How to Harness Sleep to Boost Your Productivity

4 Ways You Can Get the Rest You Need for the Results You Want

No sleep.” “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” “Sleep is for the weak.” I often see motivational statements like these hashtagged on social media. The idea is to spur high-achievers on to work harder for better results. But what if that’s exactly backwards? What if our willingness to shortchange our sleep is actually sabotaging our success?

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 […]

My mission is to help overwhelmed high achievers win at work and succeed at life — and recently, that has called for the creation of something really special: a planning tool with roots in the strongest research surrounding best practices in goal-setting and productivity.

The Full Focus Planner™ was designed for high achievers just like you who are seeking a fulfilling, productive lifestyle. Come behind the scenes with me so I can show you where this project came from — and why it means so much to me and my team.

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 […]

Recovering the Lost Art of Note Taking

5 Simple Ways to Create Your Personal Time Machine

I spend most of my work-life in meetings. Note-taking is a survival skill. Yet, I am surprised at how few people bother to take notes in meetings. Those who do sometimes express frustration at how ineffective the exercise seems to be. In this post, I’d like to expound on why I think you should take notes in meetings and then offer a few suggestions on how to do it better.

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 […]

Introducing the Full Focus Planner

A Foolproof Plan to Accomplish Your Goals and Achieve More by Doing Less

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You’ve got big goals for the year. Maybe for your career, your health, your family, and the like. But it’s easy to lose visibility in the whirlwind of daily life. You’re productive, no question. Sometimes you’re flying faster than a tornado. But to what end? It’s like there’s no […]

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 […]

Why Greater Productivity Leads to More Income

(And What That Means for Your Impact in the World)

Productivity doesn’t just increase your efficiency. If you do it right, it can also increase your income. The problem is that traditional systems get productivity all wrong. They define productivity as the ability to do more and do it faster. But that approach just accelerates the hamster wheel we’re already on. Instead of getting ahead, […]

4 Big Reasons to Attend My In-Person Productivity Workshop

Become Free to Focus on What Matters in Just 2 Days

Is it just me, or is our modern work culture bleeding us dry? It’s not just our cell phones and computer screens that draw our eyes at all hours. As much as we might want to blame technology, the root of our struggle to have satisfactory days goes much deeper. Far too often, we think, […]

5 Steps to a Clutter-Free Workspace

(And Why You Need to Put Them into Action Now)

A lot of productive people operate in disorganized workspaces. The problem is that they’re not as productive as they could be. The hidden culprit stealing their focus is clutter. When I moved into my new office a while back, I was in the middle of a massive video shoot. Time was tight, and I just […]