You’re Never Going to Be “Caught Up” at Work

“Most people I know have a to-do list so long that it’s not clear that there’s an end to it.” Stop Feeling Guilty About It, Art Markman PhD, Harvard Business Review, Jul. 19, 2018

Why time management so often fails

“…people feel unproductive, pick up a tool, use it successfully for a while, pile on more work, and feel unproductive again. What does it take to break that cycle?” Why time management so often fails, José Luis Peñarredonda, BBC.com, Sept. 5, 2018

The Way We Work Is Killing Us

“Work hours have gradually increased over time, as has the idea, with technology, that you should be always “on.” …most of the people who check their email off hours—81 percent of people according to one survey do—these are not emergency-room physicians.” The Way We Work Is Killing Us, Brigid Schulte, slate.com, April 24, 2018  

Why so many companies get training wrong

“A 2015 study from online training company 24×7 Learning found that only 12% of employees apply new skills learned in training to their jobs… Many programmes don’t actually improve skills… Most are too generic, too basic and too boring.” Why so many companies get training wrong, BBC, May 2017

Why you should manage your energy, not your time

"Our productivity has less to do with the amount of hours we squeeze out of the working day, and more to do with the rest we have…In fact, as few as one to three hours of concentrated work could serve to be as effective as a traditional workday." Why you should manage your energy, not your time, BBC, June 2017

Before and After the Time/Power Management Workshop

Time Management Designed for the Digital Age

Time Management Designed for the Digital Age The statement „To-do lists are a waste of time” could sound quite provocative. However, it might be worthwhile to start questioning what most people still do, even though these tools and the whole mind-set are more than 30 years old and go way back into the Industrial Age. Even almost every modern email and calendar software and almost every so called “productivity” App for smartphones still tries to push us into using to-do lists and many other Industrial Age tools for that matter. We live and work though in the Digital Age. Our work environment today is completely different. Our time management tools and work habits ought to be completely different as well. One needs to keep in mind the implications of that statement “To-do lists are a waste of time”. The by far biggest to-do list people have today is their email inbox. I have met people with up to 60.000 emails in their inbox and I have actually seen only very few people that do not use their inbox as a to-do list, even though that is what I strongly recommend. By the way marking an email as unread, flagging it or moving it into a task pad just creates…

9 Productivity Tips from People Who Write About Productivity

“1. Own your time. 2. Recognize busyness as a lack of focus. 3. Challenge the myth of the “ideal worker.” 4. Intentionally leave important tasks incomplete. 5. Make a habit of stepping back. 6. Help others strategically. 7. Have a plan for saying no. 8. Make important behaviors measurable. 9. Do things today that make more time tomorrow. Resisting the lure of busyness, having a plan for saying no…” 9 Productivity Tips from People Who Write About Productivity, Harvard Business Review, Dec. 2015

Research conducted at Stanford University found that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time…

“Research also shows that, in addition to slowing you down, multitasking lowers your IQ…” The Real Harm in Multitasking, Oct. 8, 2014

How to Be a Better Boss

“Opportunities to Take Action Instead of To-Do-Lists If all you do is make lists of the projects you need to finish, odds are good that they will remain unfinished far longer than you’d like.” How to Be a Better Boss in 2013, The Wall Street Journal