136: Why Productivity Has Failed You



With hundreds of productivity hacks and methods out there, it’s pretty safe to say that not everything works for everybody.


With hundreds of productivity hacks and methods out there, it’s pretty safe to say that not everything works for everybody. I know we’ve all been there, trying a productivity hack that others swear by and thinking, “this doesn’t work for me!” Today, I am going to be talking about why productivity has failed you and how to actually make time for your priorities. I will share how to figure out what works for you and why you need to be flexible when finding your own systems. I’ll also chat about the importance of taking breaks to recharge and how to customize your own productivity systems to align with your priorities.


Show Notes

What’s In This Episode:

  • Understanding that all there isn’t one magical productivity system 

  • Keeping flexibility at the forefront when finding a system that works for you

  • Taking breaks to help our brains recharge and refresh

  • Customizing your own productivity method that aligns with your goals and priorities

  • Scrapping the to-do list for the priority list and how this can change the way you work

What To Do Next:

  • Make a small shift in how you look at your productivity and customize it for you. Instead of making your to-do list, make a priority list. Build in the things that are important to you, the things that will make you feel fulfilled at the end of the day and shift your thinking from what you need to do and focus instead on what is important to you. 

  • Help me in reaching my goal of making the New York Times bestseller list by pre-ordering my book, The Joy of Missing Out. You’ll get  access to my free course, Discover Your North Star! ($247 value), a discount on inkWELL Press products and a preview of the first chapters of the book. 

  • Join my FREE Facebook group where we discuss all things productivity, prioritizing and creating the happy lives we want AND deserve! 

  • Check out my most recent TonyaTV episode, How to Find an Extra Hour in Your Day (My 5 BEST Tips)

Loved this episode? Tune into next weeks!

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The reality is, we all have different goals, different working styles, different problem-solving skills, different dreams and different priorities, and to think that we can all fit into that same glass slipper? It's just that it's a fairy tale, quite honestly.



Resources & Links

  • By pre-ordering my book, you will get access to a free bonus course, Discover Your North Star that is a part of the LiveWELL Method . In this course, I walk you through how to uncover your purpose, passion and priorities. You’ll also get a discount on inkWELL press products and access to the first couple of chapters of my book, The Joy of Missing Out.

  • Why the Pomodoro Technique Is Failing You (Entrepreneur Magazine)


This episode has been sponsored by the University of California Irvine or UCI. UCI has a division of continuing education with tons of specialized studies including business and education, human resources, health care, project management, digital marketing, paralegal, and so many more. Their diverse assortment of courses are taught by industry practitioners who have real-world experience. And for those of you who are juggling family and work while also chasing your dreams or maybe even pursuing a career change, UCI has 100% online courses that are flexible and convenient. UCI could also be a great resource for anyone looking to reenter the workforce after taking some time off or for gaining credits towards getting your master's degree or just to learn some new skills that can help you with that startup business that you've been considering.

 All registration is now open and they have a great deal for Productivity Paradox listeners. Simply go to ce.uci.edu/productivityparadox and enter the promo code, paradox, to get 15% off of one of their continuing education courses. Again, that's ce.uci.edu/productivityparadox. Don't forget to use that code, paradox, to get 15% off. This offer is valid until December 31, 2019. I'll also be sure to put a link in my show notes, so you can look for that there.