253: From Overwhelmed to High Performing with Byron Morrison

Setting healthy productivity habits is crucial for our overall well-being. When we are productive, we feel good about ourselves and our accomplishments; we are also more likely to achieve our goals. However, if we are not careful, an excessive emphasis on productivity without boundaries can lead to burnout. We can experience overwhelm as extreme physical and mental exhaustion which keeps us from being our best. So, how do we find the balance of a productive yet fulfilling approach to work?

Today’s guest is Byron Morrison, the author of “Maybe You Should Give Up – 7 ways to get out of your own way and take control of your life”. He is also a mindset and performance coach, who for close to a decade has worked with CEOs, business leaders and entrepreneurs in 15 different countries to take control and become more effective in their role.

Byron and I talk about managing your time and energy to be most productive and effective. He shares some counterintuitive approaches to dealing with overwhelm, stress and more.

Members of the Modern Manager community get access to Byron’s “Amplify” Course for free with the purchase of his book. This course is the ultimate productivity, time, and energy management course for CEOs and business leaders. Get it when you join the Modern Manager community.

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Read the related blog article: Better Manage Your Time and Energy to Reduce Overwhelm


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  • 00:00 Intro
  • 01:43 “Someone who is overwhelmed is just under-planned”
  • 03:36 Strategy to get through mental overwhelm (brain dump)
  • 05:29 What are push days vs. pull days?
  • 09:42 How to structure push days and pull days
  • 11:03 Byron’s approach to reducing task-associated stress
  • 15:31 Recommendations for daily planning
  • 17:33 How do teams collectively become more productive?
  • 19:52 Client story on accountability
  • 21:52 Byron’s stress de-compounding approach
  • 27:26 A great manager Byron has worked for
  • 28:48 Keeping up with Byron
  • 30:00 [Extended episode only] Setting boundaries in your planning
  • 35:28 [Extended episode only] How do we stay involved while setting boundaries?



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