Productivity Made Personal

About the show

Being productive and effective is a journey, not a destination. You must embrace the process. Join Justin DiRose as he shares his productivity journey in hopes to help you along on yours.

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  • 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?

  • 39: Stop Switching Tools

    November 22nd, 2019  |  7 mins 52 secs

    In productivity, we try to avoid context switching our tasks, but what about our tools?

  • 38: Smartphone as Utility

    November 15th, 2019  |  8 mins 6 secs

    Your smartphone can either be a portal to the world, or a tool in your pocket.

  • 37: Tips for Getting a Remote Job

    November 8th, 2019  |  13 mins 48 secs

    Remote jobs are the gold standard for a lot of job seekers these days. This week, Justin shares some tips to help you get your foot in the door.

  • 36: The Mental Health Struggles of Working Remotely

    November 1st, 2019  |  18 mins 40 secs

    Struggles with loneliness, depression, impostor syndrome, and physical health can come with the territory of being a remote worker -- but you don't have to stay there! This week Justin shares about his struggles and what he's been doing to try to stay above it.