek

    • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jake-knapp/

    • Website: https://jakeknapp.com/

    Where to find John Zeratsky:

    • X: https://twitter.com/jazer

    • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnzeratsky/

    • Website: https://johnzeratsky.com/

    Where to find Lenny:

    • Newsletter: https://www.lennysnewsletter.com

    • X: https://twitter.com/lennysan

    • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lennyrachitsky/

    In this episode, we cover:

    (00:00) About Jake and John

    (04:10) Recording the audiobook for Make Time

    (06:06) What people often get wrong when trying to become more productive

    (11:24) The busy bandwagon and infinity pools

    (15:22) Real talk: Jake and John’s productivity levels

    (20:10) The four-part framework for getting more done: Highlight, Laser, Energize, Reflect

    (25:15) Step 1: Highlight

    (28:08) Designing your day with a calendar

    (30:52) The Groundhog Day mentality

    (35:10) Tactical advice for implementing the highlight method

    (39:30) An example of a failed highlight

    (48:08) Step 2: Laser

    (51:12) Creating intentional friction to avoid distractions

    (57:28) Curating a distraction-free phone

    (01:07:58) Resetting expectations and slowing your inbox

    (01:14:51) Systems over willpower

    (01:18:14) Managing email distractions

    (01:18:49) Step 3: Energize

    (01:22:05) Step 4: Reflect

    (01:26:30) Introduction to Sprint

    Referenced:

    Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day: https://www.amazon.com/Make-Time-Focus-Matters-Every/dp/0525572422

    Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days: https://www.amazon.com/Sprint-audiobook/dp/B019R2DQIY

    • Make Time blog: https://maketime.blog/

    • Make Time blog on X: https://twitter.com/maketimeblog

    • Character: https://www.character.vc/

    • Google Ventures: https://www.gv.com/

    • Character Labs: https://www.character.vc/labs

    • Strategies for becoming less distracted and improving focus | Nir Eyal (author of Indistractable and Hooked): https://www.lennyspodcast.com/strategies-for-becoming-less-distracted-and-improving-focus-nir-eyal-author-of-indistractable-and/

    Groundhog Day on Prime Video: https://www.amazon.com/Groundhog-Day-Bill-Murray/dp/B000SP1SH6

    • Reclaim.ai: https://reclaim.ai/

    • Feed Blocker for LinkedIn: https://chromewebstore.google.com/detail/feed-blocker-for-linkedin/eikaafmldiioljlilngpogcepiedpenf

    The Lord of the Rings: https://www.amazon.com/Lord-Rings-J-R-R-Tolkien/dp/0544003411

    • MagSafe charger: https://www.amazon.com/Apple-MHXH3AM-A-MagSafe-Charger/dp/B08L5NP6NG/

    • Nanit app: https://www.nanit.com/pages/nanit-app

    • Arianna Huffington’s Phone Bed Charging Station: https://www.amazon.com/Arianna-Huffingtons-Charging-Station-Walnut/dp/B0799ZG1LY

    • Cell Phone Lock Box with Timer: https://www.amazon.com/Portable-Android-Self-Discipline-Achieve-Addiction/dp/B0CG8V4YG3?th=1

    The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich: https://www.amazon.com/4-Hour-Workweek-Escape-Live-Anywhere/dp/0307465357

    The Economist: https://www.economist.com/

    • Odysseus: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Odysseus

    • Mailman: https://www.mailmanhq.com/

    • Future: https://www.future.co/

    • Notion: https://www.notion.so/

    • Miro: https://miro.com/

    Production and marketing by https://penname.co/. For inquiries about sponsoring the podcast, email podcast@lennyrachitsky.com.

    Lenny may be an investor in the companies discussed.



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    #38 - Self-Care, Goal Setting, and Happiness with Robyn Taaffe | Nurse & Self-Care Coach

    #38 -  Self-Care, Goal Setting, and Happiness with Robyn Taaffe | Nurse & Self-Care Coach

    In this episode of "In an Imperfect World" hosted by Sarah Catterson, we are joined by Robyn Taaffe, a Nurse and Self-Care Coach. Together, they explore the essential aspects of self-care, goal setting, achieving success and happiness in the face of life's challenges.

    Here is what you can expect:

    What do you do when you feel like your to-do list is never-ending?
    How do you manage your tasks and avoid feeling overwhelmed?
    Can you share some strategies for staying focused and productive?
    What are some tips for dealing with change and uncertainty in life?
    How can one stay committed to their goals, especially when progress seems slow?
    How do you handle setbacks and challenges on your journey to success?
    What role does social media play in our perceptions of others' achievements and progress?
    How can we maintain consistency and motivation when working towards our goals?
    Can you discuss the importance of aligning your actions with your values?

    This episode revolves around various strategies and insights to enhance productivity, motivation, and overall well-being. They touch on essential topics such as self-care, personal growth, building positive habits, managing work-life balance, and the significance of mindfulness and journaling for self-reflection. The conversation emphasizes the importance of consistency and resilience in achieving one's goals and navigating life's changes effectively. Additionally, the episode shares personal stories and experiences, providing valuable insights and practical advice for listeners seeking to embrace change and make meaningful improvements in their lives.

    Find Robyn Taaffe:
    Instagram @thewellnessnurseire
    Website: https://www.thewellnessnurse.ie/

    And, if you're interested in joining Sarah's 10-week weight loss challenge or inquiring about her coaching, visit https://sarahcattersoncoaching.org/coaching-services/

    Use "IMPERFECTWORLD" for 10% off Sarahs Fitness App

    Topics:
    Productivity Strategies, Time Management, Goal Setting, Overcoming Challenges, Self-Care, Personal Growth, Dealing with Change, Motivation and Consistency, Health and Fitness, Mindfulness and Meditation, Journaling for Self-Reflection, Wellness and Well-Being, Coping with Uncertainty, Balancing Work and Life, Creating Positive Habits

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