Discover how to accomplish your goals without having to work longer, sacrifice your health, or forsake your family.



Discover how to accomplish your goals without working longer, sacrificing your health, and forsaking your family.

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Behind, Overwhelmed, Depleted?

You're not alone. It's not your fault.
Untenable workloads alongside caregiving responsibilities make faculty life a real struggle.
No wonder many of us are working longer hours without much to show for it.
As a psychologist, I know what the research says about healthy strategies that increase performance. I'm sure you know some of these strategies too.

The distance between knowing what to do and doing what you know can be long, however. 

Which is why I developed Focus Fridays.
More than just telling you what to do, this program shows you, step-by-step in six co-working sessions scheduled on Fridays from 12:00 to 2:15 PM ET.
You bring your work, we provide the proven structure, expert guidance, and compassionate accountability you need to accomplish your goals.  


It's like having your very own success coach in your corner cheering you on while you work, helping you make those small adjustments in real-time that bring BIG results.

Focus Fridays have all you need to:

 Maximize your productivity even when time is scarce and stress is high.
 Evict Imposter Syndrome and her BFF Perfectionism from your headspace.
 Harness your motivation so you can get started and keep going.
 Face work that brings up hard emotions like resistance and shame.
 Experience some joy and connection while working.

What you get...

Six Co-Working Sessions

Scheduled Fridays 12:00 - 2:15 PM ET, these virtual sessions provide all you need to accomplish your goals. 

Breakthrough Bites

Quick exercises at the start of each session that unlock your motivation and performance while boosting your clarity, calm, and confidence. 

Supportive Community

Connect with scholars just like you who are trying to kickstart or maintain their productivity in these troubling times.

"Focus NOW!" Workbook

Chock full of tips and tools that help you squeeze the absolute most out of each and every Focus Friday.

Plus, you'll learn the four powerful strategies that get you quick wins without having to work more.


This simple technique will have you setting achievable goals in no time.


10X your performance with this one amazingly simple preparation method. 


The single best way to get back on track when you lose focus while working. 


The five-minute exercise that sets you up to do better next time.

What participants report...

Improved Goal-Setting
Improved Goal Achievement

Improved Productivity

Overall Experience
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What writing accountability program out there is also a form of therapy? None (I think)! I love the fact that we open each session with self-reflection, a reality check, and a moment for compassion. However, we also get our work done. I always looked forward to Focus Fridays and I have enjoyed meeting others and sharing this space with them.

~Airin D. Martinez, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts - Amherst


I have regained a connection with my own research that is fruitful and joyful. I did not think this was possible during these trying COVID-19 times. 

~Flávia Bastos, PhD, Professor, University of Cincinnati


I'm Roxanne Donovan, WellAcademic CEO, psychologist, professor, and, best of all, your coach for Focus Fridays.

I created Focus Fridays for the many faculty and grad students who've reached out to me these last months to describe the stress and shame they feel at their lack of focus.

Each person believed they were the only ones in struggle as they tried mightily (and unsuccessfully) to work while also showing up for loved ones, communities, students, colleagues, and their own difficult emotion around all that's happening in our world. 

I realized quickly that sharing healthy productivity strategies wasn't enough. No one had the bandwidth to implement the strategies on their own. 

So, I made it easier by turning the proven strategies into Focus Fridays.

Now all you need to do is attend. That's it!

Okay...maybe you need to do the prep exercises too. But that only takes 10 minutes. I promise.   

I look forward to working with you and watching your surprise at what you're capable of accomplishing even in these troubling times. 

In peace and solidarity,


Spring 2021 Focus Fridays

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For participants using personal funds.

  • Six Co-Working Sessions
  • Weekly Breakthrough Bites
  • A Supportive Community
  • "Focus NOW!" Workbook
  • Expert Coaching



For participants using university funds.

  • Six Co-Working Sessions
  • Weekly Breakthrough Bites
  • A Supportive Community
  • "Focus NOW!" Workbook
  • Expert Coaching

I know what you're thinking...

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Need some peace of mind?

If you're not satisfied with your Focus Friday results, email [email protected] before the start of the second session for a full refund. No questions asked.