Work Without Walls Review: A ‘Must-Read’

  My latest book, Work Without Walls, has been steadily gaining momentum since its launch in February. It’s great to see the book resonating with readers and reviewers who want to learn how to create thriving, productive workplace cultures. I’m especially excited about the latest Work Without Walls review. The influential Kirkus Reviews calls the […]

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Reduce Stress By Embracing Attention Management

Knowledge workers need attention management to reduce stress and be productive.

If you’re like many knowledge workers today, you feel stuck in crisis mode. You’re getting more harried and overwhelmed by the day. But the organizational skills you’ve been taught, like time management, aren’t helping anymore. You need a new strategy to reduce stress, raise your productivity and just keep from burning out. That key skill […]

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Personal Productivity and Your To-Do List

The way you write your to-do list can help - or hurt - your personal productivity, productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas says.

Does your to-do list help you stay on top of your daily tasks and make progress toward your big goals? If not, it’s time for a list makeover. I talked with Fast Company magazine about how your to-do list can boost your personal productivity. One problem with to-do lists is that they can become obsolete […]

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3 Overlooked Components to Improve Productivity

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Before you can improve productivity, you have to define it for yourself . The definition I use for myself and to inform my work with clients is, “achieving or producing a significant amount or result.” (Emphasis mine). Productivity is subjective (and hard to measure) because each person gets to determine what is significant, and the significance changes […]

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Productivity Measurement in the Knowledge Economy

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Until recently, the emphasis for workers has been on production (output); however, with the transition to a knowledge-based economy, the focus has shifted to performance that produces results (outcomes), and the quality of those results. Leaders need to clarify expectations about knowledge workers’ availability and understand that a new basis for productivity measurement is necessary. There […]

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Manage Distraction —It Could Cost Millions

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Companies can save millions of dollars by helping workers manage distraction.  According to recent research, it’s not only possible but you can do it with a simple shift of perception (that will ultimately affect corporate culture, employee morale, overall productivity and, ultimately, the corporate bottom-line). Rather than focusing on “time management” issues in your organization, recognize that […]

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Increase Productivity by Maximizing Your Time

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Do you have only 100 minutes, or less, to get your work done in a day? Today’s always-on, all-access economy has led to unnatural patterns that are counter-productive and are damaging to knowledge workers. From checking  and sending work communications at all hours, to thinking that email is not ‘real work,’ to the fear of missing out […]

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Why You Don’t Need More Time Management Tips

Instead of time management tips, focus on your workplace culture as a whole.

My latest article for Harvard Business Review is based on something that happens to me a lot as a productivity trainer: Executives want me to teach their team time management tips and techniques to help them be more productive. But, in talking to them, it becomes clear that their staff doesn’t need time management tips […]

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Don’t Leave Company Productivity To Chance

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Work-life management skills for personal and company productivity are not taught in school and, as a result, workers are often left to their own devices (sticky notes, flags in email, writing and reviewing paper lists, etc.) with mixed results. There are too many sticky notes, endless paper lists, and urgent emails which are really tasks […]

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Lack of Innovation is a Corporate Issue

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The lack of individual innovation or creativity is more than just a  personal challenge – it’s a corporate problem. Profits depend on knowledge workers’ ability to generate new solutions, think on their feet and make complex decisions. When that doesn’t – or can’t – happen, it’s up to leadership to understand the dynamics and take actions […]

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