Improve Your Culture – Control Corporate Email


Think a Ban on After-Hours Email is Crazy? Think Again. For years, I suggested to my clients that they consider having corporate policies for after hours email. Portable technology plus bad user habits contribute to an “always-on” environment that is bad for employees and bad for the businesses that employ them. My clients thought I […]

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Are You Wasting Time On This Task?

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Time management is an outdated concept, and many of the traditional “tips” aren’t relevant for the 21st century. One typical piece of “time management” advice that is contrary to effective task management is to try to estimate on your to-do list how long each task will take. If you are using a logical and useful […]

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5 Tips for Organized Spaces

Organized Spaces

I specialize in personal productivity and achieving your significant results, not residential organizing. But I know that being surrounded by clutter in your personal space definitely has an affect on your productivity. For more on this, I called on my friend and certified professional organizer, Janice Russell to share some great ideas. Organized Spaces, by […]

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3 Tips to Getting Your New Year’s Resolutions Back on Track

The Secrets to Achieving Goals Now that the New Year is behind us, and the gym isn’t so crowded any more, it made me realize that a lot of people have a hard time achieving goals they’ve set for themselves. In order to make continual progress on your significant results, use these three techniques from […]

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A Systematic Approach to Productivity

System, noun: a harmonious arrangement or pattern; a group of related parts that move or work together; any formulated method of plan or procedure Atul Gawande, world-renowned surgeon, Harvard professor, and author of “The Checklist Manifesto,” says that there are three characteristics of a successful system: The data to determine success vs. failure. The ability […]

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Outlook Tips 2: Create a Task or Calendar Item from Email

In Empowered Productivity Training, you learn the best way to keep your inbox at zero — it is possible —  is to create calendar items and tasks from your emails. But often you need to transfer the information from the email into another format. Let’s say someone sends you an email with the details of […]

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3 Steps to Quickly Catching Up on Email After Vacation

“Conventional Wisdom” when it comes to vacations has two big problems: People skip vacation altogether with the rationalization that it would just mean working twice as hard before and after, so it’s not worth it. (43% of Americans don’t take all of their vacation time, and Americans get less paid vacation than workers in any […]

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Top 5 Gift Card Purchases for Improving Productivity

Did you get a Best Buy or other electronics store gift card as a gift? Below are six suggestions of office productivity tools that will boost your efficiency. Portable bluetooth speaker Use chore time to learn something! If you’re bored by cooking dinner, emptying the dishwasher, folding the laundry, or sweeping the floor, then just […]

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Two Ways to Tell if Facebook Deserves Your Attention

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I get asked a lot about social media, and if I think Facebook, for example, is a “waste of time.” They reference “kitten videos” or other such silliness.  I do use Facebook, and so I’ve paid attention to the interactions I’ve had on it lately, and analyzed them a bit.  Today, for example, I spent […]

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How to Make the Most of Your Holiday Weekend (Or Any Vacation)


If you’re planning a vacation from work, here is a quick and easy suggestion for making the most of your time off.  It’s scandalous.  Blasphemous.  Heresy.  Your first thought will be, “I can’t possibly do that.”  Trust me.  You can, and if you do, you’ll realize what a real vacation is supposed to feel like. […]

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