Month: February 2017

ProdPod: Episode 112: Overcoming Burnout: Rest and Rejuvenation for Sustainable Productivity

Reading Time (est.): 2 minutes

Burnout is a systemic problem not a situational/circumstantial challenge. And, so overcoming burnout is more about how to build systematic “down time” and renewal into your life and work for sustainable productivity. Here are some suggestions for both rest and rejuvenation. Rest Rest comes in two flavors: inaction and sleep. I have a working hypothesis that inaction, or simply not… Read more →

ProdPod: Episode 111: Overcoming Procrastination

Reading Time (est.): 2 minutes

In Episode 22, I defined procrastination and even gave a few pointers about Procrasti-Doing in Episode 82. In this episode, I’d like to continue the dialog with some tips on overcoming procrastination. I recognized many years ago that overwhelm was a major cause of my own procrastination, which I covered a few episodes back in Episode 108, and a tactic… Read more →

ProdPod: Episode 100: Overcoming Indecision

Reading Time (est.): 2 minutes

Do you have a good idea of how well you manage uncertainty and make decisions? For most people, there is no well-defined strategy for overcoming indecision in their productivity systems. I think everyone should think about how to reduce distress and increase action through some basic components of good decision-making. Identification First, in order to make decisions you need to… Read more →

ProdPod: Episode 109: Overcoming Distractions

Reading Time (est.): 2 minutes

Without focus, almost nothing can get done. Yet distractions abound in our everyday work and personal lives. If everything and anything has your attention, then nothing really ever gets the appropriate attention it needs. Focus is a key skill in any productive person’s life and here are my thoughts on how one can work on overcoming distractions. Three Categories of… Read more →

ProdPod: Episode 108: Overcoming Overwhelm

Reading Time (est.): 2 minutes

Overwhelm is a pernicious productivity detractor that affects us all in varying degrees. In my definition, overwhelm is a buildup of stimuli that creates anxiety which, in turn, blocks action or clear decision-making. For many, it’s too many tasks or projects and feeling of being time deficient to complete those actionable items in the time available. For others, it’s a… Read more →