To Stay Focused, Control Your Technology

Attention management is an essential skill in the modern workplace. To stay focused, you have to take control of your technology. With so many alerts, messages and temptations from our devices clamoring for our attention, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that technology is supposed to serve us — not the other way around. […]

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 […]

Give Your To-Do List a Boost with These Tips

When your to-do list feels out of control, try thinking small. That’s one of my strategies featured in the article “The 12 Secrets of Productive Entrepreneurs” on the blog for the e-learning site Daily Bits Of. The article’s author, Mickey Gast, noticed how much distraction and multitasking derailed her productivity. So she collected ideas from entrepreneurs […]

4 Overlooked Ways Your Workplace Sabotages Employee Productivity

Have you set up your workplace to support employee productivity? Are you sure? In my latest article for Harvard Business Review, 4 Organizational Mistakes That Plague Modern Knowledge Workers, I talk about some often-overlooked factors that could be holding your employees back from getting their best results. Bad email habits. Your team needs uninterrupted stretches […]

Organization Tips to Help You Love Your Workspace

Whether you work from an office, a cubicle or a workstation at home, a little spring cleaning for your workspace can revitalize your productivity. I shared some office organization tips recently with writer Susannah Snider for an article in U.S. News & World Report. In this interview, I talked about how spring cleaning your office […]

Feeling Overwhelmed? Here’s the Way Out

Do more with less. Those words permeate most workplaces today, leaving employees feeling overwhelmed, stressed and baffled about how to navigate everything expected of them. That’s the situation that “David,” a project control engineer working in construction in the Northeast, found himself in. (I’m using a pseudonym to protect his privacy—his boss doesn’t know how overwhelmed […]

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 […]

Not As Productive As You Could Be? Here’s the Secret

If you’ve been trying increase your productivity (your ability to achieve your significant results) but you can’t seem to make progress, the secret weapon you’re missing might be a personal workflow management system. This kind of system is at the heart of what I teach and write about, because I know it gets results. Here’s a […]

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 […]