Things I’ve Learned from Podcasts – #9

Here’s the first 2017 installment in my series of posts about podcast episodes I’ve listened to recently, along with “my takeaways” from each.

Beyond the To-Do List, #136 – Minimalism: Joshua Becker on paying the proper attention to the right things.

Host Erik Fisher interviewed Joshua Becker, author of Simplify and The More of Less. While many think they need to pare down everything, get rid of everything, the interview

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highlighted that the goal is really not to eliminate everything, but to eliminate what is not necessary. Becker used the advance from his first book to found The Hope Effect, dedicated to improving the lives of orphans.

My takeaways:

* Thinking about your email inbox, paring it down, it’s not about having zero things in your inbox, but about having the right things. Continue reading

Things I’ve Learned from Podcasts – #8

Here’s another installment in my series of posts about podcast episodes I’ve listened to recently, along with “my takeaways” from each.

Happier, with Gretchen Rubin, Episode 68 – “How to Be On Time”

My Takeaways:

Being on time: People are either always late or always on time. If you are always late, what can you do?

timeBegin by asking “Why are you late?” Do you sleep in because you’re exhausted? Are you just trying to get that one last thing done before you leave? If it’s the latter, try thinking in terms of “What will I do as soon as I get there?” That gives you an incentive to get there early or on time. Make it something that’s pulling you toward your destination, instead of keeping you from leaving. Continue reading

More Things I’ve Learned from Podcasts

podcast_smThis is the third post in an ongoing series to offer insights I’ve gained from podcasts I’ve listened to recently. I listen to podcasts when exercising, eating lunch, or making dinner, also when traveling on long bus trips or flights.

Here are three episodes I listened to recently, along with “my takeaways” from each.

1. Happier with Gretchen Rubin – Episode 33: Try a Boot Camp – and Have You Ever Experienced a “Lightning Bolt” Change in Habits?

My takeaways on the Boot Camp topic:

A Boot Camp is not something that’s sustainable, but is good if you just want to throw all of your energy into something for a very short amount of time, and it can lead to a breakthrough. It isn’t necessarily a good way to change your habits. “A habit is something we have to do forever. A Boot Camp – a period of intense focus – can help you get into something and then, once you’re into it, then you can start working on developing the habits that can be sustainable for the long term.” Continue reading