Productivity Made Personal

About the show

The world is full of shiny objects and squirrels to chase. What you need is a system and the mindsets to go with it to help you be intentional and stay on track. The thing is, there's no one-size-fits-all method. It's a journey of trial and error, and discovery to find something that works for you. If you've struggled in that adventure, this podcast is for you.

Join productivity nerd and remote worker Justin DiRose in the process of refining your productivity system to get you to where you want to be in life.

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  • 55: Staying Hopeful in a Time of Fear

    March 27th, 2020  |  9 mins 29 secs

    Coronavirus/COVID-19 can put you in a down funk. However, the world is in a better state than it appears, and there's always good to be found to stay hopeful.

  • 54: Automation - Is It Worth It?

    March 20th, 2020  |  14 mins

    Automation can help you do repetitive tasks quickly, but it can also be a huge time sink. We discuss major considerations you need to make when getting into automation and some ways to get started. Plus, Justin shares an update on how he's faring with OmniFocus.

  • 53: What to Do When Life Goes Off the Rails

    March 13th, 2020  |  11 mins 40 secs

    Life has a way of happening and derailing your plans. What do you do when that happens? How do you stay productive and on track? We chat about that this week, plus an update on venturing into Linux.

  • 52: Email Best Practices

    March 6th, 2020  |  12 mins 28 secs

    Email can be the bane of your existence, but there are effective ways to manage it regardless of what kind of job you have. This week, Justin shares some best practices and suggestions for how you might be able to handle your email so it doesn't overwhelm your life and work.

  • 51: Out of Sync

    February 28th, 2020  |  13 mins 51 secs

    This week, Justin's iCloud sync breaks. We also discuss ergonomics and how important it is to invest in your body while you work, and the complications of managing workloads.

  • 50: Rapid Fire Productivity Tips with Francesco D'Alessio

    February 21st, 2020  |  34 mins 34 secs

    This week, Francesco D'Alessio of Keep Productive joins us to discuss 10 rapid fire productivity tips. Plus, we announce the winners of the GIVEAWAY!

  • 49: Building a System of Multiple Tools

    February 14th, 2020  |  9 mins 5 secs

    Common productivity advice often states, "Throw everything you can into one tool to rule them all!" In practice, that doesn't work well. This week, Justin shares how it's better to build a system of many tools to offer greater flexibility and strength while on your productivity journey.

  • 48: Feeling The Pressure of "Have-To"

    February 7th, 2020  |  11 mins 19 secs

    Justin's list has been making him feel like he has to get everything done, but that's not the healthiest thing. He's also continuing to iterate on his use of OmniFocus and other tools, and considering a move to Linux.

  • 47: Tip: Choose a Daily Outcome

    January 31st, 2020  |  7 mins 8 secs

    When there's much to do on your list, it's hard to know when you've succeeded. And if the list isn't done, it can feel like you're falling behind. One tip can help you get above the chaos: choosing a daily outcome. This week we explain the concept and outline some practical ways you can better frame the success of your day.

  • 46: It Feels Like Coming Home

    January 24th, 2020  |  12 mins 20 secs

    Justin discovers a hole in his productivity system and returns to a familiar software to fill it, but with a new approach.

  • 45: Basic Building Blocks of Productivity Systems

    January 17th, 2020  |  10 mins 20 secs

    The basic building blocks of productivity systems aren't a calendar, task manager, and reference system as you might think. Those are tools to manage the building blocks.

    Today, we break down these basic blocks and ways you might choose to manage them.

  • 44: Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work (And What You Should Do Instead)

    January 10th, 2020  |  11 mins 3 secs

    You've probably done the dance with New Year's Resolutions and failed. Why does that happen? And what can you do instead. Justin discusses some alternatives in this week's episode.

  • 43: Defining Your Personal Values

    January 3rd, 2020  |  15 mins 10 secs

    Your values drive every decision you make. Defining them helps you be more intentional on making decisions that line up with your values.

  • 42: Conducting an Annual Review

    December 20th, 2019  |  13 mins 40 secs

    An annual review is a great time to get a big-picture view of your life and the upcoming year. In this episode, Justin walks you through his process of conducting an annual review.

  • 41: Embracing Absence

    December 13th, 2019  |  7 mins 50 secs

    It's better to fill our days with space to process than fill space with stuff to process.

  • 40: Paper Recovery Mode

    December 6th, 2019  |  5 mins 38 secs

    When your system needs catching up, do you fix the system or do the work?