Going the Distance:
Time and Project Management
Write more with less stress and more peace and joy!
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!
Next Class Opens February 27, 2023
BONUSES END after Midnight Pacific Time
Sunday, March 26, 2023
Just Arrived - A New Year!
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 twenty times in the last eighteen years, seven of those moves overseas. My husband was in a motorcycle accident during that time, proceeded by two years of unemployment. I had very few moments of feeling settled during the first fifteen years, and I've always 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 two anthologies, published eight more titles, taught a variety of online classes, became a writing coach, and more.
How? I create an annual plan for my work life that's 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. I'd like to help you create the same kind of plan!
More Accomplished with Less Stress
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. But it's also about believing you can do this.
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 the year, a plan that will work for you.
You Can Do This - And You Won't Be Alone!
No matter what your struggles are with managing all the things you want and need to do, I can help you get organized and improve your mindset so that you are in control of your calendar rather than feeling like your calendar is controlling you.
Doesn't Matter If You're
a Plotter or a Pantser
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, discovering what happens as you type.
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 writers. 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.)
Keep It Simple
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
How It Works
- Create your Master Goals List
Write down on paper every goal and plan you have for the year, from losing ten pounds to attending every home game for your daughter's basketball team to writing two books and three short stories. Everything. Then prioritize and break it into workable chunks.
- Track your Accomplishments
Whether you use a Done Journal, a spreadsheet on your computer, a printout in a binder, or a giant wall calendar with colorful "Done!" stickers, you need to know what you achieved and how long it took. Then you can update your annual plan to keep your monthly and quarterly goals achievable.
- Reward yourself!
Most people don't reward themselves for what they've accomplished, so they feel they haven't gotten much done as weeks turn into months and a new year looms again. Create a "Rewards Menu" and decide in advance what you'll celebrate and how. Your accomplishments will be memorable and you'll feel better about yourself. (And that translates into more energy to do even more!)
This is a MARATHON not a sprint
But You Can GO THE DISTANCE!
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 four weekly check-in video calls with the whole class so we can help each other get back on track and encourage each other in meeting our goals.
New this year - Each lesson will have video, downloadable audio, and downloadable transcripts so you can learn the way you like.
Also new - membership in the class is now lifetime membership!
- ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS: Write and publish your books by putting your writing goals on paper and breaking them down into manageable chunks. Every goal will be easier to meet and exceed.
- ORGANIZE YOUR TIME: Write and finish your books! When each item on your goal list is plotted out on your calendar, you can see when you have over-committed yourself and need to make a change, or when you have time for that "new thing" that's caught your eye.
- REST EASY FOR A CHANGE: Celebrate finishing your books! (See a theme here?) Juggling the many and varied tasks a writing career requires can feel overwhelming. But knowing in advance what needs to be done and when, and how to adjust your schedule when life interferes, will give you peace of mind and help you focus on the joy of writing.
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 Check-ins
Four (4) weekly 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!
Welcome to the next step in your writing career!
In the past, this class has only been offered once a year. This year you'll get the bonuses when you sign up by Sunday, March 26, 2023, but after that you'll get the course without bonuses and the price will go back up. SIGN UP TODAY and write and accomplish more this year than you dreamed possible!
Your Price is only $197 $147
100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
Encouragement From Former Students
"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."
- Author of Superfreak
“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.”
- Author of The Alex Chronicles: What My Friends Don't Know
Founder, WRITE NOW! Workshop
About the Instructor
In addition to writing romantic comedies and superhero books for women, 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.
Here's What You Get...
- A Step-by-Step Blueprint showing you how to plan your work for the next year
- 4 Live Video Calls to help you stay on track, fix problems, and celebrate successes
- A Private Facebook Group to share additional information with you, and to answer questions
- Extra Handouts and Resources to help you track information and get more done
- Lifetime Access to guarantee your success
Your Price = $197 $147
100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
100% Satisfaction Guarantee
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!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be available at certain times?
The lessons will become available on the site when the course opens, and additional videos will be added during the first four weeks. Live video sessions will be recorded if you can't attend live, and you can leave your questions on the Facebook group to be answered there or in the live Q&A sessions.
Do I need a certain type of calendar?
The key to flexibility with my method is to use movable paper sticky notes on a physical calendar OR use an electronic calendar and color-coded reminders.
How long can I access the lessons?
You'll have lifetime access to the course!
What if my writing goals change mid-year?
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.