Is Your System Missing Any of These 5 Productivity Tools?

In order to be productive, you need the right components. And there are more high-tech tools than ever before. Choosing among them can be dizzying, but there are really only a few things you need to remember. Productivity Tools One, your productivity tools have to be ones you will actually use. You have to know […]

The Most Important Question Before Taking Notes

Why Are You Taking Notes? This seems like a simple question, and yet most people don’t consider it, they just grab their pad or notebook and head to the next meeting, or class. Some people find that it’s the biggest deterrent to going paperless. There is a good reason for taking notes, but doing it […]

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. […]

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Time management is an outdated concept, and many of the traditional “tips” aren’t relevant for the 21st century.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 […]

Effective Communication: Use a Talk To List

The thoughts ping you at random: “I need to talk to Brenda about pushing back this deliverable…” An hour later: “I have to ask Joe about the pricing for the client proposal….”  Twenty minutes after that: “I wonder if Luis has finished researching new project management tools….” If you stop and act, every time it […]

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 […]

Thoughts on Checking Email First Thing in the Morning

I don’t claim to be a professional organizer, but I can’t deny that there is a close relationship between organization and productivity.  Recently my dear friend and nationally renowned professional organizing expert Lorie Marrero of ClutterDiet wrote on her blog about some prevalent productivity advice.  I began to write in her comments and then realized […]

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 […]