My Top 10 Productivity Hacks [Podcast S07E09]

How to Supercharge Your Day

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 9 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss my top 10 productivity hacks.

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Many people feel overwhelmed because they can’t get everything done. But you can get better at productivity. It’s like a muscle. The more you work on it, the more productive you’ll become. Today, we’re going to give you some of our best tips on how to make the most of your working hours—without working more hours.

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"Don't fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today." -Unknown

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My Favorite iOS Apps for Taking Notes with iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

7 Apps That Finally Make the Dream of Digital Note-Taking Fun and Easy

I have had a long and tempestuous history with the iPad. It started with the first generation iPad released in 2010. I then bought every new generation, hoping that it would become a tool I could use in meetings to take notes, add tasks to my to-do list, and do research.

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Eventually, I stopped using each device and gave it to the grandkids. In real-world use, I found note-taking especially cumbersome. I momentarily got my hopes up when Apple released the iPad Air 2 when I bought it in November 2014. I also bought and tried just about every stylus on the market.

Don’t Quit Before the Whistle Blows

3 Reasons to Stay in the Game When You Face a Major Setback

What do you do when you find yourself down on the track while the race goes on without you? We all trip and fall. The question is what comes next?

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Heather Dorniden, now Kampf, is a highly decorated runner with an impressive string of accomplishments. But what’s most impressive was the time she won first place in the 600 meter dash—after falling flat on her face.

Leadership at the Symphony [Podcast S07E08]

8 Lessons from a Conductor

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 8 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss some of the lessons I learned from a conductor on a recent trip to the Nashville Symphony.

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Gail and I were amazed at the beauty and skill demonstrated by the musicians. But what really stood out was the conductor. It didn’t take long for me to begin seeing some clear parallels between conducting an orchestra and other leadership opportunities.

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"Success is not final. Failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts." -Winston Churchill

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The Real Reason Your Message Isn’t Getting the Traction it Deserves

Top Influencers Share How to Stand Out and Be Heard

One of the things I love about what I do is having the opportunity to learn and then share what I’ve learned with you. I recently spoke with twenty hugely successful entrepreneurs and influencers about how they cut through the noise and get heard.


I’ve distilled what I learned down to eleven strategies, and I’m making them available here in a free new ebook called Maximize Your Message: How the Top Influencers in the World Get Heard and Make a Difference. If you’ve got something to say or sell, you’re going to love this.

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The Fastest, Cheapest Way to Learn Evernote

Fresh Edition of ‘Evernote Essentials’ Offers More Value than Ever Before

I am an Evernote junkie. I use it everyday. It is a major part of my workflow. In fact, I have written dozens of posts about it.

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But often people are overwhelmed by it. They aren’t quite sure where to begin. I always recommend they get a copy of Brett Kelly’s amazing ebook, Evernote Essentials.

Why Going Outdoors Makes You Smarter, Stronger, and More Spiritual

3 Life-Changing Benefits of Nature You Can’t Afford to Miss

Whether we’re in our homes, in our cars, or in our offices, we spend most of our days removed from nature—and it’s not good for us.


I just returned from a week in the hills and woods of East Tennessee. One of my favorite moments was fly fishing Hesse Creek. It’s world famous for trout, and I had seven on my line and landed two of the most beautiful rainbows ever. It was simultaneously restful and exhilarating.

We all know about the environmental benefits trees and other plants provide. But how often do we take advantage of the mental, physical, and spiritual benefits available from nature?

6 Strategies to Become a Better Conversationalist [Podcast S07E07]

(And Why It Matters)

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 7 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss our best tips for becoming a more engaging conversationalist.

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Like riding a bike or driving a car, conversation is a skill that requires practice to improve. Today we’re going to give you some of our most impactful strategies.

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"The greatest danger for most of us is not that we aim too high and we miss it, but we aim too low and reach it." -Michelangelo

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