4 Ideas to Make Open Workspaces More Productive

Open workspaces should still include quieter, more private areas, productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas of regainyourtime.com 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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Delegating Pays: Are You Missing An Opportunity?

Delegating work increases productivity, according to Maura Nevel Thomas

Let’s bring back administrative support staff for executive delegating. (If you’ve read my book, you know I call this “empowering” yourself and others.) Leaders and specialized workers used to routinely be able to hand off administrative work and other tasks that didn’t make the best use of their time. That’s hard to imagine now in […]

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Sleep and Productivity: Is It Time For a Nap?

sleep and productivity

Sleep and productivity might seem at odds with each other. In some fields, people even boast about their crazy hours or how little sleep they get. But that kind of thinking is misguided. Reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention make clear that our collective lack of sleep is dangerous to both our […]

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Email Management Tool Review: Throttle

Productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas recommends the Throttle email management tool.

If you’re looking for an email management tool to help get your inbox under control, let me introduce to you Throttle. I’ve been using Throttle for a couple of months now, and I officially love it! I love it so much, in fact, that I’ll be recommending Throttle in the next edition of my book, […]

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Productivity for Parents: Maximize Your Lunch Hour

Productivity for Parents: Use your lunch hour to clear your head, productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas says.

Productivity for parents doesn’t mean squeezing in some work anytime you have a spare moment. I recently shared some ideas for a Fast Company article called “Six Ways Parents Can Make the Most of Their Lunch Hour,” although these tips apply to anyone, not just parents. As writer Lisa Rabasca Roepe says in the introduction […]

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Checking Email After Work Is Common–But Unproductive

checking email

Are you in the habit of checking email outside of the office? If so, how does this habit affect your life? HBR.org asked its readers to weigh in on questions like these after one of my articles for the site, “Your Late-Night Emails Are Hurting Your Team,” struck a chord. The responses to the survey give […]

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Effective Communication Means Taming Your Email

effectve communication: talk instead of emailing

Remember back when we thought email was going to be a breakthrough for effective communication at the office? Today, we’re more likely to view email as a major annoyance and, worse, a distraction from the meaningful work we really should be doing. Writing for Huffpost Business, etiquette consultant Jodi R.R. Smith has compiled a roundup […]

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More Support for Focused Work

Maura Thomas on attention management

The need for office cultures that support focused work is in the spotlight. I was recently interviewed for a Financial Times story about Cal Newport’s new book, “Deep Work.” Newport is an assistant professor of computer science at Georgetown University. In his new book, he makes the case that we need stretches of uninterrupted concentration to […]

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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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