5 Tips for Organized Spaces

Organized Spaces

I specialize in personal productivity and achieving your significant results, not residential organizing. But I know that being surrounded by clutter in your personal space definitely has an affect on your productivity. For more on this, I called on my friend and certified professional organizer, Janice Russell to share some great ideas. Organized Spaces, by […]

Secrets of a Productive Book Launch Party! =)

Maura Nevel Thomas Speaking at Personal Productivity Secrets Book Launch Party

We had a big party in Austin last week to celebrate the successful launch of my first book, Personal Productivity Secrets.  It was so much fun and I have many people to thank!  It was held in the gallery of the beautiful Chez Zee restaurant, and I’d like to offer a special thanks to Johanna, […]

Advice is Always Free, Part 3

Catch up with Part 1 here, and Part 2 here. Over the last couple of days, I’ve been discussing the idea of giving people access to you, for free, to “pick your brain.”  I discovered that I seem to disagree somewhat with the “common widsom” that professionals perhaps shouldn’t do this, and I’ve so far […]

Advice is Always Free, Part 2

Yesterday I mentioned some great blog posts by my friends Thom Singer and Scott Ingram about professionals giving away their time for free.  I must admit that I completely disagreed with my memory of their posts.  But going back to read them again, I don’t disagree so much.  They don’t really say that professionals should […]

Advice is Always Free, Part 1

So, I’ve had this policy unofficially for most of the time I’ve been in business.  I’ve been actively promoting it for a couple of years or more.  I “borrowed” it from my friend Ilene.  I tell people to call me or email me anytime they have a question or an issue they think I can […]

Focus? Did Someone Say Focus?

If you’ve spent some time on this site you may have realized that I spend a lot of time reading and sharing the latest research and studies about focus, attention, and productivity. My friend Carlon, the man behind the very entertaining blog, Don’t Step in the Poop, has written a lighthearted and probably very familiar […]

Turning Productivity into Passion, Part 2

A while ago I wrote about one of the greatest benefits of increased productivity: the extra time it allows you to give back to a cause you believe in.  I am fortunate to be on the board of an Austin non-profit called GENaustin (Girls Empowerment Network). GEN’s mission is to foster healthy self esteem in […]

Guest Post: Breakfast Fairies by Steve Harper

My dear friend and fabulous “Ripple Guy” Steve Harper put up a post on his blog yesterday that was just so touching, I wanted to share it. I’ve had the honor of meeting Steve’s dad several times on his trips to Austin, and yes, he is as sweet and special as he sounds.  I hope […]

What I Learned as a SXSWi Newbie

o I’m still trying to come down after attending my first South by Southwest Interactive Conference.  I learned a few things about the conference in general and I learned a TON from the sessions I attended. The first thing I learned is that the conference is, in fact, attended primarily by “techies.”  (If you’d like to […]

Technology: Not Just for Squints Anymore (or Why You Should Attend South by Southwest)

Have you ever seen the Fox show called “Bones?”  It’s about a preeminent forensic anthropologist, Dr. Temperance Brennan (played by Emily Deschanel) and her team, who partner with an FBI agent named Seeley Booth, played by David Boreanaz, to solve murders when there isn’t much left of the victim beyond the bones.  Brennan and her […]