Stressed at Work? Blame These Habits

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 […]

6 Tips for Productive Business Travel

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. […]

Work-Life Balance: Set Your Boundaries

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 […]

Should You Schedule Tasks on Your Calendar?

Some productivity experts recommend that you schedule tasks you want to accomplish on your calendar each day. I don’t, and I wanted to tell you a little more about why I think this practice won’t help your productivity. This topic is on my mind because of a recent Fast Company article called “8 Productivity Habits […]

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 […]

Why Time Management Training Holds You Back

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 […]

5 Tips for Organized Spaces

I specialize in personal productivity and achieving your significant results, not residential organizing. But I know that being surrounded by clutter in your personal space definitely has an affect on your productivity. For more on this, I called on my friend and certified professional organizer, Janice Russell to share some great ideas. Organized Spaces, by […]

Secrets of a Productive Book Launch Party! =)

We had a big party in Austin last week to celebrate the successful launch of my first book, Personal Productivity Secrets.  It was so much fun and I have many people to thank!  It was held in the gallery of the beautiful Chez Zee restaurant, and I’d like to offer a special thanks to Johanna, […]

Advice is Always Free, Part 3

Catch up with Part 1 here, and Part 2 here. Over the last couple of days, I’ve been discussing the idea of giving people access to you, for free, to “pick your brain.”  I discovered that I seem to disagree somewhat with the “common widsom” that professionals perhaps shouldn’t do this, and I’ve so far […]

Advice is Always Free, Part 2

Yesterday I mentioned some great blog posts by my friends Thom Singer and Scott Ingram about professionals giving away their time for free.  I must admit that I completely disagreed with my memory of their posts.  But going back to read them again, I don’t disagree so much.  They don’t really say that professionals should […]