Episodes
In this episode we are talking about the “meaning” part of a meaningfully productive life. Although the meaning of our life may change over the years, discovering what makes our lives meaningful can contribute to our productivity and overall happiness. The search for meaning in life I was inspired recently by a thought-provoking conversation with a group of women about purpose and meaning in life. It got me thinking about how this fits into productivity, about what I’ve referred to...
Published 02/01/23
In this episode we’re going to talk about the value of planning for a productive life. Planning our days and projects I recently asked for your feedback and suggestions about topics. Several people asked about how I manage tasks and plan. I thought it was a great time to talk about planning in general and share a bit about what works for me. What is planning? Wikipedia says this: “Planning is the process of thinking regarding the activities required to achieve a desired...
Published 01/25/23
Published 01/25/23
Have you set--or are you setting--goals for this new year? This week we're talking about goals and how to focus them based on what's most important and what we would like to accomplish in the new year. Goal-setting refresher: It's possible to accomplish our goals without overwhelming ourselves or pulling us away from daily priorities As we’re starting out this new year, a lot of us have been thinking about goals for the coming year. We’ve talked about goal-setting in the past...
Published 01/18/23
This week I'm checking in with a couple of quick updates and request for a favor from you! Taking a few minutes for a quick check-in . . . A friendly reminder Just a reminder that the new TPW mastermind groups will start meeting next week (week of January 16). These are small groups, no more than 5 women plus me, who meet in Zoom one hour a week for 12 weeks for support, encouragement, and accountability in pursuing individual goals. These are paid, facilitated masterminds. I...
Published 01/11/23
This week we're looking at various areas to get organized in order to set ourselves up for a productive new year. January is the perfect time to get ourselves (and our stuff) organized and ready for the new year! Happy new year! I hope you enjoyed a joyful and peaceful holiday season.  In December we spent time looking at managing our stress by looking for ways to find joy in our day-to-day lives, and managing our time and (to some extent, our space) by following peace, and...
Published 01/04/23
As we continue our countdown to a productive new year, this week we consider how love can help us manage our lives to maximize not only productivity, but also our own joy and peace. Walking in love can help us manage our lives in a way that lets us be truly productive During December we’ve been counting down to the new year, with each episode focused on a different aspect of what I see as the mission of this podcast. December is a busy time for many of us, with holiday gatherings,...
Published 12/21/22
As we countdown to a productive new year, may we manage our time in a way that promotes peace in our hearts, our lives, and our world. Following peace can guide us in how we productively use our time As I mentioned last week, during the four weeks of December we’ll be counting down to the new year, with each episode focused on a different aspect of what I see as the mission of this podcast. December is a busy time for many of us, with holiday gatherings, school programs for the...
Published 12/14/22
In this first episode of December, we’re beginning a countdown to a productive--and joyful--new year. What does joy have to do with a productive life? It's the last month of the year - which is hard to believe. I feel like the older I get the faster time passes. Of course, that’s my perception, not reality, because time doesn’t change.  I've been thinking for some time now that these last four episodes of the year will be a bit of a countdown to the new year, each episode focused...
Published 12/07/22
Today we’re talking about the value of relationships among women of different ages and generations. No matter how different our lives and experiences are, there is great value in connecting with other generations of women This episode was inspired by a social media post I saw this week. The woman who posted it appears to be younger than me--maybe in her 40s or 50s? I found her when I ran across some short humorous Facebook reels she posted about “rules” for the family Thanksgiving...
Published 11/30/22
This week I'm sharing some of my favorite things--items that are making my life more productive, more pleasant, or just more fun. Having your favorite tools and other items around you each day can bring you joy and improve your productivity For this coming holiday season, I thought I’d share some of my favorite things to which you might treat yourself. Some would make good gifts too! Kitchen tools "Meat masher" tool The meat masher! Technically, the one I have is called...
Published 11/23/22
The holidays are coming up and with them gatherings with friends and family who may not share the same views we do. In this episode we consider how to have productive and grace-filled conversations even when we disagree. It's possible to disagree while still showing love and respect. This week's episode was inspired by the Editor's Letter, written by Editor-in-Chief Stephen Orr, in the November 2022 issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. In his Editor’s Letter, Orr talks about...
Published 11/16/22
This week features the next installment in our recurring “Productive Reading” series, this time talking about key takeaways from Tranquility by Tuesday, written by Laura Vanderkam. Laura Vanderkam's latest book, Tranquility by Tuesday, offers inspiring and actionable ideas about how to enjoy your life! This week we're continuing our Productive Reading recurring series. In the past, we’ve talked about the lessons and key takeaways I found in books such as Gary Keller’s The ONE Thing...
Published 11/09/22
Clean & tidy space is a platform for a productive life. This week we’ll talk about how to best keep up with all our stuff so it doesn't get out of hand and overwhelm us. Keeping our space clean & tidy sets the stage for peacefully productive life For most of us, an important part of our life is making a home. This is true whether we live alone, with roommates or a spouse, whether we have children, whether we have a job or career outside the home. No matter our stage of life...
Published 11/02/22
Purpose for our productivity, and productivity with purpose, make for a meaningful life. Productivity with purpose and a meaningfully productive life I’ve been publishing this podcast for 8 years, and reading, learning, and thinking about productivity for over 50 years. When I decided, back in 2013, that I wanted to launch a podcast, the reason I chose the topic of productivity was my lifelong interest in the subject. Before I ever recorded an episode--or even thought about...
Published 10/26/22
This week we’ll talk about 10 rules for a peacefully productive life and how we can apply them in our daily lives in a way that makes sense for us. Living a peacefuly productive life is something we all want - and need! Recently, I saw several YouTubers publishing videos about their 10 or 12 Rules for Life. I didn’t actually watch them yet, but they got me thinking about what would be my personal rules for a productive life--and specifically a peacefully productive life. I sat down...
Published 10/19/22
Do you consider yourself a creative person? Or like many of us, do you exclude yourself from that description? This week we’ll talk about creativity and where it fits into our lives as women who care about productivity and making lives that matter. Creativity and creative expression are vital components of a productive life I've been thinking lately about creativity and the urge for creative expression. My work is very cerebral, very left brain (left brain handles reading, writing,...
Published 10/12/22
This week we’ll talk about doing a meaningful reset as we head into the last quarter of the year and the coming holiday season. This year has gone fast! But there's still time to reflect on what's gone well, what needs improvement, and what you'd like to accomplish next year We are now into the 4th quarter of the year with just 3 months left of this year. The holidays are approaching quickly. This is a good time to do a reset and get ready to make the most of the last three months...
Published 10/05/22
This week's episode is a refresher on the causes and effects of stress, as well as some techniques for minimizing its negative impact on our lives and our productivity. Stress is inevitable these days, but we can take steps to minimize its disruption of our daily lives or productivity Lately I’ve been feeling the effects of stress brought on by various personal and work situations, and I’ve been hearing from other women who’ve mentioned the same, especially as, here in the US, the...
Published 09/28/22
This week we’re talking about evaluating the relative importance of quality versus quantity in various areas of our productive lives.   Which is better: quality or quantity? It depends on what our priorities are. Centuries ago, Seneca the Younger advised that “The wise man will always reflect concerning the quality, not the quantity, of life.”  According to one dictionary, "quality" means the degree of excellence of something. Quality is subjective, though. As we talk about...
Published 09/21/22
There are many reasons why we put off doing certain things, and many times those reasons seem to make sense. This week I'm encouraging us all to rethink those reasons, and suggesting that maybe we don't wait. My advice this week to us all: don't wait But first: Follow-up from last week Last week I shared some questions we could ask ourselves regularly to boost our productivity. After I published the episode, I thought of another good question that I’ve been asking myself, and...
Published 09/14/22
We can improve our productivity by asking the right questions of ourselves. What are some productive questions you can ask yourself? This week when searching for something on the internet, I came across a post called “The Power of Asking Yourself Questions.” The article itself is behind a paywall, so I couldn’t read the whole thing, but the “teaser” on the home page caught my attention. The writer said, “Humans have an incredible capacity to reflect on their own self--their...
Published 09/07/22
This week I’m sharing 8 books I recommend and why I think they’re worth reading.   Sharing books I recommend, because as part of our lifelong learning and growth, reading can help us be the best, most productive version of ourselves I mentioned last week the idea that many successful people recommend setting aside an hour a day (or 5 hours a week) for learning. Lifelong learning is an important component of a meaningfully productive life. Whether learning about a job-specific...
Published 08/31/22
This week we’ll talk about evaluating our personal productivity system to make sure it’s still working for us.   We as individuals change over time and so do our productivity needs Recently we talked about steps to take as we transition into the new school year or new season. One other thing we can do as we’re making that transition into fall (for those of us in the northern hemisphere) is to take a big-picture look at our personal productivity system, evaluating how it’s working...
Published 08/24/22
Being a productive woman does not mean doing all the things all the time. This week we’ll talk about doing it all versus doing enough. What if doing it all is wearing us down? One thing I worry about sometimes in hosting a podcast about productivity is whether I’m contributing to something a lot of us as women struggle with, which is the feeling that to be productive women we have to be doing all the things, all the time. Even though we often talk about productivity being more than...
Published 08/17/22