My wife called it “productivity porn”, and now it appears to have stuck.

Earlier this year, I started writing a regular column for Geekwire focused on workplace and professional productivity. When I shared the story of how the term “productivity porn” came to be, the name stuck.

Other than the title, I promise it’s all safe reading, and worth checking out to get tips on work/life balance, avoiding procrastination, going paperless and more.  Below are headlines and summaries of several Productivity Porn columns to date.  Check out new columns every other Sunday on Geekwire.

An introduction to productivity porn: How to be lazy, productive & successful
A few years ago I started spending a lot more time learning about productivity – how it works, how to make it work for me, and how to constantly make my own productivity system better. My wife, affectionately, started referring to my collection of regular productivity reading as “Productivity Porn.”

If you occasionally feel out of control, are unable to focus or prioritize, lack the work/life balance you want, or notice that you’re often too tactical vs. strategic, these tips are for you.

To start, here are eight specific best practices that, together, form many of the core tenets of what Productivity Porn tries to teach and enable for its followers. (Continue reading here…)

7 tips to make yourself more efficient right now
You’re busy and don’t have time to read a lengthy intro (especially in a piece about productivity). So let’s get right to it. Plenty of productivity gurus recommend an entire, complicated system to get yourself organized and working optimally. And in this series, we get to many of those ideas and best practices. First, however, give yourself an immediate boost in productivity by adopting one or several of the tactics below. Starting tomorrow, they can help you get more time back and get more done every day. (Continue reading here…)

7 ways to achieve work/life balance
Productivity too often can become more than a means to an end. If left unchecked, being more productive can simply make you feel compelled to fill additional time with more work. That’s a fine outcome if you need to (or want to) get more done. But balance – time away from work – is equally important to being more productive during work hours as well.

Successful productivity makes you more efficient and effective with the time you choose to give to work, so that you can choose to spend more time with your family, on hobbies, just “vegging” out, or simply recharging to be more effective the next day. Below are seven specific things you can start doing right away to take back more time and increase your work/life balance. (Continue reading here…)

7 tricks for beating procrastination

We procrastinate for a variety of reasons. Fear. Intimidation. Laziness. Distractions. All reasonable obstacles. But if you’re prioritized your tasks and projects correctly, the work still needs to get done.

I’ve found that procrastination can be the single-largest hurdle keeping individuals at all levels from being more productive and getting more done. It’s a silent killer, easy to justify in the moment, until that high-potential time has passed and you still aren’t done.

Everybody I know who has a proactive strategy to fight procrastination still suffers from it regularly, but there are several tricks and best practices that can help you win the fight far more often than you lose it. Here are seven tips to get you started. (Continue reading here…)

8 steps to going paperless
I love paper. I hate paper. Independent of format, print or digital, what I want is information at my fingertips when I need it, wherever I am. I want instant capture of ideas, to-do’s and notes (which for me still requires paper) but I want that paper to disappear as quickly as possible.

Less paper helps me focus. Less paper makes me more efficient. Less paper is a competitive differentiator.

This isn’t paper-free. I’m not there, and doubt I ever will be. But I’ve eliminated at least 80 percent of paper from my life with a significant, measurable improvement in efficiency, access and results.

Here are the eight steps I use to make paperless a reality in my life. (Continue reading here…)

How to achieve “inbox zero” in 60 minutes or less
Whether you perpetually have hundreds if not thousands of emails in your inbox, or you’re coming back from a long weekend or true, “unplugged” extended vacation, you have a problem. It’s not realistic to declare “email bankruptcy” and start from scratch, but the last thing you want to do is waste your entire first day sorting through email. That’s no way to get real work done.

Last year, I came back from a short two-week paternity break to more than 2,000 unread emails. An hour later I was down to 12 emails in my inbox.

Don’t get me wrong, I had a ton to do and get caught up on. But my inbox was not my to-do list. To quickly get caught up and stay focused on what was immediately most important the rest of the day and week, here were my best practices for sorting through an overwhelming inbox.

(These tips work whether you’re coming back from a long period away or if you’ve just let your inbox get out of control.) (Continue reading here…)

Eliminating meetings: Eight ways to tackle the biggest time-waster in your business
You’ve heard it (or probably said it) many times before: “I can’t wait to get out of all these meetings so I can actually get some work done!”

Meetings are critical to most organizations, but the vast majority of meetings you attend on a regular basis are too long, unfocused, unnecessary, or otherwise wasting your time.

For most of us, seeking to get more done in less time, meetings are the single-worst time waster and barrier to productivity in our professional lives.

You may not be able to eliminate every meeting on your schedule. Some are quite valuable. But if you were to inventory the regular meetings on your calendar, and those on your schedule this coming week, how many do you think will really help you get your job done? How many will result in positive, proactive action, direction or progress for your organization?

How many of those meetings could be reduced, made more productive, or eliminated altogether?

You’re not going to boil the ocean (or clear your entire schedule) this week. But, starting with meetings you control or influence directly, apply the following eight best practices to make meetings more productive, make them shorter, or get rid of them. (Continue reading here…)

9 productive things to do during a flight delay

Traveling is an exercise in wasted time. The lines, the security pat-downs, and the inevitable delays. Clearly you want your flight to leave on time, but if you use the time right, a flight delay can be an excellent way to catch up on work you otherwise might not prioritize.

Do it right, and a flight delay can end up saving you time, increasing your efficiency and accelerating your success and results. Really!

Here are nine things I try to do during flight delays to achieve those goals. (Continue reading here…)