Productivity in Tech: Reflections

Productivity in Tech: Reflections
Reflections from founder of Productivity in Tech, Jay Miller. This podcast was created to encourage you to start thinking about what happened in your day and what you can learn from it.
What are you Working Towards?
Dec 20, 2017 • 6 min
What are you Working Towards?
My Monthly Focus for July 2017: Reduction
Jul 6, 2017 • 8 min
We are constantly adding things to our lives. This month my focus is all about lightening the load I carry daily. I hope this will increase the value (flavor) of the things that I do. The Drawing Board - Udacity Podcast Real Talk with Ashley 466: Doing it…
Staying Committed to Yourself
Jul 1, 2017 • 8 min
Staying committed to a morning routine is critical to success. Sleep, exercise, and meditation are all important. I am committed to staying on a schedule. Some interesting listening/watching: The Sleep Revolution - Bookworm Podcast 7 Ways to Maximize Your…
Too Much Automation and Figuring Out What Works for Me
May 28, 2017 • 9 min
I lost a podcast episode for the first time. This was due to too much automation happening. Gemini Hazel App I also have come to the desicion that I’m going to be sticking with analog productivity for the forseeable future. It’s what works best for me and…
Preparing for May
Apr 30, 2017 • 4 min
The video for this post is available here on our YouTube channel. Watch the Video Now My Focus for the month of May: LEAN
Youtube and a Productivity Detox
Apr 17, 2017 • 7 min
I’ve been doing daily videos. These have been a lot of fun and I don’t put a lot of pressure on myself with them. It’s been a great way to think about ideas more and more. I’m also in the midst of a productivity detox. This is when I stop doing things…
The Only Fool was Me
Apr 1, 2017 • 11 min
What happened this week! CoWorker pushed an update that caused a lot of work for me. I pushed an update that caused a lot of work for me. Lesson Learned Set the expectation with your team. - Let them know if you can’t handle more work - be okay saying no…
Weekly Update and Filling In
Mar 25, 2017 • 13 min
This week was hectic. I got to meet Rob and Saron in person for the first time. I also had to fill in for one of my coworkers. This meant that I deploy the 2.5x rule.
So Many Distractions
Mar 9, 2017 • 5 min
I found out the drain from our house has finally worn down. This and many other distractions have made getting anything done this week very hard.
Being “Too Busy” for Work
Mar 7, 2017 • 8 min
This PITReflection, I address a post from the Facebook group about being “too busy” at work.
Celebrating our Birthday with more Personal Reflections!
Feb 28, 2017 • 5 min
The PITReflections is going back to its old format, but Lee is going to be joining in on the fun bringing his own reflections. Also… Productivity in Tech is a Year Old!! Its been a fun year and I’ve learned a lot. We have a lot of cool things coming in…
What PIT is Meant to Be
Feb 21, 2017 • 26 min
Jay has been working on some things for quite a while. It’s time that he finishes some of these projects that he’s placed. Jay talks a bit about making better decisions. The 5 Whys and 5 Hows - When Clarity Is Just Two Questions Away | Inside Swip
Another Pitfall in the System and the Jay’s new Apple Watch
Feb 16, 2017 • 28 min
Jay finds another problem but thinks he has a compromise. Also, Jay got an Apple Watch and talks about how it has affected his productivity. Great Asynchronous Chat Tools Slack Project Managers Basecamp Trello Flaws with two profiles homebrew Why you…
1 Frog or 100 Crickets
Feb 7, 2017 • 31 min
Jay spends some time thinking about my new idea and explaining my bad procrastination habit. Noah Kagan Presents Rejection Proof - Jia Jang Rejection Therapy – The Original Rejection Therapy Game – Rejection Therapy by Jia Jiang Beleaf is Quitting Rap -…
Why Habits and Thinking about an Isolation Setup
Jan 31, 2017 • 30 min
In this session, Lee and I talk about the benefits and drawbacks to habit trackers and then I reveal my potential breakthrough in my podcasting system. Links Momentum Calm: Meditation to Relax, Focus & Sleep Better on the App Store Headspace
Simplifying the Experience
Jan 23, 2017 • 16 min
In this episode, We recap the results from the gratitude journal and work on identifying key places to simplify my workflow.
The Gratitude Journal
Jan 17, 2017 • 26 min
The first session for Jay and Lee. Jay shares his concerns about not being happy with his setup and Lee makes an unexpected suggestion. Links The most Successful Email I Ever Wrote by Derek Sivers 20 Ways Gratitude Improves Productivity Day One The…
NEW FORMAT - Coaching from Lee Stetson
Jan 10, 2017 • 6 min
We are kicking off a new format for the PITReflections. I have decided that I will be enlisting the help of a productivity coach. This year, quickly becoming the “year of guidance”, I will be working to make myself and Productivity in Tech better in 2017.…
The Balance between Planning and Executing
Jan 4, 2017 • 11 min
Yesterday I was encouraged while planning my next moves on a project at work. I reached out to a friend in the field and as I began to explain my potential solution, he let me know that I was working outside of the realm of his job and knowledge. There…
2017 PIT Resolutions
Jan 3, 2017 • 14 min
title: 2017 PIT Resolutions tags: resolution episode_number: 47 media_url: duration: 14:18 I normally don’t do resolutions for the new year, but this year I have made a few resolutions for…
Returning from the Break and Breaking Things Down with OSMEAC
Dec 28, 2016 • 10 min
This past week I enjoyed a day off and spent time relaxing with my family for the holidays. When I got back into the swing of things, I used a little technique from my military days to start planning. The OSMEAC. In this reflection, I break down the…
They Threw a Bunch of Stuff at the Fan, But it was Cool
Dec 21, 2016 • 7 min
Yesterday, a lot of things came my way, but it was okay. I can definitely see the benefit of journaling in my personal growth! Here is a recap of yesterday! A bunch of work got thrown on my lap after lunch.. Couldn’t get it all done, but it’s no big deal.…
I Understand Why the Holidays were so Silent
Dec 20, 2016 • 7 min
Sorry about not having many episodes last week. Food poisoning and fatigue got the best of me. I made the decision to not release Productivity in Tech Podcast episodes over the Christmas and New Years Holidays. I’ve noticed that I haven’t been giving…
Don’t Let Yourself go Unchecked
Dec 13, 2016 • 4 min
So I couldn’t let PITReflections 42 go unchecked. Man that thing was DEPRESSING! I made yesterday sound absolutely terrible and that’s not fair so I decided to do a second reflection for yesterday. After my meeting I had a pretty quiet day and was able to…
PSA About Anxiety, and My Personal Struggle Yesterday
Dec 13, 2016 • 7 min
I had one of my regular meetings. I tdidn’t think I was prepared for it. Everyone seemed okay with the amount of information that I presented and there was even some greatitude for the work that I put in. I sat down with my boss who was also in the…
Thinking Exercises are a Great Way to Regain Motivation
Dec 9, 2016 • 9 min
I’ve been dealing with low energy and enthusiasm towards many of the projects I’ve needed to accomplish lately. This is common for many people and, if left unchecked, is the first step towards burnout. Something I did yesterday was a thinking exercise…
PITQuestion! How do I Prevent Eye Strain and Headaches Without Taking More Breaks?
Dec 8, 2016 • 6 min
Yesterday, I suffered from a headache while at work. Trying to prevent the headache from getting worse, I kept taking short 5 minute breaks. These breaks did not seem to help and only removed the momentum that I had been building. Takeaways #pitquestion…
I Need to Own Up to My Mistakes
Dec 7, 2016 • 6 min
The past few days have been full of mistakes! PIT Reflections 38: I’m not Perfect, but Nobody Said I was PIT Reflections 37: Get that Frustration out Before you Make a Mistake PIT Reflections 34: 34: Don’t Let False Starts Ruin Your Performance Yesterday…
I’m not Perfect, but Nobody Said I was.
Dec 6, 2016 • 10 min
I lost part of a podcast file. It sucks because that means I cannot release that episode. It also sucks because to me it makes me feel bad. I’m supposed to be one of the productive people. I feel like it reflects poorly on me to not be organized and lose…
Get that Frustration out Before you Make a Mistake
Dec 3, 2016 • 6 min
Yesterday, I got really frustrated and it started affecting my performance. Instead of exploding and being irrational, I decided that I would post my frustration on a service that people wouldn’t see (at least not for very long) Follow me on SnapChat Also…
Under the Weather. Good Thing It’s going to be a Low Power Kind of Day
Dec 2, 2016 • 3 min
I’m not feeling well this morning. But luckily, yesterday I spent the entire day ordering phones so today will be the setups and I will be able to relax a bit. Takeaway for Today: Setup your day so that you can relax when you aren’t feeling well.
Ask for Help! How I Struggle with My Own Advice
Dec 1, 2016 • 8 min
I had people offering to help me handle some of the administrative work that I do for NCSD Entrprenuers. I’m not used to having the help but I’m thinking that I will do it. Links NCSD Entreprenuers PIT 17: Empowering your team with Lucas Miles…
Don’t Let False Starts Ruin Your Performance
Nov 30, 2016 • 8 min
Yesterday I had a terrible start to my day and it carried on into the rest of the day. I definitely let the false start ruin my performance. Takeaway for Today: Don’t Be afraid to start your day over. Get Help from those that have been in your position or…
Dedicated Time is Awesome
Nov 28, 2016 • 4 min
For the first time in a very long time, I was able to focus on projects without distraction. This was because I allotted the first half of my day to focus and knock out some of these goals. Takeaway for Today: If you can come up with a set amount of time.…
Thanksgiving Makeup Episode
Nov 23, 2016 • 3 min
Takeaway for Today: It is all of you that make me better and for that I have to thank you so much!
Making a Template From What Didn’t Work
Nov 22, 2016 • 9 min
Yesterday, I was asked to make a banner for work. The image that they gave me wasn’t the right size and I was then asked to find a replacement image that would be suitable. Instead of just starting from scratch, I took the image that I had and made it…
Be Like Oolong and Get Better with Each Attempt
Nov 21, 2016 • 9 min
I was a part of the first ever San Diego North County Entreprenuers meetup. I had a great time with the people that showed up. We not only talked about businesses and the issues that we see with them sometimes, but we also discussed something that I enjoy…
Three Lessons on Consideration
Nov 21, 2016 • 8 min
The past couple of mornings, I’ve been on both sides of the lacking consideration bug. Yesterday I saw kids of different ages show a lack of consideration, only to see their parents not correct them. Then across last week I didn’t show consideration when…
Be Who you Want to Be
Nov 20, 2016 • 6 min
I was asked a few times by family members what I was doing nowadays. Instead of telling them about my job. I took the oppotunity to tell them about the podcast and the communitites that I work with. Although this opportunity didn’t turn into anything I…
Let’s Play Together
Nov 19, 2016 • 8 min
My wife and I are going to be playing Pokemon Sun and Moon together. I have not been that into pokemon in quite some time. I didn’t actually want the games. I did think it would be a fun experience for my wife and I to play together. There are plenty of…
Finding Passion in your Job instead of Chasing it
Nov 18, 2016 • 8 min
Today I rant about the “chase your dreams mentality and how I find passion in my non-passion job” This reflections was inspired by Martin Leiberman’s Tweet. Would YOU say you love 90% of the things about working in your industry?…
I’M Back And I Was Able To Do It!
Nov 14, 2016 • 9 min
It’s so great to be back! I’ve been working extremely hard to get everything moved over. If you want to know everything that I accomplished be sure to check out my blog post about it. Takeaways for today (Click to Tweet): You don’t know how what you are…
Alright To Be Wrong
Oct 30, 2016 • 5 min
I was wrong earlier. I yelled at Playstation because of my misunderstanding of one of their services. @playstation you are advertising the world series on Fox but your fox lineup is ondemand…. and doesn't show the series.— Jay…
Treat it Like your Life
Oct 28, 2016 • 8 min
Focus on the One Thing
Oct 27, 2016 • 9 min
This week I reveal a technique that I sometimes use to stay focused on just one thing. My Takeaway for today (Click to Tweet): In most cases it’s often better to just focus on (ONLY) one thing. Join one (or more) of our Social Network Communities Join our…
Oct 26, 2016 • 9 min
So I have my first rant on PITReflections. Earier today I posted the following tweet. I can’t fathom how you tweet 100 times in 5 days and they are all links and no engagement. — Jay Miller (@kjaymiller) October 26, 2016 This…
You Shouldn’t Help Everyone
Oct 26, 2016 • 6 min
I tried helping someone and it could have gotten me in trouble. It made me think about all the things that I may have helped with out of some sick form of obligation. I wanted to encourage you and let you know that you don’t have to help people make…
Don’t be a Know it All
Oct 24, 2016 • 6 min
I learned something new today in an area that I thought I was pretty familiar (or so I thought). Just a reminder of how much I still didn’t know. My Takeaway for today (Click to Tweet): Even when you know a lot, you probably don’t know it all. Join one…
Horrible Assumptions
Oct 24, 2016 • 6 min
I made from horrible assumptions about Tijuana. I actually enjoyed my time very much. Join one (or more) of our Social Network Communities Join our Facebook Group Follow us on Twitter Twitter - @prodintech Help Share Productivity…
Make Some Time so You can Stay on Track
Oct 21, 2016 • 11 min
I had a little bit of a reflection from Anthony Gauna’s Vlog and I thought I would talk a little about why I even do reflections. I really believe that if you don’t take some time for yourself and “meditate” you allow things to stay in your head. In this…
Going Forward, Going LIVE
Oct 20, 2016 • 12 min
Today I held the first pitreflections LIVE! To catch the next one, be sure to join the Productivity in Tech Facebook group! Tonight I talk about the stress that I had discovering that I had overbooked for the podcast. I came up with a plan and decided to…
Don’t be “Chicken”. Just ask
Oct 19, 2016 • 9 min
As I sat in the drive through I thought I would reflect on something that happened to me today. I messed up my favorite air of boots while working today. But instead of just complaining or sulking about it. I decided to speak up and ask the company…
Discover the true nature of people
Oct 18, 2016 • 9 min
Queen Elizabeth II is the Queen of the United Kingdom. While her subjects know better, many foreigners to the British Isles may often refer to her as the Queen of England. Why because although she was born in London. Her lineage is more that of German…
So Little Anxiety
Oct 17, 2016 • 7 min
I spent this weekend with very limited usage of my phone. I wound up not getting a lot of emails and notifications that tend to happen. It was a great feeling My Takeaway for today (Click to Tweet) Make sure the things you are anxious for are worth the…
Your Environment Dictates your Output
Oct 14, 2016 • 6 min
I’ve had the opportunity to change my work environment for a few weeks. Just by adding some lighting. I’ve genuinely been happier at work. This got me thinking about my overall work environment. My Tips Be Comfortable (transition between sitting and…
Don’t Blow Smoke
Oct 13, 2016 • 11 min
Tonight my brother Alex Esparza joins us as we share our reflections from the SDTECH Mixer. I (as well as Alex) met a lot of people and learn some amazing things. I can’t wait to chat with them again and have a few of them on the show! I also learned…
Pushing through the Pain
Oct 12, 2016 • 12 min
My Leg Hurts a LOT! My weekly bowling league night was a little more painful than usual. Having overworked (Another lesson learned) my knee and thigh were not feeling too great. I started off bowling well but eventually the pain was something I was…
Faith-Based Productivity
Oct 11, 2016 • 12 min
Today Reflection is in response to a question from PIT Facebook Group Member Konstantin Panin. He asks: “How does my faith in Christ affect my work and productivity?” My involvement in our Church (as a pastor) has allowed me to really put what I’m doing…
Birthday and Reflections on This Year!
Oct 6, 2016 • 10 min
Tomorrow is my birthday! I’ve learned a lot this year. I learned that I can do a lot. I did a lot this year, but I didn’t do a “whole” lot. Whole is a completing factor. Whole is the thing that makes you feel full. I managed to accomplish many things but…
Stay Calm and Focus on the Single Point
Oct 5, 2016 • 9 min
I was cooler than a polar bear at the north pole eating ice-cream on a block of dry ice. When the system crashed, I have kept a clear head and was able focus on the issue. I used that same principle to take things one step at a time and accomplish my…
My New Digital Notebook and Taking it One Thing at a Time
Oct 4, 2016 • 10 min
I found a digital notebook replacement! It only took me two years! inkdrop My Takeaway for today (Click to Tweet): Keep looking for the perfect thing for you! Take it one thing at a time and truly focus on it. The PITReflectsion is now on it’s own podcast…
Good Enough is Better than Perfect
Oct 3, 2016 • 6 min
This weekend I didn’t do too much. It’s been a long busy week, and I wanted to relax a bit. Only problem was there was my big project needed to be finished. I had a lot of plans for this episode. A lot of little things I wanted to bring to it. In the end…
Self-Worth, Gratitude, and Perspective
Oct 3, 2016 • 11 min
I’ve been a little hard on myself. I’ve been pushing myself to do more and more. It’s time that I relaxed a bit. Why have I been so difficult. It’s because I treat myself like a failure. I know it’s not true. I should be lifting myself up, instead I’m…
Proactive vs Reactive Work and Essentialism
Oct 3, 2016 • 7 min
PIT Reflections 03: Today’s Buffer Chat on Essentialism made me wonder about whether my job was proactive or reactive. This is very much like the conversation I had with Rob Freelow. Proactive - working towards and thinking about the things that you would…
Being Authentic but Knowing your Audience
Oct 3, 2016 • 9 min
Productivity in Tech Reflections Well I tried to be myself… Too bad the people I was talking to didn’t really care about that. I’m learned another valuable lesson today. While it is important to be authentic and true to yourself. You have to remember that…
Fear, Anxiety, and Doing You
Oct 2, 2016 • 17 min
Productivity in Tech Daily Reflections Daily reflections is a audio journal that I am sharing with you guys. I hope this will inspire you to record your thoughts and use them to come up with insights to guide you through your week. Last night was the…