Secrets Of The Most Productive People

22 EpisodesProduced by Fast Company

Fast Company deputy editor Kate Davis and assistant editor Anisa Purbasari Horton help listeners try to figure out how to work smarter instead of harder and dissect exactly how to get it all done.

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How to Train Your Brain to be More Resilient to Failure

April 24th, 2019


It's probably no surprise that most people who have attained some sort of success experience failure at some point in their lives. It's a painful but …

Myths About Introverts and Extroverts

April 10th, 2019


There are many misconceptions about introverts and extroverts--introverts are shy, extroverts are not. The reality is that shyness has nothing to do with introversion or extraversion. Whether you're one or the other …

Is Creativity the Enemy of Productivity?

March 27th, 2019


The creative process is long and messy. When you need to come up with a novel solution to a thorny problem is precisely when your brain seems to shut …

Is Mind Over Matter a Real Thing?

March 13th, 2019


We spend most of our lives “in our heads,” processing the world and other people though our own beliefs and biases. Yet, most of us understand very little about how our brains really work, and what they are actually …

How do you know if you're about to burn out?

February 27th, 2019


Chronic stress and burnout are common occurrences in today’s workplace. About one in five “highly-engaged” U.S. workers reported experiencing some sort of burnout, according to a 2018 study conducted at the Yale Center …

How can we disconnect and manage digital distraction?

February 13th, 2019


Fast Company deputy editor Kate Davis has never owned a smartphone, and has no desire to. Cal Newport, associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University, has never had a social media account and believes …

How do you make a to-do list that works?

January 30th, 2019


To-do lists are the bread and butter of productivity gripes. Although it seems like it should be a simple process, there are many different hacks, …

Four Day Work Week: Impossible Dream or Plausible Plan?

January 16th, 2019


Shorter workweeks can improve productivity and boost morale. But while a 3-day weekend sounds great, American work culture and expectations aren't …

How Can You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions?

January 2nd, 2019


So many of us (close to half of all Americans) make New Year's resolutions. The bad news is that just 8% of us will actually keep them all year. In …

What Should You Expect in Season Two?

December 19th, 2018


This season we are excited to discuss a variety of topics to help you have your most productive year yet. We'll cover the four day work week, digital detoxing (or not owning a smart phone like Kate), burn out, the most …

Productivity Myths Busted! - Live from the Fast Company Innovation Festival

October 31st, 2018


Are morning people more productive than night owls? Do successful people have to give up work-life balance? Psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman and time …

Is Work-Life Balance Possible?

October 17th, 2018


In our always-connected universe, achieving work-life balance can seem impossible. There just doesn't seem enough time in the day to make sure that we're excelling at work, all while being an attentive …

How Can We Make and Break Habits?

October 3rd, 2018


When it comes to making or breaking habits–there is no one-size-fits-all solution. As bestselling author Gretchen Rubin tells us, it all comes down …

How Can We Feel Less Busy?

September 19th, 2018


Telling someone you're "busy" is a surefire way to shut down the conversation. This is how you can change the way you look at your time and your life. As this week's guest, author and time management expert Laura …

How Can We Improve Our Willpower?

September 5th, 2018


Researchers have long debated whether or not our willpower and decision-making capacity is finite. One thing is clear, though–not all decisions are created equal–and some will require more brain juice than others. …

Are Some Times Of Day Better to Work Than Others?

August 22nd, 2018


Some of us are not just that productive in the morning and forcing us to concentrate at a 9 a.m. meeting is a recipe for a wasted day. Fortunately, there are ways to get around this dilemma if you don't have complete …

Is It Possible to Multitask?

August 8th, 2018


You probably spend many of your working hours multitasking--whether you realize it or not. Does working with multiple tabs open or eating your lunch …

Can You Really Unplug on Vacation?

July 25th, 2018


Taking a vacation is not a given in our work culture and if you do, it's likely that you'll check a few work emails here and there. But not taking …

Is Striving for Inbox Zero Worth It?

July 11th, 2018


There are two types of people in the world: those who have hundreds or even thousands of unread emails, and those who break out in hives just thinking about that first group. In this episode Kate and Anisa discuss their …

How Can You Focus In An Open Office?

June 20th, 2018


An open office is supposed to have many benefits: fostering collaboration, creativity, and reducing unnecessary digital communication. But as many …

What's Ruining Your Sleep?

June 6th, 2018


Sleep is the productivity topic that Fast Company readers are the most passionate about. Lack of sleep is at the root of issues like focus, decision-making, and time management. In this first episode of Secrets of the …

Welcome to the Secrets of the Most Productive People podcast!

June 1st, 2018


Join Fast Company editors Kate Davis and Anisa Purbasari-Horton as they try to figure out how to get it all done. In this bi-weekly podcast they’ll …

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