The Productivity Show

The Productivity Show
Asian Efficiency

Can Productivity Challenges Help You Grow? Yes! Here Are Ours (And What We Did) (TPS302)
Jun 1 • 45 min
If you’re listening to this podcast, we’re going to bet that you’ve had some sort of productivity challenge in your life. Maybe you found yourself repeating the same negative habits. Maybe you haven’t adapted as well to a new situation than you’d like, or…
How We Improved Our Lives and Work With Journaling – And You Can Too (TPS301)
May 25 • 49 min
Do you find yourself with scattered thoughts, not sure what to work on at the start of your day, or do you go to bed with thoughts, tasks, and ideas swirling around in your head? One of the most underrated but powerful productivity techniques is to…
Ask Us Anything – Live Q&A On Productivity, Tech, Behind The Scenes, and Working for AE (TPS300)
May 18 • 68 min
This is Episode 300 of The Productivity Show, and we thought we’d celebrate by turning the show over to you! This is our first Q&A episode of the show, and we invited listeners of the podcast, readers of the Asian Efficiency blog, and our followers on…
4 Ways You Can Be Happy, Healthy, and Sane When Stuck At Home (TPS299)
May 11 • 48 min
There is a lot of information out there about working from home, but most of it is little hacks and tips and tricks. Those are definitely useful, but they ignore the mental and physical side of being stuck at home. We always say that happy people are…
Family and Working From Home: How To Get Things Done When You’re Stuck Together 24/7 (TPS298)
May 4 • 45 min
The perfect storm has finally happened. Many of us are working from home whether we want to be or not, and if that wasn’t complicated enough, if we have family members, they’re stuck at home too! If you are working from home with kids, you’ll know how…
Working From Home? Productivity Tips From Decade+ Work From Home Veterans (TPS297)
Apr 27 • 54 min
Recently a lot of people transitioned to work from home and feel out of their element. They’re finding it harder to focus and get things done. They don’t have the right tools, they have their kids at home, a partner around them 24/7 and they’re going…
How to Focus While Fear, News and Social Media Is Dominating Your Life (TPS296)
Apr 20 • 45 min
Recently, we did a survey of the Asian Efficiency audience and did a check-in: we asked what kind of impact the global pandemic we’re going through is having. As we suspected, a *lot* of us are struggling. Even if you and your family are healthy, and even…
3 Simple Ways to Bounce Back From Failure and Thrive (TPS295)
Apr 13 • 35 min
Let’s talk about failure. It is easy to be productive when everything is going well, but what happens when you have a setback? Even a small failure can be discouraging and get you in a rut. What can you do to get yourself to be productive again? We’re…
Q1 Goal Check-In: How We’re Doing, And How You Can Stay On Track With Yours (TPS294)
Apr 6 • 44 min
The first quarter of the year is done — how are you doing on your yearly goals? Are you on track? Are you behind? Have you dropped some goals and added any new ones? Have you even _made_ any goals for the year? In this episode, we will be reviewing the…
How To Plan Your Perfect Week In Under 45 Minutes (TPS293)
Mar 30 • 43 min
Do you ever get to the end of the week and realize that you haven’t made real progress on any of your goals and priorities? You see stuff on your todo list that didn’t get done. And then maybe you thought to yourself: “How did this happen?” The key to…
Our Controversial Productivity Beliefs (And Why They Work) (TPS292)
Mar 23 • 47 min
I did a Google search for “productivity advice”, and it brought back 210,000,000 results. A lot of those results are giving the same advice over and over, and a lot of time we just accept it. Someone puts it in a book, so it must be true! Here’s the thing…
COVID-19: How To Be As Productive As Possible During Coronavirus Isolation (TPS291.5)
Mar 18 • 70 min
As you know we’re in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic. We thought it was our duty to help you stay productive throughout this period and that’s why we put this bonus episode together at the last minute. The reality is, for most of us life goes on and…
How To Design A More Focused and Productive Work Environment (TPS291)
Mar 16 • 54 min
Whether you are working in an office or working from home, the environment you are in is either supporting or hurting your productivity - you just may not know it! This episode is about designing your environment. We don’t mean whether your walls should…
Have A Side Hustle? 5 Ways To Maximize Your Time, Energy, and Attention With a Job and a Freelance or Passion Project (TPS290)
Mar 9 • 49 min
Today’s episode is about how you maintain a full-time job while starting and growing a side hustle. This could be passion project, freelancing gig, or something else you want to start on the side while maintaining your full-time job. It can be tough to…
Work-Life Balance Is A Myth, But Here’s How To Be Better In Your Work and Personal Life Without Falling Apart (TPS289)
Mar 2 • 46 min
One of most common questions we get is: “Should I keep my work and personal tasks together? Or should I separate them? How about my email and calendar?” In this episode we’re going to tackle this controversial topic, and give you 4 strategies that have…
The 12 Week Year: The “Secret Sauce” To Achieving Your Goals Every Quarter (TPS288)
Feb 24 • 44 min
Do you have trouble achieving your goals? Even if you’ve meticulously planned out your year, taking those plans and translating them into accomplishments doesn’t always work out the way you hope. A powerful framework for achieving your goals is called The…
Is Evernote Dying? Nope! Here Are Our Favorite Tips and How We Use It Now (TPS287)
Feb 17 • 52 min
If you’ve looked at productivity apps at all, you will have come across Evernote. Some people think about Evernote as a “note taking app”, but it is so much more than that. It’s where you can remember everything that is important, and it’s the tool you…
A Licensed Clinician Shares ADHD Strategies That Work w/ Eric Tivers (TPS286)
Feb 10 • 40 min
I’m joined by Eric Tivers who runs the podcast ADHD Rewired and is a licensed clinical social worker who helps people with ADHD succeed in life. We dive deep into what ADHD is, how to diagnose it and what to do be productive if you think you have ADHD.…
10 Health Hacks to Feel More Energized and Focused (TPS285)
Feb 3 • 46 min
We talk about health quite a bit here on the podcast, and for good reason: we believe that good health leads to energy, and energy is a key part of our TEA Framework: if you don’t have enough energy, it doesn’t matter how focused you are or how much you…
A Maker and Creative Entrepreneur Reveals Her Personal Productivity System (w/ Best Self’s Cathryn Lavery) (TPS284)
Jan 27 • 61 min
I’m joined this time by Cathryn Lavery. She’s the co-founder of the Best Self company that you might recognize as the creator of the Self Planner and Self Journal. Cathryn considers herself a maker and creator so we dove deep into how she approaches the…
How Anyone Can Have A Prosperous And Productive Lunar New Year (TPS283)
Jan 20 • 43 min
This isn’t going to be your normal “New Year” productivity podcast. You may or may not know that a few days after this podcast is released, it will be the start of a new Chinese New Year, or more accurately called Lunar New Year. 5,000 years of Asian…
Web Automation: The Easiest Way To Be More Productive Online (TPS282)
Jan 13 • 36 min
Usually when people talk about “automation”, they’re talking about turning the lights on and off with smart lights, or automating things on the computer like moving files around or text expansion. Those are all super-useful automations, but what about a…
6 Simple Ways To Stick To Your Goals This Year That Don’t Involve Willpower (TPS281)
Jan 6 • 48 min
In today’s episode, we’ll be covering 6 strategies for how to stick to your goals this year and even if you lose momentum, we’ll give you practical tips for picking it back up. We know that this is going to be an awesome year for you, and we want to give…
What Do Productivity Ninjas Do To Prepare For An Amazing 2020? (TPS280)
Dec 30, 2019 • 56 min
The day this podcast is released is the day before New Years Eve. By the time you’re listening to it, it will either be right at the end of the year, or your new year has already begun. Either way, it is never too late to set yourself up for success for…
Here’s How To Improve Every Year Using Our Annual Review Template (TPS279)
Dec 23, 2019 • 45 min
In today’s episode we’ll be giving you the tools to conduct an annual review the right way, and share new practices we’ve learned over the past year to help you achieve your goals. Whether you’ve never done an annual review before or you already do them,…
How To Succeed At Both Work and Education Without Feeling Overwhelmed (TPS278)
Dec 16, 2019 • 42 min
Working while studying has many benefits but it can also be overwhelming and exhausting. Don’t let the juggle between the two overtake your life or jeopardize your academic or career success. Whether you’re working your way through college, working in a…
A Single Mother Reveals How She Runs a Business And Live Life On Her Terms (TPS277)
Dec 9, 2019 • 52 min
Today I’m joined by Corina Frankie, the founder of Brand Besties that helps companies with experiential marketing services. She’s a good friend of mine and a very smart, successful single mom and entrepreneur. We talk about how she’s able to run a…
Productive Networking: 5 Secrets To Connect That Anyone Can Do (TPS276)
Dec 2, 2019 • 56 min
Today we are going to be talking about Productive Networking. You’ll discover 5 tips and strategies you can use for your next networking event to meet new people. Whether you’re introverted and have trouble meeting people, or you are looking for ways to…
Revisiting The TEA Framework: Should We Add This 4th Pillar? (TPS275)
Nov 25, 2019 • 57 min
A year ago we unveiled the TEA Framework here on the podcast, which is our simple framework that will help you get laser focused on the root cause when your productivity dips. We’ve learned that there are three currencies that you must master in order to…
Want To Start Over? Here’s How We Would Do It (TPS274)
Nov 18, 2019 • 61 min
Think back to when you started your productivity journey — are there things you know now that you wish you did back then? Is there anything you’d do differently? Are you just getting started and want to make sure you start off on the right foot? In this…
Notion and Choosing The Right Productivity Tool For You w/ Francesco D’Alessio (TPS273)
Nov 11, 2019 • 49 min
In this episode, Francesco D’Alessio from the Keep Productive Youtube channel returns to the podcast. We talk about Notion, a productivity tool that has been getting a ton of buzz over the past year, as well as how to pick a productivity tool that’s right…
How To Stay Focused When You Get Bored Working On Your Goals (TPS272)
Nov 4, 2019 • 33 min
Do you get easily bored by your goals after a while? Do you get easily distracted even though you know you should be focusing on your goals? Then this episode is for you. I’ll share 5 tips with you to help you stay focused when you get bored working on…
A Million Mile Traveler Reveals Her 5 Productivity and Travel Tips (TPS271)
Oct 28, 2019 • 67 min
Today I’m joined by Katherine Fan, a senior writer for The Points Guy, one of the leading websites on travel. She has flown a million miles in her lifetime so she knows a thing or two about traveling productively and efficiently. That’s what we’re diving…
Strategic Planning: Get From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be (TPS270)
Oct 21, 2019 • 66 min
When people talk about planning, usually they talk about planning your day, planning your week, or even your quarter or year. But what about higher-level strategic planning? In this episode, we’re going to talk about making sure you are doing the right…
3 Simple Steps To Win The Last Quarter Of The Year (TPS269)
Oct 14, 2019 • 54 min
Can you believe it’s already the final quarter of the year? Q4 is often a time where one of two things happen: either we feel down because we haven’t accomplished what we thought we would during the year, or we’re motivated to make a final push to finish…
An Evernote Consultant Reveals How She Uses The Tool To Manage Busy Life and Business (TPS268)
Oct 7, 2019 • 60 min
Today I’m joined by Stacey Harmon, a certified Evernote consultant who helps people get setup and use Evernote. We dive deep into how she uses Evernote to run her life and business, we share examples of how other people use Evernote and some advanced tips…
Start Yourself On A Lifetime of Unlimited Physical Energy and Amazing Sleep (TPS267)
Sep 30, 2019 • 82 min
A couple weeks ago I took a hair test that tested for mineral deficiencies. I learned about this when I met Barton Scott, founder of Upgraded Formulas, that helps people identify mineral deficiencies in their bodies and then makes recommendations for you…
Which Of These 10 Tools Over $100 Would We Invest In Again? (TPS266)
Sep 23, 2019 • 47 min
Last week we shared with you our favorite productivity tools under a $100. This time we’ll share our 10 favorite tools over $100 that we personally use to help us save time and be more productive. Thanks to Clearbanc for supporting The Productivity Show.…
The 10 Best Productivity Tools Under $100 (TPS265)
Sep 16, 2019 • 37 min
At Asian Efficiency we have dozens of productivity tools that we use to save time, to be more productive and effective. We put together a list of our 10 favorite tools under a $100 dollars that we personally use and can recommend to you. You can find…
15+ Things Asian Efficiency Implemented to Double Team Productivity and Collaboration (TPS264)
Sep 9, 2019 • 65 min
Asian Efficiency has always been a remote team and we have team members all over the world. We all come from different backgrounds, different cultures, and with different ‘quirks’. Despite all these differences, we are able to work well together because…
15+ Ways TPS Listeners Save Time and Have Time Freedom (TPS263)
Sep 2, 2019 • 53 min
Are you curious about automation, but want some examples of what others like you do, to spark some ideas? In this episode we continue our mini-series on Automation that we started last week in TPS262, but this time we share more examples of what Asian…
5 Examples of Tasks You Can Automate To Save Yourself An Hour a Day (TPS262)
Aug 26, 2019 • 77 min
Have you wanted to start with automation but you weren’t sure where to start? Then this episode is for you. We talk about our 5 biggest personal automation wins, and where we think you should start if you want to get started with automation. We also share…
How To Get Started With Personal Finance With Proven Workflows, Apps and Tools w/ Charles Ngo (TPS261)
Aug 19, 2019 • 70 min
What’s the best way to get started with personal finance? How do you track your money? Which personal finance apps do you recommend? We get these questions a lot by Asian Efficiency readers and podcast listeners. That’s what we’ll cover in this episode.…
There’s No Action Without ACT w/ Mridu Parikh (TPS260)
Aug 12, 2019 • 55 min
Today I’m joined by Mridu Parikh, productivity coach, speaker, and trainer at Life Is Organized. We talk about the biggest challenges her productivity coaching clients face, how busy professionals can squash overwhelm, and ways to commit to your biggest…
Stop Wasting Time! Try These 5 Productive Power Break Ideas Today (TPS259)
Aug 5, 2019 • 32 min
How many times have you found yourself with a few minutes in the middle of the day, and you decide to “check social media” or hit up Youtube or watch TV and then next thing you know an hour is gone and you feel like the time has been totally wasted? In…
ADHD, Lack of Focus, No Time – Which Do You Want to Overcome? w/ Jamie Masters (TPS258)
Jul 29, 2019 • 57 min
I’m joined this time by Jamie Masters. She’s been a top Business Coach for over 10 years and has helped hundreds of 6 & 7 figure Entrepreneurs and Business Owners optimize every area of their business. She’s also the host of the online show - Eventual…
Attention ADD-er: Expert Reveals How to Be Productive When You Have ADHD w/ Alan Brown (TPS257)
Jul 22, 2019 • 44 min
In this episode, Thanh is joined by Alan P. Brown, author of “Zen and the Art of Productivity” and host of Thanh and Alan talk about ADHD, productivity, and tactics and strategies that work. Thanks to Lumen5 for supporting The Productivity…
How To Be Productive Through Illness and Recovery (TPS256)
Jul 15, 2019 • 59 min
So you’re feeling fairly productive and then wham - a life change happens. It could be any number of things, but in today’s episode we are going to talk about one specific topic: being productive during illness or recovery. I’m joined by Jennifer Lava and…
Become Productive Again: 6 Ways To Get Back On Track (TPS255)
Jul 8, 2019 • 48 min
In the past we’ve talked about making goals and creating rituals. What do you do when you have those goals and rituals that work well for a while but then… don’t. How do you get back up when your productivity or goals have slipped? Sometimes its a sudden…
Here’s A Quick Way To Stay On Track With Your Goals All Year (TPS254)
Jul 1, 2019 • 40 min
At the beginning of the year we set personal goals, family goals and for some even business goals. At the end of the year, we evaluate our achievements and weed out what didn’t work versus what did work. You don’t need to wait 12 months to evaluate your…
Confessions of an 8-Figure Entrepreneur w/ Noah Kagan (TPS253)
Jun 24, 2019 • 74 min
I’m joined this time by Noah Kagan. He runs several companies and we got into how he is able to do that and still live a great life outside of work. We talked about goal setting and his unique systems for achieving goals, what his daily routine looks like…
Use These 5 Tips To Travel Stress-Free and Organized This Summer (TPS252)
Jun 17, 2019 • 52 min
Are you about to go on vacation? Before you do, be sure to listen to today’s episode where we share our top 5 tips for summer travel. You’ll discover the best travel apps, what you need to pack on your trip, and how to best prepare for your upcoming trip…
The Summer Juggle — Can You Be Productive When The Kids Are On Summer Break? (TPS251)
Jun 10, 2019 • 43 min
Remember how happy you were when you were in school and that final bell rang before summer holidays? Now that we’re out of school and working we know the other side of that equation — the parents that have to figure out how to get work done while the kids…
Escape The Summer Productivity Slump With These 7 Tips (TPS250)
Jun 3, 2019 • 50 min
Summer is coming up and for most people that means vacations, extended time off and more time outside. The summer productivity slump is a real thing. But for some of you, you need to be productive and make the most of your summer. Maybe you’re studying…
How to Improve Your Time, Energy, and Attention With These 10 Tools (TPS249)
May 27, 2019 • 37 min
In today’s episode, we are finishing up our 3 part series about our favourite things to get things done. We’ve talked about our favorite apps for the computer, our favorite apps for mobile, and now we are going to talk about our favorite physical devices…
Here Are Our 10 Favorite Mobile Apps To Help You Get More Done (TPS248)
May 20, 2019 • 39 min
This is episode 2 of our 3-part series on our top 10 favorite apps and tools. In today’s episode, we are going to do the monumentally difficult task and narrow down our 10 favorite mobile apps for iOS and Android that we use, love, and that make us more…
Our Top 10 Mac and Windows Productivity Apps And The “10X Rule” (TPS247)
May 13, 2019 • 51 min
In today’s episode, we are going to get super-tactical. A question we get asked all the time is “what are your favorite apps?”, or “what is the best app for X?” While we believe that the best app is the one that is best for YOU, there are some that prove…
Low Productivity, Procrastination, Back Pain…These Are Some Of The Penalties For Neglecting Your Posture w/ Rick Mathes (TPS246)
May 6, 2019 • 51 min
I’m Thanh Pham, founder of Asian Efficiency, and today I’m with Rick Mathes. He is the owner and clinic director of The Egoscue Clinic in Austin, Texas. Rick and his wife have helped thousands of people get out of pain by helping them understand that if…
We Were Tired of Forgetting The Books We Read — So We Use This System (TPS245)
Apr 29, 2019 • 48 min
Books are an amazing source of learning and leverage. For little or no money, you can quickly learn what someone else has spent years figuring out, and you can avoid the mistakes that they made. However, there’s a big difference between READING a book and…
How To Lose Weight Efficiently with the Ketogenic Diet and Fasting w/ Scott Rose (TPS244)
Apr 22, 2019 • 119 min
I’m with Scott Rose, The Inspirational Nerd, and we’re going to talk about how you can lose weight efficiently without working out much. We’ll be diving deep into the ketogenic diet, a somewhat controversial diet that he and I both follow. We’ll be…
5 Home Automation Techniques To Make Your Life Easier (TPS243)
Apr 15, 2019 • 48 min
Today, we’re going to be talking about 5 ways to automate your home. We’ll share the tools and devices we use to save time and make life more convenient. Home automation is a relatively new topic and one we’re excited to explore with you today. If you’ve…
4 Tools to Automate Your Technology and Save 100+ Hours a Year (TPS242)
Apr 8, 2019 • 61 min
Something we say a lot at AE is that small changes or improvements to the things you do every day can add up to big savings over time. This is really true with technology: we all have these little points of friction that we just accept because we think…
Automate Your Life: How We Save Over 500 Hours/Year With 5 Time-Saving Techniques (TPS241)
Apr 1, 2019 • 47 min
This episode is the first in a 3-part series all about automation. Usually, when we think about automation we think of technology, but there are other types of automation as well and that’s what this episode is about. We discuss 5 ways you can automate…
Being Good At Your Job Is Not Enough For Growth: You Need To Create This Plan (TPS240)
Mar 25, 2019 • 47 min
In this episode, we talk about creating a Personal Development Plan. Setting yourself, and your team, up for success doesn’t just happen. You want to figure out where you want to get you and what you need to do to get you there, and Marmel and Brooks will…
9 People Just Like You Reveal How They’ve Doubled Their Energy (TPS239)
Mar 18, 2019 • 47 min
This is the 3rd episode of our podcast series on energy. In this episode we asked AE team members and clients what they have done to increase their energy and double their productivity. You’re going to discover a new type of coffee that gave an AE client…
Do These 3 Things, and Your Energy and Productivity Will Skyrocket (TPS238)
Mar 11, 2019 • 34 min
This is the 2nd episode of our 3-part series on increasing your energy and doubling your productivity. The lack of energy can be doubly tough: we don’t feel like doing what we want or need to do, but we also don’t feel like we have the energy to truly…
Fatigue, Procrastination and Being Unproductive…These Are Some of the Penalties of Ignoring This One Thing (TPS237)
Mar 4, 2019 • 41 min
We’re going to kick things off with a 3-part podcast series on how you can get more energy and double your productivity. Most of you listening are probably looking for different ways to increase your productivity. You might have tried a lot of different…
How to Get Healthy and Stay Sane While Saving Time w/ Betty Jean Bell (TPS236)
Feb 25, 2019 • 92 min
I’m with Betty Jean Bell today and we’re talking about how you can improve your health. I’m sure you’re going to learn a lot about how you can get more energy and lose weight efficiently without spending a lot of time and money throughout the process. We…
How to Save Hours of Chaos and Damage Control With A Family Calendar (TPS235)
Feb 18, 2019 • 49 min
The more people you have in your family, the more having a reliable and trusted family calendar becomes critical. How do you keep everyone in the loop, and do it in a way that avoids conflict and mismatched expectations? We’ll share the 3 requirements a…
Would You Like A Team Calendar That Gets Everyone Aligned? Use “The Anchor” (TPS234)
Feb 11, 2019 • 61 min
Working with others can provide a lot of challenges, and one challenge in particular is managing your calendar. How do you balance getting your deep work done, while at the same time collaborating with your teammates. And how do you do that in the most…
The Hybrid Calendar System That Will Help You Stay On Top Of Everything (TPS233)
Feb 4, 2019 • 39 min
Have you ever considered using an analog calendar with a digital calendar? A lot of people like the feeling of writing on their paper or wall calendar but they miss the portability and speed of a digital calendar. If you’ve tried both approaches and you…
Simple Strategies To Find Time to Parent Without Feeling Guilty w/ Julie Morgenstern (TPS232)
Jan 28, 2019 • 49 min
Today I’m speaking to Julie Morgenstern, who is the author of five books including the New York Times bestsellers Organizing from the Inside Out and Time Management from the Inside Out. We’re going to drill down into the topic of parenting, and ways you…
The Calendar, Planning, and Theming Strategies You Need To Win Your Week w/ Lauren Goldstein (TPS231)
Jan 21, 2019 • 62 min
I’m Thanh Pham, founder of Asian Efficiency, and today I’m with Lauren Goldstein, an entrepreneur and business strategy consultant from Austin, TX. Lauren and I have known each other for a while and I invited her to come on the podcast to share her unique…
Level Up The People You Surround Yourself With, Without Cheesy Networking (TPS230)
Jan 14, 2019 • 54 min
You probably have heard of the saying “you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”. While most of us agree with that idea, very few people put that into practice. In this episode we want to help you take this idea and consciously…
How To Stick To Your Goals This Year And Every Year (TPS229)
Jan 7, 2019 • 50 min
In today’s episode, we’ll be covering 6 strategies for how to stick to your goals this year and even if you lose momentum, we’ll give you practical tips for picking it back up. You can find links to everything that we share in the show notes by going to…
If You Focus On This, You’ll Make 2019 Your Best Year Yet (TPS228)
Dec 31, 2018 • 32 min
Now that it is a new year, we want to help you make this year your best year ever. You must be really excited for what’s coming up and what you’d like to accomplish. We’ll share with you a few of our favorite strategies to make sure that you’re able to…
How To Do An Annual Review The Right Way (TPS227)
Dec 24, 2018 • 44 min
In today’s episode, we’ll be covering how you can conduct your own annual review. This has allowed Thanh and others on the team to achieve our goals, be happier and be more fulfilled in our lives. Unfortunately, it’s something that most people are not…
Can The “Sandwich Technique” Solve Your Focus Problems? w/ Erin Chase (TPS226)
Dec 17, 2018 • 77 min
In today’s episode, Brooks interviews Erin Chase, one of the most productive people we know and a very successful businessperson who helps busy and overwhelmed home chefs learn to spend less money on groceries and get organized in the kitchen. She’s the…
How to Get the Most Value Out of Conferences and Implement What You’ve Learned (TPS225)
Dec 10, 2018 • 86 min
This episode is all about how to maximize the value you get from conferences. We’ll share strategies and tips for how to pick the right conference to go to, how to implement what you’ve learned, how to maximize your time at a conference and make sure it’s…
Mike’s Favorite Lessons, Podcasts, Books, and Productivity Tips (TPS224)
Dec 3, 2018 • 46 min
Today’s episode is going to be a little different. Mike Schmitz will be leaving Asian Efficiency and The Productivity Show and he’s going on to do other big and exciting things. We thought it would be great to have Mike share his lessons and experiences…
Productive Workouts and Recover Like a World-Class Athlete w/ Garrett Salpeter (TPS223)
Nov 26, 2018 • 53 min
Today’s guest is Garrett Salpeter, the founder of NeuFit. He invented a device that has helped Thanh recover from shoulder surgery in only 2.5 months - something most people would take 6 months to do. We dive deeper on how he’s changing the way…
Transformation: From Unorganized to Uber-Productive w/ Lynan Saperstein (TPS222)
Nov 19, 2018 • 65 min
In today’s episode, Thanh interviews Lynan Saperstein, a very successful businesswoman who travels all over the world and someone who has a very unique approach to productivity. She wasn’t always this productive though. About 5 years ago, when she started…
TEA Framework, Level 3: Maximizing Your Attention & Focus (TPS221)
Nov 12, 2018 • 67 min
We’re back for the conclusion to our series on the TEA Framework, a simple mental model to help you identify and overcome the specific productivity obstacles that may be keeping you from reaching your full potential. Today Brooks and Mike will be diving…
TEA Framework, Level 2: Maximizing Your Energy (TPS220)
Nov 5, 2018 • 63 min
Today we’re continuing our exploration of the TEA Framework and the 3 pillars of productivity with pillar number 2: energy. We’ll be sharing our own struggles with energy and how we overcame them to be productive, we explain the 3 key areas to keep an eye…
TEA Framework, Level 1: Making the Most of Your Limited Time (TPS219)
Oct 29, 2018 • 57 min
Today Brooks and Mike continue the conversation that Thanh and Mike began last week on the TEA framework, a simple mental model to help you identify which levels to pull to get unstuck and help you reach your full potential. We’ll dive deep on the first…
Introducing TEA: A Simple Framework for Getting Unstuck and Achieving Your Goals (TPS218)
Oct 22, 2018 • 56 min
Today we’re introducing you to our new productivity framework, which we call TEA. This simple framework will help you identify the root causes when your productivity dips and show you which levers you need to pull to get back on track. If you feel like…
Atomic Habits: 4 Laws for Changing Your Identity & Living the Life You Want w/ James Clear (TPS217)
Oct 15, 2018 • 56 min
Do you have trouble getting your habits to stick? Or maybe you have trouble breaking bad habits that keep you from realizing your full potential? Either way, you won’t want to miss today’s episode where I interview author James Clear, the author of Atomic…
Get More Done by Scheduling Your Tasks w/ the Developers of Sorted (TPS216)
Oct 8, 2018 • 56 min
Today Mike is joined by Leo & Harry, creators of the iOS app Sorted, to talk about their unique approach to task management. We dive deep into the topic of scheduling your tasks, and why they believe it’s so important if you really want to be productive.…
How To Design the Life You Want w/ AJ Yager (TPS215)
Oct 1, 2018 • 57 min
Today’s episode is with Thanh, the CEO of Asian Efficiency, who’s having a conversation with his friend AJ about how to design the life you want. He goes into detail about how you can envision the perfect lifestyle and take actionable steps to build it.…
Speed Up by Slowing Down: Sleep Secrets to Boost Your Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (TPS214)
Sep 24, 2018 • 86 min
For many of the people we work with here at Asian Efficiency, the thing that is holding them back from reaching their full potential is simply the ability to focus free from distraction on the things that they already know are important. Sometimes there’s…
Focus Tips From the Most Productive Man You’d Ever Hope to Meet w/ Chris Bailey (TPS213)
Sep 17, 2018 • 71 min
Mike is joined today by productivity expert Chris Bailey. Chris is the internationally bestselling author of The Productivity Project, and most recently his second book, Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction. Chris writes about…
Simple Strategies to Help You Overcome the 4 Natural Enemies of Mindfulness (TPS212)
Sep 10, 2018 • 73 min
Do you ever find yourself reacting emotionally to things that are beyond your control? Maybe you don’t fly off the handle and say something you’ll regret later, but you still find certain people or things in your work or personal life that make your blood…
In-Person Productivity: The Secret Sauce to Making a Remote Team Work (TPS211)
Sep 3, 2018 • 62 min
A lot of people dream of working remotely. They picture themselves checking email occasionally from the beach or working a couple hours a day when it’s convenient for them. But anyone who works on a remote team knows there’s much more to it than that.…
Meditation for the Rest of Us: 10 Surprising Benefits from Making Mindfulness a Habit (TPS210)
Aug 27, 2018 • 59 min
Do you have trouble focusing on one thing for any length of time? You’re not alone - in today’s crazy-busy society, we’ve become addicted to distraction. Today we’re going to show you how you can fight this through a mindfulness meditation habit. We talk…
The Art of Finding Time to Focus w/ Curtis McHale (TPS209)
Aug 20, 2018 • 46 min
We talk a lot about the concept of deep work here at Asian Efficiency, which is all about maximizing your intensity of focus so that you can produce excellent work and be more productive. But that assumes that you have time to focus on your important…
Work the System: How to Make More and Work Less w/ Josh Fonger (TPS208)
Aug 13, 2018 • 65 min
Everyone wants to make more money and work less hours, and in this episode Josh Fonger shows us how it’s possible using simple systems mechanics. Mike and Josh talk about the key principles to make the most of the systems in your life, and the perspective…
Personal Retreat Handbook: The 7-Step Process to Make Achieving Your Goals Inevitable (TPS207)
Aug 6, 2018 • 61 min
Do you like the idea of the 12 Week Year, but have trouble achieving your 12 Week Year goals? So did Mike, until he started implementing the concept of a personal retreat or thinking day that we’re about to share with you in this episode. Brooks and Mike…
The Overwhelm Survival Kit: Tips & Strategies to Help You Get the Space & Control You Need (TPS206)
Jul 30, 2018 • 61 min
Do you ever get overwhelmed? Ever feel like you’ve lost control of your day and there’s absolutely nothing that you can do about it? Do you get frustrated with having to respond to things other people declare are urgent and find yourself with no time left…
4 Strategies For Making Your Friends & Family More Productive (TPS205)
Jul 23, 2018 • 55 min
It can be difficult balancing close relationships with the important people in your life and your desire to get things done as efficiently as possible. What do you do when you have friends or family members who don’t share the same approach to getting…
The ONLY Way You Can Inspire Change in Others & Make Them More Productive (TPS204)
Jul 16, 2018 • 69 min
Do you ever get frustrated because your team or family members “just don’t get it” and insist on doing things in a way that’s completely unproductive? If so, you’re not alone. We all struggle with people who are close to us that haven’t yet seen the light…
2 Ways to Instantly Create the Motivation You Need to Accomplish Any Goal (TPS203)
Jul 9, 2018 • 72 min
Ever wonder why so many New Year’s Resolutions don’t stick? For most people, it’s because they’re relying solely on willpower to achieve their goals. Don’t be like so many who start things but can’t finish them. Tune in to understand: Why willpower alone…
7 Keys to Setting Up Your Home Office for Maximum Productivity (TPS202)
Jul 2, 2018 • 77 min
People seem to self-identify into 2 categories: those that thrive working from home, and those that say they could never do it. In this episode, we want to convince you that working from home is like any other productivity challenge - if you set yourself…
The Secret to Making the Most of Your Limited Time w/ Curtis McHale (TPS201)
Jun 25, 2018 • 58 min
Ever wonder why some people seem to get so much more done than others? We all have the same 24 hours in a day, so today we’re going to dive into the strategy of timeblocking and how high-achievers use it to become super-productive. Mike is joined by…
Revealed: The Quarterly Planning Formula We Use to Achieve Our Business Goals (TPS200)
Jun 18, 2018 • 80 min
You’re listening to the 200th episode of the Productivity Show which is a major milestone for us. Three years and almost 5mm downloads later we’re still going strong and helping people like you achieve your goals in record times with our actionable…
10+ iPhone Productivity Strategies from Apple Tech Jedi David Sparks (TPS199)
Jun 11, 2018 • 84 min
It’s hard to think of something that has made as big an impact in the way we live and work during the past decade than the smartphone. The iPhone in particular, introduced with its large touchscreen and lack of a physical keyboard, has had a profound…
3 Simple Steps to Help You Master Your Calendar (TPS198)
Jun 4, 2018 • 83 min
Ever wonder why some people get so much done compared to others? Behind every super-productive person is an intentional approach to how they manage their calendar. In this episode, Brooks and Mike dive deep on how to set your day up for success by…
Achieving Next-Level Productivity Through Conative Understanding w/ David Kolbe (TPS197)
May 28, 2018 • 81 min
Do you ever feel like things are harder than they should be? Then today’s episode about conative productivity is for you. Mike is joined by David Kolbe, CEO of Kolbe Corp, who has lived and breathed the Kolbe Concept® since its inception. 

Today he joins…
The Simple 6-Step Process to Start Your Productive Day the Night Before w/ Dave Caolo (TPS196)
May 21, 2018 • 66 min
Do you ever find yourself frustrated because the day has just gotten away from you? If so, we’ve got good news for you: there are things you can do to set yourself up for a successful and productive day. Today Mike is joined by writer, author, and…
6 Tips for Running More Effective Meetings (TPS195)
May 14, 2018 • 54 min
Have you ever found yourself in a meeting thinking to yourself, “when is this going to end?” or even “why am I here?” If so, you’re definitely not alone. Meetings can waste a ton of time and are often not helpful in getting your actual work done. So in…
The Ultimate Guide to Task Managers: Selecting the Right One w/ Mat Rhein (TPS194)
May 7, 2018 • 92 min
How do you know which task manager is right for you? Task managers are great because they allow you to filter your available tasks and only display the ones that are appropriate right now, but the problem is there are so many to choose from. And moving…
2 Travel Hackers Reveal Everything They Know About Traveling Stress-Free (TPS193)
Apr 30, 2018 • 78 min
Thanh & Ben share their best travel hacking tips to make your next strip stress-free. Ben is a good friend of Thanh’s who runs a very successful Artificial Intelligence company that has Fortune 100 clients and works with big corporations hire him from all…
Inside the AE Mastermind: What Really Successful People Do Differently to Fix Their Blind Spots (TPS192)
Apr 23, 2018 • 76 min
One of the best ways to improve your productivity is to get around other productive people who can help you see your blind spots and share what really works. And that’s exactly what we facilitated last November for some of our best customers when we…
Our 3 Biggest Challenges of Implementing Scrum & How We Overcame Them (TPS191)
Apr 16, 2018 • 61 min
Marmel Reposar, Asian Efficiency’s very own scrummaster, joins Mike to dive deep on how we use scrum here at Asian Efficiency. This episode explains how we use scrum in order to consistently and systematically create podcast episodes, video courses for…
How to Get Started with An Executive Assistant w/ Tim Francis (TPS190)
Apr 9, 2018 • 148 min
Have you ever considered hiring an assistant to help you? Today we are talking to an expert on finding and hiring assistants, Tim Francis. Tim has hired more than one hundred assistants so he knows a thing or two about the topic. In this episode, you’ll…
A Professional Scrum Master’s Best Advice for a Productive Team w/ Lucas Smith (TPS189)
Apr 2, 2018 • 83 min
Lucas Smith (certified Scrum trainer) joins us to dive deep on the topic of Scrum and how you can use it to build a productive team. If you’re new to Scrum, don’t worry - Mike and Lucas will give an introduction to how it works and share several scenarios…
Pomodoro 2.0 w/ Esington Method Founder Rudy Marsh (TPS188)
Mar 26, 2018 • 34 min
In this episode, Mike is joined by Rudy Marsh, the founder of the Esington company and creator of the Esington Glass, a beautiful Pomodoro timer that you can use to help you overcome procrastination and take action on your goals. Rudy grew up in a…
20+ Best Mac Productivity Apps in 2018 (TPS187)
Mar 19, 2018 • 60 min
In this episode, Brooks and Mike revisit our favorite productivity apps for the Mac with our 2018 Mac Productivity Draft. A lot has changed since last year, including many of our favorite apps switching to a subscription model (and a new service that…
How to Overcome Academic Challenges with Productivity Tools w/ Eric Benchimol & Richard Keijzer (TPS186)
Mar 12, 2018 • 70 min
In this episode, Mike is joined by Eric Benchimol and Richard Keijzer, two academic physicians who recently published an article titled “Living Like an Academic Athlete: How to Improve Clinical and Academic Productivity as a Gastroenterologist.” The…
Overcoming Digital Clutter: Strategies for Reducing Stress and Regaining Focus w/ Dave Caolo (TPS185)
Mar 5, 2018 • 50 min
In this episode, Mike is joined by Dave Caolo, a writer, author, and podcaster who has experience working remotely. Dave was the managing editor at The Unofficial Apple Weblog for eight years where he covered major Apple releases, reviewed software and…
Intentional Attention: How Small Decisions Can Bring You to Your Ideal Future (TPS184)
Feb 26, 2018 • 74 min
In this episode, Thanh and Mike talk about how your attention determines your future and why a simple mindset shift to regain control of your attention can provide stability and direction for all areas of your life. We talk about how being careless about…
5 of the Most Powerful Email Tools We’ve Used to Help You Reclaim Your Email Inbox (TPS183)
Feb 19, 2018 • 52 min
In this episode, Brooks and Mike revisit the topic of email, one of our favorites here at Asian Efficiency because it’s such a nuisance to your productivity and something that everyone has to deal with on a daily basis. Today, we focus on strategies and…
3 Simple Steps To Delegating Work The Right Way So You Don’t Have to Worry About It (TPS182)
Feb 12, 2018 • 74 min
In this episode, Thanh and Mike talk about delegation, an important skill if you want to be productive and one area where a lot of people miss it. If you’ve ever tried handing off a work task but were frustrated because it took too long or wasn’t done…
Task Manager Smackdown: Simplify Your Life By Choosing the Right Task Manager for YOU (TPS181)
Feb 5, 2018 • 64 min
Today we’re joined by Francesco D’Alessio, a writer, blogger, and freelance marketer who Mike discovered because of his awesome YouTube channel, Keep Productive. Francesco does a lot of video reviews for different apps and tools and he recently put…
The Right Tool For The Job: 5 Things You Need For Your Personal Productivity System (TPS180)
Jan 29, 2018 • 79 min
In this episode, Brooks and Mike talk about 5 things you need for an effective personal productivity system. They define what a personal productivity system is, talk about the advantages and disadvantages of the different approaches, and walk you through…
Avoiding the 6 Deadly Sins of Productivity: Why Just Doing More Isn’t the Answer (TPS179)
Jan 22, 2018 • 58 min
In this episode, Brooks and Mike talk about productivity pitfalls. Efficiency and productivity is usually a good thing, but in this episode we show you how you can get back on track when you fall victim to the 6 deadly sins of productivity. We share how…
6 Ways a Mastermind Can Accelerate Your Success w/ Nate Lowrie (TPS178)
Jan 15, 2018 • 70 min
In this episode, Mike is joined by Nate Lowrie, a Dojo member, and owner of FineLine Automation, a company that sells CNC machinery to help people grow and build their dreams. Nate recently attended the Asian Efficiency mastermind that we held in Austin,…
Increasing Your Productivity By Using Analog Tools w/ Curtis McHale (TPS177)
Jan 8, 2018 • 52 min
In this episode, Mike is joined by Curtis McHale, a Dojo member and business owner who has been running a successful web software consulting business for 6 years and helping others do the same for the last 2. Curtis is also the creator of the Analog…
3 Keys to Making This the Year Your New Year’s Resolutions Finally Stick (TPS176)
Jan 1, 2018 • 68 min
It’s a new year, which means a bunch of New Year’s resolutions about how this is the year that we’ll finally get in shape, get a promotion, or make that big step towards our ideal future. But oftentimes, these well-intentioned self-promises don’t actually…
The Power of Positive Thinking: How Gratitude Gives You More Energy (TPS175)
Dec 25, 2017 • 55 min
In this episode, Brooks and Mike dive into the topic of energy management. We explain why energy management (and not time management) is the key to taking massive action on your goals, and explore the power of gratitude, showing you how a simple mindset…
Think Like a Geek: How Simple Systems Lead to Sustainable Success (TPS174)
Dec 18, 2017 • 74 min
There’s a saying that you are where you are today because of the choices that you made yesterday. But if you don’t like the results that you’re getting, we have good news for you - YOU have the ability to create the positive change you want. All you need…
The AE Holiday Gift Guide (TPS173)
Dec 11, 2017 • 57 min
It’s Christmas time again, which means it’s time for another edition of the Asian Efficiency Holiday Gift Guide. If you have no idea what to get for the productivity nerd in your life (or just want a few ideas for yourself), this episode is packed with…
Using Coffee Shops and Cafes to Give Your Productivity a Boost w/ Dave Caolo (TPS172)
Dec 4, 2017 • 43 min
In this episode, Mike talks with Dave Caolo, a writer, author, and podcaster who has experience working remotely. Dave was the managing editor at The Unofficial Apple Weblog for eight years where he covered major Apple releases, reviewed software and…
Change Your Mind, Change Your Life: How a Growth Mindset Leads You to Your Ideal Future (TPS171)
Nov 27, 2017 • 77 min
In this episode, Thanh and Mike talk about the importance of developing a growth mindset. They explain what a growth mindset looks like and how it’s different from a fixed mindset, how you can spot a growth mindset in several different areas, and share…
Mind Food: How to Become More Creative and Successful by Watching What You “Eat” (TPS170)
Nov 20, 2017 • 76 min
You’ve probably heard the old adage, “you are what you eat,” but it applies to more than just your physical body - it applies to your mind as well. In this episode, Brooks and Mike talk about “mind food,” an idea Mike picked up from author Tim Sanders on…
The Productivity “F Word” (TPS169)
Nov 13, 2017 • 55 min
In this episode, Thanh and Mike talk about an essential concept for productivity enthusiasts, which is “Freedom.” They introduce you to the 3 different types of freedom and talk about which types of freedom are more important at different stages of life,…
Essential Travel Tips to Make Your Next Trip a Breeze w/ Kevin Clack (TPS168)
Nov 6, 2017 • 60 min
In this episode, Mike is joined by Dojo member Kevin Clack to talk about efficient travel. Kevin’s job requires both domestic and international travel and in this episode he shares several of the things that he’s learned over the years to make travel less…
The 8 Root Causes of Procrastination & How to Beat Them (TPS167)
Oct 30, 2017 • 75 min
In this episode, Thanh and Mike revisit the topic of procrastination. They talk about the different root causes of procrastination and how to overcome them. They walk you through the 9 different types of procrastinators so that you can locate yourself and…
Next-Level Email Processing: How to Handle Any Email in Your Inbox (TPS166)
Oct 23, 2017 • 69 min
In this episode, Brooks and Mike revisit the Asian efficiency email workflow and share some important updates to make your email processing even more efficient. Mike interviewed over 30 people on their biggest pain points when it comes to email and…
15 Productivity Tips That Are Weird But Work (TPS165)
Oct 16, 2017 • 52 min
This episode is all about weird things that we do every single day to help us be more productive. Thanh and Mike share several tips that they’ve discovered along the way to solving things that drive them crazy, and the Dojo chimes in as well with several…
5 Things to Plan Your Week Around for Maximum Long-Term Impact (TPS164)
Oct 9, 2017 • 66 min
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Luckily for you, planning is much easier than you think. It all starts with planning the perfect day and then the perfect week. You’ll learn how to be in control of your schedule and make the planning process easy…
Overlap: A simple strategy for closing the gap between where you are and where you want to be w/ Sean McCabe (TPS163)
Oct 2, 2017 • 49 min
In this episode, Mike talks with entrepreneur and author Sean McCabe. On a daily basis, he runs a learning community for entrepreneurs looking to do fulfilling work. Sean is also the author of Overlap: Start a Business While Working a…
Thinking Time: the Counterintuitive Approach to Growth (TPS162)
Sep 25, 2017 • 72 min
It’s a bit counter-intuitive, but in this episode we’re going to talk about how you can actually go faster by slowing down and developing a habit of thinking time. We know it can feel weird to stop and think about your work instead of constantly doing it,…
It’s All Too Much: 3 Keys to Overcoming Information Overload (TPS161)
Sep 18, 2017 • 69 min
Brooks and Mike talk about information overload and what you can do about it. The amount of information we are exposed to is increasing exponentially and is a major reason why so many people deal with the Fear of Missing Out (of FOMO). If you’ve ever felt…
The Secret to Finding Your Blindspots and Overcoming Setbacks w/ Nabill Idrisi (TPS 160)
Sep 11, 2017 • 55 min
Nabill Idrisi is back on the podcast to discuss the right way to set goals, how to accelerate the results you want, and how coaching and mastermind groups can help you towards your goals. He talks with Thanh about what changed in his life that led him to…
Advanced Strategies for Reading Faster and Remembering More w/ Abby Marks-Beale (TPS159)
Sep 4, 2017 • 49 min
Reading expert Abby Marks-Beale is on the show to talk about how you can learn how to read faster and comprehend better. She designed a course in the Asian Efficiency Dojo that is based off of her Rev It Up Reading program. In this episode, Mike and Abby…
The Productivity Perils of Shiny Object Syndrome & 8 Strategies to Overcome Them (TPS158)
Aug 28, 2017 • 61 min
Brooks and Mike discuss Shiny Object Syndrome (S.O.S.), which is very prevalent in the online productivity space. They discuss why it’s widespread among this community, how people who embrace a growth mindset are more susceptible, and signs to look for…
10% Entrepreneurship w/ Patrick McGinnis: Achieving Entrepreneurial Freedom Without Sacrificing 9-to-5 Stability (TPS157)
Aug 21, 2017 • 51 min
Mike Schmitz is joined by Patrick McGinnis, a venture capital and private equity investor who founded Dirigo Advisors to provide advice to investors and fast growing businesses. He’s the author of the 10% Entrepreneur, a book about how you don’t have to…
3 Keys to Planning the Perfect Week (TPS156)
Aug 14, 2017 • 55 min
Brooks and Mike break down how you can plan and execute your perfect week. The process of planning your perfect week can help you make significant steps towards your ideal future, and if you plan a perfect week you may realize that you’re closer to your…
Making Better Decisions: How to Say “No” and When to Say “Yes” (TPS155)
Aug 7, 2017 • 52 min
Mike and Brooks cover everything you need to know about how to make better decisions for your career and personal life. They discuss why you might be saying yes to the wrong things and how to say no without straining your relationships. They detail a…
How Journaling Can Make You 25% Happier (TPS154)
Jul 31, 2017 • 71 min
Mike and Brooks dive into the many benefits of journaling, and give 5 tips for making journaling actionable and effective. They explain how to implement a journaling habit, different tools and apps you can use, and how to make the habit stick. If you’ve…
How To Run an Effective and Highly Efficient Remote Team (TPS153)
Jul 24, 2017 • 88 min
Thanh and Brooks go in-depth on the inner workings of Asian Efficiency’s remote team setup and how you can run an effective remote team as well. As more people turn to remote work, they discuss the differences between office work and remote companies.…
How to Beat Your Brain and Conquer Cognitive Biases to Make Better Decisions (TPS152)
Jul 17, 2017 • 60 min
Brooks and Mike talk about cognitive biases and how they influence our ability to make good rational decisions. They discuss the many different types of cognitive biases and how they are the common culprits of bad decision making. Then, they talk about 4…
How to Make Sure Your Projects and Tasks are the Right Ones (TPS151)
Jul 10, 2017 • 36 min
Brooks and Mike discuss how to achieve clarity from knowing that the tasks and projects in your task manager are the right ones. They walk through six different horizons from the Getting Things Done productivity framework. The 6 horizons are a mental…
How to Bounce Back When Everything Goes Wrong (TPS150)
Jul 3, 2017 • 73 min
On this episode, we celebrate 3 million all-time podcast downloads for The Productivity Show! Brooks, Mike, and Thanh look back on their journey to this milestone, and talk about 5 specific setbacks they’ve encountered over the years. They highlight the…
How to Get GTD to Work For You: Simple Strategies For Managing Your Inboxes And Capturing Information (TPS149)
Jun 26, 2017 • 45 min
Today we’re talking about Getting Things Done, productivity systems, and how to make them work for your personal work style. In the first part of the episode, Mike walks through the 5 different steps involved in the GTD method and how to ask the right…
What to Do When You Feel Stuck and Need a Fresh Start (TPS148)
Jun 19, 2017 • 67 min
Brooks and Mike talk about what to do when you feel like you need to make a fresh start. Sometimes you feel completely overwhelmed with everything you need to do, and don’t know how to start over or slow down. If you’ve ever felt stuck, this episode will…
The Productivity Killer We Face 35,000 Times Each Day (TPS147)
Jun 12, 2017 • 85 min
Mike and Thanh tackle decision fatigue, and how to exercise all the tools at your disposal so that you don’t get burnout or make bad decisions. The average person makes 35,000 decisions per day, which is a lot higher than most people realize. They discuss…
How to Regain Control and Balance When You Wear Many Different Hats (TPS146)
Jun 5, 2017 • 49 min
It’s difficult to maintain a balance between your different responsibilities, especially as it’s common for people to have more than just work and home to think about. If you’re stressed or feeling like you can’t honor the commitments you’ve made, this…
4 Strategies for Developing Your Focus Muscle and Creating the Future You’ve Always Dreamed of (TPS145)
May 29, 2017 • 83 min
Being able to focus is fast becoming a lost art. We’re constantly interrupted in today’s society by our technology and other people. In this episode, Thanh and Mike show you a better way to work that maximizes focus time and produces higher quality work…
4 Keys to Mastering the Work That You Love Through Effective Deliberate Practice (TPS144)
May 22, 2017 • 53 min
Does it really take 10,000 hours to master a skill? In this episode, we tackle the topic of mastery and give you some keys to effective deliberate practice. If you’ve wanted to master a skill and need to maximize a limited amount of time, this episode is…
The CEO’s Secret to Productivity: An Executive Assistant (TPS143)
May 15, 2017 • 131 min
This episode is all about how to find, hire, and make productive use of executive assistants. Thanh Pham is joined by Charles Ngo, who has hired and worked with executive assistants for many years. Thanh recently hired his first executive assistant, and…
Why Time Management Doesn’t Work & Why You Should Focus on Energy Instead (TPS142)
May 8, 2017 • 56 min
Brooks and Mike discuss why energy management is the real key to high achievement. They walk through different types of energy that need to be managed, and what you can do to maximize each one. Do you find that you often can’t muster up the energy to…
5 Tips to Work Smarter and More Effectively with Evernote (TPS141)
May 1, 2017 • 64 min
Thanh welcomes Charles Byrd to the podcast to discuss the ins and outs of working smarter with Evernote. Charles is a certified Evernote Expert and has tons of tips for creating systems, pulling up information quickly, and doing more with Evernote apps.…
How to Find Balance While Working in a Corporate Culture (TPS140)
Apr 24, 2017 • 54 min
On this episode, dojo member Gary Smith joins the podcast to discuss solutions to some pressing corporate productivity problems. Mike and Gary talk about how to balance your personal goals with your corporate responsibilities, how to advance your career…
Why Pursuing the Work-Life Balance Myth is Hurting Your Productivity (TPS139)
Apr 17, 2017 • 49 min
Mike and Thanh tackle the ever-popular topic of work-life balance, and why it’s not only impossible to achieve, but also may not be something you want to achieve. They discuss how to create intentional imbalance instead, by working on the areas of your…
How to Take Massive Action on Your Goals by Implementing the 12 Week Year Effectively (TPS138)
Apr 10, 2017 • 56 min
Brandon Wentland, a member of the Asian Efficiency dojo, is on the podcast this week to talk about The 12 Week Year. Brandon successfully implemented the 12 week year framework in his own life, and created a module in the dojo about the concept, complete…
Overcome the Limitations of GTD to Get Things Done By Using the 2Do App (TPS137)
Apr 3, 2017 • 52 min
Today we break down the advantages of the task manager app for desktop and mobile 2Do. Mat Rhein, a member of the Asian Efficiency Dojo, talks about everything 2D and answers many user questions about the unique features that it has. If you’re looking for…
How to Implement Getting Things Done (GTD) Effectively w/ OmniFocus (TPS136)
Mar 27, 2017 • 66 min
Today we dive deep into OmniFocus. Mike and Brooks explain the killer features of this app and how best to use it, so you can decide if you want to invest in it. They also answer some of the most frequent questions we get from the community regarding…
How to Find and Choose the Perfect Todo List App For You (TPS 135)
Mar 20, 2017 • 53 min
We want to help you shortcut the process of finding the right todo list app or task manager. Thanh and Brooks weigh the pros and cons of popular apps like OmniFocus, Trello, Asana, Todoist, and 2Do. Full show notes can be found at…
6 Ways to Replace Emails, Meetings, and Other Corporate Time Wasters by Using Slack / HipChat (TPS 134)
Mar 13, 2017 • 40 min
Brooks and Mike discuss team communication and collar tools, specifically HipChat and Slack. They talk about their fundamentals, their benefits, and what problems they help to solve. They discuss ways to use them to eliminate internal email, meetings, and…
10 Practical Tips for Identifying and Implementing Core Values With Your Family (TPS133)
Mar 6, 2017 • 60 min
Mike Schmitz and his wife Rachel Schmitz share their perspective on the topic of core values and vision. They created a vision and set of core values for themselves and their family, and they discuss how they came to their values as well as handy tips for…
This 1 Psychological Fear Is Holding You Back From Being Uber Productive (TPS132)
Feb 27, 2017 • 67 min
This episode is all about FOMO - The Fear of Missing Out. It’s a troubling trend with major productivity costs, and Mike and Thanh help you understand and solve it. They chat about FOMO’s symptoms and common causes, as well as 9 tips to help you overcome…
Why Mindmapping is Better than Outlining, Except When it Isn’t (TPS131)
Feb 20, 2017 • 54 min
Brooks and Mike discuss mipmapping vs outlining, and when to use each technqiue. This is an important topic because knowing when to use the right tool can have a positive effect on the product you’re creating. They also discuss various apps you can use to…
8 Strategies for Waking Up Early and Becoming a Morning Person (TPS130)
Feb 13, 2017 • 46 min
Today we are talking about getting up early - a polarizing topic and one that we’ve discussed a lot with our community lately. Thanh and Mike share 8 strategies for getting up early, finding the motivation to get up earlier, and things you should avoid…
The 2017 Essential Mac Productivity Apps (TPS129)
Feb 6, 2017 • 44 min
Brooks and Mike go round-by-round picking their top 10 essential Mac productivity apps. From menu-bar apps to task managers, this is the definitive list for 2017 on a Mac. Full show notes can be found at
How to Overcome 4 Common Corporate Productivity Problems (TPS128)
Jan 30, 2017 • 57 min
We welcome new Asian Efficiency team member Brooks Duncan on the show to chat with Mike about solutions to common corporate productivity problems. If you work for an organization and are trying to make productivity systems work for you in a corporate…
The Next Evolution in Productivity is Lifestyle Productivity (TPS127)
Jan 23, 2017 • 47 min
How can you design your life and your environment so that is it inevitable that you will be productive? We are tackling this question on today’s episode, as Mike and Thanh discuss the tools, systems, and concepts you can use to make your lifestyle more…
How to Discover Your Own Core Values (TPS126)
Jan 16, 2017 • 64 min
Mike and Thanh explore the Asian Efficiency core values, why they’ve changed, and how they came to them. They discuss the benefits of having core values for your personal life and your company, and how you can use core values to make decisions, hire new…
The iOS vs macOS Productivity Faceoff (TPS125)
Jan 9, 2017 • 32 min
Mike is on team iOS, arguing that this platform is superior for getting things done with ease, mobility, and focus. Thanh represents team MacOS, making the case that laptops and desktops are far better at getting important things done in less time and…
8 Productivity Predictions for 2017 (TPS124)
Jan 2, 2017 • 44 min
Mike and Thanh break down their productivity predictions for 2017, and discuss how the future of inboxes, notifications, and the Internet of Things will take shape over the next year. Full show notes can be found at
Productivity nerds! Where do you do your deep work? (TPS123)
Dec 26, 2016 • 51 min
Mike and Thanh discuss the tools, environments, and time needed to do your best work – deep work. Deep work is when you are devoting your entire attention to your most important task, and it’s something many people struggle with. In this episode we cover…
TPS122: The Farewell Episode w/ Zachary Sexton
Dec 19, 2016 • 39 min
Mike and Thanh host this episode as Zachary plays guest, discussing his run as host of the Productivity Show. They talk about how Zach was hired to the Asian Efficiency team, some of Zach’s favorite episodes of this podcast, and what he’s learned from…
The 3 Things You Need to Maximize Your Productivity (TPS121)
Dec 12, 2016 • 53 min
Chris Bailey spent a year trying out different productivity concepts, using himself as the subject of his experiments. Mike Schmitz talks with Chris about what he learned from experiments such as not talking to other humans for 10 days, working only 20…
The Holiday Gift Guide for Productivity Nerds (TPS120)
Dec 5, 2016 • 50 min
The AE Holiday Gift Guide is here! Thanh and Mike give you their top 20 gifts for the productivity junkie in your life. Full show notes can be found at
3 Keys to Using the 80/20 Rule in Your Business for Exponential Growth (TPS119)
Nov 28, 2016 • 41 min
This is part 2 of our conversation on the 80/20 rule with Tim Francis. If you missed part 1, visit, where we covered the 5 levels of 80/20. In this episode, we talk about how businesses have used the 80/20 rule to create…
5 Ways to Apply the 80/20 Rule To Free Up 2+ Hours A Week (TPS118)
Nov 21, 2016 • 43 min
You’re going to learn the framework for implementing the 80/20 in all areas of your life and work. 80/20 is an important concept, one that is often appreciate but also relatively difficult to find practical applications for in your own life. The 5 levels…
How to Keep Up Your Healthy Lifestyle When You’re Traveling (TPS117)
Nov 14, 2016 • 40 min
Alistair Clark is a former management consultant and current founder of Work. Life. Fitness. He helps overworked professionals create a competitive advantage at work using fitness, productivity and lifestyle strategies. We chat today about creating…
9 GTD Mistakes You Must Avoid – TPS116
Nov 7, 2016 • 39 min
Zack and Mike from the Asian Efficiency team revisit the Getting Things Done method and chat about common obstacles that prevent people from successfully implementing the system into their lives. They chat about keeping things simple, not following the…
TPS115: Life Decisions & Technology w/ Rick Stawarz
Oct 31, 2016 • 42 min
Technology is a huge part of our modern-day lives, and it’s easy to forget that technology was meant to serve us and make our lives easier, not the other way around. Today we talk with Rick Stawarz about how to make technology work for us, not get in the…
TPS114: Take Action and Produce Results w/ Nathan Latka
Oct 24, 2016 • 35 min
Nathan Latka is an entrepreneur on a mission. He’s built and sold companies and is currently planning to take a company public, all before his 30th birthday. Nathan and Zack chat about what drives his success, delegating tasks, ego, and more. Full show…
TPS113: 5 Ways to Make Your Home More Efficient
Oct 17, 2016 • 18 min
Thanh and Zack discuss action items you can take to make your home or work space a more efficient and productive place. From working habits, health habits, and sleep habits, they talk about ways to make things more efficient and design productive living…
TPS112: How to Escape Your Email
Oct 10, 2016 • 57 min
In this episode, we go through 8 tips (plus a bonus) on how to escape your inbox and focus on tasks that matter. We’ll discuss apps and systems that you can use to cut down on the time you spend processing your emails. Full show notes can be found at…
TPS111: Why You Must Escape Your Email
Oct 3, 2016 • 35 min
Americans spend way too much time on email, and it’s breaking our creative flow and making us less productive. In this episode, we talk about the reasons why this is, and how you can break the cycle and spend more time out of your inbox taking action on…
TPS110: Fitness in the Workplace w/ Zack Arnold
Sep 26, 2016 • 36 min
Movement energizes us and makes us more productive and efficient, and yet most knowledge workers spend eight hours or more sitting at a desk every day. Zack Arnold sits at a desk too, but he’s become an expert in building habits of movement into his daily…
TPS109: Finding Your Focus w/ Michael Hyatt
Sep 19, 2016 • 32 min
Michael Hyatt is a NY Times best selling author, speaker, and former CEO (and chairman) of Thomas Nelson Publishers. He’s on the podcast to discuss the true goal of productivity, how to find your focus, and making room for activities that truly matter.…
TPS108: Sustainable Behavior Change w/ Eric Zimmer
Sep 12, 2016 • 55 min
Eric Zimmer is the host of the award-winning podcast The One You Feed. Through hundreds of interviews, Eric has learned a lot about healthy habits, mindfulness, and sustainable behavior change. We chat about changing environments and habits and feeding…
TPS107: Being Data-Driven w/ John Johnson
Sep 5, 2016 • 41 min
John Johnson, PhD is an expert in reading and understanding data and statistics. He talks with Zack about how to become a discerning consumer of data, now that we can track personal data as well. Listen in to learn how to ask questions about data, using…
TPS106: Influence Yourself w/ Ramit Sethi
Aug 29, 2016 • 53 min
Ramit Sethi, the New York Times bestselling author with his book I Will Teach You to Be Rich, has changed the lives of many by questioning the mainstream narrative of how you should do things. In this episode we explore why people make goals and don’t…
TPS105: The AE Email Workflow
Aug 22, 2016 • 47 min
Zack and Mike go in-depth on some new workflows that the Asian Efficiency team has been developing regarding our most time-intensive task: email. Email takes an average of 6 hours per day out of the American office worker’s day, and we’re here to fix…
TPS104: Life Skills That Matter w/ Stephen Warley (Part 2 of 2)
Aug 15, 2016 • 62 min
In Part 2 of our conversation with Stephen Warley, we dive deeper into life skills that matter for self-employed and freelancing people. We talk about the need for continued education, how to align all of your daily habits towards your purpose, and…
TPS103: Life Skills That Matter w/ Stephen Warley (Part 1 of 2)
Aug 8, 2016 • 43 min
Stephen Warley has been self-employed for more than a decade, and he’s on the show to talk about life skills that matter for the new nature of work. As more and more people change jobs every 3-5 years or become self-employed, skills like self-awareness,…
TPS102: Essentialism w/ Greg McKeown
Aug 1, 2016 • 45 min
Greg McKeown is the author of Essentialism, The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. He is on the podcast to discuss how to figure out what is essential to you, how to create your vision for your life, and why being bored is important. Listen in for tools to…
TPS101: Lean Thinking w/ Paul Akers
Jul 25, 2016 • 39 min
Paul Akers has built a business and a life on making small improvements every single day. In this episode, we explore the concept of lean: lean thinking, lean relationships, lean business. The lean methodology shows us how to eliminate waste and make…
TPS100: Celebrating Your Wins
Jul 18, 2016 • 30 min
Zack, Mike, and Thanh celebrate the 100th episode of The Productivity Show by standing in line for hours to get some famous Franklin Barbecue in Austin. They chat about why celebrating your wins is important, and interview their fellow customers in line…
TPS99: Procrastination
Jul 11, 2016 • 22 min
Procrastination is something that hits all of us, and many people struggle with it on a regular basis. In this episode we dive into the myths about procrastination, and eight tactics you can use to fight through to take real steps towards your goals. Full…
TPS98: Making Rituals Stick w/ Nabill Idrisi
Jul 4, 2016 • 42 min
Nabill Idrisi is a coach who found amazing success from creating rituals and sticking to them. After attending one of our workshops and masterminds, Nabill created systems for his rituals and saw results within months. We chat about Nabill’s rituals, his…
TPS97: Planning in 90-day Periods w/ Kendra Wright
Jun 27, 2016 • 32 min
Kendra Wright is back on the podcast to talk about why planning in 90-day periods is good for your professional and personal life. We chat about the advantages of not setting yearly goals, scheduling in time for rest and relaxation, and executing over…
TPS96: Setting Up Your Dashboard in Evernote w/ Stacey Harmon
Jun 20, 2016 • 47 min
Most people love Evernote for its ability to store reference files like recipes and notes, but Stacey Harmon is here to show us how to organize your entire life on Evernote. Stacey will explain her system for performing task, project, and process…
TPS95: Personality Types w/ Scott Beebe
Jun 13, 2016 • 49 min
Scott Beebe is a business coach who loves productivity systems and personality tests. We explore the DISC personality model in this episode and discuss why it can be a powerful tool for interacting with people and hiring within a business. Full show notes…
TPS94: Reinvent Your Life Through Productivity w/ Brad Simon
Jun 6, 2016 • 50 min
Brad Simon wants you to know that he is not a productivity expert like many of the guests on this podcast. Rather, he’s a fellow traveller on the path to efficiency and productivity, and he shares his story of getting out of debt and losing weight in this…
TPS93: 3 Steps to a Better Memory w/ Brad Zupp
May 30, 2016 • 46 min
Record-setting memory athlete Brad Zupp is on the podcast this week to talk about how you can get your memory to perform better for you. We discuss proven techniques for remembering names, numbers, and just about anything. You’ll learn the 3 steps that…
TPS92: No More Underpants w/ Steve Kamb
May 23, 2016 • 45 min
Steve Kamb started because he was playing too many video games all day - and has now built it into a successful blog, book, and more. He’s reached his goals of traveling the world and having new experiences by using the practices of…
TPS91: Master The Art of Podcasting w/ Erik Fisher
May 16, 2016 • 43 min
Erik Fisher has one of the most popular productivity podcasts in the world, and he is back on this show to discuss how he mastered the art of podcasting. From discovering your passion to honing your skills as an interviewer, we cover the many facets of…
TPS90: Become a Minimalist w/ Joshua Becker
May 9, 2016 • 42 min
Joshua Becker leads a minimalist lifestyle with his family, and blogs about it on He is the author of the new book The More of Less, and in this episode we chat about how minimalism allows for more, how to start the decluttering…
TPS89: Stop Email Overload w/ Dmitri Leonov of SaneBox
May 2, 2016 • 37 min
We’ve said it on this podcast before: email is a necessary email. Checking it too often, and without a strategy, can be incredibly damaging to your productivity. Luckily there are tools like SaneBox, created by Dmitri Leonov and his team to help us stop…
TPS88: Deep Work w/ Cal Newport
Apr 25, 2016 • 46 min
Cal Newport is on the podcast today to talk about Deep Work, a skill that is essential for success in today’s knowledge economy. Learn about what deep work is, why it is so important, and how you can manage your time and distractions so that you can focus…
TPS87: How to Run Effective Meetings w/ John Poelstra
Apr 18, 2016 • 48 min
John Poelstra is obsessed with meetings, and for good reason. Meetings are responsible for billions of dollars in wasted productivity every month. John is on a mission to make meetings more effective, and he joins us on the podcast to talk about how you…
TPS86: The 80/20 of Health and Energy w/ Mark Sisson
Apr 11, 2016 • 38 min
Mark Sisson is an expert in evolutionary health and author of The Primal Blueprint. In this episode, he discusses how our genes can be influenced by our diet and exercise, how you can put in only a few minutes at the gym and get maximum output, and how to…
TPS85: Read at the Speed of Thought w/ Abby Marks Beale
Apr 4, 2016 • 37 min
Zack chats with speed reading expert Abby Marks Beale, who has been teaching people how to read and comprehend faster for more than 20 years. They discuss key characteristics of speed readers, specific tips that you can use to comprehend and read fast,…
TPS84: Differences Between Habits and Rituals
Mar 28, 2016 • 32 min
Asian Efficiency team members Zack and Thanh discuss the key differences between habits and rituals. From brushing teeth to working out, you’ll learn how putting systems in place, writing things down, and not relying on will power can help you create…
TPS83: How to Plan Your Week w/ Kendra Wright
Mar 21, 2016 • 35 min
Zack chats with Kendra Wright about her awesome strategy for planning her week. This strategy will change the way you think about your calendar, helping you to fit in self-care and work and feel fulfilled during your week but not over-worked. Full show…
TPS82: Optimizing Your Brain w/ Dr. Andrew Hill
Mar 14, 2016 • 67 min
Today we dive into the science of the brain, how to keep it healthy, and what you can do to make your brain more focused, alert, and productive. Dr. Andrew Hill, PhD is the Lead Neuroscientist at truBrain and founder of Peak Brain, and he discusses how…
TPS81: How to Leverage The 80/20 Rule to Create More Time
Mar 7, 2016 • 17 min
The 80/20 Rule states that 80% of your output is going to come from only 20% of your input. So how do we make our input work harder for us? Leverage other people’s time. Time is our most valuable resource, and in this episode Zack discusses the two…
TPS80: Seven Unusual Rituals
Feb 29, 2016 • 16 min
Here at Asian Efficiency, we love rituals. Rituals help integrate productive actions into our lives in a systematized way, so that it becomes as natural as brushing your teeth. If you’re new to rituals or are a rituals expert, you’ll find these seven…
TPS79: Email on Your Phone w/ Mike Schmitz
Feb 22, 2016 • 30 min
Zack chats with Asian Efficiency resident Email Expert Mike Schmitz about checking email on your phone. As Americans, we spend way too much time on our smart phones, and far too much time on email. Learn how to boost your productivity with these email dos…
TPS78: Live a Minimalist Luxury Lifestyle w/ Thanh Pham
Feb 15, 2016 • 34 min
Mike and Thanh sit down to give listeners another “behind the scenes” look at what we are talking and thinking about within the Asian Efficiency team. In this conversation, Thanh discusses his Minimalist Luxury Lifestyle (MLL) idea that he has been…
TPS77: 5 Tips to Master Your Calendar
Feb 8, 2016 • 37 min
Zack, Thanh, and Mike revisit the ever-important subject of using and mastering your calendar. From handy shortcuts to their favorite calendar apps, listen in to learn 5 tips that will make you more productive when scheduling and reviewing how you spend…
TPS76: 8 Best Practices for Email
Feb 1, 2016 • 36 min
Mike, Thanh, and Zack discuss email, the necessary evil, and one of the topics that we at Asian Efficiency get the most questions about. In the episode, we dive into some of our favorite tips for not letting your email control you, getting to inbox zero,…
TPS75: Simple Systems
Jan 25, 2016 • 35 min
Asian Efficiency team members Zack, Thanh, and Mike sit down to chat about one of their favorite subjects: systems. In this episode you’ll learn some simple systems to do more with less effort, and you’ll learn how to recognize the problems in your life…
TPS74: Making Space for Flow w/ Trey Stinnett
Jan 18, 2016 • 39 min
Zack chats with Trey Stinnett about flow: how to find it, keep it, and let it increase your productivity. Trey advocates for people to make space in their lives so that new things can come in, and talks about his pursuit of living in the present. Full…
TPS73: Get Healthy in 2016 w/ Allison Schaaf
Jan 11, 2016 • 24 min
Allison Schaaf is back on the podcast to chat about 5 things you can do to increase your health in 2016. She shares tips about morning rituals, increasing your productivity when cooking food, and ways to rethink how you are currently planning and cooking…
TPS72: New Year’s Resolutions
Jan 4, 2016 • 36 min
Asian Efficiency team members Zack, Mike, and Thanh discuss New Year’s Resolutions - why people make them, and why most people fail at accomplishing them. Mike details how he sets goals for the year, while Thanh and Zack talk about why they don’t make New…
TPS71: Goal-Setting Techniques w/ John Lee Dumas
Dec 28, 2015 • 31 min
Zack chats with John Lee Dumas about how to create systems and goal-setting techniques in order to become more productive and successful. John has built an incredibly successful podcast business in a short amount of time, and publishes an episode of his…
TPS70: Energy Management w/ Mark Silverman
Dec 21, 2015 • 36 min
Zack chats with Mark Silverman, a business and life coach who specializes in energy management. He has had a personal journey with learning how to create priorities and get things done, and he shares what he has learned with his clients and in his book,…
TPS69: Journaling w/ Kendra Wright
Dec 14, 2015 • 42 min
Kendra Wright sits down with Zack to discuss the power of daily journaling and how it can help you organize and energize your life. She chronicles why she started journaling and how it helped her remember the awesome moments in her year while getting her…
TPS68: The 5am Miracle w/ Jeff Sanders
Dec 7, 2015 • 37 min
Jeff Sanders chats with Zack about his new book, the 5am Miracle, and how getting up earlier changed his life. He talks about the phases of productivity, including planning, executing, and reviewing. Listen in to reframe how you look at your life and see…
TPS67: Digital Coaching w/ Willem Van Syl
Nov 30, 2015 • 39 min
Willem Van Syl joins us from South Africa to chat about the world of Digital Coaching and how the new form of coaching can help you be more productive and achieve your goals. Willem helps his clients reach Inbox Zero, set priorities for the day, and…
TPS66: The Asian Efficiency Core Values
Nov 23, 2015 • 35 min
Zack and Thanh chat about Asian Efficiency’s four core values. They discuss why the company decided to make core values, how they have helped the business, and go into detail describing each one. Full show notes can be found at
TPS65: Create Your Manifesto
Nov 15, 2015 • 17 min
Zack walks through the 5 documents that you need to create a manifesto for your life - who you are, what you believe, and what you want to accomplish. Full show notes can be found at
TPS64: All About Keyboard Maestro w/ Mike & Thanh
Nov 9, 2015 • 47 min
This episode will give you a foundational framework for using Keyboard Maestro, the productivity software for Mac OS X. Give it a listen before you start using Keyboard Maestro! Full show notes can be found at
TPS63: Behind the Scenes
Nov 2, 2015 • 34 min
In this episode, Zack & Mike have an informal conversation that takes you behind the scenes of some of the Asian Efficiency systems and processes to give you a glimpse of how (and why) we work the way we do. Full show notes can be found at…
TPS62: The Secrets of Mindfulness w/ Toku McCree
Oct 26, 2015 • 37 min
Today we’re talking about Mindfulness, awareness, and coaching with Toku McRee, a speaker, coach, and mindfulness expert based in Portland, OR. Full show notes can be found at
TPS61: Take Control of Negative Thoughts to Increase Productivity w/ Marc & Angel Chernoff
Oct 19, 2015 • 41 min
Marc & Angel used their own personal life experiences to start a personal development blog that has blossomed in a few short years. In this episode, we dive into the method of self inquiry that has helped them reverse negative thoughts, become more aware…
TPS60: How to Live a More Significant Life w/ Aaron Walker
Oct 12, 2015 • 36 min
Zack chats with Aaron Walker, successful business owner, business coach, and owner of View From The Top. He talks about how to define a significant life, why relationships are so important, and more. Listen in for a secret link to some free resources from…
TPS59: The Power of Community
Oct 5, 2015 • 36 min
Zack, Mike, and Thanh get together to talk about the importance of support and accountability and show you where to look for both physical and digital communities to help you do more and be better. Full show notes can be found at…
TPS58: Getting Things Done w/ David Allen
Sep 28, 2015 • 38 min
We are honored to have David Allen on the podcast, as we have mentioned his Getting Things Done methodology on almost every episode. Zack and David discuss the updated version of David’s book, how to change your habit and clear your mind, and how David…
Scott Dinsmore – A Personal Tribute
Sep 25, 2015 • 6 min
Scott Dinsmore, founder of popular blog Live Your Legend, is gone. He passed away during a tragic mountain climbing accident on Mount Kilimanjaro. He was 33 years old.
TPS57: Advanced OmniFocus Setup + Workflow w/ Joe Buhlig
Sep 21, 2015 • 58 min
Joe Buhlig is a technology guru, writer, and developer - and he’s back on the podcast to talk about his innovative ways to use OmniFocus, the Getting Things Done software that many of us at Asian Efficiency use. Up your productivity and learn some…
TPS56: A System for Reviewing Goals
Sep 14, 2015 • 24 min
Zack details his system for setting and reviewing goals (and sticking to them!) that has created immense personal and business growth in his life. Listen in to find out how to remind yourself of your goals on a daily basis and stay on track. Full show…
TPS55: Building Habits Through Coaching w/ Tony Stubblebine
Sep 7, 2015 • 61 min
Tony Stubblebine is the CEO and Founder of the coaching platform Their goal is to bring the top coaches in the world to anyone in the world who wants to achieve massive success. In this episode we discuss why coaching matters and how to build…
TPS54: Rituals over Habits
Aug 31, 2015 • 36 min
Mike and Thanh talk about why rituals are much better than habits, and they break down the 5 flaws of habits. Listen in to learn how to make your rituals stick and how to break them down into manageable steps. Full show notes can be found at…
TPS53: All About Float Tanks w/ Rob Dial & Dean Devries
Aug 24, 2015 • 27 min
Zack speaks with Rob Dial & Dean Devries at the Podcast Movement conference about how float tanks can help with meditative practice and make you more productive. Full show notes can be found at
TPS52: Using Apple Watch to Increase Productivity
Aug 17, 2015 • 43 min
Zack chats with Asian Efficiency team member Mike Schmitz, who has tried out the Apple Watch and shares how to use the watch to increase productivity. Full show notes can be found at
TPS51: Executive Thinking w/ Jan Johnston-Tyler
Aug 10, 2015 • 46 min
Always struggled with problem solving, planning a head, organizing? This is a must-listen episode for you. We speak with Jan Johnston-Tyler about how to organize your day, play to your strengths, and be more productive. Talk about an archeological deep…
TPS50: The Future of Work w/ Andrew Sinkov of Evernote
Aug 3, 2015 • 36 min
Zack visits Evernote HQ and discusses the history of the company and the future of work and productivity with Evernote co-founder Andrew Sinkov.
TPS49: Delegation and outsourcing w/ Julia Tunstall
Jul 27, 2015 • 40 min
Julia Tunstall is a delegation specialist and automation nerd. She works with solo business owners to help them streamline their business and find opportunities to delegate and automate their busywork so they can spend their time doing the work they care…
TPS48: LastPass w/ Amber Gott
Jul 20, 2015 • 39 min
Amber Gott has been working at LastPass (a password tool we use at Asian Efficiency) for the last five years. In this episode you will learn a couple tips for securely and efficiently managing your passwords and how you can get the most out of LastPass.
TPS47: 13 Productive Parenting Hacks
Jul 13, 2015 • 29 min
Mike shares a couple of the common challenges of being a productive parent and shares 13 productive parenting hacks to help free up more time to spend with the people that mean the most to you. Full show notes cane found at…
TPS46: The One Thing w/ Jay Papasan
Jul 6, 2015 • 34 min
Every person has something that they are best suited for. Teacher, coder, writer, healer. Identifying your top activities and then giving them a disproportionate amount of your time will give you disproportionate results. In this episode, Jay teaches us…
TPS45: Systems, goal setting and communication w/ Alison Rogers
Jun 29, 2015 • 49 min
Alison shares her story that lead her to an energizing 2 hour long morning routine, conducting 1,000 person orchestra and making a living doing what she loves.
TPS44: The Art of Charm w/ Jordan Harbinger
Jun 22, 2015 • 43 min
Jordan is a self-taught expert in confidence, relationship skills and other life hacks that help his audience at the Art of Charm live their best lives, be an example to others and leave everything and everyone better than they left it. In today’s…
TPS43: How to find your ideal mentor w/ Geoff Woods
Jun 15, 2015 • 38 min
Geoff Woods is an expert at forming relationships and finding mentors. We’ll be talking about how you can find your ideal mentor and form relationships with people who can accelerate your success.
TPS42: Working from home w/ Erik Fisher
Jun 8, 2015 • 45 min
Erik is a productivity author, podcaster, speaker and coach. Erik talks to Zack about his workflows and tools that allow him to work effectively from home.
TPS41: Go Far w/ Zack Arnold
Jun 1, 2015 • 42 min
GO FAR chronicles the inspirational life of Christopher Rush, a quadriplegic and national MDA poster child, who lived with muscular dystrophy from birth to his death at the age 30 (in 2007).
TPS40: Batch Cooking w/ Allison Stevens
May 25, 2015 • 45 min
Allison is an expert in cooking, nutrition and efficient cook and we’ll be talking about how you can batch and automate healthy, gluten-free meals with her meal planning website Full shownotes can be found at
TPS39: Personal and Business Productivity w/ Amber DeLaGarza
May 18, 2015 • 32 min
Amber is The Productivity Specialist. She works with business owners who feel overwhelmed and out of time, yet want to achieve higher levels of success. Amber helps her clients maximize their time and reach their goals through one-on-one personal…
TPS38: I Know Kung Fu w/ Patrick Hart
May 11, 2015 • 35 min
Patrick Hart, dad, husband and process improvement specialist, comes on to talk about how Asian Efficiency gave him the red pill he had been looking for when it came to productivity. Now, rather than hoarding the latest productivity books, he can focus on…
TPS 37: Productive Weeks w/ Laura Vanderkam
May 4, 2015 • 34 min
Laura is an expert in time management and we talk about how you can plan your mornings and weeks so you can spend more of your time on the things that really matter. Cheat Sheet How to get a jump on the day by doing those important, but not urgent things…
TPS36: Slowing Down w/ Brooke McAlary
Apr 27, 2015 • 38 min
Learn how to slow down with Brooke McAlary’s minimalist approach to creating a slower, happier home and a simpler, more contented life. Full show notes can be found at
TPS35: A Year of Productivity w/ Chris Bailey
Apr 20, 2015 • 53 min
Chris Bailey joins Zachary to discuss his productivity “experiments” (including A Year of Productivity), the rule of 3, the power of intention and the pitfalls the come from relying on coffee & caffeine.
TPS34: Developing an IT Mindset w/ Scotty Loveless
Apr 13, 2015 • 46 min
Scotty Loveless of joins Zachary to talk about becoming your own IT person by changing how you think and talk about your tech problems, the role of empathy in IT, and reveals the secret to maximizing your time at the Genius Bar. Full…
TPS33: Analog vs. Digital Capturing Showdown
Apr 6, 2015 • 36 min
Zachary & Mike reunite to discuss the basics of capturing, why it’s important, and the pros & cons of both analog and digital tools (including a hybrid product they’re both pretty excited about) to help you get things “on the paper and off the mind.” Full…
TPS32: Intentionality w/ Eventual Millionaire Jaime Tardy
Mar 30, 2015 • 30 min
Jaime Tardy (author of “The Eventual Millionaire”) joins Zachary to talk about internet networking, podcasting, and being intentional with your goal planning. Full show notes can be found at
TPS31: Procrastinating on Purpose w/ Rory Vaden
Mar 23, 2015 • 28 min
Rory Vaden (author of “Procrastinate on Purpose” & “Take the Stairs”) joins Zachary to discuss priority dilution, multiplying your time using 3-dimensional thinking and the 30x rule, and how importance, urgency, & significance can help shape what’s…
TPS30: The Art of Taking Action w/ Gregg Krech
Mar 16, 2015 • 40 min
Gregg Krech (the author of “The Art of Taking Action”) joins Zachary to talk about being fully present, Japanese philosophy (and how we can learn a lot from tea ceremonies), overcoming your emotions, the myth of multitasking, momentum & consistency. Full…
TPS29: Paper Organization w/ Kacy Paide
Mar 7, 2015 • 36 min
Kacy Paide joins Zachary to share her paper organization tips for an inspired office, including the critical question you must ask yourself about every piece of paper you keep and the 3 places she recommends all papers end up. Full show notes can be found…
TPS28: Working the System w/ Sam Carpenter
Mar 1, 2015 • 47 min
Sam Carpenter, author of Work the System, joins Zachary to discuss documentation, systemization and SOPs and how you can utilize these practices to make more and work less. Full show notes can be found at
TPS27: 10 Computer Hacks for Higher Productivity
Feb 23, 2015 • 37 min
Zachary discusses hacking your computer for maximum productivity with Asian Efficiency’s own technology systems and design expert Dylan Hassinger. Dylan’s Top 10 Computer Hacks Use Apple computers Use Google Chrome as your main browser Use a left-sided…
TPS26: Habits, Visualization, & Finding Your Why
Feb 16, 2015 • 31 min
Zachary & Thanh talk about some of Thanh’s strange habits, the importance of stretching, the power of visualization, and how having a why can motivate you to stick with things and accomplish your goals. Full show notes can be found at…
TPS25: Rituals, Habits, and Achieving Your Goals
Feb 12, 2015 • 32 min
Zachary interviews Mike about how he established success habits that allowed him to recently release a self-published book, in addition to work multiple jobs and maintain life balance with his family. Full show notes can be found at…
TPS24: Productive Parenting w/ Annie Mueller
Feb 9, 2015 • 42 min
Annie Mueller joins us to talk about how she manages to balance being a mother of 4, homeschooling, and still find time to blog consistently. Links Productive Parenting Tips Getting up early (going to bed early) Habit loops and rewards Making lists…
TPS23: Optimization, Automation, and Outsourcing with Ari Meisel
Feb 1, 2015 • 26 min
Ari Meisel joins us to talk about the tools, tips and tricks he uses to automate everything he can and the criteria he uses for outsourcing tasks so he can focus on what’s really important. Full show notes can be found at
TPS22: Cold Showers w/ Stefano Ganddini
Jan 30, 2015 • 41 min
Stefano Ganddini of joins us to discuss the many surprising health and productivity benefits of cold showers and how this ritual has helped him to accomplish his goals. Links The Cold Showers article on Collegetopia Momentum app 4 Hour…
TPS21: Productive Blogging with Thomas Frank
Jan 29, 2015 • 45 min
Zachary and Thomas Frank of discuss email tools, time boxing, quick capturing, and why you should start a blog.
TPS20: Getting Unstuck with Stephen Warley
Jan 28, 2015 • 47 min
Zachary talks to Stephen Warley, host of the Unstuckable podcast about old english literature, finding your path and getting unstuck. Full show notes can be found at
TPS19: Calendar Apps, Tips and Tricks You Need to Know
Jan 27, 2015 • 41 min
Zack and Mike discuss calendar management and talk about the apps, tips & tricks they use to help them get more done. Full show notes can be found at
TPS18: Intention, Theming, and Energy w/ Mike Vardy
Jan 26, 2015 • 43 min
The Productivityist (Mike Vardy) joins us this weeks to discuss his 3 words for the year, being intentional, and theming your months. He and Zachary talk about rituals, habits, and frameworks they use to not just “do” productivity to but to actually “be”…
TPS17: Fitness w/ Zack Arnold
Jan 23, 2015 • 41 min
Zachary talks to Hollywood editor Zack Arnold about supplements, his fitness habits, and their shared obsession with Bulletproof Coffee. Full show notes can be found at
TPS16: Inbox Zero and Other Email Tactics to Spend Less Time in Your Inbox
Jan 22, 2015 • 30 min
Thanh & Mike step in for Zachary and discuss email management and how you can achieve Inbox Zero to relieve stress and become more productive. Full show notes at
TPS15: Goal Setting with Your Significant Other
Jan 21, 2015 • 39 min
Zachary & Mike talk about the importance of being on the same page when it comes to goal setting with your significant other. They share tips, tricks, and tools to help you do more and be better this year. Full show notes can be found at…
TPS14: How One Man Turned to Minimalism and Changed His Life w/ Joel Zaslofsky
Jan 20, 2015 • 70 min
In this episode, Zachary discusses minimalism and priorities with Joel Zaslofsky. They discuss different productivity systems (including Joel’s use of spreadsheets) and why you should start a commonplace book. Full show notes can be found at…
TPS13: How to Wake Up Early and Manage Your Energy w/ Jeff Sanders
Jan 19, 2015 • 35 min
In this episode, Zachary talks energy management and getting up early with Jeff Sanders of the 5 am Miracle podcast and Jeff shares his 3 tips for higher energy. View full show notes at
TPS12: Look Far
Jan 16, 2015 • 24 min
In this episode, Zachary flies solo and takes a deep dive into planning, goal setting and looking ahead. Full show notes at
TPS11: How A Father of 3 Kids Wakes Up Early And Stays Productive
Jan 15, 2015 • 28 min
In this episode, Zachary talks to Joe Buhlig about how the tips and tricks he uses to balance all his responsibilities and still find time for himself. Full show notes can be found at
TPS10: The Best Productivity Apps on iPhone and iPad
Jan 14, 2015 • 61 min
In this episode, Thanh & Mike fill in for Zachary and talk about their favorite iOS apps that they use to be productive, including their top 5 iOS apps that can help make you Asian Efficient on your iOS device. Full show notes can be found at…
TPS9: What’s The Best Way of Working and Getting Things Done?
Jan 13, 2015 • 27 min
Zachary, Aaron, and Thanh talk about and compare their different work styles and how they figured out what works best for them. Full show notes can be found at
TPS8: A Small Business Owner Reveals Which Workflows and Tools He Uses
Jan 12, 2015 • 36 min
In this episode, Zachary talks Calendar Usage, Journaling, and Modifying Your Routine with Greg Hickman of Full show notes can be found at www.theproductivityshow/8.
TPS7: Going Paperless w/ Brooks Duncan
Jan 9, 2015 • 38 min
In this episode, Zachary talks about going paperless with the expert, Brooks Duncan. Brooks shares his recommended tools and hardware to get your up and running with a paperless system of your own as quickly as possible. Full show notes can be found at…
TPS6: Which Supplements Actually Help with Focus and Productivity?
Jan 8, 2015 • 32 min
There are lots of supplements that promise higher productivity and more focus. We’ve tested a lot of them and discuss the supplements we found that worked for us. Links Green Tea (we also like this matcha powder) Black Tea Bulletproof Brain Octane Oil…
TPS5: Organize Your Life with Apps and Technology with Deron Bos
Jan 7, 2015 • 49 min
Zachary talks physical & digital organization with Deron Bos of Bos Organization. They discuss the story behind one of our favorite Mac apps (Hazel), Getting Things Done, and some of Deron’s favorite apps. Links The Ultimate Guide to Transforming your Old…