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.
business ethics and principles
As I say in Tend to It: A Holistic Guide to Intentional Productivity, “Productivity as a concept is beneficial when adapted to each person’s goals and tasks. However, what I call Productivity Culture™, or the culture of perfectionism and obsession with standard definitions of ‘success,’ can be problematic. When we view productivity as a depoliticized action or assume everyone is seeking the same standards of accomplishment, we ignore the fact that our cultural obsession with perfectionism is rooted in institutionalizing systems of oppression. Productivity does not occur in a vacuum, and it is absolutely tied to access, privilege, white supremacy, classism, and ableism” (18).
As a Productivity Coach, I endeavor to break down this normalized approach to productivity, encouraging my clients to prioritize rest and set boundaries around their availability or capacity to overwork. I commit to help clients develop step-by-step achievable approaches to push back against workaholism.
As a small business owner, my income comes from coaching sessions, running workshops, and book sales. I donate a portion of my business income each month to organizations that will have felt effects for BIPOC people, including The Loveland Foundation and Trans Asylum Seeker Support Network. I value the labor of independent contractors, and I commit to paying a living wage to anyone I hire to do labor for my business. I charge a higher rate for institutions such as universities and businesses to supplement the costs of my services for individuals, especially students. I offer free resources via my blog posts, free workbooks, and my twice-a-month newsletter, and I share exercises that I teach during coaching sessions in my low cost book, Tend to It: A Holistic Guide to Intentional Productivity.
I am working to expand my research on productivity and personal development to include BIPOC voices through recognizing the proliferation of white supremacy in the productivity and personal development business and publishing realm. Finally, I am open to conversation and critique and I commit to being responsive. I welcome feedback and suggestions to my process of continuing to be an inclusive, equitable, and anti-racist business.