34 - Home Productivity on Steroids (with Mike Lamentola)

You haven't seen productivity until you've seen it on steroids...

In every sense of the word, Michigan native Mike Lamentola is a truly productive guy, both at work and at home. 

"As a kid I always had a hobby or two to be obsessed with and push me: Bottle Rockets, Remote control car racing, Drums, Guitar, Music Production, etc." - Mike Lamentola

"As a kid I always had a hobby or two to be obsessed with and push me: Bottle Rockets, Remote control car racing, Drums, Guitar, Music Production, etc." - Mike Lamentola

As a media company owner and producer, productivity and “wonder” junkie, Mike works tirelessly to increase his efficiency and create processes for getting things done quickly. 

He's also a one-of-a-kind father of two and home routine expert!

"The real time management came as I got into video production and started my online media Network. I knew my only option was to manage myself better." - Mike Lamentola

"The real time management came as I got into video production and started my online media Network. I knew my only option was to manage myself better." - Mike Lamentola

During our interview, we went through Mike's innovative process for getting chores done like a champion and establishing a productive mindset.  We even talked about how he squeezes in time for date night every week! (whoa)

Mike does it all while running his media-company side hustle at home while working full-time.

Mike lives in the Detroit, Michigan area and I love the excitement and raw grit Mike brings to the world productivity and media.  

From the Pomodoro time cube, to family-chore charts, to Kanban systems for re-stocking the cupboards, Mike’s "making it Snappen" day-in and day-out.

"When I had my daughter I was forced to become more productive in order to keep this lifestyle of continual learning, tinkering, and exploring. I gave up video games and dove into music production." - Mike Lamentola

"When I had my daughter I was forced to become more productive in order to keep this lifestyle of continual learning, tinkering, and exploring. I gave up video games and dove into music production." - Mike Lamentola

Thank you Mike so much for being on the show and giving us your insight for effectively running a finely-tuned household!


SPONSORS

 

SELECTED LINKS FROM THE EPISODE


SHOW NOTES

  • Interview begins [1:57]
  • How everything started for Mike [3:45]
  • "Mike's work is amazing" - Nick [5:40]
  • Tools that Mike uses for household chores [6:47]
  • Is this a joint effort? [8:22]
  • Michael Gerber and David Allen's influence [9:45] 
  • Productivity with a purpose [10:50]
  • What else when it comes to home routines? [12:37]
  • Selections of things to do [14:42]
  • Trampolines and multi-tasking [15:35]
  • Mike the "meal planning" advocate [16:39]
  • Eliminating decision fatigue [17:42]
  • "Paradox of Choice" and buyer's remorse [18:45]
  • Grocery shopping system [21:03]
  • Timer cube for studio tasks [23:37]
  • What to do when you miss-estimate how long it will take? [24:38]
  • Mike on "Mental Priming" [26:57]
  • How Mike works after kids go down [28:20]
  • Setting a timer to cut off chores [30:30]
  • Cleaning [31:33]
  • Liking the beard [34:42]
  • How to connect with Mike [36:00]