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 HBR.org’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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Potential Productivity Advantages of Cloud Storage

The advantages of cloud storage

I was recently contacted by Samuel Bowling, an Infrastructure Engineer from SingleHop, who read my book and thought that my readers might benefit from his expertise regarding using the Cloud to store your data. I agreed, and invited him to guest post. His thoughts on the advantages of cloud storage are below. Note that this post is not a recommendation […]

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Business Email Etiquette in Harvard Business Review

Correct business email etiquette leads to more productivity!

In my work with hundreds of companies and thousands of people in the last 12+ years, I recognized an issue with regard to corporate communication; specifically business email etiquette. The pace and timing of email can have a damaging affect on productivity and on the culture of an organization, and what I realized is that […]

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You’re Doing the 2 Minute Rule of Time Management All Wrong

2 minute rule of time management

I have seen this productivity advice offered so many times in the last couple of weeks that I felt compelled to set the record straight. You’ve seen it: “The Two-Minute Rule” of time management. Not only is it being explained to you incorrectly, which means millions of people out there are probably  doing it incorrectly, […]

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Got Clutter? 3 Questions to Declutter and Get Organized


The beginning of the year is a great time to declutter and start fresh, and many of my clients include this in their New Year’s Resolutions. Of course it’s not enough to just “clean up.” Without a method in place to keep things that way, you’ll end up back at square one in a few […]

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