Episode 1

Published on:

17th Jul 2023

How to save time, increase productivity and reduce stress at work using design thinking

Time, productivity and stress are key issues that affect our work. Get it right, and you'll be in flow, productive and happier. However, poor time management means reduced efficiency, increased stress and takes us in the wrong direction.

With my guest, Matt Pattison, we discuss these challenges and areas to provide insights and answers. Using Matt's skillset of design thinking, combined with my knowledge of psychology and human behaviour, we endeavour to give you practical steps to take away and apply.

The main points you'll learn are:

Design is a way of thinking and seeing the world and you can apply it in your world and work to.

Connection - real world connection with other people.

Human behaviour - reactions, responses and we are influenced by our mind and our environment. Working with both will positively impact you.

Design your day - it's your life and your calendar so design it in a way that is aligned to your natural body's needs.

Stress - it's how we respond to stressors that is vital. Understand yourself and your needs and how you respond to events.

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Matt's eclectic career has taken him from clinician to researcher, designer to film maker. He works tirelessly to design products and services that represent the lives and needs of everyday people across context and culture. He describes himself as a multi passionate entrepreneur and for anyone who might have spoken with him you know conversations can go deep, future focused and diverse pretty quickly. So we will see where this one goes.

Links & References

Matt's Design Thinker course: Apply design thinking to your work, your life and yourself [FREE]

Matt's Mindful Eating course - Slow The Fork Down

Referenced books Matt discussed and a couple more.

1. Business Model Generation and Value Proposition Design by Osterwalder et al. 

2. Sprint: How to solve big problems and test new ideas in just 5 days Jake Knapp et al

3. Make Time- Jake Knapp et al 

Also worth a look:

4. Tiny Habits - BJ Fogg

5. Gary Brecka on Diary of a CEO with Stephen Bartlett - Episode 225 [Feb 2023]

Sal's link and references

George Miller 1956. Research into how many things we can hold in our attention.  +/- 7 pieces of information 

Research on brain processing 

Early morning daylight affecting the cortisol ‘pulse’ and circadian rhythms 

Get in touch with Sal

If this episode has caught your attention and you wish to learn more, then please contact me. I offer a free 20 min call where we can discuss a challenge your facing and how I may be able to help you.

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About the Podcast

Mindset, Mood & Movement
Human performance podcast for life and business
Feeling stuck, stressed and exhausted is bad for you, your health and your business. But it doesn’t have to be like this.

Sal Jefferies is a coach who helps founders overcome anxiety, build confidence and become healthy. This podcast will help you feel calm, confident and strong in life and business.

Sal has a unique coaching philosophy which integrates psychology, emotional regulation and embodied action. This podcast aims to share knowledge, skill and strategies from these 3 interwoven areas - mindset, mood & movement.

Each fortnight, Sal will be in conversation with a guest from a specialist field of human performance and behaviour. The week in between will be Sal's own shorter episode where he's goes deep into various topics - all created to give you the tools to become calm, confident & strong.

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Sal Jefferies

I believe in helping people become free - free of anxiety; to be authentic; to not worry of what others think of you. Free to create, to love and free to be calm, confident and strong.

I understand what it’s like to find life difficult, to deal with challenges and to feel lost; that’s why I over the last 15 years I have immersed myself in yoga, psychology and human behaviour. I have been on a journey of deep change and growth and I know at the core of most life choices is the desire for freedom and peace. I work with people who think deeply and feel deeply and looking to change, evolve and grow.

I don’t take myself too seriously and I bring a light and positive energy to my work. When I’m not coaching, I love reading and learning about anything to do with the human experience. I am also super active and movement is a big part of my life - running, swimming, strength training, doing yoga or enjoying being out with my dogs.