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OK Productive

36 EpisodesProduced by Leo Dion and Erik Gillespie, productivity and kid wranglersWebsite

a podcast of banter and being productive enough

36 Episodes | 2017 - 2019

036. When to Quit

December 22nd, 2019


We're going to step away from the podcast, but the episodes, website, and social media accounts will remain.

Reach out if you have questions or want …

035. Year in Review, 2019

December 8th, 2019


Differences between 2018 and 2019

034. Crafting a Great Email, with Laura Lopuch

November 24th, 2019



  • Laura's first email tip: write so the recipient will imagine how their life could be
  • How to discover a love of email as a paralegal

033. Writing to Stand Out, with Sophia Dagnon

November 10th, 2019


Getting your foot in the door

  • Sophia's specialty and how she got there from archaeology
  • How UpWork led to better pay in writing
  • Dealing with the lack …

031. Clear your Calendar! with Justin Jackson

October 13th, 2019


In this episode

  • What does a "cleared" calendar look like?
  • How can clearing the calendar improve one's productivity?
  • Why you shouldn't fill up your …

029. Public Speaking

September 15th, 2019


In this episode

  • The value in public speaking for you and your audience
  • How to understand your audience by researching the conference
  • Different ways …

028. Event Planning with Jessica D'Amico

September 1st, 2019


Where we plan events

As self-employed folks, events are a great way to …

027. Productive Creativity with Pete Sena

August 18th, 2019



  • Pete Sena (@petesena) is the founder, CEO, and CCO of Digital Surgeons, a design, branding, and digital marketing consultancy
  • Pete …

026. Morning Momentum - The Post-Sleepy Episode

August 4th, 2019


How to build momentum in your day

  • First, have a good night of sleep (see episode 1)
  • Erik drinks a high-calorie, low-sugar coffee shake (thanks, …

025. Productive Podcasting

July 21st, 2019



024. Mid-Year Grab Bag and Review

July 7th, 2019



  • Any active desktop issues with Endgame?
  • The unexpected is so memorable, even for simple things like going to the movies

Sleep, habits, …

023. 3 Hat Productivity with Christian Genco

June 23rd, 2019



022. Journaling with Will Gant

June 9th, 2019



  • Will Gant is a co-host of the Complete Developer Podcast
  • How Will and Leo met 
  • Will's lightning talk at MicroConf

What's in Will's …

021. Staying Organized with Idea Management

May 26th, 2019



  • A little about Jonathan Baillie Strong and how he met Leo
  • Jonathan's best practices for attending a conference
  • Jonathan's daily work

019. The Optimization Trap

April 28th, 2019


One way to be ok at productivity is to avoid the premature optimization trap.

  • Premature optimization is when you try to improve a process before …

018. Atomic Habits by James Clear - Part 2

April 14th, 2019


Motivation, Motion, and Action

  • Be specific about your habits!
  • From the book:
    • People who make a specific plan for when and where they will perform a …

017. Atomic Habits by James Clear - Part 1

March 31st, 2019


Overall Review 

Leo's take:

I have read many self-help books. I have never found a book so condensed with information. This is a book I found with many takeaways and lessons. I can tell this is a book James had been …

016. Productivity Apps Episode

March 17th, 2019



015. The One Thing Episode

March 3rd, 2019


We asked /r/productivity on Reddit what one thing has had the most benefit to productivity. Lots of great answers and explanations, some answers came …

014. Project Breakdown Episode

February 24th, 2019


Breaking down large projects

  • Work is rarely handed to us in small, easily achievable pieces
  • Breaking a project down into small pieces gives you a map

013. Productive Parenting Episode

February 3rd, 2019


Adjust your definition of "productive"

  • Raising and loving children is productive
  • Don’t over strain yourself
  • Your priorities change once you have …

012. Saying No Episode

January 27th, 2019


How to decide when to say no

  • The Derek Sivers way: “Hell yeah” or “No”
  • If you're in unfamiliar territory: “Hell no” or “Let’s try”
  • Many decisions …

011. Year in Review Episode

January 18th, 2019


Covered in this episode

  • New Years Resolutions vs Year in Review
  • The importance of reflection and guidance
  • How a Year in Review helps give direction …

010. Dealing with Time Wasters Episode

January 16th, 2019


Previous Episodes 

Covered in this episode:

  • What is a time waster?
  • What time of …

009. Working On Your Own Episode

November 12th, 2018


Leo and Erik talk about their experience working on their own and staying sane. They give tips on knowing if you are the right fit, how to be prepared financially, how to stay organizing, and maintain a reasonable …

008. Travel Tips Episode

August 30th, 2018


Erik Gillespie and Leo Dion give some travel recommendations depending on your situation. Whether you are looking to budget travel on a family vacation or its business travel to a conference,  this episode has some …

007. List #2 – Top Apps Episode

June 29th, 2018


In the second part of our episode, Leo goes over the productivity apps he uses for time tracking, scheduling, todo lists, reminders, and note-taking.

006. List #1 – Top Disciplines Episode

June 4th, 2018


In the first of a two-part episode, Erik discusses his list of top disciplines which have helped him the most.

Music by Leah Fitch

Show Notes and Links

005. Quick Decision Episode

May 10th, 2018


In this episode, Leo and Erik discuss how to make decisions quickly and what are the factors which help making the right decision.

Music by Leah Fitch

003. Goals and Actions Episode

March 13th, 2018


In this episode, we expand on goals and resolutions and Leo’s thoughts on how to get there. Erik talks about his motivations for reaching goals. And …

002. New Year's Episode

December 31st, 2017


In the second episode, we talk about reaching “good enough” as opposed to perfection, Leo talks about his views on New Year’s resolutions, and Erik …

001. A Sleepy Episode

December 21st, 2017


In the first episode, we talk about our rough goals for the podcast, how Erik’s low-key weekend went, as well as how good sleep habits help our …

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