3 Ways to Become More Productive

Recently I was interviewed by my friend, Steve Harper, to help his clients at OwnerInsite become more productive and solve some of their productivity challenges. OwnerInsite offers construction project management software, but the advice Steve pulled out of me is relevant for any busy professional. In this 13 minute interview, I explain how construction professionals (and others) can […]

3 Steps to Improve Your Annual Meeting

Lots of articles have been written about how to improve meetings, but they’re mostly about the day-t0-day meetings you have at your organization. Not a lot has been written about your biggest and most expensive meeting: your annual corporate conference. Yet this is a large expense with lasting consequences. It can inspire and motivate employees, or it can […]

Why You Don’t Need More Time Management Tips

My latest article for Harvard Business Review is based on something that happens to me a lot as a productivity trainer: Executives want me to teach their team time management tips and techniques to help them be more productive. But, in talking to them, it becomes clear that their staff doesn’t need time management tips […]

Effectively Manage Business Text and Instant 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. […]

Be More Productive: 3 Key Mental Shifts

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 […]

The More Efficient Way to Schedule Meetings

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. […]

For Managing Email, Make This Surprising Mental Shift

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 […]

Email Tips to Boost 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 […]

Email Management Tool Review: Throttle

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, […]

Checking Email After Work Is Common–But Unproductive

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 […]