069: How to stop being busy & start being productive – with Amber De La Garza

By June 11, 2019July 12th, 2019The Simplifiers Podcast

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How do you stop being busy? You know the feeling – there’s an insurmountable to-do list of 80 billion things, and you’re feeling totally, utterly flustered. You’ve fallen down the ‘busy trap’ and your productivity levels are out of the window. So, what do you do??

My special guest today is the Productivity Specialist, and she’s simplifying how to stop being busy and start being productive once again. Spoiler alert: it’s not about doing more or working longer hours either. It’s something so much simpler.

Amber De La Garza simplifies how to stop being busy

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why we fall into the trap of wearing BUSY as a badge of honor, and how to stop that vicious cycle
  • How to redefine what ‘productivity’ means for you. How to look at it in a healthy way
  • To determine what your ‘high value activities’ are, so you know where to focus your time and energy first
  • What the ‘4 Productivity Buckets’ are, and how this will help grow your business:
  • Marketing & visibility
  • Sales
  • Servicing your clients
  • Building your team’s leadership skills

Amber also shares a couple of time maximizers that you can test out, with the aim to improve your productivity.

It’s not about doing more. It’s about honing in on your ‘high value activities’ first and remembering to give yourself a bit of grace along the way.

Amber will challenge you to “be purposeful with your time and always align your actions with your goals. This is the very best way to maximize your profit, reduce stress, and make time for what matters most.”

Stop being busy – the simple way.


My challenge for you this week:

Use the ‘High-Value Activity Identifier’ to help you to stop being busy, and discover how to invest your time. Share it with me, privately or publicly, by snapping a photo of you doing the thing and tag @thesimplifiers on Instagram for added accountability and support!

Links, people and apps mentioned:

Book: Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds – David Goggins

Resource to hire a virtual assistant: Hire a Simplifier VA

Podcast episode recommendation: 059: How to reclaim your time & energy – with Kate Northrup

FREEBIE: Amber’s High-Value Activity Identifier

Favorite quotes from this episode:

[08:33] “Productivity is investing in your best time into your best activities.” – Amber

[23:16] “It’s fear that’s driving the hustle and grind mentality, that’s where people tend to burn out.” – Mary

[26:49] ”One way to avoid the overwhelm and the burnout, and the badge of honor, is not to feel like we have to do it all ourselves.” – Amber

[37:23] “I guarantee the small compounded effort day after day will have the biggest impact.” – Amber

[37:57] “Go slow to go fast, and don’t think that you need to be productive all day every day. And then build upon your wins.” – Amber

[38:34] “As your seasons change in your business and your life, as your goals change, or you get clear about what matters most, it is okay to say no to something you said yes to already.” – Amber


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About Amber:

Amber De La Garza is The Productivity Specialist! Amber is a sought-after coach, trainer, speaker, writer, host of the Productivity Straight Talk Podcast, and creator of S.T.O.P.! The Entrepreneur’s Success Solution.

She helps driven entrepreneurs execute solutions to maximize profits, reduce stress, and make time for what matters most!

Amber’s vote for the perfect guest on The Simplifiers Podcast:

Courtney Townley, of Grace & Grit. Courtney is dedicated to help women find excellent health through private coaching and group programs.

Where Amber hangs out online:

Website: TheProductivitySpecialist.com

Instagram & Instastories: @amber_ delagarza

Facebook page: @theproductivityspecialist

Facebook group (request to join): Productivity Straight Talk

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