If you are into productivity, then you must have heard of a blog called AsianEfficiency.
It’s a blog run by two guys, Thanh Pham and Aaron Lynn.
I have always been amazed with the level of depth these guys put to their blog posts, so I wanted to find out how they do it.
We also talk about other important areas of personal productivity – like tools, sleep or productivity systems.
Make sure to leave a comment as Thanh has promised to answer your questions related to this interview!
Please note: This interview is in audio only.
- Video length: 44:11
- Tell me a little bit about Asian Efficiency and the guys behind it (1:24)
- How are you able to write a blog with such an detail – how do you work as a team – does either one of you focus on certain types of posts or what ? (4:58)
- What is your preferred productivity system or do you use bits and pieces of many systems and then compile them to your own systems? (09:01)
- Many people are working from home (or beginning to work from their homes). What would be the essential keys for improved productivity at home office? (17:53)
- You just came out with a product called Better Sleep. If there is one key takeaway when it comes to improving the quality of your sleep, what would that be? (27:41)
- Tools: What are your everyday productivity tools you use? Why? (35:30)
- Right after this call, what would be the one tip for everyone to implement in their everyday life to improve their personal productivity? (41:06)
- They are writing about the stuff they are good at
- Content is planned ahead and it’s based on themes
- Thanh uses a hybrid system for productivity – taking the best pieces from different systems (like GTD, Agile Results, Stephen Covey’s lessons or Tony Schwartz’s lessons)
- Try to follow a system as long as you can and then try to make it your own at some point
- Working from home:
- Takes discipline
- Set clear boundaries
- Grab a piece of paper and write down your own rules: your hours, what times of the day you are most effective
- Make sure you go airplane mode (to avoid distraction)
- Set the expectation right so that other family members are not distracting you
- Try to have a separate office space (like a separate room at your home or work from library or from a coffee shop)
- Waking up early: That’s when your willpower is at it’s largest
- Improving the quality of your sleep:
- Have an evening ritual (sequence of things you do every evening)
- You want to give yourself an hour or so to transition into a relaxed state and eventually into sleep without any problems
- Avoid a lot of lightning in your bedroom
- Install a program called f.lux to your computer (dims your screen automatically)
- Meditating helps to fall into sleep easier
- Write down to a piece of paper all the things you are worried about (helps you to fall into sleep easier)
- One action to take right after this call: Start tracking your time
Shownotes and Resources
- Video Length: 44:11
- Transcription: Click Here to Read the Interview (PDF)