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Greg McKeown

The Secret to Effortless Productivity & Overcoming Overwhelm

Is productivity about working harder or smarter?

Productivity is something that all great achievers want to have. The more we can get done in a day, the more successful we become in the long run.

But being productive isn’t as easy as it sounds. In fact, sometimes when we are trying to accomplish too much, we end up accomplishing nothing at all. Other times, we stay hyper-focused on achieving a goal, but we don’t take time to rest and recuperate. We end up feeling burned out, and our goals are unmet as a result.

Sometimes, the root of unproductivity isn’t laziness — it’s overwhelm.

We have so much going on in our lives — from relationships to businesses to finances — that staying productive is harder than ever. Not because we have nothing to do, but because we have TOO much to do.

How can we achieve a productive lifestyle in a world full of chaos that is always changing? How do we stay productive AND take time to rest at the same time? These are questions I’ve definitely asked myself, and today, we’ve got an expert to share his secret to achieving effortless productivity.

Please welcome Greg McKeown to The School of Greatness

“When we focus on what we lack, we lose what we have. When we focus on what we have, we gain what we lack.” @GregoryMcKeown  

Greg McKeown has dedicated his career to discovering why some people and teams break through to the next level — and others don’t.

The definitive treatment of this issue is addressed in Greg McKeown’s New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. As well as frequently being the #1 Time Management book on Amazon, this book challenges core assumptions about achievement to get to the essence of what really drives success. His writing has appeared or been covered by The New York TimesFast Company, Fortune, HuffPost, Politico, and Inc. Magazine. He is among the most popular bloggers for the Harvard Business Review and LinkedIn’s Influencers group: averaging a million views a month.

And his writing doesn’t stop there. Today, Greg is coming out with a brand new book — Effortless: Make It Easier to Do What Matters Most. This book is an empowering guide to achieving your goals, and it all starts with a simple principle: not everything has to be so hard.

Greg is also the CEO of McKeown Inc. Clients include Adobe, Apple, Google, Facebook, Pixar,, Symantec, Twitter, VMware, and Yahoo!. He has been interviewed on numerous television and radio shows including NPRNBC, FOX, and as a regular guest on The Steve Harvey Show. Entrepreneur voted his interview at Stanford University the #1 Must-See Video on Business, Creativity, and Success.

In addition, McKeown is an accomplished public speaker. He has spoken to hundreds of audiences around the world including in Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, England, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and Singapore. Highlights include speaking at SXSW, interviewing Al Gore at the Annual Conference of the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland, and receiving a personal invitation from Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway, to speak to his Annual Innovation Conference.

Originally from London, England, Greg now lives in Calabasas, California with his wife, Anna, and their four children. He did his graduate work at Stanford University.

I could have talked to Greg for hours — his insights on effortless productivity were absolutely fascinating, and I know you’ll learn a lot that you can apply to your own life!

Join me on Episode 1,102 to learn the secret to effortless productivity and overcoming overwhelm with Greg Mckeown!

“Don’t use up more energy today than you can recuperate today.” @GregoryMcKeown  

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What was the hardest idea you had to let go of to achieve effortlessness?
  • What happens when we complain and why do we do it so often?
  • What are your thoughts on delegation vs. leverage?
  • How do we get clearer on the agreements we make in our relationships?
  • What do high achievers get wrong and what is one thing they can do to be better?
  • What is essential to you that you’re underinvesting in?
  • What happens when we complain and why do we do it so often?

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The greatest keys for productivity.
  • The 5 questions to ask yourself before starting a new project.
  • How do we stop beating ourselves up for relaxing instead of working?
  • The two questions that changed Greg McKeown’s life.
  • Plus much more…
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