If you don’t want to be more productive, then you probably shouldn’t be in business. You’d be best getting a job as a toll booth worker. But if you’re one of those people who is trying to push the limits of your effectiveness in life and in business, then here are five expert productivity writers you should pay attention to. These top-tier productivity writers specialize in the things that will make you and your company function the way you wish it would.
1. Laura Stack
“Never confuse activity with productivity.”
Known also as The Productivity Pro, Laura Stack, MBA, specializes in employee productivity, workplace performance, and executive time-management issues. She has worked with business leaders for over 25 years, leading productivity workshops and giving speeches on topics related to sales and leadership productivity. Featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN and the CBS Early Show and the best-selling author of seven books, Stack blogs at The Productivity Pro, the Huffington Post, the Business Journal and LinkedIn.
Notable articles include “3 irrefutable laws of business productivity” and “Awesome Efficiency: 5 Ways to Maximize Team Productivity.”
Stop trying to fix things that don’t work. Rebuild failed business structures and processes. #Productivity Pro Tip 2998
— Laura Stack (@laurastack) September 6, 2017
2. Leo Babauta
“Instead of focusing on how much you can accomplish, focus on how much you can absolutely love what you’re doing.”
Though he has no formal training on the topic, Leo Babauta nevertheless became one of the most highly regarded productivity and life-change bloggers after he launched Zen Habits. His observations and advice come from self-reflection of significant lifestyle modifications he has made, such as changes in financial practices, personal training accomplishments and commitment to a vegan diet. He also writes regularly for Fast Company.
“Unconventional Productivity” and “A Guide to Overcoming Procrastination & Finding Focus” are a couple of Babauta’s recent articles.
Notice small lovely things in every moment. Instant day enhancer.
— Leo Babauta (@zen_habits) April 6, 2014
3. Kayla Matthews
“Looking forward to even the smallest parts of your day can not only make that day more enjoyable, but it can also improve your outlook on life, help you appreciate the things you have, keep you from getting stressed out, and help you have better relationships. Look forward to each day and you’ll realize the millions of silver linings you’ve been ignoring, if only because you weren’t looking for them.”
Kayla Matthews is a freelance writer and blogger on a variety of topics. She also writes a personal blog called The Productivity Theory, where she shares viewpoints and tips about productivity and efficiency and how these overlap with general wellness and happiness. Her overarching theory centers around the belief that in order to be highly productive you need to be passionate and happy. Her articles regularly appear in MakeUseOf, The Huffington Post, Tiny Buddha, Lifehack, The Next Web, Pick the Brain and Lifehacker.
To sample Matthews’ particular perspective on productivity, check out “The Secret To Better Productivity Is In The Air You Breathe” and “Science Has It: You Should Stop Doing These 10 Things To Be More Productive.”
— Kayla Matthews (@KaylaEMatthews) June 16, 2017
4. Laura Vanderkam
“While we think of our lives in grand abstractions, a life is actually lived in hours.”
Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management and productivity books, and in addition to her website, her work has appeared in publications including Fast Company, Fortune, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal.
Joy is productive.
— Laura Vanderkam (@lvanderkam) September 4, 2017
5. Craig Jarrow
“If your time management system requires a flowchart, it is probably too complicated for everyday use.”
Also known as the Time Management Ninja, Craig Jarrow is a prolific writer on time management, productivity and goal-setting on his own business blog, e-books and Huffington Post and Lifehacker. Recent blog posts include “Time Management Is Not About Doing More” and “10 Ways Patience Makes You More Productive.”
— Craig Jarrow (@TMNinja) September 6, 2017