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January 20, 2018

The Tale Of Three Cars

This article is a response to Workfront’s 2017-2018 State of Enterprise Work Report. In particular, I am responding to three findings about the future of automation. These findings reflect three attitudes towards…
May 26, 2017

Our attempts to relax are seriously stressing us out

In the digital era, a lot of us feel busier than our parents and grandparents ever were. But analyses of the way we actually use our time suggest that we’re…
February 16, 2016

Productivity is killing innovation and hurting our careers

There’s no shortage of advice out there for making you more productive, and plenty of it works. But the emphasis on productivity has gone too far, and it’s holding back…
October 1, 2015

To get the most out of your day, manage your attention not your time

…in an information-rich world, the wealth of information means a dearth of something else: a scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes. What information consumes is rather obvious: it…
September 4, 2015

Time management is only making our busy lives worse

  “Tess…started her way up the dark and crooked lane not made for hasty progress; a street laid out before inches of land had value, and when one-handed clocks sufficiently…
June 12, 2015

Email is the TV of work

It can feel good to flop in front of the TV at the end of a busy day. With a simple click you are transported and entertained. You can switch…
June 1, 2015

Creating moments with your children

How often do you say ‘Just a minute’ to your children?  My wife and I found ourselves saying it a lot, as we prioritized our terribly important busyness over our…
December 16, 2014

Sloppiness is a gender issue

I work with a leader who is sloppy: a bit disorganized, he forgets things and at times drops the ball. He is also extremely successful and admired. The thing is,…
October 31, 2014

Strategic Idleness

In a recent survey in the US, 83% of people said they had no time for 'relaxation or thinking' at all. In a knowledge economy, what hope can we have…
September 29, 2014

Embarrassed about being busy

‘How are you?’ The chances are high that your response would be ‘busy’. Most of us today lead hectic lives, crunching through emails, racing between meetings and juggling competing demands.…
May 19, 2014

The Busyness Law

If you saw a man collapse in front of you, in a clearly distressed state and needing help, would you stop and help? The answer is that it depends. In…
May 13, 2014

Big problems and busyness

In the 1940s Enrico Fermi was listening to other distinguished physicists discuss the possibility of extra-terrestrial life. Given an enormous universe, it seems scientifically unlikely that life has only occurred…