How Deep Work Can Change Your Life Forever

3 Strategies to Overcome the Distractions

How many of your work hours are wasted on distractions? Probably more than you think. Financial management service Think Money researched the question, and their findings are eye-opening.

According to their 2015 report, distractions annually eat up 759 hours per worker. That’s just one hour shy of twenty complete 40-hour workweeks every year!

Now flip the question around. How much time do you spend on deep, focused work? I’m talking time where you’re not interrupted and where you’re working on your top, most important priorities. The answer people constantly tell me is “not nearly enough.”

The One Thing You Need to Create Wow Experiences

How to Overcome the 5 Obstacles to Excellence

Today’s marketplace is more noisy and competitive than ever. If you want to capture—and keep—your audience’s attention, you need to build wow into whatever you’re offering. But that’s harder than it sounds sometimes.

Several years ago, when I was CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, I had a conversation with one of our editors. He had just finished a new manuscript from one of our biggest authors. I asked, “So what did you think?”

“Honestly?” he replied, slightly hesitant. I assured him that I wanted the truth, and he gave it to me. “Not great,” he said.

How Do You Stand Out in Today’s Crowded Marketplace?

4 Lessons on Innovation from a Successful Female Entrepreneur

The economist Tyler Cowen says the last few decades have seen the rise of what he calls the complacent class. It may not seem like it, but the numbers show people are sticking with jobs longer, relocating rarely, and innovating less.

In the midst of this complacency, there’s tremendous opportunity available for the non-complacent. I recently spoke with a woman who embodies the restless entrepreneurial spirit.

Why I Decided to Publish a Paper Planner

Achieve Your Greatest Goals by Keeping Them in Your Day-to-Day Routine

Late last year I read David Sax’s new book, The Revenge of Analog. The premise? After years of being pushed aside by digital solutions, analog applications have been making a surprising comeback. That resonated with my own experience.

Most of my audience knows me as a techie. But I was in the book business for decades, and I love paper. It’s the best reading app around.

I’m also convinced it’s the best way to ensure you stay productive and reach your goals. That’s why I’m so excited about my brand new Full Focus Planner.

4 Essential Disciplines for Getting Things Done

How to Avoid the Death of Your Project

Do you remember the last time a major initiative died in your organization? Did it go down with a loud crash, or was it slowly and quietly suffocated by competing priorities?

Organizations operate within a whirlwind of activity. All the calls, meetings, deliverables, and urgent deadlines combine to smother new initiatives.

But, if we take the advice of FranklinCovey’s Chris McChesney, we can step outside the whirlwind and make progress on major goals.

No New Blog Post Today [Good Friday]

I am not posting a new blog post today in light of Good Friday. I hope you enjoy time with family and friends during this holiday weekend. I look forward to connecting with you again next Monday.

Why United’s PR Disaster Didn’t Fly

In Time of Crisis CEOs Must Exercise Extreme Ownership

United Airlines CEO Oscar Muñoz apologized Tuesday afternoon to the doctor who was forcibly removed from an over-packed Chicago-to-Louisville flight on Sunday.

Muñoz called it a “truly horrific event.” “No one should ever be mistreated this way,” he said, pledging on behalf of his company, “we take full responsibility and we will work to make it right.” United would “fix what’s broken so this never happens again.”

But will that be enough to restore the billion-plus in lost market value and regain the trust of countless consumers? It’s hard to tell at this point because of how badly he bungled the crisis when it mattered most.

What Could an Online Course Be Worth to Your Business?

Discover Course Creation Essentials in Amy Porterfield’s Free Master Class

I was amazed to hear the other day that online education is now a 100-plus billion dollar industry. But to be honest, I’m not totally surprised.

Based on the way business is changing, the Internet is not just another way to learn new information. It’s the way that many people prefer to learn new information. Conferences and live events, once the go-to for promoting a product or message, are now just another piece of a much larger puzzle.

The Most Under-Appreciated Characteristic of Strong Leadership

3 Ways to Leverage Humility and Avoid the Trap of Overconfidence

Why do smart people make terrible decisions? At Catalyst several years ago, Malcolm Gladwell answered that question by going back to the Battle of Chancellorsville during the American Civil War.

“Fighting Joe” Hooker was a Major General in the Union army. In 1863 he squared off against General Robert E. Lee in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, near the village of Chancellorsville.

How I Reconciled Professional Ambition and My Personal Life

What the Enneagram Taught Me About Steering Clear of the Dangers

When I was a young executive I had a level of stamina that was nearly supernatural. I could get locked onto a goal and not eat, not sleep, just stay focused on it until I achieved it.

But as I recently told my friends Ian Cron and Suzanne Stabile on their excellent The Road Back to You podcast, all of my ambition came at a steep price, to my family, my friends, and me.

Elon Musk and the 100 Hour Error

3 Big Reasons Why Overwork Is a Productivity Killer

Elon Musk is widely regarded as one of the most influential entrepreneurs working today. He’s one of the founders of PayPal and the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. He wants to help put a colony on Mars and be buried there.

Because Musk is considered such a visionary, many people want to learn his methods and follow his example. However, they run into a serious problem. Musk may be a genius, but he’s also a workaholic who proposes untenable work habits.