Effectively Manage Business Text and Instant Messages

Maura Nevel Thomas: Telling others about your communications preferences helps you manage messages.

Email isn’t the only high-tech distraction that makes it hard to focus at work. You’re probably also struggling to  manage business text and instant messages, not to mention notifications from services like Skype and Slack or HipChat. A client recently wrote me to ask for tips on the best ways to manage messages from these sources. […]

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Make the Most of a Virtual Assistant

To make the most of a virtual assistant, you have to get used to delegating., productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas says.

More and more busy people are using virtual assistants — freelance administrative workers who do their jobs remotely — to lighten their workloads. Hiring a VA, though, isn’t an instant fix for your productivity. So how do you make the most of a virtual assistant? Reader Dave Williams of True Simple recently contacted me with […]

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Be More Productive: 3 Key Mental Shifts

You'll be more productive if you're not constantly monitoring your email, productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas says.

Lots of productivity training sessions or classes seem helpful at the time. But what’s important is what actually sticks with you and helps you be more productive. That’s why I was happy when Lindsay*, the executive assistant interviewed for last week’s productivity case study, shared that she keeps these three insights from my Empowered Productivity […]

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Employee Productivity Case Study: Training ROI

A case study on how Maura Nevel Thomas' training increases employee productivity.

Any time you invest in workshops, classes or other programs for your team, you want to know whether the training ROI will be worth it. That’s why I’m excited to share the experiences of Lindsay*, an executive assistant with a large insurance provider. Lindsay recently wrote to tell me about how my Empowered Productivity Training (watch a preview […]

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Dr. Edward Hallowell Interview Part 2: ADD’s Upside, the Power of Attention

Living with ADD can mean highs and lows, Dr. Edward Hallowell says.

Last week’s blog article featured Part 1 of my interview about busyness and distraction with Dr. Edward Hallowell, the New York Times best-selling author of “Driven to Distraction,” “CrazyBusy,” “Shine” and several other books. This week is Part 2 of our conversation. The transcript of our conversation is edited for length and clarity.  You can […]

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Dr. Edward Hallowell Interview Part 1: ADD, Attention and Being ‘CrazyBusy’

Dr. Edward Hallowell

I’ve long admired the work of Dr. Edward Hallowell, the New York Times best-selling author of “Driven to Distraction,” “CrazyBusy,” “Shine” and several other books. So I was honored when he joined me to talk about attention deficit disorder, how it’s changed and why so many people these days are feeling overwhelmed and distracted. This week’s […]

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Stressed at Work? Blame These Habits

Never unplugging is one of the habits that set you up for feeling stressed at work, productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas says.

With today’s technology, we have more freedom in when and where we do our jobs. But sometimes that’s also the very thing that leaves us feeling stressed at work. I talked about this conundrum recently with business and technology writer Minda Zetlin for an Inc. Magazine online article. In our conversation, we covered six habits […]

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6 Tips for Productive Business Travel

Business travelers can make their lives easier with smart planning and delegating, productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas says.

If you have frequent business travel, you know that being away from your home base can do a number on your productivity and your stress levels. But you can make the most of your time on the road while you ensure things are running smoothly back at the office. It just takes smart planning and delegating. […]

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Work-Life Balance: Set Your Boundaries

work life balance

Work-life balance has long been a hot-button topic in business. And it probably will be for some time to come. That’s because technology increasingly blurs the boundaries between our work and personal lives. I’ll take an in-depth look at work-life balance in my upcoming book, “Work Without Walls.” In the meantime, I shared some ideas about […]

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Why Project Management Tools Must Change

Project management tools need better integration with individuals' personal productivity systems, productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas says.

Personal productivity tools make managing your own workload easier. And project management tools help with wrangling group work. But there’s a big gap between the two, and that’s a problem. Think about all the tasks on your plate for the next week or so. Some of those tasks belong only to you. They’re your responsibility, […]

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