Not-To-Do Lists, Drugs, and Other Productivity Tricks

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This is a short post of things you may have missed.

First, three short (<15 minutes) podcasts I recently published:

The 9 Habits to Stop Now — The Not-To-Do List (iTunes or stream below)

Drugs and the Meaning of Life (iTunes or stream below)

Productivity” Tricks for the Neurotic, Manic-Depressive, and Crazy (Like Me) (iTunes or stream below)

Second, I’ve put up about a dozen highlights from other episodes — 1-3-minute clips on my YouTube page. If you enjoy them, I’ll put up more, so let me know in the comments!

Here are a few to start with:

Third, below are some podcasts with friends.  I had a blast on all of them, and all of them are different:

Posted on: June 16, 2014.

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64 comments on “Not-To-Do Lists, Drugs, and Other Productivity Tricks

  1. Tim– The essay from Sam Harris was fascinating, but he leaves us all hanging with this:

    “I believe that psychedelics may be indispensable for some people—especially those who, like me, initially need convincing that profound changes in consciousness are possible. After that, it seems wise to find ways of practicing that do not present the same risks. Happily, such methods are widely available.”

    So… What are the other methods that are “widely available”?

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  2. Definitely love this. Have all the books, been a fan for years! One thing I will say is while I do appreciate you uploaded these podcast here, I wish that they were more readily available with Google Play and Android phones. I really dont use Apple, but I use Google Play everyday and to have a similar, singular playlist available on one of those platforms would be cool. Otherwise, everything is cool!

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  3. Really, really impressed with these podcasts. The kind of thing I had been wanting from other podcasts but wasn’t really getting. The inbetweenersodes are my favourite, but I do enjoy the longer shows too. I really like the fact that none of the shows feel like the guests are only there to force a product down our throats Tim.

    I think you are kicking ass with this podcast experiment!

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  4. Just listened to the one of psychedelics. Very profound essay. I concur that there should be more research into their medicinal benefit – particularly for treatment of depression and related conditions and also that it is absurd to criminalize their usage.
    My only comment would be if you are ever inclined to try them *always* and I mean *always* have an ‘anchor’ – a trustworthy friend who will look after you during your trip.

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  5. Tim – I have to say that I love the in-between-i-sodes. I have read these articles on your blog; however hearing you read them and naturally emphasizing the important points is awesome. Thank you for the different perspectives and great thoughts!

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  6. Tim, the short-form podcasts are very useful and impactful.

    I keep them in my audio library for when I feel overwhelmed, confused, or feel like my efforts are wasted; for my own 80/20’s, priorities and operating system.
    For example, the last one has had a significant, lasting effect on my last few days, helping me focus on what’s important, rather than what just feels urgent, and ignoring what I feel compelled to do because of expectations of others.

    I.e. short form = more practical for managing your own day.
    “What is required is not a lot words, but effectual ones.” ~ Seneca

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  7. Tim: Keep the episodes of the T. Ferriss show coming! Great links to the other podcasts that you were on. You mentioned in a couple of podcasts that Dr. Roberts had a leathal aneurism, yet his blog says it was from a heart attack. Do you have any updated thoughts on this, and is there anything that you think needs to be added or subtracted from the slow carb diet because of this unfortunate news? Also, do you think that those of us who are not super humans can do anything to be more resilient like the special forces, top hedge fund managers, and yourself? Or, on the other hand, are people who have anxiety and panic attacks stuck with taking drugs like benzos, and becoming so addicted that they can’t get off when they find meditation or whatnot?

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  8. RE: The 9 Habits to Stop Now:
    # Define a clear agenda for any meeting/call:

    The clear agenda tactic has allowed me to avoid 90% of calls (unnecessary calls) and do them via email fast and the rest make them efficient / brief calls.

    Thanks Tim, this is one of your many gems.

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  9. The speed at which you’re able to pump these out is amazing. Take note here people and see the master shine ;)

    Good work Timmy! You’re doing inspiring work my man.
    Take care!

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  10. Tim, you are awesome as always.
    As for the podcasts, I believe 1 – 1.5 hours are too long
    I prefer your short podcasts, like the productivity one, this one is great
    short, interesting and to the point

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  11. Does anyone have any experience with using compression clothing with sitting at a desk? I sit for long periods and I am concerned about the health impacts of that.

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  12. Hi, Tim… Thanks for your constant research of life. I have enjoyed your Not-to -do tips. And some of the podcasts are harder to understand for a non-native English listener like me. Are there some transcripts of your podcasts to read. For a example drugs and the meaning of life…

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  13. Thank you Tim. As a follower of you from finding your original book in the store I sincerely appreciate this. I have often seen you as a “superhero” and not understood your process. I’m bipolar myself and your episode 13 not only gave me insight into your ability to be successful but it also gave me confidence because of your willingness to be vulnerable.

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  14. On Productivity Tricks for the Neurotic, Manic-Depressive, and Crazy (Like Me)
    …Brutally, refreshingly, inspiringly honest. Especially love the admission of procrasturbation!

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  15. Someone in RBT posted this, and so I listened out of curiosity (meditation is my jam) and just had to respond.

    re: Episode 13: “Don’t freak out, just gently come back to that one to-do item.” Yes! Super powers = noticing, coming back gently, repeat as necessary.

    And love, “Being busy is a form of laziness.” I’m in SF where being busy is a competitive sport. Only there’s no prize, and the cost to play just isn’t worth it. So many people don’t notice this until they hit the wall.

    +1 for meditation. It’s been crazy for changing my perspective = choices = world.

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  16. Tim, thank you so much for creating these short 15 minute podcasts of your past blog posts! I don’t prioritize reading, and so if I can’t listen to something, then the chances are slim that I’ll be consuming it. Great move! Please do more. :)

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  17. Hi Tim,

    I always appreciate almost everything you post. It´s always fun too read, listening to or watch and it keeps me inspired for all the things I do. I started to listening to your podcast in the morning while driving to work…makes my day so please keep posting ;-)

    One question, I signed up to the exclusive updates above a couple of weeks ago but did not receive anything yet… Is there any known problem I could solve or should I just sign up again?

    Thx, Sascha

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  18. Hey Tim,
    Really loved your thoughts on productivity. I’ve been running a startup for about 4 months now, and many of my days working have been filled with bullshit frittery trying to do ten things at once. Had a sugggestion/question: would you ever consider a guest in-betweedasode? For example, I have been a follower of Kelly Starrett since mobilityWOD was free; but I think him laying out his most actionable bits would be really beneficial to people who have never heard of him. I say this because I am now a huge Rhonda Patrick fan because of your latest episode, but am unsure as to what 20% of her work could produce 80% of results. As always, great post.

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  19. I loved the not-to-do list! It’s a great way to feel less burdened and stressed while also increasing productivity. My additional “not-to-do” would be leaving the computer on after I finish a task. It’s so easy to leave it on 24/7, and even easier to start browsing and stay on for the whole day.

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  20. I found your tips for the neurotic essay very powerful, both in terms of insight and practical ideas and from hearing that you go through moments of frustration and time wasting. As someone who other people see as being very productive, I find myself wasting far more time than I want, and frittering away hours, days and even weeks in apparently useless ways.

    One of my tricks is to learn to understand my ebb and flow of motivation and energy. I no longer fight it when I’m not in a productive state, I simply let it be, listen to what my body and brain need and I know that there will come another wave of energy, creativity and motivation in the not too distant future. Ride the highs when they come, let the lows pass by as painlessly as possible, but don’t beat yourself up for wasting days or even weeks. Those times may be as important as the hyper-productive times.

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  21. Please, as a care giver and disabled, transcripts would be easier to follow and refer to in adapting new pattern of thinking.
    Like this

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  22. Loved the Productivity” Tricks for the Neurotic, Manic-Depressive, and Crazy (Like Me) – I’m often misunderstood and people often question my methods of doing things. More often than not, the people questioning me are those who have chosen a more “stable” and “normal” life. Thank you for lifting the veil and showing me that I’m perfectly normal for an entrepreneur/genius/artist. You’re definitely my kind of crazy :) Saludos Tim.

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  23. You create the best titles ever. It’s truly a gift. It takes a lot of courage, saying something to get people’s attention and make ‘em laugh. Love the “to-do list” paired with drugs, awesome. I love your book, it’s really changing my life.

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  24. I appreciate your suggestions on efficiency. You offer a number of great suggestions for business owners to save time and increase productivity. I have a tip I would like to share with you and your readers.
    Like you, I am a fan of listening to audiobooks or podcasts when I am in the car. I stumbled on a way to consume twice as much audio during my commute! Itunes has a feature that increases playback speed by as much as 100% (which would be twice as fast.)
    Admittedly, it does sound a little odd at first. I would recommend starting at 50% and start getting used to it. Increase the speed gradually and, before you know it, you will be listening to twice as many books in the same amount of time.

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  25. I LOVE your work, but I HATE iTunes. Anyway you can also put your podcasts on YouTube or other non-iTunes platform? Thanks!

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  26. Great show, keep it up! I enjoy the longer episodes as well as the mini 15-20 minute ones. I think having diverse guests on is key. Experts from different areas to impart wisdom to the average joe that he can use in his life. I think that keeps podcast listeners, including me, coming back for more.

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  27. According by Davidson on year 2008, “Meditation is a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness.” Stress people can do this kind of habit. They say it distress when you are stress. When reading this article, it really motivates me to do this kind of meditation.

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  28. Great productivity hints!

    BTW Can you remind me which was the website Tim mentioned in 4HWW where you can bid for and offer projects. I cannot find it in my edition anymore. Or was it just mentioned in the blog? I was something like a____.com. Thanks for reminding me.

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  29. Tim, I thought “Productivity Tricks for the Neurotic, Manic-Depressive, and Crazy (Like Me)” was such a courageous and honest post. I loved the candor and getting a peak behind the curtain. Thanks for posting it and all the other great content you consistently deliver.

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  30. For the time poor….

    Do not answer phone calls from unrecognised numbers
    Do not send email first thing in the morning or last thing at night
    Do not agree to meetings or calls with no agenda or end time
    Do not let people ramble.
    Do not check email constantly. Batch and check at set times.
    Do not over-communicate with low-profit high-maintenance customers
    Do not work more to fix overwhelm. Prioritise.
    Do not carry a “digital leash” 24/7. Take a day off.
    Do not expect work to fill a void that non-work relationships should.

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  31. I just watched your video on how to professionally peel a hard boiled egg. Impressive, but I saw no reminder to be sure to wash the peeled egg before serving to others! Do most restaurant chefs peel this way? Thanks

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  32. #10…(or #1, in my opinion) of things not to do. Conversational texting! This piggybacks on the ‘phone in the car’ idea.
    In terms of a distraction, conversational texting is the biggest distraction we have in life today. In friendships, business, and relationships, texting should be used judiciously…as an electronic post it note. If any more than 2 back/forth texts would be sent, a phone call is more appropriate. Otherwise, there is a ‘too many applications open’ effect when having several conversations and trying to focus on daily tasks at hand. Friends and colleagues are all informed that I don’t operate on the ‘electronic leash’. My clients have become much more accountable from this policy as well.

    Here is an email I sent to a girl on why I don’t text in the first few months of a relationship (this applies in business and friendship as well):

    If you study sales/communication, 95+% of communication is non-verbal. The remainder (</= 5%) is verbal (our verbiage, anything written). Texting is a limited form of verbal communication. Since it is very limited, of the remaining 5%, you're getting only a small % of that (think a post it note of info versus an email or a letter). So, if we compare texting to face to face contact (both verbal and non), texting is only about 1-2% of face to face. Therefore, texting is an extremely ineffective way of communicating with someone who cannot intuitively know your 'non-verbal' cues (anyone you've just met). A phone call, even if short, is far superior.

    Thanks, Tim. Love your stuff, man. Keep it up!

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  33. I love you, Tim!!

    When are you going to start a personals section or dating site for your single followers to find each other?
    <3

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  34. Really enjoyed the short in-between episodes. Would be great to have bullet point summaries for those too (esp Ep.06 and Ep.09)… I would love to be able to remind myself of your points without having to go back and listen to the whole thing again (just to save time – listening to them is a great experience). If the points haven’t been transcribed let me know and I’d be happy to do it.

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