Podcast Episode 61: Bringing Up Productive Humans

Podcast Episode 111: Why Parents Need to Rethink Their To-Do Lists

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 111 of The New Family Podcast where we speak to a time-management expert about rethinking our to-do lists.

There’s always a seemingly endless list of things we could be doing better, from tackling home repairs to keeping better track of school forms, doing regular meal planning or organizing the junk drawer. Yet although we know our generation is under far more time and connectivity pressures than those who have come before, we berate ourselves for not being better organized. My guest on this episode is a productivity and time-management expert, as well as a father of two. Mike Vardy is a writer, speaker, podcaster and founder of The Productivityist, a resource that helps people get the right things done. Mike also has a new book out called The Productivityist Playbook. Today we’re going to talk about our often fraught relationship with the topic of organization, and about reframing our relationships to our to-do lists so we can get more of the important stuff done while letting go of what doesn’t matter.
We know we’re under more time and connectivity pressures than ever before, yet we berate the hell out of ourselves for not being better organized. Why do you think that is?

I think we don’t take it easy on ourselves enough. We have this expectation that we’re to be connected all the time and go, go, go, fast, fast, fast, now, now, now. That’s kind of the way society works. And I think a lot of it has to do with it—and this is just my own hypothesis—because we’re so connected to so many people know we see achievement happening and inputs happening from all over the planet. It’s an endless stream of updates. If you wanted to you could be replying to emails 24-7. So there’s this false sense of expectation that we need to keep up with that. But unfortunately when we do that, we lose the perspective we need to stay organized, and take that step back and say, hold on a second, and move the right things forward, as opposed to just trying to move in as many directions as possible so we can keep the plates spinning in the air. I think technology has a lot to do with it. We end up being slaves to the tools we’ve created instead of using them as tools.

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Here are some great resources related to my discussion with Mike.

Mike’s website Productivityist

Mike’s new book and related resources The Productivityist Playbook
The previous episode featuring Mike, Bringing Up Productive Humans

Mike’s Book The Front Nine: How to Start the Year You Want Anytime You Want

The Productivityist Workbook

Mike’s blog

Mike’s podcast

Mike’s coaching services

Mike’s Book The Front Nine: How to Start the Year You Want Anytime You Want
Facebook Group, The Cult of Done

Books by other experts we talked about
David Allen’s Getting Things Done
Adam Grant’s Give and Take
Greg McKeown Essentialism

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Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here. View all posts by

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