Why You Don’t Need More Time Management Tips

My latest article for Harvard Business Review is based on something that happens to me a lot as a productivity trainer: Executives want me to teach their team time management tips and techniques to help them be more productive. But, in talking to them, it becomes clear that their staff doesn’t need time management tips […]

How Leaders Can Drive Productivity In the Workplace

(2 minute read, 30 minute podcast) Leaders are responsible for both their own productivity and for productivity in the workplace. Recently, I had the chance to talk about both aspects of productivity with Kevin Eikenberry of “The Remarkable Leadership Podcast.” Kevin is an author and leadership consultant, and his podcast features discussions about leadership, teamwork […]

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 […]

Are You Wasting Time On This Task?

Time management is an outdated concept, and many of the traditional “tips” aren’t relevant for the 21st century. One typical piece of “time management” advice that is contrary to effective task management is to try to estimate on your to-do list how long each task will take. If you are using a logical and useful […]

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 […]

To Multitask or Not to Multitask…

You may be surprised to learn that there is really no such thing as mentally multitasking. The human brain can only hold one conscious thought at a time.  Common use of the word “multi-task” actually has two distinct meanings.  The first is physically doing two things at the same time, hopefully neither of which requires […]

Attention Management Infographic by Brian Massey

My dear friend and awesome Conversion Scientist, Brian Massey attended my RISE session yesterday, titled, “Time Management is Out.  What’s Next?” I watched him taking fast and furious notes, but I had no idea he was creating such a fantastic infographic of my presentation! Brian’s infographic skills are in high demand so I feel truly […]

To-Do List Post on genConnect

I’ve been invited to be a monthly contributor to genConnect, an online place to connect with the best of life’s experts across generations. genConnect provides an opportunity to learn, share and engage with experts through articles, Q&A, groups, genConnect TV, and genConnect Radio, to enrich your career, health, relationships and lifestyle. This month’s article is […]

Owning Clubs Does Not Make You A Golfer (or, What’s a PIM and Why Should I Care?)

Actually, I don’t golf, but I like the analogy, which I first heard from my friend Rick L’Amie at Moxie Marketing. Conversations with him and others have started me thinking about the process for finding the right productivity tools, and first recognizing that there is a need.  Golfing is kind of definitive, often something happens […]

Why “Time Management” is No Longer Relevant

Search engines, billions of websites, targeted advertisement and easy access to digital content provide us with myriad ways of taking care of our most complex informational and entertainment needs. What is now scarce, and therefore valuable, is the user’s attention, which explains the intense efforts made to obtain it through focused advertising, pop-ups, short videos […]