Leslie's Productive Day Blog

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The Consequences of Working in the Dark

  “I wouldn’t want all of my tasks listed in one place. That would be too overwhelming.” That’s what an audience member said to me once when I addressed a large group during their annual conference, and this simple statement revealed a whole lot about how productive this guy really wanted to be. Apparently, he didn’t really Read more...


The Truth about Your Email Inbox

  I was on Facebook one day and just happened to see a post from someone who had JUST emptied her email Inbox, and the dozens of comments that followed were fascinating. Here’s just a smattering of what I read… “This is a dream of mine…” “Wow. That’s a feeling I haven’t felt for a very long time.” “I cannot even Read more...

decision road

Destination: Productivity

How to Stop Interruptions from Driving Your Day into Reactivity

Do you ever feel like you follow interruptions through your day like bread crumbs down a path from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm… or later, and before you know it the day is gone? Interruptions pose many threats, the least of which is the interruption itself, which is only Read more...

Rock Paper Scissors


Don’t Play Games with Your Priorities

  Ever played “Rock-Paper-Scissors?” It’s a game that reminds me of the task management process in your workday. Although, if you’re working it like the game of Rock-Paper-Scissors, you may be taking some risks with your productivity you don’t realize. If you haven’t played Read more...


Delays and Detours

How to Stop Interruptions from Holding Up Your Productivity and Progress

  What’s more damaging to your focus and productivity improvement efforts: ringing phones, new emails, or unexpected visitors at your office door? It’s a trick question. The answer is: None of the above. That’s because none of them are Read more...

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Email Driven

Are You Driving Your Work Day or Just Along for the Ride?

  OK, quick quiz: Who’s in charge of your work day? YOU! That’s right. Now, who’s in charge of all of your other stuff, like tasks, papers, calls and e-mail? Right again… it’s you. And who’s in charge of making decisions? Yep… you! (You’re on a Read more...


What to Do When Fear Gets in The Way of Productivity

  E-mail is pouring in, the phone is ringing, and others are coming to you with requests. You want to be helpful, responsive, and a team player. But lately, you feel like your whole day is being lost to interruptions and “squeaky wheels,” and you’re wondering how to get some time for yourself so you can finally make some Read more...

Business People

Replace Resolutions with Becoming Who You’re Meant to Be

  It’s that time of year again. It’s time for New Year’s Resolutions. You may try each year to make changes and improvements in your health, home, life, relationships, work, and more, but it can soon become frustrating and even overwhelming because of all things you want to fix. Usually, you hear advice about making a Read more...


Smart Choices

7 Essential Steps for Planning and Prioritizing with Confidence

  You’ll be more productive when you make an effort to work more proactively – identifying and capturing all of your tasks and responsibilities, making informed decisions about what to do next (no matter what has recently come up), and negotiating your Read more...

Do Not Disturb

Vanishing Act

Your Productivity Relies on How Often You Can Disappear

  Many professionals are uncomfortable disappearing for any length of time to get things done for fear of not being responsive or available to others, but this is unreasonable. Unless you’re in a position of customer service all day long, you don’t have to be 100% Read more...