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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

More Support for Focused Work

The need for office cultures that support focused work is in the spotlight. I was recently interviewed for a Financial Times story about Cal Newport’s new book, “Deep Work.” Newport is an assistant professor of computer science at Georgetown University. In his new book, he makes the case that we need stretches of uninterrupted concentration to […]

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 […]

How Corporate Culture Affects Productivity

(Are You Making Your Employees Less Productive?) Often overlooked in organizations, especially large ones, is the fact that productivity, happiness, and engagement are all related.  Employees who are happier and more satisfied at work are more productive and more engaged in the mission of the organization. There are several ways to impact the happiness of […]

5 Ways to Improve Your Productivity with Attention Management, #1

On an episode of NPR’s “Fresh Air,” my favorite technology journalist, Matt Richtel, discussed with Terry Gross the research study that concluded that people today consume almost three times as much information as the average person did in 1960. Think about it: You may have more than one voice mail or answering machine, more than […]