Maura Thomas

Founder, Chief Trainer, Speaker,
Austin, TX, United States

About Maura


Maura Thomas founded in 2003, and has worked for almost 20 years in the productivity training industry. During that time she developed a workflow management process for achieving significant results called the Empowered Productivity(TM) System. As a speaker and trainer, Maura helps individuals, organizations and corporations maximize their communications tools, defend their attention and achieve their significant results. Her success led publishing giant John Wiley & Sons to invite Maura to literally write the book on personal productivity. As a result, "Personal Productivity Secrets" is now available in all formats, most everywhere books are sold. She’s also been featured in hundreds of local and national media outlets including TEDx, the Wall Street Journal, Good Day Austin, NPR, Fast Company,, the Austin American Statesman, the Houston Business Journal, and Productive! Magazine. Learn more at or follow on Twitter at



Areas of Expertise

Productivity, Attention, Effectiveness, Organization, Time Management

An idea worth spreading

"Time management, information overload, multitasking is a good thing." These are outdated concepts that have outlived their usefulness. The most important skill for the 21st century is "attention management."

Talk to me about

Helping your staff bridge the connection between technology and behaviors to make them empowered and motivated.

My TED story

I was honored to be invited to give a talk at TEDx Red River in Shreveport/Bossier City, LA, about my work in attention management. Watch it at

Comments & conversations

Maura Thomas
Posted over 4 years ago
Can young adults be taught how to change their individual approaches to managing time so they don't also fall into crazy techno-habits?
This is actually a problem of CONTROL. Either technology controls you, and you live a life of fractured attention and reaction, or YOU control technology, and you live a life of the actions you CHOOSE. It's imperative that young adults, even teenagers, are taught how to control their attention because habits formed after years in the business world are that much harder to change. The demands on our attention are only going to get greater, and the quiet, reflective learning times are being abandoned, although often not by choice. The frame needs to be shifted from "time management" to "attention management," as I've written about here: and here: It's not the technology or the gadgets, it's when we fail to CONTROL them that our lives are in danger of being damaged.