Hi, I'm Kitty Bucholtz. I've been self-publishing my books since 2011 and teaching writing-related classes since 1998. I've helped hundreds of writers improve their writing, organize their process, and publish their books.
I'm confident I can help you with my exclusive online classes!
Nothing is more exciting to me than starting a New Year. Resolutions to work harder and do better flow from an upbeat mindset onto paper. Then life happens.
Maybe you find you have to move. Maybe someone gets sick - or gets married! You may find unexpected hours spent trying to learn a new craft or marketing technique, or a new piece of software. An opportunity may come up that, while exciting and worthwhile, totally messes up your schedule.
Whether good times or hard times, you have to figure out how to manage your time and your projects so that your goals don't slip away in the bubbling stream of "busy-ness."
If you allow yourself to compare your accomplishments to others' - particularly the top authors making six figures a year - you may feel "behind" no matter how much you get done. I've moved at least seven times in the last seven years, three of those moves overseas. My husband was in a motorcycle accident during that time, and had about two years of unemployment in the last seven. I've had very few moments of feeling settled, and I've felt I never get quite enough done in my writing career.
Nevertheless, during that time I finished my master's degree in creative writing, figured out how to publish my first novel in 2011, wrote short stories for publication in two anthologies, put out five more titles, updated and improved my online classes, and more.
How? For the last dozen years, I have created an annual plan for my work life, integrated into my personal life. The plan is written down (not in my head!), with specific and measurable goals, broken into quarters and months. And the whole thing is changeable for when life changes.
Are you stressing out about how much you didn't get done last year? Are you worried about how to accomplish more without losing your family or your mind? Wherever you are in your career, time management is often one of the biggest challenges. Every New Year’s Eve, as the fireworks explode, we try to figure out how to make our goals into our reality.
The first step is to begin to believe that if you are like most creative people, you cannot accomplish everything on your To Do list in this lifetime. You need to prioritize. So time and project management becomes all about making choices.
The second step is to stop trying to do it all, alone, with a plan you have in your head. Join me and other like-minded people and we will create a personalized plan for 2018, a plan that will work for you.
No matter what your struggles are with time management, I can help you get organized so that you are more in control of your calendar rather than feeling that your calendar is controlling you.
You may be the kind of writer who writes pages of notes and creates detailed color-coded spreadsheets about your novel. Or you might be someone who prefers to wing it, letting the story take you where it will.
Either way, you'll be able to use my system!
I will present you with a variety of ways to look at goal setting and time management specifically designed for the writer. Whether you are a plotter or a pantser, this interactive course will help you design a game plan that will work for your writing life. (If you are an entrepreneur with a creative business, you'll find that many of these techniques are adaptable to your situation as well.)
Although I will provide you with a lot of material to create a plan tailored to fit your needs, you only need to do three things:
Create your Master Goals List
Track your Accomplishments
Going the Distance: Time and Project Management
If you have some big writing goals this year, this is the course for you.
In Going the Distance, you will get 12 full lessons helping you to create a written plan for the year. You'll also get weekly and then monthly check-in video calls with the whole class so we can help each other get back on track and encourage each other for meeting our goals.
New this year - we'll have a 4-hour live video call going through all the steps to organize your calendar in one afternoon. Mark your calendar for Saturday, January 20, 2018! The call will be recorded if you can't make it live.
Also new this year - membership in the class is now lifetime membership!
Figure out your own rhythms, begin your goal list, and choose your calendar
THE RIGHT ATTITUDE
Ways to keep a positive attitude, managing the voices in your head, and keeping your joy
The difference between goals and dreams, creating and prioritizing S.M.A.R.T. goals
CALENDARS AND COUNTING, PART 1
Calculating what days you'll actually work, and guesstimating how long each goal will take
CALENDARS AND COUNTING, PART 2
Break down Master Goals List into quarters, months, weeks, and doing check-ups
TIME MANAGEMENT, PART 1
Distractions, compartmentalizing, the First Five, and more
TIME MANAGEMENT, PART 2
Time wasters, important vs. urgent, buying time, and opportunity cost
Earning/spending/saving time, planning for your family, and the menu system
ORGANIZATION, PART 1
Your natural organization, software, and helpful office supplies
ORGANIZATION, PART 2
Piles and files, vertical and horizontal filing, and saving time - or not
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
Combine all the pieces into one personalized master plan!
THE WRAP UP
The best plan is the one that works for you - and can be changed when necessary
Live Video Half-Day Planning Session
On Saturday, January 20, 2018, we'll meet together in a video chat room to go through the initial steps of plotting out your goals onto your calendar. You'll have your initial production schedule by the end!
This is will be recorded if you can't make it live.
Live Video Check-ins
Six (6) monthly LIVE video check-ins to help you evaluate and keep making progress!
You won't get stuck when the unexpected happens. I'll be there to help you stay on track.
Check-ins will be recorded if you can't make it live.
Private Facebook Group
Private Facebook group to discuss your time and project management issues and brainstorm solutions,
to share articles and discuss new ideas in time and project management, to encourage you when you fall behind, and to celebrate your successes!
Extra Handouts and Resources
Additional materials like spreadsheets to track your time, a rewards menu for you to use to celebrate, spreadsheets to track your writing, and more!
This class is only offered once a year, so now is your opportunity to organize your writing life and achieve your 2018 goals. SIGN UP TODAY and accomplish more this year than you dreamed possible!
Your Price is only $197 $147
100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
"Every year, I start a new schedule using the skills taught in Kitty’s time management class. She teaches fun new ways to keep organized without the stress. She’s like having a personal life coach."
“Managing my time is something I have been struggling with. However, after I took Kitty’s class, I discovered tools that have helped me to better organize my writing life. Instead of flying by the seat of my pants with my writing career, I have a production schedule and a much more organized career path. In time, I know the tools I’ve been given will get me to organization nirvana and a little more free time for fun.”
In addition to writing romantic comedies and superhero urban fantasy, Kitty is a total geek for anything related to brains (no, she's not a zombie). She loves reading about how to improve time management skills and studying how to use our brains to improve every area of our lives.
In 2011, she decided to combine her undergraduate degree in business, her years of experience in accounting and finance, and her graduate degree in creative writing to become a writer-turned-independent-publisher. Though her husband thinks she just likes to be the center of attention, Kitty thoroughly enjoys sharing what she's learned with others, which is why she teaches as often as she can.
100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
You are fully protected by my 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you do all the assignments and don't have a written plan on your calendar within 30 days, just let me know and I'll help you make it happen or send you a prompt refund. My goal is to have 100% satisfied customers!
Nope. All twelve lessons will become available on the site when the course opens. Live video sessions will be recorded, and you can leave your questions on the Facebook group to be answered there or in the live Q&A sessions.
The key to flexibility with my method is to use movable paper sticky notes on a physical calendar. But I can help you create a calendar planning tool using an electronic calendar and/or electronic sticky notes, if that's what you prefer.
You'll have lifetime access to the course for the first time!
That's exactly why this method is so useful! No matter what changes in your life in the next year - and something will change - you'll know how to reassess and update your goals no matter what life throws at you.