Personal Productivity and Your To-Do List

Does your to-do list help you stay on top of your daily tasks and make progress toward your big goals? If not, it’s time for a list makeover. I talked with Fast Company magazine about how your to-do list can boost your personal productivity. One problem with to-do lists is that they can become obsolete […]

3 Overlooked Components to Improve Productivity

Before you can improve productivity, you have to define it for yourself . The definition I use for myself and to inform my work with clients is, “achieving or producing a significant amount or result.” (Emphasis mine). Productivity is subjective (and hard to measure) because each person gets to determine what is significant, and the significance changes […]

Manage Distraction —It Could Cost Millions

Companies can save millions of dollars by helping workers manage distraction.  According to recent research, it’s not only possible but you can do it with a simple shift of perception (that will ultimately affect corporate culture, employee morale, overall productivity and, ultimately, the corporate bottom-line). Rather than focusing on “time management” issues in your organization, recognize that […]

Don’t Leave Company Productivity To Chance

Work-life management skills for personal and company productivity are not taught in school and, as a result, workers are often left to their own devices (sticky notes, flags in email, writing and reviewing paper lists, etc.) with mixed results. There are too many sticky notes, endless paper lists, and urgent emails which are really tasks […]

Lack of Innovation is a Corporate Issue

The lack of individual innovation or creativity is more than just a  personal challenge – it’s a corporate problem. Profits depend on knowledge workers’ ability to generate new solutions, think on their feet and make complex decisions. When that doesn’t – or can’t – happen, it’s up to leadership to understand the dynamics and take actions […]

Knowledge Work Defies Traditional Boundaries

Industrial Age work, which happened largely in factories and on assembly lines, is less prevalent and we’re now seeing a shift to a different type of work, commonly referred to as “knowledge work.” Knowledge work is the product of human brains which do not think in assembly lines nor stay confined to a factory workspace. […]

What Your Brain Needs to Be Productive

If you’re a knowledge worker, your brain is the tool of your trade. To be productive, you have to take good care of it. If you manage knowledge workers, this means that part of your job is creating a workplace that keeps their brains happy. I teamed up with Dr. Edward Hallowell to explore this […]

Sneak Peek: My New Guide to Corporate Productivity

Today, the nature of work has been upended. So what are the new rules for cultivating corporate productivity? I explore that question in my brand-new book. It’s called Work Without Walls: An Executive’s Guide to Attention Management, Productivity, and the Future of Work.    It will be available for pre-order on Amazon very soon. In the meantime, here’s a […]

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 […]

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 […]