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 […]

Organization Tips to Help You Love Your Workspace

Whether you work from an office, a cubicle or a workstation at home, a little spring cleaning for your workspace can revitalize your productivity. I shared some office organization tips recently with writer Susannah Snider for an article in U.S. News & World Report. In this interview, I talked about how spring cleaning your office […]

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 […]

Not As Productive As You Could Be? Here’s the Secret

If you’ve been trying increase your productivity (your ability to achieve your significant results) but you can’t seem to make progress, the secret weapon you’re missing might be a personal workflow management system. This kind of system is at the heart of what I teach and write about, because I know it gets results. Here’s a […]

Delegating Pays: Are You Missing An Opportunity?

Let’s bring back administrative support staff for executive delegating. (If you’ve read my book, you know I call this “empowering” yourself and others.) Leaders and specialized workers used to routinely be able to hand off administrative work and other tasks that didn’t make the best use of their time. That’s hard to imagine now in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Top 5 Gift Card Purchases for Improving Productivity

Did you get a Best Buy or other electronics store gift card as a gift? Below are six suggestions of office productivity tools that will boost your efficiency. Portable bluetooth speaker Use chore time to learn something! If you’re bored by cooking dinner, emptying the dishwasher, folding the laundry, or sweeping the floor, then just […]

Kaizen for Personal and Team Productivity

Kaizen, according to Dictionary.com, is a noun meaning: a business philosophy or system that is based on making positive changes on a regular basis, as to improve productivity. an approach to one’s personal or social life that focuses on continuous improvement. In business, this has been applied to “productivity” in a manufacturing environment: how to […]

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 […]