How slowing down to reflect makes you more productive with Rick Pastoor | PoP 706

A photo of Rick Pastoor is captured. His productivity guide quickly became a Dutch bestseller that sold over 80,000 copies and has recently been translated into English. Rick Pastoor is featured on Practice of the Practice, a therapist podcast.

Are you reflective at the end of each day? How is self-reflection a key component to spending your leisure time effectively for true health and rest? Are you using your brain as a storage “hard disk” instead of a system of “working memory”?

In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Rick Pastoor about how to be more productive.

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Meet Rick Pastoor

A photo of Rick Pastoor is captured. He is a productivity expert and the author of Grip, a productivity guide. Rick is featured on the Practice of the Practice, a therapist podcast.Rick Pastoor has always liked experimenting at work. He’ll try things out, then keep what works, ditch what doesn’t. Try. Rinse. Repeat. In his time at Blendle, the NYT-backed Dutch startup, Rick steadily refined his methods. All while filling a demanding management role.

Alongside his job he also wrote his own ‘guide’ to smarter working titled ‘GRIP‘. His productivity guide quickly became a Dutch bestseller that sold over 80,000 copies and has recently been translated into English.

Visit Rick Pastoor’s website and connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

In This Podcast

  • Rick’s top 3 productivity points
  • Make time to reflect on your day
  • Experiment with your life
  • Rick’s advice to private practitioners

Rick’s top 3 productivity points

  1. Put things on your calendar and fully commit to completing them
  2. Do not store things or ideas in your head
  3. Make time for and value communication

Make sure that you never store anything in your head ever again … don’t use it for storage. It is not a hard disk, it is working memory. (Rick Pastoor)

Make time to reflect on your day

Leisure time is vital.

Having time to relax and equalize after stress is important for physical and mental health, let alone productivity. What is integral to effective rest time is to reflect on your actions and behaviors.

[That’s] both a good question and an urgent one because we live in a time where more and more people fall off the wagon, and they get hurt because they don’t have this sense of balance … and knowing when to stop. (Rick Pastoor)

There need to be boundaries around your time.

Create a habit where you reflect on the day as it ends and ask yourself, how was it? How did you spend your time? Are you making time for your other passions besides work?

The key here … is that if you don’t have some kind of system or point in time where you shut everything off, sit down, and reflect on how much [you did], and how [you are] doing … if you don’t have an answer to that … I can guarantee the answer [will be] something that [does not] fit you. (Rick Pastoor)

Experiment with your life

Regardless of the system that you want to implement in your life, you will not find what works for you if you do not experiment a little.

We need to experiment to feel if something [can] be [changed] in our system … if you do not experiment, you will never know if there is something that brings you even more joy and helps you to be a better professional and a better person. (Rick Pastoor)

Pursue the small interests that you have.

If you cannot think about something that you have changed specifically in your system in the last three months, then you are ready to try something new.

Find one thing that you would like to change, make it big, and give it a go.

Rick’s advice to private practitioners

Shift things up a little bit in your work life. If you veer towards no structure, then give the routine a try. If you stick to a rigid routine, then give flexibility a try.

You can gain a lot from breaking out of old habits and experiencing something new.

Books mentioned in this episode:

Image of the book Thursday Is The New Friday written by Joe Sanok. Author Joe Sanok offers the exercises, tools, and training that have helped thousands of professionals create the schedule they want, resulting in less work, greater income, and more time for what they most desire.

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Meet Joe Sanok

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Joe Sanok helps counselors to create thriving practices that are the envy of other counselors. He has helped counselors to grow their businesses by 50-500% and is proud of all the private practice owners that are growing their income, influence, and impact on the world. Click here to explore consulting with Joe.

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