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 […]

Why You Don’t Need More Time Management Tips

My latest article for Harvard Business Review is based on something that happens to me a lot as a productivity trainer: Executives want me to teach their team time management tips and techniques to help them be more productive. But, in talking to them, it becomes clear that their staff doesn’t need time management tips […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Stressed at Work? Blame These Habits

With today’s technology, we have more freedom in when and where we do our jobs. But sometimes that’s also the very thing that leaves us feeling stressed at work. I talked about this conundrum recently with business and technology writer Minda Zetlin for an Inc. Magazine online article. In our conversation, we covered six habits […]

How to Focus When Distractions Are Everywhere

I’ve been a big fan of Dr. Ned Hallowell’s for years. So it was a thrill for me to appear on his new podcast, “Distraction.” Our topic? How to focus and manage your attention in today’s distraction-filled workplace. A psychiatrist, speaker and author, Dr. Hallowell poses this vital question about how technology affects our work: […]

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. […]

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 […]