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Sleep Tracking: Discover How To Use Your Sleep Data To Improve Your Life (TPS418)

Sleep Tracking: Discover How To Use Your Sleep Data To Improve Your Life (TPS418)

The Productivity Show: Time Management | GTD | Smart Personal Development | Business | Mac 22 August 2022

Episode Description

You probably don’t get enough sleep, and you’re not alone. The CDC says that 1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep, and sleep is a huge part of the “Energy” part of the TEA Framework.

In this episode, we are going to talk about a specific area of helping you with your sleep: Sleep Tracking. It’s an incredibly useful way to uncover your sleep issues and then take action.

Here are 3 things you’ll get out of this episode:

  • The easiest way to start without having to download, install, or buy anything
  • The best sleep tracking devices, and how to use them
  • How to actually USE all this sleep data your devices are collecting

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  • Top 3 Productivity Resources [4:08]
  • Why does Thanh think AE’s “Better Sleep” guide was the best way to start for the company? [6:17]
  • What does Thanh use sleep tracking for, and how does it benefit him? [10:18]
  • What tip number 1 for successful sleep tracking? [13:20]
  • What is tip number 2 for a successful sleep tracking? [23:14]
  • What is tip number 3 for successful sleep tracking? [31:18]
  • How does Brooks feel about people sleeping separately versus in the same bed? [38:57]
  • Action step you can take to integrate today’s topic into your life [40:47]

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We’ve done travel podcast episodes before, but never one right during and after a global pandemic! You might be wondering what has changed and how you can do it in the most stress-free and productive way. You might also be wondering how to keep your routines going while traveling in this “new normal”. I’ve been […]

2 August 2021


Behind The Scenes- Our Podcast Gear, Workflow, and Rules [Major Milestone!] (TPS362)

Behind The Scenes- Our Podcast Gear, Workflow, and Rules [Major Milestone!] (TPS362)

This podcast episode is going to be slightly different. We recently surpassed 10 million downloads for The Productivity Show so we thought it would be fun to give you a look behind the scenes of what it takes to run a successful podcast. We’ll share what technology, gear, and workflows we use to produce our […]

26 July 2021


How Many Pomodoros Should You Do In A Day? (TPS361)

How Many Pomodoros Should You Do In A Day? (TPS361)

Have you heard of the Pomodoro Technique? It’s a popular time management and focus strategy and something we’ve been teaching for a long time at Asian Efficiency. One question we get often is how many pomodoros should you do in a day? Or in other words, how many hours of work should you do in […]

19 July 2021


CEO of Brain.fm on High Performance, Focus, Meditation, and Workflows w/ Dan Clark (TPS360)

CEO of Brain.fm on High Performance, Focus, Meditation, and Workflows w/ Dan Clark (TPS360)

Today I’m joined by Dan Clark. He’s the CEO of Brain.fm which is an app that offers focus music. I had the opportunity to discuss the science behind focus music, how the brain works, what we can do to focus better, and other ways we can be more productive in our daily lives using scientific […]

12 July 2021


Get Focused: How To Overcome Distractions and Boost Your Attention (TPS359)

Get Focused: How To Overcome Distractions and Boost Your Attention (TPS359)

We’re continuing our series on the TEA framework and this time we’re talking about Attention. How do you become more focused? How do you have more attention for what matters? How can you eliminate distractions? We cover all these topics today and more. If you feel like you want to become more focused, this episode […]

5 July 2021


Feeling Low Energy? Here are 3 Things You Can Do Today That Will Help (TPS358)

Feeling Low Energy? Here are 3 Things You Can Do Today That Will Help (TPS358)

Do you find that even when you know what you want to do, it just doesn’t happen? Or maybe by the end of the workday you’re feeling so ground down, you don’t feel like doing things with friends or family or working on a side project or hobby. Chances are, it’s not a time problem, […]

28 June 2021


3 Easy-To-Implement Ways To Win Back Time (TPS357)

3 Easy-To-Implement Ways To Win Back Time (TPS357)

Do you wish there were more hours in a day? Are you starving for more free time? Then this episode is for you! We’ll show you 3 ways you can create more free time and we’ll share tons of examples of how we’ve done it ourselves to win back over 5 hours a week. Thanks […]

21 June 2021


One of The Most Productive People In The World Shares His Secrets w/ Ari Meisel (TPS356)

One of The Most Productive People In The World Shares His Secrets w/ Ari Meisel (TPS356)

Today I’m joined by Ari Meisel of Less Doing. He helps founders replace themselves in their business and have more time for the things that matter to them. I heard of Ari many years ago when he shared his outsourcing philosophies but we never got to connect. We were finally able to do so and […]

14 June 2021


Which Productivity System Is Best For You? We Compare and Recommend (TPS355)

Which Productivity System Is Best For You? We Compare and Recommend (TPS355)

If you’ve been studying productivity for a bit you probably have come across different systems like the TEA Framework, Getting Things Done, 12 Week Year, and many others. They all promise to help you become more productive and in this episode, we’ll be comparing all of them and by the end you’ll know which one […]

7 June 2021


Back To Back Meetings: Win Back Your Time, Energy, and Attention (TPS354)

Back To Back Meetings: Win Back Your Time, Energy, and Attention (TPS354)

One of the biggest struggles many of The Productivity Show listeners and Asian Efficiency clients have is that they are in meetings all day. Oftentimes they’re on back-to-back-to-back meetings and they have no time for themselves so they end up working long days, on the weekends, and missing out on life. What can you do […]

31 May 2021


Productivity Music: The Power of Focus Playlists with Will Henshall of Focus@Will (TPS353)

Productivity Music: The Power of Focus Playlists with Will Henshall of Focus@Will (TPS353)

Will Henshall is the CEO of Focus@Will which is a productivity music company. They have different genres of music and playlists that help you get focused and into a flow state. We talked about how different music works for different people, the 5 types of brains, how to take care of your brain for optimal […]

24 May 2021


Small Changes Lead To Big Results: How To Free Up 1.5 Hours of Your Time (TPS352)

Small Changes Lead To Big Results: How To Free Up 1.5 Hours of Your Time (TPS352)

Do you want to make a change in your life? Most people think you need to make drastic changes that usually don’t last. At Asian Efficiency we believe that when you make small, consistent changes you’ll have much better results getting what you want. In today’s episode, we’ll show you different ways you can make […]

17 May 2021


How To Organize Your Files, Notes, and Photos [Brand New Method] (TPS351)

How To Organize Your Files, Notes, and Photos [Brand New Method] (TPS351)

We all have these things in our work and personal life we call Time Squanders — those 5-10 minute activities that somehow work their way into our days. These really add up and have a surprising impact on your Time, Energy, and Attention. A perfect example of this is dealing with your files, notes, and […]

10 May 2021


3 Steps To Create An Evening Routine To Sleep Better And Feel More Energetic (TPS350)

3 Steps To Create An Evening Routine To Sleep Better And Feel More Energetic (TPS350)

Back in 2013, at Asian Efficiency we first introduced the evening ritual which is the idea of having a routine at the end of the day to help you wind down, get ready for the next day and have a great night of sleep. Since then, we’ve helped people all over the world implement an […]

3 May 2021


How To Plan Your Month To Avoid Surprises (TPS349)

How To Plan Your Month To Avoid Surprises (TPS349)

At Asian Efficiency we’re known for the TEA Framework which is our productivity method. It stands for Time, Energy, and Attention which are the three pillars of productivity. Today’s episode will help you maximize Time, the first pillar in our framework. On The Productivity Show, we’ve talked a lot about weekly and quarterly planning but […]

26 April 2021


Self-Awareness: The Ultimate Productivity Hack of Life w/ Sachit Gupta (TPS348)

Self-Awareness: The Ultimate Productivity Hack of Life w/ Sachit Gupta (TPS348)

Today I’m joined by Sachit Gupta, host of the Conscious Creators podcast and an expert helping people launch their platforms. We discuss how you can build self-awareness and why it’s the ultimate productivity hack, powerful questions to ask yourself for self-discovery, and his rules of productivity that allow him to be creative and get stuff […]

19 April 2021


Flow State: The Systems and Tools We Use To Get In The Zone (TPS347)

Flow State: The Systems and Tools We Use To Get In The Zone (TPS347)

Have you ever been working away on something and you felt like time just melted away? You came out of it feeling like you made a ton of progress, and that everything just came together. That feeling was a state of Flow, and in this episode, we are going to share some tactical ways that […]

12 April 2021


Be A Better Writer With Our 4-Step Process and Recommended Tools (TPS346)

Be A Better Writer With Our 4-Step Process and Recommended Tools (TPS346)

On the Asian Efficiency website, we have over 600 blog posts. That’s close to a million words that have been written and we didn’t even include all the newsletters, course materials, workbooks, and everything else we produce. We write a lot and in this episode, we’ll share how we get so much writing done. We […]

5 April 2021


The 3X Rule: Solve Your Recurring Problems Once And For All (TPS345)

The 3X Rule: Solve Your Recurring Problems Once And For All (TPS345)

How many things in your work or personal life do you just “put up with”? It could be mistakes that happen, a tool that annoys you, or someone that you work with that slows things down. At Asian Efficiency we have a principle called the “3 Times Rule” to get to the root of all […]

29 March 2021


The Power Of The Accountability Trifecta, w/ Debbie Rosemont (TPS344)

The Power Of The Accountability Trifecta, w/ Debbie Rosemont (TPS344)

Want to know the secret to achieving your goals and getting your important work done? It’s not time management, apps, or tools – it’s ACCOUNTABILITY. But what does that mean? And how do you find accountability for yourself?  In this episode, I’m joined by Debbie Rosemont – a Certified Professional Organizer and Productivity Consultant who […]

22 March 2021


Want To Do A Productivity Reset? Here’s What We Would Do (TPS343)

Want To Do A Productivity Reset? Here’s What We Would Do (TPS343)

If you’re just starting out in your productivity journey, you are in a GREAT situation. You can optimize right away, and you can learn from what has worked for others and, where it makes sense, apply it to yourself. It’s a gift that will pay off for years to come. However, maybe you’ve been working […]

15 March 2021


Affordable Productivity Apps: How To Be More Productive With A $100 Budget (TPS342)

Affordable Productivity Apps: How To Be More Productive With A $100 Budget (TPS342)

When searching for productivity apps, you’ll find thousands of apps out there. How do you know which one is right for you? What if you had a limited budget? It’s easy to spend hundreds of dollars on apps only to find out that most are garbage. So in this episode, we set a challenge for […]

8 March 2021


How To Keep Your Contacts Under Control And Uncluttered (TPS341)

How To Keep Your Contacts Under Control And Uncluttered (TPS341)

I’m a big believer in the idea that a majority of our happiness comes from the people we surround ourselves with. Imagine when everyone in your family, friends, and closest contacts are all cheering for you, are regularly letting you know how much they care about you, and that you can always count on them […]

1 March 2021


Stay Secure Without Remembering A Million Logins (TPS340)

Stay Secure Without Remembering A Million Logins (TPS340)

One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself online is to be smart about how you create and store your passwords. In 2021, you don’t want to be re-using the same passwords on multiple sites, writing them on sticky notes, or storing them in Passwords.doc on your Desktop. So what should […]

22 February 2021


The $100 Challenge – What Productivity Tools Would We Buy With Only $100? (TPS339)

The $100 Challenge – What Productivity Tools Would We Buy With Only $100? (TPS339)

Imagine for a moment that you only have $100 in your budget to spend on productivity tools. What would you spend it on? We asked ourselves that question and came up with a list of gear and tools that we would buy on a limited budget of just $100. Every dollar counts so we made […]

15 February 2021


Use Your Calendar Like A Pro With These 5 Calendar Hacks (TPS338)

Use Your Calendar Like A Pro With These 5 Calendar Hacks (TPS338)

Your calendar is so important – it’s the ultimate record of where you put your priorities and where you spend your time. It is also one of the productivity tools we use the most, so any improvement to the way you USE your calendar will have an immediate impact every single day. There aren’t many […]

8 February 2021


How To Do A Digital Declutter: 5 Ways To Reclaim Your Focus (TPS337)

How To Do A Digital Declutter: 5 Ways To Reclaim Your Focus (TPS337)

Digital clutter is the hidden enemy of productivity. Bit by bit, it steals your time, energy, and attention. And since we use our computers, tablets, and phones so much every single day, the distraction and wasted time really adds up. In this episode, we will share 5 ways you can do a digital declutter, and […]

1 February 2021


Want To Stay On Track? Keep Your Goals Visible With These 5 Tips (TPS336)

Want To Stay On Track? Keep Your Goals Visible With These 5 Tips (TPS336)

When this episode is released, it’s the end of January and you know what that means – it means it’s the time when those goals and resolutions many of us made at the start of the year begin to fade away. Well, not this year 2021! In this episode, we are going to share a […]

25 January 2021


Family Productivity: How to Be Productive While Having a Family w/ Paul Maskill (TPS335)

Family Productivity: How to Be Productive While Having a Family w/ Paul Maskill (TPS335)

Today I’m joined by Paul Maskill, a business coach helping home service business owners systematize and scale their businesses. He’s also a big productivity nerd like the rest of us and we dove into his personal productivity system, how he uses buffer blocks, why he wakes up every day at 5am, and how he delegates […]

18 January 2021


5 Simple Browser Hacks You Can Implement Right Away (TPS334)

5 Simple Browser Hacks You Can Implement Right Away (TPS334)

The web browser is one of the most commonly used tools. You probably spend more than 4 hours a day using it and it’s a powerful tool. If you’re like most people you haven’t looked much into how to use this tool and turn it into a productivity powerhouse tool. That’s going to change today […]

11 January 2021


Personal Outsourcing: How To Win Back 5+ Hours/Week (TPS333)

Personal Outsourcing: How To Win Back 5+ Hours/Week (TPS333)

Do you find it hard to find the time, energy, and attention to do everything you want to do each week? It could be that you’re doing things that you really shouldn’t be doing. Maybe they’re things you don’t like to do, or maybe they’re things that you ENJOY doing, but they are taking you […]

4 January 2021


Work-Life Balance: How One Family Man Stays Productive While Having Fun w/ Joe Fier (TPS332)

Work-Life Balance: How One Family Man Stays Productive While Having Fun w/ Joe Fier (TPS332)

Today I’m joined by Joe Fier. He’s the co-host of the podcast Hustle & Flowchart where they interview successful entrepreneurs and go deep about their unique business strategies. He’s also the co-founder of Evergreen Profits where he helps people start and grow online businesses. In this episode, we talked about how to incorporate more fun […]

28 December 2020


How To Decompress: 5 Stress Busters That Really Work (TPS331)

How To Decompress: 5 Stress Busters That Really Work (TPS331)

It sounds counterintuitive, but sometimes we need to slow down a bit in order to achieve our goals. Burnout is a real thing, and it is impossible to stay productive if we are going at 100% all the time. The solution is to find opportunities to decompress — to find even short periods of time […]

21 December 2020


The Best GTD Apps: Be In Control And Achieve Your Goals With These 5 Tools (TPS330)

The Best GTD Apps: Be In Control And Achieve Your Goals With These 5 Tools (TPS330)

Here at The Productivity Show, we all use at least an adapted version of David Allen’s GTD or Getting Things Done productivity system. Once you start using GTD the question becomes – what do you use to keep track of your Projects, Tasks, and Next Actions? For most people it is an app, but which […]

14 December 2020


CRM Power Tips w/ Amy Payne – Productivity Consultant and Professional Organizer (TPS329)

CRM Power Tips w/ Amy Payne – Productivity Consultant and Professional Organizer (TPS329)

If you deal with people in your business (and who doesn’t?), a key tool is a Customer Relationship Management system or CRM. Not having one can hold you back, and if you implement the right one the right way, it can help take your business to the next level. In this episode, I talk to […]

7 December 2020


Your 3 Step Guide To Make Sure Next Year Is Better Than The Last (TPS328)

Your 3 Step Guide To Make Sure Next Year Is Better Than The Last (TPS328)

2021 is just around the corner and we want to help you get ready for a productive year. I know 2020 has been a weird year for all of us, and we all want to forget about what happened but in order to have a great year ahead of you, you do have to reflect […]

30 November 2020


It’s Here! The TPS Productivity Gift Guide, 2020 Edition (TPS327)

It’s Here! The TPS Productivity Gift Guide, 2020 Edition (TPS327)

The holidays are just around the corner and that means it’s gifting season for many of us. What would you gift someone who is obsessed with productivity? What would you give someone who you’d like to be more productive? And let’s be honest, many of us also like gift guides for ideas to spoil ourselves […]

23 November 2020


Happy People Are Productive People: Turn Your Mood Around In 10 Minutes or Less (TPS326)

Happy People Are Productive People: Turn Your Mood Around In 10 Minutes or Less (TPS326)

Have you ever sat down to work on what you are supposed to be doing, and you just don’t feel like it? It’s not an energy problem, you feel fine, but you’re just… not in the mood. Being in a bad mood is obviously not an excuse to stop working, but you know the more […]

16 November 2020


Feel Exhausted? Try These 5 Proven Rituals to Increase Energy and Productivity (TPS325)

Feel Exhausted? Try These 5 Proven Rituals to Increase Energy and Productivity (TPS325)

The most underrated part of our TEA Framework – which stands for Time, Energy, Attention – is ENERGY. Many of us are trying to improve our time and focus, when it’s often energy that is the real underlying problem. What do you do when you’re feeling low on energy? Like most people, you’ll down a […]

9 November 2020


Effectiveness Before Efficiency: How Most Productivity Advice Gets It Wrong (TPS324)

Effectiveness Before Efficiency: How Most Productivity Advice Gets It Wrong (TPS324)

Since our name is Asian Efficiency, you might think that we are 100% focused on your efficiency. I mean, it’s right there in the name! Well, efficiency is important, but we think it gets too much focus — what’s just as important is making sure you are doing the right things efficiently. In this episode, […]

2 November 2020


How To Get Unstuck, Rebuild Your Habits, and Move Forward Now (TPS323)

How To Get Unstuck, Rebuild Your Habits, and Move Forward Now (TPS323)

We’ve all had situations where we know what we WANT to do to be more productive, but it just doesn’t happen. Maybe it’s a habit we once had but it fell apart over time, or maybe we are stuck and are having problems getting started. If that’s you, this episode will give you 5 strategies […]

26 October 2020


5 GTD Tips To Become A Power User And Get Things Done Consistently (TPS322)

5 GTD Tips To Become A Power User And Get Things Done Consistently (TPS322)

Getting Things Done, or GTD, is one of the most popular productivity systems on the planet, and for a good reason — it helps you be on top of your tasks and obligations by getting them out of your overloaded brain and into your trusted system, so you can focus on execution, not juggling. In […]

19 October 2020


Do You Struggle With These Mental Blocks? Remove And Turn Them To Your Advantage (TPS321)

Do You Struggle With These Mental Blocks? Remove And Turn Them To Your Advantage (TPS321)

Welcome to The Productivity Show, a podcast by Asian Efficiency, to help you maximize your productivity so you can get everything done without having to sacrifice your health, family and things that matter to you. We’ve helped tens of thousands of people save time, be happier, and become more productive. What happens if you have […]

12 October 2020


When A Productivity Expert Wants To Be Productive This is What They Do with Jeff Sanders (TPS320)

When A Productivity Expert Wants To Be Productive This is What They Do with Jeff Sanders (TPS320)

I’m joined today by Jeff Sanders. He is a keynote speaker, productivity coach, author of The 5 AM Miracle, and host of the 5 AM Miracle Podcast. As a fellow productivity junkie, I asked him about his morning routine, what his personal productivity system looks like, and how he balances work and life while raising […]

5 October 2020


Ditch Digital Clutter And Stay Organized: 3 Simple Rules That Work (TPS319)

Ditch Digital Clutter And Stay Organized: 3 Simple Rules That Work (TPS319)

Is your downloads folder a huge mess? Do you find it hard to find email attachments you downloaded a few weeks ago? Do you easily get frustrated trying to find files and documents? Then you want to listen carefully to today’s episode! We’re going to share with you 3 tips to help you organize your […]

28 September 2020


Decision Fatigue: Here’s How To Outsmart This Productivity Killer (TPS318)

Decision Fatigue: Here’s How To Outsmart This Productivity Killer (TPS318)

How often do you find yourself saying “I can’t deal with this right now… I’ll figure it out later” or you just avoid decisions altogether? For busy professionals, it’s extremely common, and the culprit is usually decision fatigue — the more decisions you make in a short period of time, the poorer quality your decisions […]

21 September 2020


Become An Outlook Power User – 5 (OK, 9) Easy Tips To Save You Time And Increase Focus (TPS317)

Become An Outlook Power User – 5 (OK, 9) Easy Tips To Save You Time And Increase Focus (TPS317)

If you’ve worked in a decently-sized organization, there’s a good chance that you are, have, or will at some point use Microsoft Outlook. It’s everywhere. The problem is, most of us just start using it, and don’t spend any time making it work FOR us. In this episode, we’re going to share 5 – ok, […]

14 September 2020


A World Traveler and Entrepreneur Reveals His Personal Productivity System w/ Chris Reynolds (TPS316)

A World Traveler and Entrepreneur Reveals His Personal Productivity System w/ Chris Reynolds (TPS316)

Today I’m joined by Chris Reynolds, the founder of the Business Method podcast and Get Shit Done Live! Chris’ business and events help entrepreneurs optimize their productivity to reach peak performance consistently, and scale their businesses rapidly using research-driven techniques. Chris has been a location-independent entrepreneur for 11-years, living in multiple countries & traveling the […]

7 September 2020


Need to Prioritize? Here’s Our Favorite Tool That You Can Start Using Today (TPS315)

Need to Prioritize? Here’s Our Favorite Tool That You Can Start Using Today (TPS315)

How do you prioritize your projects? How do you know which project to work on first and ignore everything else? It’s not as simple as it sounds. Today we’re going to show you how we prioritize projects at Asian Efficiency using a tool called the ICE Matrix. It’s what we use for our annual goals […]

31 August 2020


How To Get Into Flow State and Make Massive Progress Quickly (TPS314)

How To Get Into Flow State and Make Massive Progress Quickly (TPS314)

Have you ever been working on a work or personal project and you realize you’ve made massive amounts of progress? It feels like the time just flew by, and instead of feeling drained after, you feel awesome and energized. In this episode, we’re going to talk about how to get into a state of Flow, […]

24 August 2020


The Best Apps and Tools To Work From Home Productively (TPS313)

The Best Apps and Tools To Work From Home Productively (TPS313)

Being productive at home can be a challenge when you don’t have the right tools. By “tools”, we are talking about your physical gear – things like desks, chairs, technology, AND digital tools – things like desktop & mobile apps. Like any job, we think the tools you use can make working from home easier […]

17 August 2020


Tim Stringer on Managing Personal Tasks & Team Projects, Communication, and Holistic Productivity (TPS312)

Tim Stringer on Managing Personal Tasks & Team Projects, Communication, and Holistic Productivity (TPS312)

In this episode, I am super excited to introduce Tim Stringer to the Productivity Show. Tim is a professionally-trained coach, productivity expert, and an accomplished yoga and meditation teacher. He’s the founder of Technically Simple and LearnOmniFocus. As you can imagine, we cover a wide range of topics like how to best use a task […]

10 August 2020


Your GTD Weekly Review: Be Consistent And Achieve “Mind Like Water” Each Week (TPS311)

Your GTD Weekly Review: Be Consistent And Achieve “Mind Like Water” Each Week (TPS311)

If you’ve tried David Allen’s Getting Things Done methodology, you’ve probably run into this scenario: You start doing your Weekly Review, and then you miss one, and then you miss another one, and before you know it, things are starting to slip. It doesn’t have to be that way — in this episode, we are […]

3 August 2020


How To Build a Second Brain and Be More Organized w/ Tiago Forte (TPS310)

How To Build a Second Brain and Be More Organized w/ Tiago Forte (TPS310)

Today I’m joined by Tiago Forte, founder of Forte Labs and the creator of Building A Second Brain. It’s a system he developed for organizing ideas and information to help people become more productive and creative. If you’re a knowledge worker and want to be more efficient and organized, then you’re going to love today’s […]

27 July 2020


The 5 GTD Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes… Do You? (TPS309)

The 5 GTD Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes… Do You? (TPS309)

GTD or “Getting Things Done” is a productivity system that has been a lifesaver for us going back to the mid-2000s. As we’ve talked to members of the community and podcast listeners over the years, we’ve found that there are certain things that almost everyone does when they’re just starting out, and most of the […]

20 July 2020


Has The Pandemic Put You Behind On Your Goals? Here’s What We Did To Get On Track (TPS308)

Has The Pandemic Put You Behind On Your Goals? Here’s What We Did To Get On Track (TPS308)

Had the pandemic put you behind on your goals? Maybe you’ve completely abandoned your goals altogether when life got too crazy. Given what has been going on in the world this year, you might be thinking “Goals? Those went out the window in March” — we get it. But there’s still half a year to […]

13 July 2020


How To Beat Zoom Fatigue, Even If You Don’t Use Zoom (TPS307)

How To Beat Zoom Fatigue, Even If You Don’t Use Zoom (TPS307)

Have you ever noticed that at the end of a long web conferencing call like on Zoom or Teams, you feel way more drained than if it was an in-person meeting? The term for this is “Zoom Fatigue”, and even if you use another tool like Microsoft Teams or Skype, it’s a real thing and […]

6 July 2020


Master Your Calendar: 3 Actionable Tips To Take Control of Your Day (TPS306)

Master Your Calendar: 3 Actionable Tips To Take Control of Your Day (TPS306)

Your calendar is your most important productivity tool. It represents so much — what your commitments are, what your opportunities are, and what is going on in your life and your work. In fact, we’d even say that your calendar is the true reflection of your priorities. It represents what you ACTUALLY spend your time […]

29 June 2020


See How Easily You Can Start a Side-Hustle w/ Jen Shultz (TPS305)

See How Easily You Can Start a Side-Hustle w/ Jen Shultz (TPS305)

Today I’m joined by Jen Shultz, founder of The Non-Nine-to-Five where she helps people transition from a full-time career to starting a business. She has helped many people over the years and still manages to do everything herself without any staff which to me is crazy. So I asked how she’s able to be productive, […]

22 June 2020


Did You Choose The Right Goals? Here’s How To Find Out And Get Unstuck (TPS304)

Did You Choose The Right Goals? Here’s How To Find Out And Get Unstuck (TPS304)

At the start of the year or quarter you made a goal which sounded fantastic. You were all in. Now? Maybe you’re not so sure. How do you know whether the goal you THOUGHT was a good idea truly is a goal worth pursuing for the rest of the year? In this episode, we’re going […]

15 June 2020


Our Most Useful Productivity Purchases From The Last Year (TPS303)

Our Most Useful Productivity Purchases From The Last Year (TPS303)

We all know that you can’t buy your way to productivity. The biggest factor to you becoming more productive is for you to have focus and to execute as consistently as possible. HOWEVER, applying the right tool, app, book, or course can make things go faster, run more smoothly, or can just make things more […]

8 June 2020


Can Productivity Challenges Help You Grow? Yes! Here Are Ours (And What We Did) (TPS302)

Can Productivity Challenges Help You Grow? Yes! Here Are Ours (And What We Did) (TPS302)

If you’re listening to this podcast, we’re going to bet that you’ve had some sort of productivity challenge in your life. Maybe you found yourself repeating the same negative habits. Maybe you haven’t adapted as well to a new situation than you’d like, or maybe distractions get the better of you and you get to […]

1 June 2020


How We Improved Our Lives and Work With Journaling – And You Can Too (TPS301)

How We Improved Our Lives and Work With Journaling – And You Can Too (TPS301)

Do you find yourself with scattered thoughts, not sure what to work on at the start of your day, or do you go to bed with thoughts, tasks, and ideas swirling around in your head? One of the most underrated but powerful productivity techniques is to journal. It’s something that anyone can do, and it […]

25 May 2020


Ask Us Anything – Live Q&A On Productivity, Tech, Behind The Scenes, and Working for AE (TPS300)

Ask Us Anything – Live Q&A On Productivity, Tech, Behind The Scenes, and Working for AE (TPS300)

This is Episode 300 of The Productivity Show, and we thought we’d celebrate by turning the show over to you! This is our first Q&A episode of the show, and we invited listeners of the podcast, readers of the Asian Efficiency blog, and our followers on Social media to ask us anything. There are questions […]

18 May 2020


4 Ways You Can Be Happy, Healthy, and Sane When Stuck At Home (TPS299)

4 Ways You Can Be Happy, Healthy, and Sane When Stuck At Home (TPS299)

There is a lot of information out there about working from home, but most of it is little hacks and tips and tricks. Those are definitely useful, but they ignore the mental and physical side of being stuck at home. We always say that happy people are productive people, and that theory has never been […]

11 May 2020


Family and Working From Home: How To Get Things Done When You’re Stuck Together 24/7 (TPS298)

Family and Working From Home: How To Get Things Done When You’re Stuck Together 24/7 (TPS298)

The perfect storm has finally happened. Many of us are working from home whether we want to be or not, and if that wasn’t complicated enough, if we have family members, they’re stuck at home too! If you are working from home with kids, you’ll know how hard it is to get your work done […]

4 May 2020


Working From Home? Productivity Tips From Decade+ Work From Home Veterans (TPS297)

Working From Home? Productivity Tips From Decade+ Work From Home Veterans (TPS297)

Recently a lot of people transitioned to work from home and feel out of their element. They’re finding it harder to focus and get things done. They don’t have the right tools, they have their kids at home, a partner around them 24/7 and they’re going crazy staying inside the whole time! Don’t worry, anyone […]

27 April 2020


How to Focus While Fear, News and Social Media Is Dominating Your Life (TPS296)

How to Focus While Fear, News and Social Media Is Dominating Your Life (TPS296)

Recently, we did a survey of the Asian Efficiency audience and did a check-in: we asked what kind of impact the global pandemic we’re going through is having. As we suspected, a *lot* of us are struggling. Even if you and your family are healthy, and even if you’re used to working from home, there’s […]

20 April 2020


3 Simple Ways to Bounce Back From Failure and Thrive (TPS295)

3 Simple Ways to Bounce Back From Failure and Thrive (TPS295)

Let’s talk about failure. It is easy to be productive when everything is going well, but what happens when you have a setback? Even a small failure can be discouraging and get you in a rut. What can you do to get yourself to be productive again? We’re going to share 3 strategies for how […]

13 April 2020


Q1 Goal Check-In: How We’re Doing, And How You Can Stay On Track With Yours (TPS294)

Q1 Goal Check-In: How We’re Doing, And How You Can Stay On Track With Yours (TPS294)

The first quarter of the year is done — how are you doing on your yearly goals? Are you on track? Are you behind? Have you dropped some goals and added any new ones? Have you even made any goals for the year? In this episode, we will be reviewing the goals we made on […]

6 April 2020


How To Plan Your Perfect Week (TPS293)

How To Plan Your Perfect Week (TPS293)

Do you ever get to the end of the week and realize that you haven’t made real progress on any of your goals and priorities? You see stuff on your todo list that didn’t get done. And then maybe you thought to yourself: “How did this happen?” The key to having a productive week is […]

30 March 2020


Our Controversial Productivity Beliefs (And Why They Work) (TPS292)

Our Controversial Productivity Beliefs (And Why They Work) (TPS292)

I did a Google search for “productivity advice”, and it brought back 210,000,000 results. A lot of those results are giving the same advice over and over, and a lot of time we just accept it. Someone puts it in a book, so it must be true! Here’s the thing though: it may not be […]

23 March 2020


COVID-19: How To Be As Productive As Possible During Coronavirus Isolation (TPS291.5)

COVID-19: How To Be As Productive As Possible During Coronavirus Isolation (TPS291.5)

As you know we’re in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. We thought it was our duty to help you stay productive throughout this period, and that’s why we put this bonus episode together at the last minute. The reality is, for most of us life goes on and we have to adapt to what’s […]

19 March 2020


How To Design A More Focused and Productive Work Environment (TPS291)

How To Design A More Focused and Productive Work Environment (TPS291)

Whether you are working in an office or working from home, the environment you are in is either supporting or hurting your productivity – you just may not know it! This episode is about designing your environment. We don’t mean whether your walls should be “Raspberry Truffle” or what size your baseboards should be — […]

16 March 2020


Have A Side Hustle? 5 Ways To Maximize Your Time, Energy, and Attention With a Job and a Freelance or Passion Project (TPS290)

Have A Side Hustle? 5 Ways To Maximize Your Time, Energy, and Attention With a Job and a Freelance or Passion Project (TPS290)

Today’s episode is about how you maintain a full-time job while starting and growing a side hustle. This could be a passion project, freelancing gig, or something else you want to start on the side while maintaining your full-time job. It can be tough to balance the two without feeling overwhelmed and for a lot […]

9 March 2020


Work-Life Balance Is A Myth, But Here’s How To Be Better In Your Work and Personal Life Without Falling Apart (TPS289)

Work-Life Balance Is A Myth, But Here’s How To Be Better In Your Work and Personal Life Without Falling Apart (TPS289)

One of the most common questions we get is: “Should I keep my work and personal tasks together? Or should I separate them? How about my email and calendar?” In this episode, we’re going to tackle this controversial topic and give you 4 strategies that have worked well for us and others in the Asian […]

2 March 2020


The 12 Week Year: The “Secret Sauce” To Achieving Your Goals Every Quarter (TPS288)

The 12 Week Year: The “Secret Sauce” To Achieving Your Goals Every Quarter (TPS288)

Do you have trouble achieving your goals? Even if you’ve meticulously planned out your year, taking those plans and translating them into accomplishments doesn’t always work out the way you hope. A powerful framework for achieving your goals is called The 12 Week Year, which is based on a book by Brian Moran and Michael […]

24 February 2020


Is Evernote Dying? Nope! Here Are Our Favorite Tips and How We Use It Now (TPS287)

Is Evernote Dying? Nope! Here Are Our Favorite Tips and How We Use It Now (TPS287)

If you’ve looked at productivity apps at all, you will have come across Evernote. Some people think about Evernote as a “note-taking app”, but it is so much more than that. It’s where you can remember everything that is important, and it’s the tool you can use to stay organized, wherever you are in the […]

17 February 2020


A Licensed Clinician Shares ADHD Strategies That Work w/ Eric Tivers (TPS286)

A Licensed Clinician Shares ADHD Strategies That Work w/ Eric Tivers (TPS286)

I’m joined by Eric Tivers who runs the podcast ADHD Rewired and is a licensed clinical social worker who helps people with ADHD succeed in life. We dive deep into what ADHD is, how to diagnose it and what to do be productive if you think you have ADHD. Thanks to Freshbooks for supporting The […]

10 February 2020


10 Health Hacks to Feel More Energized and Focused (TPS285)

10 Health Hacks to Feel More Energized and Focused (TPS285)

We talk about health quite a bit here on the podcast, and for good reason: we believe that good health leads to energy, and energy is a key part of our TEA Framework: if you don’t have enough energy, it doesn’t matter how focused you are or how much you master your time – you […]

3 February 2020


A Maker and Creative Entrepreneur Reveals Her Personal Productivity System (w/ Best Self’s Cathryn Lavery) (TPS284)

A Maker and Creative Entrepreneur Reveals Her Personal Productivity System (w/ Best Self’s Cathryn Lavery) (TPS284)

I’m joined this time by Cathryn Lavery. She’s the co-founder of the Best Self company that you might recognize as the creator of the Self Planner and Self Journal. Cathryn considers herself a maker and creator so we dove deep into how she approaches the creative process, gets things done and what her personal productivity […]

27 January 2020


How Anyone Can Have A Prosperous And Productive Lunar New Year (TPS283)

How Anyone Can Have A Prosperous And Productive Lunar New Year (TPS283)

This isn’t going to be your normal “New Year” productivity podcast. You may or may not know that a few days after this podcast is released, it will be the start of a new Chinese New Year, or more accurately called Lunar New Year. 5,000 years of Asian culture can’t be wrong, so since this […]

20 January 2020


Web Automation: The Easiest Way To Be More Productive Online (TPS282)

Web Automation: The Easiest Way To Be More Productive Online (TPS282)

Usually when people talk about “automation”, they’re talking about turning the lights on and off with smart lights or automating things on the computer like moving files around or text expansion. Those are all super-useful automation, but what about a huge chunk of our work and home technology use: the web? In this episode, we’re […]

13 January 2020


6 Simple Ways To Stick To Your Goals This Year That Don’t Involve Willpower (TPS281)

6 Simple Ways To Stick To Your Goals This Year That Don’t Involve Willpower (TPS281)

In today’s episode, we’ll be covering 6 strategies for how to stick to your goals this year and even if you lose momentum, we’ll give you practical tips for picking it back up. We know that this is going to be an awesome year for you, and we want to give you the tools to […]

6 January 2020


What Do Productivity Ninjas Do To Prepare For An Amazing 2020? (TPS280)

What Do Productivity Ninjas Do To Prepare For An Amazing 2020? (TPS280)

The day this podcast is released is the day before New Year’s Eve. By the time you’re listening to it, it will either be right at the end of the year, or your new year has already begun. Either way, it is never too late to set yourself up for success for the rest of […]

30 December 2019


Here’s How To Improve Every Year Using Our Annual Review Template (TPS279)

Here’s How To Improve Every Year Using Our Annual Review Template (TPS279)

In today’s episode, we’ll be giving you the tools to conduct an annual review the right way and share new practices we’ve learned over the past year to help you achieve your goals. Whether you’ve never done an annual review before or you already do them, if you want to make 2020 your best year […]

23 December 2019


How To Succeed At Both Work and Education Without Feeling Overwhelmed (TPS278)

How To Succeed At Both Work and Education Without Feeling Overwhelmed (TPS278)

Working while studying has many benefits, but it can also be overwhelming and exhausting. Don’t let the juggle between the two overtake your life or jeopardize your academic or career success. Whether you’re working your way through college, working in a field that you love or expanding your experience and knowledge while having a full-time […]

16 December 2019


A Single Mother Reveals How She Runs a Business And Live Life On Her Terms (TPS277)

A Single Mother Reveals How She Runs a Business And Live Life On Her Terms (TPS277)

Today I’m joined by Corina Frankie, the founder of Brand Besties that helps companies with experiential marketing services. She’s a good friend of mine and a very smart, successful single mom and entrepreneur. We talk about how she’s able to run a business while raising a kid by herself, how she approaches work-life balance and […]

9 December 2019


Productive Networking: 5 Secrets To Connect That Anyone Can Do (TPS276)

Productive Networking: 5 Secrets To Connect That Anyone Can Do (TPS276)

Today we are going to be talking about Productive Networking. You’ll discover 5 tips and strategies you can use for your next networking event to meet new people. Whether you’re introverted and have trouble meeting people, or you are looking for ways to improve your networking, this episode is for you. Thanks to Grammarly for […]

2 December 2019


Revisiting The TEA Framework: Should We Add This 4th Pillar? (TPS275)

Revisiting The TEA Framework: Should We Add This 4th Pillar? (TPS275)

A year ago we unveiled the TEA Framework here on the podcast, which is our simple framework that will help you get laser-focused on the root cause when your productivity dips. We’ve learned that there are three currencies that you must master in order to be as productive as you can be, and one year […]

25 November 2019


Want To Start Over? Here’s How We Would Do It (TPS274)

Want To Start Over? Here’s How We Would Do It (TPS274)

Think back to when you started your productivity journey — are there things you know now that you wish you did back then? Is there anything you’d do differently? Are you just getting started and want to make sure you start off on the right foot? In this episode, we will be talking about the […]

18 November 2019


Notion and Choosing The Right Productivity Tool For You w/ Francesco D’Alessio (TPS273)

Notion and Choosing The Right Productivity Tool For You w/ Francesco D’Alessio (TPS273)

In this episode, Francesco D’Alessio from the Keep Productive Youtube channel returns to the podcast. We talk about Notion, a productivity tool that has been getting a ton of buzz over the past year, as well as how to pick a productivity tool that’s right for you. We also do a lightning round where Francesco […]

11 November 2019


How To Stay Focused When You Get Bored Working On Your Goals (TPS272)

How To Stay Focused When You Get Bored Working On Your Goals (TPS272)

Do you get easily bored with your goals after a while? Do you get easily distracted even though you know you should be focusing on your goals? Then this episode is for you. I’ll share 5 tips with you to help you stay focused when you get bored working on your goals. This episode is […]

4 November 2019


A Million Mile Traveler Reveals Her 5 Productivity and Travel Tips (TPS271)

A Million Mile Traveler Reveals Her 5 Productivity and Travel Tips (TPS271)

Today I’m joined by Katherine Fan, a senior writer for The Points Guy, one of the leading websites on travel. She has flown a million miles in her lifetime so she knows a thing or two about traveling productively and efficiently. That’s what we’re diving into today and how she does it while staying productive […]

28 October 2019


Strategic Planning: Get From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be (TPS270)

Strategic Planning: Get From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be (TPS270)

When people talk about planning, usually they talk about planning your day, planning your week, or even your quarter or year. But what about higher-level strategic planning? In this episode, we’re going to talk about making sure you are doing the right things and making sure that what you are doing is actually taking you […]

21 October 2019


3 Simple Steps To Win The Last Quarter Of The Year (TPS269)

3 Simple Steps To Win The Last Quarter Of The Year (TPS269)

Can you believe it’s already the final quarter of the year? Q4 is often a time where one of two things happens: either we feel down because we haven’t accomplished what we thought we would during the year, or we’re motivated to make a final push to finish up the year strong. This episode will […]

14 October 2019


An Evernote Consultant Reveals How She Uses The Tool To Manage Busy Life and Business (TPS268)

An Evernote Consultant Reveals How She Uses The Tool To Manage Busy Life and Business (TPS268)

Today I’m joined by Stacey Harmon, a certified Evernote consultant who helps people get setup and use Evernote. We dive deep into how she uses Evernote to run her life and business, we share examples of how other people use Evernote and some advanced tips and tricks to get the most out of the tool. […]

7 October 2019


Start Yourself On A Lifetime of Unlimited Physical Energy and Amazing Sleep (TPS267)

Start Yourself On A Lifetime of Unlimited Physical Energy and Amazing Sleep (TPS267)

A couple of weeks ago, I took a hair test that tested for mineral deficiencies. I learned about this when I met Barton Scott, founder of Upgraded Formulas, that helps people identify mineral deficiencies in their bodies and then makes recommendations for you to optimize your health and which supplements to take. On this episode, […]

30 September 2019


Which Of These 10 Tools Over $100 Would We Invest In Again? (TPS266)

Which Of These 10 Tools Over $100 Would We Invest In Again? (TPS266)

Last week we shared with you our favorite productivity tools under a $100. This time we’ll share our 10 favorite tools over $100 that we personally use to help us save time and be more productive. Thanks to Clearbanc for supporting The Productivity Show. If you’re doing over $20,000 per month in revenue, Clearbanc is […]

23 September 2019


The 10 Best Productivity Tools Under $100 (TPS265)

The 10 Best Productivity Tools Under $100 (TPS265)

At Asian Efficiency we have dozens of productivity tools that we use to save time, to be more productive and effective. We put together a list of our 10 favorite tools under $100 dollars that we personally use and can recommend to you. Cheat Sheet: Thanh and Brooks’s top three productivity tools for this week […]

16 September 2019


15+ Things Asian Efficiency Implemented to Double Team Productivity and Collaboration (TPS264)

15+ Things Asian Efficiency Implemented to Double Team Productivity and Collaboration (TPS264)

Asian Efficiency has always been a remote team and we have team members all over the world. We all come from different backgrounds, different cultures, and with different ‘quirks’. Despite all these differences, we are able to work well together because we always work as a team. But, it wasn’t always without problems. We have […]

9 September 2019


15+ Ways TPS Listeners Save Time and Have Time Freedom (TPS263)

15+ Ways TPS Listeners Save Time and Have Time Freedom (TPS263)

Are you curious about automation, but want some examples of what others like you do, to spark some ideas? In this episode, we continue our mini-series on Automation that we started last week in TPS262, but this time we share more examples of what Asian Efficiency readers have automated to save time. Without spoiling too […]

2 September 2019


5 Examples of Tasks You Can Automate To Save Yourself An Hour a Day (TPS262)

5 Examples of Tasks You Can Automate To Save Yourself An Hour a Day (TPS262)

Have you ever wanted to start with automation, but you weren’t sure where to start? Then this episode is for you. We talk about our 5 biggest personal automation wins, and where we think you should start if you want to get started with automation. We also share an exciting new automation course that we’ve […]

26 August 2019


How To Get Started With Personal Finance With Proven Workflows, Apps and Tools w/ Charles Ngo (TPS261)

How To Get Started With Personal Finance With Proven Workflows, Apps and Tools w/ Charles Ngo (TPS261)

What’s the best way to get started with personal finance? How do you track your money? Which personal finance apps do you recommend? We get these questions a lot from Asian Efficiency readers and podcast listeners. That’s what we’ll cover in this episode. I’m joined this time by Charles Ngo, a successful entrepreneur and one […]

19 August 2019


There’s No Action Without ACT w/ Mridu Parikh (TPS260)

There’s No Action Without ACT w/ Mridu Parikh (TPS260)

Today I’m joined by Mridu Parikh, productivity coach, speaker, and trainer at Life Is Organized. We talk about the biggest challenges her productivity coaching clients face, how busy professionals can squash overwhelm, and ways to commit to your biggest priorities. Thanks to Gusto for supporting The Productivity Show. Gusto is offering our listeners 3 months […]

12 August 2019


Stop Wasting Time! Try These 5 Productive Power Break Ideas Today (TPS259)

Stop Wasting Time! Try These 5 Productive Power Break Ideas Today (TPS259)

How many times have you found yourself with a few minutes in the middle of the day, and you decide to “check social media” or hit up YouTube or watch TV and then next thing you know an hour is gone and you feel like the time has been totally wasted? In this episode, we […]

5 August 2019


ADHD, Lack of Focus, No Time – Which Do You Want to Overcome? w/ Jamie Masters (TPS258)

ADHD, Lack of Focus, No Time – Which Do You Want to Overcome? w/ Jamie Masters (TPS258)

I’m joined this time by Jamie Masters. She’s been a top Business Coach for over 10 years and has helped hundreds of 6 & 7 figure Entrepreneurs and Business Owners optimize every area of their business. She’s also the host of the online show – Eventual Millionaire, where she’s interviewed over 400 self-made millionaires. Jamie […]

29 July 2019


Attention ADD-er: Expert Reveals How to Be Productive When You Have ADHD w/ Alan Brown (TPS257)

Attention ADD-er: Expert Reveals How to Be Productive When You Have ADHD w/ Alan Brown (TPS257)

In this episode, Thanh is joined by Alan P. Brown, author of “Zen and the Art of Productivity” and host of CrusherTV.com. Thanh and Alan talk about ADHD, productivity, and tactics and strategies that work. Thanks to Lumen5 for supporting The Productivity Show. Lumen5 is offering our listeners 50% off their first month of Lumen5’s […]

22 July 2019


How To Be Productive Through Illness and Recovery (TPS256)

How To Be Productive Through Illness and Recovery (TPS256)

So you’re feeling fairly productive and then wham – a life change happens. It could be any number of things, but in today’s episode we are going to talk about one specific topic: being productive during illness or recovery. I’m joined by Jennifer Lava and James Lott Jr., two professional organizers and productivity consultants who […]

15 July 2019


Become Productive Again: 6 Ways To Get Back On Track (TPS255)

Become Productive Again: 6 Ways To Get Back On Track (TPS255)

In the past, we’ve talked about making goals and creating rituals. What do you do when you have those goals and rituals that work well for a while but then… don’t. How do you get back up when your productivity or goals have slipped? Sometimes it’s a sudden change, but other times it’s so gradual […]

8 July 2019


Here’s A Quick Way To Stay On Track With Your Goals All Year (TPS254)

Here’s A Quick Way To Stay On Track With Your Goals All Year (TPS254)

At the beginning of the year, we set personal goals, family goals and for some even business goals. At the end of the year, we evaluate our achievements and weed out what didn’t work versus what did work. You don’t need to wait 12 months to evaluate your goals. A mid-year check-in is as equally […]

1 July 2019


Confessions of an 8-Figure Entrepreneur w/ Noah Kagan (TPS253)

Confessions of an 8-Figure Entrepreneur w/ Noah Kagan (TPS253)

I’m joined this time by Noah Kagan. He runs several companies and we got into how he is able to do that and still live a great life outside of work. We talked about goal setting and his unique systems for achieving goals, what his daily routine looks like and he shares his top-down approach […]

24 June 2019


Use These 5 Tips To Travel Stress-Free and Organized This Summer (TPS252)

Use These 5 Tips To Travel Stress-Free and Organized This Summer (TPS252)

Are you about to go on vacation? Before you do, be sure to listen to today’s episode where we share our top 5 tips for summer travel. You’ll discover the best travel apps, what you need to pack on your trip, and how to best prepare for your upcoming trip for it to be stress-free […]

17 June 2019


The Summer Juggle — Can You Be Productive When The Kids Are On Summer Break? (TPS251)

The Summer Juggle — Can You Be Productive When The Kids Are On Summer Break? (TPS251)

Remember how happy you were when you were in school and that final bell rang before the summer holidays? Now that we’re out of school and working we know the other side of that equation — the parents that have to figure out how to get work done while the kids are off school. In […]

10 June 2019


Escape The Summer Productivity Slump With These 7 Tips (TPS250)

Escape The Summer Productivity Slump With These 7 Tips (TPS250)

Summer is coming up and for most people that means vacations, extended time off and more time outside. The summer productivity slump is a real thing. But for some of you, you need to be productive and make the most of your summer. Maybe you’re studying for something, starting a business or you’re behind on […]

3 June 2019


How to Improve Your Time, Energy, and Attention With These 10 Tools (TPS249)

How to Improve Your Time, Energy, and Attention With These 10 Tools (TPS249)

In today’s episode, we are finishing up our 3 part series about our favourite things to get things done. We’ve talked about our favorite apps for the computer, our favorite apps for mobile, and now we are going to talk about our favorite physical devices and tools. These are the things we use every day, […]

27 May 2019


Here Are Our 10 Favorite Mobile Apps To Help You Get More Done (TPS248)

Here Are Our 10 Favorite Mobile Apps To Help You Get More Done (TPS248)

This is episode 2 of our 3-part series on our top 10 favorite apps and tools. In today’s episode, we are going to do the monumentally difficult task and narrow down our 10 favorite mobile apps for iOS and Android that we use, love, and that makes us more productive. This was hard because there […]

20 May 2019


Our Top 10 Mac and Windows Productivity Apps And The “10X Rule” (TPS247)

Our Top 10 Mac and Windows Productivity Apps And The “10X Rule” (TPS247)

In today’s episode, we are going to get super-tactical. A question we get asked all the time is “what are your favorite apps?”, or “what is the best app for X?” While we believe that the best app is the one that is best for YOU, there are some that prove themselves time and time […]

13 May 2019


Low Productivity, Procrastination, Back Pain…These Are Some Of The Penalties For Neglecting Your Posture w/ Rick Mathes (TPS246)

Low Productivity, Procrastination, Back Pain…These Are Some Of The Penalties For Neglecting Your Posture w/ Rick Mathes (TPS246)

I’m Thanh Pham, founder of Asian Efficiency, and today I’m with Rick Mathes. He is the owner and clinic director of The Egoscue Clinic in Austin, Texas. Rick and his wife have helped thousands of people get out of pain by helping them understand that if they’re hurt, the problem isn’t the condition of their […]

6 May 2019


We Were Tired of Forgetting The Books We Read — So We Use This System (TPS245)

We Were Tired of Forgetting The Books We Read — So We Use This System (TPS245)

Books are an amazing source of learning and leverage. For little or no money, you can quickly learn what someone else has spent years figuring out, and you can avoid the mistakes that they made. However, there’s a big difference between READING a book and LEARNING from a book, and more importantly IMPLEMENTING what you’ve […]

29 April 2019


How To Lose Weight Efficiently with the Ketogenic Diet and Fasting w/ Scott Rose (TPS244)

How To Lose Weight Efficiently with the Ketogenic Diet and Fasting w/ Scott Rose (TPS244)

I’m with Scott Rose, The Inspirational Nerd, and we’re going to talk about how you can lose weight efficiently without working out much. We’ll be diving deep into the ketogenic diet, a somewhat controversial diet that he and I both follow. We’ll be talking about fasting and how Scott coached me through my first 3-day […]

22 April 2019


5 Home Automation Techniques To Make Your Life Easier (TPS243)

5 Home Automation Techniques To Make Your Life Easier (TPS243)

Today, we’re going to be talking about 5 ways to automate your home. We’ll share the tools and devices we use to save time and make life more convenient. Home automation is a relatively new topic and one we’re excited to explore with you today. If you’ve ever thought of purchasing an Amazon Echo, Google […]

15 April 2019


4 Tools to Automate Your Technology and Save 100+ Hours a Year (TPS242)

4 Tools to Automate Your Technology and Save 100+ Hours a Year (TPS242)

Something we say a lot at AE is that small changes or improvements to the things you do every day can add up to big savings over time. This is really true with technology: we all have these little points of friction that we just accept because we think that’s just the way it is […]

8 April 2019


Automate Your Life: How We Save Over 500 Hours/Year With 5 Time-Saving Techniques (TPS241)

Automate Your Life: How We Save Over 500 Hours/Year With 5 Time-Saving Techniques (TPS241)

This episode is the first in a 3-part series all about automation. Usually, when we think about automation we think of technology, but there are other types of automation as well and that’s what this episode is about. We discuss 5 ways you can automate your life to save time and make life more convenient. […]

1 April 2019


Being Good At Your Job Is Not Enough For Growth: You Need To Create This Plan (TPS240)

Being Good At Your Job Is Not Enough For Growth: You Need To Create This Plan (TPS240)

In this episode, we talk about creating a Personal Development Plan. Setting yourself, and your team, up for success doesn’t just happen. You want to figure out where you want to go and what you need to do to get you there, and Marmel and Brooks will take you through 8 questions to help you […]

25 March 2019


9 People Just Like You Reveal How They’ve Doubled Their Energy (TPS239)

9 People Just Like You Reveal How They’ve Doubled Their Energy (TPS239)

This is the 3rd episode of our podcast series on energy. In this episode, we asked AE team members and clients what they have done to increase their energy and double their productivity. You’re going to discover a new type of coffee that gave an AE client crazy amounts of energy, how one tweak to […]

18 March 2019


Do These 3 Things, and Your Energy and Productivity Will Skyrocket (TPS238)

Do These 3 Things, and Your Energy and Productivity Will Skyrocket (TPS238)

This is the 2nd episode of our 3-part series on increasing your energy and doubling your productivity. The lack of energy can be doubly tough: we don’t feel like doing what we want or need to do, but we also don’t feel like we have the energy to truly focus on important things. In this […]

11 March 2019


Fatigue, Procrastination and Being Unproductive…These Are Some of the Penalties of Ignoring This One Thing (TPS237)

Fatigue, Procrastination and Being Unproductive…These Are Some of the Penalties of Ignoring This One Thing (TPS237)

We’re going to kick things off with a 3-part podcast series on how you can get more energy and double your productivity. Most of you listening are probably looking for different ways to increase your productivity. You might have tried a lot of different things and not many have worked. One of the biggest breakthroughs […]

4 March 2019


How to Get Healthy and Stay Sane While Saving Time w/ Betty Jean Bell (TPS236)

How to Get Healthy and Stay Sane While Saving Time w/ Betty Jean Bell (TPS236)

I’m with Betty Jean Bell today and we’re talking about how you can improve your health. You’re going to learn how you can get more energy and lose weight efficiently without spending a lot of time and money throughout the process. We also share how we shop for groceries and prepare our meals for the […]

25 February 2019


How to Save Hours of Chaos and Damage Control With A Family Calendar (TPS235)

How to Save Hours of Chaos and Damage Control With A Family Calendar (TPS235)

The more people you have in your family, the more having a reliable and trusted family calendar becomes critical. How do you keep everyone in the loop, and do it in a way that avoids conflict and mismatched expectations? We’ll share the 3 requirements a family calendar needs to have, best practices around sharing a […]

18 February 2019


Would You Like A Team Calendar That Gets Everyone Aligned? Use “The Anchor” (TPS234)

Would You Like A Team Calendar That Gets Everyone Aligned? Use “The Anchor” (TPS234)

Working with others can provide a lot of challenges, and one challenge in particular is managing your calendar. How do you balance getting your deep work done, while at the same time collaborating with your teammates? And how do you do that in the most efficient, effective, and reliable way? We’ll share our philosophies around […]

11 February 2019


The Hybrid Calendar System That Will Help You Stay On Top Of Everything (TPS233)

The Hybrid Calendar System That Will Help You Stay On Top Of Everything (TPS233)

Have you ever considered using an analog calendar with a digital calendar? A lot of people like the feeling of writing on their paper or wall calendar but they miss the portability and speed of a digital calendar. If you’ve tried both approaches and you haven’t found a working solution yet, then you’re going to […]

4 February 2019


Simple Strategies To Find Time to Parent Without Feeling Guilty w/ Julie Morgenstern (TPS232)

Simple Strategies To Find Time to Parent Without Feeling Guilty w/ Julie Morgenstern (TPS232)

Today I’m speaking to Julie Morgenstern, who is the author of five books including the New York Times bestsellers Organizing from the Inside Out and Time Management from the Inside Out. We’re going to drill down into the topic of parenting, and ways you can organize your life to bring out the best in your […]

28 January 2019


The Calendar, Planning, and Theming Strategies You Need To Win Your Week w/ Lauren Goldstein (TPS231)

The Calendar, Planning, and Theming Strategies You Need To Win Your Week w/ Lauren Goldstein (TPS231)

Today we have Lauren Goldstein, an entrepreneur and business strategy consultant from Austin, TX. Lauren and Thanh have known each other for a while and we invited her to come on the podcast to share her unique approach to productivity. You’re going to get specific tips on how to use a calendar to run your […]

21 January 2019


Level Up The People You Surround Yourself With, Without Cheesy Networking (TPS230)

Level Up The People You Surround Yourself With, Without Cheesy Networking (TPS230)

Welcome to The Productivity Show, a podcast by Asian Efficiency to help you maximize your productivity so you can get everything done without having to sacrifice your health, family, and things that matter to you. We’ve helped tens of thousands of people save time, be happier, and become more productive. You probably have heard of […]

14 January 2019


How To Stick To Your Goals This Year And Every Year (TPS229)

How To Stick To Your Goals This Year And Every Year (TPS229)

Welcome to The Productivity Show, a podcast by Asian Efficiency, to help you maximize your productivity so you can get everything done without having to sacrifice your health, family and things that matter to you. We’ve helped tens of thousands of people save time, be happier, and become more productive. In today’s episode, we’ll be […]

7 January 2019


If You Focus On This, You’ll Make 2019 Your Best Year Yet (TPS228)

If You Focus On This, You’ll Make 2019 Your Best Year Yet (TPS228)

Welcome to The Productivity Show, a podcast by Asian Efficiency, to help you maximize your productivity so you can get everything done without having to sacrifice your health, family and things that matter to you. We’ve helped tens of thousands of people save time, be happier, and become more productive. Now that it is a […]

31 December 2018


How To Do An Annual Review The Right Way (TPS227)

How To Do An Annual Review The Right Way (TPS227)

In today’s episode, we’ll be covering how you can conduct your own annual review. This has allowed Thanh and others on the team to achieve our goals, be happier and be more fulfilled in our lives. Unfortunately, it’s something that most people are not doing because there isn’t a lot of great information out there […]

24 December 2018


Can The “Sandwich Technique” Solve Your Focus Problems? w/ Erin Chase (TPS226)

Can The “Sandwich Technique” Solve Your Focus Problems? w/ Erin Chase (TPS226)

In today’s episode, Brooks interviews Erin Chase, one of the most productive people we know and a very successful businessperson who helps busy and overwhelmed home chefs learn to spend less money on groceries and get organized in the kitchen. She’s the founder of 5 Dollar Dinners, the author of the $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook […]

17 December 2018


How to Get the Most Value Out of Conferences and Implement What You’ve Learned (TPS225)

How to Get the Most Value Out of Conferences and Implement What You’ve Learned (TPS225)

This episode is all about how to maximize the value you get from conferences. We’ll share strategies and tips for how to pick the right conference to go to, how to implement what you’ve learned, how to maximize your time at a conference and make sure it’s worth your time and money – especially if […]

10 December 2018


Mike’s Favorite Lessons, Podcasts, Books, and Productivity Tips (TPS224)

Mike’s Favorite Lessons, Podcasts, Books, and Productivity Tips (TPS224)

Today’s episode is going to be a little different. Mike Schmitz will be leaving Asian Efficiency and The Productivity Show and he’s going on to do other big and exciting things. We thought it would be great to have Mike share his lessons and experiences he learned over the years that would benefit others like […]

3 December 2018


Productive Workouts and Recover Like a World-Class Athlete w/ Garrett Salpeter (TPS223)

Productive Workouts and Recover Like a World-Class Athlete w/ Garrett Salpeter (TPS223)

Today’s guest is Garrett Salpeter, the founder of NeuFit. He invented a device that has helped Thanh recover from shoulder surgery in only 2.5 months – something most people would take 6 months to do. We dive deeper on how he’s changing the way world-class professional athletes recover from injuries and surgeries, and how you […]

26 November 2018


Transformation: From Unorganized to Uber-Productive w/ Lynan Saperstein (TPS222)

Transformation: From Unorganized to Uber-Productive w/ Lynan Saperstein (TPS222)

In today’s episode, Thanh interviews Lynan Saperstein, a very successful businesswoman who travels all over the world and someone who has a very unique approach to productivity. She wasn’t always this productive though. About 5 years ago, when she started her business, she didn’t know anything about productivity and she couldn’t keep up with the […]

19 November 2018


TEA Framework, Level 3: Maximizing Your Attention & Focus (TPS221)

TEA Framework, Level 3: Maximizing Your Attention & Focus (TPS221)

We’re back for the conclusion to our series on the TEA Framework, a simple mental model to help you identify and overcome the specific productivity obstacles that may be keeping you from reaching your full potential. Today Brooks and Mike will be diving into the last of the 3 Pillars of Productivity and talking about […]

12 November 2018


TEA Framework, Level 2: Maximizing Your Energy (TPS220)

TEA Framework, Level 2: Maximizing Your Energy (TPS220)

Today we’re continuing our exploration of the TEA Framework and the 3 pillars of productivity with pillar number 2: Energy. We’ll be sharing our own struggles with energy and how we overcame them to be productive, we explain the 3 key areas to keep an eye on when it comes managing your energy, and we […]

5 November 2018


TEA Framework, Level 1: Making the Most of Your Limited Time (TPS219)

TEA Framework, Level 1: Making the Most of Your Limited Time (TPS219)

Today Brooks and Mike continue the conversation that Thanh and Mike began last week on the TEA framework, a simple mental model to help you identify which levers to pull to get unstuck and help you reach your full potential. We’ll dive deep on the first pillar of the TEA Framework, explain the 3 parts […]

29 October 2018


Introducing TEA: A Simple Framework for Getting Unstuck and Achieving Your Goals (TPS218)

Introducing TEA: A Simple Framework for Getting Unstuck and Achieving Your Goals (TPS218)

Today we’re introducing you to our new productivity framework, which we call TEA. This simple framework will help you identify the root causes when your productivity dips and show you which levers you need to pull to get back on track. If you feel like you’re not living up to your full potential but can’t […]

22 October 2018


Atomic Habits: 4 Laws for Changing Your Identity & Living the Life You Want w/ James Clear (TPS217)

Atomic Habits: 4 Laws for Changing Your Identity & Living the Life You Want w/ James Clear (TPS217)

Do you have trouble getting your habits to stick? Or maybe you have trouble breaking bad habits that keep you from realizing your full potential? Either way, you won’t want to miss today’s episode with James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits and creator of the Habits Academy. James’ writing combines ideas from a wide […]

15 October 2018


Get More Done by Scheduling Your Tasks w/ the Developers of Sorted (TPS216)

Get More Done by Scheduling Your Tasks w/ the Developers of Sorted (TPS216)

Leo & Harry, creators of the iOS app Sorted, come on the show to talk about their unique approach to task management. We dive deep into the topic of scheduling your tasks, and why they believe it’s so important if you really want to be productive. We discuss how this intentional approach towards organizing your […]

8 October 2018


How To Design the Life You Want w/ AJ Yager (TPS215)

How To Design the Life You Want w/ AJ Yager (TPS215)

Today’s episode is with Thanh, the CEO of Asian Efficiency, who’s having a conversation with his friend AJ about how to design the life you want. He goes into detail about how you can envision the perfect lifestyle and take actionable steps to build it. They share their personal productivity strategies for doing it – […]

1 October 2018


Speed Up by Slowing Down: Sleep Secrets to Boost Your Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (TPS214)

Speed Up by Slowing Down: Sleep Secrets to Boost Your Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (TPS214)

For many of the people we work with here at Asian Efficiency, the thing that is holding them back from reaching their full potential is simply the ability to focus free from distraction on the things that they already know are important. Sometimes there’s nothing you can do about those distractions – you can’t stop […]

24 September 2018


Focus Tips From the Most Productive Man You’d Ever Hope to Meet w/ Chris Bailey (TPS213)

Focus Tips From the Most Productive Man You’d Ever Hope to Meet w/ Chris Bailey (TPS213)

Mike is joined today by productivity expert Chris Bailey. Chris is the internationally bestselling author of The Productivity Project, and most recently his second book, Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction. Chris writes about productivity at ALifeOfProductivity.com and speaks to organizations around the globe on how they can become more […]

17 September 2018


Simple Strategies to Help You Overcome the 4 Natural Enemies of Mindfulness (TPS212)

Simple Strategies to Help You Overcome the 4 Natural Enemies of Mindfulness (TPS212)

Do you ever find yourself reacting emotionally to things that are beyond your control? Maybe you don’t fly off the handle and say something you’ll regret later, but you still find certain people or things in your work or personal life that make your blood start to boil. This is known as the fight vs. […]

10 September 2018


In-Person Productivity: The Secret Sauce to Making a Remote Team Work (TPS211)

In-Person Productivity: The Secret Sauce to Making a Remote Team Work (TPS211)

A lot of people dream of working remotely. They picture themselves checking email occasionally from the beach or working a couple hours a day when it’s convenient for them. But anyone who works on a remote team knows there’s much more to it than that. Sure remote work gives you freedom and autonomy, but working […]

3 September 2018


Meditation for the Rest of Us: 10 Surprising Benefits from Making Mindfulness a Habit (TPS210)

Meditation for the Rest of Us: 10 Surprising Benefits from Making Mindfulness a Habit (TPS210)

Do you have trouble focusing on one thing for any length of time? You’re not alone – in today’s crazy-busy society, we’ve become addicted to distraction. Today we’re going to show you how you can fight the urge to be always-on through establishing a mindfulness meditation habit. We talk about what mindfulness meditation is, how […]

27 August 2018


The Art of Finding Time to Focus w/ Curtis McHale (TPS209)

The Art of Finding Time to Focus w/ Curtis McHale (TPS209)

We talk a lot about the concept of deep work here at Asian Efficiency, which is all about maximizing your intensity of focus so that you can produce excellent work and be more productive. But that assumes that you have time to focus on your important projects, which for many people is a luxury they […]

20 August 2018


Work the System: How to Make More and Work Less w/ Josh Fonger (TPS208)

Work the System: How to Make More and Work Less w/ Josh Fonger (TPS208)

Everyone wants to make more money and work less hours, and in this episode Josh Fonger shows us how it’s possible using simple systems mechanics. Josh is a business performance architect and the co-founder of Work The System. He is an international business consultant, coach, and speaker. He’s had the unique experience of personally helping […]

13 August 2018


Personal Retreat Handbook: The 7-Step Process to Make Achieving Your Goals Inevitable (TPS207)

Personal Retreat Handbook: The 7-Step Process to Make Achieving Your Goals Inevitable (TPS207)

Do you like the idea of the 12 Week Year, but have trouble achieving your 12 Week Year goals? So did Mike, until he started implementing the concept of a personal retreat (or thinking day) that we’re about to share with you in this episode. Brooks and Mike talk about how to make the most […]

6 August 2018


The Overwhelm Survival Kit: Tips & Strategies to Help You Get the Space & Control You Need (TPS206)

The Overwhelm Survival Kit: Tips & Strategies to Help You Get the Space & Control You Need (TPS206)

Do you ever get overwhelmed? Ever feel like you’ve lost control of your day and there’s absolutely nothing that you can do about it? Do you get frustrated with having to respond to things other people declare are urgent and find yourself with no time left for the things that are important to you? If […]

30 July 2018


4 Strategies For Making Your Friends & Family More Productive (TPS205)

4 Strategies For Making Your Friends & Family More Productive (TPS205)

It can be difficult balancing close relationships with the important people in your life and your desire to get things done as efficiently as possible. What do you do when you have friends or family members who don’t share the same approach to getting things done? How can you win them over and convince them […]

23 July 2018


The ONLY Way You Can Inspire Change in Others & Make Them More Productive (TPS204)

The ONLY Way You Can Inspire Change in Others & Make Them More Productive (TPS204)

Do you ever get frustrated because your team or family members “just don’t get it” and insist on doing things in a way that’s completely unproductive? If so, you’re not alone. We all struggle with people who are close to us that haven’t yet seen the light when it comes to the way they choose […]

16 July 2018


2 Ways to Instantly Create the Motivation You Need to Accomplish Any Goal (TPS203)

2 Ways to Instantly Create the Motivation You Need to Accomplish Any Goal (TPS203)

Ever wonder why so many New Year’s Resolutions don’t stick? It’s because most people rely solely on willpower to achieve their goals. Don’t be like so many who start things but can’t finish them. Tune in to understand why willpower alone isn’t going to allow you to achieve your goals, the 2 different approaches you […]

9 July 2018


7 Keys to Setting Up Your Home Office for Maximum Productivity (TPS202)

7 Keys to Setting Up Your Home Office for Maximum Productivity (TPS202)

People seem to self-identify into 2 categories: those that thrive working from home, and those that say they could never do it. But working from home is like any other productivity challenge – if you set yourself up for success, become aware of some best practices, and apply some creativity and flexibility, anyone can do […]

2 July 2018


The Secret to Making the Most of Your Limited Time w/ Curtis McHale (TPS201)

The Secret to Making the Most of Your Limited Time w/ Curtis McHale (TPS201)

Ever wonder why some people seem to get so much more done than others? We all have the same 24 hours in a day, so what makes some people super-productive while others just can’t seem to get things done? In this episode, we dive into the strategy of timeblocking and how high-achievers use it to […]

25 June 2018


Revealed: The Quarterly Planning Formula We Use to Achieve Our Business Goals (TPS200)

Revealed: The Quarterly Planning Formula We Use to Achieve Our Business Goals (TPS200)

You’re listening to the 200th episode of the Productivity Show which is a major milestone for us. Three years and almost 5mm downloads later we’re still going strong and helping people like you achieve your goals in record times with our actionable content. To celebrate this special occasion we will reveal something at Asian Efficiency […]

18 June 2018


10+ iPhone Productivity Strategies from Apple Tech Jedi David Sparks (TPS199)

10+ iPhone Productivity Strategies from Apple Tech Jedi David Sparks (TPS199)

It’s hard to think of something that has made as big an impact in the way we live and work during the past decade than the smartphone. The iPhone in particular, introduced with its large touchscreen and lack of a physical keyboard, has had a profound impact on our productivity and changed the way we […]

11 June 2018


3 Simple Steps to Help You Master Your Calendar (TPS198)

3 Simple Steps to Help You Master Your Calendar (TPS198)

Ever wonder why some people get so much done compared to others? Behind every super-productive person is an intentional approach to how they manage their calendar. In this episode, Brooks and Mike dive deep on how to set your day up for success by managing your calendar well. They talk about why you need a […]

4 June 2018


Achieving Next-Level Productivity Through Conative Understanding w/ David Kolbe (TPS197)

Achieving Next-Level Productivity Through Conative Understanding w/ David Kolbe (TPS197)

Do you ever feel like things are harder than they should be? Then today’s episode about conative productivity is for you. Mike is joined by David Kolbe, CEO of Kolbe Corp, who has lived and breathed the Kolbe Concept® since its inception. 

Today David joins us to talk about how making small adjustments based on […]

28 May 2018


The Simple 6-Step Process to Start Your Productive Day the Night Before w/ Dave Caolo (TPS196)

The Simple 6-Step Process to Start Your Productive Day the Night Before w/ Dave Caolo (TPS196)

Do you ever find yourself frustrated because the day has just gotten away from you? If so, we’ve got good news for you: there are things you can do to set yourself up for a successful and productive day. Today Mike is joined by writer, author, and podcaster Dave Caolo. Dave was the managing editor […]

21 May 2018


6 Tips for Running More Effective Meetings (TPS195)

6 Tips for Running More Effective Meetings (TPS195)

Have you ever found yourself in a meeting thinking to yourself, “when is this going to end?” or even “why am I here?” If so, you’re definitely not alone. Meetings can waste a ton of time and are often not helpful in getting your actual work done. So in this episode, we dive into the […]

14 May 2018


The Ultimate Guide to Task Managers: Selecting the Right One w/ Mat Rhein (TPS194)

The Ultimate Guide to Task Managers: Selecting the Right One w/ Mat Rhein (TPS194)

How do you know which task manager is right for you? Task managers are great because they allow you to filter your available tasks and only display the ones that are appropriate right now, but the problem is there are so many to choose from. And moving everything over from system to system to see […]

7 May 2018


2 Travel Hackers Reveal Everything They Know About Traveling Stress-Free (TPS193)

2 Travel Hackers Reveal Everything They Know About Traveling Stress-Free (TPS193)

Thanh & Ben share their best travel hacking tips to make your next trip stress-free. Ben is a good friend of Thanh’s who runs a very successful Artificial Intelligence company that has Fortune 100 clients and works with big corporations hire him from all over the world. Ben is based in Germany but he’s rarely […]

30 April 2018


Inside the AE Mastermind: What Really Successful People Do Differently to Fix Their Blind Spots (TPS192)

Inside the AE Mastermind: What Really Successful People Do Differently to Fix Their Blind Spots (TPS192)

One of the best ways to improve your productivity is to get around other productive people who can help you see your blind spots and share what really works. And that’s exactly what facilitated last November for some of our best customers when we invited them to come to Austin, TX for the Asian Efficiency […]

23 April 2018


Our 3 Biggest Challenges of Implementing Scrum & How We Overcame Them (TPS191)

Our 3 Biggest Challenges of Implementing Scrum & How We Overcame Them (TPS191)

Marmel Becerial, Asian Efficiency’s very own scrum master, joins Mike to dive deep on how we use scrum here at Asian Efficiency. This episode explains how we use the scrum framework in order to consistently and systematically create podcast episodes, video courses for the Dojo, and everything else related to Asian Efficiency’s day-to-day operation. We […]

16 April 2018


How to Get Started with An Executive Assistant w/ Tim Francis (TPS190)

How to Get Started with An Executive Assistant w/ Tim Francis (TPS190)

Have you ever considered hiring an assistant to help you? Today we are talking to an expert on finding and hiring assistants, Tim Francis. Tim has hired more than one hundred assistants so he knows a thing or two about the topic. In this episode, you’ll learn how to know when you’re ready for your […]

9 April 2018


A Professional Scrum Master’s Best Advice for a Productive Team w/ Lucas Smith (TPS189)

A Professional Scrum Master’s Best Advice for a Productive Team w/ Lucas Smith (TPS189)

In this episode, Mike is joined by Lucas Smith, an agile trainer, coach, and scrum master for LitheWorks, LLC who has over 14 years experience in software development, delivery, management, product development, coaching, and training. Lucas is one of only 50 Professional Scrum Trainers in the United States and in addition to being a Professional […]

2 April 2018


Pomodoro 2.0 w/ Esington Method Founder Rudy Marsh (TPS188)

Pomodoro 2.0 w/ Esington Method Founder Rudy Marsh (TPS188)

Rudy Marsh joins us to talk about procrastination, the pomodoro method, and goal achievement. Rudy is the founder of the Esington company and creator of the Esington Glass, a beautiful Pomodoro timer that you can use to help you overcome procrastination and take action on your goals. Rudy grew up in a multi-ethnic family in […]

26 March 2018


20+ Best Mac Productivity Apps in 2018 (TPS187)

20+ Best Mac Productivity Apps in 2018 (TPS187)

In this episode, Brooks and Mike revisit our favorite productivity apps for the Mac with our 2018 Mac Productivity Draft. A lot has changed since last year, including many of our favorite apps switching to a subscription model (and a new service that allows you to get a bunch of them at a discount). We […]

19 March 2018


How to Overcome Academic Challenges with Productivity Tools w/ Eric Benchimol & Richard Keijzer (TPS186)

How to Overcome Academic Challenges with Productivity Tools w/ Eric Benchimol & Richard Keijzer (TPS186)

In this episode, Mike is joined by Eric Benchimol and Richard Keijzer, two academic physicians who recently published an article titled “Living Like an Academic Athlete: How to Improve Clinical and Academic Productivity as a Gastroenterologist.” The article was published in Gastroenterology, the top-ranked gastroenterology journal, and the world’s #46 ranked scientific journal (according to […]

12 March 2018


Overcoming Digital Clutter: Strategies for Reducing Stress and Regaining Focus w/ Dave Caolo (TPS185)

Overcoming Digital Clutter: Strategies for Reducing Stress and Regaining Focus w/ Dave Caolo (TPS185)

In this episode, Mike is joined by Dave Caolo, a regular contributor to Unclutterer, a website dedicated to home and office organization. Mike & Dave dive deep into digital clutter: What it is, where to find it, and how to deal with it. We explain the very real cost of clutter and the effect it […]

5 March 2018


Intentional Attention: How Small Decisions Can Bring You to Your Ideal Future (TPS184)

Intentional Attention: How Small Decisions Can Bring You to Your Ideal Future (TPS184)

Do you find yourself being pulled in too many directions? In this episode, Thanh and Mike talk about how your attention determines your future and why a simple mindset shift to regain control of your attention can provide stability and direction for all areas of your life. We talk about how being careless about how […]

26 February 2018


5 of the Most Powerful Email Tools We’ve Used to Help You Reclaim Your Email Inbox (TPS183)

5 of the Most Powerful Email Tools We’ve Used to Help You Reclaim Your Email Inbox (TPS183)

Email is a nuisance to your productivity and something that everyone has to deal with on a daily basis. In this episode, Brooks and Mike talk about strategies and tools you can use to process the email in your inbox even faster, and give you 5 strategies you can use to get out of your […]

19 February 2018


3 Simple Steps To Delegating Work The Right Way So You Don’t Have to Worry About It (TPS182)

3 Simple Steps To Delegating Work The Right Way So You Don’t Have to Worry About It (TPS182)

Have you ever tried handing off a work task but were frustrated because it took too long or wasn’t done correctly? You probably made one of the 5 common delegation mistakes that we cover in this episode. We show you how to avoid these mistakes, overcome 4 common limiting beliefs people have about delegation, share […]

12 February 2018


Task Manager Smackdown: Simplify Your Life By Choosing the Right Task Manager for YOU (TPS181)

Task Manager Smackdown: Simplify Your Life By Choosing the Right Task Manager for YOU (TPS181)

Wondering what task manager you should use? Today we’re joined by Francesco D’Alessio, a writer, blogger, and freelance marketer who Mike discovered because of his awesome YouTube channel, Keep Productive. Francesco does a lot of video reviews for different apps and tools and he recently put together the Task Management video course which was just […]

5 February 2018


The Right Tool For The Job: 5 Things You Need For Your Personal Productivity System (TPS180)

The Right Tool For The Job: 5 Things You Need For Your Personal Productivity System (TPS180)

Productivity can be very personal, but all good systems have a couple of things in common. In this episode, Brooks and Mike talk about 5 things you absolutely MUST have for an effective personal productivity system. They define what a personal productivity system is, talk about the advantages and disadvantages of the different approaches, and […]

29 January 2018


Avoiding the 6 Deadly Sins of Productivity: Why Just Doing More Isn’t the Answer (TPS179)

Avoiding the 6 Deadly Sins of Productivity: Why Just Doing More Isn’t the Answer (TPS179)

Efficiency is usually a good thing, but in this episode we talk about some common productivity pitfalls and show you how you can get back on track when you fall victim to the 6 deadly sins of productivity. We share how to avoid the hidden dangers inherent in a wrong (but common) definition of productivity and […]

22 January 2018


6 Ways a Mastermind Can Accelerate Your Success w/ Nate Lowrie (TPS178)

6 Ways a Mastermind Can Accelerate Your Success w/ Nate Lowrie (TPS178)

In this episode, we answer the questions about masterminds that you were too afraid to ask. Mike is joined by Nate Lowrie, a Dojo member and owner of FineLine Automation, who recently attended the Asian Efficiency mastermind that we held in Austin, TX. Nate joins Mike to talk about his experience as well as to […]

15 January 2018


Increasing Your Productivity By Using Analog Tools w/ Curtis McHale (TPS177)

Increasing Your Productivity By Using Analog Tools w/ Curtis McHale (TPS177)

In this episode, we dive deep into the topic of analog productivity. Mike is joined by Curtis McHale, a Dojo member and business owner who has been running a successful web software consulting business for 6 years and helping others do the same for the last 2. Curtis is also the creator of the Analog Productivity […]

8 January 2018


3 Keys to Making This the Year Your New Year’s Resolutions Finally Stick (TPS176)

3 Keys to Making This the Year Your New Year’s Resolutions Finally Stick (TPS176)

It’s a new year, which means a bunch of New Year’s resolutions about how this is the year that you’ll finally get in shape, get a promotion, or make that big step towards your ideal future. But oftentimes, these well-intentioned self-promises don’t actually materialize. Sure, we may start off strong, but after only a few […]

1 January 2018


The Power of Positive Thinking: How Gratitude Gives You More Energy (TPS175)

The Power of Positive Thinking: How Gratitude Gives You More Energy (TPS175)

Ever find yourself with time to work on your important project but you don’t still don’t get anything done because you just don’t have the energy to work on it? In this episode, Brooks and Mike explain why energy management (and not time management) is the key to taking massive action on your goals. We […]

25 December 2017


Think Like a Geek: How Simple Systems Lead to Sustainable Success (TPS174)

Think Like a Geek: How Simple Systems Lead to Sustainable Success (TPS174)

Simple systems are all around us, and being able to influence these systems is important in order to attain both personal and professional success. There’s a saying that you are where you are today because of the choices that you made yesterday. But if you don’t like the results that you’re getting, we have good news […]

18 December 2017


The AE Holiday Gift Guide (TPS173)

The AE Holiday Gift Guide (TPS173)

It’s time for another edition of the Asian Efficiency Holiday Gift Guide! If you have no idea what to get for the productivity nerd in your life (or just want a few ideas for yourself), this episode is packed with the top tools and toys that the Asian Efficiency team considers essential productivity gear. If […]

11 December 2017


Using Coffee Shops and Cafes to Give Your Productivity a Boost w/ Dave Caolo (TPS172)

Using Coffee Shops and Cafes to Give Your Productivity a Boost w/ Dave Caolo (TPS172)

In this episode, Mike talks with Dave Caolo, a writer, author, and podcaster who has a lot of experience working remotely. Dave and Mike dive deep into coffee shop productivity, talking about why it can be beneficial, addressing the specific challenges you’ll have to face, tips for finding the right shop, and what gear you’ll […]

4 December 2017


Change Your Mind, Change Your Life: How a Growth Mindset Leads You to Your Ideal Future (TPS171)

Change Your Mind, Change Your Life: How a Growth Mindset Leads You to Your Ideal Future (TPS171)

Ever wonder why some people are so successful and others seem to really struggle? More than likely, it has little to do with their talent or ability and more to do with their growth mindset. In this episode, Thanh and Mike talk about the importance of developing a growth mindset and how it can translate […]

27 November 2017


Mind Food: How to Become More Creative and Successful by Watching What You “Eat” (TPS170)

Mind Food: How to Become More Creative and Successful by Watching What You “Eat” (TPS170)

You’ve probably heard the old adage, “you are what you eat,” but it applies to more than just your physical body – it applies to your mind as well. In this episode, Brooks and Mike talk about “mind food,” an idea Mike picked up from author Tim Sanders on the importance of curating what information you […]

20 November 2017


The Productivity “F Word” (TPS169)

The Productivity “F Word” (TPS169)

In this episode, Thanh and Mike talk about an essential concept for productivity enthusiasts, which is “Freedom.” They introduce you to the 3 different types of freedom and talk about which types of freedom typically coincide with different stages of life, as well as how real productivity is not just about doing more but about […]

13 November 2017


Essential Travel Tips to Make Your Next Trip a Breeze w/ Kevin Clack (TPS168)

Essential Travel Tips to Make Your Next Trip a Breeze w/ Kevin Clack (TPS168)

Traveling can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. In this episode, Mike is joined by Dojo member Kevin Clack to talk about how to make your next trip a breeze. Kevin’s job requires both domestic and international travel and in this episode he shares several of the things that he’s learned over the […]

6 November 2017


The 8 Root Causes of Procrastination & How to Beat Them (TPS167)

The 8 Root Causes of Procrastination & How to Beat Them (TPS167)

Everyone deals with procrastination, but the reasons why may be drastically different for each person. In this episode, Thanh and Mike dive into the 8 different root causes of procrastination and how to overcome them so you can figure out what’s causing you to get tripped up when trying to get your work done. They walk […]

30 October 2017


Next-Level Email Processing: How to Handle Any Email in Your Inbox (TPS166)

Next-Level Email Processing: How to Handle Any Email in Your Inbox (TPS166)

Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of email you have to deal with every day? Or do you have hundreds of email messages sitting in your inbox? You’re not alone. In this episode, Brooks and Mike revisit the Asian Efficiency email workflow and share some important updates to make your email processing even more […]

23 October 2017


15 Productivity Tips That Are Weird But Work (TPS165)

15 Productivity Tips That Are Weird But Work (TPS165)

This episode is all about weird things that we do every single day to help us be more productive. Thanh and Mike share several tips that they’ve discovered along the way to solving things that drive them crazy, and the Dojo chimes in as well with several tips that our awesome Dojo members use to […]

16 October 2017


5 Things to Plan Your Week Around for Maximum Long-Term Impact (TPS164)

5 Things to Plan Your Week Around for Maximum Long-Term Impact (TPS164)

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Luckily for you, planning is much easier than you think. It all starts with planning the perfect day and then the perfect week. You’ll learn how to be in control of your schedule and make the planning process easy (and not so intimidating). Whether you have […]

9 October 2017


Overlap: A simple strategy for closing the gap between where you are and where you want to be w/ Sean McCabe (TPS163)

Overlap: A simple strategy for closing the gap between where you are and where you want to be w/ Sean McCabe (TPS163)

Your ideal future is a lot closer than you might think. In this episode, Mike talks with entrepreneur and author Sean McCabe about how to create the future you’ve always dreamed of bu starting right where you’re at. Sean runs seanwes.com: a learning community for entrepreneurs looking to do fulfilling work. Sean is also […]

2 October 2017


Thinking Time: the Counterintuitive Approach to Growth (TPS162)

Thinking Time: the Counterintuitive Approach to Growth (TPS162)

Want to know what makes the top CEOs so successful? It’s the time they take to think critically about their business. In this episode we’re going to talk about how you can actually go faster by slowing down and developing a habit of thinking time. We walk you through the critical questions you need to […]

25 September 2017


It’s All Too Much: 3 Keys to Overcoming Information Overload (TPS161)

It’s All Too Much: 3 Keys to Overcoming Information Overload (TPS161)

As the amount of information increases exponentially, it’s easy to find yourself being completely overwhelmed or succumbing to the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO). You need a plan for dealing with it, and in this episode Brooks and Mike talk about the problem of information overload and more importantly what you can actually do about […]

18 September 2017


The Secret to Finding Your Blindspots and Overcoming Setbacks w/ Nabill Idrisi (TPS 160)

The Secret to Finding Your Blindspots and Overcoming Setbacks w/ Nabill Idrisi (TPS 160)

Nabill Idrisi is back on the podcast to discuss the right way to set goals, how to accelerate the results you want, and how coaching and mastermind groups can help you towards your goals. Nabill attended an Asian Efficiency mastermind and in this episode he shares how the clarity he achieved from that even has […]

11 September 2017


Advanced Strategies for Reading Faster and Remembering More w/ Abby Marks-Beale (TPS159)

Advanced Strategies for Reading Faster and Remembering More w/ Abby Marks-Beale (TPS159)

If you’re like most people, you have more reading that you need to do than you can keep up with. Whether it’s a textbook for class, a newsletter for a trade association, or the personal development book that’s been sitting on your nightstand for far too long, we all could you a little help handling […]

4 September 2017


The Productivity Perils of Shiny Object Syndrome & 8 Strategies to Overcome Them (TPS158)

The Productivity Perils of Shiny Object Syndrome & 8 Strategies to Overcome Them (TPS158)

If you find yourself being distracted by the newest app or the latest productivity tool, you’re not alone and it may not even be completely your fault. You might be suffering from Shiny Object Syndrome (SOS). In this episode, Brooks and Mike dive deep into the allure of the new and shiny. We discuss why […]

28 August 2017


10% Entrepreneurship w/ Patrick McGinnis: Achieving Entrepreneurial Freedom Without Sacrificing 9-to-5 Stability (TPS157)

10% Entrepreneurship w/ Patrick McGinnis: Achieving Entrepreneurial Freedom Without Sacrificing 9-to-5 Stability (TPS157)

Ever thought about launching out on your own but been hesitant to make the leap because you didn’t want to give up the security of your day job? In this episode, Mike Schmitz is joined by Patrick McGinnis who explains that you don’t necessarily have to choose one or the other. Patrick is the author […]

21 August 2017


3 Keys to Planning the Perfect Week (TPS156)

3 Keys to Planning the Perfect Week (TPS156)

Do you find yourself wishing you had more time to devote to the things that are really important to you? Chances are it’s not actually a lack of time that’s the problem, it’s how you approach it. Join us as Brooks and Mike break down how to change your mindset so that you can plan […]

14 August 2017


Making Better Decisions: How to Say “No” and When to Say “Yes” (TPS155)

Making Better Decisions: How to Say “No” and When to Say “Yes” (TPS155)

If you feel stressed out or overwhelmed, there’s a good chance it’s because you’ve said “yes” to the wrong things. In this episode, Mike and Brooks cover how to escape this by making better decisions. We show you several strategies you can use today to start making better decisions for your personal and professional life. […]

7 August 2017


How Journaling Can Make You 25% Happier (TPS154)

How Journaling Can Make You 25% Happier (TPS154)

Journaling is a bit of a buzzword in the productivity space, but with good reason. And in this episode, Mike and Brooks explain why it’s so important. They dive into the many benefits of journaling, and share 5 tips for making journaling actionable and effective. They explain how to implement a journaling habit, recommend some […]

31 July 2017


How To Run an Effective and Highly Efficient Remote Team (TPS153)

How To Run an Effective and Highly Efficient Remote Team (TPS153)

Ever dreamt about working remotely? It’s not all sunshine and rainbows – there’s a lot of things people don’t see that go into making a remote team operate successfully. In this episode, Thanh and Brooks go in-depth on the inner workings of Asian Efficiency’s remote team setup and how you can run an effective remote […]

24 July 2017


How to Beat Your Brain and Conquer Cognitive Biases to Make Better Decisions (TPS152)

How to Beat Your Brain and Conquer Cognitive Biases to Make Better Decisions (TPS152)

The average person makes over 35,000 decisions in a single day, but many times we make wrong decisions because of our own cognitive biases which influence how we see our situation. In this episode, Brooks and Mike talk about the different sources of cognitive biases and how they impact our ability to make good, rational decisions. They […]

17 July 2017


How to Make Sure Your Projects and Tasks are the Right Ones (TPS151)

How to Make Sure Your Projects and Tasks are the Right Ones (TPS151)

The average person has somewhere between 300-500 hours worth of tasks they need to complete, but how can you be sure they are the right ones? With so much that needs to get done, you can’t afford to waste your time on the wrong things. Brooks and Mike discuss how to achieve clarity from knowing that […]

10 July 2017


How to Bounce Back When Everything Goes Wrong (TPS150)

How to Bounce Back When Everything Goes Wrong (TPS150)

Have you ever felt like everything was going wrong you had no idea what to do? On this episode, we celebrate 3 million podcast downloads by opening up about the times when it looked like we weren’t going to make it. We look back on our journey to accomplishing this podcast milestone, and talk about how we overcame 5 […]

3 July 2017


How to Get GTD to Work For You: Simple Strategies For Managing Your Inboxes And Capturing Information (TPS149)

How to Get GTD to Work For You: Simple Strategies For Managing Your Inboxes And Capturing Information (TPS149)

Ever tried to implement Getting Things Done (GTD) and find it just won’t stick for you? In this episode, we’ll break down this popular productivity system and show you where the common failure points are so you can avoid making the same mistakes as countless others. Even if you don’t like GTD and use something […]

26 June 2017


What to Do When You Feel Stuck and Need a Fresh Start (TPS148)

What to Do When You Feel Stuck and Need a Fresh Start (TPS148)

Have you ever felt stressed from being overcommitted but didn’t know how to fix the situation? You need someone who can show you how to break out of the mundane and make sure you’re moving in the right direction towards creating your ideal future. If so, you’re not alone. Many people feel completely overwhelmed with everything they need […]

19 June 2017


The Productivity Killer We Face 35,000 Times Each Day (TPS147)

The Productivity Killer We Face 35,000 Times Each Day (TPS147)

The average person makes over 35,000 decisions per day, which can easily leave you too tired to take action on your most important tasks (or MITs). In this episode, Mike and Thanh tackle decision fatigue, and show you how to exercise all the tools at your disposal so that you don’t get burned out or make […]

12 June 2017


How to Regain Control and Balance When You Wear Many Different Hats (TPS146)

How to Regain Control and Balance When You Wear Many Different Hats (TPS146)

Do you always have too much to do? You’re not alone. Life in today’s society can be complicated as it’s common for people to have more than just work and home to think about. It can be extremely difficult to maintain balance between your different areas of responsibility. If you find yourself stressed about or feeling like you […]

5 June 2017


4 Strategies for Developing Your Focus Muscle and Creating the Future You’ve Always Dreamed of (TPS145)

4 Strategies for Developing Your Focus Muscle and Creating the Future You’ve Always Dreamed of (TPS145)

Being able to focus is a lost art in today’s society, but it’s also extremely important (and valuable). Distractions are everywhere, and we’re constantly being interrupted by our technology and other people. We want to teach you how you can overcome the business and create the future you’ve always dreamed of by focusing on what’s really […]

29 May 2017


4 Keys to Mastering the Work That You Love Through Effective Deliberate Practice (TPS144)

4 Keys to Mastering the Work That You Love Through Effective Deliberate Practice (TPS144)

Does it really take 10,000 hours to master a skill? In this episode, we debunk some common misconceptions and share 4 keys to establishing mastery more quickly using focused deep work. We explain the major benefits that come with doing deep work and give you practical tips for implementing it no matter how busy you are to […]

22 May 2017


The CEO’s Secret to Productivity: An Executive Assistant (TPS143)

The CEO’s Secret to Productivity: An Executive Assistant (TPS143)

Ever wish you had more time? Then this special episode about how to find, hire, and make productive use of executive assistants is for you. Thanh Pham is joined by Charles Ngo, an expert who has hired and worked with executive assistants for many years. Charles is actually the person responsible for Thanh recently hiring his first […]

15 May 2017


Why Time Management Doesn’t Work & Why You Should Focus on Energy Instead (TPS142)

Why Time Management Doesn’t Work & Why You Should Focus on Energy Instead (TPS142)

Ever wonder why some people seem to get so much more done than others? We all have the same 24 hours in a day, but some people are much more productive and the secret to this next-level productivity is not traditional time management but actually energy management. Energy management is a force multiplier for how productive you are […]

8 May 2017


5 Tips to Work Smarter and More Effectively with Evernote (TPS141)

5 Tips to Work Smarter and More Effectively with Evernote (TPS141)

Certified Evernote expert Charles Byrd joins us on the podcast to discuss the ins and outs of working smarter with Evernote. Charles has years of experience teaching people how to use Evernote more efficiently and has tons of tips for creating systems, pulling up information quickly, and doing more with Evernote apps. In this episode, Charles shows us how to […]

1 May 2017


How to Find Balance While Working in a Corporate Culture (TPS140)

How to Find Balance While Working in a Corporate Culture (TPS140)

Ever felt stuck in your job? In this episode, dojo member Gary Smith joins the podcast to share how to develop career capital and maintain personal growth, even when your work culture doesn’t make it easy. Mike and Gary talk about how to balance your personal goals with your corporate responsibilities, why the idea of work-life […]

24 April 2017


Why Pursuing the Work-Life Balance Myth is Hurting Your Productivity (TPS139)

Why Pursuing the Work-Life Balance Myth is Hurting Your Productivity (TPS139)

Ever feel stuck trying to achieve the elusive “work-life balance?” In this episode, we show you why it’s not only impossible to achieve, but also why’s it’s not something you should be striving for anyway. We explain the solution (which is intentional imbalance), and in this episode we show you how to achieve this by working on the areas […]

17 April 2017


How to Take Massive Action on Your Goals by Implementing the 12 Week Year Effectively (TPS138)

How to Take Massive Action on Your Goals by Implementing the 12 Week Year Effectively (TPS138)

Many people make New Year’s resolutions and have grandiose plans for the year, but often fail to follow through and execute on them. In this episode, 12 Week Year 2.0 module creator and Dojo member Brandon Wentland shares how to overcome these common problem by implementing The 12 Week Year method effectively. He shares his experience and how […]

10 April 2017


Overcome the Limitations of GTD to Get Things Done By Using the 2Do App (TPS137)

Overcome the Limitations of GTD to Get Things Done By Using the 2Do App (TPS137)

Are you frustrated with the limitations of the Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology? Have you ever wished you could add a second context in your task manager, like OmniFocus? Then you don’t want to miss this episode where we break down the advantages and features of the powerful task manager app, 2Do. Mat Rhein, a […]

3 April 2017


How to Implement Getting Things Done (GTD) Effectively w/ OmniFocus (TPS136)

How to Implement Getting Things Done (GTD) Effectively w/ OmniFocus (TPS136)

OmniFocus is very powerful, but can be difficult to use and might be overkill for your task management needs. Mike and Brooks explain the killer features of this app and how best to use it, so you can decide if it’s worthwhile for you to invest in it. If you’re already an OmniFocus user, you […]

27 March 2017


How to Find and Choose the Perfect Todo List App For You (TPS 135)

How to Find and Choose the Perfect Todo List App For You (TPS 135)

Finding the right todo list app can be extremely difficult. We want to help you shortcut the process by helping you match the correct task manager or todo list app with your specific needs. In this episode, Thanh and Brooks weigh the pros and cons of popular apps like OmniFocus, Trello, Asana, Todoist, and 2Do […]

20 March 2017


6 Ways to Replace Emails, Meetings, and Other Corporate Time Wasters by Using Slack / HipChat (TPS 134)

6 Ways to Replace Emails, Meetings, and Other Corporate Time Wasters by Using Slack / HipChat (TPS 134)

We have completely replaced internal emails at Asian Efficiency. No one sends emails to co-workers anymore. Think it’s impossible? It’s not. You can do it too within your team and organization. There’s one communication and collaboration tool that you need. That’s either HipChat or Slack. In this episode we discuss how we’ve replaced company emails […]

13 March 2017


10 Practical Tips for Identifying and Implementing Core Values With Your Family (TPS133)

10 Practical Tips for Identifying and Implementing Core Values With Your Family (TPS133)

Mike is joined by his wife Rachel share her perspective on the topic of core values and vision. They share the process they followed to created a vision and set of core values for themselves and their family, and they discuss how they came to their values as well as 10 handy tips for identifying and […]

6 March 2017


This 1 Psychological Fear Is Holding You Back From Being Uber Productive (TPS132)

This 1 Psychological Fear Is Holding You Back From Being Uber Productive (TPS132)

This episode is all about FOMO – The Fear of Missing Out. It’s a troubling trend with major productivity costs, and Mike and Thanh help you understand and solve it. They chat about FOMO’s symptoms and common causes, as well as 9 tips to help you overcome it once and for all. Cheat Sheet Why […]

27 February 2017


Why Mindmapping is Better than Outlining, Except When it Isn’t (TPS131)

Why Mindmapping is Better than Outlining, Except When it Isn’t (TPS131)

What’s the best way to brainstorm and take notes? We discuss mindmapping vs outlining, and when to use each technique. There are times when you should mind maps – especially if you have the personality type for it. For others, outlines and text notes might be superior. Listen to this episode to find out which […]

20 February 2017


8 Strategies for Waking Up Early and Becoming a Morning Person (TPS130)

8 Strategies for Waking Up Early and Becoming a Morning Person (TPS130)

Today we are talking about getting up early – a polarizing topic and one that we’ve discussed a lot with our community lately. Thanh and Mike share 8 strategies for getting up early, finding the motivation to get up earlier, and things you should avoid when you do get up ahead of the sun. Cheat […]

13 February 2017


The 2017 Essential Mac Productivity Apps (TPS129)

The 2017 Essential Mac Productivity Apps (TPS129)

Brooks and Mike go round-by-round picking their top 10 essential Mac productivity apps. From menu-bar apps to task managers, this is the definitive list for 2017 on a Mac. The 2017 Essential Mac Productivity Draft Round 1 Brooks: 1Password Mike: TextExpander Round 2 Brooks: Alfred Mike: OmniFocus Round 3 Brooks: Hazel Mike: nvALT Round 4 […]

6 February 2017

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