Focus to Write: Time Management Essentials For Writers
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Focus to Write: Time Management Essentials For Writers

A productivity system for writers, to cultivate the right mindset, kill writer's block and stay focused on writing.
4.5 (7 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
66 students enrolled
Last updated 11/2016
Price: $100
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 29 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • learn to cultivate a productive mindset to do what you love the most: writing
  • get organized with the right tools to focus better
  • practice a simple technique to increase your alertness
  • to set up a comfortable and effective workspace to avoid repetitive-stress injuries and distractions
  • learn how to use breaks to work more efficiently
  • how to superpower your blog posts, marketing copy, sales emails using the best writing app
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  • a computer
  • an open mind
  • the willingness to build new habits and take action on the tips and techniques learned in the course

How many times have you thought "I'm really going to focus today" but then found yourself getting sidetracked?

In the 21st century, time is of the essence, as we need to prioritize in order to focus on the results we want to achieve for ourselves.

Focus to Write is a productivity-boosting system specifically designed to help people who lead a busy life and are struggling to find enough time to write.

"A useful course with plenty of practical guidance on how to get more focused and make best use of your time for writing... One thing I liked is Valerie shows us how she uses many of these tools herself. I can now see how she is able to work full-time as a doctor, run a home, publish a blog, write a novel -and also create an online course!" Mervyn Smallwood

"This course gave me great tools for managing my time more effectively... It was easy to go through and the concepts were clear. I loved the visuals. Great resources and bonus too." Cherryl Chow

By taking this course, you'll learn proven techniques to increase your concentration, boost your energy and train your brain to create daily, and much more...

This course is divided into three parts:

  1. Develop a Productive Mindset. You'll learn to create a powerful vision and set your writing goals. 
  2. Get Ready to Focus. In these lectures, you'll set up your workspace, develop a morning routine, become aware of what distracts you and more.
  3. Kill Writer's Block With The Right Tools. An introduction to the best apps available for writing and task management, and how to stay motivated at all times.

Throughout the course, you'll have an opportunity to complete short exercises that will help you to progress quickly.

                                 REMEMBER: 1 hour of planning saves you 10 hours of doing!

"This course is very complete, from A to z, and except for very specific few articles (like the Scrivener app or the Writer "pain"), it will benefit everybody with a goal and a time management problem... I like the fact that Valerie stressed the importance of a routine in the morning, visualization, goal reminding, exercise, and also the importance of breaks and naps... In a nutshell, great course!" Jacqueline

This course doesn't end with the last lecture. It's an active journey to start making changes for a better life and for achieving your writing goals. Be prepared to reflect on your priorities and what you really want to become, so that you can "make a dent in the universe".

Who is the target audience?
  • writers
  • fiction, non-fiction authors
  • copywriters, bloggers, screenwriters, podcasters, vloggers, journalists
  • part-time writers with a day job and who are struggling to find the time to finish their first book
  • content writers and marketers
  • college, university students who need some extra hours a week for their assignments
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Curriculum For This Course
20 Lectures
3 Lectures 06:49

In this video, you'll be given an overview of what this course contains.

Preview 03:53

Before reading a book, signing up for a webinar, listening to a podcast, buying an online course, or joining a LinkedIn or Facebook group, there is one and only one question you should ask yourself.

The one question that makes a huge productivity difference

It would be great to know what kind of writer you're, and what brought you here! Please, introduce yourself in the Q&A board.

Please introduce yourself!
3 Lectures 15:06

What do Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harriet Tubman, Steve Jobs have in common? All these extraordinary people had a vision. In this video, I'll share with you how to think, develop and create your own vision.

"If you're working on something exciting, that you really care about, you don't have to be pushed. The vision pulls you" ~Steve Jobs

The secret of creating a powerful vision

Once you've created your powerful, memorable vision, you need a plan. The next step is to carefully craft your writing goals.

"The greater danger for most of us isn't that our aim is too high and miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it" ~Michelangelo

How to set your writing goals in 6 easy steps

"If you don't have time to read, you don't have time to write" ~Stephen King.

Preview 05:16
5 Lectures 22:11

If you don't have the best workplace, the one adapted to your needs, then you're at greater risk not only to develop repetitive stress injuries, like the carpal tunnel syndrome (numbness in the fingers due to the compression of the nerve in the wrist) but also chronic neck and low back pain. Believe me. I know what I'm talking about!

Meet your secret weapon

It's important to start with the right mindset, so that your day is the best one ever. And a productive, well organized routine is a powerful way to keep yourself focused on what matters the most to you.

Preview 06:33

Any type of distractions kill the creative process. To stay focus on your path, identify and learn to manage what distracts you.

How to identify and manage workplace productivity killers

Question 1: Do you take breaks? Pauses? Resting time? 

Question 2: How many times a day? Per week? Per year?

What ever you call them, mental and physical breaks are absolutely necessary for a healthy, balanced and focused life. Period.

Slow down to get more done

The beauty of napping! After all, it's a lifestyle in Europe :)

"Brian Halligan, chief executive of HubSpot, which makes software for marketers, says he wants to “work less and think more,” and finds naps to be a source of inspiration. The company now offers a nap room on site." Adam Bryant/The New York Times

Learn to increase your alertness
7 Lectures 33:40

"As a full-time writer, I take my tools seriously. With a blog, a podcast, speeches, and a new book in the works, I have to maximize my productivity. I have a daily word count goal, and I can't afford to let the tools get in the way" ~Michael Hyatt

In this section, we'll talk about my own toolkit for writing.

Use the best tools to become a prolific writer: Introduction

One device, one app... And let your imagination take over.

Just focus on writing

"I write all my books on Scrivener software, I use it to format my ebooks and I also use it for pulling together ideas for Facebook advertising and other research projects. I would struggle to run my business without it, so I'm a super fan! But you can also use Scrivener for organizing and managing your blogging and book marketing" ~Joanna Penn

This video is a very brief (not a course) introduction for Scrivener, one of the best (if not the best) writing app.

Become a better writer with this amazing tool

I use the Trello app for my to-do list or other planning, and the Grammarly app for editing on the go. We'll discover both of them here (again this is not a course on how to use these apps).

Manage your tasks like a superhero and start editing

In this lecture, we'll discover a great collecting system you can implement right away, a free mind mapping tool and an offsite backing system.

Maximize your productivity with these apps

I've identified 6 pillars to be motivated at all times, and we'll review them in this video.

Keep your motivation high on the Richter scale

How to create your to-do list in 5 easy steps. 

"If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first" ~Mark Twain

Plan your day the night before and sleep like a baby
1 Lecture 01:13

Thank you so much for having invested time and efforts watching these videos! Take one tip at a time, learn it and then put it to use. I really hope this course will help you become a focused and prolific writer. As I'm preparing to write some more courses on how to become a better productive writer I'd love to hear from you. Please let me know what else you would like to learn about time management or productivity and I'll seek to cover those issues in future courses.

I've also produced a PDF file (Resources with hyperlinks) just below, that contains all the links mentioned in the lectures, for easy reference.

Now, I would appreciate very much if you could leave me a rating and a short review! Just a few words to help me improve the course. It takes less than 60 sec. Simply click on the stars on the top right of your screen :) 

Again, congratulations, and ... keep writing :) Valerie.

Yes, it's already finished!
1 Lecture 03:49

A short video on onsite and offsite backup systems.

The most important task in all time management systems!
About the Instructor
Valerie Leroyer, MD
4.5 Average rating
7 Reviews
66 Students
1 Course
Medical Doctor, blogger and fiction writer

Dr Valerie Leroyer graduated in the field of family medicine in 1997. Prior to that, she graduated with a B.Sc Honour's in marine Biology from Dalhousie University and did a Master's degree in medicine (cancer research) at McMaster University.

For the past 16 years, Dr Leroyer practiced in a rural setting, focusing mainly on general medicine, home palliative care and non-cancerous chronic pain.

She did several medical trainings in Bangalore, South India, in Central Africa for a few months, and also in scuba diving medicine.

Over the years, she developed a specific interest in time management at work with numerous clients and also from her own point of view being a full time professional and a single mom.

Valerie started blogging in 2012, taking a course with Michael Stelzner, from Social Media Examiner. She started and experimented with several blogs, and took copywriting classes from AWAI.

"I've met Valerie and had the opportunity to go through her work. What struck me is the combination of both solid research and creativity in her writing. Some people are strong on the research and clear business communications side of writing, others find their strength in creativity. Valerie seems to be equally strong in both areas. In other words, she's quite a find" ~Nick Usborne, copywriter.

"I really appreciate the way Valerie takes the time to dig deep into her topic, develops a thorough understanding of it all, and translates it into clear, direct and efficient message for the right audience. She's a capable writer and focused blogger who meets deadlines and is easy to work with" ~Danny Iny, online entrepreneur and blogger.

Valerie has been writing poems for the past 30 years, and also short essays on scuba diving and palliative care. Right now, she is working on her first sci-fi novel.

When she is not "working", Valerie enjoys a walk on the beach, scuba diving or kayaking. She lives in beautiful British Columbia, Canada with her 13 year-old son, adopted from Haiti.

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