Mike Vardy

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Mike Vardy is a writer, speaker, podcaster, and “productivityist”. He has served as the Managing Editor at Lifehack, and contributed articles on productivity to 99u, Lifehacker, The Next Web, SUCCESS Magazine, and The Huffington Post. He is the author of such books as The Front Nine: How To Start The Year You Want Anytime You Want (published by Diversion Books), The Productivityist Workbook, and The NOW Year: A Practical Guide to Calendar Management.

Mike has delivered talks on the topic of task and time management at events like New Media Expo, Social Media Camp, TEDx Victoria, SXSW interactive, and delivered a three-day online workshop for the popular online education platform creativeLIVE. Mike also hosts The Productivityist Podcast, a we
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On today’s episode, I spent time with John Poelstra. John, in addition to over 25 years of professional experience working with people and organizations, he is an experienced coach, consultant, and mentor–backed by credentials as a Certified Professional Co-active Coach (CPCC) with the Coaches Training Institute and an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coach Federation....

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The Front Nine: How to Star...

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Beyond Trying

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“When I saw the Cameron Crowe film We Bought A Zoo, it got me to thinking about how our lives are structured the same way as the zoo that was purchased by Benjamin Mee totally changed”
Mike Vardy, Beyond Trying

“The word priority came into the English language in the 1400s. It was singular. It meant the very first or prior thing. It stayed singular for the next five hundred years.”
Greg McKeown, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

“Thus it can be seen that mental health is based on a certain degree of tension, the tension between what one has already achieved and what one still ought to accomplish, or the gap between what one is and what one should become. Such a tension is inherent in the human being and therefore is indispensable to mental well-being. We should not, then, be hesitant about challenging man with a potential meaning for him to fulfill. It is only thus that we evoke his will to meaning from its state of latency. I consider it a dangerous misconception of mental hygiene to assume that what man needs in the first place is equilibrium or, as it is called in biology "homeostasis", i.e., a tensionless state. What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal, a freely chosen task. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.”
Viktor Emil Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning




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