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Eliminate Distractions from Your Environment

June 4th, 2013 · Comments

Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro, shares tips on decreasing distractions to boost productivity. (C) 2013 Laura Stack. All Rights Reserved.


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Down Time Does Not Have To Be Wasted Time

November 7th, 2012 · Comments

Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro(R) talks about using down times to catch up on tasks. (C) 2012 Laura Stack. All Rights Reserved


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I Spend Waaaaay Too Much Time on…

November 18th, 2009 · Comments

I asked readers to fill in the blank on our last monthly survey and received some great responses. There were tons of interesting answers, but it didn’t take long to start seeing some patterns.

(C) 2009 Laura Stack.


Tags: Timewasters · Getting Things Done · Efficiency · Prioritizing

Productivity for Leaders: Creating a Productive Team Environment

March 19th, 2009 · Comments

Personal productivity is one thing. But once you take on leadership responsibilities, productivity is a whole new ball game. Suddenly it is no longer just a matter of being the best you can be, but of bringing out the best in those around you.

This can be hard! Priorities compete. Personalities conflict. And let’s face it: some folks just won’t always be as committed as you are to putting in a productive day’s work – bad days happen (even to the best of us).


So how do you go about creating a productive team environment that contributes not only to individual productivity, but also to that of the group as a whole?


Tags: Timewasters · Productivity Improvement · Leadership · Teams

Time Management is Dead: The New Reality of Productivity

March 12th, 2009 · Comments

We’ve all been there. There’s mail piled up on the corner of your desk. You have 37 unread e-mails. The phone is ringing (not that phone – the other phone). And you’ll be lucky if you can get through three of the fifteen items on your to-do list.


Oh – and you have four hours of meetings ahead of you.


It didn’t used to be this way. The world has changed in the last decade or so. Has your approach to time management changed with it?


If you find yourself stressed out and frustrated every time you try to hunker down and take control of your time, there’s a good chance that’s because you need a new way to think about time management. Don’t fall into the trap of trying to force yourself to work within a system that just isn’t compatible with the pace of your day or the nature of your work.  Just like electronic organizers are perfect for some and others swear by paper planners, even the best time management system will fail if it doesn’t jive with the way you get through each day. 


If you’re looking for a productivity system that is compatible with real life, consider 4-A Time Management. By focusing on four key elements of productivity you can create a flexible, customized productivity strategy that is compatible with the fast paced demands of today.


(C) 2009 Laura Stack.


Tags: Timewasters · Personal Productivity · Multi-tasking · Prioritizing

Recessionary Productivity Strategies: How to Get Lean and Mean in 2009

March 5th, 2009 · Comments

Times are tough. 


That means businesses everywhere are forced to do more with less.  Budgets are being cut.  Headcounts are being reduced.  In many offices across the country, the only thing that isn’t being reduced is the workload.


It all comes down to finding ways to do more with less – more work with fewer people, bigger projects on smaller budgets.


Just remember that, historically, great opportunities have been found in times of great challenge and hardship.  Now, as organizations and as individuals, we all have a (hopefully!) once in a lifetime opportunity to look a global financial crisis in the face and excel in spite of it.


So how do we survive and thrive in an economy that bites back?  It’s time to take the gloves off and get lean and mean in 2009.


(C) 2009 Laura Stack.


Tags: Time management · Timewasters · Productivity Improvement · Getting Things Done · Process Improvement · Leadership

Productivity During Short Winter Days and Long Winter Nights

February 18th, 2009 · Comments

The holidays are over, the snow doesn’t seem so pretty anymore, and we’re all ready to see some sunshine again.  This is the time of year when even on those really dreary days it’s important to remember that spring is right around the corner.  If you aren’t careful, it is much too easy to end up in a late winter slump, which can cause good sprits and productivity to go right down the drain.


Take heart!  Long days and beautiful weather will be here again before we know it.  And in the meantime, there’s plenty we can do to get the most out of short winter days and long winter nights.




(C) 2009 Laura Stack


Tags: Time management · Timewasters · Personal Productivity · Getting Things Done · Efficiency · Energy

How to Make the Most of 5:00-9:00 PM

February 4th, 2009 · Comments

Let’s forget about 9:00 to 5:00 for a minute. We spend lots of energy making sure that we are efficient and productive during the workday. But what about AFTER the workday? Do you find yourself keeping your nose to the grindstone and working diligently throughout the day only to have it all unravel when you step through the door at home?

(C) 2009 Laura Stack.  All rights reserved.


Tags: Uncategorized · Time management · Timewasters · Personal Productivity · Efficiency

Go on a Low-Information Diet and Increase Efficiency

January 26th, 2009 · Comments

Pretty much anybody you ask will tell you they’re pressed for time. There just aren’t enough hours to get it all done, yadda yadda yadda.  So we prioritize, streamline, and simplify.  You can improve your efficiency until you’re blue in the face, not to mention very tightly wound, but you still aren’t addressing one of the biggest time and energy wasters in your day: incoming information.  As my 12-year-old daughter, Meagan, would text on her phone: “TMI” (translation: Too Much Information).


If the 21st century has brought us anything, it is WAY too much information. You can watch several channels full of cable news 24 hours a day. You can surf the internet on any topic until you can’t see straight. Most people could heat their home with the amount of junk mail they receive on a continuous basis.  Imagine the time and productivity lost just sorting though it all!


So why not join me and put yourself on a low-information diet? Make this the year that you say “NO MORE!” to the endless onslaught of time-wasting, productivity-eating, stress-inducing STUFF coming at you.


Listen below for a few ideas to get you started.


Tags: Timewasters · Personal Productivity · Productivity Improvement · Getting Things Done · Process Improvement · Efficiency · Meeting management · Email

The Importance of Productivity During Down Times

January 21st, 2009 · Comments

To succeed and keep their doors open, companies must make more money but spend less money and create greater results with fewer resources. You could attempt to cut salaries, benefits, staff, costs, or the quality of your products—all poor options. A better choice? Increase employee productivity. If you have 10 people, and you can get them to improve their productivity by 10%, you just effectively added another staff person without increasing salary expense—a much more attractive response.  To do this, your employees need your help.


Tags: Timewasters · Personal Productivity · Productivity Improvement · Process Improvement · Leadership