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Productivity Cast

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The weekly show about all things personal productivity


060 Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

Are you always hearing excuses from others about why they didn't get something done? Or, are you coming to terms with making excuses yourself for commitments you are making and breaking? In this cast, we discuss the particulars of excuses (and making justifications, and perhaps appropriates "reasons") for not getting a task or project completed.

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In this Cast | Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

Ray Sidney-Smith

Augusto Pinaud

Francis Wade

Show Notes | Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

Resources we mention, including links to them, will be provided here. Please listen to the episode for context.

The Difference Between a Reason and an Excuse (Because the world does not need another thumb sucker)

QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life by John G. Miller

How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life by Alan Lakein

“Responsibility” - Werner Erhard

Dunning-Kruger Effect

First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently by Gallup and Marcus Buckingham

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Voiceover Artist 0:00 Are you ready to manage your work and personal world better to live a fulfilling productive life, then you've come to the right place productivity cast, the weekly show about all things productivity. Here, your host Ray Sidney-Smith and Augusto Pinaud with Francis Wade and Art Gelwicks.

Raymond Sidney-Smith 0:17
And Welcome back, everybody to productivity cast, the weekly show about all things personal productivity, I'm Ray Sidney Smith.

Augusto Pinaud 0:24 I am Augusto Pinaud.

Francis Wade 0:25I'm Francis Wade.

Raymond Sidney-Smith 0:26
And we are back this week to talk about a topic that we have been really excited about, or I've been really excited about talking about, which is the idea of excuses. So many times, we ourselves experienced the idea of making excuses for getting things done. And we hear excuses from others about what they should have, would have could have done and didn't. And so I know that Augusto Francis and myself, we hear this quite often in our world of dealing with people in their productive lives. And so we've heard a lot of excuses. That's, that's all we're going to say there. And so what we wanted to do in this episode was to talk about the idea of what is the difference between excuses and reasons for not getting what you said, you're going to get done, done. And then talking about some of the excuses we we do internally, that is the excuses that we give ourselves when we are not getting things done, and how to overcome those, hopefully, a couple of tips on how to do that. And then how to deal with excuses from others, whether they be at home or in the workplace, how do we respond to excuses so that we can all be more productive along any project path, whether or goal that we might have. So let's get started with the idea that there is a difference between reason and an excuse. I'm going to start off with an interesting gentleman, he wrote a medium article called the difference between a reason and an excuse because the world does not need another thumb sucker by Gary Ryan Blaine. And I'm not going to fully read all of these.

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