Episode #19: Debunking the Myth that Better Results Comes from Working Longer Hours with Erik Fisher

In this episode of Demystifying College Admissions, I’m interviewing Erik Fisher, the host of “Beyond the To-Do List,” an award-nominated podcast featuring tips from productive people and ultimately sharing how you can also be successful and balance your life. Erik is also the father of an upcoming high school student so he shares how he helps his daughter with productivity through the techniques and strategies he has mastered over the years.

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WHAT YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT IN THIS EPISODE:

  • How to prioritize your energy towards what is most pressing
  • Time management tips and strategies to level up your productivity
  • Systematizing your schedule so that you can optimize your daily tasks
  • How to manage your time well by breaking down your work into smaller projects/artificial deadlines as much as possible
  • Overcoming the #1 challenge when it comes to implementing these strategies
  • The importance of an academic master calendar, similar to that of your extracurriculars (i.e. games/practices)
  • Advice for parents who have kids struggling with procrastination
  • Controlling what information is coming into your life via social media by assessing its value.

NOTABLE QUOTES:

Sleep is the most important component of this journey, and just in life in general; that’s when we reprogram.
Chunk your tasks so that it’s easier for you the day before.
In your mind psychologically you’re thinking this is one huge project when, in fact, it’s just a bunch of little projects strung together.
That’s the hidden skill of school: is learning how to manage your life.
It’s not that simple; it’s a skill they have to learn.
More importantly than teaching them how to do stuff, manage their workload, and be able to get it done, is show them that you’re on their team, and you’re there to help.
Let them sleep.
Research shows lack of sleep can equal almost to the point of being drunk.

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