Expert Time Management Interview: Personal Productivity with Thanh Pham of

AsianEfficiencyIf 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.

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  • Video length: 44:11

Interview Questions:

  1. Tell me a little bit about Asian Efficiency and the guys behind it (1:24)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. 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)
  5. 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)
  6. Tools: What are your everyday productivity tools you use? Why? (35:30)
  7. 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)

Key Takeaways:

  • 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)
  • Tools:
  • One action to take right after this call: Start tracking your time

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About Timo Kiander

My name is Timo Kiander aka Productive Superdad.

I want to show you how to improve your productivity when working at home and find time for the fun stuff in your life!