Excited About a New Productivity Tool? Read This First

A new productivity tool isn't a magical solution, productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas says.

Have you ever thought you discovered the perfect productivity tool for yourself or your team — only to find that it didn’t really make a difference after all? In my latest article for Harvard Business Review, I explain why this happens. And I give some tips for choosing a productivity tool that you won’t abandon […]

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The More Efficient Way to Schedule Meetings

Improving the way you schedule meetings can enhance your productivity, productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas says.

How much time do you spend going back and forth with others via email to schedule meetings — and then, all too frequently, to reschedule them? Ross McCammon wrote a funny and useful column for the July issue of Entrepreneur magazine about how to reschedule more efficiently, and I’m happy to be part of it. […]

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For Managing Email, Make This Surprising Mental Shift

Managing email more effectively means treating it like 'real work,' productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas says.

Managing email requires both the right tools and the right mindset. There’s one deceptively simple idea about email that most people overlook. And because they do, they stay mired in email stress. Ready? Here it is: Email is real work that takes real time. I talked about this idea in a guest article for the Citrix […]

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How to Focus When Distractions Are Everywhere

For tips on how to focus, listen to Maura Nevel Thomas' interview on the 'Distraction' podcast.

I’ve been a big fan of Dr. Ned Hallowell’s for years. So it was a thrill for me to appear on his new podcast, “Distraction.” Our topic? How to focus and manage your attention in today’s distraction-filled workplace. A psychiatrist, speaker and author, Dr. Hallowell poses this vital question about how technology affects our work: […]

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Email Tips to Boost Productivity

Master some new email tips to improve your productivity.

We all want to spend less time dealing with our inboxes. Hiver is a Gmail collaboration tool, and its founder, Niraj Ranjan Rout, shared with me some of his favorite email tips to boost productivity. I combined his tips with some of my own, below… Consider Email Forwarding Rules Email forwarding allows you to direct selected messages to another address the […]

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Social Media and Workplace Productivity

Social media time at work can affect your productivity unless you manage it well, productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas says.

In a new Pew Research Center survey, American workers have some mixed feelings about how social media affects their workplace productivity. Fifty-six percent of workers who use social media for work-related purposes said it distracts them from other work they need to do. But the same percentage said social media ultimately helps their job performance, […]

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A Hidden Reason Hampering Your Efforts to Increase Productivity

When you address gender bias in your workplace, you also increase productivity, productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas says.

Today I want to give you a strategy to increase productivity that you may have never considered: Address gender bias at your workplace. The odds are overwhelming that your organization has gender bias. Perhaps it’s even on leaders’ radar already. But what you may not know is that your gender bias is costing you in many ways. […]

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To Stay Focused, Control Your Technology

To stay focused, tame your technology, productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas says.

Attention management is an essential skill in the modern workplace. To stay focused, you have to take control of your technology. With so many alerts, messages and temptations from our devices clamoring for our attention, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that technology is supposed to serve us — not the other way around. […]

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Try This Secret Weapon for Work-Life Balance

Google Voice is one of productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas' favorite tools for supporting work-life balance.

Work-life balance used to be a lot more straightforward: When you were at work, you worked. And when you weren’t at the office, you were engaged in the rest of life. Technology, of course, has complicated everything. Today, our work can find us even when we’re far from the office, and steal our attention away from […]

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Mindfulness App Review: Buddhify

Productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas recommends mindfulness app Buddhify

Today, I’d like to introduce you to Buddhify, my favorite mindfulness app. Maybe you’re thinking, “What does mindfulness have to do with productivity?” As it turns out, there’s a strong link between the two. Research shows us the power of mindfulness to change how we work. The benefits of mindfulness meditation practices include improved decision-making, relationships and […]

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