[Podcast] Ep23: Hacking Your Productivity

In this episode I speak with Zack Sexton, a content creator for Asian Efficiency. We discuss ways to improve your e-mail workflow, task management and task management software, how to “eat your frog,” and ways to establish morning or evening rituals to enhance your productivity, thus making your life less stressful. This is a must-listen for anyone feeling overwhelmed by their to-do lists.

If you prefer to read the interview, click here to view the transcript.

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Topics of Conversation:

– “Inbox Zero” and managing e-mail more effectively

“Eating That Frog,” i.e. how to tackle your largest task of the day first

“Solar Flaring,” a technique to develop new habits and get things done

– The science behind why multi-tasking just doesn’t work

– Why we should turn off ALL notifications on ALL of our devices

– Task management software and systems

– Morning and evening rituals

Useful Links:

– You Can Book Me

– David Allen’s “Getting Things Done”

– Text Expander

– Trello

– OmniFocus

– Zeigarnick Effect

– FiveSentences.es

– Bulletproof Coffee

– The Early to Rise Experience by Andy Traub

– Automate habits

– Just Get Flux

– James Clear’s “Habit Stacking”

– Shakeology 

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Kristin Martin, and the show was executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

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Zack Arnold (ACE) is an award-winning Hollywood film editor (Cobra Kai, Empire, Burn Notice, Unsolved, Glee), a documentary director, father of 2, and the creator of the Optimize Yourself program. Zack helps ambitious creative professionals and entrepreneurs overcome procrastination, depression, and creative burnout so they can get sh*t done and achieve the most meaningful goals in their lives...without sacrificing their sanity in the process. If you’re interested in learning how to better manage your time, your energy, and develop ninja-like focus, download Zack’s “Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Creativity (And Avoiding Burnout).”

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