EBTV presents host Evita Ochel with returning guest Ivan Staroversky in a dialogue about productivity, multitasking, burnout and balance.

Ivan is a counsellor, psychotherapist, and NLP trained expert in the areas of applied psychology.

Specific topics covered in this episode include:

  1. Addressing our societal obsession with productivity and multitasking (2:23)

    • how to differentiate between productivity and activity
    • how to address time management
    • the illusions of productivity
    • the role of self discipline in the
  2. Addressing consequences of going against our physiology and natural rhythms (7:00)

    • understanding the circadian rhythm
    • understanding the infradian rhythm
    • understanding the ultradian rhythm
  3. What signals to look for to get back into balance of our ultradian rhythm (11:30)

    • common signals are mentioned and explained
    • why multitasking fails
    • acting on our signals rather than ignoring them
    • ultradian stress syndrome
    • pitfalls of external stimulant use
  4. Risks and consequences for the modern student during academic studies (18:40)

    • tips for high school, college, university students
  5. Solutions and the new paradigm for productivity (19:45)

    • moving away from time management
    • moving towards self management
    • moving away from marathon mentality into sprinting mentality
  6. The role of mindfulness in balancing and optimizing productivity (22:12 )

    • awareness of the present moment
    • physical, emotional and intellectual awareness
    • active mindfulness and body scanning
    • what to do during breaks
  7. Addressing Solutions: How to make your breaks productive (25:35)

    • the paradigm shift of time wasted versus time gained during breaks
    • how long breaks should last
    • how to work with the body to re-balance oneself
    • shifting away from self-discipline
    • shifting towards use of external systems
    • the pitfalls of the weekday versus weekend routine
  8. Final, practical tips for healthy and balanced productivity (32:20 )

    • attention-restoration theory
    • the role of nature
    • the importance of regular break scheduling