"For the simplicity on this side of complexity, I wouldn't give you a fig. But for the simplicity on the other side of complexity, for that I would give you anything I have."

— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

August 22, 2012 ·



Nothing like a broken arm to get lessons in delegation. Just as we were putting together our latest e-book, Strength through Delegation: Secrets of Women in Control, I broke my right arm (and I’m right-handed) just below the wrist. My arm has been in a cast for three weeks, from above the elbow to down ... Read More »

August 5, 2012 ·


Technology Tools or Toys?

We recently polled a webinar audience, asking them how many internet enabled devices they currently owned. It was not surprising to hear that at least 1/3 of our audience counted 7 to 10 devices in their personal technology inventory.  Smartphones, laptops, PDA’s, tablets, book readers, gaming devices. The list goes on and on. Wow….Why so ... Read More »

June 21, 2012 ·


40 Hours: Enforce It

The 40-hour work week has been getting some great publicity lately: This comprehensive article by Sara Robinson of AlterNet was picked up by Laura Vanderkam writes in the Wall Street Journal that we don’t work as hard as we think we do anthologized, stating: The clear takeaway here is to stop staying at ... Read More »

April 12, 2012 ·


The Time Log: How Ctrl-Q Changed My Life

To prepare for our upcoming time management training series, I’m using myself as the guinea pig. So I’m adopting some new habits to keep my days in line with my plans. Back when I was a full-time freelance writer, I created a spreadsheet that I could use as my own personal timesheet. For each activity ... Read More »

March 29, 2012 ·


The Step We Skip

How many of us find ourselves believing that all we need to win the big productivity race is the latest iPad or smartphone? And with all the gadgets we have for working and thinking faster, why do we still fail to get it all done? With all this human progress, why is it still difficult ... Read More »

February 3, 2012 ·


Multitasking: Some Folks Do

Are you a multitasker? Is it working well for you? We're very interested in what makes multitasking effective for some people. Or for others, is it just busyness, which gives people the illusion of effectiveness?

December 20, 2011 ·


Fruition Factors: Taking Back Time, Big Time

Something is missing among the reams of productivity literature out there. So we are pulling out the most meaningful principles, and delivering them weekly. Sign up for Fruition Factors (see sidebar, right) and let's see if we can change the world of work.

November 23, 2011 ·


Time management ... if it can be managed.

Survey: What Will Make You As Productive As You Want To Be?

We're conducting a survey about productivity that is yielding surprising results. To find out what we learned, take the survey, and you'll get a link to the report. Get started here:

November 10, 2011 ·


How To Take Back Time #4b – Singletasking Gold

Yes, single tasking is the gold standard, the Zen of work. It is undeniably the best way to focus energy and time to accomplish important tasks. But…like any other best practice, it is easier said than done and requires intentional radical practice to make it a habit.  I first wrote about the Myths of Multi-Tasking ... Read More »

November 7, 2011 ·


Multitasking: Because we needed another word for "unable to focus on the task at hand."