Stever Robbins | My Instruction Manual Podcast

Get It Done with Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins, host of the Get-It-Done-Guy Podcast and author of Get-It-Done Guy’s 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More, shares his best productivity hacks. And host Keith McArthur speaks with fitness contributor Kathleen Trotter about how exercise can help us beat the February blahs.

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Episode 19 Show Notes

[00:00] Welcome and Intro

[00:57] 18 Steps to Own Your Life

[01:43] Featured interview with Stever Robins

Stever Robins is author of Get-It-Done Guy’s 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More: Transform Yourself from Overwhelmed to Overachiever and host of the Get-It-Done-Guy Podcast. He is an executive coach and communications consultant who has been involved in multiple startups.

  • Stever moved out of home as a teenager at 14 and got started as a computer programmer [2:30]
  • How growing up a computer programmer led Stever to crack the human algorithm [4:22]
  • The trouble with productivity [9:05]
  • How the erosion of task-specific space has created a productivity crisis [13:15]
  • Why smartphones make it harder to implement workarounds, such as only checking your email a couple times a day [18:03]
  • Is it time to get rid of the smartphone and go back to a flip phone? [20:26]
  • Why putting your phone in black and white mode makes it less addicting [22:10]
  • Divorcing your computer  [22:54}
  • Stever’s views on living an extraordinary life [29:35]
  • Why we should pursue fulfillment instead of success [31:46]
  • Stever’s theory of hard work [34:30]

[36:06] Stever’s Instruction Manual

1. What are the habits you maintain every day to stay happy and healthy? [36:26]

  • Exercise
  • Eat well
  • Have human contact regularly

 2. What personal development book do you recommend? [38:23]

3. Favorite personal mantra / inspirational quote [39:26]

  • “Done is the Engine of More” from The Done Manifesto

4. What’s your one guilty pleasure? [40:55]

  • Oreo Ice Cream Cake

5. When your time comes, how do you want to be remembered? [41:06]

  • “To be honest, how I’m remembered is just not important to me. What’s important to me is the change that I make in the world.”

[42:12] Where to find Stever

[43:24] Fitness contributor Kathleen Trotter on how exercise can help with the February blahs

Kathleen Trotter is author of Finding Your Fit: A Compassionate Trainer’s Guide to Making Fitness a Lifelong Habit

In this conversation, Keith and Kathleen discuss:

[49:12] Closing words

Feedback & Connect


  1. Very interesting! It comforts me a little as a non-owner of a smartphone. XD Though judging from my the computer us, I’d say I have decent self-discipline when it comes to avoiding internet distractions. I actually have to make an effort not to forget checking Twitter once in a while (I half gave up on Facebook for the time being). ^^; I get more easily lost in research for my writing, but my job has trained me early to find what I need and *move on*.

    I also love how “taking care of your health” was a priority. As I tend to push myself with Spartan will to reach whatever goal I’ve set, I often neglect breaks, time off. I’m currently working eating more slowly. I don’t enjoy the act of eating, especially not when I’m alone as I always am at lunch, and I tend to want to get it done and over with. I realized I had a problem when I started having constant stomach ache.

    Also, my biggest waste of time these days are when I have meltdowns from overworking myself. It seems to be all-too-common among entrepreneurs (this is the first time I call myself an entrepreneur out loud, it’s a little scary). That means I *should* make my mental health an all-time priority. I’m not quite there yet, but I’m working on it. But I’m starting to ramble, so I’ll stop here…

    By the way, I wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. If you want to participate, see my blog for the rules and questions. If you don’t, it’s fine too.