Everbetter Ideas

Everbetter Ideas

By Kathy Howe
If you are interested in actionable ideas and perspectives on a variety of topics that will help make life better, you have found the right podcast. On the Everbetter Ideas podcast I share ideas coming from my daily reading, observations, ideas & conversations. You can expect to get insight on things like personal & professional development, continuous improvement, eliminating stress, and reducing drama in your life. Leave a message or contact me with feedback, questions or ideas for future episodes! Let’s find ways to make things better.
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114: Sharing feedback
Thoughts on delivering feedback & not having others be your go-between.
04:54
February 7, 2020
113: Music Matters
How singing in my car is making me feel better.
05:14
January 16, 2020
112: Speak softly
An excerpt from one of my favorite poems reminds me of the kindness that can accompany speaking your truth.
02:41
January 11, 2020
111: Speak your truth
Ideas about communication, sharing stories & engaging with people around us.
08:29
January 10, 2020
110: Gas tanks & a sick dog
Three reasons to have at least half a tank of gas.
09:58
January 10, 2020
109: Dog beds & poor choices
My snow covered dog inspired this episode.
05:16
December 14, 2019
108: Opposing views
I recently got some great ideas from two other podcasts on dealing with conflict, opposing views & more.
13:43
December 13, 2019
107: Types of intimacy
Intimacy comes in many forms. Thoughts on why I think one type is the most important of them all.
03:47
December 11, 2019
106: Acclimate
A little story about the word “acclimate” from this past week.
04:46
December 7, 2019
105: Listening to yourself
Dreams, your subconscious & what they are telling you.
05:21
December 6, 2019
104: Listening & why it matters.
Listening matters & in this episode I share two thoughts on why I think it does.
04:59
December 3, 2019
103: Warning lights
A few thoughts about dashboard warning lights & crying wolf.
04:19
November 18, 2019
102: An idea about control.
I share a story about driving & a lesson in control in today’s episode.
02:21
November 16, 2019
101: Inspiring people
Spend time with inspiring people. Life’s hard. Spend time with people that aren’t.
02:57
November 15, 2019
100: Health Series: Eat your veggies!
I reversed a pre-diabetes diagnosis by eating more veggies. Could you improve your health by eating more veggies too?
05:39
November 14, 2019
99: Health Series: The space in between
A new twist perspective on downtime, silence & white space.
04:53
November 14, 2019
98: Health Series: Work Stress
4 ideas for dealing with work stress.
07:29
November 9, 2019
97: Health Series: Rest
Ideas for improving sleep & getting more rest. Includes thoughts on active rest and an introduction to a 60 second breathing exercise that you can do virtually anywhere.
06:56
November 8, 2019
96: How do you achieve indifference?
Indifference, joy, emotions, life change & stoicism are covered in this episode.
08:12
November 6, 2019
95: Key words & phrases
Keywords, phrases, journals, charisma, authenticity, chakras & more.
09:54
November 2, 2019
94: True voice & swear words
A podcast change, swear words, using your true voice & being yourself.
06:08
November 1, 2019
93: Dimming the lights
What gives you energy & brings you joy? What makes you laugh? Excited to be alive? Grateful? Happy?
04:04
October 31, 2019
92: The truth about the truth.
Thoughts about the truth, experience & perceptions.
04:11
October 27, 2019
91: A favorite quote that can change your day.
Climate change, a favorite quote from a favorite book, caring, celebrities & more. All crammed into this very short episode!
03:57
October 26, 2019
90: The no idea, idea
A no idea day.
01:18
October 23, 2019
89: Newish content in newish formats
Today I talk about podcasts, the library, audio books & a new app for my phone that I just discovered.
04:35
October 22, 2019
88: The department of “no”
In this episode I share thoughts on responding to “no” and how to stop saying “no” to new ideas, requests, etc.
07:25
October 21, 2019
87: Usefulness, keywords, journals, motion & motivation
Several thoughts on happiness, usefulness, motivation, and journals.  I also share a quote about flexibility that is stuck in my head. https://medium.com/darius-foroux/the-purpose-of-life-is-not-happiness-its-usefulness-65064d0cdd59 https://www.wikihow.com/Be-Useful-and-Help-Contribute-to-Society
08:31
October 16, 2019
86: Daily pages & the backspace bar
Reading 3 daily pages, with thoughts on typing, my personal blog and this podcast series.
04:26
October 2, 2019
85: October challenge
Hear about the October challenge that I have decided to take on.
07:17
October 2, 2019
84: Anger is madness
Inspired by an article I recently read in the topic of anger.
03:38
October 1, 2019
83: No spend year
I have been focused on making 2019 a no spend year for clothing, shoes & accessories. Listen to hear how I am doing.
06:39
September 29, 2019
82: Mental demons & patterns
ThePattern.com  TIPS FOR BATTLING MENTAL DEMONS: https://thriveglobal.com/stories/how-to-kill-your-inner-demons-without-harming-yourself/  https://thriveglobal.com/stories/battling-your-inner-demons/  Practice this Stoic concept: Control what you can control. Have the difficult conversation, take a step towards a goal, adjust your perspective. Each of these things can help squash those mental demons.
08:22
September 28, 2019
81: Three pages
Today I share an idea to write 3 morning pages that I discovered on a new-to-me app called deepstash.
05:12
September 27, 2019
80: Including and excluding words in conversation
A funny story & real life examples about how words can impact conversations
05:30
September 26, 2019
79: Slow down to speed up
My recent experience with zone 2 training, the benefit to a 10 mile race & applying the concept to other areas of life.
09:30
September 26, 2019
78: Role models, pets, & stoicism
Things I shared in today’s episode include: The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness by Epictetus & Sharon Lebell https://www.amazon.com/Art-Living-Classical-Happiness-Effectiveness/dp/0061286052/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3SZJH7P2IDO4D&keywords=the+art+of+living+epictetus&qid=1569354872&sprefix=the+art+of+living%2Caps%2C180&sr=8-1 Stoic Week 2019 starts October 7.  Registration is free.  Additional information available at the link below. https://learn.modernstoicism.com/p/stoic-week
10:23
September 25, 2019
77: Making a change when things are going well
Thoughts on making changes when you aren’t problem solving or mitigating risk.
09:05
September 20, 2019
76: Write a letter
Today’s episode was inspired by episode 336 of My Seven Chakras with AJ. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/my-seven-chakras-with-aj/id1045873679
07:15
September 19, 2019
75: What are you wishing for?
Wishing moments away
06:39
September 6, 2019
74: Coaching & accountability
Ideas on problem solving, brainstorming, accountability, coaching and more.
04:38
September 5, 2019
73: Are you an expert? Really?!?!?
I use dog ownership & training, child rearing & car ownership as examples as I share my idea for today.
04:04
September 4, 2019
72: Micro Movements
Ideas about moving your body in small increments of time. As little as 5 minutes of movement can change how you feel. I like the Nickels & Dimes workout in the link below. https://alexandbooks.com/archive/5-killer-workouts-from-navy-seal-david-goggins
03:50
September 3, 2019
71: What do you smell?
One of the benefits of getting outside is the wonderful smells around you. What do you smell when you go outside today?
02:12
August 19, 2019
70: Podcast lessons
What I’ve learned about my recent podcast changes.
03:35
August 16, 2019
69: You’re probably not a bad person.
Thoughts on being a bad person.
05:08
August 15, 2019
68: What’s your perspective?
Ideas on ads, podcast segments, & perspective.
05:06
August 14, 2019
67: Fear, human touch & letting go of your story
Ideas after listening to the Rich Roll podcast interview with Dr. Zach Bush.
07:50
August 2, 2019
66: What makes you happy at work
Article mentioned in this episode: https://www.inc.com/justin-bariso/in-1-powerful-sentence-mark-cuban-just-gave-every-company-in-america-a-harsh-wake-up-call.html
05:13
August 1, 2019
65: An idea for providing feedback
I am fine tuning my approach to providing feedback to others. What’s your approach?
06:23
August 1, 2019
64: Practice taking meeting notes
Theee ideas for improving your note taking skills.
10:30
July 29, 2019
63: My goal for the next 7 days
Progress doesn’t have to be time consuming or difficult. All progress is good. In this episode I share my 7 day LinkedIn goal. What’s your goal?
05:29
June 29, 2019
62: Stop talking & start doing
Are we talking about our ideas or taking action on them?
05:13
June 28, 2019
61: Calculating the wasted time & money in meetings & lengthy email threads
In this episode I talk about my email & meeting waste calculator for pointing out the financial impact emails & meetings can have on an organization.
07:39
June 28, 2019
60: How I use index cards to plan workouts, train my dog & more!
I am a fairly avid user of index cards. This episode shares some of my most common uses.
10:11
June 24, 2019
59: Using fear & desperation as motivation for positive change.
Not an ideal tool for making change but sometimes we have opportunities to react to something bad by doing something good.
05:37
June 23, 2019
58: Are you as safe as you feel?
Personal safety is the idea of the day. What’s your idea?
08:13
June 22, 2019
57: You don’t need more tools in the toolbox.
This episode uses a toolbox analogy for accomplishing goals.
04:28
June 21, 2019
56: Your recipe card for life
Listen to my idea about accomplishing goals & recipe cards.
03:22
June 20, 2019
55: Your ultimate purpose.
Listen to this episode to hear our ultimate purpose.  I heard this while participating in an online course through the University of Minnesota's Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing.  Specifically, on their WellbeingU online training titled Purpose, by Richard Leider. I encourage everyone to take some time to go through the exercises and online courses.  They are quick and can be watched over the course of several days.  The exercises were interesting as well.  https://being.thebigknow.com/wellbeing-u 
05:02
June 19, 2019
54: My techniques for achieving goals. It looks like discipline but it’s so much more.
In this episode I share how I approach accomplishing goals for myself. I touch on motivating teams briefly. How do you achieve your goals?
09:52
June 18, 2019
53: Put it writing.
Why putting things in writing matters.
04:41
June 16, 2019
52: Identifying your true strength.
I thought I nailed my top strength in a previous episode but I might have been wrong. Listen to this episode to hear me discuss how I made this realization & an example of it in action.
10:43
June 15, 2019
51: The future of work.
This episode quickly covers a variety of subjects related to employment. Networking, flexibility, diversity in projects, independence, roadblocks & benefits. What do you think of the future of work?
07:25
June 14, 2019
50: The evolution of resolution. Why I think I’m skilled at solving problems
In this episode I share the outcome of some brainstorming I’ve done to help identify & articulate my strengths. I also share on if the key differentiators that helps me stand out from others. I share an example of a tool I have created to help manage resource time (allocation) to projects. Problem solving isn’t one size fits all. The example expands on that. I also mention a favorite book: StrengthsFinder.
07:11
June 13, 2019
49: Relearning lessons about myself.
Today I had a moment that reminded me of a key characteristic about how I work best. Interestingly, it’s something I’ve known about myself for a long time but kind of forgot about. Listen to this episode to learn more.
04:15
June 12, 2019
48: Two simple ways to reduce waste
Little things matter & in this episode I share two easy ways to reduce waste that anyone can do.
05:05
June 11, 2019
47: The STOP acronym for dealing with negative thoughts and experiences
This episode shares additional ideas that came to me from the mindfulness presentation that I shared with you in Episode 46. It's a great, quick and easy skill practice for disrupting negative thoughts.   SUPPORT THIS PODCAST!  There are several monetary and NON-monetary ways to support this podcast. Go to https://anchor.fm/everbetterideas and click the link to support this podcast for as little as $.99 per month. Give it a review and rating on your favorite podcast platform. Share it with others. Click the “subscribe” button on your favorite podcast platform to be notified when new episodes are available. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: More information about Everbetter Ideas is available here: https://everbetterideas.wordpress.com twitter.com/everbetterideas facebook.com/everbetterideas THIS PODCAST IS NOW AVAILABLE ON: Anchor iTunes Google Podcasts Spotify Breaker Pocket Casts RadioPublic
03:40
June 10, 2019
46: Interrupting negative thoughts.
Five ways to disrupt a negativity spiral are shared in this episode.   The ideas for this episode, and specifically the ideas for disrupting a negative spiral, came from a presentation I attended on mindfulness.  It was presented by Alex Haley from the Earl E. Bakken Center of Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota.   Even if you aren't interested in mindfulness or think it is all a little too woo-woo for your tastes, I encourage you to visit the website and explore the many resources available.  It's fascinating and surprising to see how much is out there.  https://www.csh.umn.edu/    SUPPORT THIS PODCAST!  There are several monetary and NON-monetary ways to support this podcast. Go to https://anchor.fm/everbetterideas and click the link to support this podcast for as little as $.99 per month. Give it a review and rating on your favorite podcast platform. Share it with others. Click the “subscribe” button on your favorite podcast platform to be notified when new episodes are available. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: More information about Everbetter Ideas is available here: https://everbetterideas.wordpress.com twitter.com/everbetterideas facebook.com/everbetterideas THIS PODCAST IS NOW AVAILABLE ON: Anchor iTunes Google Podcasts Spotify Breaker Pocket Casts RadioPublic
06:55
June 9, 2019
45: Things you should disrupt in your life...and why.
 This is somewhat in follow-up to the previous episode where I talk about getting out of my comfort zone.  In this episode, I share ideas about the ways you might disrupt your life and why that might be beneficial. SUPPORT THIS PODCAST!  There are several monetary and NON-monetary ways to support this podcast. Go to https://anchor.fm/everbetterideas and click the link to support this podcast for as little as $.99 per month. Give it a review and rating on your favorite podcast platform. Share it with others. Click the “subscribe” button on your favorite podcast platform to be notified when new episodes are available. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: More information about Everbetter Ideas is available here: https://everbetterideas.wordpress.com twitter.com/everbetterideas facebook.com/everbetterideas THIS PODCAST IS NOW AVAILABLE ON: Anchor iTunes Google Podcasts Spotify Breaker Pocket Casts RadioPublic
05:38
June 8, 2019
44: Ideas about getting out of your comfort zone.
 Getting outside of your comfort zone can be varying degrees of uncomfortable.  This episode shares a few ideas on why you should do it. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: https://medium.com/@clavien/you-dont-have-to-be-out-of-your-comfort-zone-all-the-time-98fc69357bb2 https://lifehacker.com/the-science-of-breaking-out-of-your-comfort-zone-and-w-656426705 SUPPORT THIS PODCAST!  There are several monetary and NON-monetary ways to support this podcast. Go to https://anchor.fm/everbetterideas and click the link to support this podcast for as little as $.99 per month. Give it a review and rating on your favorite podcast platform. Share it with others. Click the “subscribe” button on your favorite podcast platform to be notified when new episodes are available. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: More information about Everbetter Ideas is available here: https://everbetterideas.wordpress.com twitter.com/everbetterideas facebook.com/everbetterideas THIS PODCAST IS NOW AVAILABLE ON: Anchor iTunes Google Podcasts Spotify Breaker Pocket Casts RadioPublic
09:43
June 7, 2019
43: Three things I try to do with anger every single day.
I have three things I try to do related to anger on a daily basis. Do you have strategies for dealing with anger in your life?
05:42
June 6, 2019
42: My top two tips for effectively delegating tasks to others.
Do you find yourself frustrated when you try to delegate work to other people? Here are my top two tips for doing it effectively & not losing your mind in the process!
04:39
June 5, 2019
41: How to stress less about money.
In this episode I share learnings from the book “I Will Teach You to be Rich” by Ramit Sethi. Ramit was recently interviewed by Tim Ferris. It was a great episode that reminded me of a few things I started doing several years ago after reading Ramit’s book. How do you stress less about money? https://tim.blog/2019/05/07/ramit-sethi/ https://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com
05:11
June 4, 2019
40: How to bloom where you’re planted when you’re planted in some crappy situations.
Thoughts on the saying “bloom where you are planted” are shared in this episode. What if where you’re planted is really awful? Then what?!?!?
08:21
June 3, 2019
39: Trading negativity for something better.
Humans are reactive creatures and there is no way to shut that off 100%.   That’s OK but what’s not OK is failing to learn how to react better when things happen to or around us.  This episode talks about criticism, blame, problem spotting, anger and rage.  It shares alternatives to each and talks about how we can improve our knee-jerk negative responses in the moment or retrospectively. SUPPORT THIS PODCAST!  There are several monetary and NON-monetary ways to support this podcast. Go to https://anchor.fm/everbetterideas and click the link to support this podcast for as little as $.99 per month. Give it a review and rating on your favorite podcast platform. Share it with others. Click the “subscribe” button on your favorite podcast platform to be notified when new episodes are available. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: More information about Everbetter Ideas is available here: https://everbetterideas.wordpress.com twitter.com/everbetterideas facebook.com/everbetterideas THIS PODCAST IS NOW AVAILABLE ON: Anchor iTunes Google Podcasts Spotify Breaker Pocket Casts RadioPublic
09:15
May 24, 2019
38: Why are they doing that?
 In this episode I share my thoughts on a recent Tweet from the Daily Stoic.  It’s on the topic of understanding why we do what we do.  The link to the original Tweet and my response are below. https://twitter.com/kazoofus/status/1131240332211957760 “I recently discovered that instead of reacting to behavior that seems questionable or offensive, asking myself why someone might be behaving the way they are brings me some level of empathy & the ability to respond, if needed, with calmness. Context is everything.” ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Did you like this episode?  Be sure to give it a rating, subscribe on your favorite podcast platform and share it with others.  More information about Everbetter Ideas is available here: https://everbetterideas.wordpress.com twitter.com/everbetterideas facebook.com/everbetterideas
04:25
May 23, 2019
37: Meaningful connections, networking & informational interviews.
Are you making meaningful professional connections?
07:47
May 19, 2019
36: I think I might be the problem.
Ditching assumptions, stories & generally negative thinking to make room for more realism. Did you like this episode? Be sure to give it a rating, subscribe on your favorite podcast platform and share it with others. More information about Everbetter Ideas is available here: https://everbetterideas.wordpress.com twitter.com/everbetterideas facebook.com/everbetterideas https://www.instagram.com/everbetterideas/
05:02
May 14, 2019
35: Creating a habit to help create a new habit. That’s a lot of habits.
I need to read this. Did you like this episode? Be sure to give it a rating, subscribe on your favorite podcast platform and share it with others. More information about Everbetter Ideas is available here: https://everbetterideas.wordpress.com twitter.com/everbetterideas facebook.com/everbetterideas https://www.instagram.com/everbetterideas/
10:16
May 9, 2019
34: Advocate for yourself like you advocate for your car & home.
IDEAS & NOTES: https://betterhumans.coach.me/the-complete-guide-to-becoming-your-own-medical-advocate-ddc658a10a57 Did you like this episode?  Be sure to give it a rating, subscribe on your favorite podcast platform and share it with others.   Now available on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/everbetterideas/
04:27
April 25, 2019
33. Try. Try again. Repeat until you have it figured out.
Change is hard. It’s not easy and it’s certainly not quick. Changing habits is an exercise in patience & persistence. Listen to this episode to hear my recent experience with trying to make a change in my evening agenda.
03:36
April 23, 2019
32: Doing nothing counts as doing something. My new idea on sitting still.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: My personal trainer is awesome! Check them out at: https://www.nexusperformance.com https://tinybuddha.com/blog/how-doing-nothing-helps-you-get-more-done/ https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-happiness-rx/201703/the-art-doing-nothing Did you like this episode? Be sure to give it a rating, subscribe on your favorite podcast platform and share it with others. More information about Everbetter Ideas is available here: https://everbetterideas.wordpress.com twitter.com/everbetterideas facebook.com/everbetterideas
04:32
April 22, 2019
31: Demonizing the innocuous.
IDEAS & NOTES: Are you placing your values on other people? Are you catching yourself when you make snap judgements, particularly the negative ones, and asking yourself if those judgements add value or really matter? Just because you were taught or raised a certain way, doesn’t make it right for everyone. Or does it? ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Joe Rogan conversation with Russell Brand: https://youtu.be/rY5jCvRHEFk Did you like this episode? It’s now available on Apple Podcasts! Be sure to give it a rating, subscribe on your favorite podcast platform and share it with others. More information about Everbetter Ideas is available here: https://everbetterideas.wordpress.com twitter.com/everbetterideas facebook.com/everbetterideas
07:01
April 20, 2019
30: Managing your life, your time, your memories and priorities
IDEAS & NOTES: How time tracking improves time management. Time tracking your life. Every minute matters.  Every 10 minutes matters more. The “magic” hour or “golden” hour. Morning routine - waiting at bus station vs. one more small task at home or a longer walk with the dog. Getting up 45 minutes earlier than usual. Interested in my template for time tracking?  Send me an email at:  kathy@everbetterideas.com ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/podcast-495-wish-you-had-more-time-what-you-really-want-is-more-memories/ https://www.earlytorise.com/how-to-control-time/ https://www.briantracy.com/blog/business-success/the-golden-hour/ https://thebodedit.com/wellbeing/the-magic-hour-productivity-tips/ Did you like this episode?  Be sure to give it a rating, subscribe on your favorite podcast platform and share it with others.  More information about Everbetter Ideas is available here: https://everbetterideas.wordpress.com twitter.com/everbetterideas facebook.com/everbetterideas
11:57
April 16, 2019
29: How I am changing the way I interact with people around me.
Ideas and notes from this episode:   Community & Social Engagement Interacting with the people around us in lighter, kinder and more positive ways. Two ways I’m changing how I interact with people in my life: Bananagrams on desk and at home on island. It’s like book club, but different! ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Community Engagement  It’s Like Book Club, But Different Everbetter Ideas Events Did you like this episode?  Be sure to give it a rating, subscribe on your favorite podcast platform and share it with others.  More information about Everbetter Ideas is available here: https://everbetterideas.wordpress.com twitter.com/everbetterideas facebook.com/everbetterideas
04:37
April 14, 2019
28: How I know if my expectations are unreasonable.
Thoughts on expectations and agreements and a quote from The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness by Sharon Lebell (Epictetus).
03:24
April 13, 2019
27: Dog runners, hobbies & side hustles
Ideas from this episode: Think about hobbies and interests that you could monetize if you are looking for a side hustle. Do what you are already doing and invite others to join you and pay you. They don’t have to be things that will make you enough money to live off of, but perhaps you could earn a little side cash doing things you love. Dog runners is a new idea that I recently came across in the article below that got me thinking about this topic. https://www.runnersworld.com/runners-stories/a20864789/the-best-dog-runners-in-the-country/ ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Did you like this episode? Be sure to give it a rating, subscribe on your favorite podcast platform and share it with others. More information about Everbetter Ideas is available here: https://everbetterideas.wordpress.com twitter.com/everbetterideas facebook.com/everbetterideas
04:27
April 11, 2019
26: How changing a word & what you do with your face might change your life.
This episode covers a couple ideas on positive attitudes for yourself & others. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Did you like this episode?  Be sure to give it a rating, subscribe on your favorite podcast platform and share it with others.  More information about Everbetter Ideas is available here: https://everbetterideas.wordpress.com twitter.com/everbetterideas facebook.com/everbetterideas
06:28
April 4, 2019
25: Stop researching and planning. Start doing.
Ideas from this episode: Do one imperfect thing. Stop researching. Create a reverse to-do list. Did you like this episode? Be sure to give it a rating, subscribe on your favorite podcast platform and share it with others. More information about Everbetter Ideas is available here: https://everbetterideas.wordpress.com twitter.com/everbetterideas facebook.com/Everbetter ideas
05:07
April 2, 2019
24: Health & Wellbeing topics such as circadian rhythms & eating healthy when eating out.
Notes from presentation I attended on the following topics: 5 signs of major depression Anxiety Benefits of exciting Eating healthy in the real world Circadian Rhythm Music’s impact on brain health Smartphone use & IQ Logic & human behavior Steps to eating healthy Dr. Neil Nedley: https://nedleyhealthsolutions.com Dr. Neal Barnard https://www.pcrm.org Did you like this episode? Be sure to subscribe and share it with others. You can follow me on other social media platforms as well. Links available here: https://everbetterideas.wordpress.com/connect/
19:04
April 2, 2019
An impulse control confession & follow up on email subject lines. Episode 23.
This episode has a longer than usual welcome message in which I share a few follow-up comments to the previous podcast episode on (email) Subject Line Starters (episode 22). The Inc.com article that I mentioned in the welcome message regarding subject line abbreviations is here: https://www.inc.com/les-mckeown/3-simple-letters-that-will-increase-your-email-productivity-immediately.html Listen to the rest of the episode to hear my confession about impulse control as well as some ideas on discipline, motivation & reminding ourselves to make changes. The previous episode on Impulse Control (episode 4): https://anchor.fm/everbetterideas/episodes/Impulse-Control--Episode-4-e3cfjp Did you like this episode? Be sure to subscribe and share it with others. You can follow me on other social media platforms as well. Links available here: https://everbetterideas.wordpress.com/connect/
10:59
March 29, 2019
Subject line starters. Episode 22
5 subject line starters for better emails. What’s do you use in your subject lines?
05:50
March 28, 2019
Reading, writing & inspiration. Episode 21.
This was another great episode of The Art of Manliness.  The topic of books to read sparked some unexpected inspiration for me and reminded me of something I heard in a recent Nimai Delgado podcast.    Links to all of that below.   https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/1000-books-to-read-before-you-die/ Bookstoread.com veganfitness.com https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/generation-v/id1377478658?mt=2&i=1000433312633
05:58
March 28, 2019
Saving money & perhaps the earth. Episode 20.
In Episode 20 I share some changes I have made for myself at the office related to meals, cutting costs, reducing waste and hopefully, making a small but meaningful impact on the earth. Do you have other ideas for me?  Send me a message!  I'd love to hear from you! #sustainability
05:51
March 28, 2019
How effective are your replies to email messages? Episode 19
Have you ever received a reply to an email and struggled to find the answer to your question or the information you were seeking? Chances are you have. There is also a good chance that YOUR replies have left someone scratching their head. Listen to this episode to hear my ideas on this topic.
03:47
March 27, 2019
Planning a great book club is easy if you’re prepared. Episode 18.
Planning book club proved to be far easier than I expected. Listen to this episode to hear how I planned conversation prompts then visit the blog for more resources. https://everbetterideas.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/book-club-conversation-starters/
05:12
March 26, 2019
The original social media. Episode 17.
More musings on getting out of our homes & away from our technology for real life interactions with the people in our lives. In this episode I talk about how I revived the original “social media” with people from my circle of friends & family.
05:31
March 25, 2019
How to communicate in writing. EFFECTIVELY! Episode 16
Have you heard of BLOT?  It stands for Bottom Line On Top and is an exceptionally effective technique for written communications. The next time you write an email, read it from the perspective of the recipient and determine if there is a better, more effective way to draft your message.  Things to consider: Is everything jammed into one blob of text? Are your questions clearly written? If asking multiple questions, do they contradict one another? Is your subject line a good indication of what you want?  For example, do you have a question or are you simply providing an update? If you need or would like a response by a certain time, is that stated in your message. Writing a great email doesn't come naturally to any of us on the first draft.  It's important to draft, read and revise your messages.   Contact me at kathy@everbetterideas if you would like guidance on how to use this technique in your written communications.
04:39
March 23, 2019
Passion, priorities, balance & unbalance. Episode 15.
Yes. You can have it all but you can't have it all at once.  Life is busy and we need to prioritize who and what gets our time and attention.  Sometimes our work life needs to be a lower priority so we can take care of ourselves or a loved one.  Sometimes we need to *gasp* put more time and energy into our careers.   In this episode of the Everbetter Ideas podcast I share my favorite segment from Episode 491 by The Art of Manliness.   How do you maintain balance in your life?   How do you reclaim it when you feel like you have stretched yourself too thin?   What is the hardest thing for you to put on the backburner when you realize that something has to give?
05:22
March 20, 2019
Set your pet sitter up for success! Episode 14.
Traveling can be stressful for everyone that is (or isn't) involved.  Including your pets.   Minimize stress, confusion and possible chaos by creating a Pet Notes file that you can easily access and update each time you travel.  Leave it for your pet sitter to ensure they (and your pets!) have an enjoyable experience. See everbetterideas.com for an example of Pet Notes that I have for my pet sitters!
08:08
March 20, 2019
Sharing a favorite podcast - Stoic Meditations. Episode 13.
In this episode I touch on my appreciation for another podcast titled Stoic Meditations.  Hear what I like about the podcast and some high-level thoughts on stoicism. Follow the host of Stoic Meditations on Twitter and listen to the podcast on Anchor or your favorite podcast platform. Do you have a favorite podcast that you'd like to share?
03:55
March 19, 2019
The ways in which I am stepping outside of my comfort zones. Episode 12.
This episode of the Everbetter Ideas podcast was inspired by an episode of Dr. Phil McGraw's new podcast, Phil in the Blanks. I recently heard Dr. Phil interviewed on two other podcasts (links below) which prompted me to listen to a few episodes of Phil in the Blanks.  One of the Dr. Phil's episodes talks about getting out of your comfort zone. I have been finding myself more and more intrigued by opportunities to get outside of my comfort zone.  Starting this podcast is one great example of that.  In this episode I share another example of how I am pushing myself outside of my comfort zone.   I get the sense that other people around me are also interested in pushing outside of their regular routines & comfort zones.  I see examples of this on social media when friends and family ask for guidance on finding music instructors, sign up for painting or other creative classes, or start a new healthy habit like working out daily. Are you doing anything that pushes you to step outside of your comfort zone? The Armchair Expert (hosted by Dax Shepard)  Joe Rogan Experience (hosted by Joe Rogan)
05:45
March 18, 2019
Using technology to add value to your life. Episode 11.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how I have traditionally used technology & how I might alter my use to add more value to my life. How do I stop mindless scrolling, angry reactions to the opinions of others and instead do things that bring more joy to my life? Social media isn’t all bad. I mention the value it does add to my life in this episode. I also reference this video by Casey Neistat. Take a listen & share how you are using technology to add value to your life & the world around you. https://youtu.be/6DfP10OeDP0
05:43
March 14, 2019
Where do you go when you grieve? Episode 10.
Death of someone you care about is never easy. It’s an ongoing journey of highs and lows. How do you grieve & how do you support others in their grief journey?
05:22
March 13, 2019
How is this story benefiting me? Episode 9.
How I stop myself when I realize I’m creating stories that cause me needless anger, worry or frustration.
05:14
March 12, 2019
Pursue your passion. Episode 8.
Pursuing your passion doesn’t require perfection or vast amounts of time. Dedicate 15-30 minutes every single day to it and see where it gets you. Will it get you closer to achieving a larger goal? Will it bring you some sort of joy or happiness? Take a listen to the Rich Roll Podcast interview with Brian Koppelman for more inspiration on this topic! https://www.richroll.com/podcast/brian-koppelman-427/
06:07
March 11, 2019
Move your body. Episode 7.
A recap of a fairly typical Saturday of physical activity and ideas to help inspire your physical fitness goals. **Note: I inadvertently refer to this as Episode 6 in the podcast but it is actually Episode 7.
11:49
March 9, 2019
Face Everything And Rise. Episode 6.
Sound bites from a recent Think IT Association event. Are you facing your fears? Are you afraid to take the first step? Are you having candid conversations with yourself? Take a listen.
08:10
March 9, 2019
Expectations, assumptions & stories. Episode 5.
Epictetus and Tim Pool provide today’s inspiration.  Do you ever find yourself wondering about the intentions of others? Assuming the worst when you don't have all of the information to know what really drove them to behave as they did?  I recently listened to Joe Rogan interview Tim Pool.  Listen to this podcast to hear me paraphrase something from the podcast.  It reminded me very much of my favorite philosopher, Epictetus.  I share some of his wisdom in this podcast as well. Epictetus quote courtesy Good Reads:  “Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems” ― Epictetus 
02:26
March 7, 2019
Impulse Control. Episode 4.
Training my dog on impulse control lead me to think about opportunities to train myself in this area as well.
04:04
March 5, 2019
Control your brain. Episode 3.
This episode shares my initial thoughts after watching a great video by Yes, Theory featuring their time with Wim Hof.  I paraphrased a few statements from the video that stood out to me in the video and now the words "control your brain" are playing on repeat in my head.
05:16
March 5, 2019
Blind spots & self knowledge. Episode 2.
I learned something new about myself after recording just one episode of this podcast. What have you learned about yourself recently? Here is a great graphic about blind spots.   https://goo.gl/images/dLCR4L
04:19
March 3, 2019
Welcome to Everbetter Ideas. Episode 1.
A brief introduction to the plans for this podcast.
04:30
March 2, 2019