The Tenure Clock is Ticking…
And with every minute that goes by, you’re a little bit closer to the deadline to submit your dossier to the tenure committee for review…
(You know this—how could you forget it when the voices in your head are constantly telling you, “You should be writing!”)
But even though you’re hyper-aware that you’ll be granted tenure based on your published papers – not your teaching evals –
You still don’t have a systematic method for moving forward on multiple projects without getting stuck when the writing gets tough or constantly worrying that you’re dropping the ball.
And you don’t have anyone you can talk to about your work who’s actually experienced enough or invested enough to give you the advice and the guidance you need.
The contribution you’re trying to make is a lot bigger than tenure.
Of course, getting tenure IS a big deal.
Being granted tenure means being acknowledged by the gatekeepers of your university:
In some ways, you don’t care about it at all, while in others, it’s the key to your future.
And whether or not those gatekeepers will give you that key comes down to whether or not you manage to produce a body of work that makes them believe you deserve it.
(On a deadline. With a dozen other jobs to be done.)
You don’t need another system, strategy or tool.
You need the kind of support you’re not going to get from your university.
As a busy assistant professor on the too-tight timeline of the tenure track, you’ve got enough on your plate already.
You’re teaching classes and doing service, mentoring graduate students and meeting with undergrads, plus serving on at least two or three different departmental committees.
You’ve got a demanding full-time job.
On top of which, you’re also responsible for:
- Managing a data collection process that’s an order of magnitude bigger than anything you’ve done before
- Tracking the progress of multiple projects, plus figuring out which of them to focus on and when
- Following up with unresponsive co-authors and forever trying to appease another intractable Reviewer #2…
All so that you can add enough publications to your CV to meet your department’s criteria for tenure and promotion.
OF COURSE you need help— who wouldn’t?
This is a RIDICULOUS amount of work!
(And you’d probably laugh about it if you weren’t already on the brink of tears…)
I was once an overworked academic like you.
During my first year as an assistant professor, I was under such intense stress that I developed a lactose intolerance. Eventually, after becoming disillusioned with the structural inequalities and what felt like outright-hostile working conditions of my university, I left academia to found Up In Consulting.
While university life wasn’t for me, my new career didn’t take me too far afield. When I first started my business, I was primarily focused on academic editing. But in that role, I noticed that most of my clients were always late sending me their work—there was something stopping them BEFORE they even started writing.
I took my training in sociology and applied it to studying the patterns of successful productivity and project management. And I did deep research into the mental blocks that my academic clients were experiencing.
Based on my experience, the results of this research were hardly surprising…
On top of a punishing schedule – including teaching, research and service and your desire to spend quality time with your loved ones, busy, tenure-track academics like you are dealing with the same anxieties, fears and insecurities as everyone else.
You’re struggling on your own within a system that’s rigged to take incredibly bright, motivated, ambitious people and make you feel stupid, overstretched and unprepared.
You’re blaming yourself for not being able to keep your deadlines straight, you feel like an imposter because you wish you had some help, and you’re sacrificing your relationships with the people closest to you (not to mention your own self-care) because you think (and the academy wants you to believe) that you’re supposed to be working around the clock.
I’m here to help you see that you are not the problem. You are the solution.
It’s your own resourcefulness that’s going to help you accomplish your goals. But first, you’ll have to loosen your grip on these long-held & damaging beliefs…
The 3 beliefs that are keeping you stuck
(and some #tenuretruths that’ll help you get out of your own way)
1. “My peers don’t seem to need help like I do — doesn’t everybody do this alone?”
Let’s get one thing straight: when your colleague goes into his office, closes the door, and doesn’t come out for 3 hours, he’s not carrying off the uninterrupted writing sprint of a True Philosophical Genius—he’s more likely than not on Facebook, or Twitter, or buying himself a new lawnmower.
It’s impossible for you to know what anyone else is going through, and there’s just no point comparing your productivity with anyone else’s.
But more importantly, the mistake that you’re making by thinking this way is seeing “asking for help” as a weakness, when really, it’s a strength:
Seeking out expert assistance to help you complete a complex task is an intelligent move that’s most often made by high performers.
Look at top athletes— they employ coaches to help them:
Do you think Megan Rapinoe is embarrassed to ask for help?
Not a chance.
Because it’s being too scared to seek support that keeps you stuck in the same place.
(Like your colleague in the office next to yours, who’s almost definitely playing Candy Crush right now.)
When you start to see asking for help as a natural step to the next level—you’ll find yourself reaching it… easily.
2. “I’m supposed to be an expert. How can I ask for help?”
If you’d been an ethnographer for your entire career, but you had to run regressions for your next project (intervening variables and all), would you expect to finish it without getting help?
What if you were compiling a huge, comprehensive survey that spanned your entire discipline?
Would you expect yourself to do it all on your own?
OK, next question—did you major in productivity?
Or write your dissertation on project management?
Then why do you keep expecting yourself to have mastered those skills IN ADDITION to your real area of expertise?
As I’m sure you’ve already realized, writing and project management are two skill sets that are WOEFULLY undertaught at the vast majority of universities.
Sure, you’ve essentially been dabbling in them for years: you’ve written a dissertation and worked on projects in cooperation with your mentors. But you’ve never needed to master either area as much as you do today.
And while your moderate proficiency in using your time well has gotten you to this point, your job requirements are different these days.
(Not too mention the stakes have never been as high!)
All this time, you’ve been cultivating your knowledge of a specific area of research. SO specific that sometimes fellow researchers in your field can’t even contribute to the conversation you’re engaging in.
You put your mind to becoming an expert on one specific area, and you’ve achieved that goal. You wouldn’t be here if you hadn’t.
But writing, productivity and project management are separate disciplines entirely, and you’ve got to release yourself from the belief that you’re supposed to be an expert in those as well.
3. “If I have to ask for help, it means I’m not cut out for this kind of work”
When I hear academics voice this belief, it always breaks my heart.
Because it’s perfect proof of the cover-up that’s being perpetrated. A cover-up around the fact that tenure-track assistant professors might actually need help coping with the absurd and exploitative conditions they’re exposed to in their jobs.
(And yes, it’s only safe for me to say that because I don’t work in academia anymore)
It’s a fact: Universities have a vested interest in draining every last drop of productivity from their staff members for as long (and as little pay) as they possibly can.
And they’re more likely to promote the ones who don’t complain about it.
So while it’s safe enough to vent to peers about your department’s crazy expectations and the extreme pressure that you’re under…
It can feel dangerous and or even damaging to your career to admit that you need help.
This is especially true if you:
- Don’t come from a place of privilege
- Are a woman of color, or
- Have young children at home and little family support
Want the truth?
With the amount of work that’s expected of you right now,
OF COURSE you need help.
It’s completely normal for you to need support as you basically tackle TWO intellectually rigorous full-time jobs at once.
The real secret is that everyone around you needs help, too.
But some people are more committed to maintaining the illusion they’ve got everything under control than they are to the idea that they deserve a work-life balance.
So the cover-up remains intact.
If you’re dismissing all of this, thinking, “That’s not true. I just need to work harder,” here’s why you’re wrong:
Putting your head down and shutting life out is not a long-term solution.
Letting your work dominate your life, to the exclusion of all else, is almost guaranteed to result in burnout, anxiety, depression, failed relationships and other sad and serious consequences.
And then once you get tenure—what changes?
You still don’t have the skills to break big projects down into tasks you can actually wrap your head around.
And writing while juggling a million other responsibilities is never NOT going to be a part of your job.
Even if you take a sabbatical to work on your book, odds are you’re still going to have relationships and responsibilities that require you to efficiently multitask.
The truth about your situation is this:
You need to work smarter, not harder—ESPECIALLY if you have a tendency to push yourself to the edge.
You need to make sure the time you’re already putting in is actually paying off.
You need to know that you’re taking steps to address your shifting timelines and important deadlines, while also taking time off to recharge.
And you probably need help setting healthy boundaries with your colleagues and between your work and your personal life, so that you know when you’re better off just saying, “No”.
These academics went from stressed out to sustainably productive:
The best thing I did for my sanity during my postdoc year was work with Jane!
She has a gift for breaking down seemingly onerous projects into bite-sized, manageable pieces, while supplying both encouragement and her contagious enthusiasm for the tasks at hand. Her expertise as a sociologist and woman of color scholar provided an incredible sounding board for my ideas.
Jane worked with me to bring my vision for my work into the light, rather than imposing her thoughts about what she felt was most interesting, couched in the language of academic rigor; this is a difficult balance to strike, and Jane navigated that terrain with dexterity.
My book proposal unquestionably benefited from her professional and intellectual perspective, and I fully intend to work with Jane again in the years to come. I would recommend the full gamut of Jane’s editing and coaching services with total and unreserved enthusiasm!
Over the 6 months I worked with Jane, I made steady progress on my projects and accomplished my stated goals without feeling overwhelmed.Graduate Student
I decided to work with Jane because I had different types of writing projects that I was trying to manage simultaneously. I knew I needed some help to develop strategies so that I made progress on them all.
One of the most effective strategies I’ve learned from Jane has been to break up big projects into small weekly goals. Jane worked with me to identify realistic goals and was a source of unending support as I struggled with developing healthy writing habits. Our bi-weekly meetings were a highlight as I always felt less stressed after chatting with her!
Now you can get the support that you’ve always needed,
but never known where to find…
Introducing Productivity Pipeline:
A personalized, one-on-one coaching program that helps ambitious academics like you transform your relationship with writing. So you can open up your Word document and actually feel excited—
confident that you’re getting the most out of the time you put in
- Now you can get the concrete, practical tips you need to get the work done AND the emotional support you need to stay sane as you complete your writing projects, faster–and with more confidence–than ever before.
- Now there’s someone dedicated to helping you work through the mental and emotional blocks that have been holding you back: the anxiety, the perfectionism, the Imposter Syndrome, and the guilt whenever you take any time off for self-care.
- Now you’re accountable to someone for your goals and the time you spend working towards them. You have access to a coach who can help you create functional strategies to use your writing time as efficiently as possible.
So you can now use those functional strategies to:
- Take that half-finished manuscript out of your desk, dust it off, and get ready to see it submitted
- Fiiiinally finish and submit those two papers that have been “almost ready” for far too long because just thinking about them stressed you out
- Roll up your sleeves and get ready to break that mammoth task – “Write my book” – into manageable chunks that don’t make you wish you’d never submitted your book proposal in the first place
Now you can experience the fulfillment and satisfaction that come from making progress towards your professional goals with a sustainable writing practice that doesn’t feel like it’s taking over your life.
Now you can stop…
…pivoting from one project to the next, with 13 different Word documents open on your screen, making tiny bits of progress on all of them.
…berating yourself that you should be working on the rare occasions you take time off.
…feeling anxious all the time about the writing that you should be doing, but aren’t: whether because you have so many other personal and professional obligations or because you’re human and, hey, sometimes you just need. a. break.
You’re under enormous pressure to publish a huge body of work.
Productivity Pipeline gives you the strategies, accountability, and support you need to meet the requirements for tenure.
Tailored to your individual needs.
By a former tenure-track professor who knows how the game is played.
Productivity Pipeline is a six-month, one-on-one coaching program that includes:
Instant Clarity in a 75-minute Initial Coaching Session
We’ll start off by getting clear on exactly which barriers are standing between you and the accomplishments you’re working towards.
Because just like you need to conduct a literature review before starting new research, we need to get a sense of where you are now in order to understand what needs to change.
As a result of this initial conversation, you’ll get:
- Immediate relief from the stress and anxiety of feeling like you have to manage everything yourself
- Insight into where all your time is going and what needs to change for you to move your projects forward, and
- Clarity about the obstacles and limiting beliefs that are really holding you back
Your Personalized & Prioritized Publication Plan
To create your Publication Plan, we’ll identify the manuscripts you’d like to publish and develop an itemized list of all the tasks you need to achieve in order to prepare for and polish off those projects.
This list will become the syllabus that you follow over the next 6 months; refer to it regularly to know the big picture goal you’re working towards at any given time.
How will it make your life easier?
- You can stop worrying that you’re not doing enough and actually enjoy some downtime because everything you need to achieve is already in this plan!
- You’ll experience less anxiety about not meeting the requirements for tenure: We’ll establish your publication goals and iterate on this plan as needed to make sure you stay on track.
- You can confidently make plans for the next 2–3 years because you’ve got a sense of both the short-term tasks you need to get done and the long-term accomplishments they’re tied to.
Your Winging-It-Was-Yesterday Writing Schedule:
Once we’ve created your Publication Plan, we’ll translate your big projects into reasonably-sized blocks of time in your calendar. Clear daily tasks and small weekly goals will help you stay motivated and maintain your momentum.
Why will this practice change the way you work?
- Once you’ve achieved a small goal like “write 250 words”, you can take a short break to recharge without guild you might find that you now have the momentum to keep going; either way, you can check that task off your list without anxiety.
- Suddenly, blocks of writing time are everywhere, even on days when you don’t have long to devote to your writing (because you’ve got already class, then a faculty meeting, then office hours, and a committee meeting to chair).
- When each step of your writing process is scheduled into your calendar, the time that’s meant to be yours can actually be yours: you can go to that evening yoga class or surprise your friends by saying “yes!” to a Saturday brunch, calm in the knowledge that it’s OK to be taking time off.
The Accountability You’ve Always Wanted: Six Months of Bi-weekly Coaching Calls
These 30-minute calls are where the practical tips of your Publication Plan and your Writing Schedule come together with the personalized support you can only get from working with someone one-on-one.
Twice a month, we’ll connect via video chat to discuss your progress, identify recurring obstacles, and make revisions to your writing plan as necessary.
Need to talk through an argument you’re struggling to formulate?
Want an outside perspective on whether or not your ideas are translating onto the page?
Need permission to close your office door without feeling like you’re being rude to a chatty colleague?
We can use these coaching calls to talk about your progress, your challenges, your fears and your anxieties. What you’re proud of having accomplished in the last two weeks and what you’re still stumbling over.
When you’re falling behind, I’ll be firm but fair as I dish out the tough love. When you’re feeling hopeless, you can lean on me for moral support; I’ll remind you how much you’ve already accomplished.
I’m the accountability partner who’ll never ghost you, the academic peer who’ll give you feedback on your work with no expectation of reciprocity.
There’s no other course, club, or resource in the academic world that provides you with the same level of personalized support. Even though your job is structured in such a way as to more or less demand it.
The academic world is full of double binds and (seemingly) impossible situations—for all young academics, but especially women of color. I know this, and because I’ve been there, I’m uniquely prepared to help you Houdini your way out them.
This program is designed to address ALL of the obstacles you face in getting your work done.
So here’s the reality a calm, collected Future You is begging you to walk towards:
- Twice a month, there’s someone waiting to hear if you’ve done what you said you would do two weeks ago: almost all of my clients tell me that this aspect of the program alone keeps them motivated to make real progress towards their goals.
- You have someone who can be a sounding board for your ideas, so it’s so much easier to order your thoughts, formulate your arguments, and figure out how you want to proceed. As a result…
- You experience regular “light bulb moments”, where you walk away from our calls thinking “Wow, that was so simple once I said it out loud.”
- I’m there to keep you focused on the work that really matters, steering you towards the tasks that will help you achieve your goals with questions like: “I hear you saying that this is a priority—are you taking any steps to move it forward?” and “Are you sure you want to spend so much time on X when your long-term goal is Y?”
- I’ve been where you are so I know what the job is—you don’t have to explain how difficult it is to balance all of your responsibilities, nor do you need to figure out how you’re going to translate your ideas into terms I’ll understand.
In addition, when you sign up for Productivity Pipeline, you also get:
Front-of-the-line access to my editing services
I offer developmental editing, manuscript evaluation, and copyediting services to academics in the humanities and social sciences. But as my business grows and shifts towards helping busy academics through programs like Productivity Pipeline, I’m limiting the number of editing clients I accept.
As a Productivity Pipeline client, you’ll enjoy priority access to these services, so that you can submit your work for publication knowing that your writing and your arguments are as strong as they can possibly be.
Here’s how this will help you submit your writing sooner:
- Because I’m not just any editor, but a sociologist, and because – thanks to our work together – I’ll have unparalleled insight into your research, there’s no one else as qualified to edit your manuscripts.
- I can assist at all levels and at all stages in the writing process: from line editing to helping you craft a cohesive narrative
- Handing your work off for edits is progress in and of itself—I ensure not only that your writing is coherent, but also that you’re clearly articulating the contribution you’re making to your field
**Please note: While Productivity Pipeline gives you priority access to my academic editing services, editing itself is not included in this program.
Free membership to my online community, Simple Productivity.
Simple Productivity is an online group coaching program that provides clear, focused support to help you write regularly.
With daily writing prompts, weekly virtual writing sessions, and live monthly trainings, plus access to an online community of academics just like you, Simple Productivity helps you stay on track with your Writing Plan in the time between our Coaching Calls.
Why this will soon become your online refuge:
- You’ve got a place to go online (that’s not Facebook 🙏🏽) when you need an instant boost of motivation or just want to share your accomplishments with a group of people who get what you’re going through.
- The weekly virtual writing sessions are the perfect opportunity to set aside a chunk of non-negotiable writing time every week.
- In the live monthly trainings, I respond to any common themes that are coming up in the group: in these sessions, you can learn new strategies to stay on track and the live, group format helps combat the sense of isolation that often comes with intensive work in front of your screen.
Consistent accountability via my online coaching platform
Use my online coaching platform to track your daily progress and keep your actions aligned with your weekly goals. Use it as a central location to log your progress every day, journal on your accomplishments, and keep a record of where you’re still getting stuck.
How it’ll help you stay on track:
- We’ll create customized metrics based on the habits you’re trying to build, and you can come here to see quantifiable proof that you’re making progress towards them.
- Based on our coaching calls, I’ll create “Actions” for you to complete. These represent the concrete tasks that make up your larger goals – all tied to deadlines – so you know exactly what you’re supposed to be working on.
- I’ll check on your progress before each coaching call so that we’re using our time together efficiently. This means there’s no recap necessary: I’m up to date from the start, and we can start troubleshooting immediately.
If one part of you wants in already, and the other part just wants to hear the price—first, ask yourself this…
What would it mean for your day-to-day wellbeing if your writing practice was characterized by confidence and clarity?
How would your workday flow if you had a writing schedule
you were sticking to consistently?
What if every time you sat down to work, you were clear on what you had to do and believed with 100% conviction that you were focusing on the right thing?
And what if – when you weren’t working – you actually felt calm?
Today, the idea of experiencing those emotions might seem completely unrealistic…
But tomorrow, you could already be a little bit closer to making that fantasy come true, thanks to…
The only one-on-one coaching program designed to give tenure-track professors personalized support. So that you can make consistent progress towards your publication goals—without getting paralyzed by deadlines and expectations.
This unique offer includes: instant clarity with an Initial Coaching Call, a customized Publication Plan, and Writing Schedule so that you’re always on track, and consistent, personalized support with 6 months of bi-weekly Individual Coaching Calls…
for just 6 monthly payments of $900
When you sign up for Productivity Pipeline, you also get front-of-the-line access to my academic editing services, free access to my online membership community, Simple Productivity, and daily journal prompts, and motivation on my online coaching platform.
Ready to go from overwhelmed to on the ball?
Click the button above to book a 20-minute consultation call and
find out if Productivity Pipeline is right for you.
Here’s what else can go right when you accept one-on-one support to help you feel confident and calm as you work towards your tenure goals:
→ You learn how to manage bossy and demanding co-authors, set proper boundaries with students and colleagues, and take ownership of your research, all of which feel pretty damn good.
→ You feel like you’re on vacation for the first time in 8 years after your coach bans you from working on your manuscript for 30 days—and then you experience what it’s like to quiet the constant conversations in your head.
→ You enjoy the calming effect of having someone’s undivided attention focused on listening to where you are and helping you solve your unique problems.
→ You stop resenting your partner and your colleagues for not being able to give you the feedback you’re looking for when you come to them with your frustrations.
→ You have space to reflect on your progress, so your ability to course-correct on your own naturally improves.
→ You always have a sense of how the work you’re doing this week fits into your bigger plan, so it’s easier to feel like you’ve got life under control.
→ You rediscover the pleasure you used to take in having (gasp!) hobbies, like reading fiction or spending time outside.
Click the button above to book a 20-minute consultation call and
find out if Productivity Pipeline is right for you
Productivity Pipeline is exactly the kind of personalized support you need if:
- You’re starting a new faculty job and need some help adding structure to your routine—and you want to make sure you’re making strategic decisions about what to prioritize from the very beginning.
- You’re the lead on a number of projects, which you prioritize at the expense of progress on your own solo-author publications. And now, even though publishing is more important than ever, your writing time keeps getting bumped.
- You don’t have a problem making time for work or being productive, but you don’t always prioritize the RIGHT projects; that is, you tend to focus on small projects with short-term results, rather than the larger, longer projects that require more work but come with an exponential payoff.
- You’re finally ready to make a plan AND stick to it! But you need someone to hold you accountable because you have a tendency to stall when the writing gets tough.
- You’re coming up to your third year as a tenure-track assistant professor, but you still haven’t been able to effectively and consistently prioritize your writing. So you’ve got several unfinished writing projects fighting for your attention.
- You’re already feeling burnt out and the thought of what it will take to bring your projects to completion gives you an instant sense of overwhelm. And a headache.
- You’ve recognized that your lack of productivity around writing is not just a technical problem—there are emotional issues that are stalling you too. You need someone with experience to identify the blocks that are keeping you stuck and help you work through them so that you can move forward.
With the time-crunch of the tenure clock constantly on your mind, and a full plate of professional responsibilities to manage before your writing time even gets scheduled in, it’s hard to find the time or the space to calmly assess your daily schedule and figure out the best ways to structure your time.
Your department would like you to increase the frequency with which you publish; your family would love it if you’d spend more of your evenings at home.
Meanwhile, you’re anxious and stressed as you deal with the triple-threat fear that you’re:
- Not working efficiently enough,
- Not producing enough, quickly enough, and therefore,
- Not reaching your full potential as an academic because you’re too overwhelmed by making sure that you meet all. the. deadlines.
It’s completely normal for this all to feel like too much for one person to handle.
When you sign up for Productivity Pipeline, you no longer have to do it all alone.
Click the button above to book a 20-minute consultation call and
find out if Productivity Pipeline is right for you
Assistant Professor, Research University
I felt like I was flailing, and then Jane gave me a plan.
That’s when I realized I could’ve flailed for another year
without anything to show for it if I hadn’t joined
My scheduling and planning processes are transformed…Assistant Professor
I was initially unsure about joining Productivity Pipeline as it seemed like a lot of money to spend, but talking to Jane in our initial phone consultation convinced me. And it was absolutely the right decision.
In the 6 months I worked with Jane, she showed me how to tackle a variety of writing problems as they came up and taught me some transferable skills to take forward with me. She offered both support and accountability (and I produced a huge amount of writing in that time). My scheduling and planning processes are transformed, and I feel much more positive about my writing and about how I use my available time.
Best of all Jane’s strategies are practical, flexible and individualised rather than one-size-fits all. I absolutely recommend her to anybody looking for writing coaching – you won’t regret it!
Working with Jane was wonderful. Not only did she help me feel more positive about my research, based on our work together, I was able to disentangle the stress of working in my institution/department from the aspects of my job I really enjoy.
It’s been a wonderful learning experience that I’m grateful to have had at the beginning of my career. I hope to be able to continue working with Jane into the future.
When you work with Jane, you feel supported and understood…
I had a little hesitation in seeking out a productivity coach because I knew I was already motivated and productive (just not always on the right things), so I wasn’t sure how this would benefit me.
However, I’m glad I did because, thanks to our bi-weekly coaching calls and the concrete tips Jane shared, I’ve completely shifted my perspective on how I approach my work, the time I give to each item, and what I prioritize.
By the end of our time together, I had considerably whittled down the number of projects I was carrying and re-oriented my perspective to actively view my biggest project as my priority. I am now nearing completion.
When you work with Jane, you feel supported and understood because she takes the time to understand the totality of the work you are juggling and then checks in with you consistently over an extended period of time.
I looked forward to our bi-weekly conversations because I knew I could count on her to both boost my confidence and give me an honest opinion.
If you feel like you don’t have the time or the energy to get yourself out of a rut or push yourself to the next level, allow Jane to take the lead! You’ll be glad you did.
Questions other academics like you have asked before they joined Productivity Pipeline and finally got personalized support
I’m already motivated and productive (I just don’t always focus on the right things)—will this program still benefit me?
Yes! In fact, if you’ve already got intrinsic motivation and strong work habits, you’ll probably see particularly powerful results.
Because you’ve already got a strong foundation, we can use our time together to drill deep into the habits that are still holding you back.
We can find out exactly where there are inefficiencies in your current writing routine, so that you’re always getting the most out of the time you’re putting in.
Not only will we harness your existing work ethic to help you reach your goals faster – and with less flailing – we’ll also look at how you might be burning yourself out by overworking, and where you might be better off just taking some time for self-care.
What if I sign up for this program and I still can’t get it together enough to write?
Honestly, I won’t let that happen.
The stages of this program are structured in such a way that we methodically break down the barriers between you and the writing schedule that will get you to your goals.
But while automated online courses and large self-study programs move on to the next module whether or not you’re keeping up with the class, the bi-weekly coaching calls included in Productivity Pipeline mean that if you’re still feeling stuck, week after week, we can dig deep into what’s going on beneath the surface.
Doesn’t hiring a coach suggest I can’t hack it on my own?
Hm, doesn’t continuing to struggle suggest that somewhat more strongly?
If hiring a coach means that you’re now writing regularly, with confidence and clarity, and meeting all your deadlines, both personal and externally imposed, how could it possibly suggest that you’re less qualified for your job?
And – sorry to keep answering your question with more questions – but if hiring a coach helps you fulfill your job requirements, reach all your publication goals, improve your mental health AND create balance in your life… How can it be anything but an indication that you’re a sensible professional who knows when to ask for help?
I’ve tried tons of productivity tools, apps and hacks before—how is this any different?
I’ve studied a lot of the productivity tools, apps and hacks out there, so here’s my take:
Some work, some don’t, but most often it’s not the tool or app that’s the cause of the failure.
It’s inconsistent application of the strategy – and moving on to the next tool before the habit’s had a chance to form – that’s to blame for your lack of results.
Luckily, there’s no chance of you quitting too soon this time.
Because I’ll be checking in regularly to make sure you stay consistent.
I’m already as busy as Beyoncé pre-Coachella— how much of my time will this program require?
You’ll be amazed by how much we can accomplish in very little time.
This program is as streamlined as it can be to get such impactful results because I know my clients are all very busy people.
At the same time, it includes regular check ins via our bi-weekly coaching calls and your access to the Simple Productivity membership community.
And, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, even more reason to sign up!
Because once we’ve finished your Publication Plan and set you up with your Writing Schedule, you’ll be working more efficiently than ever and frequently finding time to squeeze in another 250 words OR head downtown for that evening yoga class you haven’t been to in a year.
I haven’t had my coffee yet—Can you remind me again what’s included in Productivity Pipeline?
Sure, here you go:
When you sign up for Productivity Pipeline, you’ll enjoy…
- The immediate clarity of an Initial Coaching Call to help address your most urgent productivity roadblocks
- A done-for-you Publication Plan and Writing Schedule to help you stay on top of all your deadlines and make sure your daily activities line up with your priorities
- Six months of personalized, one-on-one coaching to help you work through the fear, anxiety, depression and overwhelm that are endemic in academia, in the form of our bi-weekly coaching calls.
My Productivity Pipeline clients also get:
- Front-of-the-line access to my academic editing services
- Free access to my membership community, Simple Productivity, where you’ll get daily writing prompts, weekly virtual writing sessions, and live monthly trainings, and
- Free access to my online coaching platform, where you can track your progress, make sure you’re focusing on high-impact tasks, and reflect on what’s keeping you stuck so that we can troubleshoot efficiently on our next call.
Ready to go from overwhelmed to on the ball?
Click the button above to book a 20-minute consultation call and
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Productivity Pipeline is not for everyone:
Because this coaching program is one on one, over a six month period, I have to be selective about who I work with to save my own sanity and ensure you get the best results.
You’re the perfect candidate for Productivity Pipeline if:
You’re a tenure-track professor in a department that demands a rigorous publication schedule.
You want to write and are writing, but you need to work on managing your time, managing your thoughts about your work, and dealing with your overwhelm.
You have ambitious goals when it comes to your impact, and you’re passionate about your research.
You’re an overachiever who needs someone to help you stay focused on the work that really matters, while setting reasonable boundaries for your time.
You’re willing to take action and implement your Publication Plan, show up for our Coaching Calls, and make every effort to stick to your Writing Schedule.
You can handle constructive feedback:
My clients say I bring the perfect balance of encouragement and tough love. I’m firm but fair, and I don’t mince words.
You’re particularly encouraged to apply if:
You’re a woman of color scholar who’s been dealing with intersectional inequality within your institution.
Your field of study is sociology, another of the social sciences, or the humanities.
You’re going to have to give this one a pass if:
You’re a Ph. D student who needs help working on your dissertation.
It’s been six months since you’ve written as much as a paragraph.
You’re looking for some kind of breakthrough to help you fall back in love with your work.
Your productivity problems are the result of being recalcitrant and avoiding the work that really matters.
You think showing up on our calls is enough or that paying for support means I’m going to do the hard work for you.
You’re looking for one of those coaches who spends 8 sessions guiding you to an epiphany that you have to discover on your own—if you’re on the tenure track, we don’t have time for that!
You should definitely look elsewhere if:
You already know you’re going to keep doing the same thing you’re doing now, but you’re looking for someone who’ll nod and say “Mhm, I see” at regular intervals while you talk about your work.
You’re not willing to do anything that makes you feel even slightly uncomfortable. You’re coming to me to change your habits—do you know what happens to a caterpillar in the cocoon?
Most productivity coaching for academics takes one of two extremes:
Either the angle is along the lines of:
“Everything is awful and academia is a shit show”
or it’s based on this unspoken agreement:
“Let’s all just ignore the fact that academia has some serious structural problems:
*cough* inequality *cough* sexism.”
In contrast, as someone who played the game, then left the league, I acknowledge that no matter what I think of academia, my clients want the job they have and they’ve worked really hard to get it.
My job is to simply to honor that, and to help you navigate the challenges you face in a particularly complex work environment – where many of the rules are unspoken – by offering you personalized support based on the unique challenges of your situation.
This is the kind of support you won’t find anywhere else
(especially not inside the academy)
Productivity Pipeline is the only one-on-one coaching program created by a former tenure-track professor for tenure-track professors. Designed to give you personalized support as you work towards your publication goals, from someone who understands the unique challenges of academic life.
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Perish → Pick a Different Career
There’s no way around it: Writing is a fundamental part of your career as an academic.
Whether you choose to make a change or not, you’re STILL going to have to produce an unholy amount of pages in the next 3, 5, 10 and 25 years…
So here’s what your future could look like:
If you say yes to Productivity Pipeline
In 3 days… You can hardly believe it, but you’re already enjoying the feeling of sitting down at your desk because you know exactly what you have to do and when.
Meaning you can take Sunday off without feeling guilty because you know you’ll write that Abstract at 10:15 on Monday morning.
3 weeks from today…You’re confidently turning down obligations because you know exactly how much time you have and how much time you’ll need to accomplish your goals.
You’re now writing on a more regular schedule and it’s given you the confidence that you CAN get things done.
Your colleagues have noticed the change in how you carry yourself, and you’re assertively defining professional boundaries.
Three months after saying yes to Productivity Pipeline…Every task you intentionally undertake is clearly tied to your long-term professional development.
You’re on your way to completing one of the major goals we defined at the beginning of our collaboration.
You’re now a pro at estimating how much time you actually need to get work done. So when you have an hour to write, you know which tasks you can accomplish. And you’re confident you’re putting that time to the best possible use.
By the time six months have gone by… You approach your writing projects with confidence.
Like Lizzo strutting onto the stage, you sit down to write knowing that this is where you shine.
You don’t feel as overwhelmed by your list of tenure requirements because you’ve got the techniques to break them down into manageable chunks.
You can effectively juggle multiple projects —and manage both overly needy and unresponsive co-authors.
You’re calmer. Your work is still challenging – that’s why you love it – but it’s no longer scary.
You’re no longer writing up to the deadline every time. You’re choosing your writing times and topics intentionally, and as a result, you’re happier.
If you put off getting the help you need
In 3 days… You open up the manuscript you’re working on and feel that familiar mix of dread and overwhelm wash over you.
You try to focus, but your mind keeps going back down the spiral of:
“What if I don’t finish on time?”
3 weeks from today…Your stress levels are the same—if not higher, and for some reason, you just said yes to yet another commitment that’s only going to cut further into your writing time.
You try to squeeze in a writing session whenever you get more than 5 minutes together, but without a clear structure or focus, these attempts don’t seem to result in much you can use.
Three months after nothing changed…You still haven’t learned how to say no, so you’re overburdened with work that isn’t going to help you move forward in your career.
You’re missing deadlines (both the ones you set for yourself AND those that are externally imposed), which has you on the back foot, asking for extensions and feeling miserable about your abilities as a writer.
Your work consumes you around the clock, including weekends. Whether you’re actively working on it or not, it’s always on your mind.
By the time six months have gone by… The feeling that your project management skills may have put your career in jeopardy is becoming increasingly acute.
Other feelings you’re currently experiencing include:
>> Burn out
You’ve received an ominous email from your Head of Department about “the pace at which you’re fulfilling your publication requirements” and the thought of confessing that you’re hardly any further along than you were six months ago honestly makes you feel physically ill.
You’d give anything not to be in this situation, but no matter what solution you turn to now, you’ll never be able to get back the last 6 months.
It’s OK that you didn’t know about this type of service before—
nobody in academia is talking about it!
But now that you do know it exists, it’s up to you to decide whether you want to maintain the status quo… or shake things up by bringing me on as your productivity partner.
There’s just no point in asking yourself for the millionth time, “Why didn’t they teach me this in grad school?!”
The fact is, you’re here now, and the choice is yours:
Keep waking up wondering how you’re going to get everything done, day after day, after day. Or initiate a change, right now, when you…
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