Disconnecting Shouldn’t be Radical!
(Excerpted from my book Productivity is Power. The original contains many citations, which are omitted here for brevity’s sake.) One of productivity work’s big divides is between those who try to work while connected to the Internet and its many distractions, and those who have figured out that that’s a really bad idea. The second…Read More
My New Book on Undergraduate Productivity is Out!
I’m thrilled to announce that my latest book, Productivity is Power: 5 Liberating Practices for College Students, is now out and available at all online and offline bookstores. Productivity is Power is for ALL undergraduates (and college-bound high schoolers), as well as for the parents, faculty, counselors, coaches, tutors, and others who support them. If…Read More
Next Grub Street Writers Workshops: Saturday September 17 and Friday October 7
My next Grub Street Writers Zoom productivity workshops for all writers will be held on Saturday September 7 and Friday October 7, 10 am – 5 pm Eastern time (w lunch break). Description below; these classes are limited to twelve and almost always fill up so register asap. More info / to register. Description: Why…Read More
The Heart of Productivity
Just published a summary of my approach to productivity work–you’ll find it on the Grub Street Writers blog. If my approach to productivity resonates with you, consider getting one of my books* or taking my next class at Grub. *Reminder that even though my new book Productivity is Power is aimed at college students, the…Read More
Inspiring Post-Election Words from Atul Gawande and Perennial Wisdom from Gene Sharp
I’ll send out another productivity newsletter in a bit, but in the meantime, Atul Gawande’s New Yorker piece offers one of the most healing and encouraging responses to the election I’ve seen. Excerpt: To a large extent, though, institutions closer to home are what secure and sustain our values. This is the time to strengthen…Read More
Tips for a Distracting Time
It’s been a crazy and, in many ways, difficult week here in the U.S. If you’re having trouble working (as I am and I know many others are), grab your timer and do short intervals. (Even a minute or two!) You will make progress and, perhaps even more importantly, keep the material fresh in your…Read More
On Trying to Write While Sitting in the Midst of the Battle of Hogwarts
An author friend of mine recently wrote on Facebook (and gave me kind permission to post): “Almost impossible to work these days. It feels like I’m sitting in the entrance hall of Hogwarts trying to write…while the final battle with Voldemort and the Death Eaters is raging around me.” She’s not alone. Recently YouTube celebrity…Read More
Exclusive: Sharon Shinn’s Time Management Tips!
I was recently thrilled to have the opportunity to interview bestselling fantasy / science fiction / romance / young adult novelist Sharon Shinn. Why all the genres? She’s incredibly prolific. Moreover, she’s prolific while holding down a full-time job. A writing job! It’s just incredible. I just had to find out how she does it–especially because she also happens…Read More
Russian Translation of 7 Secrets of the Prolific Now Available!
And it’s got an amazing cover! Thanks to the good people at Mann-Ivanov-Ferber for the translation.Read More
Reminder: Upcoming Workshops in Colorado, Missouri, and Michigan
Hope to see you at a workshop! Always check my calendar for the latest dates and information.Read More