What Keeps a New Productivity System From Sticking?

Did this happen to you? You discovered a new productivity system and got excited about its potential to help you accomplish more. You vowed that THIS YEAR would be your “Year of Productivity” and then put your new system into action. Then, a few weeks later, you found yourself slipping back into old, unproductive patterns despite your […]

Find Your 2016 Success Plan for Productivity & Creativity

Productivity and creativity are closely related. You need both to achieve your goals. So I teamed up with my friend and creativity expert Jen Spencer of The Creative Executive to give you insight into a personal success plan for 2016. Click here to answer questions about your life at work. You’ll then be presented with […]

You’re Doing the 2 Minute Rule of Time Management All Wrong

I have seen this productivity advice offered so many times in the last couple of weeks that I felt compelled to set the record straight. You’ve seen it: “The Two-Minute Rule” of time management. Not only is it being explained to you incorrectly, which means millions of people out there are probably  doing it incorrectly, […]

How to be More Productive by Lunchtime: 15 Tips

What did you really accomplish last week? If you can’t remember doing anything that matters amid all the email and other busywork, it’s time to power up your productivity habits. Here’s list of 15 tips from my Empowered Productivity System to help you learn how to be more productive. Fight email overload Stop the onslaught. […]

3 Tips to Getting Your New Year’s Resolutions Back on Track

The Secrets to Achieving Goals Now that the New Year is behind us, and the gym isn’t so crowded any more, it made me realize that a lot of people have a hard time achieving goals they’ve set for themselves. In order to make continual progress on your significant results, use these three techniques from […]

Do You Need a Productivity System?

System, noun: a harmonious arrangement or pattern; a group of related parts that move or work together; any formulated method of plan or procedure. Atul Gawande, world-renowned surgeon, Harvard professor, and author of “The Checklist Manifesto,” says that there are three characteristics of a successful system:  The data to determine success vs. failure. The ability […]

Productivity Follows Process

Several months ago I wrote an article about productivity and time management tools (also called PIMs for “personal information managers”), and I ended that by writing, “the process is the missing piece to using any tool successfully.” The most important element of using productivity tools successfully is the “how,” or the productivity process. In my […]

The Relationship Between Happiness & Productivity, Part 2

Yesterday I wrote about making progress toward your goals as it relates to both happiness and productivity.  Today I want to share with you one other interesting result from the Real Simple magazine happiness survey.  They reported it as “3 things that the happiest women do.”  Although I bet it’s true for men as well. […]

The Relationship Between Happiness & Productivity

There are a few magazines I read with regularity, and one of my favorites is Real Simple.  If you are a guy, I hope I haven’t just lost you!  Bear with me, if you will.  Real Simple magazine surveyed 2600 women and men on their keys to happiness.  My wonderful husband, Shawn, is a statistician so […]

Three Secrets to Personal Productivity

Productivity is such a big subject and there is a lot to learn, with more every day.  One of the things I am working on personally, and answering a lot of questions about, is how to incorporate social media into my life.  One of the biggest fears I hear, about Twitter especially, is “How do […]