Save Time This Holiday Season

This is the season when time seems to magically speed up — and to-do lists somehow grow longer every time we look at them. The holidays don’t have to be harried, though. Today, I’ve got tips to help you save time on shopping and other holiday chores. The goal is to give you more time for […]

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. […]

Why Project Management Tools Must Change

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, […]

Excited About a New Productivity Tool? Read This First

Have you ever thought you discovered the perfect productivity tool for yourself or your team — only to find that it didn’t really make a difference after all? In my latest article for Harvard Business Review, I explain why this happens. And I give some tips for choosing a productivity tool that you won’t abandon […]

Try This Secret Weapon for 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 […]

Mindfulness App Review: 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 […]

Need to Stay Focused? Tune Out Distractions at Work

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 Forbes.com. According to the Forbes article: Research from the University of California, Irvine, found that 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, […]

Effective Communication Means Taming Your Email

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 […]

Potential Productivity Advantages of Cloud Storage

I was recently contacted by Samuel Bowling, an Infrastructure Engineer from SingleHop, who read my book and thought that my readers might benefit from his expertise regarding using the Cloud to store your data. I agreed, and invited him to guest post. His thoughts on the advantages of cloud storage are below. Note that this post is not a recommendation […]