The Big Idea
Life is not about the hustle.
Questions I Answer
- How can I feel more in control of my calendar?
- What are the best email tips to help me be more productive?
- How can I be more productive when I travel?
- What daily habits will help me live with intention?
Actions to Take
- Listen to Episode 006: The Power of Priorities
Key Topics in the Show
Learn how productivity has helped Alex build a multi-million dollar empire.
Find out how to take back control of your agenda without being controlling.
Simple but effective email tips and strategies for the office to help make communication easier.
How to alleviate travel stress so you can come back actually feeling refreshed and not frazzled.
Discover how to set your weekly goals so that they are attainable.
Learn about what daily rituals Alex attributes to his success.
Resources and Links
- Go to Alex’s website and enter code WINNER to gain access to his best productivity tips and strategies.
Tanya Dalton: Hello, hello everyone. Welcome to Productivity Paradox. I’m your host, Tanya Dalton, and this is Episode 13. Today is a really special day because Episode 13 marks the end of Season 1. Season 2 will be starting next week. This is also the first time I’m going to be
having a guest expert on the show and I’m really excited to
introduce you to Alex Mandossian, a man who’s known by many
titles, productivity expert, entrepreneur, business coach. In his
opinion, his most important role is being a dad. In today’s show,
we’re going to be talking about why you need to focus on
priorities over productivity. Alex will be giving some of his best
productivity tips and secrets, including a rundown of his daily
ritual, tips for controlling your inbox and more. I’m really excited
about it and to be honest with you this show is a little bit longer
than we normally do. It’s a doubling length episode, but there was just too much goodness not to share so let’s go ahead and get
started. Alex, thanks so much for joining me on the show today.
Alex Mandossian: Tanya, thank you. It’s a role reversal, usually I’m interviewing you on my show so I’m happy to be here. I hope I live up your
Tanya Dalton: I’m sure you will. I’m really excited for my listeners to get to hear your story and to learn some of your productivity secrets. For
those of you who are new to you, can you tell us a little bit about your story? How did you become so passionate about
Alex Mandossian: Productivity, I can defined in five words, maximum results in minimum time. Maximum results in minimum time. I first came
online in 1995. I wrote my first email in 1997 and most people who are listening right now probably didn’t have an email address
unless they were on America Online and getting these CDs giving them 5000 free hours of America Online, if you remember those. They probably have a different email than they did maybe 5 even
a 10 years ago. I came in from what most people would regard is near the beginning of e-commerce. I found that as every year
went on … Every Internet marketing year is like seven years of
brick-and-mortar years it just moves so fast, one year online
seems like seven years, like dog years. I found it to be more and
more important to be more and more productive and because I’m a dedicated dad, now divorced unfortunately, but it makes life
even more complicated if you’re not productive. I run my own
company. We’ve made millions of dollars over the years,
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I have all these different roles, son, brother, father, former husband, boyfriend, leader, teacher and sometimes one role takes priority over the next. In prioritizing my roles with each type of
person in my life, whether it’s personal or professional, I figured
out long ago that being productive, getting maximum results in
minimum time, gives me more freedom to take back my agenda
and not live in to other people’s agenda. Because I don’t want to have this regret at the end of my life and my final breath that I
wished I had done that, or even worse I wished I hadn’t wasted
time doing that. That’s where productivity comes in.
My origin story is 1995 and each year I seemed to get more and more distracted by email, by other online access where people
would have access to me. I got my first mobile phone I think in
- Then now with email and the Internet connected to every
device you can think of, from tablet to desktop computer to
mobile phone, you name it, now watches. It’s really important to
be more and more productive. As a result, if you go online and
just type in productivity guide, there’s over 30 million results, but I’ll show up in the top five because that’s how important it is to
- I’m known as a marketing guy, but without productivity,
which is really the root cause of all my success, I would not be as good a dad as I think I am or maybe entrepreneur teacher. Even
former husband, there is certain former husbands that are very
good former husbands. I try to be a good one and show up for
my then wife. I don’t even call her my ex-wife and so being
productive does make a difference not only for your life but for
other people’s lives as well.
Tanya Dalton: Absolutely, I love what you said there about not giving into other people’s agendas and that something we have definitely touched on in this podcast, in several of the episodes, talking about
aligning yourself with your own priorities and not letting yourself get distracted by what other people want to push on you. I love
what you said there. I loved what you said about the definition of productivity. You could you expand on that a little bit?
Alex Mandossian: The definition what is productivity, I like definitions that are brief and to the point, sasync. Brevity is heavenly. The definition is
maximum results in minimum time. Now that is a booby-trap of a definition. I’ll tell you why because there is a diminishing return
with productivity. You can only get so many results in so much
time. After a while, you have to have more priority in your life to
figure out what is going to take precedence, that’s another P, over another task. You can be overly productive, go into adrenal
fatigue. Your adrenal glands just get fatigued, like mine have over the years because I got so much maximum results in minimum
time that I became exhausted, overstressed, overworked, and
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The definition of productivity is not complete. You need also the definition of priority. For me, priority is knowing the difference
between what’s important and what’s urgent and then doing
what’s important first. That’s taking your agenda back. Living into other people’s agenda is doing what’s urgent usually for
somebody else, but like the Buddhists, especially the Tibetan
Buddhist, Mahayana Buddhist, that tradition, what they teach.
One of my mentors is a Tibetan Buddhist and so he taught me
what if you had one day to live, what would you do? The things
that are important or things that are urgent? My response was,
“Of course, I’d do the things that are important.” He said, “Why
don’t you live your life that way? Pretend like you got three days to live.” If you had three days to live, you’d probably call up the
people you can’t stand, your enemies, relatives you’ve never
spoken to in a while, and say, “I’m sorry,” or “Forgive me,” and just be really productive and you get some kind of connection there
because that what’s important when there’s a few days to live this lifetime.
Then you want to do what’s important in your life which has a lot less to do what’s urgent and so priority is just as important as
productivity. Priority is knowing the difference. Many people don’t even know the difference, but what’s the difference between
what’s urgent in your life and what is important, and then do
what’s important first. Now if you do not that immediately, you’re going to offend a lot of people. Because chances are you’re doing things that are urgent for other people, you’re living into their
agendas, you’re living to what they are asking of you. Maybe
you’re a people pleaser of sorts, everyone is, but maybe you are
more than others.
If that’s the case, it may take time to purge yourself away from what’s urgent. Maybe it takes you three months, but man I can
almost guaranteed, practically guarantee, that you’ll be a lot
happier three months from now if you start living a life of not only productivity but a life of priority, which is some of the work you
and I’ve been doing as one of my clients.
Tanya Dalton: Absolutely. I think my listeners are already starting to understand why we get along so well. Am I right? Because you and I talk a lot about these things, finding your priorities and focusing in on your productivity. Part of that is figuring out what is important and not just putting out the fires of what’s urgent at the time. I think that a lot of … Oh sorry, go ahead.
Alex Mandossian: The other thing is our avatars, our target audiences, are similar. My target audience, my primary audience, my bull’s-eye client, if
you will, or student, is a woman. She’s in her 30s or 40s. She’s
married. She has kids and she is proud of being a multitasker. We can call her a multitasking Melanie maybe. Whatever we call her,
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she’s proud of multitasking as if that’s a good thing, but doing
too much of that, I don’t care man, woman, old, young, it is going to get to you because multitasking is switch tasking. Ladies, if
you are listening, I don’t mean to be offensive at all. I’m a guy. You guys have it a lot harder than I do. I’m just a CEO of my company. Women are CEOs of their family. The extra child they have, also
known as the husband or ex-husband, and of their company.
Family and company, that’s two CEOs. I’m only CEO of one so I
think it is tougher on you guys. I’m just not trying to kiss it. Kiss
up to you guys. I should say gals.
Also, one thing that you are guilty of based on my research and the feedback I get from my own tribe of ladies who are, they
make up about 68% of my list, of online list, and students, and
clients, is that they’re proud of multitasking. I would say that
maybe you were at one time proud as well. Tanya, I’m not sure if
you were or weren’t, but that’s the first thing we wanted to nip
and take out of the roots. Let’s not be proud of multitasking. Let’s do one thing at a time, have no distractions. Don’t stir the pot and talk on the phone and use your toes to rock the cradle with your baby there in the kitchen. That’s a sight that I’m used to seeing,
but it’s not something to be proud of. If you’re multitasking
Melanie, do want you can to purge yourself out of that, as well.
That’s the final word on that. I want to get in trouble instead of
have you get in trouble because I know you feel the same way.
Tanya Dalton: I’m definitely a recovered multitasker. That is for sure. It’s something that I’ve had to work on myself to try to break those
habit. We’ve talked a lot about that in several of the episodes her. I think that you really touched on a lot of important topics about how we have so many things going on in our lives. Why is it that
you think that productivity is such an important and relevant
topic right now?
Alex Mandossian: I think it’s important now more than before is because we you have so much energy coming our way. Whether it’s news or
people or email or text. We are in a disruptive, interruptive digital economy. The tools and the elements in our life that was
supposed make life easier have made it more overwhelming, like email, like travel. I mean when people are traveling … I fly first
class. I’m very blessed. Whether it’s first class or coach or
wherever you’re sitting, business class, or maybe you’re in the
bathroom and you’re hitching a ride and you haven’t paid for a
ticket. I have no idea, but I do know when the plane lands, the
first thing people do is start checking their inbox or their text
messages. Can’t you wait until you leave the plane just to
decompress. Nothing’s going to happen while you’re still on the
plane. The world is not going to come to an end, so taking back
your agenda means don’t let things happen to you, which means be more productive. Take control of the agenda. You don’t have
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to be controlling but take control. You got to be more conscious
of it now because you don’t have as much energy coming your
way. People didn’t have access to you as they do now than they
did maybe 10 years ago when people couldn’t get a hold of you in the palm of your hand, now they can.
Tanya Dalton: That’s so true. It’s almost like you cannot escape and you can’t ever be away and be alone or be still and be quiet. I think that’s
definitely a challenge that many of us experience today.
Alex Mandossian: The greater challenge is people want to feel love, so they read their messages. When they get a message, they somehow
confuse that with being liked or loved or appreciated. When in
fact, there may be some complaints or flames which are the
colloquial term of paying clients and students. Just keep the time to check email or text quarantine, within a certain timeframe so
you just prepare emotionally, mentally, even spiritually, for what
may be on the other side which you can’t always control.
Tanya Dalton: I think that’s a great idea and I love that tip. I know that you have about … I think it’s 21 different productivity strategies that you
talk about. What I’d love for you to do is maybe highlight a
couple of your favorites or some your juicier bits that you liked
that to share?
Alex Mandossian: Here’s a productivity tip if you are a marketer, teacher, trainer, give someone an ethical bribe before you share your tips so they keep listening or watching, in this case listening, so they can get
something at the end of the show. I’m going to give you a $1000 course called Productivity Secrets and it’s online at
productivitysecrets.com. I’m a very good receiver if you want to
pay me the $997. Why is it that price? Because it sounds better
than $1000, but you can get there or you can wait until I’m done with a few of these tips and I’ll give it to you for free. Just keep it to yourselves, if that’s cool, so that the whole world doesn’t get
access to it and I still can make some money. Is that fair enough,
Tanya Dalton: I think that’s totally fair. I’m really excited about this because I really think that these productivity secrets are going to really help a lot of the people listening today. I’m really excited about that. I love that you are being so generous.
Alex Mandossian: My pleasure. It’s for you because you’ve done so much for me in teaching me how to become more productive by teaching and
training clients. I’m going to take four tips from the 21. Now these 21 came from over 200. I did some surveys years ago and in order these are the tips that I was told to teach on and so I did. I did
some videos. They’re about five to six minutes. I transcribed them so they are written form and then I even have audio. When you
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go and get your gift, instead of paying the $997, you’ll get an
access code, you’ll get it for free. Listen to one tip per day. In 21
days, go back to tip number one again just keep doing this
revolution and evolution of 21 tips. I just find it to be very useful. I do it myself and I actually deliver the tips.
The first one is about email, email overwhelm. Email was suppose to make life easier, it made life harder. Here are my tips to have
less overwhelming feelings when you see email or send email and it starts with you. The first thing is don’t have people send you
long or verbose, very wordy, emails. The easiest way to do that is for you to be an example. The experience is not the best teacher. I believe experience is the only teacher so let them experience very brief emails. To me, email should be less than 50 words. I hate
going up or lowercase. If you could do all lowercase to look like
you’re busy or rushed, I like doing that. You know that because
you get emails from me. Unless my Outlook has auto correct,
you’d always get lowercase because I’m just typing really fast. I
like to keep them to 50 words or less. That’s tip a.
Tip B is with email overwhelm, make it one idea per email. If you need to file it, it’s a lot easier to file an email that has one idea or one request in it versus trying to parse it or separate it. It’s so
annoying when I get five or six requests in one email, which is
supposed to be a memo. Pretend like each email cost you money to send and receive, it’ll change your behavior. One idea per
The third is, especially in business life, in professional life, refrain, prevent yourself from having other people CC you or BCC you,
carbon copy or blind carbon copy. Sometimes it’s necessary. If
one of my suppliers or vendors are not responding to my team
members, my team member will CC me just so they get a faster
response because I got the checkbook and they respond very
quickly when they see my name is on the email. That’s really the
only exception, but if you want a record of emails, you don’t have to CC somebody. Just use your sent file, whatever email client or application you use, professionally you have evidence right there. 50 words or less, one idea per email and refrain from all the CC’s and BCC’s. It gets on my nerves. Any new member that comes on
my team, the ladies on my team whisper, they go, “Don’t CC Alex. He really gets irritated.” That’s enough for me to get your emails. I get about 25 to 30 unique emails a day. I know people who get
20, 30, even a 100 times that per day, so I’m very proud of that.
Tanya Dalton: That’s a great idea. I love that.
Alex Mandossian: Next one out of the 21, we’ll jump to secret number four. These are strategies, once you know what they are, they no longer are
secrets. Secret number four is called travel stress. Now what’s
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that? If you’re going to travel, and I know your husband traveled a lot until you decided to start Inkwell Press and that’s part of your story, if people listen to your podcast, they know that to be true.
In episode 000, they can hear that. How do I know? Because
we’ve coached you through that process and I’m really proud of
that story because I think it’s a good one. Travel is a part of any
family if you are a professional.
Travel causes more stress. Why? Because you’ve got more work when you come home and you worrying about the work you can’t get done when you’re traveling. That’s why people who are on
the plane when they land, they’re like tick, tick, tick, just texting
and checking. If there’s no Wi-Fi on the plane, people get
stressed out. Like international flights, people are stressed, there’s no Wi-Fi in some cases. It’s just mind-boggling to me. Not that I
don’t do email on a plane, but we can take a break for a few
hours. Travel stress to me means stockpiled work or the stress of not getting stuff done because you are traveling.
When I travel, tip A is I have an autoresponder message saying, “I’m going to delete this email that just came in. I’m traveling.
Write me back after I’m back,” so I did not have more stuff to do. Stuff can be another word too, getting stuff done, getting you
Tanya Dalton: Yes.
Alex Mandossian: I don’t like having more manure to do. I like to have as much as I need to do after I’m back. If it’s important, they will email me
afterwards in my autoresponder message. My auto message will
tell them that. They say, “Do you really delete your messages?” I
go, “I do. I do delete my messages.” “Aren’t you afraid that you’re going to miss something that’s important?” I say, “No,” because 15 years ago I had a lot of important things, people would call me. I use the creative avoidance tactic of email. I don’t understand why email has to be the end-all thing, but auto responders in your text and email is very important.
Tip B is don’t respond to email or voicemail or text when you are traveling.
Tanya Dalton: That’s so [crosstalk 00:20:30].
Alex Mandossian: Unless it is a professionally related thing dealing with travel, like you’re going to a seminar or workshop. Don’t give yourself more work and multitasking, having to dart out of the room and do all
the stuff that causes stress. Your mind is not on the task at hand. If you’re at an appointment or you’re at an event where you’re
learning, it’s just not fair to you, your event and your host.
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Then the tip C in strategy number four, which is travel stress, is take the day off the day before, take the day off the day after you get back. Why? So you are not stressed leaving. Sometimes I feel like I’m about to break out in hives on my skin because I gave
myself so much stuff to do before I’d left. Now yes, I’m super
productive but I don’t want to jump on a plane or a train or even in my car thinking about all the stuff I just did and why did I do
that to myself. I tell my general manager, Sandra, don’t book me
the day before I leave and don’t book me the day after I come
back. Let me decompress when I come back, let me pre
compress before I leave. Those are buffer days. It’s a buffer. Their bookends to the travel and that seems to be very, very useful.
Autoresponder message when I’m away saying, “I’m going to delete all these email so send me an email afterwards. If it’s an
absolute dire emergency, call me,” and people won’t. Don’t
respond to the email or voicemail that’s not related to travel,
which I don’t, otherwise I’m giving people permission to have a
conversation with me. You laugh, probably because you do it, and hopefully we’ll cut that out of the habit of doing that. Then taking the day off before you go, having a buffer date. That’s what one
of my coaches, Dan Sullivan of Strategic Coach calls it, and
having a buffer day or even a free day the day after you come
back. It will change your life. You can unpack completely, put all
the stuff in the laundry and put your suitcase away the day you
come back so you have no reminder of your travel. That’s the
travel stress secrets. What do you think?
Tanya Dalton: I love that because I completely agree. I feel like we work all the way up until that last minute, almost til we’re running for the
plane, trying to get as much done. Then we get on the plane or
we go on our trip and we’re exhausted. You spend the first couple days of your trip recovering, trying to get over it what you’ve just done. Then if you really traveling, whether it’s for vacation or
business, and you come back, there is that whole feeling of,
“Okay, now I have to jump right in.” Dip your toes in and get use
to the water and get yourself back in. I love that idea of giving
yourself that room, that space, to breathe and to think because I think so much can happen in those spaces in between that really can be life-changing.
Alex Mandossian: I will say that people don’t have their agenda taken away from them. People simply give away their agenda. They give up their
power. If you are off the clock, then don’t put yourself back on
the clock when you’re traveling by responding to a text or an
email when your autoresponder says just the opposite. Because
you’ll feel a little guilty, even shameful, which they’re worthless
emotions, but you’ll feel that way, if you’re not with integrity,
integrated with what your message said. It’ll take time and I’m
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sure you’ll fall from grace like I have so many times, I still do, but
it’s an important habit to live into.
Which brings me to the next productivity tip is number nine of my 21, it’s called weekly goals, I know you’re very big on goals. I
know you believe that there’s no such thing as a useful New
Year’s resolution, which we’ve talked about.
Tanya Dalton: Absolutely. Yes.
Alex Mandossian: Weekly goals for me are more powerful than monthly goals or annual goals because I believe in the power of 52. If I have a goal and I have only have one, let’s say, “I want to make an extra
million dollar next year.” Great, so now I have one shot at doing
that. If I fail, I failed. It’s binary. But if I take a million bucks and I
divide it by 12, then I have monthly goals. Now I have 12 chances
to celebrate versus one, but that doesn’t even hold a candle to
chunking it down to 52. If I have to make $19,230 and I do that in a specific week and I do it again and I do it again, my I do it six
times in the year, I’ve celebrated six times at sending this magic
shoulder tap from the universe to my nervous systems saying,
“You’re a success.” Versus having a binary yes or no or an almost binary 12 shot attempt, if with the monthly goal.
I love 52. Just by chunking things down into 52 by definition the part A of that tip of productivity secret number nine is take
advantage of the value of 52. It’s a human made concept. The
weak is man-made and woman-made so let’s take advantage of it because it really does work. I love planning my weeks the week
before. Monthly plans, quarterly plans, even yearly plans, don’t
work as well because things are shifting so quickly these days.
Next MBO, manage by objective, I love doing my weekly goals by objective. Not by thing that are urgent but what’s my objective as it’s related to my mission. “Alex, I don’t have a mission.” Get one, find one, but have an objective and then managed by that
objective and know the difference between something that is
objectively based on your future and something that’s unrelated. Along those lines, I like to have what’s called a rule of five, which is what Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen of Chicken Soup of the Soul thing taught me, do five things every single day. I put
them on an index card. I mean I’m old-school. I just carry it
around with me. Those are five goals. As soon as I get it done, I
cross it out and hold onto it. If I don’t do any of those five or if I
don’t do two of the five, I’d pour it onto the next day and on the
next card so I only have five things to do each day. Now do I get
more than five things done? Of course. Do I always do all five
things? No. Sometimes my days have been derailed and I don’t
any of them, but I don’t add more. I do five for sure, so I feel really good about that. That’s the MBO rule of five.
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Then the final tip, the C step of productivity secret number nine of the 21 weekly goals, is prime time. I like to have some prime
time hours. For me, it’s 8:30 till 11:30 AM Pacific time. No one can get a hold of me unless I reach out to them. Most of the time I
don’t because I’m doing stuff for my business. I’m in creation
mode. I’m not on Facebook or Twitter or LinkedIn. I’m actually
doing stuff and I have a countdown timer. When the countdown
timer reaches 50 minutes, it goes off, it buzzes. I do some push
ups, have a glass of water, walk around and I come back for
another 50-minute segment. Then when it goes off again, I go for another 50-minute segment. I have three 50-minute prime time
segments with a countdown timer and no one can get a hold of
me during that time. I own my morning. I’m a morning glory, so I
love my mornings. Have at least one to three hours a day where
just it’s prime time, that will help you get more done faster, better and on your own terms for weekly goals. That is tip number nine
in three parts.
Tanya Dalton: I love that because I agree with the setting your weekly goals and setting your weekly agenda to really maximize your success and
to not look too much at these giant, giant overarching goals
because it becomes overwhelming. As someone really smart told me, I believe it might’ve been you, who told me, “Overwhelm is
not having too much to do, it’s not knowing where to start.”
Alex Mandossian: That’s exactly right. Not knowing the next thing to do is where overwhelm is because you have just too many things, too many
spinning dishes. You don’t get overwhelmed walking into an old
style library where there’s a million books around you, people
don’t do that anymore, but you don’t go, “Oh my gosh, they’re a
million books here.” No, you know what to do next and you know what book to find hopefully. Or if you walk into a Walmart where there’s two million pieces of merchandise, you know what to look for. Now it may be overwhelming as you walk by the other aisles, but you’re causing that in yourself, the store is not doing that to
Tanya Dalton: In listening to you and what you’re talking about with your prime time, which I love how you stop and you give yourself breaks and you really have that dedicated time for yourself, it sounds like you have some really good daily rituals. Can you tell me a little bit
about your daily rituals or how those work?
Alex Mandossian: The first thing is they are identified. My morning ritual when I wake up is I will not get out of bed right away. I won’t even go to the toilet. I won’t go to the bathroom. Whatever you call it, water closet, toilet, bathroom. I like to stay in bed and maybe just hold it in for 10 minutes and just hang out in bed and just ease into
waking up. Then I do what I need to do and then I drink typically somewhere between the 12 to 24 ounces of water just to get my
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brain lubricated. Then I’ll have a cup of coffee. I have a good
friend, Dave Asper, who has Bulletproof, the company. I have
Bulletproof coffee in the morning. You may be a fan of that if
you’re listening, but I don’t coffee first, I drink water first to
hydrate my brain.
Then I’m a morning person so I work out for 50 minutes and I have a countdown timer. I go up to my gym, I live in a great little complex and I work for 50 minutes all out. I come back, shower
and then I look at my day. Really my day in dealing with other
people doesn’t start until 11:30 AM most days because I own my
mornings. You don’t have to be a morning person to own your
mornings, you can just be someone who’s more productive. I go through that whole process and then because I’m divorce, I have my kids half the time. On days that I have them, my ritual is to
pick my kids up and play daddy taxi driver, as I’m sure you’re
aware of. You and John probably do the same thing.
Tanya Dalton: Yes.
Alex Mandossian: It’s fun. I cook dinner and then I totally stress out on what I’m going to prepare my daughter for lunch because she’s not a big
eater and that stresses me out at night. If I don’t prepare lunch at night, I am totally stressed in the morning. I’ve to get them out
and I drive them to school at 7:45 AM, but if I don’t prepare their lunch at night, I’m a mess during the day. Go figure. That’s my
ritual. I love the workouts in the morning. I love hanging out in
bed for about 10 minutes. I do have a half-hour meditation
practice that I do most days. Then on the weekends when I do
give myself time off, guess what I do? I just watch TV. Mindless,
meaningless, but it is so much fun for me because I don’t have to think.
Tanya Dalton: There’s something nice about taking the thinking out of it, letting your brain have a little bit of a break really.
Alex Mandossian: Right. What’s important is not what the ritual is but to have a ritual so that you are in unconscious competence mode. It’s just
natural, you’re in flow, a flow state.
Tanya Dalton: You’re obviously a big proponent of having rituals and being mindful, which is one of my keywords as you know. Tell me, what do you think could happen if listeners who are listening today,
start implementing some of these practices that you’re talking
about? What could happen for them?
Alex Mandossian: The first thing that happens is you feel better about yourself. You’ll be more hopeful about your future. You’ll find that the light at the end of the tunnel is not a light, it’s a mirror. I wish that was my quote but it’s not. One my mentors taught me that but it’s
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true that the man or woman in the mirror that you see will feel
better about themselves, even if you haven’t reach your goals. If
you are much more mindful about your rituals and the paradox of productivity, which is the name your podcast, is that when you’re more mindful of your rituals, then they become mindlessly
automatic and you don’t have to think of them anymore. That’s
where you want to be. You want to be in that flow state. Yes,
you’ll feel better about yourself.
Paradoxically, other people will feel better about you. They go, “Hey, that person’s got their stuff together. I want to be like that
person.” You’ll get more positive attention. All the energy
vampires will slowly leave your life. In folklore, vampires can only be allowed in your home if you allow them in. I doubt anyone
believes in vampires but the concept is really cool because you’re only inviting people into your life to suck the energy and marrow out of your life away because you let them in. Find a doorman or
a woman to mind the door and don’t let those vampires in. Most of my energy vampires I don’t have a choice with, they’re family
members, so I have to see them at Christmas dinner and I have to see them on Thanksgiving dinner. But two times is better than 52 times a year so I’m very happy about that. You’ll never get rid of them altogether if they’re family, but it’s nice not to be around
them because they don’t support what your life could look like if you became more productive.
Tanya Dalton: I like what you said there, that you have to invite the vampires in. It’s really a matter of maintaining whether you want that door
open or closed and really keeping that door closed when you’re
wanting to be as productive as possible.
Alex Mandossian: That’s exactly right.
Tanya Dalton: I think you’re really on to something there with the mindset and it really can make a huge difference. I love what you said here.
You’ve said so many amazing things and so many takeaways that I feel like our listeners could really benefit from. If you could give just one final thought on what is something that they could do
today that would really just to help move the needle forward,
what would that be?
Alex Mandossian: I would say that you take an inventory of your day if you feel is not productive enough, and look at what you do in half hour
increments. Just like you do with a diet. Everything that goes in
your mouth and take inventory, a lot of people lose weight
because they don’t write down the stuff that’s going inside the
mouth. Rather than taking a diet inventory, take a productivity
diet inventory and see what you are doing every half hour and
just write down, wasting time, going to the restroom, driving,
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Then do that for a week and you will be shocked when you look
at what you actually do versus what you thought you did, which
is what brings me to the ethical bribe for those who are still
listening right now and getting the productivity secrets codes.
Tanya Dalton: I’m glad you mentioned that. I was going to remind you of your promise there, which I knew you would remember, but …
Alex Mandossian: It’s my privilege. In fact, I can’t believe you don’t have access to it so this is just as much for you and John, Tanya, than everyone
else because I don’t think you’ve seen the course. If go to
marketingonline.com/beproductive, you need that forward slash, marketingonline.com/beproductive. Inside the access code box,
type in “winner,” because that’s what you are if you’re listening
right now. Believe it or not you won the ovarian lottery against
half a billion other competitors. You guys were swimming at the
time and 40 weeks later you got out and you were born a winner. We are only learned to be coming weak. I don’t can why. Let’s go back to remembering when we were microscopic and we won
and let’s go live the life of not only getting what we want but
wanting what we have. That’s the definition of happiness. You can check it out 21 days at a time. There’s a 5 to 7-minute tip there. It doesn’t take a lot of time. Marketingonline.com/beproductive, the access code is “winner,” and enjoy them. You can download them on your iPhone or smartphone. It’s also in written format if you
like to read, you can print them all out. I hope and I would say I
pray that they are useful for you because they can change your
Tanya Dalton: Absolutely, I will definitely have that link and the access code in my show notes, so you can always find them in the show notes,
which of course is inkwellpress.com/podcast. I’ll have the link to
Alex’s offer, which I think is so generous, and I would really urge
you to check out his productivity secrets because I cannot tell
you the amount of tips and tricks and ideas that I have gotten just from talking with Alex. It really is such a gift to me that we have
the relationship that we have and I’m just so thankful. I’m grateful that you are my first interviewee on the podcast. This was a real
treat for me. I’m really excited to share you with all of my
followers. Alex, thank you so for being on the show today. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.
Alex Mandossian: I’m very proud of the way you are doing this and there are going to be some very, very high level thought leaders coming on this
show because it’s a very timely topic and it’s becoming more and more important and it is a paradox. Productivity is paradoxical
and I hope that the listeners understand that as they go on to
week to week.
Tanya Dalton: Definitely. Thanks so much.
There you have it. Didn’t I tell you there were so many great tips and ideas that Alex shared? I really couldn’t cut it down to make
it fit my normal 20 minute, but I’m really glad you stepped
through it because this is our last episode of season one. You may not have realized it but all of season one was focused on laying
our foundation, finding our priorities, focusing on our purpose.
Season two is going to be all about streamlining and editing and really figuring out the things that are important to you. I have a
really, really exciting season lined up ahead and I cannot wait to
start diving into that. We’ll start season two next week. In the
meantime, if you’d like to connect with me, you can find me on
Facebook or Instagram or Twitter, under the username
inkwellpress. Have a great week. Happy planning.
**This transcript is created by AI, so please excuse any typos, misspellings and grammar mistakes.
Tanya Dalton is a female productivity keynote speaker. As a woman she bring a unique perspective to time management, goal setting and purpose.