026 – Extreme Workflow and Productivity Hacks!

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026 – Extreme Workflow and Productivity Hacks!


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This episode is a unique solo episode packed to the brim with a lot of workflow hacks and core advice to manage yourself better and get a lot more done inside of your standard work day. This is vital methods I apply to my work every day of every week and have developed many of these techniques over the span of the past 20 years of my career.


Show links

Time Doctor

Rescue Time

Focus @ Will

Polder Buzz’n’Beep Digital Timer

Parkinson’s Law

Power of automationg with Scripting

Google Docs – for Spreadsheets

More information about FLOW

Overtime Vs Productivity


Allan McKay speaking at It’s ART Master Class in Paris March 14


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  1. Govind says:

    I am big fan of your solo episodes. Self-discipline & respecting time! one of the most difficult thing to master.. This was awesome, I was using ‘toggle desktop’ for keeping a track of my time, but rescue time & time doc is great; makes you very conscious.

    Have you ever tried breathing exercise?
    A sort of meditation, 15 min every day before sleep. It has helped me have such a quality sleep even in a noisy neighbourhood. One nostril at a time. 15 sec inhale slowly – hold for 15 sec – 15 sec exhale slowly. I have read that we humans don’t breathe properly and people who learn to do that are very active. Definitely helped me a lot as I am someone with a wandering mind.

    Would love to hear more on hacks, from your experience. Especially on topics like handling freelance along with a staff position & similar, please.

    Thank you as always. Its like what John Dumas says in one of his episodes, podcasts are so addictive – its difficult waiting for the next one.


    (You have thanked Pierre Grage in your notes for this episode and even previous ones where he wasn’t present – guess the note is automated and I did not find the 1-10 rating you mentioned in the end. Just an heads up!)

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  3. Jarom Brand says:

    Marque Pierre Sondergaard, the site was zerply.com

    Allan, this was an awesome episode! Tones of useful stuff and definitely one of my favorites. I have a question about your daily mini goals. First, what do you do if you give yourself a certain amount of time to complete a task, and you turn out to be way off and are unable to get the task done in that amount of time? Do you just keep working when the timer goes off, or do you stop and reprioritize your task list? My other question is do you have a good way of keeping track of how long tasks take you? Do you just keep all your mini goals and sift through them when needed or do you have a better system?

    Thanks for sharing your wealth of information


  4. santosh says:

    Great podcast Allan! Man that was chock full of information! This is fantastic. Every student should be listening to your podcast!

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