The Productive Woman

By Laura McClellan

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A podcast intended to help busy women find the tools and the encouragement to manage their lives, their time, their stress, and their stuff so they can accomplish the things that matter most to them.

Episode Date
Favorite Productivity Tips & Tools – TPW301
As we celebrate 6 years (!!) of The Productive Woman podcast, here are a few productivity tips and tools from the TPW community and from me!
Jul 01, 2020
Meaningful Productivity – TPW300
It's not enough to just get lots of stuff done. We want to make lives that matter--we want our productivity to be meaningful. In this milestone episode, we discuss what meaningful productivity means and how we can order our lives so as to maximize our positive impact on the world.
Jun 24, 2020
Using Your Voice, with Eva Jannotta – TPW299
This week, Eva Jannotta and I chat about being the most productive version of yourself and boldly using your voice to advocate for what you want.
Jun 17, 2020
Getting Back On Track – TPW298
Even those of us who usually practice productive habits get off track sometimes. What do you do to get back on track when everything gets away from you?
Jun 10, 2020
What I Do to Make Time – TPW297
With all the hats we wear and our never-ending to-do lists, it's important to use our time wisely so we can focus on the things that truly matter. This week I'm sharing a few things I do to make time for what matters most to me.
Jun 03, 2020
Deconstructing Wellness, with Kris Rice – TPW296
Kris Rice and I chat about how she prioritizes wellness and tends to her most important priorities. (And don't miss the freebie she's offering TPW listeners--see the link in the show notes!)
May 27, 2020
Productive Reading: A Few Recommendations – TPW295
Good books can be a source of entertainment, education, and inspiration, helping us make meaningfully productive lives. Here are a few of my favorites.
May 20, 2020
Things I Know For Sure – TPW294
What do you know for sure? The older I get, the less certain I am about many things, but there are a few things I know for sure about productivity and making a life that matters.
May 13, 2020
Overcoming Impostor Syndrome, with Dr. Lisa Orbé-Austin – TPW293
Psychologist, executive coach, and author Dr. Lisa Orbé-Austin has focused her career on helping women (and men) overcome Impostor Syndrome and make meaningfully productive lives.
May 06, 2020
Trauma and Productivity – TPW292
How can you be productive during, or in the aftermath of, trauma?
Apr 29, 2020
Favorite Tips from Professional Organizers – TPW291
As a longtime organization nerd, I've gathered some great tips from professional organizers whose books, YouTube videos, podcasts, and articles I've learned from over the years.
Apr 22, 2020
Incremental Steps to your Goal, with Merrily Orsini – TPW290
Healthcare executive Merrily Orsini is an advocate for home healthcare--and for taking small incremental steps to achieve your most cherished goals.
Apr 15, 2020
Friends, Mentors, and a Life that Matters – TPW289
Meaningful productivity is about making a life that matters. For me, a life that matters centers on people that matter. Aside from family, friends and mentors have perhaps the most influence on our meaningfully productive life.
Apr 08, 2020
Adjusting to Working from Home – TPW288
Working from home can be great, but if the decision to do so was made for you by outside circumstances and with little time to prepare, it comes with unique challenges.
Apr 01, 2020
Life During a Crisis – TPW287
This week I'm sharing a few thoughts about life and productivity during a time of crisis, including a few suggestions for adjusting to a new reality.
Mar 28, 2020
11 Time Wasters to Eliminate – TPW286
What time wasters can we eliminate to make more time for what matters most? We're talking about a few of them in this week's episode.
Mar 18, 2020
Setting Goals that Matter – TPW285
Setting goals that matter starts with knowing what's most important to you. This week we're reviewing some principles of setting meaningful goals.
Mar 11, 2020
Thoughts About Work-Life Balance – TPW284
Is work-life balance really a thing? Some thoughts about what it means (and what it doesn't mean) on this week's episode.
Mar 04, 2020
Presence and Productivity, with Mayda Poc – TPW283
This week's episode features my conversation with former investment banking professional Mayda Poc about how she intentionally incorporates being present in the moment into her productive life.
Feb 26, 2020
Healthy Eating When You Don’t Have Time – TPW282
This week's episode features tips from women in the TPW community on how they fit healthy eating into their busy lives.
Feb 19, 2020
The Power of What We Can Control – TPW281
When it comes to making a meaningfully productive life, there is incredible power in focusing on the things we can control.
Feb 12, 2020
Capitalizing Optimal Hours of Productivity, with Min Choi – TPW280
This week's episode of The Productive Woman podcast features my conversation with professor, wife, and mom Min Choi about how she identified her optimal hours for productivity and protects those hours for getting her most important work done.
Feb 05, 2020
Getting Stuff Done – TPW279
What gets in the way of getting stuff done, and how can we overcome those obstacles and accomplish what matters to us?
Jan 29, 2020
11 Ways to Keep Your New Year Motivation Going – TPW278
Achieving our goals this year requires consistent action. What do you do if your motivation to act starts to fade as the year continues?
Jan 22, 2020
10 Things to Declutter – TPW277
The beginning of a new year is a great time to declutter your space. This week's episode offers some ideas and inspiration to get you started.
Jan 15, 2020
Good Morning, Good Life, with Amy Landino – TPW276
Amy Landino is on a mission to help you go after the life you want, starting with a morning routine that launches and grounds productive days.
Jan 08, 2020
5 Small Things to Do Every Day This Year – TPW275
Big changes are impressive, but great progress can be achieved by taking small actions consistently. Consider 5 small things to do every day for a more productive year.
Jan 01, 2020
Holiday Wishes and Year-end Reminders – TPW274
This brief episode looks at four productive choices we can make during the holidays--and every day.
Dec 25, 2019
Choosing (and Using) a Planner – TPW 273
Now's a great time to think about a new planner for the coming year. In this week's episode we look at some things to consider in choosing (and using) a planner--including some great suggestions from the TPW community.
Dec 18, 2019
Fill Up Your Cup, with Dallas Heath – TPW272
This week I'm talking with nutrition and wellness coach Dallas Heath about how intentional self-care helps her (and us) be more productive.
Dec 11, 2019
Productive Reading: Attention Management by Maura Thomas – TPW271
Attention management is a key productivity skill--and the subject of Maura Thomas's book, Attention Management.
Dec 04, 2019
Gratitude – TPW270
Cultivating gratitude helps us be happier and more productive. Hear about a few more benefits of gratitude in this week's quick holiday-week episode.
Nov 27, 2019
Boundaries, with Helen Wright – TPW269
London-based banking professional Helen Wright sets intentional boundaries between work, personal, and family commitments. We talk about what that means to her in this week's episode.
Nov 20, 2019
Productivity Tools – TPW268
What are your favorite productivity tools? I'm sharing 10 of mine on this week's episode.
Nov 13, 2019
Heart to Heart – TPW267
Do you ever feel disappointed in your own productivity? Me too. This week I'm sharing a few thoughts from my heart about productivity, disappointed expectations, and feeling better.
Nov 06, 2019
Simplicity and Flexibility, with Natalie Rodriguez – TPW266
This week's episode features my conversation with law school dean and mom Natalie Rodriguez about how she structures her life for simplicity and flexibility to make room for what matters most to her.
Oct 30, 2019
Partner Productivity – TPW265
How can we influence our spouses, and others close to us, to be more productive, and why would we want to?
Oct 23, 2019
Taking the Lead (Women & Leadership) – TPW264
What does it take to be an effective, productive leader?
Oct 16, 2019
Get Organized Head First, with Claire Kellems – TPW263
Working mom Claire Kellems' search for order in her chaotic life has led to a blog, a business, and more peace of mind. How she got organized (and how you can too) is the subject of our conversation in this week's episode.
Oct 09, 2019
Giving Grace – TPW262
What does it mean to extend grace, and what does grace have to do with productivity? A conversation about grace and compassion on this week's episode of The Productive Woman.
Oct 02, 2019
Isolation – TPW261
Do isolation or loneliness affect your productivity?
Sep 25, 2019
Career Clarity, with Jamie Lieberman – TPW260
Using experience to find clarity on what matters to her has helped attorney, entrepreneur, wife, and mom Jamie Lieberman build a career and life she loves.
Sep 18, 2019
Getting Ready to Move – TPW259
Getting ready to move to a new home is a project that can be made easier with a little thought and planning.
Sep 11, 2019
Workplace Productivity – TPW258
What can we do to maximize our productivity at work, wherever our workplace might be?
Sep 04, 2019
Taking the Next Move, with Jana Arellano – TPW257
Jana Arellano has made more than one big move in her life, and she's learned from every one. Her next move is helping other women develop the confidence to make their next move. How she makes it happen is the subject of our conversation.
Aug 28, 2019
Making Difficult Decisions – TPW256
We can't make a life that matters without making decisions, but some decisions are harder than others. How can we make decision-making a little less stressful?
Aug 21, 2019
Hormones and Productivity – TPW255
This week we're discussing how hormonal changes, and the symptoms caused by those changes, affect our productivity during pregnancy, postpartum, and perimenopause. (And this discussion isn't just for women!)
Aug 14, 2019
Beating Overwhelm, with Mridu Parikh – TPW254
This week I'm chatting with speaker, author, wife, and mom Mridu Parikh about how she minimizes overwhelm by simplifying where she can and by ordering her days intentionally.
Aug 07, 2019
When You Want to Do It All – TPW253
Whether you want to focus on one thing at a time or simultaneously pursue multiple goals, make sure you like the life you're creating.
Jul 31, 2019
How I Get Work Done – TPW252
Sometimes when we're looking for ways to get work done, it helps to hear about tools and techniques that have been effective for other people. This week I'm sharing a bit about the tools, systems, and approaches I use to get work done.
Jul 24, 2019
Structure & Empowerment for Lasting Impact, with Jill Valdez – TPW 251
This week I'm talking with Jill Valdez about how intentional structure in her multi-faceted life helps her create impact, and how she's encouraging managers & business owners to empower their employees to do the same.
Jul 17, 2019
Productive Reading: Free To Focus by Michael Hyatt – TPW250
Looking for a worthwhile summer read? I recommend Michael Hyatt's book, Free to Focus. Hear my key takeaways in this episode, the latest installment in our recurring Productive Reading series.
Jul 10, 2019
5 Years of The Productive Woman – TPW249
The Productive Woman podcast is 5 years old! In this episode I'm sharing productivity lessons learned, dreams for the future, and 5 questions for you.
Jul 03, 2019
Making Room for the Things That Matter to You, with Susan Comiskey – TPW248
This week's episode features my conversation with Australia native (but current Singapore resident) Susan Comiskey about how she makes time for speaking, teaching, and doctoral studies while making a life that matters with her husband and daughter.
Jun 26, 2019
Remember This: 10 Productivity Principles – TPW247
Some productivity principles are worth being reminded of from time to time. Here are a few that I think are important.
Jun 19, 2019
Why We Do What We Do – TPW246
Understanding why we do what we do is key to taking intentional actions that serve us--and can also help us be more compassionate toward others. If you're ever frustrated because you do things that don't make sense in light of your goals and values, you might appreciate this week's episode of the podcast.
Jun 12, 2019
Structuring Your Days with Intention, with Nina Means – TPW245
For fashion designer, "Fashion Incubator" director, and new mom Nina Means, structuring her days with intention is key to making time for what matters most to her. Hear how she's making a life that matters in this week's episode.
Jun 05, 2019
Summer Fun & Safety – TPW244
Summer's upon us (at least those of us in the northern hemisphere)! With a little bit of forethought, summer can be both fun and safe. In this week's episode we consider some suggestions for both.
May 29, 2019
Dealing with Distraction – TPW243
Does distraction interfere with your productivity and keep you from accomplishing all you want to? In episode 243 of The Productive Woman we look at some effects and causes of distraction--and a few solutions.
May 22, 2019
Redefining Modern Motherhood, with Joanna Parker – TPW242
Working out a solution to a daily parenting challenge inspired one mom to launch a business committed to helping other moms. This episode features my conversation with Yumble founder Joanna Parker about motherhood, entrepreneurship, and finding your own way.
May 15, 2019
Motherhood & a Life That Matters – TPW241
Does having children interfere with productivity or does it motivate us to be productive? This episode offers some thoughts on motherhood and making a life that matters.
May 08, 2019
Making Good Use of Your Evenings – TPW240
When evening (or other "off work" time) comes, do you use it well or let it fritter away? What are some ways to make good use of your time off?
May 01, 2019
Lessons from a Multi-faceted Life, with Jennifer (Eunchim) Choi – TPW239
Episode 239 of The Productive Woman podcast features my conversation with humanitarian aid & community development consultant (and wife and mom) Jennifer Choi, who shares lessons learned about making a multi-faceted, multicultural life that matters.
Apr 24, 2019
There’s Nothing Wrong with You – TPW238
Making a life that matters has its challenges--for all of us. Can I encourage you to believe there's nothing wrong with you if you struggle sometimes to make it all work the way you think it should?
Apr 17, 2019
Essential Productivity Tools – TPW237
What tools do you think are most important for being productive and making a life that matters? I share my list in this episode--and a couple of them might surprise you.
Apr 10, 2019
Consumption, Creation, and Contribution – TPW236
Consuming content and learning new things is valuable, but to achieve our goals and make a life that matters, we have to do something with what we learn. Thoughts on consumption, creation, and contribution in this week's episode.
Apr 03, 2019
Clutter, Minimalism, & Convenience – TPW235
Decluttering is a hot topic these days. For some, the logical outcome of decluttering is minimalism. But who we are matters more than what (or how much) we own. Finding a balance between clutter and convenience can contribute to a productive life.
Mar 27, 2019
Productivity Across Borders, with Christiane Kenny – TPW234
Canadian native Christiane Kenny has moved cross-border (cross-oceans!) more than once. Hear her tips for international living in this week's episode.
Mar 20, 2019
How to Figure Out What Matters Most – TPW233
To make a life that matters, we have to know what matters most. How do we decide among all the opportunities and commitments to figure out what matters most--where we can best focus our time, energy, and attention?
Mar 13, 2019
Making a Life That Matters, YOUR Way – TPW232
Productivity systems and resources are just tools. They're a means to an end, not the end itself. The end is a life that matters, as you define it. This week's episode looks at productivity, peer pressure, and intentional choices.
Mar 06, 2019
Lagom (Just Enough), with Jane Andersson – TPW231
Swedish journalist Jane Andersson recommends the Swedish concept of lagom (loosely translated as "just enough") as a key to making a meaningfully productive life.
Feb 27, 2019
Productive Reading: Atomic Habits by James Clear – TPW230
In this latest episode of our recurring Productive Reading series, I share my key takeaways from James Clear's outstanding book, Atomic Habits, a book about how small habits can have big impact on our productivity.
Feb 20, 2019
How to Make a Bad Day Better – TPW229
We might not be able to stop bad days from coming, but there are things we can do to make a bad day better.
Feb 13, 2019
Making a Difference, with Karina Hayat – TPW228
Canadian executive and philanthropist Karina Hayat shares how she makes time for making a difference through focusing on her professional and personal priorities.
Feb 06, 2019
How to Renew Your Motivation – TPW227
Are you making progress on your goals for this year, or has progress slowed because you're not consistently taking action? This episode offers ideas on how to reignite your fading motivation so you can keep moving forward to accomplish what matters most to you.
Jan 30, 2019
Habits to Consider for this Year – TPW226
This week we're considering how our habits affect productivity and some suggestions for habits to develop this year.
Jan 23, 2019
Mindset Management, with Natalie Eckdahl – TPW225
Entrepreneur, business coach, and author Natalie Eckdahl talks about the importance of managing our mindset, and shares how the support of an intentionally assembled team helps her accomplish what matters most to her.
Jan 16, 2019
7 Things to Stop Doing This Year – TPW224
Last week we talked about resolutions and goals--things we plan to start doing this year. This week, let's consider some things to stop doing (and what to do instead).
Jan 09, 2019
Resolutions & Goals – TPW223
As the new year begins, are you making resolutions, setting goals, or both? What's the difference, and how can they work together to create the results you want?
Jan 02, 2019
One Last Thing (What Matters Most) -TPW222
What matters most to you, and how will you make room for it in your life in the coming year? In this last episode of the year, I share some thoughts I'm pondering as the year ends and a new one begins.
Dec 26, 2018
Thoughts for the Disappointed – TPW221
Disappointed with your progress toward the goals you set for yourself this year? Let's talk about things you can do to start down a more productive path.
Dec 19, 2018
Creating a Centralized Productivity System, with Vicky Volvovski – TPW 220
Tech executive, award-winning food blogger, wife, and mom Vicky Volvovski shares thoughts on managing a busy life with a centralized system, and on brainstorming solutions to challenging projects.
Dec 12, 2018
Making Time to Plan – TPW219
Planning ahead is a key to living intentionally rather than reactively. But how do we make time to plan when our days are already full?
Dec 05, 2018
Today, Tomorrow, & a Year from Now – TPW218
Some of us (raising my hand) tend to focus so much on the future that we forget to be present today. On the other hand, it's easy to get so wrapped up in our day-to-day commitments that we forget to step back and look at the long-term big picture. A challenge for many of us is to plan sufficiently for the future without letting worries for the future cloud our present.
Nov 28, 2018
Being Intentional with Time, with Laura Vanderkam – TPW217
"Time keeps passing whether or not you think about where it's going." Laura Vanderkam, author of Off the Clock & other books about productivity and time management, encourages us to be intentional about how we use our time..
Nov 21, 2018
Habits That Help – TPW216
A few simple habits can make a big difference in our day-to-day productivity and help us accomplish more with less effort. In this episode I share a few small habits that help me make time for what matters most.
Nov 14, 2018
Task Management 101 – TPW215
Is your to-do list getting the better of you? Let's review some task management basics that will help you get your list under control and make real progress on the projects that matter most to you.
Nov 07, 2018
Dealing with Conflict – TPW214
Most of us don't like conflict, but it's an inevitable part of the human condition. It doesn't have to derail our productivity, though--if we can find constructive ways to deal with it.
Oct 31, 2018
Silence and Solitude, with Katie Krimitsos – TPW213
"If you’re having a hard time getting things done because you're anxious and totally depleting yourself, maybe it's time for you to spend some time on yourself in quiet." Katie Krimitsos returns to The Productive Woman to share lessons learned about the value of silence and solitude in making a life that matters.
Oct 24, 2018
Making Time to Read – TPW212
Why is the Productive Reading series a part of The Productive Woman podcast? Because reading can contribute in a big way to making a life that matters.
Oct 17, 2018
Productive Reading: The Free-Time Formula – TPW211
Wish you had more free time? Get some practical ideas and wise advice from Jeff Sanders in his newest book, The Free-Time Formula. This is the next in our Productive Reading series.
Oct 10, 2018
What I Wish I’d Known – TPW210
It’s never too late to do what you’ve dreamed of. A few lessons about productivity and life I wish I'd learned sooner.
Oct 03, 2018
Mindset Over Money, with Patrice Washington – TPW209
"Wealth is about more than money." This week's episode features my conversation with "America's Money Maven," Patrice Washington, about living intentionally, creating a better mindset about money, and making a life that matters. 
Sep 26, 2018
Making a Difference – TPW208
If our definition of a productive woman is one who orders her life in such a way as to maximize her positive impact in the world, what can we do to expand our influence and make a positive difference in the world around us?
Sep 19, 2018
Peace & Productivity – TPW207
Is it possible to be both productive and peaceful? I believe it is, but I'm not always experiencing it lately. Some thoughts about why, and how to "fix" it, in this week's episode.
Sep 12, 2018
Things That Make Life Easier – TPW206
What apps, tech, tools, and services do you rely on to make your life easier? I share a few of mine in this episode.
Sep 05, 2018
Drawing Courage from Past Experiences, with Tauria Catlin – TPW205
Wife, mom, entrepreneur, and U.S. Naval Academy graduate Tauria Catlin shares how the challenges she's overcome in the past give her the courage to face today's challenges and make a life that matters to her.
Aug 29, 2018
Preparing for the Next Season – TPW204
In both the northern and southern hemispheres, a change in seasons is upon us. Whether moving from summer to fall, or winter to summer, what are some steps we can take to prepare to make the change of seasons go more smoothly?
Aug 22, 2018
13 Areas to Declutter in Our Homes – TPW203
Want to reduce stress, boost productivity, and enjoy your home more? Let's talk about why, how, and where to declutter our homes.
Aug 15, 2018
Launching Your Kids – TPW202
When our children grow up and leave our nest, the transition can be hard. How can we make launching our kids a positive experience for them--and us?
Aug 08, 2018
Designing Productive Systems, with Crystal Collinson – TPW201
Canadian designer Crystal Collinson juggles multiple roles by setting up productive systems that let her get the important things done.
Aug 01, 2018
Ask Me Anything – TPW200
Curious about podcasting? About how I manage a legal career & 5 kids? About productivity tools I recommend and techniques I use? I invited listeners to ask me anything. My answers in this milestone episode 200 of The Productive Woman podcast.
Jul 25, 2018
What a Life That Matters Means  – TPW199
For four years and nearly 200 episodes, we've talked in The Productive Woman community about making a life that matters. What does that mean?
Jul 18, 2018
6 Questions to Ask Yourself Mid-Year – TPW198
Are you on track for the year you want? Mid-year is a great time to pause and ask yourself some key questions to focus your energy and attention for the second half of the year.
Jul 11, 2018
Productivity and Freedom – TPW197
Being productive in the best sense can result in the freedom that comes from the confidence that you are enough, you’re doing enough, and you can create a meaningful life. This episode looks at connections between productivity and freedom.
Jul 04, 2018
Productivity, Retirement, and Change, with Vicki Judd – TPW196
How does the definition of productivity change from one stage of life to the next? Recent retiree Vicki Judd shares some thoughts on making a life that matters during the changing seasons of life.
Jun 27, 2018
When You Feel Like Quitting – TPW195
Do you ever feel like quitting? I do. Knowing why it happens can help us come up with solutions and keep pressing forward toward accomplishing what matters most.
Jun 20, 2018
10 (or so) Ways to Stay Focused – TPW194
What can we do to stay on track when we're struggling to stay focused? This week we look at some possible reasons for that struggle, and some ideas that might help.
Jun 13, 2018
Insights from The Organized Soprano, with Kay Patterson – TPW193
Juggling two very different careers requires careful balancing and self-awareness. Professional organizer and singer Kay Patterson (known on social media as The Organized Soprano) shares how she does it--and has a lot of fun along the way.
Jun 06, 2018
The Quantified Self – TPW192
Tracking and measuring personal metrics as a tool for self-improvement has benefits for individuals and groups, but those of us interested in the quantified self should be aware of potential risks as well.
May 30, 2018
Making Time for Fun – TPW191
Have we filled our days with so many commitments we've left no time for fun? Worse, have we forgotten how to have fun? The TPW community has some suggestions to help us correct that!
May 23, 2018
Juggling Multiple Roles, with Coryne Forest – TPW190
Engineer and leadership consultant Coryne Forest shares tips on how she manages multiple roles and multiple passions--a fulltime day job, a business helping women excel in STEM careers, her family, and self-care.
May 16, 2018
Productivity for New Moms – TPW189
Becoming a mom is a wonderful thing, but it has some challenges, too. How can new moms be productive in the best sense?
May 09, 2018
Dealing with Downsizing (Your Home) – TPW188
Bigger isn't always better. In this episode we consider the why and how of downsizing your home.
May 02, 2018
Becoming Chief Home Officer, with Natali Morris – TPW187
Broadcaster and CFO Natali Morris is intentional about creating a life that matters through financial freedom, and she shares with us how she and her husband worked to make that a reality for their family.
Apr 25, 2018
Spring Cleaning When You Don’t Have Time – TPW186
Got the spring cleaning bug but little time to get it done? Some tips for fitting it into your schedule--if you want to!--in this episode.
Apr 18, 2018
Tips and Tools for Email Mastery – TPW185
How can we make email less overwhelming and more useful? A few tips and tools that can help.
Apr 11, 2018
Discernment and Self-Care, with Jodi Womack – TPW184
What role do discernment and self-care play in a meaningfully productive life? Executive coach & author Jodi Womack shares some tips and tools in this week's episode.
Apr 04, 2018
Productivity on a Non-Standard Schedule – TPW183
Many productivity conversations assume a 9 to 5 work schedule. How can you stay productive if you or others in your household work nights or weekends or some other non-standard schedule?
Mar 28, 2018
Productive Reading: Soulful Simplicity – TPW182
Courtney Carver's newest book, Soulful Simplicity, makes a compelling case for clearing the clutter out of our schedules, our homes, and our minds to make space for a meaningfully productive life.
Mar 21, 2018
Time Management & Balance, with Susan May Warren – TPW181
Award-winning author Susan May Warren shares how she gets things done by using a time management approach that keeps rhythm, balance, and the big picture in mind.
Mar 14, 2018
Having It All – TPW180
Is "having it all" a possibility for 21st-century women (or men)? What does having it all mean to you? We consider some important questions in this episode.
Mar 07, 2018
Motivation and Habit – TPW179
How do motivation and habit interact to get and keep us productive?
Feb 28, 2018
Pursuing Vocational & Avocational Passions, with Tyree Ayers – TPW178
Lawyer and yogi Tyree Ayers is constantly balancing the demands of her law career and passion for living a healthy and fulfilling life and encouraging others to do the same. She shares how she makes time to pursue both her vocational and avocational passions.
Feb 21, 2018
Relationships & Productivity – TPW177
How do your relationships affect your productivity? And how can you make time to nurture the relationships--professional & personal--that mean the most to you?
Feb 14, 2018
Productivity Tools & Techniques to Try – TPW176
If your year got off to a strong start but your progress is faltering a bit, tweaking your routine with one of these productivity tools and techniques might give you a boost.
Feb 07, 2018
Delegation – TPW175
Delegation is a key productivity tool. So why don't we do it more? In response to a listener question, we take a look at how delegation can help us to be more productive, and how we can improve our delegation skills.
Jan 31, 2018
Grace-Filled Productivity, with Liz Curtis Higgs – TPW174
It's easy to fall into the traps of self-criticism and negativity when your productivity isn't where you want it to be, whether the cause is self-inflicted or out of your control. Author and speaker Liz Curtis Higgs shares how she overcomes these challenges.
Jan 24, 2018
Focus (a word for the year) – TPW173
The better we're able to focus on what matters most, the more productive we'll be. This week we're discussing how focus impacts our productivity and how we can improve our focus.
Jan 17, 2018
10 Essentials for Making a Life that Matters – TPW172
If you want to make a life that matters, where do you start? In this episode we're looking at 10 essentials to building a meaningfully productive life.
Jan 10, 2018
Financial Empowerment, with Hilary Hendershott – TPW 171
We're kicking off the new year with some valuable lessons on financial empowerment and productivity from Certified Financial Planner, podcaster, wife, and mom Hilary Hendershott.
Jan 03, 2018
Taking Care of Future You – TPW 170
As we wrap up the year, it's a great time to review this year's accomplishments and give some thought to the coming year. What would future you thank you for doing today?
Dec 13, 2017
Voluntary Simplicity, with Courtney Carver – TPW169
Writer and speaker Courtney Carver shares insights about voluntary simplicity and intentional living.
Dec 06, 2017
Community & Accountability – a mastermind reunion – TPW168
The support and accountability of other women can improve your productivity. Five women who've been providing each other that support and accountability for over a year and a half share their experience.
Nov 29, 2017
Gratitude & Productivity – TPW167
The beginning of the winter holiday season seems like a good time to consider how gratitude can affect our productivity.
Nov 22, 2017
Productive Reading: Lessons from Brené Brown – TPW166
Dr. Brené Brown's books offer ideas and principles that can help us in making a life that matters.
Nov 15, 2017
Productivity & What Other People Think – TPW 165
It’s hard to make a life that matters when we’re spending our time reacting to what other people want instead of proactively pursuing the goals and objectives that are most important to us.
Nov 08, 2017
Self-Direction, with Maria Bengtson – TPW164
We can all learn some lessons on self-direction from graduate student and TPW listener Maria Bengtson, who shares how she keeps herself on track to finish her dissertation while still living her life.
Nov 01, 2017
Clutter, Stress & Simplicity – TPW163
Taking a look at physical & mental clutter--how it affects us, and some thoughts on conquering it.
Oct 25, 2017
Circumstance or Choice? Owning Your Life – TPW162
When life is filled with obligations that leave us feeling overwhelmed, do we have a choice? Can we make a change?
Oct 18, 2017
A Caregiver with Professional Priorities, with Beatriz Martín-Pérez – TPW161
Professor Beatriz Martín-Pérez shares how she's navigated the challenges of caring for loved ones while pursuing professional success.
Oct 11, 2017
Self-Care Matters – TPW160
Self-care is not time off from productivity; it's an essential element of a productive life. How can we make time for self-care in an already full life--and why should we?
Oct 04, 2017
10 Things to Do Now to Prepare for the Holidays – TPW159
Is it too soon to start celebrating the holidays? Probably. But not too soon for a few steps that can help us prepare for the best holiday season ever.
Sep 27, 2017
Ruthless Prioritization, with Michelle Pfennighaus – TPW158
Nutrition coach and former advertising professional Michelle Pfennighaus shares thoughts about how ruthless prioritization (and banana peel tea) help her manage a busy life.
Sep 20, 2017
Back to School Routine Review – TPW157
The back-to-school season (or any change in seasons, for that matter) is a great time to re-evaluate our daily and weekly routines to make sure they're serving us.
Sep 13, 2017
Raising Productive Kids – TPW156
Some thoughts on what it means to raise productive kids, and how to do it.
Sep 06, 2017
Life as a Productive Musician, with Sephra Scheuber – TPW155
Sephra Scheuber is working out a system that allows her to be productive as a musician, a teacher, and a student, while making her faith and her relationships a priority.
Aug 30, 2017
Working from Home – TPW154
Some thoughts about making it work when you work from home.
Aug 23, 2017
Post-Vacation Productivity – TPW153
Getting back into your regular routine after a vacation without sacrificing the relaxation you gained can be a challenge. Here are some thoughts on how (and why) to do it.
Aug 16, 2017
Making Time for What Matters, with Sonia Harris – TPW152
When you have a full-time job and a family, how do you make time for what matters to you personally? Sonia Harris shares how she's doing it.
Aug 09, 2017
Letting Go of a Goal – TPW151
When we're not making progress on a goal we've set for ourselves, is letting go ever the right choice?
Aug 02, 2017
The Weekly Review – TPW150
A regular weekly review helps us stay on top of our commitments. So why don't we do it? In response to a listener question, we look at how (and why) to make the weekly review a part of managing our busy lives.
Jul 26, 2017
Productivity When It Hurts, with Mandy Hanson – TPW149
Mandy Hanson's approach to productivity offers ideas even for those of us who don't live with chronic pain like she does.
Jul 19, 2017
The Second Half (Mid-Year Review) – TPW148
The year's midpoint is a good time to pause and review whether you're headed in the direction you want to go.
Jul 12, 2017
Productive Reading: The Power of Habit – TPW147
Continuing our occasional series on books that have influenced my thinking about what it means to live a productive life, this episode features some of the highlights from Charles Duhigg's fascinating book about habits.
Jul 05, 2017
Productive Days, with Shelly Clayton – TPW146
Sales professional and single mom Shelly Clayton shares her approach to creating productive days and making a life that matters.
Jun 28, 2017
Making the Most of Your To-Do List – TPW145
How well does your to-do list work for you? This episode features 10 tips for making the most of whatever tool you use to manage your tasks.
Jun 21, 2017
The Things We Say – TPW144
How do the words we say (and think) affect our ability to accomplish the things we care about?
Jun 14, 2017
Managing Multiple Roles, with Jennifer Fleury – TPW143
How can you manage a life that involves multiple roles and a variety of interests? College professor, business owner, & single mom Jennifer Fleury shares how she's doing it.
Jun 07, 2017
Productivity in Transition Times – TPW142
We’ve talked about the value of planning ahead to keep life moving smoothly, but what about when you can’t? What do you do when your life is in transition, you can’t plan ahead, and your routines get thrown out of whack?
May 31, 2017
Sunday Routines – TPW141
Once again The Productive Woman community came through with ideas for how to spend time on Sunday (or whatever day you choose) setting yourself up for a great week.
May 24, 2017
Optimizing Your Schedule, with Katie Krimitsos – TPW140
A chat with business coach, podcaster, wife, and mom Katie Krimitsos, who shared her approach to balancing structure and flexibility in building a schedule that works for her and her family.
May 17, 2017
What I’ve Learned About Productivity – TPW139
Recorded with a milestone in mind, this episode features a few thoughts about what it means (to me) to live a productive life--and how that's changed over time.
May 10, 2017
The Stories of Your Life – TPW138
Few things have more impact on how we experience our life--on what we accomplish or what we don’t, whether we’re happy or not--than the stories we tell ourselves about who we are and what's possible for us.
May 03, 2017
Personalizing Your Systems, with Freya Casey – TPW137
Professional singer, vocal coach, and YouTube star Freya Casey of Germany is also a single mom to a young daughter. She shares some of the systems and tools she uses to manage it all--and some of the struggles she's faced--in this episode.
Apr 26, 2017
Making Time for Exercise (Ideas from the TPW Community) – TPW136
When a listener asked for suggestions on how to fit exercise into an already jam-packed life, The Productive Woman community came through in a big way. Inspired by a conversation in The Productive Woman Community Facebook group, we look at why exercise is important, and how we can get it done.
Apr 19, 2017
Sometimes It’s All Too Much – TPW135
Many women (and men) are struggling to manage a job, children, a spouse, or life as a single parent. On top of that we're trying to find time for personal interests (or just to get some sleep). What do you do when it's all too much?
Apr 12, 2017
Using Your Powers for Good, with Amanda Berlin – TPW134
This week's guest, public relations pro and single mom Amanda Berlin, is all about making the best use of her talents and skills to make a life (and a career) that matters--she calls it using her powers for good.
Apr 05, 2017
Productive Reading: The One Thing, by Gary Keller – TPW133
This episode, sharing key takeaways from Gary Keller's The ONE Thing, is the first in a new recurring series in which I'll share key takeaways from some of the books that have influenced my thinking on productivity and making a life that matters.
Mar 29, 2017
Herding Cats: Managing Multiple Projects – TPW132
Very few of us have only one project going at a time. The many roles we play in life, our various areas of interest and responsibility, all can be sources of projects that compete for our time, energy, and attention. Managing those multiple projects is a challenge that requires intention and discipline. This episode offers a few tips that might help.
Mar 22, 2017
Prioritize What Matters, with Maria Dismondy – TPW131
Award-winning author Maria Dismondy knows what matters to her and is determined to prioritize those things. In this episode, she shares how she's intentionally built her life around her most important priorities.
Mar 15, 2017
What’s On Your To-Do List? – TPW130
What's on your to-do list? If you have some "tasks" that have hung around on that list for a long time with no action, they might not be tasks at all. This episode looks at the difference between a project and a task, and why forming your to-do list with the right one can help get you past procrastination into action.
Mar 08, 2017
Dream to Done: Applying the Goal-Setting Process – TPW129
We've spent a few episodes talking about the process of turning a dream to a goal and then taking action on it. Sometimes it helps to hear examples of how a process works. This episode is a walk-through of the Dream to Done process applied, step by step, to two examples.
Mar 01, 2017
A Productive Life on Your Terms, with Kesha Moore – TPW128
We all face challenges in our journey toward making a meaningfully productive life. My guest in this episode, Dr. Kesha Moore, reminds us how we choose to approach those challenges will make all the difference.
Feb 22, 2017
Dream to Done: Make the Time & Stay Motivated – TPW127
Continuing our Dream to Done mini-series, this time we’re looking at what to do once we’ve created a goal: how to make time to take action on it, and how to motivate ourselves to keep going until we’ve completed it.
Feb 15, 2017
Dream to Done: Turning a Dream to a Goal – TPW126
Part 2 of our Dream to Done mini-series looks at the difference between a dream and a goal, and offers some steps to turning your dream into a goal (or series of goals) that you can actually take action on.
Feb 08, 2017
Dream to Done: What’s Holding You Back? – TPW125
When we are uncertain of where or how to start, our dreams may seem out of reach. What stands between you and your dream of a life that matters?
Feb 01, 2017
Bullet Journaling & More, with Kara Benz – TPW124
Artist and author Kara Benz (also known as Boho Berry) and I talk about building a business and living an intentional life--and a little about bullet journaling.
Jan 25, 2017
Small Tasks That Will Set You Up for Success – TPW123
Big goals are awesome, but here are 14 simple things--small tasks that will take half an hour or less--that you can do this week (or next) to simplify your life and set yourself up for a great year.
Jan 18, 2017
Getting Organized in the New Year, with Lisa Woodruff – TPW122
Managing a multi-dimensional 21st-century life is easier when you're organized. Fortunately, professional organizer Lisa Woodruff says being organized is a learnable skill. In this episode we chat about how she does it, and she shares some tips AND offers some great free resources!
Jan 11, 2017
Resolutions & Expectations for a New Year – TPW121
As the new year begins, are you making resolutions you'll abandon in a month or setting achievable goals? Are you basing your goals on unconscious expectations, or looking forward with a sense of expectancy?
Jan 04, 2017
Year-End Wrap-Up – TPW120
As 2016 comes to a close, my year-end wrap-up process is a way to take a look at lessons learned this year and use them to create a plan for an even better year to come.
Dec 14, 2016
Balancing Time & Energy, with Puja Madan – TPW119
For author and leadership coach Puja Madan, one key to living a meaningully productive life is found by tuning in to the rhythms of life, time, & energy.
Dec 07, 2016
Staying Productive & Peaceful During the Holidays – TPW118
Most of us look forward to the holidays, but the season has its challenges. How can we stay peaceful and enjoy the season?
Nov 30, 2016
Give Yourself a Break – TPW117
Productivity doesn't mean "doing stuff" all the time, and you don't need to feel guilty for taking a break.
Nov 23, 2016
Accountability, Support, & Focus, with Tasha Scott – TPW116
When it comes to staying focused and productive in a multi-faceted life, a support system can make all the difference. Author & life coach Tasha Scott and I talked about how she makes it work.
Nov 16, 2016
Mindset Matters: Productive Skills – TPW115
Nobody's born organized. It's a skill, and we can learn it. Continuing on our "Mindset Matters" theme, this week we look at that and other skills we can learn to be more productive.
Nov 09, 2016
Mindset Matters: Productive Habits – TPW114
Our habits can have either productive or unproductive results. In this episode we look at how habits are formed, and how we can mold them to get the results we want.
Nov 02, 2016
Being Present & Productive, with Alissa Smith – TPW113
New Zealand graphic designer and yoga teacher Alissa Smith shares her approach to balancing a life of diverse interests and commitments and being present in whatever you're doing.
Oct 26, 2016
Mindset Matters: Productive Beliefs – TPW112
What we believe can make us more productive, or less so. What do you believe about yourself, about your abilities and options, about your circumstances? Do your beliefs about these things help you be more productive?
Oct 19, 2016
Time Thieves – TPW111
Time thieves steal time we could otherwise spend on what really matters to us. What are time thieves, and how can we defend ourselves against them?
Oct 12, 2016
Making Time Work For You, with Rashelle Isip – TPW110
Organization expert Rashelle Isip joins me to talk about ways we can take control of our schedules and our space, making room for the things that matter most.
Oct 05, 2016
Emergency Stress Protocol – TPW109
When the demands of a busy life start to "stress you out," how do you handle it? It's important to have a strategy in place when stressful situations arise. Recently when I began to feel overwhelmed by the stress of multiple demands at work, I implemented my Emergency Stress Protocol. I thought I'd share it with you, in case it helps.
Sep 28, 2016
Mindset Matters: Productive Attitudes – TPW108
Productivity isn't only about using the right tools and techniques; it's also about having the right mindset. Our attitudes can make all the difference in our productivity.
Sep 21, 2016
Coordinate and Compromise, with CEO Jessica Rhodes – TPW107
How do you manage competing priorities of a business and a family you love? Jessica Rhodes, founder and CEO of Interview Connections, shares her thoughts on being a business owner and a mom of two littles, and the role that compromise plays in having it all.
Sep 14, 2016
My Current Favorite Productivity Tools (an Update) – TPW106
In response to recent questions, I thought it was a good time to give an update on some of the productivity tools that help me get the right things done. I'd love to hear about the tools that help you stay productive.
Sep 07, 2016
What Should I Do With All These Memories? – TPW105
Most of us save certain items with sentimental value, things that trigger special memories for us. For some of us (not naming names), everything has sentimental value, and the mementos can turn to clutter. What if we need to downsize the number of mementos we've saved? How can we better manage our mementos?
Aug 31, 2016
Productivity Challenges of Introverts & Extroverts – TPW104
Many aspects of our personality can affect what productivity approaches and tools work for us, and what challenges we face in making a productive life. In this episode we look at some of the unique productivity challenges and strengths of introverts and extroverts.
Aug 24, 2016
Money & Productivity, with Money Coach Jennifer Hemphill – TPW103
I recently sat down for a conversation about productivity, self-care, and attitudes about money with money coach Jennifer Hemphill. I did it for the TPW listeners, but I ended up taking notes for myself.
Aug 17, 2016
What Are You Waiting For? – TPW102
Waiting. It’s something that we all have to do--often reluctantly--at times, but so often, we CHOOSE to wait. We tell ourselves that we can’t take action or move forward. Let’s talk about why we need to STOP WAITING and start making progress toward the goals that matter most to us!
Aug 10, 2016
My Bullet Journal Experiment – TPW101
Have you tried using a Bullet Journal? You know I love my digital task manager, but I've been trying something new--and I like it!
Aug 03, 2016
Making a Life (& Podcast) that Matters, with Laura McClellan & Natalie Eckdahl – TPW100
It was an honor (and a lot of fun) to celebrate the 100th episode of The Productive Woman with Natalie Eckdahl, founder of Biz Chix, a supportive online community for women entrepreneurs. But Natalie wasn't my guest. Instead, I let Natalie turn the tables on me!
Jul 27, 2016
Self-Worth & Contentment, with Mary DeMuth – TPW099
Measuring our worth by our accomplishments, or by other people's opinions of us, leads to insecurity and exhaustion. Not exactly a recipe for a meaningfully productive life. Author Mary DeMuth has some wise advice for counteracting those tendencies and finding contentment.
Jul 20, 2016
10 Small Changes You Can Make to Boost Productivity (& One Bonus Tip) – TPW098
You don't have to completely overhaul your life to make progress toward your goals. Small changes can reap big rewards in making a meaningfully productive life.
Jul 13, 2016
2 Years, 10 Lessons Learned from My Guests – TPW097
Celebrate The Productive Woman's 2-year anniversary with me by looking back at some of the wise insights I’ve gleaned from conversations with the amazing productive women who've joined me on the show.
Jul 06, 2016
Defining Success & Trusting Yourself, With Eboni Nelson – TPW096
Law professor, wife, and mom Eboni Nelson encourages us to look to ourselves to create our own happiness and success, without apology and without guilt.
Jun 29, 2016
Doing a Mid-Year Review – TPW095
We've reached the middle point of the year, so it's time for a mid-year review. How are you progressing on the goals you set for yourself in January? I'm sharing the process I use to figure out how I'm doing and make sure I stay on track for a productive year.
Jun 22, 2016
How Body Image Affects Productivity, with Melissa Toler – TPW094
What would you do if you didn’t feel held back by how you perceive your body? Body image coach Melissa Toler has some suggestions on how we can set aside body image worries and live the life we dream of.
Jun 15, 2016
Living a Balanced Life – TPW093
What does it mean to live a balanced life? Is it even possible in the 21st century? In this episode we looked at these questions and considered some steps we can take to figure out what balance is right for us, and how to create it.
Jun 08, 2016
Let’s Eat! Listener Tips for Getting Food on the Table – TPW092
Getting tasty and nutritious meals on the table as part of a busy schedule can be a challenge. When listeners asked for help with this ongoing task, I reached out to our Productive Woman community for ideas on how to streamline the process. And the community came through with some great tips and suggestions!
Jun 01, 2016
Personalized Productivity, with Elsie Escobar – TPW091
Podcast pro and entrepreneur Elsie Escobar is a passionate advocate for women finding their own voice and their own way--even when it comes to productivity. She shared some of her tips for managing a busy life, and a lot of encouragement, during our conversation for this episode.
May 25, 2016
What’s Keeping Me Productive – TPW090
A look at a few of the tools, routines, and motivators that have been helping me stay productive these days.
May 18, 2016
Productivity When You’re Sick – TPW089
When you're sick but need to be productive anyway, what do you do? This episode features some suggestions based on recent experience.
May 11, 2016
Focusing on Priorities, with Deedra Determan – TPW088
A chat with marketing pro, wife, and mom Deedra Determan about keeping priorities front and center.
May 04, 2016
13 Questions to Improve Productivity – TPW087
When life is crazy busy it's easy to lose focus. Taking time to ask yourself some key questions can help keep life on track.
Apr 27, 2016
5 Reasons to Change your Productivity System (& 4 Reasons Not To) – TPW086
When we feel like we're not being as productive as we need to be, it’s tempting to think switching tools and or changing our system will make all the difference. But will a change in our productivity tools or systems always improve our productivity?
Apr 20, 2016
Time-saving Tips & Tools, with Maia Olson — TPW085
Writer and marketing professional Maia Olson of Smile Software shares time-saving tips and the productivity tools that help her balance personal and professional commitments.
Apr 13, 2016
Getting Out of a Funk – TPW084
Our emotions can affect our productivity, for good or bad. When you're in a "funk," what can you do to address it and get back to getting things done?
Apr 06, 2016
The Art of Decluttering: An International Conversation – TPW083
Clutter, it seems, is a universal problem in 21st-century society. How can decluttering create space in our lives and minds for better things? Join me for a conversation with Julie Sheranosher of Israel and Priscille Livenais of France about decluttering. Also--a free printable to guide you through your own decluttering process!
Mar 30, 2016
Developing Healthy Habits, with Bridgit Danner — TPW082
Women's wellness expert Bridgit Danner shares her tips for developing the habits that will keep us strong, healthy, and productive. (And don't miss the link for information about her upcoming free online women's wellness summit!)
Mar 23, 2016
5 Guiding Principles for a Productive Life – TPW081
If I had only 30 minutes to share the most important productivity tips I know, these 5 principles are what I would share--the principles and strategies that help me become and stay productive, and some of the tools I use for each.
Mar 16, 2016
ADHD & Productivity, with Emily Prokop – TPW080
I think you'll enjoy my conversation with wife, mom, editor, and podcaster Emily Prokop, who shares how attention deficit (ADHD) affects her as an adult, and the tools and techniques she uses to stay on task and accomplish the things that matter to her.
Mar 09, 2016
Staying Focused & Paying Attention – TPW079
One key to accomplishing the things that matter most to us is the ability to give our focused attention to our most important tasks. Sometimes that's easier said than done.
Mar 02, 2016
Motherhood and Work, with Justyna Denham – TPW078
Returning to a full-time job after maternity leave isn’t like going back to work after a vacation. Being both a new mom and a busy professional takes a lot of planning and, ideally, support both at home and at work.
Feb 24, 2016
Survival Mode – TPW077
We all have those times in our life when we feel like we just can’t get ahead. Even when it's the result of a legitimate life crisis, it’s still easy to beat ourselves up for not accomplishing all we want to do. Sometimes, circumstances are such that we simply need to go into "survival mode" — doing the bare minimum it takes to get through the days with some semblance of peace until this season in our lives passes.
Feb 17, 2016
Creative Living, with Jennifer Lee – TPW076
Creative entrepreneur, author, and business coach Jennifer Lee shares her approach to managing a multi-faceted life, maintaining both productivity and joy.
Feb 10, 2016
Coping with Stress – TPW075
Stress seems to be an unavoidable part of 21st-century life, and it has consequences--negative effects on our body, mind, emotions, and relationships. In this episode we look at some steps we can take to cope with, and even minimize, stress.
Feb 03, 2016
Just Start – TPW074
Often the hardest part of any task is just getting started. There are things we can do, though, to make it easier to get past that hurdle and start gaining momentum toward accomplishing the things that matter most.
Jan 27, 2016
Stress-Free Meals, with Chef Allison Schaaf – TPW073
Planning and preparing healthy meals can be a challenge for busy women. Chef and registered dietician Allison Schaaf offers some great thoughts on managing a busy life and getting nutritious meals on the table--and she's offering a special deal for listeners for a service that can help.
Jan 20, 2016
Learn to Make a Life that Matters – TPW072
Lack of confidence in our skills and knowledge can discourage us from pursuing our goals. Where can we learn what we need to know to move forward confidently toward achieving our dreams?
Jan 13, 2016
Whose Life Are You Living? – TPW071
Are you happy with the life you're living? Is it the life you've intentionally chosen and built for yourself, or are you following a path you just fell into--or one chosen for you by other influences? What keeps us from living our own lives? As we kick off the new year, maybe it's a good time to think about the big picture.
Jan 06, 2016
Laying a Foundation for a Great New Year – TPW070
Taking time in the last few weeks of the year to assess (and celebrate!) the present year and set a direction for the coming year can help you get 2016 off to the best possible start. Let's talk about my process for a year-end review that lays the foundation for the coming year.
Dec 16, 2015
Managing Time & Energy, with Julie Sheranosher – TPW069
You may remember Julie Sheranosher as one of the co-hosts on a previous episode of The Productive Woman, the international conversation about "Productivity Your Way." This time, Julie and I talk one-on-one about her strategies for managing time and energy to create a productive life.
Dec 09, 2015
The Lies We Tell Ourselves – TPW068
It's not unusual to face obstacles in the pursuit of our dreams or goals. But how many of those obstacles do we create ourselves? In this episode, I examine some of the lies we tell ourselves and offer some suggestions for counteracting the lies to help you accomplish your goals, no matter how big or difficult they may be.
Dec 02, 2015
Professional & Personal Priorities, with Demetra Liggins — TPW067
When you're seeking success in a demanding profession, can you still make family and personal time a priority? Attorney Demetra Liggins says yes, but it doesn't come easily. She shared some tips and tools that help her manage it all.
Nov 18, 2015
Productivity Your Way: an International Conversation – TPW066
Productivity is about making a life that matters to us. Recently I was part of a panel comprised of women from three countries, all of us podcasters who focus on productivity. Priscille Livenais of France, Julie Sheranosher of Israel, and I had a great conversation about our different approaches to creating the life you want for yourself, whatever stage of life you might be in.
Nov 11, 2015
How to Choose the Best Task Manager – TPW065
With so many options available, how do you know which task management tool is the best for you? Let's discuss some of the factors you should consider. The best tool is the one you'll actually use.
Nov 04, 2015
Defeat Distraction Through Clarity & Discernment, with Ling Wong – TPW064
Business consultant and marketing coach Ling Wong manages her own life (which includes a husband and two young children as well as a thriving business!) and encourages her multi-passionate, multi-talented clients to avoid distraction and stay on track through clarity and discernment.
Oct 28, 2015
Impostor Syndrome – TPW063
You might be surprised to learn that the most successful, accomplished women you know struggle with feeling like a fraud. It's known as Impostor Syndrome, and we're going to look at where it comes from, how it affects our productivity, and what we can do to overcome it.
Oct 21, 2015
Productivity at Work – TPW062
We spent a lot of our time at work. Let's look at some of the barriers to productivity at work, and some suggestions on how to make our time at work as efficient and effective as possible.
Oct 14, 2015
Keeping Things Simple, with Katie Floyd – TPW061
Katie Floyd is a self-described attorney-by-day, geek-by-night. On top of a full-time law practice and pursuing a master’s degree in Law & Taxation, she is also the co-host of Mac Power Users, a weekly podcast focusing on getting the most from Apple technology. Let's talk about how she gets it all done.
Oct 07, 2015
Planning a Project – TPW060
Planning a project can be a daunting idea, especially when there are multiple components to keep track of. An organized approach can keep you focused and prevent a project from becoming overwhelming. Let's talk about turning a project into a series of manageable tasks, from beginning to end.
Sep 30, 2015
What I Know About Raising Kids – TPW059
For those of us who have children at home, they have a major impact on the way we live our lives, including how we manage our time. In episode 59 of The Productive Woman, we begin a conversation about how we can be productive women and good moms.
Sep 24, 2015
Grace for the Busy Working Mom, with Leann Guzman – TPW058
Are you a working mom, wearing many different hats and trying to do it all well? Lawyer and mom Leann Guzman understands--she's right there in the trenches with you. Hear our conversation about how she manages a professional career, personal goals, and a family she loves--and her very practical tips for how you can get it done as well.
Sep 17, 2015
When the Day is Unproductive – TPW057
We get a lot of satisfaction from those days when we get a lot done & make progress toward our goals, but how do we respond to an unproductive day?
Sep 10, 2015
Knowing When to Quit – TPW056
We know that overwork is hazardous to our health and to our productivity, yet 21st century women (and men) often let work fill our days, nights, and weekends. How much is too much, and how do we know when (and how) to quit?
Sep 03, 2015
Making Space to Think – TPW055
Are your days so full of activity and noise that you can't find time to think about your goals, much less take action on them? Let's talk about some things we can do to create time and space for creative thinking.
Aug 27, 2015
Managing a Busy Life, with Author Jill Kemerer – TPW054
Like a lot of us, novelist Jill Kemerer sometimes tries to take on too much. Listen in on my conversation with Jill about how she manages that urge while she juggles a full-time writing career and her family's busy schedule.
Aug 20, 2015
The Value of the Authentic YOU! – TPW053
Sometimes the scariest thing in the world is letting others see the "real" us. But when we hide behind the mask of who we think we're supposed to be, we miss out on joy and deprive the world of the gifts only we can give. In Episode 53 of The Productive Woman podcast, we look at authenticity and how it affects our ability to accomplish what we care about most.
Aug 13, 2015
Getting Things Done (an Overview) – TPW052
Getting Things Done, by David Allen, offers a framework for managing life in a way that lets us be both productive and peaceful. Let's look at how it works.
Aug 06, 2015
Business & Babies: A Chat with Izabela Russell – TPW051
Trying to balance business and small children? Wife, mom, and media business owner Izabela Russell and I had a great conversation about the challenges of operating a thriving business (or two!) while raising small children.
Jul 30, 2015
Milestones & Next Steps – TPW050
How has the first half of 2015 gone for you? On The Productive Woman's milestone 50th episode let's talk about reaching milestones and figuring out what to do next.
Jul 23, 2015
Making a Difference – TPW049
Do you want to make a difference in the world, or at least in the world closest to you? I do. Let's talk about how, and where--and how to overcome the things that might stop us.
Jul 09, 2015
Life Lessons From a Year of Podcasting – TPW048
As hard as it is to believe, a full year has gone by since the first episode of The Productive Woman hit iTunes. I thought I'd share a few lessons I've learned over this past year about productivity and about life.
Jul 02, 2015
Productive Travel, Self-Care, & more, with Priscille Livenais – TPW047
The Productive Woman goes international! Priscille Livenais--a French businesswoman and productivity blogger--and I chat about the challenges of business travel, the value and limits of self-sacrifice, and so much more
Jun 25, 2015
10 Ways to Improve Your Mood – TPW046
No matter how much we try to stay positive and productive, sometimes our emotions can interfere with our ability to get things done. If a bad mood is hampering your productivity, there are things you can do to improve it.
Jun 18, 2015
Body Image & Productivity with Heather Creekmore – TPW045
How we see our physical selves can have a huge impact--positive or negative--on our confidence, and therefore our productivity. Listen as I discuss body image issues with wife, mom, author, blogger, and speaker Heather Creekmore.
Jun 11, 2015
Surviving (and Embracing) Change – TPW044
Change is inevitable, but it's also stressful and can wreak havoc on our productivity. So how can we manage our lives so that we can not only survive it, but come through it better than we went into it?
Jun 04, 2015
Favorite Productivity Books, Podcasts, & Blogs – TPW043
Productivity is a tool, not a goal. We want to manage our time and organize our lives better in order to have the time to make a life that matters. Productivity is not a one-time-do-it-and-done thing, but a process of growth and improvement over time. In this episode I'll share some of my favorite resources for learning how to be more productive.
May 21, 2015
Simplicity & Intentional Living, with Vanessa Hayes – TPW042
How do you get off the 21st-century hamster wheel and make the meaningful life you've dreamed of? Vanessa Hayes is a podcast host, public speaker, and professional organizer, but she's also a busy woman just like the rest of us. In this episode she shares her tips for maintaining margin, living intentionally, and simplicity.
May 14, 2015
10 Things Productive Women Don’t Do – TPW041
We've talked in the past about developing the habits that help us be more productive, but what are some things productive women don't do?
May 07, 2015
Motivation – TPW040
What drives us to do -- or try? How do you keep yourself moving on a task or project that's hard? Our motivation matters. So what is it, where does it come from, how do we lose it, and how can we get it back?
Apr 30, 2015
Guarding Your Time – Monika Kristofferson – TPW039
Monika Kristofferson is a professional organizer, but she's also just a busy woman like the rest of us. In this episode she shares her tips for managing a busy life as a single mom with two teenaged daughters.
Apr 23, 2015
Managing Email – TPW038
Email is a great invention and can be a useful tool, but it can also be a distraction and a time suck. This week we'll look at some tips for managing email so it enhances, rather than inhibits, our productivity.
Apr 16, 2015
A Quick & Dirty Look at Clutter – TPW037
We've talked about the reasons and process for decluttering in previous episodes, but if clutter's getting out of control and you don't have time for an big clean-up project, maybe just a few quick and dirty tips will help.
Apr 09, 2015
How to Stay Productive During Life’s Storms – TPW036
It's easy--or maybe just easier--to be productive when things are firing on all cylinders and all's right in our world. But what happens when that's not the case, when in the midst of one of life's "storms" you get up in the morning and look at your schedule or your to-do list and think "I just can't even . . ."? Sometimes life throws us a curve. What do we do then?
Apr 02, 2015
10 Productivity Rules That Don’t Work – TPW035
A whole industry has been built up over the years around the concept of productivity. It's been the subject of decades of study and countless written words. Experts have identified the keys to productivity--rules that we're taught to follow in order to maximize productivity. But what if those rules don't work for you? Can you still be productive? Absolutely!
Mar 26, 2015
Mentors & Mentoring for Women – TPW034
Many women feel isolated in their efforts to advance in their careers, learn the skills they need to accomplish their goals, and become the person they want to be. In this episode we'll talk about one solution: finding a mentor. We'll look at what mentoring is, what the benefits are (on both sides), how to find mentors, and some guidelines for successful mentoring relationships.
Mar 19, 2015
Nobody’s Perfect – Connection Instead of Comparison, with Cara Putman – TPW033
Very few of us have lives focused on just one thing. Most of us instead juggle multiple roles, and try to do well at all of them. Author, attorney, and homeschooling mom Cara Putman understands the challenges of a multifaceted life. Dubbed by a friend as the "Do-It-All Mom," Cara shares openly about the not-always-pretty realities of managing a busy life and a busy household, and encourages us to live our lives by grace, rejecting the temptation to compare ourselves to other women.
Mar 11, 2015
Choose What’s Essential, Eliminate the Rest – TPW032
In an increasingly noisy world, one key to true productivity and to building a life of lasting significance and satisfaction is learning to identify and pursue only what's essential, purposely eliminating the nonessential from our lives to make room for what really matters. We can learn how by studying Greg McKeown's wise and profound book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.
Mar 05, 2015
Focus on Building the Life You Want – TPW031
If you're struggling to make progress on accomplishing the things you care about, if you start lots of projects but don't finish many, perhaps you're feeling the effects of a lack of focus. For some of us, the biggest challenge to productivity is the temptation to chase too many rabbits. One tool that can help us sort through the options and stay focused on what really matters is to choose a theme word (or words) for the year.
Feb 26, 2015
Task Management Options – TPW030
One of the keys to being a productive woman is having a system in place to track and manage all the things we need to do in each area of responsibility. The options for task management systems and tools are as varied as we are. Nothing works for everyone, but there really is something that will work for each of us.
Feb 19, 2015
Choices for Productive Women, with Allison Sheridan – TPW029
Is the life you're living an accident, or the result of conscious, purposeful choices? This episode features a conversation with tech podcaster (and retired aerospace engineer) Allison Sheridan about how important it is for women to make conscious choices about their life, and to acknowledge that the choices are theirs to make.
Feb 12, 2015
Failure Isn’t Fatal: Starting Well, Starting Over – TPW028
Sometimes our best-laid plans don't pan out. Failure can either paralyze us or propel us into growth and new beginnings. This week we consider some thoughts about how to recover--and learn--from failure.
Feb 05, 2015
Automating Productivity with Schedules, Routines, & Rituals – TPW027
Much of the quality of our life, including our productivity, depends on the habits we employ. In this episode we look at how schedules, routines, and rituals can help us establish habits that let us be more productive, achieve our goals, and build the life we want.
Jan 29, 2015
How to Get Yourself to Do the Things You Want to Do – TPW026
Why is it so hard to get ourselves to do the things we most want to do? Few things in life are more exasperating than the way we sometimes sabotage our own goals. In this episode we look at some of reasons we block our own success, and offer some suggestions to address those issues, get past that resistance, and accomplish the things that matter most.
Jan 22, 2015
25 Productivity Tips From and For Busy Women – TPW025
In celebration of reaching the milestone of episode 25, I'm sharing 25 great productivity tips--some from listeners, some from special guests, and a few of my own. Thank you so much to all those productive women who contributed their great tips and suggestions for this episode.
Jan 15, 2015
Writer Karin Beery Talks About Productivity & Health Challenges – TPW024
Writer Karin Beery joins me to talk about staying productive when facing health challenges and caring for family members. She offers great tips and suggestions. I especially liked her perspective on how to handle those days when everything gets away from you.
Jan 08, 2015
5 Important Productivity Principles for the New Year – TPW023
2014 is winding down, and 2015 is upon us. While we want to stay in the moment and enjoy the holiday celebrations, there's still a little time to give thought to the coming year and what we want to accomplish. In this episode we look at 5 important productivity principles to keep in mind as the new year begins, 6 simple productivity assignments for the last 2 weeks of the year, and a peek at what's ahead for The Productive Woman in 2015. (And don't forget to send in your favorite tips for the upcoming 25th episode celebration--info in the show notes--and maybe win an Amazon gift card!)
Dec 18, 2014
12 Productivity-Boosting Holiday Gifts – TPW022
Tis the season . . . for giving gifts. In case you're still shopping for those last few gifts, or in case you're looking for ideas to give those who want to gift you!, this episode offers some productivity-boosting options for all the folks on your list, including gifts at a variety of price levels. And best of all? Every one of them can be ordered online!
Dec 11, 2014
Talking Productivity with Jamie Clark Samples – TPW021
Even new moms can get things done! This week business owner, horsewoman, and new mom Jamie Clark Samples joins me to talk about the challenges of running a small business while caring for a new baby. Jamie offers some great suggestions and encouragement.
Dec 04, 2014
My Top 10 Productivity Apps for iPhone – TPW020
When I recently put the question out on social media, asking listeners what topics they'd like to hear about on upcoming episodes, several asked for suggestions on productivity apps for smart phones. It's a question I often get asked by friends and colleagues, since I'm known to try lots of apps. In this episode I share ten(ish) of my favorites.
Nov 20, 2014
Organizing for a Low-Stress Holiday Meal – TPW019
The holiday season is a time filled with family and friends and joy . . . and often, for those of use whose schedules are already busy, even more stress than usual. This week we're going to look at some steps we can take to minimize the stress, and maximize the joy, of the holiday season.
Nov 13, 2014
Relaxing Without Guilt – TPW018
21st century life is cram-packed with activity, stress, and tension, and a lot of us have a hard time letting it go long enough to relax, rest, and recharge. Learning to do so, though, will reap dividends in our physical, mental, and emotional health, our creativity, our relationships, and ultimately, in our productivity.
Nov 06, 2014
7 Productivity Pitfalls & How to Avoid Them – TPW017
Productivity is a good thing, but there are potential pitfalls we should be aware of in our pursuit of productivity. In this episode we look at seven of those pitfalls, and consider how we can avoid them and stay on track toward making lives that matter.
Oct 30, 2014
Conquering Clutter, Step by Step – TPW016
In episode 14 we started a conversation about decluttering. This week we look at it again, talking about a step-by-step process for decluttering and organizing our homes (or workspace) one room at a time.
Oct 23, 2014
Dealing With Discouragement – TPW015
We'll pick up in a future episode on our mini-series on decluttering, but this week I thought I'd share a little of my heart on something I've been dealing with lately--discouragement. It can interfere with our productivity and our quality of life in general, but there are some things we can do to disable its power over us.
Oct 16, 2014
Conquering Clutter – TPW014
How do you feel about the stuff you own? Is every possession in your life something meaningful to you, or is your space overwhelmed with too much stuff? If you're like most people, it's likely the latter. In this episode we begin looking at the clutter of possessions in our lives, what it does to us, and what we can do about it.
Oct 09, 2014
Getting Ready to Finish Well – TPW013
As we enter the last quarter of the year, it seems like a good time to pause, consider what we've accomplished so far this year, re-evaluate what we want to do in the time that's left, and set ourselves up for success in the remaining months of this year.
Oct 02, 2014
10 Indispensable Productivity Tools – TPW012
Every woman is unique, and her life and schedule and style are unique. So there's no such thing as one right way to manage your life or time, and there are no tools that work for everyone. Every woman develops the system that works for her, and we can learn from each other by sharing what works (and what doesn't).
Sep 25, 2014
15 Minutes to Sanity: 9 Steps to Handling Overwhelm – TPW011
Sometimes, no matter how organized we are or how carefully we plan, life just takes over and throws way too much at us. When there's too much to do and not enough time to get it done, we can feel panicky, stressed, and overwhelmed. I've developed a simple 15-minute process that can help bring me back from the brink, calm me down, and get me through these crisis moments.
Sep 18, 2014
Tips for Stress-Free Travel – TPW010
Travel can be stressful, but there are lots of things we can do to make it less so. I asked my connections on Facebook to share some of their favorite tips for productive and stress-free travel, and in this episode I share their tips, as well as some of my own.
Sep 11, 2014
Getting Healthy and More Productive – TPW009
Tons of studies show that healthier people are more productive, but modern life makes staying healthy and fit a challenge for all of us. How does health impact our productivity, what are the basics that contribute to good health, and how can we get healthier without spending all our time thinking about it?
Sep 04, 2014
Saying No Gracefully – TPW008
Do you find it difficult to say no? I do. The desire to be liked or the sincere desire to help makes it easy to say yes, and sometimes we end up regretting it.
Aug 28, 2014
Perfectionism & Productivity – TPW007
Having high standards is a good thing. Striving for excellence is a good thing. But taken to extremes, these can become perfectionism, which can paralyze us and prevent us from accomplishing the things that matter to us. The key is to find that balance that lets us enjoy the process and the results of our efforts.
Aug 21, 2014
Overcoming Obstacles to Achieving Our Goals – TPW006
Even if we go through an intentional process of setting our goals, we might face obstacles in our efforts to actually achieve them. Being prepared for those obstacles helps us overcome them. In this episode we continue our discussion of goal-setting, looking at some of the obstacles that may interfere and some of the things we can do to overcome those obstacles.
Aug 14, 2014
A Step by Step Process for Setting Goals – TPW005
Continuing our series on goal-setting, this week we talk about a step-by-step process for setting goals.
Aug 07, 2014
Setting Goals That Matter – TPW004
Following up on our look at the big picture in episode 2, this week we begin a short series on goal-setting. This episode looks at what a goal is, and how it differs from a dream or an objective, and suggest some ways to set yourself up for success.
Jul 31, 2014
My Top 10 Tips for Managing Your Day – TPW003
Little things can make a big difference in managing the demands on our time. This episode is a quick flyover of the things that help me on a daily basis.
Jul 24, 2014
The Big Picture: Priorities & Guiding Principles – TPW002
When people think about productivity, they often think about calendars and to-do lists and project management, and all of those things are a big part of what we will discuss in coming episodes. But there's a big difference between being busy and being productive. True productivity requires a purpose to guide the activity. In this episode we talk about a process for coming up with principles to guide our decisions in such a way that our activity is consistent with our true values.
Jul 17, 2014
Starting the Journey – TPW001
Welcome to the first official episode of The Productive Woman. In this episode I share a little about who this podcast is for, why I created it, what I'll be covering, and what the format will be. I also offer a little information about myself, so you can decide whether you think I'm someone you want to spend half an hour or so with each week.
Jul 10, 2014
Introduction – TPW000
It's been six months in the making, but with much fear and trepidation, I share here my first, very short, very rough "pre-episode" of The Productive Woman, a podcast created to help busy women find tools and encouragement for managing their lives, their time, and their stuff.
Jul 02, 2014