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Productive For Good

Productive For Good

By Matt Jarman

Think differently about productivity and leadership with Dr. Matt Jarman, an organizational psychologist and former psychology professor. Productivity and leadership are more than just paths to high performance. When done with understanding and intention, they can also be paths to meaningful work, psychological well-being, and a thriving society. This is a podcast for people who want to make their own lives, their team members’ lives, and the world around them, a better place through intentional productivity and leadership.

For more, visit productiveforgood.org.
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Your second Productivity Superpower: Task Control
Your second Productivity Superpower: Task Control
Task Control is the second of the 4 primary Productivity Superpowers described in the Intentional Productivity system. In this episode, I explain the two key components of Task Control and why they matter. I also share some inspirational words that I read every day and explain why you shouldn’t listen to them. For more on related topics or the Intentional Productivity and Intentional Leadership online courses, visit productiveforgood.org.
07:04
December 12, 2021
Your first Productivity Superpower: Mind Control
Your first Productivity Superpower: Mind Control
Mind Control is the first of the 4 primary Productivity Superpowers described in the Intentional Productivity system. In this episode, I go into some detail on what Mind Control is, why it’s important for Intentional Productivity, and some techniques that work to increase it. I also discuss meditation specifically, why it’s so useful for Intentional Productivity, and what to do if you don’t want to meditate for some reason. For more on related topics or the Intentional Productivity and Intentional Leadership online courses, visit productiveforgood.org.
12:07
October 15, 2021
The flow of Intentional Productivity
The flow of Intentional Productivity
Flow is when you’re in “the zone.” You’re immersed in a task, lose track of time, and perform at full capacity. This episode explores how the Intentional Productivity system creates conditions that make flow more likely. We’ll also discuss some of the less intuitive connections between Intentional Productivity and flow such as whether flow is a primary goal (hint: it’s not) and how flow can sometimes be an obstacle to Intentional Productivity. For more on related topics or the Intentional Productivity and Intentional Leadership online courses, visit productiveforgood.org.
14:24
October 09, 2021
Your productivity system’s stressing you out
Your productivity system’s stressing you out
Work is often stressful. But why? Is it that your work is just more than you can handle? No – it’s just more than what your current approach to productivity can handle. I believe a poor productivity system is one of the primary causes of the stress we experience. That means becoming more intentionally productive can dramatically decrease our stress.  Stress management strategies typically focus on the mind and relaxation. Techniques such as meditation certainly have their place in stress management, and managing your mind with such techniques is an important part of the Intentional Productivity system; but stress management attempts that ignore the other key drivers of productivity will often only have superficial effects on a person’s daily experience of stress. How you manage your tasks and time is just as important as how you manage your mind when trying to reduce stress. For more on related topics or the Intentional Productivity and Intentional Leadership online courses, visit productiveforgood.org.
06:47
September 24, 2021
Why aren’t students taught about productivity?
Why aren’t students taught about productivity?
What are students missing out on by not being taught to be productive, and specifically productive in a way that also decreases their stress and increases their enjoyment of the learning process? This episode makes a case for the importance of teaching students to be intentionally productive. For more on related topics or the Intentional Productivity and Intentional Leadership online courses, visit productiveforgood.org.
05:17
September 17, 2021
Tired of making changes without results?
Tired of making changes without results?
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” If you’re unsatisfied with aspects of your current productivity and/or leadership, you can’t expect different results unless you change what you’re doing. But what if you’ve tried to make changes in the past and they didn’t work either? Is it insanity to expect that changes you make now would lead to desired results when they haven’t in the past? That depends on how you go about making the changes. For more on related topics or the Intentional Productivity and Intentional Leadership online courses, visit productiveforgood.org.
04:44
September 10, 2021
A list is not a system
A list is not a system
Articles, books, and podcasts give you endless productivity and leadership lists of things to do. But what you really need are systems; simple, practical systems that focus on the essential elements of productivity and leadership. Without such systems, actual productivity and leadership growth is unlikely. For more on related topics or the Intentional Productivity and Intentional Leadership online courses, visit productiveforgood.org.
07:22
September 03, 2021
Intentional productivity looks like this
Intentional productivity looks like this
What does Intentional Productivity look like on a daily basis? Is it something that you would even want to work towards? Intentional productivity is about more than just getting work done. It's about also making time for the work and other activities that you want to be doing. For more on related topics or the Intentional Productivity and Intentional Leadership online courses, visit productiveforgood.org.
07:31
August 27, 2021
You’re missing pieces of the puzzle
You’re missing pieces of the puzzle
Organizational psychologist Matt Jarman talks about what most productivity and leadership articles, books, podcasts, and videos are missing. We also begin to explore why productivity and leadership are important for societal well-being. For more on related topics or the Intentional Productivity and Intentional Leadership online courses, visit productiveforgood.org.
07:31
August 26, 2021