Are You Wasting Time On This Task?

bad to do list

Time management is an outdated concept, and many of the traditional “tips” aren’t relevant for the 21st century.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

3 Tips to Getting Your New Year’s Resolutions Back on Track

Now that it’s February, and the gym isn’t so crowded any more, it made me realize that a lot of people have a hard time achieving the goals they’ve set for themselves. In order to make continual progress on your significant results, use these three techniques from the Empowered ProductivityTM System. Keep A List Lists [...]

A Systematic Approach to Productivity

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Two Ways to Tell if Facebook Deserves Your Attention

Kitten trying to get at a goldfish

I get asked a lot about social media, and if I think Facebook, for example, is a “waste of time.” They reference “kitten videos” or other such silliness.  I do use Facebook, and so I’ve paid attention to the interactions I’ve had on it lately, and analyzed them a bit.  Today, for example, I spent [...]

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


If you’re planning a vacation, 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. Are you [...]

Kaizen for Personal and Team Productivity

Kaizen-Continuous Improvement

Kaizen, according to, 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 [...]

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

Megan Tull

There’s no getting around it: your level of physical activity (or inactivity) has a profound effect on how well your brain works.  My favorite book on this topic is Spark, by ground-breaking attention researcher Dr. John Ratey. Like nutrition, exercise is often not considered as a way to improve productivity, but when your productivity depends [...]

5 Ways to Improve Your Productivity with Attention Management, #4

Health by Harvey

It’s easy to forget the effect that nutrition and exercise can have on our ability to be productive and achieve our significant results.  If you find yourself easily distracted and have difficulty focusing, it could mean that your body is deficient in a vital nutrient.  The 4th way to improve your productivity with attention management [...]