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The Disciplined Application of Basics

One simple lesson about how Brazilian jujitsu helped me be more focused and productive in my work.

Using Project Sprints to Plan Your Goals

How to use project sprints to connect your daily actions to big picture quarterly and annual goals.

Time to Learn, Time to Act

How to balance a focus on research and development with in-the-moment action. Note: I use one curse word in this episode, and it rhymes with "pity".

Is Your Time Already Spoken For?

How much of your day is already booked and spoken for? Between meetings, recurring tasks, and the daily work of life, you probably have less than you think. But here's the good news...

Processes, Systems, and Outcomes

Invest your time in good processes instead of being focused solely on outcomes. Good process is the foundation of long-term success.

Slay the Procrastination Dragons

Every day we face tiny dragons that seek to throw us off the path to our goals. I call them the "procrastination dragons" and show you a few ways to slay all day.

Super Mario & Productivity

What I learned about productivity from video games like Super Mario 3

The Day 100 Problem

At the beginning of a new goal, habit, or creative venture, the most important thing you can do is start... and keep going. Don't solve day 100 problems on day 0.

Make Your Own Rules

What can Dr. Seuss teach us about doing our own thing, regardless of what others think? Also, have you found a jertain in your curtain?

Transferring Confidence

How to use confidence in one area of life into another area you're less confident in. For example, I never worry about weight I gain, but I'm terrified of losing money.

Turning Pro: 100 Rounds of Output

Want to build competence and confidence is something new? Do it 100 times and you'll grow. It's as simple as that.

Never Start From Zero: How to Use Smart Notes

One of the biggest challenges for people is organizing ideas and making use of them for future projects. Smart Notes and Second Brain thinking solves this, and how everything started with the Zettlekasten.

The Gap of Life-Changing Work

Ira Glass once shared the concept of the gap in creative, life-changing work. It's the difference between who you are at the beginning and who you desire to be eventually. Listen to the full audio from Glass at the link below.

22 Books to Read in 2022

22 books recommendations for 2022. See timestamps for each book below. Happy reading!

The 3 Steps of Habit Building (and Breaking)

The 3 steps of habit building (and breaking) are the cue, routine, and reward. Understand this loop and you'll be more successful in the habits that matter most to you.

A Poker Player's Advice for Goal Selection

Selecting the highest leverage goal is difficult because you don't have all the information. Poker players are used to this uncertainty, but learn from their bets over time. Here's how we can use the same mindset in deciding what to prioritize in 2022.

Review Your Week with The WRAP Method

The perfect bookend to the GAP Preview is the WRAP Review. Look back at your week to identify and learn from the Wins, Results, Alignment, and Pivots for the week ahead.

Find the "First Track" of Your Goals

One of the most challenging parts of pursuing your goals is knowing where to start. But that's not really true. We are afraid to start because we don't know where we are going. Finding the first track is a solution to the confusion.

Achieve Your Goals in 2022 with QMWD

How to plan and achieve your goals in 2022 using the QMWD Framework.

The Productivity Flywheel

Use this simple mental model to define your actions, manage your time, organize your ideas, and select the right tools for the job.

Task vs Time for Habit Development

If you're protecting time for the big goal or new habit this week, consider if you should use a task or time milestone.

Winning the First Week of 2022

It's the first full week of 2022! Start stacking productive "winning" weeks and build momentum for the year ahead.

Happy New Year! Am I starting a daily podcast?

Happy New Year! Testing a daily podcast for the first 10 days of 2022 (totally wrote 2021 first). In this episode I'm learning joy in the little things from my 3 year old.

Matt's 2021 Review: Wins, Results, Alignment, and Pivots for 2022

My personal review of 2021 and what I'm looking forward to in 2022. I talk about going all-in on my business, starting therapy, my $35 month, jiu-jitsu, and much more. Thanks for listening!

A Simple Approach to Annual Reviews

How to use the WRAP Method to conduct a simple yet effective annual review

2021 Mid-Year Review with W.R.A.P.

We're halfway through 2021! Take 30 minutes this weekend for a mid-year review and make any pivots to achieve your goals in the second half of the year. Plan with me using the simple WRAP method to review your wins, results of aspirations, and pivots to success.

Productivity Strategies for Creators, Writers, YouTubers, and Podcasters

In this episode I explore the overlap of productivity and creativity: how creators get more done, stay focused, motivated, and profitable.

10 Predictions & Trends for the Creator Economy

I've been working directly in the Creator Economy since 2015 and have seen the development of several key trends. Look for these opportunities to work and grow as a creator in the coming years!

Accomplish Big Goals in 6 Weeks with a Sprint Project

In 2021 I decided to plan and execute all of my big goals in 6 week cycles. In this episode I'll share my entire playbook for planning, scheduling, organizing, and taking action. Grab a pen and paper, there's a lot to learn in this one!

Have Your Most Productive Week Ever

In past episodes we've covered productivity tactics like the weekly preview and review, time management, and how to get things done. In this episode of Connect the Dots I'll tell you how to use each "power-up" to have your most productive week ever.

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