Hi, I’m Dr. Kate!
I’m Dr. Kate Henry (née Litterer), a Productivity Coach and independent scholar who specializes in sustainable and well-being-oriented productivity. My research focuses on making productivity more accessible and actionable for knowledge workers, including undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs and professors, and creatives and writers.
Through my “Slow Productivity” approach, I combine my research and practice of productivity, intentionality, and mindfulness, offering clients and readers tangible steps to achieve success on their own terms. As I say in my book Tend to It: A Holistic Guide to Intentional Productivity, productivity simply means completing the tasks you intend to complete, and I know that it is possible to be productive without feeling overwhelmed or overworked.
My passion for making productivity accessible was sparked by my own development of chronic illness in 2017, which led me to rebuild my personal productivity practices through researching, experimenting, and publishing weekly on my blog “The Tending Year.” I help others develop more intentional productivity practices through 1:1 coaching, workshops, courses, and my Intentionally Productive Scholars Program.
I live in Boston, Massachusetts with my spouse, two Maine Coon cats, and one elderly chihuahua. In my spare time, I love to practice yoga, make collages, read fiction, cook new recipes, and listen to classical and jazz music.
read & listen
Listen to my podcast interviews:
- The Slow Home Podcast: “Slow Productivity with Dr. Kate Litterer”
- Here to Thrive: “Kate Litterer on Productivity: How to Do Less & Achieve More”
- Very Excellent Habits: “How to Be Productive Even When You Feel Like Garbage with Kate Litterer”
- The Embodied Business Podcast: “Breaking Free From Productivity Culture with Kate Litterer”
- The PhD Life Raft Podcast: “Goal Setting for PhD Students with Kate Litterer”
Read my articles and book:
- “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.
- Tend to It: A Holistic Guide to Intentional Productivity. Book.
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