On this episode, I chat with a productivity and time management coach.

English Level: B2 🇩🇪🇨🇦

Show Notes:

  1. Introduction (0:21)
  2. Carnaval (0:58)
  3. Friendliest Germans (2:02)
  4. How did you get into the productivity space? (3:07)
  5. Who has helped you become more productive? (5:52)
  6. When did you realize you were being productive in unimportant things? (10:03)
  7. How do you know when it’s time to move on to the next thing? (11:42)
  8. What are the problems you help your clients solve? (14:20)
  9. What have you said yes to? (16:45)
  10. How to prepare a game plan (18:58)
  11. How can you help people take the first step? (26:50)
  12. Final thoughts (31:40)

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Level (noun): Niveau
  2. Skill (noun): Fähigkeit
  3. Mindset (noun): Geisteshaltung
  4. Complacent (adj.): selbstgefällig
  5. Overwhelm (verb): überwältigen
  6. To force (verb): zwingen
  7. Task (noun): Aufgabe
  8. The ease (noun): Leichtigkeit
  9. habit (noun): Gewohnheit

Phrases to Remember:

  1. game changer: an event, idea, or procedure that effects a significant shift in the current manner of doing or thinking about something.
  2. the dark side: The side of something that is metaphorically dark. The side that is evil.
  3. self-optimization: Self-optimization is all about becoming your best self. From a psychological standpoint, it’s all about addressing your habits and tracking certain behaviours.
  4. to miss the point: to not understand something correctly or what is important about it
  5. rat race: a way of life in which people are caught up in a fiercely competitive struggle for wealth or power.
  6. the dip: an act of sinking or dropping briefly before rising again.
  7. to be down: To feel sad, depressed, dejected, or generally unwell.

Mistake to Avoid:

  • Foosball NOT kicker (5:06)
  • To remind me NOT to remember me (16:17)

Comprehension Questions:

  1. What will Oliver do for Jorge so that he gets a feeling of Carnaval?
  2. What does Oliver compare the people of Cologne to?
  3. When does Oliver know when he needs to move on?
  4. What is unique about how Oliver wants to organize his work schedule?
  5. What does Oliver do instead of setting goals at the beginning?
  6. What will help you take the first step?
  7. Why are people afraid of success?


Question to consider:

What is stopping you from going after your dreams?


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