Productivity for Parents: Maximize Your Lunch Hour

Productivity for Parents: Use your lunch hour to clear your head, productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas says.

Productivity for parents doesn’t mean squeezing in some work anytime you have a spare moment. I recently shared some ideas for a Fast Company article called “Six Ways Parents Can Make the Most of Their Lunch Hour,” although these tips apply to anyone, not just parents. As writer Lisa Rabasca Roepe says in the introduction […]

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Checking Email After Work Is Common–But Unproductive

checking email

Are you in the habit of checking email outside of the office? If so, how does this habit affect your life? asked its readers to weigh in on questions like these after one of my articles for the site, “Your Late-Night Emails Are Hurting Your Team,” struck a chord. The responses to the survey give […]

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Effective Communication Means Taming Your Email

effectve communication: talk instead of emailing

Remember back when we thought email was going to be a breakthrough for effective communication at the office? Today, we’re more likely to view email as a major annoyance and, worse, a distraction from the meaningful work we really should be doing. Writing for Huffpost Business, etiquette consultant Jodi R.R. Smith has compiled a roundup […]

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More Support for Focused Work

Maura Thomas on attention management

The need for office cultures that support focused work is in the spotlight. I was recently interviewed for a Financial Times story about Cal Newport’s new book, “Deep Work.” Newport is an assistant professor of computer science at Georgetown University. In his new book, he makes the case that we need stretches of uninterrupted concentration to […]

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A Productivity Trainer Takes a Coffee Break

Productivity trainer Maura Thomas' interview on Coffee With a Stranger

You might not expect subjects like chocolate, exercise and “The Blacklist” to come up when you go for coffee with a productivity trainer. But that’s what happened when Melissa Lombard featured me on her blog Coffee With a Stranger. Melissa works in real estate in Austin and, for almost three years, she’s been doing a […]

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What Keeps a New Productivity System From Sticking?

Maura Nevel Thomas article on making a new productivity system stick.

Did this happen to you? You discovered a new productivity system and got excited about its potential to help you accomplish more. You vowed that THIS YEAR would be your “Year of Productivity” and then put your new system into action. Then, a few weeks later, you found yourself slipping back into old, unproductive patterns despite your […]

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Work Email Article Makes HBR’s Most-Read List

late-night work email

Apparently, late-night work emails are a problem for a lot of people. My article “Your Late-Night Emails Are Hurting Your Team” landed on’s list of “Your Favorite HBR Articles of 2015.” I argued in this story that “after-hours emails speed up corporate cultures — and that, in turn, chips away at creativity, innovation, and […]

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Find Your 2016 Success Plan for Productivity & Creativity

Productivity and creativity are closely related. You need both to achieve your goals. So I teamed up with my friend and creativity expert Jen Spencer of The Creative Executive to give you insight into a personal success plan for 2016. Click here to answer questions about your life at work. You’ll then be presented with […]

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The Relationship Between Productivity and Health: WNYC Money Talking

WNYC Money Talking Interview: Take Back the Night From Email

I’m excited to share that I was recently interviewed for WNYC’s Money Talking by host Charlie Herman. Charlie’s team found me through an article I wrote for the Harvard Business Review that got a lot of attention. It was really a commentary about our always-on culture; about the relationship between productivity and health. But the […]

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Time Demands: A Discussion with Francis Wade


Recently, I interviewed a colleague, Francis Wade, of 2Time Labs, who is a trainer and researcher on time-based productivity.  He recently released his second book, Perfect Time-Based Productivity: A unique way to protect your peace of mind as time demands increase.  In my review of the book, I said that Francis has done a great […]

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