hi, I’m 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, an MA degree in Rhetoric, and plan to complete my PhD in Rhetoric in Spring 2020.
I thought I was doing a good job balancing work and writing a dissertation and multiple 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. Academia and social media can make us feel like we’re just not good, smart, or fill-in-the-blank enough. Add a level of stress for extra things like working extra jobs, managing chronic pain, having mental illness, and you will find yourself with an overwhelmed individual who believes she will never be ______ enough. I had to 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 monthly newsletter, The Tending Letter. In 2020, I launched my new specialty: Success and Accountability Coaching.
my coaching services are for people who…
- Need help with time management and focus.
- Are yearning for mental organization and a jumpstart to complete big projects.
- Struggle with setting goals and building habits because they feel overwhelmed by tasks that feel beyond their reach.
- Want to become more efficient and effective in their chosen interests or profession without feeling like machines and while staying connected to loved ones, self-care, and an identity outside of work.
- Can’t figure out how to stop procrastinating, set & achieve goals, break down a project to make it manageable, change their habits, stop negative self talk, and get their work done without feeling terrible during the process.
Want to know more?
You can see my list of publications and read my published writing here.