Seth Godin’s Icarus Sessions A Great Idea – and Coming to Your Town


It’s so important that you be able to stand up and say, “This is who I am and this is what is important to me, and here’s why it is important.” If you don’t you remain ashamed and isolated, which feeds procrastination. Uber marketing guru Seth Godin knows all this and is organizing a global […]

Register Now for January Classes (Boston and Online)

New Englanders! Register Now for my winter Grub Street Writers classes! 1) How to Write a Lot, 6 Tuesdays, 10:30a – 1:30b, starting Jan 8 2) The Time of Your Life, Sat Jan 26, 10:30a – 6:30p Everyone! Register now for my next online class! The 7 Secrets of the Prolific, 4 weeks beginning Monday […]

Special Offer: Donate $1+ to Rolling Jubilee, Get Free Books!


Rolling Jubilee is the wonderful new program from Occupy Wall Street that purchases and retires distressed consumer debt: Rolling Jubilee is a…project that buys debt for pennies on the dollar, but instead of collecting it, abolishes it. Together we can liberate debtors at random through a campaign of mutual support, good will, and collective refusal. […]

Four Things Your College Career Center Got Dead Wrong

Over the years, I’ve helped many new graduates look for work; and one of the things I’ve learned is that a lot of the advice dispensed by college career centers is flawed. Below are four of the most common errors I see: three having to do with resumes (easily correctable), the fourth having to do […]

More on Millennials

Got a great response to my last blog post defending millennials (who should need no defense). Colorado-based writer Teresa Funke, author of the Home Front Heroes series of kids’ books about World War II—which would make a great holiday present for any book-loving kid you know (hint, hint)—wrote a particularly stirring reply and gave me […]

David Foster Wallace on Time Management


From a graduation speech he gave at Kenyon College in 2005: Twenty years after my own graduation, I have come gradually to understand that…”Learning how to think” really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to […]

Are Millennials Spoiled?


In my workshops I teach the benefits of an antiperfectionist viewpoint: one that is compassionate, empathetic, nonjudgmental of yourself and others, etc. Yesterday, a 20-something participant raised the question of whether her and her generation had been too indulged (and thus weakened and infantalized) by excessive praise and other support from parents and others. The […]

How To Be An Effective Decision-Maker


I was recently interviewed by for an article on decision making. The writer’s questions were excellent and thought provoking, and I wanted to share my answers with you. Best, Hillary Q: For leaders you’ve encountered or researched, how have you noticed that decision-making tends to get in the way of productivity? Can you give some specific […]

Six Motivational Tools to Jumpstart Your Work Year


Dear Friends, Fall, and the beginning of the work/school year, is probably my favorite time of year. So much excitement and potential. As usual, my beginning-of-fall post outlines resources I offer that can help you get off to a running start. Please see below. Also, I’m well along the way in my new book, How […]

If No One Falls Over, We’re Having a Great Class!


One of my recent newsletters discussed a misguided essay (and now, regrettably, book) by a prominent philosophy professor on his notion of “constructive procrastination. I’m happy now to refer you to this essay, I’m With Stupid, by a writer who is not, to my knowledge, a prominent professor, but who nevertheless has figured out a […]

No Such Thing as “Good Procrastination”


The Wall Street Journal recently published an article extolling the benefits of what the author calls “structured procrastination.” In “How to Be a Better Procrastinator” John Perry, an emeritus professor of philosophy at Stanford University, says: “But are procrastinators truly unproductive? In most cases, the exact opposite is true. They are people who not only […]

All Your Work Should Be Sand Castles


The wonderful and much-missed writer and writing teacher John Gardner wrote in On Becoming A Novelist: “If children can build sand castles without getting sand-castle block, and if ministers can pray over the sick without getting holiness block, the writer who enjoys his work and takes measured pride in it should never be troubled by […]

The True Cost of “Time Poverty” (perhaps the most important article you’ll read this year!)


This week, Beth Teitell at the Boston Globe wrote an outstanding article summarizing a study that showed vividly how a lifestyle grounded in consumerism and time poverty makes people disconnected and miserable. Her article is here and below is my letter to the editor summarizing my viewpoints on the topics raised. Relatedly, please check out […]

In Which I Advise a Young Baby

My friend, free software activist, Ciaran McHale and his wife, Bianca, recently had a baby–the gorgeous Toby. And they did something  completely cool, which was to ask friends concerned with social justice to write letters to Toby, which they would publish in a book. The book Letters to Toby is out, and you can read […]

My Psychology Today Blog Post on Helping Kids Deal With Video Game Addiction


I’m really proud of it – it suggests parents treat obsessive video game playing and similar nonproductive activities as a form of procrastination. You’ll find it here. Excerpt: “If your kid is receptive, have a nonjudgmental conversation about what procrastination is, and the reasons people do it, and why he specifically might be doing it. […]