To-Do List Tips – My ‘Sales For Nerds’ Interview

Is your to-do list making it easier or harder for you to complete tasks and move toward your goals? Some simple tweaks can make your list a whole lot more effective. I talked about better ways to create and manage your to-do list, along with other productivity topics, on a recent episode of the Sales […]

Productivity Tips to Maximize Every Minute

What can you accomplish in 15 minutes? Quite a bit! I shared some productivity tips with writer Lisa Rabasca Roepe for her recent Fast Company article, “Got 15 Spare Minutes? Here’s How to Make It Count.” This article focuses on how to use those stray pockets of time that might pop up in your day […]

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 […]

Productivity for Parents: Maximize Your Lunch Hour

Productivity for parents doesn’t mean squeezing in some work anytime you have a spare moment. I recently shared some ideas for a Fast Company article called “Six Ways Parents Can Make the Most of Their Lunch Hour,” although these tips apply to anyone, not just parents. As writer Lisa Rabasca Roepe says in the introduction […]

Tips for Recovering from a Business Trip

Travel Tips That Work for Vacation, Too   I was recently approached by Entrepreneur Magazine to write an article about getting back into the swing after a mid-week business trip. I discussed how to quickly catch up on email (learn about my “Four Pass Technique”), how to keep your schedule manageable (do you always drain […]

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 […]

What it Means to Control Your Attention

The more I study productivity and effectiveness, the more I have become convinced that it has led me to the secret of life.  I believe that control, and specifically, control over your own attention, is the secret to peak productivity and to living a life of choice. I call this “attention management,” and this belief […]

5 Ways to Improve Your Productivity with Attention Management, #3

Meditation is perhaps the one skill more essential to learn than any other if you are serious about controlling your attention.  Meditation is quite literally the practice of focusing your attention internally, such as on your breathing, recognizing when your mind wanders, and bringing it back to the task at hand.  For more information on […]

Learning to Control Your Attention

Much of my work in the last 18 months or so has focused on educating people about the benefits and the processes to control their attention. I’ve written about it on this blog many times (Welcome to the Attention Age, What Martial Arts Teaches Me About Productivity & Control, Why Time Management is No Longer […]