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Productivity Smarts is an audio podcast hosted by Gerald J. Leonard, a productivity expert who helps other professionals get more done. Each episode features an in-depth discussion or interview with top productivity experts, tips, and strategies to help you become more productive by leveraging neuroscience principles.

Features:
• Interviews with top productivity experts
• Tips and strategies for getting more done
• Interviews with people who are doing great things

Benefits:
• Learn how to get more done
• Get inspired by others who are doing great things in their lives
• Hear what they do to stay focused and motivated

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Feeling overwhelmed or stressed out? You’re not alone. In our busy world, it’s easy to feel like we’re constantly racing against the clock. But guess what? Finding your happy place is doable.   This episode of the Productivity Smarts podcast delves into the intricate relationship between stress, fear, and productivity. Host Gerald J. Leonard sits down with Dr. Gary Sprouse, a practicing primary care doctor and the author of "Highway to a Happy Place: A Roadmap to Less Stress."   During the conversation, they discuss the impact of fear and worry on productivity, emphasizing the importance of managing stress through perspective shifts and practical tools like the "circle of control" and "worry organizer." Dr. Sprouse shares insights on self-esteem, hypnosis, and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) for reprocessing traumatic memories. The episode offers actionable strategies for reducing stress and enhancing productivity, encouraging listeners to apply these insights in their daily lives.   Don't miss out—tune in and start transforming your stress into productivity today!   What We Discuss [02:01] - Introduction to Dr. Gary Sprouse [05:59] - Understanding worry and fear [08:10] - The benefits of yoga and tai chi in stress reduction [11:04] - Dr. Sprouse's decision to become a doctor [13:31] - Transition to writing the book [16:39] - Misconceptions about stress and productivity [17:23] - The perspective prism [22:38] - The stratosphere model [27:25] - Future negative and worry organizer [34:52] - Circle of Control [36:32] - Reframing memories and changing perspectives [51:28] - Realistic optimism [52:58] - Understanding self-esteem [01:00:38] - Gratitude and your “happy place” [01:06:07] - Perspective prism and limiting beliefs   Notable Quotes [08:06] “It's the fear that gets us into trouble. That's what's running our motor at 100 miles an hour.” - Dr. Gary Sprouse [15:24] “The less fear that we have, the more productive we're going to be.”  Dr. Gary Sprouse [39:49] “You made the decision to risk your own life because you could have laid there and played dead, but you risked your own life to get up and help that other person. That’s what heroes do.” - Dr. Gary Sprouse [51:28] “Guys tend to deal with their stresses by minimizing them. And women deal with their stresses by sharing them.” - Dr. Gary Sprouse [53:20] “Self-esteem gets started when you're one. The first time you figure out you're different from your mom and your dad, your self-esteem starts.” - Dr. Gary Sprouse   Resources Dr Gary Sprouse Website - thelessstressdoc.com LinkedIn: Gary Sprouse Instagram: lessstressdoc Book: Highway to a Happy Place: A Roadmap to Less Stress   Productivity Smarts Podcast Website - productivitysmartspodcast.com   Gerald J. Leonard Website - geraldjleonard.com Turnberry Premiere website - turnberrypremiere.com Scheduler - vcita.com/v/geraldjleonard Kiva is a loan, not a donation, allowing you to cycle your money and create a personal impact worldwide. https://www.kiva.org/lender/topmindshelpingtopminds
How many times have you considered the impact of being a parent on your work productivity? The answer reveals a fascinating intersection of two vital roles in our lives. Regardless of your title or the heights you've reached in your career, the responsibilities and joys of parenting inevitably shape your daily life and, consequently, your productivity at work.   This episode of the Productivity Smarts podcast delves into how parenting can influence productivity.   Host Gerald J. Leonard is joined by guest Richard R. Ramos, founder of the Latino Coalition for Community Leadership (LCL). The LCL is a beacon of hope for high-risk families and youths, providing support and guidance to those in need. Richard's dedication to promoting stronger communities through emotional maturity, purpose, and values is clearly demonstrated in his advocacy work.   During the conversation, Richard sheds light on the often-overlooked impact of parenting on productivity. He shares his personal journey and insights into the importance of emotional maturity, purpose, and values in family life to enhance productivity.    Don't miss out on transforming your approach to parenting and boosting productivity - it's all about making the right choices and embracing forgiveness.   What We Discuss [02:07] Introduction to Richard Ramos [03:07] The impact of parenting on productivity [06:55] Richard’s journey to becoming a parent advocate [13:40] Strategies for effective parenting [19:21] Instilling purpose and values within the family [22:27] Negative impact of technology on family interactions [28:16] Three parenting styles and their effects [32:03] Fostering resilience and adaptability in children [35:41] Influence of parents on community building [40:13] Conclusion and call to action   Notable Quotes [05:45] “We grow old automatically, but we do not grow up automatically.” - Richard [14:43] “The first thing to do to gain emotional maturity, I suggest to parents is, you got to find a time to slow down.” - Richard [23:55] “Facebook is taking away ‘face time’, and you can't let that happen.” - Richard [27:59] “Children are being influenced by influencers. I want to be the main influence in my life, for my children's life.” - Richard [32:03] “One of the things I like to encourage parents in is I talk about preparation for separation and infiltration, not isolation.” - Richard    Resources Richard R. Ramos Website - https://parentsonamission.org/ Book: Parents on a Mission by Richard Ramos LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richard-ramos-067ba018/   Productivity Smarts Podcast Website - productivitysmartspodcast.com   Gerald J. Leonard Website - https://productivitysmarts.com/ Turnberry Premiere website - turnberrypremiere.com Scheduler - vcita.com/v/geraldjleonard   Kiva is a loan, not a donation, allowing you to cycle your money and create a personal impact worldwide. https://www.kiva.org/lender/topmindshelpingtopminds  
Have you ever found yourself captivated by tales of individuals who seem to defy all odds, rising from humble beginnings to achieve remarkable success?   This episode of Productivity Smarts dives into the world of efficiency and success. Host Gerald J. Leonard talks with Dr. Shaan Patel, founder of Prep Expert. Dr. Patel is a man whose journey from a budget motel in Las Vegas to the pinnacle of educational success embodies the very essence of determination and efficiency.    Dr. Patel shares his journey through his SAT triumph, his appearance on Shark Tank, and his insights on productivity and internal motivation. Emphasizing the importance of practice and present-moment focus, the episode delves into strategies for enhancing efficiency and the role of internal drive in achieving goals. The discussion also underscores the value of mindfulness in boosting productivity and maintaining emotional stability.   Tune in and learn from Dr. Shaan Patel's remarkable journey and gain valuable insights into how mindfulness and determination can propel you toward success.   What We Discuss [02:01] - Introduction to Dr. Shaan Patel [06:43] - Overcoming challenges and achieving success [08:21] - Misconceptions about productivity [11:05] - Impact of upbringing on motivation [14:46] - Principles of productivity and motivation [18:31] - Internal motivation and its importance [20:20] - The power of now [21:55] - The misconception of productivity [28:26] - Practicing the law of attraction [34:30] - The morning power hour and the Dundee philosophy   Notable Quotes [15:30] “I realized that if I wanted to live more of a balanced life where I could have some social life still while working and achieving goals, I would have to get really good at productivity.” - Dr. Shaan Patel [20:20] “The more you can focus on the present and the present moment, I think that the happier you can be and the more productive you can be because you can only take action in the present.” - Dr. Shaan Patel [23:18] “80% of your results come from 20% of the effort, so it's really about figuring out what tasks are going to be the most valuable.” - Dr. Shaan Patel [30:22] “You have to really feel, visualize, and have it vibrate through your body whatever you want to happen, and it's got to be a daily practice.” - Dr. Shaan Patel   Resources Dr. Shaan Patel Website - https://prepexpert.com/ Book: Self-Made Success: 48 Secret Strategies To Live Happier, Healthier, And Wealthier by Dr. Shaan Patel LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-shaan-patel   Productivity Smarts Podcast Website - productivitysmartspodcast.com   Gerald J. Leonard Website - https://productivitysmarts.com/ Turnberry Premiere website - turnberrypremiere.com Scheduler - vcita.com/v/geraldjleonard   Kiva is a loan, not a donation, allowing you to cycle your money and create a personal impact worldwide. https://www.kiva.org/lender/topmindshelpingtopminds  
In the face of the ongoing opioid crisis, policymakers, healthcare professionals, and business leaders are burdened with a pressing question: Are we losing the battle? Workplaces have emerged as a critical frontier in the fight against this epidemic, as its devastating effects reverberate across communities. In this digital age, where artificial intelligence (AI) permeates various aspects of our lives, could AI offer a glimmer of hope in combating the crisis's profound impact on workplace productivity?   This episode of the Productivity Smarts Podcast delves into the intersection of entrepreneurship, healthcare, and AI technology in a thought-provoking conversation. Host Gerald J. Leonard speaks with Michael Vasquez, a trailblazing entrepreneur whose companies have created significant impacts across diverse industries.    Michael's journey from software developer to influential business founder is a testament to the transformative power of communication and lifelong learning. He shares insights from his book, The Untold Story of the Opioid Crisis in American Healthcare, providing a compelling narrative of how his company's AI algorithms are actively combating the epidemic's effects on workplace productivity.    This episode offers valuable insights on enhancing productivity, addressing health crises in business, and the pivotal role of AI in healthcare. Don't miss out on Michael's compelling insights—tune in now.   What We Discuss [02:01] - Introducing Michael Vasquez [11:36] - Leveraging AI for opioid crisis solution   [15:34] - AI Predictive Analysis for Opioid Management   [20:24] - Employer Response to Opioid Crisis Solution   [21:14] - Retrospective Review in Project Management   [22:04] - Identifying Physicians for Opioid Crisis   [23:37] - Challenges in Getting Doctors to Change   [26:36] - Addressing Limiting Beliefs   [29:18] - Michael’s Book on Opioid Crisis   [30:13] - Embracing Technology for Intervention     Notable Quotes [05:33] "Communication is so key. Without being able to communicate, you can't be productive." - Michael Vasquez [22:14] "We decided that probably the physicians are where we should look for the heart of the problem." - Michael Vasquez [29:56] "Without the AI tools, we couldn't get to the people where I think the heart of it is, which is the physician." - Michael Vasquez   Resources Michael Vasquez Website - https://opioidcm.com/ LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikevasquezopcm/ Book: The Untold Story of the Opioid Crisis in American Healthcare   Productivity Smarts Podcast Website - productivitysmartspodcast.com   Gerald J. Leonard Website - geraldjleonard.com Turnberry Premiere website - turnberrypremiere.com Scheduler - vcita.com/v/geraldjleonard   Kiva is a loan, not a donation, allowing you to cycle your money and create a personal impact worldwide. https://www.kiva.org/lender/topmindshelpingtopminds  
Are you losing sleep over the looming presence of artificial intelligence in your profession? Are you eager to equip yourself with the necessary tools to outpace the ever-evolving job market? Instead of fearing the impact of artificial intelligence, imagine harnessing its power to enhance your capabilities and become indispensable to employers. But the burning question remains: how can you navigate this transformative landscape to secure your career?   This episode of the Productivity Smarts podcast unravels the essence of Artificial Intelligence (AI), going beyond the buzz to illuminate its transformative potential. It delves into why AI is not merely a buzzword but a game changer.   Host Gerald J. Leonard sits down with the incredible Philip Blackett, an Amazon bestselling author and a powerhouse in the world of productivity. Philip shares insights from his groundbreaking book “Future Proof: How to Adopt and Master Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) to Secure Your Job and Career,” discussing how embracing AI can enhance productivity. He reflects on his upbringing and the value of education and hard work instilled by his grandparents. Philip encourages listeners to view AI as an opportunity to delegate routine tasks, focus on expertise areas, and pursue continuous learning to become valuable organizational assets.   Philip's story is one of inspiration, rooted in the values instilled by his grandparents. The emphasis on education and hard work has been the cornerstone of his success. It's a reminder to all of us about the importance of a solid foundation and the willingness to embrace new opportunities.   By tuning in to this episode, you'll come away with a fresh perspective on AI, productivity, and how to future-proof your work and life.   What We Discuss [02:01] - Introducing Philip Blackett [05:15] - Misunderstandings about AI and productivity [08:19] - Influence of upbringing on career choices [10:42] - Discussion of Philip’s book, “Future Proof” [12:00] - Strategies for enhancing productivity with AI [20:45] - The impact of AI on coding  [22:43] - Misconceptions about AI [24:29] - AI's relevance across fields [33:36] - Creating balance for ethical AI integration [40:15] - Continuous learning with AI   Notable Quotes [00:02:50] “One of the biggest lessons I've learned in my first half of my life is you have to be open to flexibility, you have to be able to adapt, you have to be resilient.” - Philip Blackett   [00:05:19] “We fear what we don't understand, and I think that's a similar stance here with AI.” - Philip Blackett   [00:12:00] “The first thing I would say is you look at AI as an opportunity, not a threat.” - Philip Blackett   Resources Philip Blackett Website - https://www.philipblackett.com/ Book: Future-Proof: How to Adopt and Master Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) to Secure Your Job and Career   Productivity Smarts Podcast Website - productivitysmartspodcast.com   Gerald J. Leonard Website - geraldjleonard.com Turnberry Premiere website - turnberrypremiere.com Scheduler - vcita.com/v/geraldjleonard   Kiva is a loan, not a donation, allowing you to cycle your money and create a personal impact worldwide. https://www.kiva.org/lender/topmindshelpingtopminds  
Ease is a greater enemy to progress than hardship. These powerful words from Denzel Washington highlight a fundamental truth: real growth comes from embracing challenges, not avoiding them. By confronting obstacles head-on, we unlock our true capabilities and potential for growth. Embracing life's difficulties leads to continuous improvement, personal evolution, and ultimately, success and fulfillment.   This episode of the Productivity Smarts Podcast offers a refreshing and deeply insightful take on what it truly means to be resilient. Host Gerald J. Leonard is joined by John Suzuki, author of American Grit: From a Japanese American Concentration Camp Rises an American War Hero. Through engaging conversations and inspiring anecdotes, they explore the power of resilience, grit, and having a clear vision for success in today's world.    John Suzuki’s journey, marked by desire, discipline, and goal orientation, illuminates resilience as not just an admirable quality but a necessary trait for achieving productivity and success. His narrative, coupled with Gerald’s philosophy, demonstrates that even small acts, when driven by compassion and vision, can create ripples of significant change.   Tune in to this episode for a refreshing take on resilience and discover how embracing challenges can lead to unparalleled personal and professional growth.   What We Discuss [00:02:01] Introducing John Suzuki [00:06:17] The story behind American Grit [00:13:00] Overcoming productivity challenges from an individual and book perspective [00:18:04] The dynamics when dealing with leadership for productivity [00:20:38] Leadership lessons from Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft [00:22:15] The role of resilience in overcoming challenges and personal growth [00:30:57] Learning from the past and preventing history from repeating [00:33:36] The power of determination and vision   Notable Quotes [00:08:53] “We have the ability to make the decision of the direction we want our lives to go irregardless of what society or the all the chaos that's out there.” - Gerald J. Leonard [00:07:08] “It's okay to be different. It's okay to disagree. It's okay to want more for yourself. It's okay to not go with the flow.” - John Suzuki [00:24:34] “Failure leads to success. It's okay to keep going.” - John Suzuki [00:25:26] “If you want things to be easy, it's not going to challenge you to become your best.” - Gerald J. Leonard [00:28:41] “One of the top three character traits that is really important is the ability to persevere.” - John Suzuki   Resources John Suzuki Website - johnsuzuki.com Book: American Grit: From a Japanese American Concentration Camp Rises an American War Hero   Productivity Smarts Podcast Website - productivitysmartspodcast.com   Gerald J. Leonard Website - geraldjleonard.com Turnberry Premiere website - turnberrypremiere.com Scheduler - vcita.com/v/geraldjleonard   Kiva is a loan, not a donation, allowing you to cycle your money and create a personal impact worldwide. https://www.kiva.org/lender/topmindshelpingtopminds  
Marjorie Hope is the author of CONNECTIPLOMACY: Using Our Differences to Connect, and she graduated from Salisbury University and obtained postgraduate certifications from the London School of Economics and Harvard University. She owned and operated a large gymnastics school as a competitive gymnast, embracing the synergy between mind, body, and spirit while incorporating the importance of being “fit for life” and that “more is possible.” In 2016, she founded America Connected, an international non-profit and non-partisan organization teaching people worldwide how to connect through cultural diplomacy.   Connecting through Respect and YES, we can find common ground.   From the dawn of civilization to the modern era, the practice of diplomacy has woven an intricate weave of harmony, understanding, and mutual respect. Great kingdoms engaged in diplomacy, exemplified by the brilliance of the Amarna system, where clay tablets etched with wisdom and eloquence crisscrossed the region, paving the way for peace, trade, and cultural exchange. Great Kings recognized that "cooperation," not conflict, reigned supreme—a lesson echoing through the corridors of time.       I can teach people how to connect through our differences, develop mutual respect, and alleviate anxiety through diplomacy. Diplomacy demands a careful understanding of the positions and interests of all parties involved, highlighting the possibility of finding common ground even in conflict. It emphasizes maintaining cordial and respectful relationships with foreign leaders, even during times of tension. I firmly believe in the importance of civility and courtesy in international relations, emphasizing the need for patience, persistence, and mutual respect in achieving diplomatic goals, especially in our everyday world.  My experiences include stories of diplomacy with a sheik in Dubai, a Japanese Prime Minister, and the balconies in Italy!   https://americaconnected.org/ 
Our guest is Michael Starr who is an adventurer at heart. He loves exploring and “going where few have gone.” While studying at Carnegie Mellon University, he and a friend canoed fifty-four days from Pittsburgh to New Orleans. The next year, he hitchhiked and bused for four months through the United States, Mexico, and Guatemala, living on $3 per day.   https://www.executivecoachingservices.net/ 
Creative Thinking and Goal-Setting Strategies for Maximum Productivity   Today's topic is "Think Outside the Box: Creative Thinking and Goal Setting Strategies for Maximum Productivity."   The central concept here is empowerment through strategies that go beyond the ordinary, igniting a transformative journey.   I promise to deliver actionable insights that, when implemented, lead to tangible improvements in productivity, goal-setting, and overall well-being.   Ever feel like you are juggling too much and struggling to keep it all together? If you are nodding along, you are not alone.   Many professionals are in the same boat, wondering how to strike a balance. But fear not; we have strategies to help you regain control.   Let me ask you this: Have you ever experienced stress, fearing that you might overlook crucial aspects of your job?   It happens to the best of us, especially professionals aspiring to be strong team leaders. One of the key ideas I learned is called SCAMPER; which helps you to Think Outside the Box and get a load of ideas instantly. Check out the book:  Think Out of The Box: Generate Ideas on Demand, Improve Problem-Solving, Make Better Decisions, and Start Thinking Your Way to the Top (Power-Up Your Brain Book 2) https://amzn.to/3VfoZCz   Free Gifts at: www.productivitysmartspodcast.com
Today, we are speaking with Dr. Jennifer Nash, Founder & CEO of Jennifer Nash Coaching & Consulting, a leadership consultant and executive advisor. Specializing in prioritizing people for power performance, her firm provides executive coaching, leadership development, and strategic advisory. Select clients include Google, Ford, Exxon Mobil, JP Morgan, IBM, The Boeing Company, Deloitte, The University of Michigan, and Verizon. Dr. Nash is also the award-winning author of "Be Human, Lead Human," sharing insights on fostering connections for exceptional results.   Jennifer’s resume includes serving in executive and leadership roles at Deloitte Consulting and Ford Motor Company. She served as adjunct professor at the University of Michigan, where she earned her MBA, and taught hundreds of rising leaders at Deloitte University. Jennifer earned her PhD in management from Case Western Reserve University—during which she conducted multiyear empirical research on coaching and leadership as a research fellow at the Weatherhead School of Business. She is also a Harvard/McLean Institute of Coaching Fellow.   Jennifer contributes leadership perspectives to Harvard Business Review and select academic journals, and has presented her groundbreaking leadership and coaching research at Harvard/McLean Institute of Coaching and Columbia University. A sought after speaker, she regularly presents to groups and organizations on topics related to the human element of business. She or her work have been featured in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Inc., LinkedIN, Investor’s Business Daily, BBC Online, Deloitte, and other notable media outlets.    Learn more about Jennifer at www.drjennifernash.com/media   https://drjennifernash.com/ 
Leaders of Influence That Develop Other Leaders Maximize Their Business Performance   Paul Lawrence Vann is the founder and President of Wealth Building Academy, LLC, a leadership consultancy based in Fort Washington, Maryland, near Washington, DC. Before he became an entrepreneur, Paul served over 20 years in the United States Air Force (USAF; he retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel after serving twelve consecutive years in the Pentagon and a year as a Capitol Hill Fellow working for a member of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives.     Paul is a speaker and two-time #1 international best-selling author. His current book is Leadership Is Influence: A Three-Pronged Approach To Becoming A Leader of Influence. He is also the author of Faith For Times Like Now and Living On Higher Ground: How to Live with Passion, Motivation, and Joy.      Paul provides leadership development training and  a digital leadership course, “How to Become a Leader of Influence.” He hosts the Wealth Academy Podcast and leads the YouTube channel Leadership Is Influence. Paul earned an M.S. in Contracts and Acquisition Management from Florida Institute of Technology, an M.A. in Business Management from Central Michigan University, and a B.A in Business Administration and Accounting from Shaw University. He resides in Maryland with his two GEN Z children.      Website Link:  www.leadershipisinfluencebook.com    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/paullawrencevann    Facebook: www.facebook.com/paulvann1    Twitter: www.twitter.com/paulvann   Free Gifts at: www.productivitysmartspodcast.com
Lisa Geraci Rigoni is the #1 Best-Selling author of her book 17 Spatulas and the Man Who Fried an Egg. She is the owner, and CDO - Chief Declutter Officer - of The Organizing Mentors (TOM) and has been helping her clients Reclaim their space Mentally and Physically since 2008.   TOM serves the NOVA/DC Metro area with various organizing services, including sorting/purging, estate clean-out, packing, unpacking, selling, donating, floor planning, etc...   TOM holds the esteemed credential of a Certified Senior Move Manager with the National Association of Senior & Specialty Move Managers (NASMM).   Beyond organizing space, Lisa, and her Team Mentors guide clients to implement best practices to inspire confidence in making positive choices that enrich their lives and set them free from the habits that have kept their minds and spaces cluttered.   Lisa is a sought-after keynote speaker about her book, the secrets to finding your organizing style and Teaching, and Mentoring her proprietary ‘The LITL System.’   www.theorganizingmentors.com/book https://www.facebook.com/theorganizingmentors https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisa-geraci-rigoni https://www.instagram.com/theorganizingmentors   If you're enjoying the content and finding it valuable, we would appreciate it if you could take a moment to leave us a review. Your feedback is important to us and helps us reach a wider audience.   If you leave us a 5-star review, it would mean the world to us. Not only does it help us improve the podcast, but it also helps us attract more sponsors and grow our community.   Thank you again for your support and listening to the Productivity Smarts Podcast.     Free Gifts at: www.productivitysmartspodcast.com
What if I told you that behind every smile, every success, lies a hidden battle – a struggle against the relentless tide of trauma, grief, and loss? How do we reconcile the paradox of achieving great feats while battling the demons of our own minds? And amidst the chaos, how do we find the courage to prioritize our emotional well-being and embrace the transformative power of self-care?   In a compelling conversation, host Gerald J. Leonard delves into the profound impact of trauma and grief on emotional well-being with author Sally Raymond, who shares her personal journey following her son's tragic death. Together, they emphasize the importance of self-care and integrating traumatic experiences to maintain mental and emotional health.    Tune in to this powerful episode to gain invaluable insights on navigating through grief and trauma, and learn practical strategies for maintaining your mental and emotional well-being.   What We Discuss [02:01] Sally Raymond's story [05:13] Misunderstandings in psychotherapy [07:49] The brain's response to trauma [16:18] Strategies for coping with grief and loss [22:33] The importance of self-care [24:01] The impact of trauma on mental health and productivity [25:29] Maintaining balance during difficult times [34:27] Tips for setting realistic goals during challenging periods [40:42] Finding new purpose after loss and advice for discovering a new direction   Notable Quotes [04:06] “There is a place for no. The place for no is to say yes to something better.” - Sally [14:06] “If you focus on the worst case, you're going to overreact. You're going to be filled with fear and you're going to do something silly that isn't going to be appropriate for the situation.”- Sally [16:19] “Grief and loss take an enormous amount of energy, but it's a natural process. Don't fight it; allow yourself to feel because it's essential that you allow it full expression.” - Sally [24:39] “Your well-being is absolutely integral to the functioning, consistency, and competence of every other member of your galaxy.” - Sally [43:19] “Everything is not to take us out; it is the same thing—learn from it, don't demonize it, don't authorize it, look at what's the gift.” - Sally    Resources Sally Raymond Website - https://sallyaraymond.com/ Book: The Son I Knew Too Late: A Guide to Help You Survive and Thrive   Productivity Smarts Podcast Website - productivitysmartspodcast.com   Gerald J. Leonard Website - https://productivitysmarts.com/ Turnberry Premiere website - turnberrypremiere.com Scheduler - vcita.com/v/geraldjleonard   Mentioned Book: Whole Brain Living by Jill Bolte Taylor    Kiva is a loan, not a donation, allowing you to cycle your money and create a personal impact worldwide. https://www.kiva.org/lender/topmindshelpingtopminds  
Today's episode is all about reaching peak performance. But before we jump in, I want to share a valuable resource with you—a free Productivity Smarts Weekly Evaluation Worksheet. You can download it from the show notes to assess your productivity and identify areas for improvement.   Now, let's talk about today's episode's big idea and promise—to give you insights that will genuinely improve your Life. We're on a journey from the stress of overwhelming workloads to a place where you can confidently manage your time, achieve your goals, and find a healthier work-life balance.   Think about our common goals—managing workloads, proving ourselves as leaders, and finding that elusive work-life balance. So, how do we achieve these goals?   Have you ever felt mentally exhausted, working weekends, and feeling discouraged when your attempts to fix things fall short? Imagine a different scenario. What if you could work an average week, find family time, and still achieve your professional aspirations?   If you're enjoying the content and finding it valuable, we would appreciate it if you could take a moment to leave us a review. Your feedback is important to us and helps us reach a wider audience.   If you leave us a 5-star review, it would mean the world to us. Not only does it help us improve the podcast, but it also helps us attract more sponsors and grow our community.   Thank you again for your support and listening to the Productivity Smarts Podcast.     Free Gifts at: www.productivitysmartspodcast.com
Beverly E. Jones understands career growth, resilience, and reinvention. She works with leaders to bring new productivity to their teams and helps professionals to negotiate career transitions, to address work challenges, and to continue to grow. As a coach, facilitator, speaker, and writer, Bev helps professionals and organizations to become more effective, strategic, and energetic New Book: Find Your Happy at Work LinkdeIn: www.linkedin.com/in/Beverly-Jones-coach-author Website: www.clearwaysconsulting.com Podcast: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/524588388/jazzed-about-work   If you're enjoying the content and finding it valuable, we would appreciate it if you could take a moment to leave us a review. Your feedback is important to us and helps us reach a wider audience.   If you leave us a 5-star review, it would mean the world to us. Not only does it help us improve the podcast, but it also helps us attract more sponsors and grow our community.   Thank you again for your support and listening to the Productivity Smarts Podcast.     Free Gifts at: www.productivitysmartspodcast.com
Today, we're diving deep into a topic that resonates with many of us—achieving that elusive work-life balance.   This episode is for you if you want to optimize your time and boost your productivity.   I get it; the struggle is real. You feel like juggling a thousand tasks, wondering if you're missing something crucial, and burning the candle at both ends.   Let's talk about how you can transform your work-life balance and regain control over your time.   If you're enjoying the content and finding it valuable, we would appreciate it if you could take a moment to leave us a review. Your feedback is important to us and helps us reach a wider audience.   If you leave us a 5-star review, it would mean the world to us. Not only does it help us improve the podcast, but it also helps us attract more sponsors and grow our community.   Thank you again for your support and listening to the Productivity Smarts Podcast.   Sponsors:   A Symphony of Choices: https://amzn.to/3Keq3zx   Growth Strategies: https://productivityintelligenceinstitute.com/mastermind/   KIVA: It's a loan, not a donation Kiva is a loan, not a donation, allowing you to cycle your money and create a personal impact worldwide. https://www.kiva.org/invitedby/topmindshelpingtopminds?utm_campaign=invitedby_portfolio&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=topmindshelpingtopminds&utm_source=mobile_ios   Connect with Gerald: https://www.linkedin.com/in/geraldjleonard     Free Gifts at: www.productivitysmartspodcast.com
Imagine a world where your professional journey is marked not by the shadows of failures but by the illuminating glow of progress. What if your brain could be rewired to perceive challenges as stepping stones rather than stumbling blocks? In a society that glorifies achievement, why does the mere mention of goal-setting often evoke anxiety and self-doubt?   "The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - Franklin D. Roosevelt.   If you're enjoying the content and finding it valuable, we would appreciate it if you could take a moment to leave us a review. Your feedback is important to us and helps us reach a wider audience.   If you leave us a 5-star review, it would mean the world to us. Not only does it help us improve the podcast, but it also helps us attract more sponsors and grow our community.   Thank you again for your support and listening to the Productivity Smarts Podcast.   Sponsors:   A Symphony of Choices: https://amzn.to/3Keq3zx   Growth Strategies: https://productivityintelligenceinstitute.com/mastermind/   KIVA: It's a loan, not a donation Kiva is a loan, not a donation, allowing you to cycle your money and create a personal impact worldwide. https://www.kiva.org/invitedby/topmindshelpingtopminds?utm_campaign=invitedby_portfolio&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=topmindshelpingtopminds&utm_source=mobile_ios   Connect with Gerald: https://www.linkedin.com/in/geraldjleonard     Free Gifts at: www.productivitysmartspodcast.com
Today, we’re going to discuss unlocking the science of time management to help you work smarter, not harder. In the next few minutes, we'll equip you with strategies backed by real-world examples, statistics, and expert insights to transform your productivity.   With the right time management strategies, you can take control of your schedule and achieve your goals without burning out. By the end of this episode, we promise to provide you with actionable insights that will revolutionize how you manage your time.   A survey by the National Sleep Foundation found that nearly 45% of Americans say that insufficient sleep affects their daily activities, often due to poor time management or overcommitment.   Are you currently overwhelmed, stressed, and struggling to balance? Our goal is to lead you towards a transformation. Imagine a life where you confidently manage your workload, excel in your career, and still have quality time for yourself and your family.   If you're enjoying the content and finding it valuable, we would appreciate it if you could take a moment to leave us a review. Your feedback is important to us and helps us reach a wider audience.   If you leave us a 5-star review, it would mean the world to us. Not only does it help us improve the podcast, but it also helps us attract more sponsors and grow our community.   Thank you again for your support and listening to the Productivity Smarts Podcast.   Sponsors:   A Symphony of Choices: https://amzn.to/3Keq3zx   Growth Strategies: https://productivityintelligenceinstitute.com/mastermind/   KIVA: It's a loan, not a donation Kiva is a loan, not a donation, allowing you to cycle your money and create a personal impact worldwide. https://www.kiva.org/invitedby/topmindshelpingtopminds?utm_campaign=invitedby_portfolio&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=topmindshelpingtopminds&utm_source=mobile_ios   Connect with Gerald: https://www.linkedin.com/in/geraldjleonard     Free Gifts at: www.productivitysmartspodcast.com
Today, we're diving deep into a topic that resonates with many of us—achieving that elusive work-life balance. I get it; the struggle is real. You feel like juggling a thousand tasks, wondering if you're missing something crucial, and burning the candle at both ends. Let's talk about how you can transform your work-life balance and regain control over your time.   Before we get started, I want to mention something that will give you a head start on your journey. I've got a free Productivity Smarts Weekly Evaluation Worksheet for you. This will help you gauge your current productivity level and pinpoint areas for improvement. You can grab it from the show notes.   But let's be honest—constantly overwhelmed is no way to live. Missing out on family time, feeling like you're always chasing fires, and wondering when things will change. Sound familiar? Well, stick around because we will dive into seven strategies to help you regain your work-life balance and maximize your productivity.   If you're enjoying the content and finding it valuable, we would appreciate it if you could take a moment to leave us a review. Your feedback is important to us and helps us reach a wider audience.   If you leave us a 5-star review, it would mean the world to us. Not only does it help us improve the podcast, but it also helps us attract more sponsors and grow our community.   Thank you again for your support and listening to the Productivity Smarts Podcast.   Sponsors:   A Symphony of Choices: https://amzn.to/3Keq3zx   Growth Strategies: https://productivityintelligenceinstitute.com/mastermind/   KIVA: It's a loan, not a donation Kiva is a loan, not a donation, allowing you to cycle your money and create a personal impact worldwide. https://www.kiva.org/invitedby/topmindshelpingtopminds?utm_campaign=invitedby_portfolio&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=topmindshelpingtopminds&utm_source=mobile_ios   Connect with Gerald: https://www.linkedin.com/in/geraldjleonard     Free Gifts at: www.productivitysmartspodcast.com
Today, we will discuss something incredibly vital - "How to Stay Motivated to Achieve Your Goals."   Are you struggling to keep it all together or juggling too many tasks and responsibilities? Does the balance between work and life seem more of a myth than a possibility? If your answer is 'Yes,' then today's episode is tailored just for you.   But before we dive into the nitty-gritty, let's talk about a resource that could prove incredibly helpful - a free Productivity Smarts Weekly Evaluation Worksheet. It's a simple tool to help you assess your productivity and find areas for improvement. You can download it from our show notes.   As we embark on this journey today, picture this: You're a juggler on a unicycle, pedaling furiously and trying to keep all your tasks and responsibilities in the air. It's challenging. But you know what? There's a way to keep your balance and everything flowing smoothly. And that's what we're going to explore today.   If you're enjoying the content and finding it valuable, we would appreciate it if you could take a moment to leave us a review. Your feedback is important to us and helps us reach a wider audience.   If you leave us a 5-star review, it would mean the world to us. Not only does it help us improve the podcast, but it also helps us attract more sponsors and grow our community.   Thank you again for your support and listening to the Productivity Smarts Podcast.   Sponsors:   A Symphony of Choices: https://amzn.to/3Keq3zx   Growth Strategies: https://productivityintelligenceinstitute.com/mastermind/   KIVA: It's a loan, not a donation Kiva is a loan, not a donation, allowing you to cycle your money and create a personal impact worldwide. https://www.kiva.org/invitedby/topmindshelpingtopminds?utm_campaign=invitedby_portfolio&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=topmindshelpingtopminds&utm_source=mobile_ios   Connect with Gerald: https://www.linkedin.com/in/geraldjleonard   Free Productivity Smarts Weekly Evaluation Worksheet https://go.productivityintelligenceinstitute.com/productivity-smarts-worksheet   Every Goal Is A Project, and Everyone Is A Project Manager worksheet https://go.productivityintelligenceinstitute.com/every-goal-is-a-project     Discover How To Set Goals, Build A High-Performing Team, & Increase Productivity.... Starting Today!” https://workshop.productivityintelligenceinstitute.com/optin1666905303826?_ga=2.21012029.741858075.1668537790-242233139.1659493194     Learn more at www.productivitysmartspodcast.com
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