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Productivity Tips for Hybrid Working and Work from Home
with Paula Rizzo and Debra Eckerling

Friday, October 1, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Presented in partnership with the San Francisco Writers Conference.

This event is part of the "Mechanics of Writing" series. These activities are designed to inspire a rebirth of your creativity and productivity.

This event is being held virtually over Zoom. Please register via Eventbrite and the Zoom credentials will be sent to you when you register and a few days prior to the event. 

Questions? Contact Taryn Edwards, [email protected]

When was the last time you felt productive?

Do you feel like you spend all of your time on have-tos and never get around to the want-tos?

Are your responsibilities spinning out of control with no end – and no progress – in sight?

As we enter the next phase of the “no longer new” normal, it’s time to reassess, re-evaluate, and embrace a more productive lifestyle.

Join authors Paula Rizzo, Listful Living: A List-Making Journey to a Less Stressed You , and Debra Eckerling, Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals for a conversation on productivity. Rizzo and Eckerling will offer their take on the frequently asked questions they get on productivity, time management, and finding the elusive work-life balance.

Whether you continue to work from home or are entering a hybrid work-situation, one thing is certain: any shift in activity can lead to a change in routine. Changes in routine can lead to chaos. And chaos has a tendency to spiral. And no one wants that!

Let Paula and Debra guide you with their advice and insights, so you can discover how to make the most of your time!

About Paula Rizzo: Emmy award-winning TV producer Paula Rizzo is the founder of the productivity site and best-selling author of Listful Thinking: Using Lists to be More Productive, Highly Successful and Less Stressed, which has been translated into 15 languages and was featured as one’s “Self Help Books That Actually Help.” She’s also the author of Listful Living: A List-Making Journey to a Less Stressed You.

Paula is also a LinkedIn Learning instructor with several courses about productivity and optimizing work from home remote offices. She’s also a keynote speaker and has presented at Toyota, HOW Design Live, MA Conference for Women, New York Women in Communications, Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), American Society of Association Executives and many others. Go to for more.

About Debra Eckerling: Top goal-setting expert Debra Eckerling is the author of Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals, and Founder of The D*E*B Method, which is her system for goal-setting simplified. DEB stands for Determine Your Mission, Explore Your Options, Brainstorm Your Path, and focuses on that key first step: Figuring out what you want, so you can create achievable goals, make reasonable plans, and set yourself up for success.

Debra works with individuals and businesses to set goals and manage their projects through coaching, workshops, and online support. She is also the founder of Write On Online, as well as host of the #GoalChat Twitter chat and #GoalChatLive on Facebook. Debra speaks on the topics of goal-setting and productivity, work-life balance, social media, and networking, and has been featured at the Agorapulse Social Pulse Summit, Greater Los Angeles Writers Society conference series, 140 Conference, and more. Learn about Debra at

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