The Productivityist Podcast: A Time Management and Personal Productivity Talk Show

The Productivityist Podcast: A Time Management and Personal Productivity Talk Show
Hosted by productivity strategist Mike Vardy, The Productivityist Podcast is a weekly show that discusses tips, tools, tactics, and tricks that are designed to help you take your productivity, time management, goals, to do lists, habits, and workflow to n
How to UnLearn with Humble The Poet
Apr 17 • 34 min
On today’s episode, I spend time with Humble the Poet. Kanwer Singh aka Humble The Poet is a Toronto-bred MC/Spoken word artist with an aura that embodies the diversity and resiliency of one of the world’s most unique cities. With tattoos, beard, head…
Free to Focus with Michael Hyatt
Apr 10 • 55 min
On today’s episode, I spend time with Michael Hyatt. Michael Hyatt is the founder and CEO of Michael Hyatt & Company, a leadership development firm specializing in transformative live events, workshops, and digital and physical planning tools. In his…
Keep Going with Austin Kleon
Apr 3 • 35 min
On this episode I spend time with Austin Kleon. Austin is the New York Times bestselling author of three illustrated books: Steal Like An Artist, Newspaper Blackout, and Show Your Work! His next book is Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times…
What Great Leaders Possess with Kevin Kruse
Mar 27 • 39 min
On today’s podcast episode, I spend time with Kevin Kruse once again. Kevin is the Founder and CEO of LEADx (, an AI startup that created “Coach Amanda”, the world’s first executive coach built with IBM Watson. LEADx has the mission to spark the…
Achieving Work-Life Balance with Clayton Morris
Mar 20 • 38 min
On today’s podcast episode, I spend time with Clayton Morris. Clayton Morris is a former FOX News Anchor who left the #1 cable news show in the world after achieving financial freedom through his real estate company, Morris Invest. He now devotes himself…
Big Ideas with John Lamerton
Mar 13 • 33 min
This time around on the podcast, I spend time with John Lamerton. John is a self-described “lazy entrepreneur” and investor. He balances running an ambitious lifestyle business with raising two young children. A former “hustler”, he now earns more money…
Bolder with Carl Honoré
Mar 6 • 30 min
I haven’t talked to Carl Honoré for some time so it was a real treat when he joined me on this episode of The Productivityist Podcast. Carl is the author of such books as “In Praise of Slow” and “The Slow Fix”, and his TEDx Talk on slowness has been…
Consider This: Maybe It’s You with Lauren Zander
Feb 27 • 41 min
On this week’s episode, I am joined by Lauren Zander. Lauren is a life coach, university lecturer, and public speaker. She has spent over 20 years coaching thousands of private clients including couples, entrepreneurs, politicians, Emmy, Peabody, Grammy…
Being Called to Change with Dale Halaway
Feb 20 • 40 min
Dale Halaway is the guest on this episode of the podcast. He has been influencing the lives and careers of thousands for almost forty years and is a leader in the movement for awakening and change.
Introducing One Plus One
Feb 19 • 12 min
Sometimes a podcast comes along that piques my interest. Today I want to share with you a brand new one that I’m really looking forward to - and more than happy to recommend to you as well.
Crafting Conscious Communications with Mary Shores
Feb 13 • 39 min
I’m excited to be joined by Mary Shores this week, the bestselling author of Conscious Communications: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Harnessing the Power of Your Words to Change Your Mind, Your Choices, and Your Life. Mary is an author, speaker, and…
Exploring Digital Minimalism with Cal Newport
Feb 6 • 46 min
On this episode, Cal Newport joins me to talk about his latest book, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World. He is a computer science professor at Georgetown University and is a self-professed blogging nerd. He is also the author of…
Tailoring Tools for Thinkers with Joey Cofone
Jan 30 • 39 min
On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Joey Cofone, the co-founder and CEO of Baron Fig, joins the show. Baron Fig is a company that started as a Kickstarter project which has evolved into a brand that designs and offers inspiring products to…
Why You Need Atomic Habits with James Clear
Jan 23 • 46 min
This week on the podcast, I speak with James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones. James is an expert on habit formation who offers not only theories backed by science, but also practical…
How to Build a Company of One with Paul Jarvis
Jan 16 • 44 min
On this episode I speak with my good friend and author of Company of One, Paul Jarvis. I’ve known Paul for years and am elated to finally have him appear on the show to talk about staying small and how to build a company of one.
Going from Employee to Entrepreneur with Steve Glaveski
Jan 9 • 31 min
On this episode of the show, my guest is Steve Glaveski. Steve is an entrepreneur, author, and podcast host whose mission is to unlock the latent potential of organizations and their people so that they can create more impact for humanity and ultimately…
How to #CHILL with Bryan E. Robinson
Jan 2 • 34 min
My guest for this episode is Dr. Bryan E. Robinson, author of the book #CHILL: Turn Off Your Job and Turn on Your Life. He is a licensed psychotherapist and Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He currently has a blog on…
The One Percent Better Project with Joe Ferraro
Dec 26, 2018 • 49 min
On this episode of the show, I speak with Joe Ferraro. Joe is the man behind The One Percent Better Project and is a teacher and podcast host who helps to dissect the mindset, language, and behavior of daily improvement across the worlds of business,…
How to Fight a Hydra with Josh Kaufman
Dec 19, 2018 • 36 min
I’m joined this time around by Josh Kaufman, the author of three bestselling books – including his latest effort “How to Fight a Hydra: Face Your Fears, Pursue Your Ambitions, and Become the Hero You Are Destined to Be.” Josh’s research focuses on…
Recommended Listening: Safe for Work
Dec 17, 2018 • 4 min
Every once in a while I find a podcast that piques my interest because it is either related to my own work or is just a fun listen. This podcast offers both of these things. Check out a quick teaser of Safe for Work, a podcast brought to you by Wondery.
The Serving Mindset with Farnoosh Brock
Dec 12, 2018 • 56 min
On this episode, after years of crossing paths both online and offline, I speak with Farnoosh Brock. Farnoosh went from electrical engineer and rising leader at corporate to business coach and entrepreneur. She shows businesses the mindset of serving over…
Becoming Better Everyday with Brett Pinegar
Dec 5, 2018 • 31 min
On this episode of the podcast, I’m joined by Brett Pinegar. Brett is the founder of the X Group, where he helps individuals and teams multiply their effectiveness by adopting the techniques and mindsets great leaders use.
How to STRIVE with Scott Amyx
Nov 28, 2018 • 34 min
Scott Amyx joins me on this episode of the podcast. Scott is the author of Strive: How Doing the Things Most Uncomfortable Leads to Success, which has been endorsed by Tony Robbins, Forbes, Singularity University, Tribeca Film Festival and other…
Building The Best Planner Ever with Jennifer Dawn
Nov 21, 2018 • 36 min
I welcome Jennifer Dawn, creator of the Best Planner Ever, to the podcast this time around. Jennifer is a serial entrepreneur who has grown two multi-million dollar businesses and serves high-achieving entrepreneurs through private business coaching…
Back to Human with Dan Schawbel
Nov 14, 2018 • 32 min
On this episode of the show, I speak with New York Times best-selling author Dan Schawbel. Dan is the author of Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation and the host of the 5 Questions with Dan Schawbel podcast. He’s also…
Running Down a Dream with Tim Grahl
Nov 7, 2018 • 48 min
Tim Grahl joins me on this episode of the podcast to talk about his latest book (and most personal one to date), Running Down a Dream: Your Road Map To Winning Creative Battles.
The Role of Tech in Productivity with Jay Miller
Oct 31, 2018 • 25 min
On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, I speak with Jay Miller of Productivity in Tech. I’ve known Jay for a few years now and it was a pleasure to have him in my studio to talk about productivity, technology, and the intersection between them.
The Bullet Journal Method with Ryder Carroll
Oct 24, 2018 • 38 min
Have you ever wanted to hear the story of how one of the most popular productivity methodologies came to be? Then you’ll enjoy this episode as I’m joined by the creator of the incredibly popular Bullet Journal, Ryder Carroll. Ryder is also the author of…
Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone with Andy Molinsky
Oct 17, 2018 • 41 min
On this episode of the show, I speak with Andy Molinksy. Andy is a professor of International Management and Organizational Behavior at Brandeis University, an author of two business books - Global Dexterity and Reach and a columnist at HBR, Psychology…
Hyperfocus with Chris Bailey
Oct 10, 2018 • 31 min
On this episode I speak with fellow Canadian and productivity expert Chris Bailey. Chris Bailey is the international bestselling author of The Productivity Project and Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction. Chris writes about…
Beating Back Burnout with Clark Gaither
Oct 3, 2018 • 30 min
If you’ve ever faced burnout, then this discussion I have with Dr. Clark Gaither is definitely for you. Dr. Gaither is a family physician, author, speaker, blogger, corporate consultant, personal life coach, and an expert on Job Related Burnout. His…
Act On It with Erin Acton
Sep 26, 2018 • 25 min
On this episode I chat with Erin Acton, someone that I’ve known for a few years since we’re both based in Victoria, BC. Erin spends her time providing coaching in groups and in one-on-one settings, which allows her to nurture her passion – supporting…
Beyond Evernote with Chris O’Neill
Aug 8, 2018 • 41 min
I’m pleased to welcome Chris O’Neill on this episode of the podcast. Chris is the CEO of Evernote and I spoke with him over the course of the show about the past, present, and future of Evernote.
The Art of Decision-Making with Matt Bodnar
Aug 1, 2018 • 28 min
Matt Bodnar joins me on this episode of the podcast to discuss what goes into the art of making decisions. Failing to decide or having too much to decide upon can be a pain point in personal productivity so I am happy to have Matt on the show to dig into…
Vices and Virtues with KC Procter
Jul 25, 2018 • 43 min
On this episode I’m joined by KC Procter of Fit Dad Life. KC is a good friend and since he’s a dad like me (albeit with a few more kids) I wanted to talk to him about fitness and health and how they relate to personal productivity.
Filling Your Cup with Judy Machado-Duque
Jul 19, 2018 • 22 min
Judy Machado-Duque joins me on this episode of the podcast. Judy is known as the “Productivity Goddess” and is a fellow Canadian so we had plenty to talk about during our time together, including her planner the Life Purpose Playbook.
Getting Things Done for Teens with Mike Williams
Jul 12, 2018 • 30 min
On this episode of the show, I speak with Mike Williams. Mike is the co-author of the book Getting Things Done for Teens and the former CEO of The David Allen Company. I actually had my teenage daughter help me out with this episode, so if you’ve got a…
The Evolution of Getting Things Done with David Allen
Jul 4, 2018 • 36 min
David Allen joins me on this episode of the podcast to dive deeper into the Getting Things Done methodology. The meat of our conversation gets into how it has evolved over the years since it first was introduced in 2001.
Off the Clock with Laura Vanderkam
Jun 27, 2018 • 33 min
This week on the Productivityist Podcast, I am joined by speaker and author Laura Vanderkam. Her latest book titled Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Things Done came out last May. We talk about people’s different perception of time,…
Willpower Doesn’t Work with Benjamin Hardy
Jun 19, 2018 • 42 min
This week on the Productivityist Podcast, I am joined by Benjamin Hardy. Benjamin has been the #1 writer on since 2016 and has organically grown his email list from 0-300,000+ subscribers in 2 years through his writings about self-improvement.
The Direct Line Between Happiness and Productivity with Will Henshall
Jun 12, 2018 • 62 min
On this episode – a milestone as we mark the 200th(!) episode of The Productivityist Podcast – my guest is Will Henshall, CEO and founder of [email protected]
Create Good Mornings with Craig Kulyk
Jun 5, 2018 • 37 min
On this episode of the podcast, I spoke with Craig Kulyk. Craig writes about how to customize your morning to build better habits and be more productive.
The Competitive Advantage with Austin Church
May 30, 2018 • 34 min
On this episode of the podcast, I spoke with Austin L. Church. Austin is the author of children’s books and a consultant who loves helping people build businesses around the work that doesn’t feel like work to them.
Getting Back to Happy with Marc and Angel Chernoff
May 23, 2018 • 35 min
On this episode of the podcast, I spoke with Marc and Angel Chernoff. Marc and Angel are the authors of the new book Getting Back To Happy: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Reality and Turn Your Trials Into Triumphs. We spoke about happiness, overcoming…
Morning Routines with Benjamin Spall
May 16, 2018 • 22 min
On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, I speak with Benjamin Spall. Benjamin is the co-author of My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired, and the founding editor of the blog of the same name.
All Things Productive with Carl Pullein
May 9, 2018 • 28 min
On this episode of the podcast, I spoke with Carl Pullein: a personal productivity specialist, presenter and author of Your Digital Life and Working With Todoist.
Purpose Mapping with Craig Filek
May 2, 2018 • 24 min
On this episode of the podcast, I spoke with Craig Filek. Craig is Executive Director of the Purpose Genome Institute and the creator of Purpose Mapping. He helps high-achievers realize their full potential by clarifying their purpose, aligning with their…
The Workcation Weekend with Holly Worton
Apr 25, 2018 • 22 min
On this episode of the podcast, I spoke with Holly Worton. Holly helps entrepreneurs dissolve their blocks and limiting beliefs around money and success.
The Link Between Personal and Professional Productivity with Mark Lavercombe
Apr 18, 2018 • 25 min
It’s time for another podcast episode and this week, I am joined by Dr. Mark Lavercombe - a respiratory and sleep medicine physician from Melbourne, Australia. He is also a senior lecturer at The University of Melbourne and writes about productivity,…
Designing Your Mindset with Andy Murphy
Apr 11, 2018 • 27 min
On this episode of the podcast I spoke with Andy Murphy, the founder of Mindset by Design. Andy has helped world champion athletes, multi-millionaire entrepreneurs, Hollywood producers and actors, and even royalty design their mindsets.
Reading People with Anne Bogel
Apr 4, 2018 • 30 min
This week’s guest is Anne Bogel. Anne is a podcaster, blogger, and author. She is also known as a tastemaker through her popular book lists and reading guides. Recently, Anne wrote a new book titled Reading People: How Seeing The World Through The Lens of…
Possess Your Success with Andrew McDonald
Mar 28, 2018 • 31 min
Our guest this week is Andrew McDonald. Andrew is a self-made speaker, author, and coach whose passion is to leave the world better than he found it. Tune in as we spoke about imposter syndrome, navigating through negative situations, getting unstuck, and…
Declutter Your Way to Success with Terri Savelle Foy
Mar 21, 2018 • 25 min
Today’s guest is Terri Savelle Foy. Terri is a motivational speaker, Youtuber and cheerleader of dreams. We spoke about how your environment affects your mindset, why it is important to define your definition of organization and how you can maintain a…
More Fun in Done with Marli Williams
Mar 14, 2018 • 32 min
Today’s guest is Marli Williams. Marli is a speaker, activation coach, purpose finder and inspiration generator. Her mission in life is to inspire and empower people to go from stuck to STOKED!
What Motivates Getting Things Done with Mary Lamia
Mar 7, 2018 • 26 min
Today’s guest is Dr. Mary Lamia - a clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst and the author of the new book We spoke about why it is important to have ways to create absolute deadlines, the role emotions have in personal productivity, the nature of…
The Free-Time Formula with Jeff Sanders
Feb 28, 2018 • 29 min
Our guest this week is Jeff Sanders: a keynote speaker, founder of the Rocking Productivity Academy and the author of the new book The Free Time Formula. In this episode, we spoke about health-centered productivity, being intentional with your time, and…
Rise of the Youpreneur with Chris Ducker
Feb 21, 2018 • 32 min
This week on the podcast, Chris Ducker joins me for another value-packed episode! Chris is a serial entrepreneur, author, keynote speaker, and the founder of He just released a new book titled Rise of The Youpreneur which I truly believe…
Riskology with Tyler Tervooren
Feb 14, 2018 • 25 min
Tyler Tervooren joins me for a new episode at the Productivityist Podcast! Tyler is a serial entrepreneur, the founder of Riskology, former co-producer of the World Domination Summit - an annual event for free-thinkers and non-conformists, and has…
Magnetic Memorization with Dr. Anthony Metivier
Feb 7, 2018 • 26 min
This episode of The Productivityist Podcast is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health-conscious people like runners, cyclist, weightlifters and vegetarians get lower rates on their life insurance. Go to to…
The View from the Top with Aaron Walker
Jan 31, 2018 • 27 min
In today’s podcast I spoke with Aaron Walker. He spends the majority of his time helping men grow in success and significance as President and Founder of View From The Top, a premier life and business coaching resource.
Undoing Things with Alison Stratten
Jan 24, 2018 • 29 min
Goat-ing Things Done with PJ Jonas
Jan 17, 2018 • 26 min
On this episode of the podcast, I’m joined by PJ Jonas of Goat Milk Stuff. PJ is a wife, homeschooling parent, farmer and also a business owner. She accomplishes a lot of things, so I was very excited to talk with her.
The Year of Less with Cait Flanders
Jan 10, 2018 • 39 min
On this episode of the podcast, I’m joined by my friend Cait Flanders. Cait is the author of The Year of Less, and we spend the majority of our conversation diving deep into how you can become more self-aware through setting rules.
The Four Tendencies with Gretchen Rubin
Jan 3, 2018 • 35 min
On this episode of the podcast, I speak with Gretchen Rubin, the author of several books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, The Four Tendencies, Better Than Before, and The Happiness Project. She has an enormous readership, both in…
Declutter Your Data with Angela Crocker
Dec 27, 2017 • 26 min
On this episode of the podcast, I’m joined by my friend Angela Crocker. Angela is the author of The Content Planner and Declutter Your Data and we spend the majority of our conversation diving deep into digital decluttering strategies.
Soulful Simplicity with Courtney Carver
Dec 20, 2017 • 38 min
On this episode of the podcast, I am joined by My friend Courtney Carver, the person behind Be More with Less and author of Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More.
The Pursuit of Time and Money with Dr. Sharon Spano
Dec 13, 2017 • 31 min
Joining me this week on the podcast is Sharon Spano, radio host of WorkSmart Live and author of The Pursuit of Time and Money: Step Into Radical Abundance and Discover the Secret to a Meaningful Prosperous Life.
Staying Simple with Justin Shelby
Dec 6, 2017 • 27 min
On this episode of the podcast I speak with Justin Shelby, founder of Artichoke. Justin has held leadership positions in Fortune 500, growth stage, and startup companies in addition to have launched over 100 products in 16 countries. He has also…
Man Up with Bedros Keuilian
Nov 29, 2017 • 27 min
On this episode of the podcast I chat with Bedros Keullian. An immigrant from a communist country turned hugely successful entrepreneur. Bedros uses the stage, TV and social media platforms to share his personal Immigrant Edge and American Dream story to…
Break the Twitch with Anthony Ongaro
Nov 22, 2017 • 25 min
Joining me this week on the podcast is Anthony Ongaro, creator of Break the Twitch and author of the book Break The Twitch: A Practical Guide to Minimalism and Intentional Living.
Being Adaptive with Karim Bishay
Nov 15, 2017 • 27 min
Karim Bishay helps companies become insanely efficient. His purpose at Living Orgs is to empower organizations towards a clear, agile structure and stronger purpose. He is an industry leading consultant in the areas of Holacracy and building Adaptive…
Behind the Scenes with Dexter Guff and Peter Oldring
Nov 8, 2017 • 37 min
On this episode of the show, I am delighted to have two guests join me. First up is thought leader and podcast host Dexter Guff, host of Dexter Guff is Smarter Than You (And You Can Be Too) and following his appearance I speak with his alter ego, comedic…
Fit Matters with Moe Carrick
Nov 1, 2017 • 31 min
On this episode of the podcast, I talk with Moe Carrick. She is the founder of Moementum Inc., and she loves to help leaders transform themselves and their companies. Her book, Fit Matters: How to Love Your Job, with Maven House Press, was released May…
Meetings and Momentum with Mamie Kanfer Stewart
Oct 25, 2017 • 27 min
I welcome Mamie Kanfer Stewart to the show on this episode. She is CEO and founder of Meeteor, a venture that helps teams build their capabilities for effective collaboration and productive meetings. Mamie is driven to help others optimize their time and…
Standing Up with Rob Jacobs
Oct 18, 2017 • 35 min
On this episode of the show, I speak with Rob Jacobs. Rob is a leader in the walking for health movement and the co-founder of Unsit - a company that created the first ever treadmill you can use under your standing desk at work.
The Art of Taking Action with Gregg Krech
Oct 11, 2017 • 31 min
On this episode of the podcast, I welcome Gregg Krech to the program. Gregg is one of the leading experts on Japanese Psychology in the U.S. He is the author of 5 books including The Art of Taking Action: Lessons from Japanese Psychology, which has become…
Faster Than Normal with Peter Shankman
Oct 4, 2017 • 30 min
Peter Shankman joins me on this episode of the podcast. Peter is the founder of Help A Reporter Out and the author of the new book Faster Than Normal.
Finding Focus with Shawn Blanc
Sep 25, 2017 • 28 min
On this episode of the podcast I speak with my good friend, productivity expert, and creator of The Focus Course, Shawn Blanc.
Finish with Jon Acuff
Sep 18, 2017 • 33 min
My guest this week is Jon Acuff – a New York Times bestselling author of six books with his most recent, Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done. Jon helps some of the world’s biggest brands tell their story and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, Good Day LA,…
Overlap with Sean McCabe
Sep 11, 2017 • 41 min
On this episode of the podcast, I am joined by Sean McCabe of the Sean is an entrepreneur, a hand lettering artist, and the guy behind the Seanwes community which connects hundreds of like-minded creatives all over the world.
Relative Productivity with Joanne Ling & Tracey Fry
Sep 4, 2017 • 31 min
I welcome Joanne Ling and Tracey Fry from Sister Mixin’ to the show this time around. I met these two sisters at Chris Drucker’s Tropical Think Tank in March 2017 and we had a great time learning and spending time with a ton of like-minded people over the…
Szen Zone with Gary Szenderski
Aug 28, 2017 • 30 min
On this episode of the podcast, I speak with Gary Szenderski. Gary is the author of the book Szen Zone: Reaching a State of Positive Change and I wanted to dive into the idea of what “Szen” is why he is so fascinated with change.
Worth It with Amanda Steinberg
Aug 21, 2017 • 34 min
On this episode of the podcast, I speak with Amanda Steinberg. Amanda launched DailyWorth in 2009 to bring a fresh voice and an outsider’s perspective to personal finance and the Daily Worth website has made Forbes’s 100 Best Websites for Women three…
Get That Job with Angela Copeland
Aug 14, 2017 • 21 min
On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast I welcome guest Angela Copeland. Angela is a career coach and CEO at her firm, Copeland Coaching. She is the host of the Copeland Coaching Podcast, columnist for the Career Corner newspaper column, and author…
OmniFocus and Other Things with Joe Buhlig
Aug 7, 2017 • 30 min
Joe Buhlig and I sit down this week to talk about an app that he uses extensively: OmniFocus. But we don’t stop there.
Cause and Connection with James Eder
Jul 24, 2017 • 24 min
On this episode of the podcast, I am joined by James Eder, the founder of a new social app called Causr. James shares insights about connecting with others and the role social interaction plays in our lives.
Farsighted Focus with Eliot Wagonheim
Jul 17, 2017 • 26 min
On this episode of the podcast, I am joined by Eliot Wagonheim, a lawyer and the author of Fire, Aim…Ready: Management. We talk about partnerships, setting boundaries, and even touch on how improvisation can help you in your business.
Fearless and Free with Wendy Sachs
Jul 10, 2017 • 27 min
This week Emmy-award winning TV news producer, speaker, and author of the book Fearless and Free, Wendy Sachs joins me at the Productivityist Podcast. Wendy has also worked as a Capitol Hill press secretary, public relations executive, CNN contributor,…
Positively Speaking with Dan Lerner and Alan Schlechter
Jul 3, 2017 • 43 min
On this episode of the podcast, I am joined by Daniel Lerner and Alan Schlechter. Daniel Lerner is a clinical instructor at NYU and has a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, where he serves on the teaching staff. He…
Abundant Productivity with Damion Lupo
Jun 26, 2017 • 21 min
On this episode of the podcast, I am joined by Damion Lupo, a financial mentor and co-author of Reinvented Life. Wherever you are right now, I think this discussion will offer you some helpful advice and practical tips you can use today.
Sleep Smarter with Shawn Stevenson
Jun 19, 2017 • 34 min
I met Shawn Stevenson at Tropical Think Tank in February of 2017 and his talk was phenomenal. We had a few exchanges while we were there but I wanted to have him on the show to dive deeper into some of his work.
Tackling Transition with Shawn Razek
Jun 12, 2017 • 29 min
On this episode of the podcast, I am joined by engineer by day, aspiring productivity hacker, and co-founder of to-do list app Vista List, Shawn Razek.
Real Artists Don’t Starve with Jeff Goins
Jun 5, 2017 • 46 min
Jeff Goins is out to prove that real artists don’t have to starve. In fact, he is out to prove that they can thrive in his latest book Real Artists Don’t Starve.
The Daily Plan Bar with Mike Rohde
May 29, 2017 • 29 min
For this episode, I went out and pursued hard so I can chat with Sketchnote creator, Mike Rohde. Mike is a sketchnoter, designer, illustrator, self-professed techy, author and speaker who is fond of simple yet impactful design solutions. A sample of such…
Being with Toku McCree
May 22, 2017 • 24 min
It has been a real treat with this episode’s guest Toku McCree. Toku is a coach, teacher and the guy behind and Samurai Coaching Dojo.
Speaking with Passion with Corey Poirier
May 15, 2017 • 31 min
My guest on this episode is fellow Canadian Corey Poirier. Corey is a keynote speaker, sales professional, entrepreneur, and the host of Conversations with Passion Radio Show where he has interviewed over 4,000 Super-Achievers. He has been featured in TV…
The Magic of Manifestation with Jen Mazer
May 8, 2017 • 27 min
Do you want to live in an apartment with a jacuzzi in Manhattan – for free? Jen Mazer did that for 10 years, and so much more – all through the power of manifestation. Jen Mazer a.k.a. the Queen of Manifestation is a transformational speaker and coach,…
The Problem with Productivity with Adam Quiney
May 1, 2017 • 27 min
Despite the two of us being based in Victoria, and within the same circle, I have only been able to touch base with Adam Quiney pretty recently. He is the kind of guy that I can talk to for hours, no beer needed. In his words, he is an “obsessive…
The Power of Pursuit with Kelsey Humphreys
Apr 24, 2017 • 34 min
This episode’s guest is an amazing woman that I have been pursuing to get into the podcast for a while. She’s the host and producer of The Pursuit, a talk show and podcast where she interviews influencers and the who’s who of business. Kelsey Humphreys is…
Making and Modifying with Justin Jackson
Apr 17, 2017 • 29 min
My guest today is Justin Jackson. He is a dad, husband, entrepreneur, coach, the founder of Megamaker, author of Jolt, the creator of Marketing for Developers and Tiny Marketing Wins, and overall serial maker. He aims to help people through the things…
Building an Empire with Stacy Tuschl
Apr 10, 2017 • 28 min
For this episode, my guest is Stacy Tuschl of She’s Building Her Empire. Stacy is a business owner, philanthropist, in-demand speaker and business coach, author, wife, and mother. Her book Is Your Business Worth Saving? is a #1 International Bestseller…
The Staying Power of Sketchnotes with Deborah LeFrank
Apr 3, 2017 • 31 min
A landscape architect, entrepreneur, graphic journalist and memory collector, Deborah LeFrank uses pens and paper to capture stories from daily life by creating sketch-notes or visual stories which help her remember things and memories. I’ve known her for…
Zen and The Art of Work with Kourosh Dini
Mar 27, 2017 • 31 min
My guest for this episode is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, writer, musician, and author – Kourosh Dini. Some of the books he’s written and courses he taught include Zen & The Art of Work, Creating Flow with OmniFocus, and Workflow Mastery.
The Inner Game of Productivity with Alan Brown
Mar 20, 2017 • 33 min
I would like to introduce you all to Alan Brown – he is a productivity coach, brain hacker, host of Crusher TV, and a best-selling author of the book Zen and the Art of Productivity – and he is my guest on this episode. In a nutshell, Alan helps people…
The Productive Kitchen with Allison Schaaf
Mar 13, 2017 • 32 min
On this episode, my guest is Allison Schaaf. She is a food, nutrition and culinary expert, and the founder of meal-planning website PrepDish, which offers gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo meal plans. PrepDish aims to save people time preparing and…
Automating, Growing, and Selling with Joshua Latimer
Mar 6, 2017 • 32 min
On this episode, my guest is Joshua Latimer – the man behind SendJim and AutomateGrowSell – both are initiatives that aid small local service businesses to get better in their niche.
Say Hello to David Knapp-Fisher
Feb 27, 2017 • 35 min
My guest on this episode is one of my good friends, David Knapp-Fisher. We met at the World Domination Summit where we found out that we live 4 blocks apart, and have been constantly connecting ever since.
Controlling the Clutter with Claire Tompkins
Feb 20, 2017 • 49 min
This episode’s guest is Claire Tompkins (a.k.a. the Clutter Coach). Claire works with clients to organize and declutter their homes and offices, to manage their time and get things done better. She works with artists, writers, entrepreneurs and more as a…
Giving and Growing with Philip McKernan
Feb 13, 2017 • 36 min
My guest for this week’s episode is Philip McKernan. He is an inspirational speaker, philosopher, writer, and filmmaker who works with entrepreneurs and leaders to live a life that benefits all aspects of their lives. One of the most impactful episodes…
The Mikes on Mics 5 Year Anniversary Show with Michael Schechter
Feb 6, 2017 • 24 min
It’s been 5 YEARS since my very first podcast recording with Michael Schechter. I thought it would be fitting to bring him back today, as we catch up on what happened since we stopped recording podcasts together roughly 2 years ago.
Alignment and Automation with Mridu Parikh
Jan 30, 2017 • 26 min
Joining me on this episode is Mridu Parikh - the woman behind Life is Organized. Mridu is a productivity coach, business strategist, speaker and trainer. She made it her goal to help individuals get clear on their priorities through effective time…
Fostering Your Inner Youpreneur with Chris Ducker
Jan 23, 2017 • 29 min
The guest on this episode of The Productivityist Podcast is my good friend Chris Ducker, whom I will be joining at the Tropical Think Tank event happening this coming March.
The Sunday Basket with Lisa Woodruff
Jan 16, 2017 • 26 min
My guest on this episode is Lisa Woodruff, a professional organizer, productivity specialist and author of the book The Mindset of Organization: Take Back Your House One Phase at a Time. She coaches people to organize their households and their lives…
A Focus on Flourishing with Charlie Gilkey
Jan 9, 2017 • 36 min
This episode’s guest is a long-time friend whom Mike met at the World Domination Summit. He is the founder of Productive Flourishing, a best-selling author, the host of the Creative Giant podcast, and a productivity expert: Charlie Gilkey.
The Well Life with Briana Borten
Jan 2, 2017 • 36 min
Anytime is a good time to establish a “well life”, and it just so happened that we’re starting 2017 with a means to help you do just that. On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, my guest is Briana Borten. She is a peace engineer and wellness…
Demystifying Evernote with Charles Byrd
Dec 26, 2016 • 27 min
This week on The Productivityist Podcast we zero in on Evernote with a guest who knows the ins and outs of the app. Charles Byrd will be talking Evernote with Mike with the goal of helping anyone get started and familiarize themselves with Evernote. He’ll…
A Closer Look at Automation with Wade Foster
Dec 19, 2016 • 30 min
On this week’s episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike will be chatting with Wade Foster. Wade is the co-founder and CEO of the automation platform Zapier, which helps people automate their work by allowing connections between various apps.
Broadcasting Happiness with Michelle Gielan
Dec 12, 2016 • 31 min
We’re “broadcasting happiness” on this episode of The Productivityist Podcast with Mike Vardy and his guest Michelle Gielan, the bestselling author of Broadcasting Happiness.
Fostering Creative Focus with Shawn Blanc
Dec 5, 2016 • 41 min
Shawn Blanc is back on the Productivityist Podcast with Mike Vardy. This week, Mike and Shawn will be diving into the subject of creative focus. A father of three, Shawn has a passion for creative focus and productivity, regularly writing about these…
Beyond the E-Myth with Michael E. Gerber
Nov 28, 2016 • 26 min
Michael E. Gerber, founder of Michael E. Gerber companies and author of The E-Myth books is this week’s featured guest and he discusses some of the main concepts of his latest book, Beyond the E-Myth.
Picking the Low Hanging Fruit with James Sudakow
Nov 21, 2016 • 26 min
James Sudakow, author of the book Picking the Low Hanging Fruit, is this episode’s guest and Mike and he talked about the language people use in the corporate world.
The Power of Journaling with Zachary Sexton
Nov 14, 2016 • 32 min
The guest for this week’s podcast episode is Zachary Sexton (formerly of Asian Efficiency) whom together with host Mike Vardy discusses the science and art of journaling as a productivity practice. Listen as Zack shares his insights on journaling, and…
Paperless Productivity with Brooks Duncan
Nov 7, 2016 • 37 min
Brooks Duncan from DocumentSnap (a.k.a. The Paperless Guy) is this week’s guest on The Productivityist Podcast where both he and host Mike Vardy talked about the idea of backing up and going paperless.
Sound Speaking with Grant Baldwin
Oct 31, 2016 • 30 min
On this episode, Mike Vardy’s guest is Grant Baldwin, who returns to The Productivityist Podcast. Grant is a speaker, blogger, podcaster, and founder of The Speaker Lab – where he helps people (specifically speakers) become more effective in their craft.…
The Power of When with Dr. Michael Breus
Oct 24, 2016 • 31 min
On this episode of the podcast, Mike speaks with “The Sleep Doctor” and author of The Power of When, Dr. Michael Breus. They discuss the ties between chronotypes and productivity, what The Sleep Doctor’s chronotype is, how leveraging when you do something…
ProTECHtivity with Steve Dotto
Oct 18, 2016 • 33 min
On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast Mike welcomes his good friend Steve Dotto to the show. Steve’s made a name for himself on two separate occasions – first as a nationally-recognized television personality in Canada and now as a…
The Making of The Productivityist Playbook
Oct 10, 2016 • 26 min
In this episode of the podcast Mike talks about the making of The Productivityist Playbook, diving into the creative and tactical processes he used – as well as mistakes made – during the creation of this product.
Progress with Erik Fisher
Oct 3, 2016 • 37 min
On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike speaks with his good friend Erik Fisher in the second part of a cross-podcast conversation started on his podcast Beyond the To-Do List. They talk about overwhelm, prioritization, what productivity (and…
Crafting Clear Systems with Marina Darlow
Sep 26, 2016 • 31 min
On this episode of the podcast, Mike speaks with Marina Darlow. Marina is a systems’ expert, and a productivity geek. She sees her job as helping impact-driven entrepreneurs get 10-20 more productive hours a week, stop leaking money, and prevent…
The Coaching Habit with Michael Bungay Stanier
Sep 19, 2016 • 35 min
On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast Mike speaks with the author of The Coaching Habit, Michael Bungay Stanier. They talk about deep work, simplicity, elegance, the questions you can ask to help you get more out coaching, and much more.
The Perfect Day with Craig Ballantyne
Sep 12, 2016 • 34 min
This episode Mike is joined by Craig Ballantyne of Early to Rise. Craig is the creator of The Perfect Day Formula and during our discussion they chat about Craig’s thoughts on Stoicism, how the mind is the real gateway (or barrier) to establishing better…
Whole Life Fitness with Dai Manuel
Sep 6, 2016 • 29 min
On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast Mike speaks with Dai Manuel. Dai is the author of The Whole Life Fitness Manifesto and during this episode Mike and Dai talk about the relationship between health, wellness, and productivity and what Dai’s…
Framing Your Mind with Kim Ades
Aug 29, 2016 • 33 min
On this episode of the podcast, Mike speaks with Kim Ades. Kim is the founder of Frame of Mind Coaching and Mike and her talk about coaching – her philosophy behind the practice, what she focuses on with her clients, and more. they also dive into…
Managing Millennials (and More) with Lee Caraher
Aug 22, 2016 • 33 min
On this episode of the podcast, Mike speaks with Lee Caraher. Lee’s a CEO, an author, and an acclaimed communication strategist known for her practical solutions to big problems.
1-800-GOT-PRODUCTIVITY with Brian Scudamore
Aug 17, 2016 • 22 min
On this episode of the podcast Mike speaks with Brian Scudamore, the founder and CEO of O2E Brands. O2E Brands is the banner company for 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, WOW 1 DAY PAINTING, You Move Me, and Shack Shine. Starting with one truck and a great idea, Brian…
Going One Year No Beer with Andy Ramage and Ruari Fairbairns
Aug 8, 2016 • 42 min
In this episode of the podcast, Mike not only talks with Andy Ramage and Ruari Fairbairns of One Year No Beer but he also take on one of their challenges.
Order and Organization with Rashelle Isip
Aug 1, 2016 • 31 min
On this episode of the podcast Mike is joined by Rashelle Isip of The Order Expert. Rashelle is a consultant, author, and founder of, a blog featuring organization, time management and productivity tips, ideas and inspiration to help…
Being Unmistakable (Again) with Srinivas Rao
Jul 25, 2016 • 29 min
On this episode of the podcast, Mike chats with his friend Srinivas Rao. Srini is the author of the book Unmistakable: Why Only is Better Than Best and the founder and CEO of Unmistakable Creative. They talk about his book (which Mike says he’s dog-eared…
Getting Optimized with Stephan Spencer
Jul 18, 2016 • 29 min
On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike speaks with Stephan Spencer. Stephan is a man of many talents and projects, including hosting The Optimized Geek and writing the book The Art of SEO.
Learning to Commit with Avrum Nadigel
Jul 11, 2016 • 21 min
On this episode of the podcast Mike chats with Avrum Nadigel. Avrum is an author and relationship therapist. He co-produces “It’s the anxiety, stupid!” - a podcast about relationship angst, and draws a comic about intimacy called “Ball and Change”. His…
The Big 100
Jul 4, 2016 • 42 min
On this, the 100th episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike chats with producer John Poelstra about the evolution of the podcast since it started nearly two years ago.
Being Truly Productive with Michael Dolan
Jun 27, 2016 • 41 min
On this episode of the podcast, Mike speaks with Michael Dolan. Michael is an executive coach who helps leaders get out of their own way by enabling them to develop and maintain higher levels of productivity, self-awareness and effectiveness so that they…
Distractions & Disruptions with Dave Nevogt
Jun 20, 2016 • 35 min
On the episode this week, Mike speaks with Dave Nevogt. Dave is the co-founder of Hubstaff and Mike and Dave chat about what it’s like to pivot from one entrepreneurial venture to another and how Dave is especially adept at eliminating distractions and…
Hacking Corporate with Nick Snapp
Jun 13, 2016 • 30 min
On this episode Mike speaks with Nick Snapp, the host of The Make It Snappy Productivity Show and a productivity strategist who specializes on helping people “hack” Corporate.
Strategic Storytelling with Jordan Bower
Jun 6, 2016 • 35 min
On this episode of the podcast, Mike speaks with Jordan Bower. They talk about the power of story, his approach to storytelling, and much more (including a mention of one of Mike’s favourite storytellers, Steven Pressfield).
Good to Greatist with Derek Flanzraich
May 30, 2016 • 42 min
In this episode Mike speaks with Derek Flanzraich, the founder/CEO of Greatist. They talk about the idea of planning, time chunking, and many other things that allow them to push our intentions forward (and allow Derek to embody the term “greatist”).
Priorities with Erik Fisher and Steve Dotto
May 23, 2016 • 52 min
On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, we’re featuring the Productivity Powerhouse Panel Blab that Steve Dotto (DottoTech) and Erik Fisher (Beyond The To Do List) did with Mike on the topic of priorities.
Beating Burnout with Ben Fanning
May 16, 2016 • 27 min
On this episode of the podcast, Mike speaks with Ben Fanning. Ben is a “burnout specialist,” the author of The Quit Alternative.
Finding Your Signature Strengths with Scott Barlow
May 9, 2016 • 37 min
On this episode of the podcast Mike speaks with the founder of Happen To Your Career, Scott Barlow.
The More of Less with Joshua Becker
May 2, 2016 • 37 min
This episode features Mike in conversation with Joshua Becker. Joshua is the man behind Becoming Minimalist and the author of The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own.
Productivity and Play with Kirsten Milliken
Apr 25, 2016 • 34 min
On this episode of the podcast, Mike speaks with clinical psychologist and certified ADHD Coach, Dr. Kirsten Milliken. She’s the author of PlayDHD, a book that not only gives adults with ADHD permission to play – it encourages it!
Focusing on Memory with Brad Zupp
Apr 18, 2016 • 35 min
In this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike speaks with Brad Zupp. Brad is an entertaining motivational speaker and memory improvement expert from New York. Brad shows people how to supercharge their memories to improve many aspects of their…
Productivity for Dummies with Ciara Conlon
Apr 11, 2016 • 34 min
In this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike speaks with fellow productivity strategist Ciara Conlon. Ciara is the author of Chaos to Control: A Practical Guide to Getting Things Done and Productivity for Dummies.
Making Better Meetings with John Poelstra
Apr 4, 2016 • 40 min
On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike speaks with podcast producer and meeting facilitation expert John Poelstra about how you can go about making better meetings.
Getting Momentum with Jason and Jodi Womack
Mar 28, 2016 • 34 min
On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike speaks with Jodi and Jason Womack. They are the wife and husband team behind Get Momentum, a coaching program designed to help people realize their full potential. They are also the co-authors of the…
What Goes Into a Task App with Amir Salihefendic
Mar 21, 2016 • 41 min
This week on the podcast Mike speaks with the founder and CEO of Doist (the makers of Todoist), Amir Salihefendic.
The Year of Fear with Kendra Wright
Mar 14, 2016 • 30 min
On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike speaks with Kendra Wright. They talk about how they each treat fear, their to do lists, their calendars, and more.
Overnight Success with Aaron Mahnke
Mar 7, 2016 • 43 min
This episode features a conversation between Mike and Aaron Mahnke, accomplished author and the man behind the award-winning podcast Lore.
Getting Reading Done with Mike Dariano
Feb 29, 2016 • 40 min
On this episode of the show, Mike is joined by Productivityist’s resident book reviewer and fellow avid reader Mike Dariano. They talk about how they go about reading and what they do differently to keep their reading workflow…flowing.
A Mindful Conversation with Patrick Rhone
Feb 22, 2016 • 35 min
On this episode of the podcast, Patrick Rhone returns for another great conversation with Mike. This time around they focus on reading more (and better), mindfulness (and Patrick’s new book “Mindfulness for Mere Mortals), and much more.
ADHD Productivity with Ryan McRae
Feb 15, 2016 • 25 min
This week Mike speaks with Ryan McRae, better known as The ADHD Nerd. They talk about how ADHD has affected Ryan’s productivity, what time management tips he recommends to those who have ADHD, and how anyone should combat the perils of procrastination.
Think Productive with Graham Allcott
Feb 8, 2016 • 33 min
On this edition of the podcast, Mike speaks with founder of Think Productive and productivity ninja Graham Allcott. They focus on the nine characteristics you need to have to become a true productivity ninja and dive into a myriad of other offshoot topics…
Freakishly Productive with Annie Mueller
Feb 1, 2016 • 29 min
In this episode Mike talks with Annie Mueller from Freakishly Productive about tactical time management tips. They discuss how Annie is able to be productive while homeschooling four kids and running a business.
The Productivity Project with Chris Bailey
Jan 25, 2016 • 26 min
In this episode of the podcast Mike chats with fellow Canadian and author of The Productivity Project, Chris Bailey.
Better Email Habits with Andy Mitchell
Jan 18, 2016 • 37 min
In this episode Mike speaks with the founder of ActiveInbox, Andy Mitchell. They talk about email and how you can (if you want) use it to manage your tasks. It’s not something Mike does (or advocates) but for those of you who want to hear why you may want…
Level Up Your Life with Steve Kamb
Jan 12, 2016 • 39 min
In this episode Mike speaks with the founder of Nerd Fitness and the author of the book Level Up Your Life, Steve Kamb.
The Real Inbox Zero with Dmitri Leonov
Jan 4, 2016 • 28 min
On this episode of the podcast, Mike speaks with Dmitri Leonov, co-founder of SaneBox. They talk about why it isn’t always a good idea to use every aspect of a tool (SaneBox naturally gets mentioned here) and a ton of other thoughts surrounding a…
Deep Work with Cal Newport
Jan 1, 2016 • 41 min
To ring in 2016, Mike speaks with his friend and the author of the forthcoming book “Deep Work”, Cal Newport.
Simplicity and Impact with Simon Tyler
Dec 25, 2015 • 34 min
In this edition of The Productivityist Podcast Mike speaks with Simon Tyler, author of The Impact Code and The Simple Way. They talk about raising your impact level in business, simple ways to be more productive, and much more.
Relentless Sales Success with Chris Johnson
Dec 18, 2015 • 33 min
In this installment of the podcast, Mike is joined by his friend and principal owner of Simplifilm Chris Johnson. They dive into a lot of things but really focus on how to work on sales technique and how being relentless in the sales arena – and in life –…
The Art of the Side Hustle with Nick Loper
Dec 11, 2015 • 31 min
On this episode of the podcast I speak with the founder of Side Hustle Nation, Nick Loper. We talk about some of the unconventional productivity tactics he uses and dive into some of the equally unconventional side hustle experiments he’s undertaken.
Boosting The Brain with Dr. Andrew Hill
Dec 4, 2015 • 54 min
Mike spends time with the Lead Neuroscientist of truBrain, Dr. Andrew Hill, on this episode of the podcast. They talk about a ton of “brain stuff”, including the importance of getting things out of your head, how decision fatigue works, and more.
Military Time with Julie Sheranosher
Nov 27, 2015 • 34 min
On this episode Mike chats with military veteran and fellow productivity professional Julie Sheranosher. They talk about the story behind her developing a passion for productivity, the lessons she learned in the military that she uses today in her new…
A Doer Who Likes To Be with Michael Townsend Williams
Nov 20, 2015 • 29 min
This episode of the podcast features a conversation between Mike and guest Michael Townsend Williams, who is known as “A doer who likes to be.” He’s the founder of Breathe Sync™ and the author of the book Do Breathe…and he’s a big believer in mindful…
SPECIAL EPISODE: Laura McClellan Returns!
Nov 16, 2015 • 39 min
This week I’ve decided to make the first of our bonus episodes available to everyone - even those not currently patrons. This episode marks the return of Laura McClellan to discuss the idea of theming further - along with much more!
Money and Minimalism with Cait Flanders
Nov 13, 2015 • 38 min
In this episode Mike talks with the woman behind Blonde on a Budget, Cait Flanders. They talk about managing money wisely, why she imposed a one year shopping ban on herself, and more.
Passionate About Productivity with Amber De La Garza
Nov 6, 2015 • 40 min
This week on the show, Mike speaks with fellow productivity specialist Amber De La Garza. They talk about the reason you want to be productive, how multiple screens can help (or hinder) your productivity, messy desks, and why the apps out there aren’t…
Project Management for You with Cesar Abeid
Oct 29, 2015 • 31 min
This week’s episode features a discussion between Mike and fellow Canadian and project management professional Cesar Abeid. Cesar is the author of the new book Project Management and You, and he talks about why he wrote the book, the struggles he…
15 Time Secrets with Kevin Kruse
Oct 22, 2015 • 37 min
Joining Mike this week on the podcast is the author of 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management. They talk about why Kevin wrote this book, how to wrap your work day responsibly, the importance of awareness when it comes to productivity,…
The Power of Focus with Shawn Blanc
Oct 15, 2015 • 54 min
This week on the show Mike welcomes his friend Shawn Blanc, creator of The Focus Course. They have a deep discussion about intentionality, being attentive, the creative process, productivity, and – fittingly – focus.
Less Doing with Ari Meisel
Oct 8, 2015 • 35 min
This week on the show Mike is joined by Ari Meisel of Less Doing. They talk about what task management app Ari uses (the answer will surprise you), the art of optimization, automation, and outsourcing, and more tips and tricks you can use to help you make…
The Habits of a Happy Brain with Loretta Breuning
Oct 1, 2015 • 34 min
In this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike speaks with Dr. Loretta Breuning from the Inner Mammal Institute. They talk about how you can retrain your brain, including some tactics and tips so that you can start building a happier and healthier…
Building Better Teams with Jared Brown
Sep 24, 2015 • 31 min
This episode features a discussion between Mike and Jared Brown of Hubstaff. They talk about what you need to do in order to make bringing people on to work with you a more beneficial experience for everyone involved.
Crafting Coaches with Tony Stubblebine
Sep 17, 2015 • 45 min
On this episode of the podcast, Mike talks with Tony Stubblebine of They talk about the power of coaching, what it takes to be a coach, and several areas that people could really use coaching in so that they can take their work (and their lives)…
Getting Into Smartsheet with Brent Frei
Sep 10, 2015 • 23 min
Smartsheet has been a player in the task management and project management space for a long time, and on this episode of the podcast Mike speaks with Brent Frei, the founder and VP of Marketing at Smartsheet. They talk about the present (and future) state…
The Productive Woman with Laura McClellan
Sep 3, 2015 • 39 min
This episode features a lengthy discussion between Mike and the host of The Productive Woman – and a productive woman in her own right – Laura McClellan. They chat about the possible differences that women and men approach productivity as well,…
Voice Lessons with Todd Henry
Aug 27, 2015 • 27 min
In this week’s episode of the podcast Mike talks with Todd Henry, author of the new book “Louder Than Words: Harness The Power of Your Authentic Voice”. They discuss the importance of delivering your work and how your voice plays a huge role in that and…
Making Teamwork Work with Sebastian Klein
Aug 20, 2015 • 20 min
Being productive on your own can be a challenge with everything we face today, but being productive as a team can be even more daunting. On this episode of the podcast, Mike Vardy chats with Sebastian Klein of Blinkist on what his small team uses as a…
Everything Evernote with Andrew Sinkov
Aug 13, 2015 • 38 min
Mike has an in-depth conversation with Andrew Sinkov, Vice President of Marketing and Brand at Evernote. They talk about where Evernote has been, where it’s headed, and they even dive into some of the decisions the company has made (and the markets it has…
The Productive People of Podcast Movement 2015
Aug 6, 2015 • 49 min
In this episode of the podcast, producer John Poelstra and host Mike Vardy continue to talk to those attending Podcast Movement 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. They speak with Srinivas Rao (The Unmistakable Creative), Erik Fisher (Beyond The To Do List),…
Podcast Movement 2015: Making Conferences Productive
Aug 4, 2015 • 36 min
This bonus episode of the podcast features a discussion between myself and Jaime Tardy (Eventual Millionaire) and Russel Lolacher (The Upsell) about how they make conferences productive. Also, newly-minted producer John Poelstra speaks with me about how I…
Internationally Intentional with Jared Brock
Jul 28, 2015 • 25 min
This week Mike chats with author, filmmaker, and co-founder of Hope For The Sold, Jared Brock. Jared lives both a multi-faceted, intentional, and international life, which is why he is another ideal guest for the show.
The World Domination Summit Experience
Jul 21, 2015 • 69 min
In this episode, Mike and podcast editor John Poelstra chat with those who were gearing up for The World Domination Summit while at The Productivityist Enthusiasts’ Meetup in Portland, Oregon. A bevy of guests pop by on this longer-than-usual episode, and…
Defending Against Distractions with Tim Metz
Jul 14, 2015 • 29 min
On this episode Mike tackles distractions. He discusses what he believes is the difference between distractions, disruptions, and diversion (and how to defend yourself against them through awareness and measurable prevention). He also talks with Saent…
The Productive Pastor with Jonathan Pearson
Jul 7, 2015 • 24 min
In this episode, Mike spends some time this episode chatting with Jonathan Pearson, who aptly describes himself as “a millennial determined to leave the world in better shape than he found it”. They talk about different productivity methods both of them…
How to be a Productive Speaker with Grant Baldwin
Jun 30, 2015 • 25 min
This episode features a discussion between Mike and Grant Baldwin. Grant is an accomplished speaker (so much so that he teaches others to become better speakers) and many of his weeks are more dynamic than what most people experience. Mike asks Grant how…
The Productivity Habits with Ben Elijah
Jun 23, 2015 • 28 min
This episodes features an invigorating discussion between Mike and Ben Elijah. Ben is the author of “The Productivity Habits” and blogs over at Ink and Ben. They talk about how they look at productivity in general. But they didn’t stop there. They also…
The End of Jobs with Taylor Pearson
Jun 16, 2015 • 23 min
In this episode Mike talks with Taylor Pearson, the author of “The End of Jobs” (due out in late June 2015). They discuss the process Taylor used to write the book – including drawing inspiration from Paul Graham’s work – as well as what “the end of jobs”…
Mind Hacking with Sir John Hargrave
Jun 9, 2015 • 27 min
In this discussion, Mike Vardy and Sir Joh Hargrave (author of the forthcoming book “Mind Hacking”) talk about how to “hack the mind” in order to optimize productivity and what approaches you can take to start changing the way you operate today.
The Art of Iteration with Omar Zenholm
Jun 2, 2015 • 36 min
Omar Zenhom has spent a lot of time defining and refining what he delivers, and recently rebooted what his co-created product, Webinar Ninja, was and created a vastly different iteration as a result. In this episode Mike and Omar speak on the art of…
An Introduction To The NOW Year Formula
May 22, 2015 • 28 min
This episode is being released earlier than usual because it’s a special one. Why? Because Mike talks about his “big work” - the thing he’s been actively working on for well over a year (and likely subconsciously for five or so). It’s called The NOW Year…
It’s All Fun and Games with Dave Caolo
May 19, 2015 • 26 min
This week Mike talks with Dave Caolo of the podcast Home Work and the website Apple World Today about his newest hobby: tabletop gaming. They discuss the benefits of gaming in terms of helping with productivity and planning as well as offer some…
Flying Solo: A Solo Parenting Productivity Adventure
May 12, 2015 • 22 min
In this episode, Mike discusses how he dealt with a major workflow change over the past 10 days as a result of his wife going on holiday and him acting as the lone parent during that time. He’ll share my successes, his failures, and what you can do to…
Beyond Productivity with Erik Fisher
May 5, 2015 • 28 min
As the host of the Beyond The To Do List podcast, Erik Fisher has interviewed many of the top names in productivity, task, and time management and now Mike is putting him on the other side of the mic. They talk about habits, productivity approaches, and a…
Efficient Writing with Jim Woods
Apr 28, 2015 • 27 min
On this episode of the podcast, Mike speaks with Jim Woods, author and creator of the “Write Publish Share” course. They talk about the writing process, habits, and the relationship between productivity and getting writing done.
Closing Chapters with Michael Schechter
Apr 21, 2015 • 39 min
Michael Schechter, Mike’s good friend and former podcasting partner, drops by the show for the first time on his own. The two of them talk about old times, what Schechter has been up to since they stopped producing Workflowing at 5by5, and the challenges…
The Power of SCALE with Travis Collier
Apr 14, 2015 • 22 min
On this edition of The Productivityist Podcast Mike chats with his friend Travis Collier, the author of “SCALE: Refuse to Settle, Recognize what Matters, Redefine Success.” They talk about how they met, the Lantern Corps, and what the power of SCALE can…
How to Deliver a “Do Over” with Jon Acuff
Apr 7, 2015 • 17 min
Jon Acuff is a celebrated (and New York Times best-selling) author whose latest effort is titled Do Over. In this lively (and efficient) discussion, Jon talks with Mike about his latest book and they both occasionally crack jokes while doing so.
Procrastinating on Purpose with Rory Vaden
Mar 31, 2015 • 18 min
The guest on this episode is Rory Vaden. He is the author of “Take The Stairs: 7 Steps To Achieving True Success” and “Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time.” In this discussion, Mike and Rory talk about results management, the…
Body Talk with James Hamblin
Mar 24, 2015 • 20 min
Dr. James Hamblin, Senior Editor at The Atlantic and the host of “If Our Bodies Could Talk” joins Mike this week on the show as they talk about the things we can do to help ourselves and our bodies be more effective and efficient and the things we…
Getting Things Done with David Allen
Mar 17, 2015 • 29 min
In this episode Mike Vardy talks with David Allen, author of Getting Things Done. They discuss the pull of email, how to wrap your head around working by context, and what’s different in the 2015 edition of Getting Things Done.
Message Not Received with Phil Simon
Mar 10, 2015 • 26 min
In this episode Mike Vardy sits down with Phil Simon, author of “Message Not Received.” They talk about the problem with email, why clarity is often lost in communication, and what we can do to make sure we have a far better chance of being heard when we…
A Look At Meetings
Mar 3, 2015 • 39 min
On this episode of the podcast, Mike Vardy and Lee Garrett take a look at one of the biggest productivity drains on the planet: meetings. They discuss why they don’t usually work as currently designed and what you can do to make them more effective and…
Moods and Modes with Brett Terpstra
Feb 25, 2015 • 32 min
Brett Terpstra is one of the smartest guys on the Internet, and in this episode Mike and Brett talk about work habits, workflows, and how moods and modes each help them deliver their work on a consistent basis.
Everything Is A To Do with Michael Schechter & Patrick Rhone
Feb 18, 2015 • 40 min
Mike is joined once again by Patrick Rhone and reunites with his former podcasting partner-in-crime Michael Schechter on this episode. They discuss the idea of “have to” versus “need to,” choices, chaos, caution, and much more.
Building a Better Podcast with Joel Boggess & Dr. Pei
Feb 11, 2015 • 21 min
In this episode Mike chats with prolific podcasters Joel Boggess and Dr. Pei. They are the husband and wife team behind the creation, development, and explosive growth of ReLaunch, an incredibly popular podcast.
How To Read More (and Read Better)
Feb 4, 2015 • 21 min
In this episode Mike flies solo, revealing his reading workflow. This workflow is how he’s able to stay productive and build a reading habit that allows him to read more…and read better.
An Intentional Discussion with Patrick Rhone
Jan 28, 2015 • 32 min
Patrick Rhone returns to the show for another free-form discussion with Mike. They talk about intentions, planning and allocating your time wisely, and eventually get around to talking about what saying ‘no’ can do for you and for others.
Built Unstoppable with Justin Levy
Jan 21, 2015 • 25 min
This week on the podcast, Mike spends time with Justin Levy. The story that has unfolded for him in the past few months has been very inspiring, as he’s in the midst of recovering from a series of seizures that seemingly originated from a brain tumor. And…
Managing Time Demands with Francis Wade
Jan 14, 2015 • 27 min
This episode features a conversation between Mike and Francis Wade, author of Perfect Time-Based Productivity. They have a lively discussion about the difference between time management and time demands, the importance of looking inward when trying to…
A Look at Calendar Apps
Jan 7, 2015 • 18 min
In this episode Mike explores several calendar apps, offering his thoughts on each of them along with some tips and tricks that he uses when dealing with his calendar. (Note: This won’t be the last time he looks at calendar apps, as they are under…
Shaping a Great Year with David Delp
Dec 31, 2014 • 34 min
In this conversation with David Delp of Pilot Fire, Mike and David discuss what it takes to make a great year, how understanding and acknowledging roles can be a real boon to productivity, what goals actually mean, and much more.
The Disconnection Discussion with Patrick Rhone
Dec 24, 2014 • 29 min
This week Mike has another conversation with Patrick Rhone. They discuss letter and number grading systems in schools, when tech fails you, and more kernels of wisdom in less than a half an hour.
The Procrastination Conversation with Dr. Tim Pychyl
Dec 17, 2014 • 26 min
In this episode, Mike has a candid conversation with Dr. Tim Pychyl about procrastination, strategic delaying, and what can get in the way of our productivity no matter what technology or approach we use.
Let Go and Lean In with Daniel Gold
Dec 10, 2014 • 27 min
Daniel Gold of DEG Consulting pops by to talk with Mike about letting go, leaning in, and the primary thing you need to keep in mind that will help you take your work, life, and side projects to greater heights.
Leveling Up with Jaime Tardy
Dec 2, 2014 • 20 min
This week Mike chats with Jaime Tardy, founder of Eventual Millionaire and author of the book The Eventual Millionaire. They talk about the growth of their respective businesses and the things they did to level up along the way.
The Contexts Conversation: Part Two
Nov 25, 2014 • 28 min
After a lengthy thread on Twitter that debated what contexts were (and weren’t), Mike invites some of the participants to discuss their thoughts on contexts in more detail in the second of two episodes on the subject. This week’s guests are Mike’s old…
The Contexts Conversation: Part One
Nov 18, 2014 • 29 min
After a lengthy thread on Twitter that debated what contexts were (and weren’t), Mike invites some of the participants to discuss their thoughts on contexts in more detail. For this first part in the two-part series, the guests are Sven Fechner and Kevin…
Voices for Vets with Gary Miller Jr. and Daniel & Vanessa Hayes
Nov 11, 2014 • 42 min
This special episode of the podcast features interviews that Mike conducted with veterans of the military service, Gary Miller Jr. of and Daniel & Vanessa Hayes of Simple Life Together as part of the Voices For Vets campaign. These…
Paul Jarvis: Old Man Internet
Nov 4, 2014 • 27 min
This episode features a great conversation with the incredibly creative and productive Paul Jarvis. The discussion revolves around future-proofing your work and your business (which also does the same for your productivity…in a manner of speaking).
Free Time with Patrick Rhone
Oct 28, 2014 • 24 min
Mike sits down with Patrick Rhone to talk about Rick Rubin, his Dash/Plus system, and a bunch of other cool stuff in the first of the regular “Free Time with Patrick Rhone” series on the podcast.
Being Unmistakable with Srinivas Rao
Oct 21, 2014 • 13 min
Mike speaks with the “unmistakably creative” Srinivas Rao, author of The Art of Being Unmistakable and founder of The Unmistakable Creative. They dive into the art and craft of taking things to the next level, adjusting your goals, and what it’s like to…
Productivity on the Road
Oct 14, 2014 • 21 min
Mike just returned from a whirlwind travel schedule, and on this episode of The Productivityist Podcast he discusses how (and why) he went iOS only on this trip. He also offers up his presentation app of choice and sings the praises of SimpleREV.
Living Productively with Chris Bailey
Oct 7, 2014 • 25 min
This week Mike chats with fellow Canadian Chris Bailey of A Life of Productivity about experimenting with workflow and productivity, as well as looking deeper at time, task, and living a more productive (and meaningful) life.
Simply Executing with Josh Long
Sep 30, 2014 • 13 min
Mike is in conversation with Josh Long, an incredibly prolific and productive writer, builder, and designer. The thing about Josh is that he focuses on quality over quantity, and that’s just one of the things discussed during this episode. (Seth Godin’s…
The Best Kind of Paper Pushing
Sep 23, 2014 • 20 min
This week Mike talks about why he still loves and uses paper. He also talks about several paper-based approaches worth exploring, including Ryder Carroll’s Bullet Journal and his own creation: The Strikethrough System.
Tasking, Tracking, and Tactics with David Sparks
Sep 16, 2014 • 29 min
Mike and guest David Sparks (better known as MacSparky) talk about task management, habit tracking, and plenty of other tactical stuff - all in a shade under 30 minutes!
A Hard Habit App to Break
Sep 9, 2014 • 23 min
Mike dives into the world of “habit tracking” apps, which also encompasses routines, rituals, and goals that we want to develop and foster.
Talking TaskClone with Troy Christmas
Sep 2, 2014 • 29 min
On the first official episode of the podcast, Mike talks about MeetingHero, Checkmark 2.1, and Dave Ursillo’s new book. He also has a conversation with Troy Christmas of TaskClone.
Greetings and Salutations
Aug 27, 2014 • 10 min
In this “unofficial” first episode, Mike discusses what to expect from his new solo podcast effort. He also brings up what ideas he has for the podcast and how you can help make those ideas happen.