Do You Really Want Work-Life Balance? [Podcast S08E12]

The Surprising Alternative

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 12 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the surprising alternative to achieving work-life balance.

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There are more demands on our time and attention than ever before. Is it even possible to be successful in both your professional and personal life? I think so. In today’s podcast, we give you five suggestions for aligning your home and work life with your highest values.

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How Elite Entrepreneurs and Executives Stay Focused and Productive

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I was stunned when I saw the statistic. According to a LinkedIn survey, only 11 percent of professionals actually complete their daily to-do lists. Why so few?

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“Survey respondents pointed to unplanned tasks (such as unscheduled phone calls, emails and meetings) as the primary cause for not completing all items on their to-do lists,” the organization said. In other words, interruptions are the primary culprit.

When I surveyed my own audience about productivity, they said the same thing. Constant interruptions and distractions are the No. 1 obstacle we face in staying productive and accomplishing our most important projects.

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Why Discomfort Is Good for You

3 Reasons We Should Jump Outside Our Comfort Zones

Think you have big goals? Think again. Over the summer, long-distance runner Dean Karnazes ran the Silk Road Ultramarathon. He covered 326 miles through the deserts and mountains of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan in just eleven days.

Dean Karnazes running

Before that, Karnazes reproduced the world’s first marathon, a 153-mile run from Athens to Sparta. He details that adventure in a new book out this fall, The Road to Sparta. I can’t wait to read it. But these are only the most recent in a long string of accomplishments.

How to Quickly Create Killer Blog Posts [Podcast S08E11]

My 7 Step System

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 11 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss 7 steps you can take to quickly create killer blog posts.

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Those of us who invest our time in crafting original blog content want to make sure that our investment has a good return. We want to provide great content, but we have limited time. In today’s podcast, we give you a seven step system for getting the most traction for your blogging efforts.

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Take My New Personal Productivity Self-Assessment

Discover Your Productivity Score and How to Improve It

How productive are you? I wanted a way to help people answer that question, so earlier this summer I started working on a productivity self-assessment. I beta tested it in July with a special Facebook group. And now it’s finally ready to share.


If you want directions to a desired destination, you need at least two pieces of info: the end point and the start point. Apps like Waze or Google Maps make that easy because they automatically know our current location. But how do you find your current location in other areas of life?

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How to Reach the Next Level of Team Performance

3 Personality Tests We Use to Boost Our Collaboration

I’m an assessment geek. I’m always looking to improve my own performance as well as my team’s. And I find measurement essential for upping our game.

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I first started using personality tests over a decade ago when I became the publisher of Nelson Books. It was a way for me to peek under the hood and see what I could do to drive my performance to the next level.

Pretty quickly I also realized personality assessments gave me a great way to intelligently build my team.

8 Secrets to Escape the Overwhelm [Podcast S08E10]

How to Reclaim Your Sanity

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 10 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to reclaim your sanity when you’re overwhelmed.

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We all get overcommitted from time to time. It happens. Whether you find yourself in that place today or not, we have 8 secrets to help you better understand the dynamics that get us overwhelmed and what to do when it happens.

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"Four steps to achievement- Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently." - William A. Ward

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Their Success Doesn’t Threaten Ours

Why Competition Isn't Always Good

This is a guest post from my friend Lysa TerKeurst, a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author. Her most recent book is Uninvited. Find out more here.

Competition is good. Except when it isn’t. It’s good for board games and sports fields. But it can feel different when it comes to our most important work.

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Navigating the delicate art of comparison and unhealthy competition does not come naturally to me. I’ve wrestled through this. I’ve lost. I’ve won. And I’ve found it incredibly necessary to think about my pursuits in a better way.

7 Steps to Getting Unstuck and Becoming More Productive

Stop Letting Distractions Hold You Back

Be honest. You’re distracted, right? In fact, that’s probably why you are reading this blog post instead of working on that project you should be working on now.


Maybe you’re like my friend, Justin, who told me he was having real trouble making progress on his book. “The deadline is looming,” he admitted. “But I can’t seem to get focused.”

I know the feeling.

Are You Ready to Join the Productivity Revolution?

8 Experts Reveal Game-Changing Insights from the New Science of Productivity

The way we’re doing productivity isn’t working. I hear stories and regrets that confirm it whenever I talk with entrepreneurs, executives, and other busy leaders. The old methods are no match for all the interruptions and distractions of today’s environment.


Thankfully, there’s a new, emerging science of productivity—and you’re invited to listen to eight of the leading experts in the field. In my new Free to Focus Productivity Summit, they’ll be revealing strategies to help you cut out the noise in your life and unleash your true potential at work and at home!

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