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The show about making small improvements with you and your better half


64: Reducing Your Exposure to Environmental Toxins with Jessica Wall and Dr. Tijana Eby
Oct 10 • 58 min
Joyce Meyer said, "I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you." Brendon Burchard states that if there is one piece of advice he can give to his productivity clients, it would be to take a year and get in the…
63: Make Time (Book Discussion)
Oct 3 • 50 min
Today on the podcast, we discuss the book Make Time by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky. The book helps you to see the value in the Make Time Framework, which helps you to choose what you want to focus on, build energy to do the work you want to do, and then…
62: Gaining Traction in Life Using the Rule of 3s
Sep 26 • 34 min
The pursuit of goals, personal development, even just getting by day-to-day (with or without a task list) can sometimes feel chaotic and never-ending. What if we could use a filter to help us focus on what is really important to us? That's why we…
61: Overcome the Overwhelm with a Weekly (P)review
Sep 19 • 38 min
"We can’t improve what we don’t assess." ~ Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy Lesley and Zachary chat about a weekly (p)review - what it is, how to do it, and how it can help you feel a little more centered and less frazzled even when you're super busy.…
60: How to Make Time for What’s Most Important
Sep 12 • 32 min
All improvements begin by reconnecting with the ideal. ~ Michael Hyatt Today we thought we’d do a deep dive on the concept of the Ideal week; what is is, and how to use it to align your week with your values and to make time for what’s most important to…
59: Rest (Book Discussion)
Sep 5 • 49 min
After a bit of a rest, we're back! And we're talking about the book Rest. We cover the main topics of the book, plus discuss our overall thoughts and a partner perspective: The Problem of Rest The Science of Rest Stimulating Creativity Sustaining…
58: The Power of a Positive No (Book Discussion)
Jul 18 • 43 min
“If you can learn how to say no skillfully and wisely, you can create what you want, protect what you value, and change what doesn’t work.” Today on the podcast, we are discussing the book “The Power of a Positive No - How to Say No and Still Get to Yes”…
57: HQ Review (Summer of Fun Edition)
Jul 12 • 52 min
It’s time for another HQ Review with Lesley & Zach! We love these episodes where we get to check in with what’s going on in our lives, answer any questions that have come up from listeners, and give you a glimpse into how we look at our progress with…
Encore Episode: How to Make Traveling (with a Family) Less Stressful and More Enjoyable
Jul 4 • 56 min
We’re traveling this week, so we hand picked one of our favorite past episodes to revisit — Zach and Lesley have traveled a lot together, both with and without kids, and we’ve compiled a bunch of our best tips for making your trip a little more like a…
56: Shifting Behaviors through Connection - A Conversation with Tosha Schore
Jul 2 • 56 min
Today we’re talking with Tosha Schore! A parent coach for conscious parents, Tosha helps you shift your boy's behaviors through connection. Tosha is committed to creating a more peaceful world, one sweet boy at a time, by supporting parents to care for…
Encore Episode: Mindset in Relationships
Jun 20 • 37 min
We’re traveling this week, so we hand picked one of our favorite past episodes to revisit — in this one, we discuss growth mindset, one of the cornerstones of personal growth and development. We’ll be back next week with a great interview. Until then, we…
55: Tips for Dealing with Stress
Jun 13 • 45 min
Today on podcast, we're continuing our discussion of stress, but focusing more internally on things that you can do for yourself in a season of stress.⠀ We dive into 6 strategies for dealing with stress and anxiety. Set up your guardrails Mel Robbins' 30…
54: Supporting Your Partner Through High Stress Times
Jun 6 • 39 min
Are you feeling stressed!?? How about your partner?? It is inevitable, that at some point in your relationship, you are going to go through something stressful - for one or both of you. Well, today we’re going to talk about how you can not only make it…
53: A Few Favorites
May 30 • 30 min
Last week we said our next episode was going to be about enneagram, but… our guest needed to reschedule, so we’re going to pivot (PIVOT!) and instead talk about our favorite productivity and self development resources. Links:Newsletter Sign-up — Half…
52: The HQ Review w/ Lesley & Zach
May 23 • 49 min
It’s time for another HQ Review with Lesley & Zach! We love these episodes where we get to check in with what’s going on in our lives, answer any questions that have come up from listeners, and give you a glimpse into how we look at our progress with…
51: My Partner Isn’t a Planner
May 16 • 20 min
So last week we talked about Life Planning together as a couple - but WHAT if your partner isn’t a planner? What if they are a reluctant goal setter? Today we dive into this topic, because we know there are lots of you out there in this boat (heck, we’ve…
50: How to Plan Your Life: Together
May 9 • 34 min
Life planning is like building a house. When you build a house, you use a blueprint - it has all the instructions on it, such as where rooms, walls, stairs and windows are going, along with the dimensions, etc. Think of life planning as creating that…
49: The importance of PLAY
May 2 • 31 min
Here’s a question for you: What was so appealing about your partner at the beginning of your relationship? Why did you want to spend time with them? And when you were together - what did you do? Today on the podcast, we’re talking about how to incorporate…
48: 11 Questions to Ask Your Partner
Apr 25 • 58 min
And now for something completely different… we ask and answer Tim Ferris’ questions he posed in Tribe of Mentors. It was really interesting to think through our own answers, plus to listen to each other’s answers. Give it a go yourself: What is the book…
47: Grow Together Using Quarterly Reviews
Apr 18 • 49 min
Today on the podcast, we’re chatting about quarterly goals again. Q1 just finished, and we’re looking forward to our next set of goals for Q2. We break down precisely how to do a quarterly review with your partner. And you guessed it, as with all our…
46: Millionaire Success Habits: Book Discussion
Apr 11 • 51 min
To round out our series on finances, today on the pod, we’re discussing the book Millionaire Success Habits by Dean Graziosi. While this really wasn’t a finance book, per se, what it did was present the reader with self-reflective exercises and habits to…
45: Thinking Together: Financial Struggles and Beyond (with Nikki Beal)
Apr 4 • 54 min
The goal of any marriage is not to think alike, but to think together. Robert C. Dodds This awesome quote was brought to us by our guest — Nikki Beal. Nikki — the brains behind the inspiring Weird Life of Us — is a family finance and frugal living expert,…
44: The Do’s and Don’ts of Budgeting with a Partner
Mar 28 • 54 min
The most important change you can make in your relationship with money is to change your habits surrounding money. Spending money is a habit. Saving money is a habit. Budgeting is a habit. Now a budget for yourself is one thing, but so many other things…
43: How to Talk about Money with Your Partner
Mar 7 • 43 min
Do you talk about money with your partner? Do you sit down weekly and discuss your financial status? Do you know how much you spend in different categories? Do you have debt and if so, do you know how much you have? Do you have financial goals together as…
42: As Many Reps As Possible: Book Discussion
Feb 28 • 47 min
Those of you in the CrossFit world have heard the acronym AMRAP. It stands for As Many Reps As Possible. So, for example in a workout, you could be given 10 minutes to complete as many reps as possible of 10 air squats, 10 double-unders, and 10 push-ups.…
41: Habits for Exercise
Feb 14 • 48 min
We continue our focus on health this month by talking about Exercise. This is a great episode, especially if you set goals for yourself in 2019 to “be more healthy.” We talk about : Why the goal “I want to get in shape” won't get you anywhere Focusing on…
40: Habits for Nutrition
Feb 7 • 57 min
This month on the podcast, we will be focusing on Health - both physical fitness and nutrition. So we're starting the month off by focusing on nutrition, and since we both just read James Clear's Atomic Habits, we thought diving in and discussing habits…
39: Atomic Habits: Book Discussion
Jan 31 • 61 min
What defines you? What makes you, you? James Clear, in his book Atomic Habits, presents strong evidence to the fact that your habits reveal who, in essence, you are. Your actions show how strongly you want something, and how much something means to you.…
38: Matching Your Planner with your Personality with Megan Seeley
Jan 24 • 40 min
When it comes to to-do lists and being productive, one of the biggest things that come to mind is, “I need a planner.” But the question is, what kind of planner? In today’s episode of the podcast, we chat with Megan Seeley about how we can match a planner…
37: Is It Possible to Make Your Partner Change?
Jan 17 • 41 min
The best advice I know of in this situation is, if you want to change someone else, change yourself. People change because they’re inspired by someone else’s example, not because they were coerced into doing it. People change because they see in someone…
36: Simplicity Parenting: Book Discussion
Jan 10 • 54 min
Well, we finally finished the book, Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne. Procrastination much? Moving past the guilt associated with that, this book was good for an end of the year/beginning of the year read, as it forced both of us to assess our…
35: Goal Setting for Couples
Jan 3 • 55 min
Happy New Year! Yep - it’s that time of year when everyone is setting goals and resolutions, or making declarations about what they are going to achieve in 2019. We’re doing the same thing, but with a little twist - goal setting is absolutely something…
34: Bits and Bobs
Dec 19, 2018 • 49 min
Today on HalfBetter, we check in on where we are and what we’re up to as the year comes to a close. It’s a pretty candid conversation about how we’re struggling with a lot of things right now as the year comes to a close. As two people who view ourselves…
33: Cultivating Gratitude
Dec 4, 2018 • 43 min
“Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy." ~ Fred De Witt Van Amburgh With the holidays in full swing around us, gratitude is really top of mind for everyone. Yet, gratitude should not be a seasonal…
32: How (and Why) to Create a Journaling Habit
Nov 13, 2018 • 44 min
Today on the podcast, we talk journaling. If you’re looking at your daily routines and thinking about adding a journaling habit, it can seem really daunting. Today, we break down the why’s and how’s of creating a journaling habit, and we also discuss the…
31: Do You Have Room for Big Magic in Your Life? (Book Discussion)
Nov 6, 2018 • 36 min
This month on the podcast, we’re discussing creativity starting with the book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Do you have room for creativity in your life? Do you allow space for things that make you smile and bring you joy? That brings you beyond the…
30: Mindset in the Workplace
Oct 29, 2018 • 56 min
Today on the podcast, we round out our discussion of Carol Dweck’s book Mindset by discussing how mindset plays a role at work.Links:Spartan Race Inc. Obstacle Course RacesChasing Excellence - Productivity The Incomparable | We’re the Magnificent Seven…
29: How to Encourage Your Children Towards a Growth Mindset
Oct 23, 2018 • 67 min
This week on the podcast, we continue our deep dive discussion of the book Mindset by Carol Dweck with a focus on parenting. We delve into what growth mindset looks like in parenting, what it doesn’t look like, and how to pass on a growth mindset. Growth…
28: Confronting the Myths of Our Health and Fitness Mindset
Oct 15, 2018 • 39 min
What are some things that you can do to get yourself over the negative talk hump? We discuss about viewing health and fitness as a continual work in progress and viewing set-backs as motivating, and not the end all be all. Links:A Star is BornHow to…
27: Mindset in Relationships
Oct 8, 2018 • 36 min
In relationships, there is a whole other layer to the mindset puzzle. There is a me, a you, and a relationship. And ALL THREE can have their own mindset! What a wonderful opportunity for growth, especially if you can view that all three of those pieces in…
26: MINDSET: Are You Fixed or Growth Oriented?
Oct 1, 2018 • 44 min
Today on the podcast, we discuss the book Mindset by Carol S. Dweck, where she explores the two mindsets and how each one affects the way you live and perceive your life. While possessing many layers, the fixed mindset is essentially when you believe that…
25: #achieve2018
Sep 24, 2018 • 44 min
Last weekend, Lesley and Zachary spent some time in Nashville at the Full Focus Planner Achieve Conference. We had such a great time and walked away feeling energized and ready to tackle our goals. On today’s podcast, we talk about some of the great ideas…
24: Back to School Rhythms
Sep 17, 2018 • 37 min
As we head into the school year, we wanted to do a deep dive into our school rituals. For our family, and perhaps for many of you out there, we find that transitioning between seasons can be tough. The changing of rhythms and responsibilities can be…
23: Evaluating Your Relationship (with Your Phone)
Sep 10, 2018 • 69 min
This week on the podcast we discuss the book How to Break Up With Your Phone by Catherine A. Price. While the title of the book may feel daunting, the book is more of a guide to evaluate the use of phone and media technology in your life. Links:How to…
22: Looking Back on Year One
Sep 3, 2018 • 40 min
As Donald Shon says, “Reflective practice is a dialogue of thinking and doing through which I become more skillful.” What Zach and I have learned over the past few years, is that taking the time to continuously reflect on where you are and what you’ve…
21: How to Make Traveling (with a Family) Less Stressful and More Enjoyable
Aug 27, 2018 • 56 min
Zach and Lesley have traveled a lot together, both with and without kids, and we’ve compiled a bunch of our best tips for making your trip a little more like a vacation, even if you do have kids. Links:How to use Do Not Disturb While Driving |…
20: Are you Free to Focus on What’s Really Important?
Aug 20, 2018 • 71 min
We had a great conversation about Michael Hyatt’s Free to Focus course — “a total productivity system designed specifically for executives, entrepreneurs, and leaders, created to help you slay distractions, free your time from interruptions, and finally…
19: Change Your Habits with the Whole Life Challenge
Jul 2, 2018 • 61 min
This week: a conversation about our experience with the Whole Life Challenge. This was the first time that Zachary and Lesley participated in the challenge together; we discussed our experience as individuals, and of course, doing it together as a…
18: Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts - Becoming the Person You Want to Be (Book Discussion)
Jun 18, 2018 • 82 min
Lesley and Zachary have a conversation about the book Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts—Becoming the Person You Want to Be. We each covered a few of our favorite takeaways from the book and then discussed how you can use the information in this book…
17: Money Mindset: Are Limiting Beliefs Stopping You from Reaching Your Goals?
Jun 4, 2018 • 75 min
Lesley and Zachary go deeper on finances, this time chatting about limiting beliefs and how your money thoughts, words, and habits affect your legacy.Links:Well-Being - Whole Life Challenge12 Playlists on Rotation in our Home | The Art of…
16: How to Get on the Same Page with Budgeting and Finances
May 14, 2018 • 83 min
Lesley and Zachary get real about budgeting, personal finance, debt… lots of money talk!Links:Leadercast LiveHow Kat Cole Went from Hooters Girl to President of Cinnabon by Age 32The Time-Energy Paradox - Michael HyattAmazon.com: Lavolta Carrying Case Bag…
15: Social Media
Apr 30, 2018 • 77 min
Lesley and Zachary discuss social media, the news, and how we interact with these supposedly mandatory aspects of modern life.Links:Amazon.com: Miracle Desk Portable Walnut: Kitchen & DiningYNABInspired Productivity – EsingtonThe Pomodoro Technique® -…
14: Tinker, Dabble, Doodle, Try
Apr 17, 2018 • 63 min
Lesley and Zachary chat about the book Tinker, Dabble, Doodle, Try. Also, monkey bars, touching toes, and other elementary school P.E. topics.Links:Tinker Dabble Doodle Try: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind - Kindle edition by Srini Pillay. Health,…
13: Quarterly Reviews
Apr 2, 2018 • 59 min
Lesley and Zachary chat about quarterly reviews — how, where, when to complete them (and what to share with your partner before and afterwards).Links:Gaze deeply into Starbucks new Crystal Ball Frappuccino | Starbucks NewsroomThe Open | CrossFit GamesFull…
12: Search Inside Yourself
Mar 19, 2018 • 65 min
Lesley and Zachary discuss mindfulness and meditation as presented in the book Search Inside Yourself.Links:Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace): Chade-Meng Tan, Daniel Goleman, Jon Kabat-Zinn:…
11: Where to Start
Mar 5, 2018 • 49 min
Lesley and Zachary chat about how they got started on this journey of growth and goals together. Links:Marvel Studios’ Black Panther - Official Trailer - YouTubeThe Open | CrossFit GamesI’m A CHO And You Can Be Too - Natali Morris Natali MorrisBasecamp:…
10: Crucial Conversations
Feb 19, 2018 • 66 min
Lesley and Zachary have a (crucial?) conversation about the book Crucial Conversations.Links:Amazon.com: Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition eBook: Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler: Kindle…
9: Health and Fitness
Feb 5, 2018 • 63 min
Lesley and Zachary talk about health goals — and why fitness and nutrition are so key to productivity and your goals.Links:Free Calorie Counter, Diet & Exercise Journal | MyFitnessPal.comNutrition Coaching | Macro & Flexible Dieting Coach | Working…
8: High Performance Habits
Jan 22, 2018 • 61 min
Lesley read and Zach listened to Brendon Burchard's new book High Performance Habits; it was excellent… and dense! We chat about a few of our favorite takeaways (and acronyms) from the book.Links:Best Year Ever Recap and “Ah-hah’s” – half-better –…
7: Decision Fatigue
Jan 8, 2018 • 61 min
Our brains are making decisions all day, every day… and it can be exhausting. We go over a few tips and tricks (and struggles of our own) to combat decision fatigue.Links:How to Beat Decision Fatigue: The Ultimate GuideBusy Minds and Mental Load | the…
6: Chasing Excellence
Dec 7, 2017 • 48 min
We finished reading Ben Bergeron's book Chasing Excellence. Let's talk about it!Links:Built By BergeronAmazon.com: Chasing Excellence: A Story About Building the World’s Fittest Athletes (Audible Audio Edition): Ben Bergeron, Lioncrest Publishing:…
5: Task Managers
Nov 10, 2017 • 58 min
Lesley and Zach dive into the wonderful world of task managers. (It was a lot of fun… Zach can really geek out on this stuff).Links:YNAB. Personal Budgeting Software for Windows, Mac, iOS and AndroidDavid Allen’s Getting Things Done® MethodologyTo do list…
4: Living Forward
Oct 27, 2017 • 53 min
Lesley and Zach review and chat about their experience reading Living Forward.Links:Amazon.com: Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want eBook: Michael Hyatt, Daniel Harkavy: Kindle StoreFull Focus Planner | A planner by…
3: Execute and Review
Oct 19, 2017 • 52 min
Lesley and Zach are ready to work! And then they learn the value of reviewing the work.Links:Full Focus Planner | A planner by Michael HyattSeth GodinAgile software development - Wikipedia — Agile software development describes a set of values and…
2: SMARTER Goals
Sep 11, 2017 • 39 min
Lesley and Zach continue the Full Focus Planner conversation with SMARTER goals. S - specific M - measurable A - actionable R - realistic T - time-bound E - exciting R - relevantLinks:Airmail - Lightning Fast Mail Client for Mac and iPhoneCrossFit:…
1: Hello and Rituals
Aug 31, 2017 • 36 min
Half Better is the show about making weekly, small improvements with you and your better half. On this pilot episode, we introduce our first monthly season/challenge around the Full Focus Planner. We mostly delve into rituals, the why, what, and how.…