Ep-10 – Interview with Ben Carpel, Cyfe CEO

This episode we interviewed a CEO making large strides in helping companies be more focused and productive. We’re happy to have had Ben Carpel as our guest. Ben talks to us about his CEO journey, the tools he uses, and how he helps his team keep true to their strengths.

If you enjoyed this episode, let us know on Twitter.

Cyfe can help you monitor your business.

Cyfe helps present the important data to drive your business forward. You can monitor everything from one app. If you don’t have a business dashboard, give Cyfe a try.

We see much benefit to having a Cyfe dashboard in your business. The data presented with Cyfe can keep your sales team motivated, customer supported team focused, and your entire company paralleled to the pulse of your vision.

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Ep-9 – How productivity can dehumanize us.

In this episode, we talk about how productivity can dehumanize us. We sometimes get too focused on getting things done and getting ahead. We forget to build relationships or forget that we have other areas in our lives to balance too.

To get a better perspective on the subject, we interviewed Dr. Ray Van Neste, an author and professor at Union University.

We hope you enjoy!

If you have any question or comments, we’d love to hear them on Twitter. Tweet, join and follow us. 🙂
https://twitter.com/staypropodcast


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Ep-8 – Kanban Boards for Productivity

What is a Kanban board? (our definition)
A visual way to represent and manage a team’s process and progress.

In this episode, we share why a person or team would use a Kanban board, and how to get started using one yourself.


Ep-7 – Productive During Down Time

Squeezing every bit out of our time is the goal. The question we ask in this episode is, how do we make the best of our ‘down’ time?

When we don’t have a ton of time but have a few senses to spar, we try to make the most of it.

You possibly find yourself in the same places or situations where you have a moment you could consume content or organize your day. Maybe at the gym listening to podcasts or dictating notes while driving in the car, there are lots of things to be accomplished during our other activities.

Here, a list podcasts we mention in the show:
– Podcasts
– Cortex
– Plant Money
– On the Media
– Startup!
– Surprisingly Awesome
– Entreleadership
– ASKGARYVEE
– The Businessology

We hope you enjoyed the episode, and we wish you a productive week!


Episode 6.5 – Aftermath of Marci Harris Interview

This aftermath recording originated from our previous episode. We talked about how Marci Harris stay productive how how she keeps her remote team motivated and moving. Check it out first if you haven’t listened to it yet.

Quick takeaways from interview:
– Running slack as an information radiator
– Family does help place boundaries
– A leader helps keep the communication flow open through the team
– Small victories are important to getting out of a down day

Short and sweet. 🙂


Episode 6 – Interviewing Marci Harris with Popvox

In this episode we get to hear from Marci Harris and how she stays productive with remote team and her company Popvox.

Here are the questions we ask Marci:
– What tools do you use to stay productive?
– You have a distributed team and travel for business: do you maintain a work life balance? If so how?
– What friction or frustrations are there in your workflow or team?
– Do you have a process for how you go about work? Systems around meetings and such to make the most of each day?
– In the light or productivity, what is your top tip for entrepreneurs starting out?
– What keeps you motivated?

We hope you liked this episode with Marci and look forward to your feedback, you productive peeps!

If you haven’t yet, don’t forget to join Popvox, and follow Marci on twitter.

Support the show:
– Kevin is a happy customer and advicate of Backblaze to backup his computer. In addition to his backup copy at home, this service from Backblaze gives him a remote backup copy. It’s a solution that runs automatically to keep his files safe in a remote location. Support the show by giving Backblaze a shot.

Get in touch with us:
Ask us a question about building systems on Twitter.


Episode 5 – Asana

What task management software do we use to stay productive?
Asana, a great software solution for getting things done.

In this episode we talk about our love of working with Asana and how we conquer our day using it.

We mention following about us and Asana:
– common uses
– favorites
– tips

We hope you enjoyed this episode and look forward to your feedback, questions, and high-fives.

Support the show:
– Kevin uses Backblaze to backup his computer to the cloud. It’s a solution that runs automatically to keep his files safe in a remote location. Support the show by giving Backblaze a shot.

Show us some love:
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Episode 4 – Systems

What are systems, and how do they help productivity?
Systems are processes that help build in consistency and productivity. It helps leave less to chance. Systems are a plan to carry you and your team from start to finish.

In this podcast we mention the systems we’ve made to help us make be more productive. Enjoy the show!

Topics mentioned:
– systems explained
– automation
– offloading your brain into technology
– rituals

Books mentioned and lesson learned:
– The Ulimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes (Amazon) – Teaches how to build systems that will help you scale the important parts of your business, sales and hiring.

We hope you enjoyed this episode and look forward to your feedback, questions, and fist-bumps.

Support the show:
– Find out more about our half day productivity workshop for you business.
BackBlaze to automate computer backups. Set it and forget it, until you need it.
– See if you your productivity is in need of a set of noise-canceling headphones. Try the Stay Productive Headphones Guide
– Want to see see the other tools we use and books we read? Checkout our resources page.

Ask us a question about building systems on Twitter.


Episode 3 – Gaining Focus

What does it mean to stay focused?
Removing all possible distractions so that a task can be completed in the most efficient amount of time.

Below are some ways we have found that help us stay productive.

Pomodoro Technique
Is a method of turning off distractions and preventing burnout. You can set a time for 25 minutes. During this time you are zoned in on a single task at a time, but possibly completing many tasks during a pomodoro (segment of time). When the timer goes off, take a 5 minute break. Rinse and repeat.

Checking out the Pomodoro tool as a Google Chrome extension.

Zero Inbox
A method to where you bring your email inbox to zero unread messages. This looming number of unread emails can be distracting. Getting to zero throughout the day has it’s elements of satisfaction and can help with keeping your focused.

Focus Music
Listening to music that keeps your brain focused. Here are some playlists that we mentioned and listen to.
Productive Morning on Spotify
Deep Focus on Spotify

Quick Tips For Getting Focused
– wearing a hat (18% productivity boost)
– setting hard stops in meetings (defining the start/stop)
– silence your phone and turning on Do Not Disturb
– being ruthless about not talking to people (boundaries)

Headphones Guide
We created a simple guide to help you decide if you need a set of noise-canceling headphones. We find them to be a solid investment for anyone looking for less distractions during work. Try the questionnaire.
Stay Productive Headphones Guide

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Books mentioned and lesson learned:
– Linchpin by Seth Godin – Mentions how the primal brain is focused on survival and keeping you safe. The “lizard brain” where instincts and gut feelings originate. This is the part of our brains that keep us from being focused and completing a goal.

– Bounce by Matthew Syed – Intense practice helps you get you where you want to go. This book revolves around the 10,000 hour rule to becoming a master in your craft. It a great read for those who are still wondering what career is right for them.

We hope you enjoyed this episode and look forward to your feedback, questions, and high-fives. Cheers!

Support the show:
– Find out more about our half day productivity workshop for you business.
– Want to see see the other tools we use and books we read? Checkout our resources page.

Ask us a question about staying focused on Twitter.


Ep-02 Scheduling Theory and Tools

What is the theory behind scheduling?
Making the right decisions of how our time is spent.

Here is how to add up hours, in brackets, in Asana:
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Tools We Mention:
Asana
– Create todo lists. Schedule your work by priority and due date. Collaborate with multiple teams. It’s our most used tool hands down.

Calendly
– Send a Calendly link that shows your availability and let them pick the time that fits both of your schedules.

Doodle
– Allows multiple people to share what day will work best for a meeting. The result shows a spreadsheet of everyone’s entry of times that work best.

Google Calendar
– Add events to your calendar and share it with everyone.

We forgot to talk about Pomodoro. 

Books mentioned and lesson learned:
– The One Thing by Gary Keller – Schedule your most important task at the begining of your day, every day.

Support the show:
– Find out more about our half day productivity workshop for you business.
– Want to see see the other tools we use and books we read? Checkout our resources page.

Ask us a question on Twitter.