3 Steps to Quickly Catching Up on Email After Vacation

“Conventional Wisdom” when it comes to vacations has two big problems: People skip vacation altogether with the rationalization that it would just mean working twice as hard before and after, so it’s not worth it. (43% of Americans don’t take all of their vacation time, and Americans get less paid vacation than workers in any […]

How to Make the Most of Your Holiday Weekend (Or Any Vacation)

If you’re planning a vacation from work, here is a quick and easy suggestion for making the most of your time off.  It’s scandalous.  Blasphemous.  Heresy.  Your first thought will be, “I can’t possibly do that.”  Trust me.  You can, and if you do, you’ll realize what a real vacation is supposed to feel like. […]

Tip for Effective Attention Management: Take a vacation

(A version of this article was recently published in the Austin Business Journal.  Below I’ll cover some of the high points of that piece.) Think you don’t have time to take a vacation? Think you can’t afford it? Think again. Recent studies make a convincing argument that you can’t afford not to take a vacation.  […]

Comments on NY Times Article: The Workplace Benefits of Being Out of Touch

The recent article in the New York Times, “The Workplace Benefits of Being Out of Touch” was thought provoking. It can be a challenge to unplug from email, but I realized that the behavior described in the article is based on two large assumptions.  First, the article didn’t specify how one would know if they […]

The Perils of Squeezing In “One More Thing”

Ahh the holidays. The time we not only wrap up year-end projects and make grand resolutions for the future, but many of us spend every free minute shopping for the “perfect gift,“  planning big, expensive, sparkly parties, cooking things we normally don’t and squeezing in some moments of reflection on the “true meaning” of it […]

Productive Traveling Tips

It seems like periodically in my career, I turn into a temporary and intermittent Road Warrior.  There are certain times when lots of travel is necessary.  Given my line of work, with every trip I try to notice what I can do to wring a little more productivity out of the process.  These productive traveling […]

Top 3 Tips for Productive, Stress-Free Holidays

An unfortunate side-effect of all the merry-making, partying, giving, and time with friends and family, is the rapid rate by which our to-do list seems to grow in December.  It often makes for increased stress, when this should be one time of year that we can just relax, be present, and enjoy. Following are some […]

Top 6 Tips for Fighting Holiday Stress

In addition to managing stress by being in control of the details of your life, yesterday we had the first half of a guest post from Dr. Harvey Kitzman, explaining exactly what stress does and how it affects us. Below he shares his top 6 easy and inexpensive ways to help you start 2010 calm […]

Confessions of a (Highly Productive) iPhone Addict: UPDATE

Since I wrote this post, I’ve gotten an overwhelming response from people who said they found it helpful.  And now that I’ve had my iPhone for even longer, and upgraded more than once, I use it even more than I did before.  And if you read that post, you know it was a lot then.  I […]