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 […]

Save Time This Holiday Season

This is the season when time seems to magically speed up — and to-do lists somehow grow longer every time we look at them. The holidays don’t have to be harried, though. Today, I’ve got tips to help you save time on shopping and other holiday chores. The goal is to give you more time for […]

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 […]

Feeling Overwhelmed? Here’s the Way Out

Do more with less. Those words permeate most workplaces today, leaving employees feeling overwhelmed, stressed and baffled about how to navigate everything expected of them. That’s the situation that “David,” a project control engineer working in construction in the Northeast, found himself in. (I’m using a pseudonym to protect his privacy—his boss doesn’t know how overwhelmed […]

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 […]

3 Steps to Quickly Catching Up on Email After Vacation

“Conventional Wisdom” when it comes to vacations has two big problems: People skip vacation altogether with the rationalization that it would just mean working twice as hard before and after, so it’s not worth it. (43% of Americans don’t take all of their vacation time, and Americans get less paid vacation than workers in any […]

How to Make the Most of Your Holiday Weekend (Or Any Vacation)

If you’re planning a vacation from work, here is a quick and easy suggestion for making the most of your time off.  It’s scandalous.  Blasphemous.  Heresy.  Your first thought will be, “I can’t possibly do that.”  Trust me.  You can, and if you do, you’ll realize what a real vacation is supposed to feel like. […]

5 Ways to Improve Your Productivity with Attention Management, #2

As discussed yesterday, effectively managing external distractions is among the most important attention management strategies.  What’s equally as important to improving your productivity with attention management is controlling internal distractions. You are actually the source of many demands, when your thoughts interrupt and distract you with curiosity about unanswered questions, thrill seeking/socializing/what-am-I-missing syndrome, incomplete tasks, […]

5 Ways to Improve Your Productivity with Attention Management

If you’re familiar with my work, you know that I believe that time management is an outdated concept and what matters more in the 21st century is attention management. Your ability to control your attention will be your greatest asset in the coming decades, but this is a skill like any other: if you don’t […]

The Perils of Squeezing In “One More Thing”

Ahh the holidays. The time we not only wrap up year-end projects and make grand resolutions for the future, but many of us spend every free minute shopping for the “perfect gift,“  planning big, expensive, sparkly parties, cooking things we normally don’t and squeezing in some moments of reflection on the “true meaning” of it […]