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Have you ever wondered how the world’s most successful people get SO much done when you can maaaaybe crank out a few hours of work before feeling fried? How do some people just seem to keep going 24/7?!?

Here’s the secret: ?? THEY DON’T. ?? ?

When Kelly wrote in frustrated because she was only able to be productive for 4 hours each day, I had to respond. Because there *is* a way to get 10X more done — and it doesn’t involve working harder. Just smarter.

The real secret to getting more done is giving yourself a break. Click To Tweet

On today’s MarieTV, you’ll learn five science-backed ways to boost your productivity while reducing burnout, including the one technique I use every day that can double or triple your chances of meeting any goal!

If you want to get more done and feel less fatigued, watch this now. Plus, this episode has an epic dance scene that should NOT be missed. ?

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Once you’ve watched, I’d love to hear from you.

What strategies and insights have helped you get more done in less time, with less burnout? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Share as much detail as you can. Because tens of thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration. Your story may be just what someone else needs to have a major breakthrough.

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Thank you so much for watching, sharing and being an invaluable part of this community. Your love and support fuel our work and we are so grateful.

Most of all, remember this. While you can try to work non-stop, your brain just isn’t designed for that. Use this 5-step R.E.S.E.T method to skyrocket your productivity and prevent burnout before it happens.

With SO much ❤️ ,


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  1. Marie – that Unicorn shirt is epic! Love this episode. I take hula hoop breaks to keep me sane!

    • Tea Lova

      Excellent idea!! Waist toning as well – great share thanks!

    • Oh my, wonder if my husband would think I’d completely lost it if I got a hula hoop at 61 YO. I work with my hands (make jewelry) so this might just be the perfect choice.

      • TnT

        Get one for him as well and double the fun :))))

      • A hula hoop is such a great idea! You can get them filled with water so they are weight-ed which I find easier b/c it keeps momentum!

  2. Marie, I absolutely LOVE your tee-shirt!!

  3. YES please more on managing time and being productive!

  4. Oh my goodness, it’s like you read my mind! I really needed this video because I feel guilty for not advancing as fast as I’d like to. This is why I switched to the Pomodoro method a few days ago, and I’m also taking a nap around noon.

    The Pomodoro has helped my sister get through the school year and she is recovering from depression. Which had depleted her of ALL her energy.

    She allows herself to stop after 25 minutes of work, then she takes 5 minutes of break. Then she goes on with the work for another 25 minutes. And so on for 4 cycles. Then she gets a 15 minutes break.

    Now I’m trying it too, as I’m creating a course about dog education. I find it a bit annoying to have to stop so often. But I love that I get to:

    – keep my energy levels high
    – play with my dog each half and hour
    – avoid being stuck on a subject for too long without realizing it
    – stretch my legs more often

    I also love the naps because it’s like having two mornings in the same day. So that means twice a day full energy restored. I take full naps of a whole sleep cycle. Mini naps work too, but I don’t get fully restored from them.

    Marie and Marie Team, thank you so much for the value you bring into this world!


    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      YES, Alexandra! I love the pomodoro method! Thank you so much for sharing your tips 🙂

  5. I can honestly say that I have just laughed my ass off (loudly) watching Zac’s incredible dance moves. Great advice as always – get outside, that’s the key (well it works for me) 5 – 10 mins every now and then, gives me time to re-focus or just focus!

  6. Ali

    Great episode, Marie and Team Forleo. I would love it if you could do more episodes on burnout. In particular, I’m interested in your tips for how to overcome being in a state of burnout while working.

    I am and was very burned out, finally acknowledging it after a few months and taking several days off. Since returning to work, I’ve been very careful to recognize my limits (taking breaks, not working long hours unless there’s a tight deadline, exercising, eating well, meditating, etc), but I feel my tank is on low. If I get a bad night of sleep or work long hours for a day or two, I feel excessively depleted. I’m not sure how to get past this so I feel normal again and would be most grateful for your tips. Thank you!

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      I so hear you, Ali – we’re definitely taking notes on ideas for future episodes about this! One of our earliest MarieTV episodes also talks about preventing burnout, and it’s a real classic, so if you haven’t seen that one you can check it out here:

      I definitely hear what you’re saying about how sometimes we do have to get work done even if we are burned out or tired. For me personally, I find that it’s actually the hardest to take enough breaks when I’m burned out, but it’s also when I need it the most. So making sure that you do take stretch/dance/getting up and breathing breaks helps a lot. Also making sure that you’re scheduling some downtime when you’re able to rest and relax.

      Alexandra left a great comment above about using the pomodoro timer concept to work for shorter focused amounts of time, then taking a short break. That’s something I do myself regularly, but it helps me the most when I’m really tired, so it might be something to explore if you haven’t tried it.

      I also like having a bank of “easier tasks” that are important but less urgent – like filing things or some type of account cleanup things – anything that’s not too intense but can allow you to feel productive on those tougher days.

      And finally, it’s SO helpful to remember that we are ALWAYS doing our best. Some days our best might look different than on other days, and that’s okay 🙂

  7. I love this episode! I’ve been thinking about process a lot lately as I feel like I’ve recently been able to access some of my most creative and productive work in the past six months. My strategies are somewhat surprising (but all completely real), but I think other people actually may secretly do the same and haven’t verbalized it. I’m going to take a moment to be vulnerable to share my practices:

    1) Elevate – get high – I’m a huge advocate for medical and recreational marijuana and am exploring ideas around cannabis + consciousness (and creatives and intellectuals have been using it regularly for centuries)
    2) Meditate – Wim Hof breathing which includes dramatically increasing oxygen levels, then dramatically decreasing + cold-water therapy
    3) Masturbate – people don’t talk about this, but for me it’s a great release and source of power
    4) Work – I’ve literally accomplished my most focus work with after this ritual. I enter with an intention for what I’d like to accomplish and I open a gateway for creativity and inspiration to visit.

    I’ve also learned to not rush creative ideas, but to schedule in the time to create the right set and setting for my creative work to visit. When I’m stressed, tired, or over-worked, I know it’s not possible. When I’m rested, relaxed, and focused, I experience deep clarity and can produce volumes of work in higher concentrated periods of time. I also want to have a joyful relationship with my work, so I get extremely intentional about the time I dedicate to it, as well as taking time to do things I enjoy such as walking my dog, being in nature, cooking, and connecting with friends.

    I take my restorative time as seriously as my work time, as I know it allows me to operate at a higher level. Honestly I only learned this through my exploration as an entrepreneur. When a higher output was demanded, I realized I needed greater input to fuel myself and my nervous system to operate at an optimal level.

    • Jewels

      I love how you have naturally tapped into some of these techniques, Kathy! Some of what you shared comes from thousands year old practices- Prana and sex magic. Thanks for sharing. It took courage!

  8. Unicorn Tshirt!!!!! <3 + Marie = Best 8 minutes 😉

  9. Monia Zgarni

    Yes, the tee-shirt, Marie, How can I have a shirt like that?

  10. Thanks Marie, that was so helpful!

    On team “Mom”, I leverage my time with delegation, making a list of household chores and letting the team members (my sons) choose a few to complete in the day. It is a win/win situation! A recent study showed that kids that do household chores are more successful in life and I feel the burden lift as I take ownership of all that is being accomplished by the team!

    By the way, Zach’s a maniac! Love it!

    • Nina

      As a GP I encourage people to take dance breaks as well, this one sets an incredible example!! Love it!

  11. I am going to go back to this episode again, and again. This was so simple! Thanks and I’d love to see more like this! 🙂

  12. I so needed to hear this! This is my first week full time on my business, and although I love it, I’m adjusting to the change in cabin pressure, after having it as a hustle on the side for so long. One thing I LOVE is meditation in the morning. I do my mindset practice and indulge!!! Fully. Going to head out and exersate before my next meeting!!! LOVE YOU ALL!!!!

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Oooh how exciting that you’re in your first week full time on your business! Congratulations, Emily! xo

  13. I organize my self-employed day as if I was working at a job, having designated times for things. I’m most creative mid-day. So I get away from the office and dedicate that time to eating, reading, and writing. It’s amazing how much I get done in that time!

  14. sakil khanal

    Marie its wonderful to listen your tips to burnout and increase productivity.I will be greatful to apply your most effective tips into my life.Thanku so much Marie

  15. Keli

    LOVE this topic! Thank you for sharing some simple and actionable steps that I start doing today (I just scheduled two breaks in my calendar). As a mother of two kids who works outside of the home full-time while also working a side hustle that I’m passionate about it’s super easy to get burned out, overwhelmed and depressed. I’m learning how important it is to take breaks, rest, eat well, say ‘no’ and not be hard on myself. Rather than looking at everything I didn’t get done in a day, I look at what I did do and it’s pretty f-ing amazing 🙂 I would love more videos on this. Thank you!

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Yes, Keli!! Looking at what we DO accomplish is so much more exciting than looking at what we didn’t do. I’m a big fan of the “Done list” myself 🙂

    • Elizabeth

      Keli – I’m also a mom (2yo and 4yo) with a full time job, commute, and side hustle. I really struggle with being so exhausted at the end of the day (after kids go to bed) that I can’t get anything productive done. I get up earlier than the kids so I can have some productive time, but it just feels like it’s not enough. I’d love to hear any new strategies for very busy moms!

  16. Marie,

    Loved this episode especially the dance scene. I have been a subscriber for a couple years and have enjoyed the pod casts and interviews. Before entering Pastoral ministry I was a National Sales Manager. It is so easy to allow your work to become your mistress that it affects our family and personal lives. I developed a time management system in 1995 that helped me find balance and efficiency. On Sunday evenings as I prepare my planner I incorporate my roles in life (Husband, father, Pastor & consultant) then I establish goals and action steps for each role to ensure balance then I set my calendar around my roles instead of to do lists which has brought emotional, relational, and productivity fulfillment and balance.

    • Sandra

      Wow I love this tip! To think of which roles you want to play and put action steps and goals for each in your calendar. Thanks for sharing Andy!

  17. Definitely needed this episode this week Marie. I’ve been struggling with the fatigue and burnout more than usual lately and really wondering what I can do to be more productive and organized so I feel accomplished and not drained every day. I know it’s all about taking small steps for the win and I try to remember those and give myself a pat on the back every day when I review my list of what I got done. I work a PT job that’s very draining while starting my business too and started to plan only trying to focus on 1-2 biz tasks a day when I work the other job and more on the days off.

    I also was reminded this weekend of the importance of taking off time and actually enjoying my weekends (both days!) to feel more balanced, and plan to stop working on the weekends as well or keeping it to a minimum. Is that something you do as well?

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      We’re so glad this episode was timely for you, Heather! 🙂 In terms of your question about weekends, Marie doesn’t always take full weekends off every single week, however we’re big believers in making time off predictable and required. She shares some great tips about that in this episode here:

      The most important part is that we take time to rest and recover when we’re off. Especially when we’re working so hard and hustling, it can feel tough to take that time, but it actually helps us achieve even more (and feel better) in the long run!

  18. As I work alone most of the time… One thing that fixes me and gives me energy, is just contact. Just talking to a friend on the telephone, visit someone for a tea-break things like that…

    Working alone, being alone, facing your projects and problems alone is something that is causing fatigue…

  19. LOVE this….NEEDED this. Working R.E.S.E.T into my daily ‘Get Stuff Done’ list!


    Joanne – Happy Moose Garden Art

  20. Michael Lewis Lee

    I’ve been doing daily work planning notes since about 1984.

  21. Snow Singerline

    I take 10-15 mins to walk my dog and actually play with them.
    Snuggling my dog seems to strip away any stress or anxiety I may be feeling from what just happened or what I’m about to tackle.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Love this, Snow! Animals are the best 🙂

  22. Time blocking! When I have an hour or two to work on my side hustle, I plan out my time in 15-20min blocks of what specifically I will work on for that time!

    It’s a massive improvement and forces me to break down larger goals or projects into smaller more achievable pieces. Making intentional progress is so satisfying!

    • Elizabeth

      Angie – I love the idea of 15-20 min time blocks. Often I might only have 15 minutes to work on my side hustle, so I love the idea of having a list of tasks I can go to when I have these bits of time.

  23. Amanda

    Thanks for starting this episode so lez-be-positive!! I love walking breaks for productivity, and if that’s not working, it’s gotta be a nap. Also, sometimes I read novels to get a break from the screen. Like, 10 minutes of fiction and I’m ready to jump back into grant writing.

  24. ita teigman

    LOVE YOU MARIE – that was an absolute G-DSEND!
    While I’m excited to live my purpose educating everyone possible how to access and use their inner wisdom to navigate the seemingly very tangled modern day life, ESPECIALLY regarding the truth about our potential to be vibrantly healthy in body, mind, and soul – I do get quite distracted and side tracked leading me to not meet achievable self-expectations. From this video – it’s clear that I can do better at managing my time and energy resources…so your lessons are hugely appreciated. I want to give you (really soon) the pleasure of knowing that I’ve improved my own productivity which in turn will help many of our fellow bros and sisters to get vibrantly HEALTHY!

    My beloved functional medicine coaching trainer/mentor is the courageous and mucho-productive Carla Atherton. I know that she’s a B School alumnus. I hope to be one, as well, one day (after this intense course).

  25. Two things..
    When I wake up and grab my phone, check my email and social media alerts, I go from refreshed to stressed. Getting out of that habit is hard but worth it.
    As soon as I wake up I walk my dog. Again, staying off the phone is key here. Stayed in a relaxed, meditative state is key for getting my day started on the right foot. If I start the day with a drained battery I burn out much faster.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Great tips, Kyra! Staying off the phone first thing is SO helpful!

  26. I was literally talking to my friend about this right before I watched. I live in New York City and pursuing a career in acting professionally. However, I am also a content creator (A-la Franchesca Ramsey). I write a blog, post Youtube videos, and I’m also in the process of writing some stuff to put on camera with more than just me. The problem is, none of this stuff pays me. It’s simply producing content and staying creative, all the while building my network so that maybe Amy Poehler will produce my show. So I have to work a lot of hours outside of all this in order to pay my bills just to exist in New York. I’m afraid I’m getting addicted to the hustle and soon won’t know any other life that adequately fosters balance. But how do I balance all this when the career I’m pursuing doesn’t make any money yet? Woof.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      I so hear you, Mattie! It’s especially hard when our side hustle isn’t making money yet, although it sounds like you’re taking some great steps to keep things moving with your creative projects.

      We did a great episode a while back about how to keep our side hustle from becoming a “pushed aside hustle,” so if you haven’t seen that one, you might enjoy checking it out for a few great tips:

  27. tessy.michan

    loved you video

    thank you

  28. Love the business merchandise. I will check it out. In my Tim Ferriss voice what’s wrong with working 4 hours a day? Maybe it’s not broken? Btw- Love that unicorn shirt and green pants! Hair is always on LS (L’Oréal Status) and that break time danse was spectacular ?? Great tips!

  29. That is why these pantries at office buildings, where you have a copier, a coffee machine, a small kitchen… are so important: you have the opportunity to chat with a collegue a little about some nonsense or anything just to have contact… Contact refreshes you.. and cheers you up…
    So then you have confidence and energy to work on..

  30. Pauly

    Loved it Marie! Thanks for the excellent tips. Hope Zac is getting a max raise for that epic dance routine….

  31. Thanks so much for this segment… so very helpful and really motivating! I’d love to learn everything you’ve got on this subject.

    That part about the effects of using electronic devices during breaks was a real eye-opener. Now I know why my frequent email and FB checks sap my energy so much!

    Gratitude and Blessings to you, Marie!

  32. Definitely interested in hearing more on productivity and how to find a balance between work and family

  33. Katherine

    yes yes yes! More about productivity and how to stop burn out! PLEASE!
    Love everything about you and your gang.. especially about how much fun you all have and you have in your work.. That is another topic I’d love to see more about.. how to inspire those around you that having fun at work makes you more productive (and nice to be around)

  34. Lena

    In the past year I have been working full time, teaching part time while studying and running my business. You could say I am also a “maniac”!

    Staying away from burn out is tricky so I would love to have more guidance on this but this is what I’ve learned throughout the years of juggling:

    1-DO NOT OVERWHELM YOURSELF. Take some time to meditate or relax every morning to have a clear mind (I did this in the train!).

    2-Do not mix up categories. When I was at work I was there, when I was teaching I was there and when I was studying I was focused on the material.

    3-Cut out excess and time wasters (ex: social media).

    4-Take time to breath and schedule relaxation.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Great tips, Lena! I love the one about not mixing up categories. Especially when we have several things we’re working on, it’s hard not to be distracted by all those other things we want to do, so staying focused on each thing at a time helps a ton!

  35. Love this! And I echo the comments of others about the Pomodoro Technique. I’ve got an app on my phone that times it for me, and then gives me a notification when it’s time for a break. I’ve found I’m MUCH more productive, the creativity keeps flowing, and I’m not completely worn out and exhausted at the end of the work day.

  36. Melissa

    Thank you for this episode (and for always generously sharing your wisdom). Yes, would love more about this topic! Off to RESET.

  37. Sheri mcintyre

    This is very helpful. THANK YOU!

  38. Loved this topic! Thank you, Team Forleo!! What is the name of the show about planning your schedule the night before? xoxoxoxo, k

  39. asha kayarat

    Dear Marie, It’s like God send to me ,I loved this …… I easily get tired and tend to find excuses for not complaining the work I planned . As you rightly said ,I work long hours with out break .now I know the trick , instead of exercise can I go for shopping?

  40. Shayna Casey

    Would love more of this content!

  41. I LOVE this topic, and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time! I go through stages of high productivity and then hit a slump… I then find myself seeking information like this to stay on track!! I like that you recommend exercise in the middle of the day rather than in the morning. I have been doing this lately and it really does give me my second wind.

    I’d love to hear more about this topic or how meditation can contribute to getting shit done. Thanks for all your amazing videos!

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much, Michelle! We’re so glad this episode was timely for you 🙂 We’ll definitely be doing more videos around productivity in the future, and since you mentioned meditation in particular, I thought I might pass along a great episode we did a while back about Marie’s personal meditation practice for a few tips:

  42. Sophie

    Yes!!! Would love to hear more on this topic. Thanks, Marie!

  43. I absolutely loved this episode! I only spend about 4 hours a day on the computer and can totally relate. I’ve learned we all have different rhythms and need different levels of recuperation as individuals, and then also in different seasons of life. 🙂 My needs change even week to week depending on where I am in my cycle for sure. The big mindset shift for me happened when I realized I was OK to do what my body needed, and not meet this 8 hour standard that somebody, somewhere decided was the metric of productivity.

    I don’t know what other practices or tips you use, Marie, but I’d love to learn about them! I think the biggest change that made a difference for me is stopping, checking in with myself, asking myself what I need, then doing a little bit of that before “rallying the troops” and starting up again. You’re right, we can get so focused and brain-centered we forget the rest of our bodies and being.

    This is such a good topic because there is so often we attach our status and self-worth to our perceived productivity. Let’s keep exploring it!

  44. Hi Marie!
    First, I want to thank you for being such an inspiration! I’ve learned so much in time I’ve been following you and each of the little changes you’ve encouraged us to apply have helped to bring me closer to where I want to be, so thank you!
    I LOVED this segment! I never could figure out why I would get so distracted and lose focus after a few hours work, but knowing now that I NEED to RESET I’m betting I’ll be able to be a lot more productive! Practice makes perfect of course, and 3 times creates a habit, so I’m starting today!
    Thanks again for being an inspiration to all us “creatives” trying to make it happen here in cyberspace!

  45. Hi Marie, I love this episode. I’m in b-school for my business that helps people to reconnect with themselves so they can get out of feeling ‘stuck’ and be more productive. Breaks are important throughout the day because they bring people into a different state of mind. Being able to switch states also helps get the body ready for bed….so you can say goodbye to the nightly checklist or rerun of your day and get a restful sleep.

  46. Marie ~ ~ ~ Super Funny With Your Employee Dancing Scenes ~ ~ ~ Much Appreciation For All That You Provide For So Many ~ For Yourself/Life/Family + All Those Who Resonate With Your Work ! Have A Fantastic Day ! Kind Regards, Catalina

  47. Where can we get Zach’s 5 minute dance routine? SERIOUSLY! I would love this. Anybody else? Will Zach share?
    Thanks Marie & team…

    • Pam

      AGREED! Bring it on!

  48. Thanks, Marie. These are great reminders of things I already know but don’t always practice. My favorite breaks (when working from home) are:
    – 5-minute walking meditation to and from the mailbox,
    – dance break (after watching this video I think I need a headband like Zach’s
    – playing with my cat, Lucy-Fur.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Love this, Linda! And your cat’s name is amazing!!

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  50. Laura

    MARIE you area lovely unicorn. I love your tee. Thank you for this RESET show. It was amazing! YES we want more on BURNOUT. Love you and your Team, Laura

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Laura! We’re so glad you enjoyed this episode. Thanks for tuning in today!

  51. I do my best using the Pomodoro technique, like some others here. 25 minutes writing, 5-6 minutes break. And I try to get up and walk around the house. I also keep my Anti-Social program going during the workday to keep me from randomly checking Facebook, etc..–since I prefer checking it on my desktop rather than my iPad or phone. I start the morning with a fifteen minute focused meditation. I’d love to see more time management/productivity vids. I find one of my hardest issues is working till I’m too tired to look at the calendar to plan the next day.

  52. Kendyl

    I could definitely use some more productivity and avoiding burnout videos. I noticed on the rare occasions where I get to work for my 8-5 at home (my job is 95% digital) I can get so much done. However, I work for a company that’s of the mindset that if your butt isn’t in a seat at your cubicle, you’re not needed. At the office I burnout very quickly. I can get through the workday fine, but once I’m home I’m done and can’t get anything else accomplished–including chores, cooking, passion projects, etc. Until I can work for myself I need as many coping tools as I can get.

  53. Elizabeth

    I would love to hear more about how to productive when there is VERY little time to work on side projects, e.g. people who have a full time job plus additional jobs or caregiving responsibilities (e.g. aging parents, kids.) It is VERY difficult to find practical and specific advice aside from cramming in activities in every nook and cranny of free time. What’s lost in the conversation is how exhausting caregiving can be and thus how it affects a person’s ability to spend those extra time pockets on side hustle type activities.

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      This is a great point, Elizabeth, and a topic that has come up often on MarieTV in the past. It’s not necessarily about cramming more activities into our days, but finding ways to invest more of our time and energy into the things that are most important to us. Time-blocking, to-do-lists, and delegating certain tasks can all be powerful ways to boost productivity. If your schedule or responsibilities change each day, try dedicating a few hours once a week to work on your side project– you may be surprised at how much you can actually get done in a short amount of time. This awesome episode from our archives may also be helpful for you:

      • Elizabeth

        Thanks! I love the idea of starting with just a few hours per week because that is do-able for just about anyone!

  54. Anjelika

    Yes, yes, yes! This is a very interesting topic, would love to hear more about maximising productivity. Thank you for this episode and for outlining the 5 simple (sometimes not so simple) steps that really do work.

    P.S. on top of that, today I’ve dowloaded this app called ‘moment’ that will be able to track how much time I spend on my smartphone each day. I’m curious.

    All my best to you and thank you for what you do!!!

  55. Hi Marie, I am a writer my work is to create copy and posts for my own business as well as for clients like and all the time I feel burn out because I create all the contents in one seat in from the screen, I don’t how to take a break because when I do it, I feel that I’m waisting my time and my mind doesn’t rest until i finish the post or the copy that i have to get done. So must of the time i’m behind of some of my to dos because until I don’t finish one i can star the other one and day is not enough. Help me!! Any ways to be successfully productive in one seat? Or any secret keys that I can use in order to feel ok with the breaks

  56. Vasko Kotevski

    This my coment is dedicated to Kelly from this aeticl/Do you think that workers in auto hinsustry was crazy 100 years ago that had a demontrations for eight houers working day???I do not see balance in your life if you work so long wevery day.where is moments for social life,culture activities,theatar cinema librery?Meetings with the tru friends?

  57. Kim

    That shirt Marie!! Love it!

  58. Jvp

    Perfect timing, I am on day 4 of a 9 day break to work on art for an upcoming show. I ended up using the first two days just to nap! Now I can use these tips to help focus my remaining time ?

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Wonderful, JVP! Congratulations on your upcoming art show. We hope you’re feeling rejuvenated and that the rest of your break is inspiring and productive!

  59. Love productivity and “get down to business” tips of all kinds! Keep it coming!

  60. silly dancing is one of my number one tricks to get my energy and mood up. I do it all the time before I sit down to film. The worse I dance the better I feel. Think Elaine on Seinfeld bad, LOL!!!!

    These are all great tips. I have my rest times blocked in my calendar. They are appointments that I will not move 🙂

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Now THAT’S an awesome visual, Melissa! We’re dancing and laughing right along with you. Way to take fast-action by implementing these tips into your own routine– we hope those calendar reminders help you feel rested and rejuvenated so you can keep on rockin’!

  61. I practice staying in my heart instead of in my mind…
    In this way I am open to feel my body and I am not out of my body when I when I feel it’s time to stop I stop..

  62. Great video – breaks are super important and I always forget to hydrate. One question – how many “productive” 60-90 minute increments are typically productive?

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Great question, Betsy! It varies depending on several personal factors like your schedule and the nature of your work, but as a guide, in a typical 8-hour workday you may try taking 5 or 6 smaller breaks to rest your mind, move your body, and of course– hydrate!

  63. Shannon

    I’d love more on better productivity and less burnout! I do usually plan out my days but there are some tasks that I put off for days because I feel like it’s going to take a long time to complete or it’s not a task that I like doing.



  64. Ana

    I love the dance break time and I love dancing. Thanks for this episode. It reminded me about how regenerative can be dancing on good music.
    When I feel super tired I take half an hour tea time and if I can, I just close my eyes while tasting and enjoying my tea.

  65. Elena

    Doing what inspires me increases my productivity. I thought I would be more productive developing my site however I followed the impulse and went outside to weed my yard. It helped me to tune back in to the first intention, which is working on my site. Also, Marie, watching an up-lifting episode of yours helps to stay on track. Thanks.

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Beautiful, Elena! We’re so glad you found a few moments to “step away from the screen” and do something you love. Thanks so much for sharing!

  66. Marie, I loved all of your research. This was so practical and easy to apply. Stepping away from the screen is a great tip – all of the screens. I believe the most helpful is the “tune back in” with deep breaths. More of this would always be welcomed!

  67. Elizabeth

    Thanks for this episode Marie! Definitely some really helpful advice in there. I’ve recently got into a more regular habit of taking some time each day to think ahead into the week and really make a plan for what needs to get done. It has been extremely helpful, although I’m definitely going to go checkout your video on Night Before planning as well, since you always offer such helpful advice about little changes that can make a big difference.

    PS. Love your unicorn shirt! So fun!

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Awesome, Elizabeth! We’re so glad you enjoyed this episode. It’s wonderful that you’re already implementing strategies for feeling more productive throughout the week. We hope this episode of MarieTV helps spark some new ideas for you:


    Grateful for this information. This is a great reminder for me! Thank you!

  69. Bethany Hensel

    Everyone is loving Marie’s shirt! Me too! Can you link where we can find it to buy? Thanks for this video. I think my biggest problem is just getting started. But also knowing what to do first. It can feel very paralyzing. Any advice on how to get past that?


    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Bethany! Many of Marie’s outfits are the work of her talented stylist Elsa who often makes cameo appearances on MarieTV. We don’t have a link to this exact top, but luckily unicorns are all the rage right now so you can probably find a lot of super cute alternatives out there!

      As far as getting started– this is something many entrepreneurs and creatives struggle with, so just know you’re not alone. In fact, this topic has come up often on MarieTV and this episode may help give you an extra bit of a boost:

  70. Ang

    Hi Team Forleo
    Great episode – as always.
    I would have liked a bit more on this ‘phenomenon’ of people, like yourself, seemingly getting lots done, being able to work 8 hours a day or more.
    Following your rule, I would take 1 hour and a bit of break for 8 hours worked (not that my employer would agree, but hypothetically as your Q was based on somebody working a FT job). Let’s say that takes up 9 1/2 hours of the day (bear with me…). Take away 8 hours for sleep, you have to eat and get to and from work, shower, do the household, shopping etc. … that leaves me with about 1-2 hours ‘spare’ a day. I cannot find the energy to work much on my own business in those hours. I am dead on my feet when I get home for work. So big drum roll and applause for the lady with the Q who gets in another 3 HOURS !!! every day to work on her own business. Hats off to you, lady!
    I do plan what I want to achieve every week, weekend, weekday BUT I so often find I am zonked when I get in and just fall asleep. On the weekend, I can get up at 8am, do some exercise, eat etc. bit of housework and when I want to settle down to work on my business I just collapse on the sofa and am fast asleep within seconds.
    How to you get the energy to work more than 40 hours a week? Or more than 8 hours a day? I was hoping for some tips about how you can run a business NOT having to put in so many hours. Can you cover some of your hot energy tips in a future episode?
    Big bear hugs to ya all

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Hi Ang! Thanks so much for tuning-in today– we’re glad you enjoyed this episode. This is definitely a complex topic and one we’ll look forward to exploring more in the future as well. Like most aspects of building a successful business or career, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all formula for productivity– it’s always about creating habits and implementing strategies that work for you. In this particular episode, Marie focuses on helping Kelly make the most of the time she’s specifically devoting to her business. While the RESET concepts can certainly be applied to the rest of your workday, they’re ultimately intended to help you beat burnout during the time you’ve set aside to focus on your business or creative work. For some more tips for feeling more productive in general, you may enjoy these other episodes from the archives: &

  71. So true that when we get a break after a long time, our system is going down. There’s no secret that most people get sick in the weekend.
    I recently took a longer break from work, and I was busy being… sick.
    So, now I’m working on going very gradually back to my normal work routine, but incorporating longer, regular breaks.
    Thanks, Marie !

  72. Kitty

    When I was suffering from burn out I discovered the power of taking power naps. You mentioned it at the end. I got quite a lot of criticism from people, who thought that I was indulging in and worsening my burn out, while I felt so much better and clear-headed after my short nap (20 minutes is enough).
    Now I truly believe that every office would benefit from offering people the option to go and take a nap. I’m convinced most of the employees will be so much more productive and work a lot more efficient afterwards.
    Finally I would also suggest to start your nap with a ‘full body scan’ or yoga deep relaxation practice. That really gives you the balance and fuel to meet any challenge during the rest of the day! Therefore, I would love to hear more on this in your episodes indeed!

    Love, Kitty

    Ps and yes dancing! Lately I’ve rediscovered how rejuvenating and liberating just putting on some good music and dancing to it really works for me (guilty pleasure: I actually do dance on ‘Maniac’ myself!)

    • Pam

      Power naps are awesome! Wish I was working independently so I could do that!
      Also, I would love a 5-minute choreographed work break dance…..Marie? Can you help us out here? 🙂

  73. YES!! More videos on productivity and focus tips please, I would absolutely love that. It’s shocking how challenging it can be to focus, and I KNOW I can be more productive. Thank you so much!

    • Roshni Dominic

      Hey Kinga, I used to struggle with focusing too, I just worked at focusing on my tasks by setting a timer for 55 mins and taking a 5 min break at the end of it 🙂 When the timer is on, I still get distracted sometimes, but know that I need to postpone whatever shiny object I want to run after, til after my 55 mins of work are done! It’s hard, but focusing is like a muscle- the more you flex it the stronger it grows. Good luck and let us know how it goes! <3

  74. Alex

    hmm, there’s research to show otherwise: regular breaks can be taxing for the brain – look up “task switching” and its cost – there’s a lot of science there

    it’s not as simple or black/white 🙂


    • Roshni Dominic

      Hi Alex, I see your point… that’s why I set a timer to work for 55 mins, and only then take a 5 min break 🙂 breaks do need to be deliberately spaced out, or it’ll just become distraction and task-switching, as you mentioned!

  75. Hi Marie,

    I don’t have so much energy , due to y C-PTSD. But i am writing a book. Every day i am committed to write each morning. And while i am writing i stand up to make a lot of tee . After 1 hour i go for a walk with my dog and make a plan to go writing the next day again.

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Thanks for sharing, Ibolya! It’s wonderful that you’re already implementing some productivity techniques into your own routine. Congratulations on the progress you’ve made so far in writing your book!

  76. John

    Thank you for the video. Simply admitting to a level of burn out is a struggle. And identifying methods to reduce stress or just take intermittent breaks amongst life’s chaos… amen to open disclosure.

  77. Hans

    Something I learned from my dad: “Never postpone till tomorrow what you can delegate today.”

  78. I love and appreciate this reminder so much! I’m adding RESET into my life. Earlier this year, I updated my company’s meeting minutes template to incorporate a break (or multiple breaks for longer meetings). Underneath our “Meeting Start & End Time” is a new section called “Break Time.” We schedule our break time at the start of the meeting and it’s been such a healthy shift! We’re no longer drained by the end of our 3 hour meetings/work sessions. We’re energized and ready to power on! Thanks Marie & Team for this reminder, and dance break!

  79. Cheyanne

    Great reminders today! I always love new tips on preventing burnout and boosting productivity.

  80. Great video! I use the bullet journal system to keep on top of things. I keep it simple, minimalist style. I have it handy so that I can stay focused on the things I want to get done that day.

  81. I cycle between growing spaces and studio space! This is my break with hydration before and after. Its the days Im in one place that are the hardest. Applied the hydration rule yesterday as was focused in one place.

  82. That was fantastic!! Could you link to the video she mentioned in the beginning about planning the night before? I can’t seem to find it. Thank so much!!!

  83. Thank you for this video, Marie!

    This is definitely a topic for which I need help. As a contract and freelance website designer, I work from home, so it seems some days I have a really hard time creating proper structure. And if I’m tired, it’s even worse… which leaves me feeling very un-productive. Some days I feel like I’ve used up so much time but gotten hardly anything of value completed. Being alone in my home office, it can feel difficult to concentrate. And it’s tough to turn off the work day – too easily I can work, then take a dinner break, then I’ll check my messages at 8 or 9pm and think to myself, “Oh, I could take care of that task; it won’t take long…” Cut to a few hours later, and I find myself still working and it’s midnight, and I feel like I haven’t had any time to myself or for anything outside of work and checking emails. It feels pretty insane, and it’s not a good way to work or to live.

    So I could use all the advice you’ve got! 😀

    I’ll definitely be keeping “RESET” in mind. Thanks again!

  84. What really helps me get my day completed is to remember a goal I have and get into action around it happening now!

  85. Ashley K

    I have an extremely simple trick I use to eliminate loss of productivity caused by either disruptions or by task switching. Both disruptions and task switching can eat up a significant amount of time spent just trying to remember where you left off and getting back into the swing of things before you start being really productive.

    Here’s what I do. Any time an interruption comes up (e.g. someone enters my office, or my phone rings and I have to take it), I take a few seconds to write down where I left off – usually I write down the last thing I did and/or the next step I was about to take. Then as soon as the interruption is over, I just refer back to my note, which instantly sparks my memory and allows me to restart the task right away as though the interruption never happened.

    Any time I am about to switch tasks, or wrap up a task at the end of the day, I do the same thing – I take a minute to write down where I left off and the next step I need to take to continue. Again, the next time I return to that task, my note refreshes my memory almost instantly and gets me back into the mindset I had when I left off, so I can start being productive immediately.

    This has helped me get significantly MORE work done in the SAME amount of time!

    • Pam

      great tip! I’m going to use that!

  86. Roshni Dominic

    Hey Marie! Amazing episode, thank you SO much for this!! I’m going to put an emphasis on ‘exersating’ during my breaks 😀 One thing that personally helps me is to work for 55 minutes and then take a 5 minute break (the break includes dancing, walking or stretching- anything physical- and no screens!) I then return to my task at hand for another 55 minutes, taking a 5 minute break at the end of that. I continue like this until I’ve done four or five 55 minute slots of work. I set a timer for the 55 minutes of work and commit to focusing only on the task I’m doing and avoid any distractions! The timer reminds me that I need to focus on work until my 55 minutes are up- at which point I can take a 5 minute break (which I also time). I may not always stick to my four blocks of 55 mins of work per day, but it definitely helps me avoid distractions while the clock is ticking and I get FAR more done than I used to.

    BTW I would love, love, LOVE more videos and advice on productivity – yes please!!

    Love your vivacious spirit, and looking forward to seeing more <3
    Roshni X

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Amazing, Roshni! Thanks so much for tuning in today and sharing your kind words. for Marie. It’s wonderful that you’re already implementing some powerful productivity techniques into your own routine, and that you’ve seen such great results! We hope this video helped spark some new ideas for you. For more episodes on this topic, be sure to check out our archives here:

  87. Pam

    Love episodes like this. Thanks for the great tips and awesome dance moves! Woot! Woot! I have written RESET on a Post-It note and placed it on my monitor to keep myself on track. Next: setting timers for breaks in my work day!

  88. I loved this episode! Time management, productivity, and routines are just a few topics that I am deeply interested, so it would be fantastic to see what advice Marie and the team have to share.

    In terms of my own productivity, I tend to work on my high priority tasks such as essay, fiction, and online writing during my peak energy time (the morning) while leaving lesser priorities like email, domestic tasks, research and light reading for the afternoon. If I have to, I’ll edit at night, but online for an hour. Sometimes switching between projects helps to keep things fresh, sometimes I prefer to chip away at a project all day (8-9 hrs, plus breaks). It really depends on my energy levels that day, deadlines and how “into” the project I am.

    When I do take breaks, I play with my dog, lift light weights, water the garden or dance! The latter of which is an idea I got from previous Marie TV episodes. Busting out some dodgy dance moves while pumping classic hair metal tunes is surprisingly rejuvenating, and it’s a great way to inject a sense of fun and play into the day 🙂

  89. Elizabeth

    Any tips for productivity when dealing with awful commutes that are incredibly stressful? In my last job and living situation, I had to get up at 3:45am to leave home at 4:30am, in order to even have a chance of beating traffic (public transport was not an option). I also had a 2 month old (who was not sleeping through the night) and a 2 year old, and did not have a partner to help me. My commute home was 3 hours (because traffic in the afternoon was so bad.) This was all just to keep our head above water, financially. It was SO incredibly draining. I’ve made geographic changes since then and life is much better, but I’m still left wondering what I could have done differently during that time so that I wouldn’t have been so drained and burned out.

  90. Cherie

    More on productivity would be fantastic. I am most focused in the morning but after lunch is the lost land so something on getting focused and productive in the least productive time would be fantastic!

  91. Thanks so much Marie and team,
    In our #workaholic (i.e. occupational procrastination) culture it helps us actually take mind-saving breaks when we see evidence that taking breaks ISN’T a ‘waste of time’, but actually enhances our focus & productivity.

    As Marie says, it’s a big topic, and here’s a tip that I (as a recovering procrastinator/ perfectionist/workaholic) find very helpful, and that is: NOT to stop at the finish.

    For example, I’m currently finishing my popular psychology book ‘The 21-day myth: A step by step guide to rapid habit change (including procrastination)’ [Yes, I am keenly aware of the irony :] Currently I stop working on my book at 8pm – no matter where I’m up to (I do have generous breaks during the day, including yoga).

    I DON’T stop working when I’ve finished a section or chapter, because it never feels finished, the work expands to fill all available time and, next minute, I’m back down my low-productivity, stressful, workaholic rabbit hole.

    Also, notice how often getting started is the hardest part?
    By (lovingly) forcing myself to stop mid-task, I’m keen to get back into it the next morning. In contrast, if I started the morning’s work with a new chapter, I need to use much more fallible, energy-intensive willpower to get started.

    Q. Also, notice when we tend to stop procrastinating?

    A. Just before a deadline.

    The deadline produces mind-focusing adrenaline that allows us to overcome our fear of failure/criticism, rejection, and ‘not good enough-ness’ and get stuck into our work.

    So, another advantage of ‘stopping work’ being time-based rather than task-based, is that is creates a series of mini-deadlines that produce the same mind-focusing, procrastination-busting adrenaline, BUT in smaller, paced, motivating amounts – as opposed to the common situation of no adrenaline followed by a terrifying tsunami of the stuff as a huge deadline looms.

    Hope this helps, and thanks again Marie et al. Your work has helped me in many ways.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That makes perfect sense! Thank you for sharing this great tip. 🙂

  92. Alexa Denton

    I connect, ground and clear! I set an every hour alarm to get my space back!

  93. Sandy

    Thanks so much for the great episode and tips, I’m definitely going try these!
    Loved the dance break too, though I’m not sure that I’ll be quite as spectacular at that if I try incorporating it into my day!

  94. As always, inspiring information! Thank you!

  95. Marie, loving your videos! I run my own business and work another job AND just became a new Mom seven months ago. I’m finding the balance impossible, and my work is suffering because I refuse to drop the ball on my son. Any tips?!

    • Elizabeth

      Krista – I was SO overwhelmed when I had my first daughter! (My kids are now two and almost five). Have you done a time diary (accounting for all 168 hours in the week to get an idea of where all your time is going?) How is your kiddo sleeping and what kind of sleep are you able to get at night?

  96. Akiko

    Thanks, Marie, as always. Love your work!

    I work solely at home and find it difficult to separate my given work from my work for the future (trying to set up my own business of course). Recently I had a chance to review how much I spend on my given work and it was around 4-5 hours a day, which was a bit too long, but I had done it till then for the responsibility I was feeling. Then I’ve decided to spend only 3 hours a day (and do not go over even if I feel I should) since. And that of course had a great effect on my productivity. I’m more focused and also able to prioritise because I only have 3 hours to spend….

    Luckily I work from home, so have plenty of opportunities to
    take a break! I go up and make some herb tea, work on my muscle, prep some lunch….and of course some dancing session sometimes too!

    Thanks for the video. I’ll do my very best to get my own work out there soon!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s awesome, Akiko! Marie has found that work expands to the time allotted, so you might find that your 3 hours is even more productive than your 4-5 hours. 🙂

  97. Love the RESET method thank you so much !
    One thing that helps me during periods of stress is diaphragm breathing for a minute or two to give your body more oxygen .
    Kind Regards

  98. Katherine

    Delegating small chunks of work to several people increases my productivity 🙂 (at the expense of my bank account, but it does). Lol…

  99. Lindsay

    Always up for more tips like these! Also in the Marie’s Unicorn Shirt Fan Club!!!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      YAY! It’s hard to see something with a unicorn and not smile. They’re just so fun! 🙂

  100. This is an amazing episode!! Really really needed this today. Thank you.
    Actually, one of the best strategies I’ve ever seen besides this one is the one you did about batching so that you’re doing the same types of things in groups.
    My biggest takeaway from my life so far is that it’s really necessary to practice good self care. I was brought up that this was selfish but the real truth is that you can’t help anyone else if you’re too fried to move. It’s possibly more selfish to grind yourself into potato starch and need someone to scrape up the pieces than it is to just take good care of you as you go along.

  101. Giovanna

    Yes yes more desired! 🙂 Thanks Marie XOXOXO

  102. Ula

    Thank you so much for this beautiful episode. Much love and gratitude sending your way. The performance of Zach – epic! Thank you guys, you are the best! <3

  103. Oana

    Wow I loved this episode. I struggle with this issue myself and never really know how to overcome it. More content on this would be fantastic. Thanks Marie

  104. I like to keep fit, so instead of heading to the gym in the morning or in the evening (like you would if you were working a 9 to 5) I head out in the middle of the day when I need a break. Helps to break my day up. 🙂

    P.S. Loving the Unicorns!!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s so smart! And it sounds like a fun thing to look forward to, especially if you’re about to hit the afternoon energy slump. 🙂

  105. Suzanna Axisa

    I see time as completely elastic, so I can use it as I want. Here’s how it works:
    If I have a big job to complete and part of me doubts I’ll get it done in the time available, or knows that just thinking about it is flooding my body with stress I ask the universe to help me get it done within X hours (always fewer than the time available so I can play) and in the most enjoyable way possible. Over the years I’ve been doing this I’ve typically shaved 30% off completion time and ALWAYS felt less stressed and more happy – particularly when I find myself with extra – guilt-free – playtime!

  106. Great episode! When working in the office and feeling tired, I get up and go away from my desk as I know I simply need to move. I walk three flyers of steps and step outside for about 2-3 minutes walk. It always works and wakes me up. Feel tempted to go and check my phone though – so definitely need to work on that one. 🙂
    When working at home, I do some punches or downside dog position from yoga, to get some juices flowing straight into my brain 🙂
    Thanks a lot Marie and the whole team!

  107. Casey

    If you made 50 episodes about this topic I would watch them all! Time management has been a lifelong struggle for me, productivity too. Could use any and all wisdom you have on the topic and I’m sure I’m not the only one ?Thanks for all you do! ❤️

  108. Dhwani

    Hi Marie!!!
    Super Episode!!! Burnouts hit me a big time. I usually listen to music or take a dance break. I also write a diary every night it helps me keep tab on what I did today and what I want to do tomorrow.
    P.S: All this also keeps me sane.

  109. Karen

    Thanks Marie!
    How about tips for winding down at the end of the day? I seem to just mindlessly scroll instagram, & I’d love some ideas for a ‘more productive’ (ie more refreshing) down time. Thanks 🙂

  110. Stephanie Rodriguez

    Dear Marie,
    Just watched 06/19/18 Tuesday episode and you reinforced something I do most mornings before heading to my busy job as a receptionist at an elementary school. I do it because IT MAKES A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE, just like you explained.
    I drink 16 oz of water before I leave the house.
    Thanks for your ❤️.
    Stephanie Rodriguez
    Kyle, Tx

  111. Nancy

    Yes please, more on managing time and being productive!

  112. Marie, I would love to see more videos on productivity and burnout. I have experienced burnout twice. Once working for a company and once in the first iteration of my business. Both times I ended up with scary physical symptoms and had to stop to recover. I am back in my business but now find myself scared to push because I am insecure about my ability to prevent burnout. As a result I am definitely not giving it everything I have. It is holding me back from doing my best work. If you could do a video on how to get back in the game and drop the fear after debilitating burnout I would be grateful!

  113. Gilda

    Great episode! I will start to R.E.S.E.T. right away. Nice dance!!!! XD

  114. Laurie Cosenza

    Really enjoyed this episode. I know I should be more active during the day (tend to sit in front of a computer or spend a lot of time in the car). I love the idea of breaks to exercises and saturate. I’m going to see if my computer has a timer that would make the screen go black after 90 minutes – that would be a surefire way to ensure I take breaks.

  115. I am a planning and organisational junkie, even my bullet journal has a bullet journal, so I loved this episode. I also loved Zack’s dance break – he really channeled his inner Alex 🙂
    A couple of weeks ago I started using the Pomodoro Technique and so far I’m happy with the results. I divide my time into 25 min POMS, as I call each time slot, and assign a task to each POM. I divide each project into smaller steps anyway and this is how I get tons of stuff done each day. The goal is to do between 8 and 13 really focused POMS. However, the creative brain isn’t meant to work 8 hours each day. I recommend the book Deep Work by Call Newport for useful tips on how to be superfocused and work smarter not just longer hours.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s awesome, Lina! We’re big fans of the Pomodoro Technique and are so glad you’re finding it helpful too. 🙂

  116. Love the dance moves!( Laughter is the greatest energizer and tension release!)
    thanks for the update, reminders and shorthand to remember and share. Yes, more info and focus on avoiding burnout and increasing productivity. Yes please!

  117. Kellie

    My name is Kellie and ironically I had the exact same question! Us Kelly(ies) must have a common thread! Thanks for the great advice. Looking forward to more.

  118. LOVE the R.E.S.E.T., Marie!
    And YES, more videos on “more productivity and less burn out” are SO welcome!
    As for my own practices to have more energy and be more productive I take “pleasure breaks”! For 10 or 15 min I do something that is totally pleasurable to me like, singing a favorite song, preparing a delicious green juice, moving my body to a sensuous song, writing on my diary about something I love, going to my favorite cafe for a big green juice, watching 2-3 short sketches of my favorite Brazilian comedy show and laughing out loud, clean or clear a corner of my house, iron something lovely, talking to myself as if I’m 2 people with 2 different opinions about something. Haha. These things give me SO MUCH PLEASURE. They’re like a fresh shower to my body and to my psyche 🙂

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Love it, Adri! 😀

      • Thanks Mandy! 😀

  119. I agree with every word! 🙂 music neurologically proven to facilitate concentration and you can set the timer to take those much-needed breaks from the computer every 100 min. I also use the app SEVEN to do a seven min exercise. It’s fundamental for me to move the body in any form between computer breaks!

    • Beth

      At my last office, it was an intentionally established part of the culture to take group breaks (people could join in if they wanted, wasn’t required) to do the 7 minute workout via the app. Loved it!

  120. Yes, more videos on productivity and time management!! YES!!

  121. Maria

    I would LOVE to have more info, tips, books to read, etc on this topics please!!!

  122. Make your fresh meal at home and take meal breaks outside in nature, the beach, a park, near a lake, by a stream, in an open field, in the woods, at a grave yard, on a farm, in an orchard, by a vineyard, or in a garden. The love you put into making your meal generates energy, and the harmonious environment will aid digestion too!
    Lanita SupHerb

  123. Tessa Hawkins

    I would love to know how to be more accountable to yourself. It’s hard when it’s just you moving your big vision forward.

  124. This is my first MarieTV viewing! Great thanks. I love your style!!!
    I run an online business and work full time and this topic is one the is very close to my heart. My business is about supporting others in my full time job – which is too busy – so I have just created my first epublication around Time management

  125. Love love love this episode! Especially the tip about stepping away from screens! We have a big love / hate relationship with devices in our home and know how easy is it to be sucked into staring at a screen and zoning out. It’s not a break, it’s just work of a different kind! I always feel revived and inspired after a digital detox, even if it’s just 15 mins. Great tips as ever Marie! Johanna x

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      We’re so glad you enjoyed this episode, Johanna! You’re totally right that we often use screens even while “zoning out” but this isn’t actually giving our brains or eyes a break. We hope this video inspires you to find time for other activities that help you feel rested and rejuvenated throughout the day!

  126. Mary

    Very helpful. Love all your messages, very friendly.

  127. I need to schedule breaks – I’ve forgotten to eat too!

    • Me too….and then I felt like I was starving….

  128. For me one of the big key to productivity is batching. Inspired by the story of creation – even GOD did not do all things on one day, but focussed on specific projects (Light, Water, plants, Stars, Fish + Birds etc, Humans, Rest) each day.
    So I set up my work week according to what I call the Creative pattern
    Monday: Creative stuff (for me mostly writing)
    Tuesday: Order (Bookkeeping , planning etc).
    and so on.
    I have used this pattern for the last 20 years and as an author (in German only – sorry) and speaker inspired others to do it as well. And it has greatly pacified my life.
    I love the book REST. Why you get more done when you work less. It explains that most humans (including people like Einstein or Darwin) only have about 4 hours a day where we can be fully creative, structural etc. So it is good to split time between intense stuff and less intense work.

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      That’s an interesting perspective! We’re so glad you’ve found some creative productivity methods that help you stay inspired and motivated. Thanks so much for sharing, Kerstin!

  129. Great as always Marie. I’m wondering what your take is on how many days one should work a week and on vacations per year?

  130. So WISE!

  131. Helena

    So easy and yet so effective ! Love your videos and knowledge, Marie!

  132. Thanks for this! I was so productive 1 day this week and then it stopped. I have used the Review/Plan your day in advance and it has worked! That is my downfall not being consistent. The breaks in between a stretch of 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours do work. I needed to be reminded of those methods. Will definitely work on the other 3 methods. Especially stepping away from the computer!

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Awesome, Adrianne! We’re so glad these tips were so helpful for you and that you’ve already seen some great results. Of course, the goal is always “progress, not perfection”, but we hope this episode gave you an extra bit of a boost. Thanks for tuning in!

  133. Pam Perumal

    I work as an accountant. Sometimes I sit through more than a couple of hours in one stretch that usually towards the end of the day my energy level & productivity is close to zero. The 3 things that you said that you didn’t have time to discuss are the things that have been keeping me going lately. I drink 500 ml water first thing in the morning (and drink as much as possible throughout the day) & make it a point to meditate at least 10 min in the morning before I start off the day. My energy level has seen a phenomenal change, not to mention my moods too. I still do get tired and a power nap helps with that.

  134. This was a short and sweet reminder we can all use. I shared it with my entire office today as a reminder to keep our well-being top of mind. Thanks Marie.

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      You rock, Rachael! Thanks so much for tuning in and sharing the MarieTV love with your co-workers. We hope this episode helped you end the week on a positive and productive note!

  135. Marie, you are so awesome. Keep doing what you’re doing. You’re a great inspiration to the rest of us. Thank you!

  136. Oh my gosh, this spoke right to one of my pain points! I tried to schedule short breaks and it usually works for a few days. However, I only have like 3 hours each morning while the kids are out of the house so it feels incredibly wasteful not to be using every single minute that I have available to work on my business. So I’d love more videos on this topic! And thank you for all the encouragement I received through your videos!!!

  137. KG

    I’m blown away by how much some people accomplish in life. I work in blocks of time, take a break after finishing each block and vary my activities and projects during the day to keep things fresh. I’m happy with what i accomplish though compared to people like Martha Stewart I’m a snail and others a cheetah. Is productivity relative, too? Thanks Marie!!

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Thanks so much for sharing, KG! We’re so happy to hear you’re already implementing productivity habits in your own life and that you’ve seen some great results so far. Our personal productivity levels vary each day depending on a lot of factors, but it can be tempting to compare our own journeys to someone else’s destination. Keep in mind, behind most super-productive or successful people are entire teams or companies of talented folks who help bring their ideas to life. Productivity isn’t a perfect science, it’s about doing what feels best for you each day and setting goals that help you make progress toward your goals. Keep up the awesome work– we’re all cheering you on!

  138. You were right, that epic dance scene really should NOT be missed!
    Laughed out loud!
    Loved the RESET tool.
    I do 52 minutes of work, 17 minutes breaks – there’s some science behind it and it really works for me. I love being ‘timed’, keeps me focused and indulges my competitive side.

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      We’re so glad this episode (and that dance break) offered some fun and humor to your day Nicole! It sounds like you have a system that works for you, so keep at it and have fun continuing to track your performance!

  139. Marie, I’d love a show where you went more into preventing burnout etc when you are working full time and also developing a business or side-hustle.
    I am a full time high school teacher in New Zealand and I work from 7.15- 4.30 each day. I don’t break for interval or lunch. I then work for 2-3 hours a night on my blog. In the weekends I also do about 15 hours on my blog and several hours of school work when required (after almost 20 years I have the school part pretty contained but it can still be exhausting).
    I’ve been doing this for close to two years now and I think it is starting to take a toll. In addition, I’m 44 and have just started getting night sweats which seriously messes with my sleep. Lately I’m an irritated (and irritating) ball of stress.
    I don’t want to give up my blog as I want to work on it full time eventually. So making progress while taking care of myself is a huge issue. Thank you x

  140. Marie,
    Your videos are so informative and entertaining; you truly inspire me to create impactful content!

  141. This quick session was great. Simple to remember. I know time-blocking works. You’ve just integrated the “downtime” into my time-blocking. If I don’t make time for it I will be fatigued more easily and quickly. Thanks for the tid-bit. Writing them into my planner.

  142. Thank you Marie and team!

    Here’s a few things that have helped me as a solopreneur:
    – Using timers has been a really amazing tool for me — I’ve tried Pomodoro and also focusing for 42 minutes and resetting for 18. I find that if I start to want to do something like check email or social media, I look at how much time I have left on my timer and think to myself “I can focus for that much longer!”.
    – I created a visual planning one-pager that helps me plan the next day, by selecting 4 projects I want to work on, designating time for them and for breaks after, and also writing down what I’m most grateful for that day, and at the end of the day what I feel I did well, as well as where I could improve.
    – I keep a piece of scratch paper nearby and write things down that come to mind so I don’t forget them and can do them later when it’s a less creative time of day.
    – Listening to myself and working during parts of the day or night that are most creative and energizing, rather than forcing a 9-5 schedule.
    – I also find it helps to put my phone out of sight — less temptation for social media, etc. Even if it’s on my desk but behind or under something, I’m less distracted.

    Looking forward to more on this topic!

    Cheers, Karina

  143. sali

    what would you do when colleagues come now and then to ask for: Break, coffee … . As a new comer I tried to join them to socialize in the beginning. Then, when I tried to avoid, some started to be weird such that I dont like them or I am anti-social….
    Another situation is “stay hungry for an hour for the time ‘they’ set to go to lunch”. Whenever I go alone sooner, since my noisy-stomach wont let me work, I feel bad, or they are like : oh you did not wait!!
    The thing is, I have the feeling that being nice, smiley, start-conversation became my responsibility. if I avoid i am the bad guy, if not, I am the bad guy to MYSELF.

    1- How do you treat these colleagues such that they like you and let you like yourself too?
    2-I need to be more smart in my social life. how can I learn techniques? any book?

  144. Jéssica Notório

    Love your tips Marie! Productivity is definitely a topic at which I’m very interested. I’d love to see more from you about that!!

  145. Wow! This is great! I think we all wish we could be more productive most of the time. I, personally, work in intervals. I work for a while, and then I take a short break to do something non work related. Some things I do during these breaks are grab a quick bite to eat, talk on the phone for a little bit, do some exercise, etc. These short breaks in between working help me to be more productive when I am working. Someone mentioned a hula hoop break. That is genius!

  146. Tiffany

    Loved this episode! Watching it this morning after feeling horrible for not getting any writing (or at least brainstorming) done for my blog last night. At least now I have a plan to help me become more productive after working a full-time job. Did you say something about nap?!

  147. Michele

    Great advice Marie. Discipline is the key thing for me. I love idea of planning the breaks! My learning takeaway.
    Question – when the going gets really tough and you have a crush of real deadlines you have to meet (despite your best attempts at spreading these out), how do you manage balance, creativity and outputs? Am going through one of these right now and I’m, woah! I know it is a hump and I’ll get over it and back to calmer times but I need tools to manage the whirlwind, keep me productive and keep me sane.

  148. Zach’s dancing and ode to Flashdance put a smile on my face. I always find at least one tidbit I needed to hear in each episode. In this episode, it was the reminder to hydrate. I forget to do this during non-meal times.

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      We’re so glad this episode put a smile on your face Kelsey! Also, your comment totally reminded me to hydrate myself, so thank you for that as well!

  149. I think it all begins with knowing your life purpose and the long term goals that you want to achieve

  150. Another fab reminder of the importance of planning and actually being kind to ourselves!!

    • Heather-Team Forleo

      Thank you so much for watching and stopping by, Colette.

  151. Jordan

    pleaseeee give more content and strategies on this Marie! This is awesome, thanks so much, would love more of your insights!

  152. Sonder Media Group

    I thoroughly enjoyed watching this video! Another way I have found to increase my productivity is by making a conscious effort in placing all focus and energy on elevating my work in my specific career field and not looking on social media, seeing how cool it is to be a social media influencer, or actress, or coder and then proceed to try and figure out how I can be all of these things at once. I am much more focused when I just focus on my goals and not get sidetracked into exploring other career fields.

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Yes! Less distractions and more focus are definitely key when working towards making big strides forward in any direction, and we love that you’re getting this. We’re wishing you all the best as you put your blinders on and go full-force ahead!

  153. Have just discovered your website and is very inspiring so will definitely be adding it to my new list of favourites! Thanks for this post. Very interesting and look forward to following more in the future!

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      We’re so glad that you’re here, Sharron! Thanks for joining us.

  154. There’s nothing that works for me 100% of the time, and I believe that’s okay. After all, we are just humans with bad days. There are, however, some things that work for me most of the time. The Pomodoro (for working, not for studying), upbeat music, chewing gum, drinking ice-cold water. It sounds weird but these silly things often increase my productivity and I believe everyone has some quirky things that work for them. The trick is finding them and then remembering they work.

    • Hailey – Team Forleo

      It’s absolutely ok! The goal is always to aim for progress, not perfection, and give yourself grace. It’s wonderful that you’re already implementing some awesome productivity tips that work well for you. I’ve been known to crank up the tunes to stay focused, too!

  155. I loved reading this and I loooove your unicorn shirt! It matches your personality to the tee… hehe, see what I did there?

    • Hailey – Team Forleo

      We see it, and we love it, Jade! We’re so glad you enjoyed this episode of MarieTV. Thanks for tuning in today!

  156. Annabella

    #4 is the exact thing my doctor recommended for the regular breaks, but I stopped doing it for a while. This is a great reminder, thank you. A lot of times I put off taking a break altogether because I find it hard to tune back in afterwards. And then I regret it. Because I did experience that if I only take a break when I’m already exhausted, it’s just too late.

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Annabella, the trick is to keep the breaks short and frequent, so they feel like relief, and then you’re ready to jump back into the project you were working on before. Try it out for different lengths of time, at different times of day, and see what works best!

      • Annabella

        Thanks for the tip Jillian.

  157. I just watched the interview with Amanda Steinberg … It was great advice. I am most certainly working on a Bridge job as we speak as I am trying to grow my business, but I need some more steady income in the meantime.

    Thanks! xo

  158. That’s easy to remember – RESET! I think taking a high-altitude view of our long-term vision can affect our daily productivity. Thinking about tools and techniques has its benefits, but knowing what’s important that has the most impact for your life, is easily the most efficient productivity ‘tool’ I know. You can be busy cutting down trees, only to realize you’re in the wrong forest. Cheers!

  159. Hey Marie,
    I am not sure where you take questions but right now I need some real assistance so I am just going to leave it here. Just for reference, I am a 26 year old college grad with a degree in fine arts. My husband is 25 with a degree in art & design. Upon graduating, we were living in Chicago and had our daughter. This all really happened very quickly. Fast forward three years and we now have a second child and are living in one room and sleeping in one bed with them in my husband’s family’s house in the Ohio suburbs (a place I really don’t like). It was never our intention to stay here long-term…we just wanted to stay here for one single holiday season, start our business and move on to a different city. Unfortunately, everything that could go wrong did and in October it will have been two years living with my in-laws and I feel that we are no closer to getting out than we were when we arrived. The job market is poor, especially for my age group, as everyone is underpaid and overworked. It is very difficult to get ahead, support a family and start your own business when the only side hustle opportunities are for $10 or less. Right now, we are both working Americorps VISTA positions at non-profits which adds up to about $4-5/hr (they get away with it by handing out stipends). My husband has applied to countless amounts of jobs and hardly hears back. He applied to grad school and didn’t get in. He feels like a failure who cannot provide for his family. This situation is a worst nightmare type that seems to never end. I’ve tried to pick up work while still building our business and being a mom but no matter what we do, we are continuously stuck as the children get very upset if I’m away too long. So what do I do? How do I keep my husband calm as he continues to take rejection after rejection? Is there some sort of voodoo spell I can do to turn around our luck? I’m an avid watcher of MarieTV but I feel like I have exhausted all options.

  160. Such a useful video as always. I think letting your passions lead you while prioritising is key, and also taking time out to re-energise is vital. All work and no play serves no one. Thanks for the reminder x

  161. This was all great advice.
    I found the part about hydration so interesting, who knew dehydration was linked to anxiety?! I recently wrote a blog about hydration and weight loss as I was mind blown by the benefits. I have always struggled to drink water. However, with all of these positive payoffs it is silly not to do it!

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Thans for stopping by, Lucy! We’re thrilled that this message resonated so deeply with your own work. Isn’t it cool that something as simple as drinking enough water can have such a positive impact on our lives? Refill that water bottle and keep on rockin!

  162. Sarita Crawford

    Hi Marie,
    I love you–your presence, and your spunk.
    Thank you so much for these burnout–and 10x achievement tips!
    Quick question: What are your top 3 recommendations to someone looking to add life coach to her list of excellent skills?
    Looking forward to your reply–thank you!

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Sarita, we’re so glad that you got the chance to watch this episode! You might want to check this one out next if you have lingering questions about becoming a life coach:

      We’re wishing you all the best as you pursue this goal!

  163. Great episode, thanks Marie. I love cycling to the beach and body surfing for a rejuvenating kick-start. I also think of things I’m grateful for when I body surf & always feel amazing afterwards, even when it’s cold. This is a great way to cleanse the mind, body & spirit! Keep up the great work – you are truly inspiring Marie.

  164. Love this. Being an entrepreneur I sometimes find times of intense focus (days/weeks) followed by letting it all go and difficulty in getting back. Particularly after a vacation. This is useful. Love the dance break idea. I’ve also worked according to the Harvard method (?) sometimes which says to focus for 54 minutes and take a 20-minute break before you repeat the process again. that is a nice number for me.

  165. My mind love travel- that is main reason why I spend a lot of time to do anything, because I can not focus on it. So “a list” is my secret. I have a list what I gonna do for one day then for morning -afternoon-evening. I choose what is more important to complete it first, and check my list every one hour to see where am I in my list. and small tip is I try to use small time like “5 minute” to complete small things like learn playing ukelele, read a page of book, think about ideas for my project.

  166. Samantha C.

    Hi Marie & team! I really enjoyed this Q&A because I have been actively working on trying to make balance and not get burned out with my job. I’m happy to learn any new ideas you or others may have!

    I will say that I’ve been working with a temporary health coach and one major thing we’ve focused on is the ‘E’ part of your RESET plan. (I noticed what we’ve been working on fits right into your plan, that’s so cool. (: ) Anyways, I never thought it’d be so hard to stop work even for 30 seconds, but yes I just get so sucked in. I tried an AUDIO notification on my phone and later a PHYSICAL sensation via my Fitbit and neither one would snap me out of my work mode. What I then found is that a VISUAL notification works very well for me. It was very interesting when I realized the different senses you can use to snap yourself out of it. I ended up creating a ‘task’ in Outlook that pops up every hour of the day and it tells me to ‘stop’. It stops me long enough to remind myself not to ‘override’ this notice and then I’m able to at least shake things loose, take some deep breaths, or stretch and then get back into it. I dont really notice a difference when I’m doing it, and i sometimes can’t do it every hour, but I certainly do notice it at the end of the day– I’m less tense and less high strung, and after being consistent with it, I’ve noticed I’ve been more productive. I thought I was already pretty productive but then yesterday, for example, I was unsure how I was going to do everything that had to get done and was able to tackle most of it and without getting burned out. These small little breaks (and other tips/tricks) truly do help. You mentioned you have other ideas about how to prevent burnout and increase productivity. I’d love to see more videos about this. (: Thanks!

  167. P.S. This is my 4-year-old son’s NEW favorite episode, he was skeptical about the word exersate at first, however after Zach’s dance break he was CONVERTED! Love you so much!! You keep me keep on keepin’ on!!!

  168. Loved this episode and I’m one of those dancing maniacs too. LOL!!!! I’m a mompreneur so I have to take breaks. I make sure to exercise to get my day going before my 3 kids get up and hope to get some work done (Yahh my day kinda starts pretty early). Then when they are its all about them. Nap time means focused work for like 2 hours. After that its play time again. Im always on the go so focused work in the 2-4 hours that I have each day is key. But Marie I would LOVEEE to see you do a segment on increasing productivity for moms who have little time to run their business.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Hey Simone! Thank you so much for sharing about what’s working for you here. It sounds like you’re doing an AMAZING job of making the most of your time as a busy mom! Definitely be sure to check out this episode, all about how to balance being a great mom with growing your business:

      Keep up the fantastic work – you inspire us!

  169. Thank you for this video. It came at the right time. I would appreciate it if you made this into a series. I’m definitely interested on more information concerning productivity and burnout. Thanks again.

  170. This is so simple but effective. The exercise thing is absolutely true. I love to take minute breaks for kettle bell swings. It gets my blood flowing and stimulates my brain. Great job as always Marie and team! Plus, the maniac dance was spot on!?

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Yes Heidi! We love that you have a favorite exercise to help keep the blood and creativity flowing through your body. We’re wishing you all the best as you keep yourself motivated.

  171. Martina

    I just came across this video and it s something I really need it! Thank you Marie!
    When I opened my company I came across the frase Burnout and I tought well that cant happend to me, I love what I am doing, I love my job. After a while Burnout hits me big time, so please share some more insights how to overcome burnout, how to get out of it.

    Thank you,


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