Secrets Of The Most Productive People

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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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This is what to say (and what not to say) during any salary negotiation

August 21st, 2019

Talking about money can be really uncomfortable. No matter how you frame the conversation there is a lot of potential for missteps. Which is why on this episode of Secrets of the Most Productive People, the cohosts …

Work Smarter: How do I talk to my manager about unpaid overtime?

August 14th, 2019

On this episode we’re answering an intern’s question about overtime. How do you approach your manager when you’re working overtime and not getting paid for it? Donna Morris, the Chief Human Resources Officer of Adobe, …

How to follow up after a job interview without being annoying

August 7th, 2019


For many people the entire job interview process can feel like blind dating: Do you like them? Do they like you? Is there a future? And just like with dating, even if that first meeting went well, it's totally possible …

Productivity Confidential: Wellness @ Work—How New Programs And Platforms Are Helping Us Feel and Work Better

August 3rd, 2019


(Presented by Citrix) When Nicole Wolfe, director of partnerships at ClassPass, first started her career, wellness was defined by numbers. There were …

The right (and wrong) answers to common job interview questions

July 24th, 2019


On this episode of Secrets of the Most Productive People, co-hosts Kate and Anisa help listeners figure out exactly what to say (and what to avoid) in sticky situations. How do you answer some tricky questions such as …

Productivity Confidential: RIP Cubicle—Inside The Innovative New Office Designs That Will Change The Way We Work

July 13th, 2019


(Presented by Citrix) For decades, the image of the American office was a grim one. Endless rows of cubicles; harsh, humming, fluorescent lighting; stiff task chairs that make your back ache just looking at them. …

What should your online presence say about you?

July 10th, 2019


Not so long ago, most people didn’t have to worry about their online presence or personal brand. Unless you were a celebrity, politician, or …

Is writing a cover letter worth it?

June 26th, 2019


No one likes writing them, and recruiters just skim them. Is it finally time for cover letters to die? Not so fast.

On this episode, cohosts Kate and …

Productivity Confidential: Artificial Intelligence—Friend or Foe?

June 22nd, 2019


(Presented by Citrix) Whether we see it as a threat or a practical productivity booster, artificial intelligence is shifting the way we work. Embracing AI at work and harnessing its power to find efficiencies can open …

How to avoid the biggest resume mistakes

June 12th, 2019


This season of Secrets of the Most Productive People dives deep into all things career-related, starting with the most basic tool to get your foot in …

Productivity Confidential: How to keep your business together when your employees are everywhere

June 8th, 2019


(Presented by Citrix) If you check emails by phone on-the-go or work from home occasionally, you’re part of the remote workforce. Cutting-edge …

What Can You Expect in Season Three?

June 5th, 2019


New Episodes of Secrets of the Most Productive People start June 12. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. 

The Morning Routines of the Most Successful People

May 8th, 2019


There’s a reason why so many successful people are intentional about how they start their day. On the final episode of season 2 of Secrets of the …

How to Train Your Brain to be More Resilient to Failure

April 24th, 2019


Fast Company deputy editor Kate Davis and assistant editor Anisa Purbasari Horton speaks to Intern Queen CEO and founder Lauren Berger about seeing failure as part of the journey to success.

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


In today's modern environment, it's impractical to live a completely digital-free life. But as Newport points out, you can keep your smartphone and stay sane at the same time. The key is to practice digital minimalism, …

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

January 30th, 2019


When it comes to one of productivity's most basic elements, the to-do list, everyone has their own approach. So in this episode of "Secrets of the …

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.

What Should You Expect in Season Two?

December 19th, 2018


New Episodes of Secrets of the Most Productive People start January 2nd with "How Can You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions?" Subscribe wherever you …

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. In this final episode of season one, Tiffany Dufu insists that to feel at peace, we need to learn to let go of our high expectations, …

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. Learn what some habit-building strategies might be, along with why …

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.

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 (guilty) or eating …

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.

How Can You Focus In An Open Office?

June 20th, 2018


In this episode, senior editor Kate Davis and editorial assistant Anisa Purbasari Horton talk about their struggles with working in an open-office, and the workarounds that work for them.

What's Ruining Your Sleep?

June 6th, 2018


In this first episode of Secrets of the Most Productive People, senior editor Kate Davis and Editorial Assistant Anisa Purbasari Horton dive into what's ruining their sleep (anxious mind and toddler, respectively) and …

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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