The Less Doing Podcast with Ari Meisel: The Best Life Hacks And Productivity Tips For Less Doing, More Living
164: Josh Davis - Two Awesome Hours


In Episode #164 Ari invites PhD and author of Two Awesome Hours, Josh Davis, on the Less Doing podcast. During this week’s interview, Ari and Josh go in-depth on the subject of brains, neural programming and why working for great lengths of time is far from being the right way to tackle a busy schedule.


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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 30:46 – Introduction of Josh Davis of Two Awesome Hours
  • 31:05 – Josh defines the NeuroLeadership Institute
  • 32:47 – Josh’s background is varied but he eventually fell into psychology and research
  • 34:15 – The genesis for Two Awesome Hours
  • 34:30 – More and more—people are being overwhelmed with work and the natural response is to work harder, longer and more frequently—this is a terrible solution for a human being
  • 35:15 – What we can do, is be very effective for short bursts of time—we’re sprinters
  • 36:23 – You don’t need to be “ON” all day long
  • 37:12 – People who brag about how much work they do or how little they sleep are (for lack of a better word) foolish
  • 38:52 – The strategies Josh recommends
    • 38:58 – There really are only a handful of moments throughout the day where we can make decisions about what task to do next
    • 39:39 – Most of the time we’re rolling on auto pilot so recognize those few moments when you’re fully aware and present
    • 40:39 – Do what’s important, not what’s urgent
  • 41:12 – Time isn’t wasted during those moments we’re “in-between” tasks…time is wasted when we get started on the wrong task
  • 41:30 – Josh’s routine
  • 43:46 – Exercise has incredible short-term benefits
  • 46:00 – Things that we need to do “well” are things where we need to be fully present
  • 48:04 – The importance of environment and how we can improve any workspace
    • 49:03 – ADD isn’t a problem—that’s how your brain, your attention system, is supposed to work
  • 51:59 – Josh’s Top 2 Tips to be More Effective:
    • 52:07 – Learn some self-compassion
    • 52:48 – Understand that mind-wandering is completely healthy


7 Key Points:

  1. Enjoy the moments when your mind decides to wander—let it happen.
  2. Your brain is naturally wired to have what essentially amounts to ADD—it’s not a problem.
  3. Obtain self-compassion.
  4. You can’t be “ON all day and, more importantly, you don’t need to be.
  5. We can be incredibly effective for short periods of time.
  6. Time isn’t wasted in-between tasks, it’s wasted when the wrong task is started.
  7. Exercise has amazing and oft-overlooked short-term benefits.


Resources Mentioned:

  • – Paper warranties are no more! Scan or snap a picture of your warranty and upload it to the app
  • Ultradox – Like IFTTT or Zapier but for documents
  • Build Fire – Build amazing mobile apps in minutes
  • AwardMeApp – An app that tracks your spending and credit card offers so you never miss an opportunity to earn free travel points
  • Blood Test for Viruses – VirScan—a $25 test that uses a drop of blood to determine every virus you have ever been exposed to
  • InboxVudu – An app that does three things to optimize your inbox
  • Test Results That Shouldn’t Alarm – Medical Daily article explaining that some “positive” tests in labs aren’t worth getting excited about
  • Coral Life – Not super innovative, but useful—an interactive home-guide for guests staying in your home
  • Waze – Travel app focusing on travel and navigation
  • Vitamin B Complex – Has proven to be a HUGE energy boost for Felix


Reviews, Comments and Questions:

  • 03:30 – Review – From UK listener SI1605 – “This is an indispensable podcast to me. Each podcast is split into two sections. In the first part Ari – and sometimes another person – discuss the latest productivity hacks and apps they have found…very useful and I always have a pen and paper to write down what I am going to try out next. In the second part, Ari interviews a guest about their productivity tips. An excellent podcast that I will recommend to all!”




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