I am a post-boomer/pre-digital native who spends as much time online as off. Currently self-employed as a writer and productivity and happiness coach, I have worked in jobs ranging from bookstore owner to senior software product manager. When my work hasn’t centered on organization and effective flow, it has been anchored around the reading life, whether on the printed page or a glowing computer screen. A constant theme throughout has been streamlining processes to help achieve goals better, faster, and with more enjoyment along the way; in other words, increasing awesomeness.
I love applying my experience to help others put good practices into into use and and reach their goals. My reputation as a trusted resource and my practical, effective methods are the key to my success with a wide variety of clients.
Here's what some of my clients have said about the experience:
"I got more done and had more fun with one work session with Dinah than I had for the previous six months of procrastination and nail-biting. A year on, I'd achieved the goals we set out, and was still benefiting from the systems she put in place. She's awesome."
- Danny O'Brien, the "father of lifehacking"
"It's common sense that one hires a coach who is trustworthy and highly competent. After all, you are putting a lot of faith in this person's ability to solve your crises. But how do you know before the first session? I extensively interviewed four highly credible coaches before settling on Dinah Sanders. The service she delivered frankly blew my mind! This woman is astoundingly smart and perceptive. Her ability to cut through the several huge Gordian knots in my head in just minutes and to completely grasp concepts that I'd been struggling with for weeks (in some cases months!) was fantastic. I felt an enormous release of stress and consternation after spending time with her. Dinah Sanders has certainly found her true calling. I cannot recommend her highly enough."
- Wendy Keller, Senior Agent, author and public speaker, Keller Media
"Dinah's insight into ways I could increase my efficiency and decrease my stress has been invaluable. With her focused, practical and client-centered approach, my time spent on staying on top of my in box has decreased, leaving me able to spend more time on what I enjoy about running my own business. She also provides meaningful and timely follow ups, keeping me motivated and energized about ways to continually improve my law practice management skills."
- Colette Vogele, Founder, Vogele & Associates PC
"Dinah literally helped me get my priorities straight, and now I have a better sense of how each of my individual projects are helping me move in the right direction. I now feel like I have a system in place to make sure all of my projects are manageable, and that the little things don't fall through the cracks. Thanks Dinah!!"
- Lila Bailey, Counsel, ccLearn
"After meeting with Dinah, I felt like my business had undergone a productive angioplasty. Her suggestions were like stents, removing the obstructions and allowing productivity to flow more smoothly through the workplace. Bravo, Dinah!"
- Fil M., Business Owner
"With the growing number of digital formats we now use to communicate with each other, it is easy to get distracted from projects, planning, and time needed to give our brains a break so they can generate ideas. I am very glad I took a break from this constant hum of technology to sit down with Dinah last June (2009) to discuss bottlenecks in my level of productivity. Since our meeting, I have put many of the recommendations to use. I've reread my report a few times to make sure I refresh my resolve and act to improve my working style. At times, I fall into the same bad habits, but for the most part, I've met the majority of goals we identified and I am quite pleased to enter 2010 knowing that I've managed to stay focused on my main priorities."
- Anita D., Membership Development & Outreach Director
I created the holiday Discardia in 2002 and have been writing about its principles ever since, intensively with a Discardian tip a day during 2006, currently with active Discardia communities in Facebook and Twitter and a revived Discardia.com. My book, Discardia: More Life, Less Stuff, came out in September 2011.
I am a founding member of the blogging community, having launched my personal site, MetaGrrrl.com, in 1998 and acted as midwife to the word ‘blog’ in 1999, when I worked with the founders of Blogger.com.
In 1991 I was co-creator of Strafe’s Guide to Streetspeak and helped bring it to the web in 1997, making it if not the first cyberpunk slang dictionary, the first one online.
I have been a member of the advisory board for SXSW Interactive and a technology advisor and an adjunct professor for San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science (from which I received my M.L.I.S.)
Along with my interest in helping to define the next century of the movement born out of voluntary simplicity, uncluttering, and self-help, I write at varying lengths – from books to tweets – about history, technology, science, and classic cocktails and am currently working on two new books.