In Episode #164 Ari invites PhD and author of Two Awesome Hours, Josh Davis, on the Less Doing podcast. During this week’s interview, Ari and Josh go in-depth on the subject of brains, neural programming and why working for great lengths of time is far from being the right way to tackle a busy schedule.
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Time Stamped Show Notes:
- 30:46 – Introduction of Josh Davis of Two Awesome Hours
- 31:05 – Josh defines the NeuroLeadership Institute
- 32:47 – Josh’s background is varied but he eventually fell into psychology and research
- 34:15 – The genesis for Two Awesome Hours
- 34:30 – More and more—people are being overwhelmed with work and the natural response is to work harder, longer and more frequently—this is a terrible solution for a human being
- 35:15 – What we can do, is be very effective for short bursts of time—we’re sprinters
- 36:23 – You don’t need to be “ON” all day long
- 37:12 – People who brag about how much work they do or how little they sleep are (for lack of a better word) foolish
- 38:52 – The strategies Josh recommends
- 38:58 – There really are only a handful of moments throughout the day where we can make decisions about what task to do next
- 39:39 – Most of the time we’re rolling on auto pilot so recognize those few moments when you’re fully aware and present
- 40:39 – Do what’s important, not what’s urgent
- 41:12 – Time isn’t wasted during those moments we’re “in-between” tasks…time is wasted when we get started on the wrong task
- 41:30 – Josh’s routine
- 43:46 – Exercise has incredible short-term benefits
- 46:00 – Things that we need to do “well” are things where we need to be fully present
- 48:04 – The importance of environment and how we can improve any workspace
- 49:03 – ADD isn’t a problem—that’s how your brain, your attention system, is supposed to work
- 51:59 – Josh’s Top 2 Tips to be More Effective:
- 52:07 – Learn some self-compassion
- 52:48 – Understand that mind-wandering is completely healthy
7 Key Points:
- Enjoy the moments when your mind decides to wander—let it happen.
- Your brain is naturally wired to have what essentially amounts to ADD—it’s not a problem.
- Obtain self-compassion.
- You can’t be “ON all day and, more importantly, you don’t need to be.
- We can be incredibly effective for short periods of time.
- Time isn’t wasted in-between tasks, it’s wasted when the wrong task is started.
- Exercise has amazing and oft-overlooked short-term benefits.
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Reviews, Comments and Questions:
- 03:30 – Review – From UK listener SI1605 – “This is an indispensable podcast to me. Each podcast is split into two sections. In the first part Ari – and sometimes another person – discuss the latest productivity hacks and apps they have found…very useful and I always have a pen and paper to write down what I am going to try out next. In the second part, Ari interviews a guest about their productivity tips. An excellent podcast that I will recommend to all!”