1 Simple Thing Podcast | Build a Better Business by Building a Better You!
Welcome to the 1 Simple Thing Podcast, where we help you "build a better business by building a better you." 5 days a week we feature guests who are experts in life...marriage and family, health and fitness, emotional spiritual and mental health. You know...the things that we often overlook, but can have a dramatic impact on our quality of life. Each day you’ll get 1 Simple Thing you can do to start down the road to change. No big list, no unattainable goals. Just 1 Simple Thing.
“Personal Productivity Secrets” with Maura Thomas

Modern life has given us so many distractions and interruptions that we have a lost our ability to focus and concentrate. The abundance of devices and notifications has robbed us of our attention span. On this episode, Dave Kirby recaps episodes 306-309 with thoughts on his conversations with guest Maura Thomas about her book, “Personal Productivity Secrets: Do what you never thought possible with your time and attention... and regain control of your life.”

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

“Tools are only half of the solution” with Maura Thomas

Maura Thomas teaches that we need more than just a set of tools to be productive. We also need a workflow management process to understand how to use these tools and how are they going to serve us, rather than adapting to some tool somebody told us was useful.

Direct download: 1_Simple_Thing_-_Maura_Thomas_-_Episode_309.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

“Stop the mental chatter” with Maura Thomas

Author Maura Thomas gives some great advice on controlling the mental chatter in our heads that creates stress and distraction. Most people are not very good at keeping track of all of the details. We write stuff down, but we write it down in various places: a notebook, sticky notes, flagged in email, or on the dry erase board in the office. We end up having all these bits of information swirling around in our heads and scattered in a million different places all at the same time. It’s a system that feels productive, but it isn’t because when it’s time to retrieve or access the specific information we’re in a frenzy trying to figure out where to look.

Direct download: 1_Simple_Thing_-_Maura_Thomas_-_Episode_308.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

“Take control of your technology” with Maura Thomas

Author Maura Thomas talks about how, as a society, technology is there for our convenience, yet we let it interrupt us all the time and don’t control it. We need to control our technologies, so we’re not constantly interrupted, making it impossible to focus.

Direct download: 1_Simple_Thing_-_Maura_Thomas_-_Episode_307.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

“Stop Sabotaging Your Productivity” with Maura Thomas

Author Maura Thomas explains that focus is like a muscle; the more you work it, the stronger it becomes. The problem is our typical daily behavior weakens our focus muscle because we’re constantly distracted. And the more constantly distracted we are, the shorter our attention span and ability to focus becomes.

Direct download: 1_Simple_Thing_-_Maura_Thomas_-_Episode_306.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

“What Does it Take to Change?” with Kerry Patterson

If you’ve tried and failed to create lasting change in your life, it might be because you have relied primarily on willpower. And willpower will consistently let us down. Instead, Kerry Patterson has made a career of studying the science required to make lasting change. Today Dave Kirby recaps his conversations with Kerry on Episodes 301-304 and shares some thoughts about what he’s learned.

Direct download: 1_Simple_Thing_-_Kerry_Patterson_-_Episode_305.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

“How to Change Anything” with Kerry Patterson

Kerry Patterson shares practical applications on how skillful “changers” have created vital behaviors to dramatically improve results with colleagues, loved ones and in themselves. Learn how real people have integrated all of the strategies and tactics of the new science of personal success into an effective change plan, helping them find career success, weight loss, financial fitness, addiction recovery, or relationship renewal.

Direct download: 1_Simple_Thing_-_Kerry_Patterson_-_Episode_304.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

“Overcoming Bad Habits” with Kerry Patterson

Kerry Patterson teaches us to be mindful of our friends and the impact they have to either motivate and enable us to do the right thing, or motivate and enable us to do the wrong thing. Likewise, the physical world is acting upon you in ways you don’t even realize. And because we don’t intuitively look to the physical world we miss a great opportunity to create and maintain change.

Direct download: 1_Simple_Thing_-_Kerry_Patterson_-_Episode_303.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

“Creating Lasting Change” with Kerry Patterson

To create lasting change, we must have the motivation to change and also the ability to change. Kerry Patterson warns of what he calls "the willpower trap." It's the trap of thinking willpower alone is enough to create lasting change. At some level, you might succeed in the short term, but over the long run you won’t be able to keep it up. Instead, what we need is a desire to change, combined with a cohesive strategy to apply the proper skills required for long-term success.

Direct download: 1_Simple_Thing_-_Kerry_Patterson_-_Episode_302.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

“Willpower is Not Enough” with Kerry Patterson

Willpower is not the answer to creating change in your life. Kerry Patterson says when you have lasting problems and you’ve tried and tried, willpower is not enough. That’s where skill comes into play.  When you learn how to bring certain skills into play, depending on what challenges you are facing, you are 10x more likely to create lasting change.

Direct download: 1_Simple_Thing_-_Kerry_Patterson_-_Episode_301.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:00am CDT