Increase Productivity and Efficiency in Meetings

Meetings take up a big part of our days, and they can be a real drain on our productivity and efficiency. Have you ever felt like you’re trying to squeeze in your “real” work around meetings? A pair of recent Forbes articles can help. In Part 1 of her report on productive meetings, writer Lisa […]

Get Inspired (Fast!) With On the Dot Newsletter

I’ve given you a lot of advice about reducing the amount of email you get. So you know a newsletter must be pretty special for me to recommend that you subscribe. But that’s how I feel about On the Dot. This newsletter is one of my favorite ways to get inspired and informed in just a few […]

Productivity Tips to Maximize Every Minute

What can you accomplish in 15 minutes? Quite a bit! I shared some productivity tips with writer Lisa Rabasca Roepe for her recent Fast Company article, “Got 15 Spare Minutes? Here’s How to Make It Count.” This article focuses on how to use those stray pockets of time that might pop up in your day […]

How Leaders Can Drive Productivity In the Workplace

(2 minute read, 30 minute podcast) Leaders are responsible for both their own productivity and for productivity in the workplace. Recently, I had the chance to talk about both aspects of productivity with Kevin Eikenberry of “The Remarkable Leadership Podcast.” Kevin is an author and leadership consultant, and his podcast features discussions about leadership, teamwork […]

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. […]

Make the Most of a Virtual Assistant

More and more busy people are using virtual assistants — freelance administrative workers who do their jobs remotely — to lighten their workloads. Hiring a VA, though, isn’t an instant fix for your productivity. So how do you make the most of a virtual assistant? Reader Dave Williams of True Simple recently contacted me with […]

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 […]

Employee Productivity Case Study: Training ROI

Any time you invest in workshops, classes or other programs for your team, you want to know whether the training ROI will be worth it. That’s why I’m excited to share the experiences of Lindsay*, an executive assistant with a large insurance provider. Lindsay recently wrote to tell me about how my Empowered Productivity Training (watch a preview […]

Dr. Edward Hallowell Interview Part 2: ADD’s Upside, the Power of Attention

Last week’s blog article featured Part 1 of my interview about busyness and distraction with Dr. Edward Hallowell, the New York Times best-selling author of “Driven to Distraction,” “CrazyBusy,” “Shine” and several other books. This week is Part 2 of our conversation. The transcript of our conversation is edited for length and clarity.  You can […]

Dr. Edward Hallowell Interview Part 1: ADD, Attention and Being ‘CrazyBusy’

I’ve long admired the work of Dr. Edward Hallowell, the New York Times best-selling author of “Driven to Distraction,” “CrazyBusy,” “Shine” and several other books. So I was honored when he joined me to talk about attention deficit disorder, how it’s changed and why so many people these days are feeling overwhelmed and distracted. This week’s […]