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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Give Your To-Do List a Boost with These Tips

Work from your to-do list first thing in the morning, productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas says.

When your to-do list feels out of control, try thinking small. That’s one of my strategies featured in the article “The 12 Secrets of Productive Entrepreneurs” on the blog for the e-learning site Daily Bits Of. The article’s author, Mickey Gast, noticed how much distraction and multitasking derailed her productivity. So she collected ideas from entrepreneurs […]

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4 Overlooked Ways Your Workplace Sabotages Employee Productivity

An open office can help or enter employee productivity, according to productivity trainer Maura Nevel Thomas.

Have you set up your workplace to support employee productivity? Are you sure? In my latest article for Harvard Business Review, 4 Organizational Mistakes That Plague Modern Knowledge Workers, I talk about some often-overlooked factors that could be holding your employees back from getting their best results. Bad email habits. Your team needs uninterrupted stretches […]

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Organization Tips to Help You Love Your Workspace

Organization tips to spring clean your office from productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas.

Whether you work from an office, a cubicle or a workstation at home, a little spring cleaning for your workspace can revitalize your productivity. I shared some office organization tips recently with writer Susannah Snider for an article in U.S. News & World Report. In this interview, I talked about how spring cleaning your office […]

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Feeling Overwhelmed? Here’s the Way Out

One reader tells why Maura Nevel Thomas' book Personal Productivity Secrets was a game-changer when he was feeling overwhelmed.

Do more with less. Those words permeate most workplaces today, leaving employees feeling overwhelmed, stressed and baffled about how to navigate everything expected of them. That’s the situation that “David,” a project control engineer working in construction in the Northeast, found himself in. (I’m using a pseudonym to protect his privacy—his boss doesn’t know how overwhelmed […]

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Why Time Management Training Holds You Back

Time management training still has useful concepts. But it hasn't kept up with changes in how we work.

I was flattered to learn recently that my article in the Harvard Business Review (Time Management Training Doesn’t Work) inspired strong feelings in a student of time management who felt compelled to write a rebuttal. I understand this doctoral student’s resistance; change inspires evaluation and examination. I’m surprised, though, at how strongly people seem to […]

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Not As Productive As You Could Be? Here’s the Secret

Productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas says you need a a personal workflow management system

If you’ve been trying increase your productivity (your ability to achieve your significant results) but you can’t seem to make progress, the secret weapon you’re missing might be a personal workflow management system. This kind of system is at the heart of what I teach and write about, because I know it gets results. Here’s a […]

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Need to Stay Focused? Tune Out Distractions at Work

Productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas recommends Focus@Will to tune out work distractions.

Last week, I talked about some ideas for staying productive in open workspaces. For more tips on dealing with the distractions at work and the and disruptions of an open office, check out this article I was interviewed for on According to the Forbes article: Research from the University of California, Irvine, found that the […]

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4 Ideas to Make Open Workspaces More Productive

Open workspaces should still include quieter, more private areas, productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas of says.

Open workspaces are the norm in today’s offices. But does this kind of floor plan help or hinder productivity? Claudia Grisales, a business columnist at my local newspaper, the Austin-American Statesman, took on that topic recently, and I shared some thoughts for her article: “There is a great deal of research, as well as anecdotal […]

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