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What is behavioral economics? Why does it matter to you?

323. Achieve More and Stress Less: Cultivating Success Habits for Work-Life Balance, with Marcey Rader

In this episode of The Brainy Business podcast, host Melina Palmer interviews Marcey Rader, author of the book Work Well, Play More. They delve into the importance of habits in achieving efficiency and work-life balance. Marcey shares her personal journey of making small, manageable changes in her life and emphasizes the need to focus on the behaviors underlying productivity. She highlights the value of breaking down goals into smaller tasks and tracking progress to stay motivated.

The conversation also covers strategies for setting boundaries, prioritizing tasks, and incorporating movement into daily routines. Whether you’re a busy professional looking to enhance your productivity or seeking a better work-life balance, this episode offers actionable advice and inspiration. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from Marcey’s expertise and improve your efficiency and overall well-being.

In this episode:

  • Uncover the critical crossroads of health, productivity, and behavioral economics, providing an enriched understanding of personal and professional efficiency.
  • Appreciate the transformational power of habits in attaining a meaningful work-life balance, preparing you for a balanced and fruitful lifestyle.
  • Realize the necessity of establishing boundaries and prioritizing tasks, seeding the prevention of potential fatigue and burnout.
  • Delve into the profound significance of immersing oneself in work and taking necessary breaks, instilling a refreshed sense of focus and vigor.
  • Relate to Marcey Rader’s personal journey, promoting an invaluable dimension of empathy and connection to her work.
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00:00:00 – Introduction,
Melina Palmer introduces Marcey Rader, an author and health, productivity, and digital wellness expert. They discuss the importance of health in powering productivity and how habits and behavior change play a significant role in achieving work-life balance.

00:05:16 – Background and Journey,
Marcey shares her journey from working in clinical research to becoming a productivity coach and speaker. She talks about how her own struggles with burnout and health issues inspired her to help others find a healthier and more efficient approach to work and life.

00:10:41 – Minimalism and Productivity,
Marcey discusses how reading the book The Power of Less by Leo Babauta sparked her interest in minimalism and productivity. She shares how adopting minimalist principles and simplifying her life helped her improve her focus, efficiency, and work-life balance.

00:13:25 – Personal Experience and Empathy,
Melina and Marcey emphasize the importance of personal experience and empathy when helping others make behavior changes. They discuss the value of relatability and understanding in guiding individuals towards healthier habits and a more productive lifestyle.

00:14:51 – Overcoming Overwhelm,
Melina and Marcey address the feeling of overwhelm that many people experience when trying to make multiple behavior changes at once. They emphasize the importance of breaking changes down into smaller, manageable steps and starting with one area at a time for sustainable progress.

00:16:40 – Making Small Changes for Personal Growth,
Marcey Rader shares her method of making personal and behavioral changes by breaking them down into smaller, manageable tasks. She shares her experience of creating a list of 100 things she wanted to change about herself and how she tracked her progress by checking off each task every day. (And, yes, acknowledges this approach may not be for everyone.)

00:19:20 – The Importance of Small Wins,
Marcey emphasizes the importance of celebrating small wins and finding quick wins to build momentum. She shares her personal journey of gradually increasing her vegetable intake and how she started with just one serving a day and gradually worked her way up to five or six servings.

00:23:17 – Work Well, Play More Book Overview,
Marcey discusses her book, Work Well, Play More, which covers topics of productivity, clutter, and health. The book is divided into twelve months, and each month focuses on a different area with novice, pro, and master levels. It can be used as a guide for making changes at your own pace and choosing your own adventure.

00:28:03 – Tackling Decluttering in Different Areas,
Marcey explains how her book caters to different levels of expertise in each area. She shares examples of decluttering tips, such as cleaning up contacts in your phone, and how she personally used the process of decluttering contacts to reconnect with people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

00:30:10 – Top Tips from the Book,
Marcey shares a top tip from each section of the book: productivity, health, and clutter.

00:34:59 – Being Flexible with Dietary Restrictions,
Marcey shares her experience of being gluten-free for digestive reasons but not wanting to restrict her diet too much. She emphasizes the importance of looking for flexibility and balance in everything, including one’s dietary choices.

00:35:36 – Breaking Habits and the Two-Minute Rule,
Melina and Marcey discuss the challenge of breaking habits. Marcey shares about OHIO and Melina introduces the concept of the two-minute rule. They explain how tackling small tasks immediately can lead to a significant impact on productivity and organization.

00:37:15 – Organizing Information for the Book,
Marcey shares her process of organizing the information for her book by using sticky notes and categorizing them by topic. She explains how this method helped her create a cohesive journey for her readers.

00:42:02 – Working with Companies,
Marcey explains her approach when working with companies, which includes assessing their email behaviors, communication, time management, and meeting effectiveness. She also shares an example of implementing “design days” to promote deep focus and productivity within a company.

00:46:58 – Conclusion,
Melina’s top insights from the conversation. What stuck with you while listening to the episode? What are you going to try? Come share it with Melina on social media — you’ll find her as @thebrainybiz everywhere and as Melina Palmer on LinkedIn.

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