I’m Offering a Powerful and Economical Online Class/TeleCoaching Bundle at The Loft

Super-thrilled to be teaching an online class at The Loft, one of the world’s premier community writing programs, starting September 30. Even more thrilled to be offering a class/coaching bundle. The class will set you up for greater productivity; the 40 minutes of individualized telephone coaching will personalize the class information and help you amplify […]

He Gets It!

“We must act knowing that our work will be imperfect.” Barack Obama, 2d inaugural address, January 21, 2013

“Procrastinating Surgeon Putting Off Coronary Bypass By Cleaning Entire Hospital”

The Onion gives us a sterling example of procrastination as a mimic of productive work: “NEW YORK—Sources at Columbia University Medical Center reported Sunday that cardiac surgeon Dr. Robert Klinge, 44, was putting off an impending coronary bypass procedure by cleaning the entire hospital. “I know that guy’s arteries are a mess, but so are […]

Three Great Success Tips from Ted Behr

My friend Ted Behr went to a success workshop and came back with three great tips.

Click to read his article.

Coping with Harsh Criticism

My friend and former student Kirstin Butler wrote a fantastic post on coping with traumatic rejection. I won’t go into a ton of detail about the feedback itself, because I know it was well-intentioned. But it also contained a few comments — I believe the exact phrase was “total rewrite situation” — that hit me […]

“Scope Creep” will Poison Your Projects!

“Scope creep is poisonous,” a client of mine recently said after finally finishing an academic paper he had been procrastinating on for more than three years. He had a full spaghetti snarl of reasons for not getting it done–and remember, our reasons for procrastinating are always valid–but after he worked through them and started 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 […]

Corii Rowell’s Robot Version of the Prolific Writer!

    Artist Corii Rowell, whom I met at Boskone, did this ubercute robot version of Barry Deutsch’s cartoon for my book cover!    

Sales of the 7 Secrets of the Prolific on the Rise!

So far in March, Kindle sales of my book The 7 Secrets of the Prolific are triple what they were in February–and it’s only the fourth full month in print. Paperback sales also rising! So excited. I’m hearing from readers in the U.S., Canada, England, Poland, Italy, Sweden, and elsewhere! Read sample chapters here and […]

Help Your Team Overcome Procrastination And Finish Projects

Procrastination isn’t laziness, lack of discipline, lack of willpower, etc.: it’s disempowerment. Disempowerment means you aren’t missing anything, but lacking access to that which you have. Remove or heal from the disempowering forces in your work and life and you’ll “automagically” recover all the energy, discipline, willpower, etc., you thought you were missing, or had […]

Why You (Yes You!) Should Indie Publish

Indie publishing is for many businesses, not just writers! A yoga teacher earning $70 teaching a one-hour class who sells three students a $12 indie-published book, has boosted her profits more than 50%. And an independent software vendor who sells manuals for his system isn’t just sweetening his bottom line but reducing his tech support […]

Why You (Yes You!) Should Indie Publish Part II

In my previous article I discussed why all businesses should indie publish—including non-writing businesses. Here are some guidelines for doing it right:   Clarify your goals If you want to indie publish for a hobby, or to create a memento for loved ones, then you can just cut loose and publish however you want and […]

How Labeling and Hyperbole Sabotage Your Writing Productivity

The reasons we procrastinate are always valid, however this doesn’t stop perfectionists from labeling their reasons as “excuses,” “complaining,” “whining,” or “being high maintenance.” Don’t do this – and also keep in mind that this kind of labeling is often used by oppressors as a control tactic. (It’s also often sexist.)