Pique Emails

  • How to Stop Procrastinating + Start Focusing During COVID-19 (with Sail)

    Thank you so much for attending the How to Stop Procrastinating + Start Focusing During COVID-19 workshop with Sail and Pique Coaching!

    Here is a quick recap of what we discussed:

    • Procrastination is an action that stems from a feeling, which is created by a thought.
    • We must build awareness of the thought –> feeling –> action loop in order to make any changes.
    • Deep work — a block of 60+ minutes of focused work — is the antidote to procrastination. (It increases focus, but it also requires you to face yourself and all of your emotions head on.) 

    Here are a few resources that I mentioned that you might find valuable moving forward:

    You can also download the presentation slides below:

    How to Stop Procrastinating and Start Focusing During COVID-19


  • LinkedIn: Building Your Personal Board of Directors

    Thank you so much for attending the Building Your Personal Board of Directors workshop!

    Here are a few resources that you might find valuable moving forward:

    You can also download the presentation slides below:

    LinkedIn Nonprofit Sales Team Workshop


  • Want to become a life coach? Here’s my spiel

    Hi there!

    Interested in pursuing a career as a life coach? I’ll start by saying this: It’s the best decision I’ve ever made. I love every single day, even the hard as hell ones. (There are plenty of them!)

    I get asked a lot of the same questions by those considering a life coaching career, so I thought I’d compile my answers in one handy place.

    Did you do a certification?

    Yes! I’m certified by The Life Coach School. I absolutely loved it and have no doubt that it was the right decision. It wasn’t perfect, but I’m so, so glad I did it.

    I learned to become exactly the kind of coach I want to be, and I learned to self-coach, which is a skill that I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life, even if I ever switch careers. (Unlikely…)

    Should I get certified at The Life Coach School?

    If you buy into the idea of The Model, then it might be the right fit.

    If you can’t get onboard with the following, it likely won’t be a fit for you (100% of the work in the program is based on this):

    • Circumstances are the neutral facts of your life.
    • Thoughts are sentences in your head, in response to circumstances.
    • Feelings are vibrations in your body, created by thoughts.
    • Actions are what you do or don’t do, fueled by your feelings.
    • Results are the outcomes of your actions, and always create evidence for your original thought.

    What other certifications are out there?

    I find Co-Active Coaching interesting, but you’ll have to do your own digging — there are a ton of options.

    This is the criteria that I used: Do I find the coaching program’s free content unique, original, valuable, interesting, and in integrity with my values? When I listened to The Life Coach School podcast, it was a hell yes for me.

    I figured if I wasn’t hooked by the free content, I didn’t want to give them my money 🙂

    Do I need a certification? 

    No, you can coach without one. In fact, I see many people hold themselves back from starting, because they think they need to be certified.

    I highly recommend getting certified, but don’t use it as a reason not to get started. 

    Here’s why I recommend getting certified:

    • It teaches you how to coach (in my opinion, you can’t learn the mechanisms of how to coach just by being coached yourself).
    • It ensures that you have financial skin in the game.
    • It’s a humbling process that I don’t think you get when you go it alone.
    • You meet incredible people.
    • You can self-teach, but a certification program shortens your learning curve a ton. 

    Any other pieces of advice about certification?

    Glad you asked 😉 Go all in on the decision. I truly believe that’s why I had such a tremendous experience at LCS: I made the decision and committed to it 100%.

    I committed to showing up at every single class, doing every single assignment, coaching myself before every class, and getting as much outside coaching as possible. 

    I never looked at another certification program again. (What’s the point?)

    Lastly, if you’re on the fence, check out these decision making tools

    How should I get started?

    Start by coaching yourself. You’re your best client. Design a program for yourself that solves your #1 challenge in your life. 

    Then coach anyone who will let you coach them. And hire a coach, so that you can see the work in action. (How shameless would it be if I plug my offerings here?) 

    More questions?

    I invite you to shoot me an email. (Heads up that because of the volume of inquiries, I’ll only respond to those who have shown that they’ve read through this post and are asking questions that can’t be found on Google!) 


  • Why I don’t give personalized recommendations via email (even though I want to)

    A little story

    Once a time, I used to respond personally to each and every email I got from people telling me the #1 challenge they were experiencing in their life.

    Procrastination. Focus. Overwhelm. Clutter. Getting distracted.

    I poured time, energy, and love into it. And I LOVED it, truly.

    It gave me an opportunity to listen, problem solve, condense my best advice into bite-sized chunks, and give free value, before anyone had even paid me any money. 

    Some people responded to my emails, engaged with the exercises I gave them, got incredible quick wins, and became paying clients, who invested in themselves through coaching. 

    Lesson learned

    But the vast majority — about 90% of people — never responded to my initial email or my follow ups. 

    It bummed me out, but I learned such an important lesson: As a general rule, people need to have skin in the game — in the form of time, money, and energy — in order to get results.

    No skin in the game meant no incentive to respond, and I learned that I can’t be more invested in someone’s success than they are.

    Here’s the truth: I have no doubt that you and I could get results together. I’m that confident. I’d love the chance to prove it, and I’d love for you to give yourself the gift of taking massive action toward creating the life you want, by making a financial investment. 

    Your next steps

    The easiest (and cheapest) first step is to grab the guide for how to get into a deep work state in 15 minutes, for a cool $27. You’ll get written coaching from me there. 

    Feeling bold? (Apparently I am, too!) Then head here to learn about the three ways that we can work together more intensively

    Can’t wait to connect! 



  • How to find your passion in 8 easy steps*

    How to find your passion in 8 easy steps* ebook

    *Okay, I admit it: this is the world’s most clickbait-y title ever. 

    But it’s the story that the world has sold you — that finding your passion is easy, a copy-and-paste formula, and that you probablyyyy should have done it already.

    What do you say we try a different approach? 

    Let me start by breaking this down. 

    Almost no one “finds” their passion by thinking constantly about how they don’t have one. 

    Likewise, almost no one “finds” their passion just by doing exercises or worksheets — these are a great start, but they’re safe and passive.

    I put quotes on “find” because using the word “find” implies that your passion already exists; you just need to find it. For most people I speak to, this line of thinking doesn’t lead to energized, directed action. It leads to a feeling of discouragement (“Why haven’t I found it yet?”) or even entitlement (“The world should have presented it to me by now,” though usually stated in more subtle words.) 

    People feel like they’re smart, which means they should have nailed this by now. 

    And — almost worst of all — people think they’re alone in not having a passion. At every age and with every gender, people are convinced that they’re the only ones struggling with “finding” their passion.

    Lastly, we’ve been fed a story about passion. ← See that? Singular. What if your passion isn’t singular; it’s vast and innumerable?

    So, what do I recommend? I do actually have an 8-step process for you, but know it’s not easy and it requires you to customize it for your life.

    Ready? Download the 10-page ebook below.


  • Monday Hour One for Business Owners

    Monday Hour One?

    I’ve always considered myself a pretty productive person — I kept an organized calendar, I had a running to-do list that I moved through pretty quickly; and I was quick to take action.

    That is, until I found out about and eventually implemented Monday Hour One, a system introduced to me during my life coach certification program.

    I was, as the kids say, shooketh. I swear I’m now 10 times as productive. 

    It’s tempting to think of this as just a time management system, but in my opinion, it’s so much more than that. It takes into account your thoughts, feelings, actions, and results; not just your actions, like many other systems. Put another way, it gets you to the root cause of your productivity struggles; it doesn’t just solve for the symptoms. 

    Here’s what’s changed since I adopted Monday Hour One: 

    • Instead of being at the whim of my moods, I started planning ahead and sticking to my plans, no matter what. 
    • Instead of filling up all of my time with low-priority items first, I learned to plan backwards, ensuring that the truly important things in my life got scheduled before anything else.
    • Instead of doing a bunch of random action steps that seemed like a good idea, I learned to first think about what results I wanted to create, then letting the action steps fall into place.  
    • Instead of letting tasks go on indefinitely, I learned to give myself time constraints for every task and project, and stick to them. 
    • Instead of thinking “I’ll just shove this one thing in,” I learned to respect my own time and hold myself to not going over 100% capacity. 
    • Instead of feeling low levels of daily chaos about how much I got done, I learned to trust that I got done exactly the right amount done.
    • Instead of worrying that things might not get done, I learned to rest assured that, if it was on my calendar, I could trust that it would get done.

    Let’s recap, in case I haven’t sold you on this yet (seriously?! You’re a tough cookie): 

    Before + after:

    Here’s what you can create

    All of that high-impact, important work that you know will move the needle, but never seems to get done? Done.

    Actually making massive progress towards the results you truly want? Done.

    All of the constant fire-fighting and chaos? Gone.

    Space for your self-care routine of choice, like morning pages, meditation, a nap, or a walk? Done.

    The feeling of not being fully on but also not being fully off, like (as one of my clients said) a light switch turned to dim, not providing much light, but still draining energy? Gone. 

    Here’s the “how”

    • Every single Monday morning, pull out a sheet of paper or Google Doc.
    • Set a timer for one hour.
    • Write “Result = ” at the top of your page. What result do you want to have by the end of the week and what action steps would make that result inevitable?
    • Write down the action steps you come up with, along with everything you need and want to do that week. (Like…everything, including breaks, personal tasks, down time, and lunch.)
    • Add in an hour on Friday where you can reflect on the week. What’s still lingering? What worked? What would you do differently next week? This is called Friday Hour Done.
    • Review your list: Is there anything currently on your list that you want to dump, delegate, or delay
    • For everything that you’re choosing to keep, allocate a set amount of time. Be the Goldilocks of time: Not so long that you can get distracted and half-ass it; not so short that you feel undue pressure. 
    • Then pull out your calendar and schedule your time blocks, using this question to figure out priority: “If I could do only one thing this week, what from this list would I do?” Schedule it, then ask, “If I could only do two things this week, what from this list would I do?” Repeat until everything on your list is scheduled. 

    Hold up! 

    Have you downloaded the guide for how to get into a deep work state in 15 minutes? Now’s the perfect time; you’re gonna need it. Go grab it, then head back here. 

    Prepare for the following

    Prepare to feel completely overwhelmed halfway through the Monday Hour One process. This is part of the process.

    (I swear to you—30 minutes in, every single time, I freak out and say, “There is NO WAY that I can possibly fit everything in.” But I do. Every single time. It’s a whole big drama.) 

    Know that you will absolutely make “mistakes” at the beginning. You’ll schedule too much or too little time for a task; you’ll forget that your boss always turns the hour-long meeting into an hour-and-a-half; you’ll forget to schedule breaks. That’s the process. That’s why you take time every week to learn and tweak. 

    Anticipate that you almost certainly won’t want to follow your shiny new plan. You’ll want to rebel; you’ll think “This is just too constraining,” and you’ll consider ditching it. Remember: That is part of the process, and you can get back on track in any moment.

    Lastly, when an inevitable interruption happens, don’t panic. You have the choice in any moment to accept, decline, or counter-offer. Exercise those three options liberally.

    My process + my personal preferences

    Want to see me actually do this process? Here’s a two-part screencast of me doing this process, for real:

    • Part 1 (5:42): After I gathered my list into one place (pulling from my ongoing Monday Hour One Google doc, plus my inbox), I allocate blocks of time for each task.
    • Part 2 (16:36): Actually putting the time blocks on my calendar.  

    (Heads up: This was a particularly jam-packed week; you don’t have to plan as much as I did.) 

    Here are a few things that I’ve learned are important, effective, and fun for me. Take what works; leave the rest!

    I front-load my mornings and my week, meaning that I’d rather work my ass off first thing in the morning and work less as the week goes on. 

    So, Mondays and Tuesdays are usually filled to the brim; Wednesdays are usually pretty full (with more work in the AM); and Thursdays and Fridays are less full, with the afternoons more free. 

    My non-negotiables: Sleep; at least three evening weeknights free from work and at least one free from anything scheduled; morning pages every day (with few exceptions). Meditations are becoming more non-negotiable. 

    I don’t do back-to-back calls. (It gives me flashbacks of being in an office watching everyone run late to their next meeting.) 

    One last note: your top 5 priorities

    If you haven’t done it already, I highly recommend working through the Top 5 Priorities Worksheet. It will help you get crystal clear on your top priorities in your life, which will make every single Monday Hour One session even more painless. 

    Ready to take this work even deeper, with my help?

    Head here to learn about the free, interactive 10-person Monday Hour One workshops that I host on a regular basis. 


  • The Fulfilling Five?

    In a recent blog post, I shared with you my story about being a reformed half-finished project person, and gave you 4 tips that you can implement immediately if your unfinished personal and professional projects are draining your mental energy.
    I’ve also been talking a lot about procrastination ’round these parts.
    You can think of it like this: Not all procrastinators are half-finishers, but all half-finishers are procrastinators. In this post, I’m speaking to the latter group: Half-finishers who procrastinate.

    One of the questions that I ask my clients is “How do you think you will feel when you complete these projects?”

    Let me pause here. Think of a project or two that you haven’t finished in your life yet. What do you think you’ll feel when they’re done?

    I heard the same set of feelings so often from my clients that I dubbed them The Fulfilling Five.*

    1. Accomplished
    2. Proud
    3. Satisfied
    4. Successful
    5. Confident

    These are the five most-cited feelings that people want to feel upon completing a big, daunting project that’s been looming over them — did you name one of them, by chance?

    Now, let this break your brain with why this is important: Everything that you want in life is because of how you think it will make you feel.

    I’ll leave you with these questions for you to explore on your own:

    1. What would change in your life if you learned how to create The Fulfilling Five feelings now, instead of only allowing yourself to feel those feelings when your projects are done?
    2. What if this is the game-changing shift you’ve been looking for, that will beat out willpower every single time?

    *Hat tip to AmyLee Westervelt for the help solidifying this name and concept. 


  • A one-word magic trick

    I’m thinking of you and I’m curious: What’s one word to describe your pandemic experience so far?

    When I ask this question in my virtual workshops, people come up with some really fascinating, creative answers. 

    That’s not the only one-word thing I’ve got up my sleeve.

    Last night, the Half-Finished to Done, LIVE group coaching program kicked off. There are 10 awesome people enrolled, who are all finished (pun intended) having half-finished projects cluttering their physical and mental space. They’re ready to complete those projects and unlock all of their untapped potential. It’s incredible to watch.

    I shared a one-word magic trick with them that I want to share with you, too.

    If you want to change something in your life, stop labeling yourself with a label that perpetuates the cycle you’re trying to break.

    “I’m a procrastinator.”

    “I’m a perfectionist.”

    “I’m not a morning person.”

    “I have a time management issue.”

    For many people, acknowledging their habits or preferences is a really important first step. It clicks for them and makes them feel like they understand a piece of their identity on a whole new level.

    But eventually, continuing to labeling yourself just perpetuates your self-fulfilling prophecy.

    Self-identified procrastinators procrastinate. Self-identified perfectionists seek perfection. “Not a morning person” people dread mornings. “Time management issue” people struggle with time.

    The first step of solving this challenge: Start tacking the word “Historically” to the front of your thought.

    “Historically, I’ve been a procrastinator.”

    “Historically, I’ve been a perfectionist.”

    “Historically, I haven’t been a morning person.”

    “Historically, I’ve had a time management issue.”

    Like one of my client said, it signals to your brain that change is possible. And as one of my teachers says, just imagining a different reality changes you. It’s the first step in change, always.


  • Procrastination archetype focus groups

    Have you ever had this experience? You take a personality test (maybe because a friend bugged you until you caved — that’s what happened with me and StrengthsFinder recently).

    You get to the end of the quiz and wait with bated breath for the results to drop into your inbox. As your eyes skim over the page, you feel unexpectedly emotional. Looking at your hyper-personalized results, you feel seen, understood, relieved.

    You suddenly get that all of your odd quirks, idiosyncrasies, and perceived flaws might actually not only make sense, but might serve you well in your life, if you work with them. 

    So, how does this connect to procrastination? You’ve heard me say it a million times by now: If you procrastinate, it’s not because you’re lazy or because you lack willpower. You just don’t understand your brain fully yet. You’re working against your brain; not with it. 

    You don’t understand what’s really driving you to procrastinate, so you can’t solve the problem. 

    What if I could help you understand? Allow me to present a little quid pro quo arrangement 🙂 

    I’m working on a procrastination archetype framework. I’m in the final stages of refining my theories 🤓 and I am looking to connect with individuals who are interested in test-driving the framework and giving me feedback. 

    Here’s what’s in it for you: 

    • Get free, live procrastination coaching from me in an intimate setting.
    • Understand yourself and your procrastination on a whole new level.
    • Be the first to get a sneak peek at the final procrastination archetypes framework. 
    • Karma points, since you’re helping me help others. (Imagine the positive ripple effects!) 
    • Free access to the Productivity Power Zone mini course, as my way of saying thank you to you.

    I invite you to sign up if you:

    • Identify as mid-career corporate professionals or entrepreneurs
    • Procrastinate in any of the following ways: Procrasti-learning, procrasti-cleaning, hemming and hawing over decisions, saying “I don’t know,” avoiding tasks with [insert your preferred procrastination method]. 
    • Know that your life would look different if you solved the issue of procrastination. 
    • Are willing to talk openly, give feedback, and engage on this topic with 4 other strangers, plus me. 

    Here are more details and the link to register:

    During the weeks of May 11-15 and May 18-22, I’ll be hosting 6 virtual focus groups, of up to 5 people. The sessions will be held on Zoom and will be 45 minutes long. Show up as casually as you’d like; it will be relaxed but wildly impactful. 

    Here are the dates and times (heads up that some may be full — everything on the calendar link below is up to date):

    • Tuesday, May 12 at 8am ET (7am CT, 6am MT, 5am PT) 
    • Wednesday, May 13 at 5pm ET (4pm CT, 3pm MT, 2pm PT)  
    • Friday, May 15 at 12pm ET (11am CT, 10am MT, 9am PT)
    • Tuesday, May 19 at 9am ET (8am CT, 7am MT, 6am PT)
    • Wednesday, May 20 at 4pm ET (3pm CT, 2pm MT, 1pm PT)
    • Thursday, May 21 at 12pm ET (11am CT, 10am MT, 9am PT)

    You can view the calendar and register for one of the focus groups here

    Would love to see you on one of the calls!


  • Your Productivity Power Zone

    Want a real brain breaker? 🤯

    Every single productivity challenge ever is just a combination of one or more of 4 challenges. 

    Let’s back up.

    When people sign up for my free guide for how to get into a deep work state in 15 minutes (grab it here, if you haven’t yet), they have the option to answer one additional question:

    What is the #1 challenge that you’re struggling with in your life right now?

    I’ve received hundreds of responses: Too much to do and too little time; I never finish projects; my house is a total disaster; everyone demands too much from me; I’m so overwhelmed; I’m always on to the next thing before I complete my current thing. And so on. 

    Can you relate?

    As the responses rolled in, I got to work categorizing and bucketizing them. 🤓 I searched for the common themes for months, until one day, it all clicked.

    There are only 4 elements we need to consider: Time, focus, priorities, and commitment. 

    If we solve for each of these in our lives, we find our Productivity Power Zone. And that’s where the magic happens: 

    Your Productivity Power Zone

    Want more? Grab the Productivity Power Zone mini course: