The More Efficient Way to Schedule Meetings

How much time do you spend going back and forth with others via email to schedule meetings — and then, all too frequently, to reschedule them? Ross McCammon wrote a funny and useful column for the July issue of Entrepreneur magazine about how to reschedule more efficiently, and I’m happy to be part of it. […]

For Managing Email, Make This Surprising Mental Shift

Managing email requires both the right tools and the right mindset. There’s one deceptively simple idea about email that most people overlook. And because they do, they stay mired in email stress. Ready? Here it is: Email is real work that takes real time. I talked about this idea in a guest article for the Citrix […]

Email Tips to Boost Productivity

We all want to spend less time dealing with our inboxes. Hiver is a Gmail collaboration tool, and its founder, Niraj Ranjan Rout, shared with me some of his favorite email tips to boost productivity. I combined his tips with some of my own, below… Consider Email Forwarding Rules Email forwarding allows you to direct selected messages to another address the […]

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 […]

4 Overlooked Ways Your Workplace Sabotages Employee Productivity

Have you set up your workplace to support employee productivity? Are you sure? In my latest article for Harvard Business Review, 4 Organizational Mistakes That Plague Modern Knowledge Workers, I talk about some often-overlooked factors that could be holding your employees back from getting their best results. Bad email habits. Your team needs uninterrupted stretches […]

Email Management Tool Review: Throttle

Update: 10/9/17: See the comments below. Users are reporting some difficulties. I occasionally have minor problems but as of now, I still recommend the product for non-critical, shopping and newsletter-type messages. [End update.] If you’re looking for an email management tool to help get your inbox under control, let me introduce to you Throttle. I’ve […]

Checking Email After Work Is Common–But Unproductive

Are you in the habit of checking email outside of the office? If so, how does this habit affect your life? HBR.org asked its readers to weigh in on questions like these after one of my articles for the site, “Your Late-Night Emails Are Hurting Your Team,” struck a chord. The responses to the survey give […]

Effective Communication Means Taming Your Email

Remember back when we thought email was going to be a breakthrough for effective communication at the office? Today, we’re more likely to view email as a major annoyance and, worse, a distraction from the meaningful work we really should be doing. Writing for Huffpost Business, etiquette consultant Jodi R.R. Smith has compiled a roundup […]

Work Email Article Makes HBR’s Most-Read List

Apparently, late-night work emails are a problem for a lot of people. My article “Your Late-Night Emails Are Hurting Your Team” landed on HBR.org’s list of “Your Favorite HBR Articles of 2015.” I argued in this story that “after-hours emails speed up corporate cultures — and that, in turn, chips away at creativity, innovation, and […]

The Relationship Between Productivity and Health: WNYC Money Talking

I’m excited to share that I was recently interviewed for WNYC’s Money Talking by host Charlie Herman. Charlie’s team found me through an article I wrote for the Harvard Business Review that got a lot of attention. It was really a commentary about our always-on culture; about the relationship between productivity and health. But the […]