More About the Author
The core of my work is the idea that procrastination, blocks, and other forms of underproductivity are symptoms of disempowerment. Disempowerment means you're not missing anything you need to be productive: you're only separated from, or have lost access to, that which you have-i.e., your strengths, skills, talents and energy. (Laziness, lack of discipline, lack of commitment, and other supposed deficiencies are all symptoms of the disempowerment, not causes, so please don't focus on them. And don't use them to negatively label yourself or anyone else!) All my work is devoted to helping people locate and remediate the disempowering forces in their work and life so they can reclaim their joyful productivity.
My other major contribution has been to characterize perfectionism as a complex phenomenon consisting of (to date) eighteen symptoms, some of which are listed here.
Finally, I've been able to design solutions to both procrastination and perfectionism that are uniquely targeted and effective. Please check out my books, and visit the Coaching and Workshops sections of my Website to see how I can help you or your team get more productive, and to email me with any questions or to book a session.
I'm author of The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer's Block, one of Amazon's top-selling productivity books. I help people increase their productivity in writing and other areas, and have taught productivity and time-management classes at top writing, business, educational, arts, and community organizations. For my testimonials and a list of places I've taught, visit my website.
My articles have appeared in Psychology Today, Huffington Post, Future Buzz, Time Management Ninja, Tomorrow's Professor, Authors Helping Authors, and numerous other publications; and I've been interviewed in Entrepreneur.com and elsewhere. During a prior career as a technology journalist and consultant, my articles appeared in Wired, Working Woman, Inc. Technology, and elsewhere; I was also interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and other publications. I've also appeared as a guest on CBS-TV News, WBAI, WBUR and other broadcasts.
From 2001 - 2012 I worked as a business coach and microlender at two nonprofit agencies in Boston, roles in which I helped hundreds of people from all backgrounds start and grow businesses in fields including art, technology, personal services, professional services, manufacturing, distribution, and retail. It was in the course of this work that I became acutely aware of the forces that hold so many talented, energetic, ambitious, and visionary people back, and it was this awareness that catalyzed my current mission.
On a Personal Note
I'm a vegan, free software advocate, and lover of life and dogs. I'm also a former foster mom of four teenage Sudanese refugees (a.k.a., "Lost Boys"), now all adult and living independently. And I'm a living kidney donor. If you're a prospective vegan, free software advocate, foster parent, or kidney donor, email me and I will support you however I can. I also have an abiding interest in social justice-my first book was The Lifelong Activist, a self-help guide for progressive and radical activists-and it was from my activism that I gained insights on personal power that inform my current work.
When I was a kid, I mainly wanted to do two things: write and help. And I find that, as an adult, the more time I devote to these activities the happier I am. I'm a classic "late bloomer" who didn't start coming into my own, professionally or personally, until I was well into my forties, and so I understand first-hand the despair that comes from feeling like you're not living up to your potential. But I now know what I didn't know then: that blocks are often easily overcome once you stop blaming yourself for being "lazy" or "undisciplined" and start looking for the real roots of the problem. And so, my main message to others is often, "relax, it's gonna be fine."
I believe deeply in the power of perseverance, the amazing possibilities of reinvention, and the benefits of living consciously. Life can be difficult, but it is always deeply fascinating.
I was born in the Bronx, and now live in Kalamazoo, MI, after stints in Ithaca, New York City, and Boston. My partner is a physics professor at Kalamazoo College, and we have a rescue dog, Billy.
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