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Think back to when you started your productivity journey — are there things you know now that you wish you did back then? Is there anything you’d do differently? Are you just getting started and want to make sure you start off on the right foot?

In this episode, we will be talking about the things we’d change if we were starting over from scratch, and the lessons we’ve learned along the way. You can learn from the things we did well, and the areas of growth we’ve experienced.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • Brooks’s and Thanh’s top 3 productivity resources [2:47]
  • How the TEA framework can guide you whether you’re just starting out with productivity or you’re a veteran [5:01]
  • What Thanh recommends to manage your time most efficiently [8:43]
  • How Brooks and Thanh make quickly capturing tasks and ideas simple [18:37]
  • How Brooks’s favorite time management tips have paid dividends over time [20:55]
  • The tried and true methods to recover and make the most of your energy [27:45]
  • The power of “eating the frog” first thing in your day [37:11]
  • Thinking time to improve the clarity of your goals and quality of your work [44:46]
  • Why asking for help is such an important tool for honing our focus and attention [49:17]
  • The “bonus round” of productivity tips from Brooks, Thanh, and the Dojo [51:55]


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Last Updated: June 19, 2024

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  1. Every one of these points resonated with me. I really appreciated this podcast, and how it nicely complimented your “15 Lessons Brooks and Thanh Learned About Living a Productive Life” blog post.

    Your first point on following a proven system was something I especially needed to hear. I have a bad habit of seeing a shiny new productivity system — 7 Habits/First Things First, GTD, Agile Results, 12 Week Year, etc. — and immediately switching to it only to find that it is a never-ending learning curve detrimental to my own personal productivity.

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