Busy? Stop it with Don Khouri

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“Being purposefully productive means you’re feeling in control, crystal clear on goals, making progress on your most important goals, and conscious about how you invest your time.” 

Don Khouri

Don joins us today to discuss shifting our mindsets and vocabularies around busyness and productivity. He explains why we get into trouble with our to-do lists and offers advice on prioritizing tasks.

He outlines the different cognitive biases we need to be aware of when making decisions and underscores why multitasking is an illusion. He also reveals why it may be better to learn how to say “yes” and highlights the importance of being purposefully productive.

This week on The Mindset Zone:

  • People’s tendency to wear busyness as a badge of honor
  • Conquering your to-do lists
  • The power of deadlines and consistency
  • Moving from to-do lists to action lists and how to prioritize your tasks
  • Circadian rhythms and identifying your most productive time of the day
  • The Pomodoro Technique and the concept of microbreaks
  • Entering a state of flow and avoiding the illusion of multitasking
  • Decision-making and the importance of being aware of cognitive biases when managing priorities
  • Understanding the sunk-cost fallacy and how to avoid it

The Guest:

Don Khouri is a speaker, author, and executive coach. He is the Founder of Khouri Coaching & Consulting, a coaching firm dedicated to helping tech leaders and healthcare providers improve their productivity through leadership development, team-building, and communication improvement. He previously worked at Fidelity Investments, where he held several key positions during his 21-year-long tenure. Among these roles was Vice President of Software Development, where he headed global teams and complex multimillion-dollar programs. Don holds a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University and a Master of Business Administration degree in Organizational Behavior from Boston University. In his book, When to Say Yes, Don shares a revolutionary approach to productivity and time management derived from his decades of knowledge studying the subject.

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