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TPS51: Executive Thinking w/ Jan Johnston-Tyler

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EP51-JanJohnston-TylerAlways struggled with problem solving, planning ahead, 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 dive.

Cheat Sheet

  • How to sort and organize your thoughts.
  • A mindful habit to find your keys every time.
  • How distraction and “multi-tasking” can lead to aggravation, anxiety, and time loss.
  • The best time to take in information and the best time to write or produce information.
  • Put yourself in environments that will add to your success.
  • Why you may find better flow later in the day.
  • How to figure out if you have a strong working memory and what that means for you.
  • What it means when your eyes look up and to the left.
  • Hyper-focusing vs. multitasking.
  • Play to your strengths, and how to scaffold your weaknesses.
  • Why it’s important to do a mental walkthrough of your calendar.
  • How to set aside time for the important but not urgent items on your list.


Book, tool, frog

Book: Reality is Broken

Tool: Color coordinated calendar

Frog: finding time for rest and relaxation

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Posted by Dellu  | November 8, 2017 at 8:00PM | Reply

This is one of my favorite shows in this podcast. This lady knows what she is talking about.

Posted by Guilherme  | August 11, 2015 at 12:31PM | Reply

Awesome podcast,

interesting point on biological origins of multitasking for women (babies). I work in a company with 90% women and it’s interesting to see how they roll – jump from email to email, make notes on random papers, do A LOT of phone calls and still somehow manage to keep the overview – while I and many men I know in corporate environments need to focus on one thing after the other and block external noise (most often with headsets).

also an interesting observation that executive functioning starts unfolding at around 25, I’m turning 30 in December and the last 2-4 years were huge in that respect.

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