Empowered productivity by Maura Thomas

Empowered Productivity

Control Your Attention,
Control Your Life.

Empower, verb: make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life.

Productive, adj: achieving significant results.

Empowered Productivity puts you back in the driver’s seat of your life and work.

Attention Management is the new path to get you there.

What is Empowered Productivity?

If you or members of your team are like millions of Americans who are totally stressed by constant distractions, endless to do lists, and an overflowing inbox, then you must learn about attention management and The Empowered Productivity™ System.

Empowered Productivity™ offers a more relevant approach than traditional time management. It’s foundational principle is that attention management is the new path to productivity.

It is a critical business skill that is not taught in school. The Empowered Productivity System offers a workflow methodology that is based in continuous improvement principles, which teaches how to regain control over the details of life and work, and how to apply this same methodology to productivity software and tools in order to achieve greater results.

Empowered Productivity for individuals

Components of Empowered Productivity


Attention Management: addressing distraction, multitasking, and the secrets to being proactive rather than reactive.


Action Management: addressing tasks, projects, commitments, responsibilities, and priorities.


Communication and Information Management: covering physical and electronic clutter, email management, and effective/productive communication.


Meeting Management: addressing effective planning and execution of meetings, plus getting results from meetings and holding people accountable, including managing “up” and across teams.


Behavior change management: recognizing that any type of behavior change is hard and addressing how to achieve lasting results.


Leadership Effectiveness: ensuring that training participants do not return to an environment that undermines their ability to provide high-quality knowledge work.

As seen in

Maura Thomas has seen in Havard Business Review, Fast Company, The Wall Steet Journal

Ways to engage with Empowered Productivity

What does it mean for you and your team to be “Empowered” over your productivity?


You understand the benefits of “Attention Management” over “Time Management”


You can efficiently handle all manner of commitments, communication, and information

You have bridged the gap between behavior and technology, so that you can make the best use of the software and electronic tools you have available

be proactive

You spend as little time as possible being reactive, and as much time as possible being proactive


You know the best use of your time at any moment, and are therefore able to take immediate and appropriate action

meet your goals

You make consistent progress on your significant results, whether they are goals for today, this month, this year, or this lifetime.

Maura Thomas created The Empowered Productivity™ System by taking proven productivity techniques and combining these with emerging ideas and research related to attention, distraction, neuroscience, technology development, and behavior change, and assembling it all into a comprehensive, methodical approach to solving the problems facing knowledge workers today, including:


Competing and ever-changing priorities


Fast-paced, multitasking environments


Too many meetings


Increasing stress and burnout


Important work getting squeezed out


Lives out of balance, with little time for family, health, hobbies, and other aspects necessary for wellness, happiness, and peak productivity

Maura Thomas speaking at TEDx Red River

Ways to engage with Empowered Productivity

Taking your training has made me realize how inefficient my prior work-life management “system” was! After just one day of utilizing your recommended tool and methodology, I already felt more in control and, as a result, slept better. I am excited about the long-term results of your program for myself and my team and I encourage others to take advantage of what you have to teach.

Victoria Yeager

Head of Contracts and Compliance, Genentech, Inc.