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To Plan or Not to Plan

planning time management Jan 04, 2019

I’ve been telling people for a long time, “tell your time where to go instead of wondering where it went.”

But what does that mean anyway?

It means to plan...but it's more than that.

PROactive vs REactive

When you don't take the time to plan your time, you'll be much more likely to be in reactive mode rather than proactive.

In other words, you'll be doing what other people want you to do throughout your day instead of what you need/want to do.

Proactive people are more productive than reactive people are. It's not even close.

Which begs the question...

How do you plan?

Here is my 4-step process for planning my time.

STEP ONE: Start with a list 

Perhaps one of the most common mistakes people make when they are planning their time is they are at a loss of what to put on their schedule.

There are probably already events on your calendar for tomorrow, next week, next month, etc. These may include coaching clients, interviews, seeing clients, doctor's...

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Why You Need to Take Ownership - Donnie Boivin

podcast Jan 02, 2019

At 22, right out of the Marine Corps, Donnie Boivin landed his first straight commission sales job, and for 20 years he learned what it took to be successful in sales, business & life.

At that youthful age, he thought he knew enough to survive in one of the toughest professions in the world (being a sales professional), he quickly realized sales wasn’t as easy as it looked.

At the age of 40, he discovered he had been living other people's dreams and not chasing his own. Taking the biggest risk in his life, he jumped out on his own and started a business. Although he had great success at the start, he now understood he knew nothing about being a business owner.

On the brink of failure and shutting down his business, he found podcasting and everything changed. Now a Top 200 business podcast on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Donnie’s Success Champions is helping the world one story at a time.

In this episode with Donnie Boivin: operating in a state of chaos, entrepreneur is...

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Why People Look Happier on Social Media than in Real Life - Jessica Abo

podcast Dec 31, 2018

Jessica Abo is a sought after keynote speaker, multi-award-winning television journalist and passionate philanthropist who has raised more than a million dollars for several causes by organizing her own events and running marathons. A New Yorker at heart, Jessica now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their daughter.

In this episode with Jessica Abo: why people look happier on social media than IRL (in real life), happiness is not a pie (there's plenty to go around), there's plenty of oxygen and how Phil Donahue inspired Jessica.

 

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How My Apple Watch Made Me More Productive

podcast Dec 28, 2018

In September 2018, I purchased my first Apple Watch (a GPS, cellular version), because I wanted another cool Apple gadget.

Did I really need one?

Nope.

But little did I know then...but it changed my life for the better. In ways I could not have imagined.

Why is an Apple Watch so awesome?

Perhaps you're not familiar with what the draw of the Apple Watch is.

That's okay. Let me explain.

The Apple Watch was created for health reasons. It can track many health metrics about the user (with more being added with every new version).

Additionally, you can track your exercises like runs, walks, biking, swimming, and more.

In fact, it comes with three rings: move, exercise, and stand. This is how Apple explains these rings:

  • Move - Close your Move ring by hitting your personal goal of active calories burned. Apple Watch tracks the active calories you burn. Active calories are the ones you burn through all kinds of movement, from taking the stairs at work to playing...
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The Difference Between Manipulation and Persuasion - Jeff Tippett

podcast Dec 26, 2018

Known to many as Mr. Persuasion, Jeff Tippett wrote the book on persuasive communications. Speaking to international audiences through keynotes and seminars, Jeff helps attendees increase their effectiveness, gives them powerful tools to help reach their goals, and empowers attendees to positively impact their organizations or businesses. His second book, slated for a January 2019 release, is titled: Unleashing Your Superpower: Why Persuasive Communication Is The Only Force You Will Ever Need. His bold statement is that we all live or die based on our ability to persuade.

In this episode with Jeff Tippett: we all live or die based on our ability to persuade, the difference between manipulation and persuasion, and how persuasion helped Jeff adopt a baby from Haiti.

 

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Creating Habits for Success - Anne Sugar

podcast Dec 24, 2018

Anne Sugar is an executive coach and speaker who has advised top leaders at companies including TripAdvisor, Sanofi Genzyme, and Havas. Anne serves as an executive coach for Harvard Business School Executive Education and has guest lectured at MIT.

Prior to becoming an executive coach more than a decade ago, Anne served as a senior leader in the advertising industry, where she oversaw a team of 75 employees as SVP of Media at Digitas. She managed media planning for Fortune 500 clients including General Motors, Federal Express, and Delta. She draws on her extensive management experience, as well as her in-depth training in coaching methodology to advise senior executives and high performers transitioning into leadership roles.

In this episode with Anne Sugar: why you should read the Harvard Business Review, creating habits for success, embracing gut instinct, mental space, living in the uncomfortable, making decisions, values & goals.

 

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Maura Thomas, Trainer, Author, Speaker - Regain Your Time

podcast May 16, 2018

Maura Nevel Thomas is an award-winning international speaker and trainer on individual and corporate productivity and work-life balance, and the most widely-cited authority on attention management. She is a TEDx Speaker, founder of Regain Your Time, and author of Personal Productivity Secrets and Work Without Walls. She was recently named one of the Top Leadership Speakers of 2018 in Inc. Magazine, and she’s a frequent media expert and a regular contributor to major business outlets, including Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., and Harvard Business Review.

 

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John Espirian, The relentlessly helpful technical copywriter

podcast May 15, 2018

John Espirian is a British freelance technical copywriter and editorial consultant. He specializes in producing simple B2B support content that helps business owners gain and retain customers.

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Donna Serdula: Brand Strategist ♛ Writer of POWERFUL LinkedIn Profiles

podcast Sep 19, 2017

Donna Serdula has proven that a strong and optimized LinkedIn profile is the key to performing well on LinkedIn. The author of LinkedIn Profile Optimization For Dummies, Donna and her team of LinkedIn profile writers have optimized over 5,000 LinkedIn profiles.

 

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My Worst Podcast Ever

Uncategorized Jul 07, 2017

Welcome to the worst podcast I've ever done! HA! Why? Because this is my first podcast ever, so by definition, this should be my worst podcast. If not, then I'm doing something wrong. It is my goal to improve with each one.

And so it begins...

My name is Mark Struczewski and I am a next level productivity specialist. I help people just like you take their productivity to, well, the next level. What do I mean by that? I explain in this premiere episode.

In this introduction podcast, I tell you my story. Why I decided to create a podcast (and it's not because podcasts are white hot!) and what my vision is.

But wait, there's more!

I will deliver value in every episode. Including this one. So, it's not just a "Hi, I'm Mark Struczewski and this is my story" podcast.

 

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