Hello, MoneyLangers! Happy Wednesday everyone! Today’s featured author for our weekly interview is Sharon Danzger. Our featured book, Super-Productive: 120 Strategies to Do More and Stress Less is one of the best selling books in Business and Money category.
As much as we want to make our introduction a little long, Ms. Sharon already did the introduction for this interview so we won’t be making this long. Please enjoy reading and don’t forget to share this with your friend!
GET TO KNOW THE AUTHOR
Name: Sharon Danzger
Background: I founded Control Chaos in 2006. As a productivity consultant, I provide group training and individual coaching.
My diverse background in financial services, non-profits, and small business enables me to offer a unique perspective on finding efficiency and balance. I tailor my approach to be industry specific and culturally focused based on my actual work and client experience.
I spent the early part of my career in financial services working for The Prudential Insurance Company of America. I spent time in a variety of areas including commercial real estate, underwriting, corporate social responsibility, and group insurance.
My work with non-profits has ranged from leadership development, governance, and training to financial analysis and oversight of an $18 MM budget.
I hold a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MS in Real Estate from New York University. I am also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU).
I have earned a Certificate of Study in Chronic Disorganization from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD). Recently I completed Monash University’s “Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance,” University of Virginia Darden School’s “Fundamentals of Project Planning and Management,” University of Pennsylvania Wharton School’s “Contagious,” and University of Michigan’s “Inspiring and Motivating Individuals.” I am a lifelong learner, positive psychology enthusiast, and am always looking for ways to learn and grow.
I am currently pursuing a Master in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Favorite gadget: Waterproof iPod shuffle and headphones that let me swim listening to music.
Hobbies: US Masters Swimming, Positive Psychology, Reading
What is your recent book about?
Through my book, Super-Productive, you will learn how to tell the difference between essential tasks and unimportant ones, create a nightly routine to make mornings easier, tailor your communication to your specific audience, streamline meetings, identify and maximize your window of peak performance, reduce decision fatigue, improve your sleep habits, and declutter both your living space and your life.
I tackle a wide range of topics including: e-mails, communications, meetings, work, distractions, procrastination, planning, time management, self-care, and mindfulness. By making small changes to your daily routines, you will have more time to devote to the important things in your life. A habit takes twenty-one days to become fixed. In less than a month, you can adopt new behaviors that will yield spectacular results.
What inspired you to write your book/s?
Through reading and working with thousands of people over the last decade or so, I had so many ideas that I wanted to share with a wider audience. In our world of constant connectivity, there has been a growing increase in people’s stress levels. I felt that I could help people make small changes that would have a meaningful impact on their lives so they could get more done with less stress.
What is the best chapter in your book people should read and why?
That’s a really tough question. The book is designed so that chapters can be read independently of one another. Everyone struggles with different productivity issues. My suggestion to readers is to scan the table of contents and start with the chapter that speaks to you; that’s where you will find the greatest benefit.
If you could give one piece of financial advice to our readers, what would it be?
Try to find a balance between enjoying your life every day and saving for the future (don’t neglect your retirement!) If you have kids, start saving for college immediately. It’s incredible how a small amount put away each year can grow into a large sum by the time your kids are 18.
As an author, which book/s made the most impact on you?
I am currently a student in the University of Pennsylvania’s Masters in Applied Positive Psychology program so much of my reading has been related to positive psychology. There is a great connection between positivity and productivity which may seem obvious but is now backed up by a lot of scientific research. The books that I have really enjoyed recently are Martin Seligman’s Flourish, Barbara Frederickson’s Positivity, and Carol Dweck’s Mindset.
What would you like to ask the next author being interviewed?
Did writing one book make you want to write another? Do you think it will be on the same topic or something different?