Latest Episodes

Episode #22 – Fit and Frenzied… how is your Fitbit treating your productivity?

May 6, 2022Deb Lee and Cris Sgrott
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Episode #22 - Fit and Frenzied... how is your Fitbit treating your productivity?
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Do you wear a Fitbit smart watch, Apple Watch, or some other wearable device? If so, you won’t want to miss this episode! We’re talking about how helpful these devices are to our productivity. And whether or not they can cramp your productivity style.

You’ll hear about Deb’s experience with her own Fitbit and Cris’ hesitation (and slight desire) to buy one.

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Episode #21 – Have You Experienced Hot Potato Productivity?

April 22, 2022Deb Lee and Cris Sgrott
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Episode #21 - Have You Experienced Hot Potato Productivity?
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There are probably two types of people in this world, those who can engage in “Hot Potato Productivity” and those who do not. “Hot Potato Productivity” refers to one’s ability to stop what they’re working on for non-emergencies, such as taking a walk, getting a snack, or answering the phone.

It’s easy for some and harder for others. In this episode, we share perspectives from both sides and share some tips on how you can easily transition between tasks.

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Episode #20 – Asking For Help, When You Should Have Your S#*T Together!

April 8, 2022Deb Lee and Cris Sgrott
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Episode #20 - Asking For Help, When You Should Have Your S#*T Together!
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Do you ever feel like you have to always keep it together? And show no signs of weakness and successfully juggle it all? We sometimes feel that way. And we’re wondering, how do you ask for help when people, yourself included, expect nothing but greatness?

We’ll tell you how in our new episode and it has nothing to do with being hard on yourself.

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Episode #19 – Productivity Avoidance

March 25, 2022Deb Lee and Cris Sgrott
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Productivity Lovers
Episode #19 - Productivity Avoidance
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In today’s episode, we’re discussing “productivity avoidance.” That sounds bad, doesn’t it? This is the term we’ve given to situations where you are being productive – which is great! Except you’re “getting all the things” done so that you can avoid dealing with difficult problems, people, or conversations (insert your difficulty here). Because who hasn’t organized their pantry to avoid having a difficult conversation with that family member, right?

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Episode #18 – Are You Using A 7-Day Planner?

March 13, 2022Deb Lee and Cris Sgrott
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Productivity Lovers
Episode #18 - Are You Using A 7-Day Planner?
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We’re back with another episode of the Productivity Lovers Podcast! This week, we’re talking about planners. Is a paper planner more useful than a tech tool? What are the pros and cons of using an app or a set of apps? Whether you love planners or hate them, you’ll want to tune in.

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Episode #17 – Do You Go At It Alone?

February 25, 2022Deb Lee and Cris Sgrott
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Productivity Lovers
Episode #17 - Do You Go At It Alone?
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In this week’s episode, we’re talking about accountability partners and accountability groups. We all know that telling someone about our goals helps us stay on track but if you’ve never heard of an accountability group or never thought about joining one, you may change your mind after this conversation. Don’t miss out on learning more about this awesome productivity booster!

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Episode #16 – Cumulative Punishment. Say What?

February 11, 2022Deb Lee and Cris Sgrott
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Productivity Lovers
Episode #16 - Cumulative Punishment. Say What?
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What the heck is “cumulative punishment?” In this week’s episode, we explore what it is and how it can affect not only your productivity but your mental health as well. This will be especially helpful to you if you often are very critical of yourself when you miss a deadline or fail to accomplish a goal. We share tips on how to be more kind to yourself during times of stress and how you can get support while figuring out what went wrong.

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Episode #15 – To Meet or Not To Meet

January 25, 2022Deb Lee and Cris Sgrott
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Productivity Lovers
Episode #15 - To Meet or Not To Meet
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In today’s episode, we discuss the necessity of meetings. Cris and Deb agree that not all meetings are particularly necessary and spending time in a meeting that’s not relevant to you when you could be doing something else is a sure-fire way to get nothing done. As the pandemic rumbles on and some of us are nearing our century Zoom call, we wanted to share some tips on how to maximize the productivity of a meeting.

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Episode #14 – Book Club – Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi

January 5, 2022Deb Lee and Cris Sgrott
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Productivity Lovers
Episode #14 - Book Club - Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi
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In today’s episode, we discuss Manoush Zomorodi’s book “Bored and Brilliant – How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self” and talk about some of the interesting statistics and challenges around technology, how much we use our smartphones, and what this might be doing to our brains.

Manoush is the host of NPR’s TED Radio Hour and a co-founder of Stable Genius Productions. She is also the co-host and co-creator of ZigZag, the business podcast about being human. Last but not least, Maoush created, hosted, and was managing editor of the podcast Note to Self in partnership with WNYC Studios, which was named Best Tech Podcast of 2017 by The Academy of Podcasters.

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Episode #13 – The “Poopy Plumber” Productivity Problem

December 10, 2021Deb Lee and Cris Sgrott
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Episode #13 - The "Poopy Plumber" Productivity Problem
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Today we go back in time to remember a moment where Deb felt like she went off the rails a little bit with her emotions after a particularly negative interaction with a plumber at her home during renovations.

We talk about what she did to deal with those emotions, both in that moment and throughout the minutes and hours after in order to remain productive. We also answer our very first listener question. 

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Episode #12 – What’s With The Need for Constant Reminders?

November 26, 2021Deb Lee and Cris Sgrott
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Productivity Lovers
Episode #12 - What's With The Need for Constant Reminders?
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We jump right into Cris’ recent close encounter with a major pet peeve: constant reminders! We also try to figure out why we, as a society, now need to be reminded about every appointment — often several times. We discuss the vicious cycle that seems to require multiple texts, emails, phone calls, and nudges all in an effort to get us to show up where we’re supposed to be when we’re supposed to be there.

As you know, we love all things related to productivity, and today’s chat makes us question whether reminders help or hinder our ability to get things done — and more importantly, to simply be responsible.

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Episode #11A – Mission Impossible: Did We Really Give Up Our Phones for The Day? (Bonus Episode)

November 12, 2021Deb Lee and Cris Sgrott
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Productivity Lovers
Episode #11A - Mission Impossible: Did We Really Give Up Our Phones for The Day? (Bonus Episode)
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Today is the day! We are catching up and sharing how our “No Phone Sunday” challenge went. We both had a different experience and it may surprise you what we missed the most during our 24-hour phone fast.

While neither of us had a perfect day, we both walked away with a renewed sense of how important disconnecting from our screens is. At the same time, we also realized that these devices can serve a good purpose in our daily lives.

We highly recommend having a regular “no phone” day and sharing your feedback with us!

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Episode #11 – The Home Edit: When Is Too Much Too Much?

October 15, 2021Deb Lee and Cris Sgrott
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Productivity Lovers
Episode #11 - The Home Edit: When Is Too Much Too Much?
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In today’s episode, we analyze another Netflix home organization show! We had great fun chatting about Marie Kondo’s Netflix show a few weeks ago, so we’re doing it again today with the show “The Home Edit.”

Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin are the dynamic duo behind this series and the founders of the home organization business behind it. They always end up with beautiful-looking homes and spaces – real eye-candy for us productivity lovers.

But is what they do organizing or containerizing? Do they help clients keep too much stuff? Does it matter?

We have all the questions! We also talk about the similarities and differences between this show and “Tidying up with Marie Kondo.” And we share our personal opinions on whether the method they use is sustainable or not – especially for people with kids.

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Episode #10 – Does It Spark Joy?

September 27, 2021Deb Lee and Cris Sgrott
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Productivity Lovers
Episode #10 - Does It Spark Joy?
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In this latest episode, we share our thoughts on the KonMari method of organizing. This is the method that was conceptualized by Marie Kondo — the now famous, Japanese organizing queen.

She has gained much of her popularity, thanks to two best-selling books and starring in the Netflix reality series, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.” And it’s this series that gets us chatting about how much of what you see is real, and how much is simply produced for entertainment value.

The premise of the KonMarie method is “Does it Spark Joy?” and we discuss how legitimate that is as an organization method theory.

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Episode #9A – Mission Impossible: Give Up Your Phone for One Day (Bonus Episode)

September 13, 2021Deb Lee and Cris Sgrott
Productivity Lovers
Productivity Lovers
Episode #9A - Mission Impossible: Give Up Your Phone for One Day (Bonus Episode)
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Today we take on device addiction. We all have some level of addiction to our phones especially people like us who use our phones to help us be more productive.

We delve a little deeper into some of the reasons why reliance on our devices has become a problem. And acknowledge that we’re not immune!

We both know that we use our phones a lot and thought we’d compete with each other. So we decided to do a little challenge. Listen to today’s episode to learn more and join us for “No Phone Sunday!” 

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Episode #9 – How Do You Feel About Rules?

August 31, 2021Deb Lee and Cris Sgrott
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Productivity Lovers
Episode #9 - How Do You Feel About Rules?
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Generally speaking, if you don’t mind us saying it … rules RULE! We love rules especially when they help us manage our time better. But we also know that if they are too restrictive, they can get in the way of productivity. 

In this episode, we elaborate and build on a previous episode where we discussed the very strict rules of the Pomodoro time management method, and chat about a few of the rules that exist in the productivity field and the pros and cons of each.

(P.S. Yes, those are renovation sounds from Deb’s kitchen project that you’re hearing in the background!)

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Episode #8 – Task Management Apps To Get Stuff Done!

July 7, 2021Deb Lee and Cris Sgrott
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Productivity Lovers
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Today we get into the nitty-gritty details of a few of our favorite task management apps. We both share a great fondness for writing down things that we need to remember.

But having a digital version of “writing things down” that also includes a reminder when that task is due … well, THAT is just a Productivity Lover’s dream!

We chat about all the different apps we’ve used over the years and why we have stuck to some and why others just didn’t work. We also share some of the features we like so that you make an informed choice when choosing your next task management app.

To get the links to every app we discussed in today’s episode, CLICK HERE or scroll down for the link.

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Episode #7 – Managing Life Transitions

June 23, 2021Deb Lee and Cris Sgrott
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Episode #7 - Managing Life Transitions
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Both Deb and Cris are in the middle of two different but equally tough life transitions. Deb is dealing with her home renovation and Cris is figuring out the intricacies of moving into a house with her new partner and children … situations that are proving to be just as stressful and mentally draining for these two productivity lovers as it is for the average person. Arguably they may be struggling more, thanks to their strong desire to have everything in order.

Cris and Deb share how they have each been navigating this time of transition — sometimes more successfully than other times. Today’s episode acknowledges that change is easy to underestimate and can easily catch you off-guard. But it’s important to find your way back to some semblance of a routine as soon as possible to ensure your sanity survives the process.

(And, yes, Deb really does wash apples and Cris has been remembering to use her deodorant!)

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Episode #6 – Book Club: “Finish” by Jon Acuff

June 16, 2021Deb Lee and Cris Sgrott
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Episode #6 - Book Club: “Finish” by Jon Acuff
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Cris Sgrott and Deb Lee are your Productivity Lovers. You may have heard Cris rave about the book “Finish” by Jon Acuff in a previous episode.

In today’s episode, Cris shares how she came across the book and why she found it to be such an impressive read. Of course, Deb has been similarly impressed by this read and they decided to spend an entire episode of the podcast on what they each took away as learnings from the book.

The author makes some great suggestions in the book and Deb and Cris share how they have been able to actually implement some of these suggestions.

This book emphasizes the idea of ensuring that you prioritize AND FINISH things that are important to you and avoid the things in your life that aren’t. This – along with not letting perfectionism hold you back from making progress are some of the great topics Cris and Deb tackle. 

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Episode #5 – Do You Pomodoro?

June 9, 2021Deb Lee and Cris Sgrott
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Productivity Lovers
Episode #5 - Do You Pomodoro?
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Do you find yourself wishing you could be more productive but not sure where to start? Cris Sgrott and Deb Lee, your podcast productivity gurus,  jump into today’s discussion about the Pomodoro Time Management Technique. They share some thoughts on the benefits that they have personally experienced while working in this particular way. Cris and Deb have each used this technique and found it valuable – even though they both worked with a modified version to suit their lifestyle – just like you should if you need to. They chat about coffee, naps, and coffee-naps… Who knew those existed, right? But they do – and they could be an amazing trick up your productivity sleeve.

Be in the know and become better at organizing your life by learning from the best in this episode of Productivity Lovers.

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Episode #4 – What’s Your Productivity Binky?

June 2, 2021Deb Lee and Cris Sgrott
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Cris Sgrott and Deb Lee are both going through major life changes – Cris is moving house and Deb is renovating her kitchen. They are both struggling to deal with the pressure of things around them be so disorganized – knowing that they both make a living out of helping people organize their lives. Both of them find themselves dealing with these changes and stresses differently and in today’s episode they talk about the highs and lows of dealing with big changes like these in life. 

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Episode #3 – Cris Terrible No Good Very Bad Day

May 26, 2021Deb Lee and Cris Sgrott
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Productivity Lovers
Episode #3 - Cris Terrible No Good Very Bad Day
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  • Cris Sgrott had an unfortunate time-management disaster this week – making her late for the episode recording. But as they say – “Every dark cloud has a silver lining…” and her ‘dark’ day, brought about this week’s episode discussion where Cris and Deb come up with some really helpful advice about how to tackle bad days and moving on from them. The key being, to remain focused on the things that are going well and working on the problematic things one at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
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Episode #2 – We have a “F” word about Inbox Zero

May 14, 2021Deb Lee and Cris Sgrott
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Productivity Lovers
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Cris Sgrott and Deb Lee jump headfirst into a pretty controversial subject in the productivity world – achieving “Inbox Zero”.

However minimalist such an inbox promises to be, both Deb and Cris agree that it is an endless battle. In today’s episode, they share some of their experiences and opinions on striving for Inbox Zero along with alternative ways to organize your email that may be surprisingly satisfying in their own right. 

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Episode #1 – What’s The Difference Between Task & Time Management

May 7, 2021Deb Lee and Cris Sgrott
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Episode #1 - What's The Difference Between Task & Time Management
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The Productivity Lovers, Cris and Deb are back in this – their first official episode of Productivity Lovers! They talk through a few interesting points to consider if you are struggling to manage your time and regularly end your day with unfinished tasks. They point out how to use distractions to your advantage and share some valuable resources, tips and tools that may help you get the most out of your day and ensure that you are able to plan better and accomplish your goals with time to spare. 

Cris and Deb are both specialists in productivity and helping people become more organized in their day-to-day life. They have many years of experience between them that make them fantastic mentors in this regard. Managing your time and tasks better will relieve stress and in turn improve your quality of life – what’s not to love about that?

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Episode #0 – She Said Yes!

April 24, 2021Deb Lee and Cris Sgrott
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Productivity Lovers
Episode #0 - She Said Yes!
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In this very first episode of Productivity Lovers, your hosts, professional organizer, Cris Sgrott and Digital Productivity Coach, Deb Lee introduce themselves, how they met, and the “why” behind this podcast. They are both passionate about helping people get organized and be more productive. They, after working together on another project, realized that they have a wealth of knowledge that needs to be shared. 

They give us a general overview of the direction they plan on taking with the podcast in upcoming episodes. The duo allude to having some interesting guests lined up and also share details about the webinar that sparked the whole idea behind this podcast. There is some great content to look forward to along with interesting conversations around productivity, time management, and tech tools in the coming weeks! 

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