I’m Too Busy To Read That Book on Busyness

by Tim Berry

This interesting book review came out this morning on slate.com: In her new book, Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time, Washington Post reporter Brigid Schulte calls this cultural epidemic the “overwhelm,” and it will be immediately recognizable to most working adults. “Always behind and always late, with one more thing... Read More »

Why Steve Strauss Hires English Majors

by Tim Berry

By the way, did I say I was an English major for my BA? Yes, software entrepreneur, yes, business planner, erstwhile programmer, and MBA … but I carry around a degree in English Literature. I don’t push that up a lot in my bio, but it’s there in the fine print. So I like what... Read More »

50 Great Productivity Tips from Famous People

by Tim Berry

The blog at onlineMBA has an interesting post called 50 terrific productivity secrets of the rich and famous. It’s a lot of fun, and some good tips too. You can see the highlights here in the graphic. But click the post … it’s hard to stop reading. They aren’t all straight lines to productivity, like... Read More »

7 Steps to Practical Business Stories

by Tim Berry

Remember, stories aren’t just stories. They’re truth and promise and relationships established. They’re vital to business. There’s more truth in stories than in all the statistics ever published.  Geoffrey James posted How to Tell a Great Story on Inc.com last month, quoting Mike Bosworth of Solution Selling, and Ben Zoldan, one of his top trainers. So this... Read More »

7 Bad Habits That Aren’t, plus a Great Title That Is

by Tim Berry

Here’s a great title: The 7 Bad Habits of Insanely Productive People. That was on copyblogger last week, posted by Sonia Simone, one of the nicest plays on contradiction and irony I’ve seen a while. There’s some real truth here, but hidden in paradox, and a lot of humor too. Who wants bad habits? You have to... Read More »

Oh No! Microbreaks Are Productive, Real Breaks Aren’t

by Tim Berry

What, no coffee break? This feels vaguely like the idea that so-called grazing all day is better than three good meals and nothing else. Clearly, I’m way too old-fashioned. I just discovered that traditional coffee breaks do nothing for productivity.  And I do mean traditional. The idea brought me quickly to this old number, from a... Read More »

I Love These 5 Use-Everywhere Apps

by Tim Berry

What makes good software? For me, the use-everywhere factor is a big deal. I work with a desktop using Windows 7, a Mac at home and a Macbook for travel, mobile phone and a tablet computer. The more my gadgets spread, the more I appreciate the apps that let me get to my workspace wherever... Read More »

Double Your Productivity with Real Focus

by Tim Berry

According to the emails and comments, Tony Schwartz’ post The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time on the Harvard Business Review is getting a lot of attention this morning. He says: Tell the truth: Do you answer email during conference calls (and sometimes even during calls with one other person)? Do you bring your laptop... Read More »

Do We Have Any Idea What Productivity Really Is?

by Tim Berry

Have you thought about productivity lately? And how anybody measures productivity? I think it’s a concept that grew up with the industrial revolution. Productivity was measured as factory work, in units produced per hour. Visualize finished cars flowing out of the assembly line. What’s productivity today and how can we measure it? The modern work... Read More »

1 Great Tip for Better Story Power for Business

by Tim Berry

Here’s a great tip for anybody presenting anything to an audience: Skip the boring preamble. Many times we feel like we have to do a lot of prefacing, but four minutes goes by quickly. If you spend two minutes on background, you’ve lost an opportunity to grab attention. Far better to leave the identifying bits... Read More »