hi, I’m Dr. Kate Litterer!
I love problem solving. I love anything Sherlock Holmes, concept maps, and thinking about things via metaphors and systems. One of the most satisfying things for me is finding ways to resee challenges through innovative planning and personalized toolkits. I’m a researcher and writer at heart, and in addition to my work as a coach and writer, I have an MFA degree in creative writing, a PhD in Rhetoric, and over a decade’s worth of experience as an educator.
I thought I was doing a good job balancing multiple jobs with finishing a dissertation and keeping up with my hobbies until I was knocked down in early 2017 by the onset of severe pain that forced me to change the way I worked. No more morning to evening work days, less time sitting at a desk, and a growing sense of overwhelm.
I exchanged my stiff upper lip and bootstrapping mentality for productivity and self development, but quickly realized that they didn’t naturally translate to my life as an unknowing workaholic. It is too easy to become a workaholic, fueled by imposter syndrome and competition, and the cultures of academia and social media can make us feel like we will never be good, smart, or fill-in-the-blank enough. It was time for a change.
Since then, I’ve been professionally researching and publishing on productivity and slow living, coaching clients in one-on-one sessions, and sharing my twice-monthly newsletter, The Tending Letter. In 2020, I launched two coaching offerings: Success and Accountability Coaching and Single Session Slowductivity Coaching. And the best part? I am accomplishing my most sought after personal and professional goals without feeling overwhelmed or overworked.
Podcasts & Publications
Listen to my podcast interviews:
Read my articles:
- “Five Productivity Practices That Helped Me Finish My Dissertation.” GradHacker.
- “How Recovering from Alcohol Use Disorder Helped Me Recognize My Workaholism.” The Temper.
- “Abundance: What Is It? And How to Uncover It In Your Life.” The Homeworker Magazine, Issue 1.
You can see a longer list of publications and read more published writing here.
I am committed to being an anti-racist business.
Here are tangible steps I am taking in my efforts to build an anti-racist business:
- Taking The Anti-Racist Small Business Pledge, which will include regular accountability check-ins via email. You can read the pledge in full at the bottom of this page.
- Dedicating a portion of my monthly business and personal budgets to the Black community, including where I buy my products and software and who I hire as consultants.
- Donating part of my business income to organizations that will have felt effects for Black people.
- Actively engaging with anti-racist education for myself. Specifically, I will expand my research on productivity and personal development to include BIPOC voices, not just as lipservice, but through recognizing the proliferation of white supremacy in the productivity and personal development business and publishing realm.
- Being open to conversation and critique and being responsive. I welcome feedback and suggestions to my process of continuing to be anti-racist.