Productivity. An over-talked about subject. It is everywhere no matter what industry you are in. How can we get more done? How can we create more time in our lives? It’s a constant struggle made even more important by the growth of technology. There are more distractions than ever before, so the conversation and industry of productivity has become larger than ever before.

But I wanted to give a different take on this. A non-clickbaity, personal, and honest conversation about productivity and the real struggles of those starting their career. For digital natives, productivity is a different ballgame, so how can we deal with the different pressures and environment to still get things done?

In this episode I talk a lot about my personal struggles with this topic, and some of the most important factors to consider for yourself. I hope you get as much out of it as I did talking about it. As always the show notes and quotes are found below, and if you enjoy the show I would appreciate if you would take the time to rate and subscribe the show using the links below.

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Notes and Quotes from TP4

  • Productivity is cliche. But that’s only because it’s important
  • What happens when the excitement of the first couple weeks of a job wear off?
  • “Is anyone actually productive?”

Productivity is self-control.

  • Does anyone actually follow all of the advice out there for productivity
    • Can you prove you aren’t pulling up social media, watching a video, switching songs, etc.
    • Productivity is a constant struggle. For everyone.
  • 4 main topics we discuss
    • Self-control
    • Presence
    • A vicious cycle
    • Habits


  • There will always be a new app, but they are all external. You can’t fix your wiring at it’s core with an app.
  • If you do anything long enough, your productivity will be tested. You’ll be in the grind, and you’ll test your mettle.

Anything, no matter how fun, can turn into work. But that isn’t a bad thing.


  • “All of us struggle with being President” – hard hitting quote here folks.
  • It doesn’t matter where you are or what you are doing, presence is something we struggle with 24/7.
  • We are always looking to the next thing or what else is going on.

If you are never willing to be present, you are never going to be pleased with what you are doing.

  • Camping and unplugging
    • I took a camping trip at the end of the summer. It was out in the boonies.
    • First night, I sat by the fire and started looking around.
    • I could tangibly feel myself being present in that moment. The level of relaxation that came with that was stunning.
    • Give yourself a break every once in awhile. Do something to switch it up and unplug. 

It was really weird… because it was quiet.

Vicious Cycle

  • I used to beat myself up for not being productive at work. It affected me for the entire day.

Go to work -> Unproductive -> Go home -> Regret unproductivity -> Guilt -> Repeat

  • Not being productive at work affects you well after that. You feel guilt for your lack of productivity, so you tell yourself to work at night. You want to do other things, but you think you should work. So you work and aren’t as productive, and you wake up the next morning wishing you could’ve been better the day before. The cycle continues.
  • It all comes back to self-control. From low level stuff like “one more oreo” to full-on addiction.

There are always ebbs and flows. You will have good days and bad days.

If you can get to 50% productivity you are in great shape.


  • It takes at least 3 weeks to begin a habit.
  • CollegeInfoGeek waking up hack
    • He doesn’t give himself a choice. If he fails he loses money, it’s out of his control.
  • There is always a hack.

Hacks – I wish we didn’t need them… but we do.

  • Hacks can force you to do the things you don’t want to do by nature.

Disregard the nature of who you are to get done what you want to get done.

Let me know your thoughts on productivity. How do you get it done? How do you keep yourself present and focused? Leave a comment below.

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