A Productivity Trainer Takes a Coffee Break

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 […]

What Keeps a New Productivity System From Sticking?

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 […]

Work Email Article Makes HBR’s Most-Read List

Apparently, late-night work emails are a problem for a lot of people. My article “Your Late-Night Emails Are Hurting Your Team” landed on HBR.org’s list of “Your Favorite HBR Articles of 2015.” I argued in this story that “after-hours emails speed up corporate cultures — and that, in turn, chips away at creativity, innovation, and […]

Find Your 2016 Success Plan for Productivity & Creativity

Productivity and creativity are closely related. You need both to achieve your goals. So I teamed up with my friend and creativity expert Jen Spencer of The Creative Executive to give you insight into a personal success plan for 2016. Click here to answer questions about your life at work. You’ll then be presented with […]

The Relationship Between Productivity and Health: WNYC Money Talking

I’m excited to share that I was recently interviewed for WNYC’s Money Talking by host Charlie Herman. Charlie’s team found me through an article I wrote for the Harvard Business Review that got a lot of attention. It was really a commentary about our always-on culture; about the relationship between productivity and health. But the […]

Time Demands: A Discussion with Francis Wade

Recently, I interviewed a colleague, Francis Wade, of 2Time Labs, who is a trainer and researcher on time-based productivity.  He recently released his second book, Perfect Time-Based Productivity: A unique way to protect your peace of mind as time demands increase.  In my review of the book, I said that Francis has done a great […]

You’re Doing the 2 Minute Rule of Time Management All Wrong

I have seen this productivity advice offered so many times in the last couple of weeks that I felt compelled to set the record straight. You’ve seen it: “The Two-Minute Rule” of time management. Not only is it being explained to you incorrectly, which means millions of people out there are probably  doing it incorrectly, […]

Got Clutter? 3 Questions to Declutter and Get Organized

The beginning of the year is a great time to declutter and start fresh, and many of my clients include this in their New Year’s Resolutions. Of course it’s not enough to just “clean up.” Without a method in place to keep things that way, you’ll end up back at square one in a few […]

Tips for Recovering from a Business Trip

Travel Tips That Work for Vacation, Too   I was recently approached by Entrepreneur Magazine to write an article about getting back into the swing after a mid-week business trip. I discussed how to quickly catch up on email (learn about my “Four Pass Technique”), how to keep your schedule manageable (do you always drain […]

Is Your System Missing Any of These 5 Productivity Tools?

In order to be productive, you need the right components. And there are more high-tech tools than ever before. Choosing among them can be dizzying, but there are really only a few things you need to remember. Productivity Tools One, your productivity tools have to be ones you will actually use. You have to know […]