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Productivity in the 21st Century

Productivity ain’t what it used to be You’re probably tired of hearing it, but we are in the middle of an important moment in human history.  It may seem strange to jump from that statement into a discussion about human productivity, but hear me out.  Most of us hear ‘productivity’ and think about how to...

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Is Slack Killing Your Team’s Productivity?

Neil is typing. This seemingly innocuous message in Slack has cost me several hours of productive work.  The red dot is always flashing and 30 unread messages greet me every morning, most of which I don’t even care about. Quite often, particularly while doing deep work, I find myself coming out of my trance-like state...

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Why Your Team Is Just Horrible at Prioritizing Work

Which of these scenarios would you pick as a leader? A team that never misses assigning a task to be done A team that always makes the right call on what tasks are the most important A team that never gets distracted in their focus A team that has balanced time for solo work and...

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My Top 5 Productivity Supervillains

Every superhero has recurring supervillains. Sometimes, they’re easily defeated by the hero, but as the story moves on, they become more aware of the hero’s weaknesses, and cleverly exploit them. The villains are never fully vanquished and nearly always find a way to resurface again and again.  In the same way, your productivity at work...

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How to Pull Off a 4 Day Workweek

The four-day workweek is back in the news after Microsoft Japan announced the results of their experiment earlier this year. A four-day workweek has been a talking point for more than a decade, but this case is particularly interesting because: It comes from Microsoft, a huge brand not known for its innovative work culture It...

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10 Must-Read Time Management Books to Get the Most Out of Your Day

There are lots and lots of productivity books out there. To read them all would be…well…a waste of time.  The good news is that most of the books out there agree on the same principles. They are all preaching some form of the same message. The best productivity book is the one that resonates with...

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All Productivity Systems Boil Down to These 4 Principles

When it comes to productivity systems, everyone has one that: Used to work for them Has been working for the last 24 hours Sounds like it would work Never works However, with new productivity books coming out all the time, how are you supposed to keep track of all of them? Do you need to...

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Can You Love Time Management Apps Too Much?

You know you’re serious about time management when you start researching apps and tools.   For some people, the idea of setting up multiple timers throughout your day seems oppressive and way too robotic. But to many of us, there’s a lot of freedom in time management. At its heart, time management is being willing to...

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Measures of Success – Book Review

Imagine actually being excited about an upcoming review meeting. You have three key metrics you are responsible for, and your overall numbers were pretty decent this quarter. However, you are most excited to present some big ideas about ways to scale and innovate.  Your part of the review meeting starts and you toss up the...

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WorkMinus Boardrooms – Event Recap

Technology industry leaders face a lot of challenges when it comes to heading their digital transformation efforts. Where do you start? Are we too big? Are we too small? How much budget do I need? What do I do about low adoption rates? But the one element that is most challenging of all is a...

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