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Traveling Among the Greats – My time at BookExpo America 2015

procrastination, productivity, self-help
Renate at BookExpo America 2015

I rarely use my own experiences to make a point, but showing my new book at BookExpo America (#BEA15) and BookCon last week in New York City is a highlight worth sharing.

Seeing “Beyond Procrastination” among all those incredible new books by some of the best writers in the world was humbling as well as unbelievable. How did I get there? One word, one action, one step at a time.

Don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of moments when I was procrastination, productivity, self-help, successready to let go of the project – it took too much time and energy; the words just wouldn’t come; the financial investment was, and still is, burdensome and risky; and above all: is it worth it?

Yes it is, I decided time and again. The most encouraging sign that I made the right choice was that I followed my own advice to stay on track: take a break when it gets too much; enjoy the process when the ultimate goal seems too threatening; be patient! And many more of the tips and tricks in my book.

If you are working on a project that seems endless and overwhelming but is close to your heart and not bankrupting you, I would like to encourage you to keep going. The rewards along the way will stay with you for the rest of your life. I might never exhibit another book at BEA but nobody can take away those five days in May of 2015.

overcoming procrastination, self-help, work-life balancePS: “Beyond Procrastination: How to Stop Postponing Your Life” will be available at Amazon and in book stores September 21, 2015!



































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Happiness – A Mixed Bag After All

Happiness is a gift. Being happy all the time can be a curse. procrastination, good life, happiness, unhappiness, productivity, increase productivityPsychologists Todd Kashdan and Robert Biswas-Diener point out that happy people tend to be less persuasive, lazy thinkers and too trusting. For example, they don’t take the time to properly develop an argument and consider objections others may have. Life simply feels too good to work hard.

What’s even more surprising, the conscious pursuit of happiness can make us unhappy. The more we chase it the more it eludes us. You might have experienced this. Let’s say you go to a party that you’ve been looking forward to all week. When you get there, you still feel a little stressed because of work, but tell yourself to be happy and smile. That forced smile takes immense energy and probably depresses you far beyond the original strain.

And then there is the always-positive, always-happy boss cheerleading you on to higher and higher performance only making you feel harassed and demoralized. Hint: according to Kashdan and Biswas-Diener, commiserating with your employees when the work is tough and expectations unrealistically high, can be much more productive and emotionally uplifting than high fiving without a cause.

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Banksy – New York City 2013

In general, our tendency to divide our emotional experiences into good and bad often leads us to prioritize happiness over fear, anger and sadness. We forget that those “negative” emotions serve important functions such as dealing with loss.

When a client asked me how I was feeling shortly after my mother passed away, I spontaneously answered, “Not bad often enough.” I was as shocked by this statement as she was. There was deep truth to it, however. Because I prioritized work over my grief, it took me much longer to get beyond the initial raw pain.

What’s the take-away? All emotions are important and have their rightful place in life. And, yes, when happiness strikes, embrace it with all your heart and offer the world your most dazzling smile.

Unfinished Business

The onset of spring is a powerful time for new beginnings. But what if unfinished business is blocking nature’s push? An incomplete degree, a book that is missing its last chapter or a career change that ran out of steam, can make us feel demoralized and stuck.

Ready to Go!
Ready to Go!

Here is my suggestion: instead of half-heartedly launching a new venture, use this season’s energy to finish what is hanging over your head. What would it feel like to sit back and know that you finally did it – you can move on now?

In my life coaching experience, most people in this situation are actually much further ahead than they think. Therefore, the first order of business is to list everything that still needs to be done. Next, break down each item into small doable pieces and schedule when you are going to do the work.

Your action plan works best when it is both realistic and ambitious. Also make sure you give yourself a deadline – preferably a meaningful date like your birthday or an anniversary. Finally, make a commitment to your strategy and do something on your list today. Unfinished business be gone!

If this feels too overwhelming, ask a friend you trust to help you think through it and keep you on track along the way.

Anything that has been keeping you up at night for a long time might need more systematic support. To help people in your situation, I have developed a three-month program that specifically focuses on completing unfinished business. To find out how I can get you unstuck, contact me today to set up a free informational call. It’s worth a try!