2022 Yearly Themes

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/82xfeq/Ep_66_-_2022_Yearly_Themes7qmto.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS | More Another year another round of themes complete. Themes are an important framework for us here at The Productivity Lab. Unlike resolutions, a theme is more flexible and functions more as a guiding star than a solid goal. Themes, unlike resolutions, are (nearly) impenetrable to failure which is why we love so much. In this episode, Read more…

Deep Work Book Review

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/2mhsqf/TPL_E65_Deep_Work_mixdown_LUF.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS | More It’s finally here! Often discussed, finally reviewed: Deep Work by Cal Newport. Deep Work is “the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task.” In this episode, Kyle and Mark dive into a “deep” discussion about the purpose of the book, its philosophies and strategies. Is “Deep Work” possible? Does our work life Read more…

How We Plan

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/z4ea5d/Ep_64_-_How_We_Planb7s1o.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS | More Planning is essential for getting stuff done, some would say it’s just as important as doing. In this episode, Kyle & Mark share their current systems for planning, from the tools they use to their planning philosophies. From Todoist to Trello, from daily planning to year-long projects, learn how the hosts of The Productivity Lab Read more…

Readwise Review

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/ydcs3j/TPL_E63_Readwise_mixdown_LUF.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS | More Often talked about, never reviewed, Kyle and Mark bring the Readwise App into the lab for a review. Do you love reading? Are you a writer? A researcher? A lover of saving all things written? This app may be just for you. Join us as we discuss the app and service features, how we use Read more…

Kyleban Boards

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/pizqrw/Ep_62_-_Kyleban_Boards6pdwq.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS | More Welcome to our first exclusive episode of The Productivity Lab where we draw inspiration not from the web or books, but from each other. As mentioned in the Our (Strange) Habits episode Kyle has a rather unique approach to managing his projects. By combining the rotating priority board mentioned in Refuse to Choose, and the Read more…

Morning Pages Review

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/zvtd8k/TPL_E61-morning-pages_mixdown_LUF.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS | More How about writing three full pages every morning after you wake up? In this episode, Kyle and Mark review the practice of writing morning pages, a practice started by author Julia Cameron. Will Kyle actually hand write his morning pages every morning? Will emptying their mind ready them for the day? Find out all of Read more…

The Practice Book Review

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/r6pnj5/Ep_60_-_The_Practice_Book_Review9h70h.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS | More What sets the professional from the amateur? How does one go from being a novice to being an expert? How can you make sure you’re giving it your all? These are the questions Seth Godin poses in his book The Practice: Shipping Creative Work. In the book, Seth talks about the practice, the everyday grind Read more…

Our (Strange) Habits

The spiritual successor to our lost episode: The Quantified Self.

In this episode, Kyle and Mark discuss some of their productivity habits that they are a bit obsessed about and that may be a bit strange to all of you … even us! Get into this discussion to about our strange habits. All of this and more in this episode of The Productivity Lab!

Daybooks

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/vacurb/Ep_58_-_Day_Booksaa1y6.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS | More In our recent review of Refuse to Choose by Barbra Sher we got interested in a concept brought up a lot throughout the book: the daybook. The daybook, aka the scanner daybook, is a system of capturing and exploring ideas as they come to you. Have a book idea? Write out your first chapter and Read more…

Rebroadcast: Scary Fast Book Review

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/6unrbf/TPL_E57_Rebroadcast_Scary_Fast_mixdown_LUF.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS | More This is a rebroadcast of Episode 30: Scary Fast Book Review. Today we take a turn from the best sellers list and take a deep dive into the self publishing scene within our work of productivity. In this episode Kyle & Mark review Scary Fast, a little known book by Canadian-American author Brian Michael Stegner. Read more…