Practical Tools for Overcoming Overwhelm &

Focusing on What Matters Most

Scheduling Boundaries

Sundays, 10-12:30 EST
March 3, 10, 24
Online Course | Solidarity Pricing

Do you say yes too often?

Have an absurdly long to-do list and not enough time for yourself?

Feel exhausted and overwhelmed by everything you have to do and yet sometimes doubt whether you’re doing enough?

It’s not your fault. We live in a time of unprecedented options. Capitalist culture convinces us that if only we work faster or harder, we should be able to do it all. And when everything on our plates is important, it’s hard to decide what to say no to. But you already know that.

What you might not yet know is that overwhelm is not inevitable. We can show up for change in the world while safeguarding space for ourselves. We can focus on our priorities, get the important stuff done, and protect time for our health and relationships.

But first, we must choose our priorities, set realistic expectations, and organize our lives to honor our needs. I’d love to teach you how.

If you’re ready to learn reliable tools to overcome overwhelm, discern what to say yes to and what to say no to, and focus on what matters most, I hope you will join me for my upcoming course, Scheduling Boundaries.

In an overwhelming world, we need reliable tools.

Now, you’ve probably done a lot of work on yourself to set better boundaries, and much of it may have helped.

But no matter how much inner work we do, we still need tools to help us get clear about our priorities, set realistic expectations, and focus on what matters most. We need practices to help us find groundedness and joy, even in the face of systems designed to drain us.

Over my eleven years of coaching hundreds of clients, I’ve experimented with countless tools, read tons of books, and studied what works. And I’ve applied what I’ve learned to my own life—running a business, being a mom, serving on city council, and generally living a pretty full life.

Through this time, I discovered a set of reliable tools that help my clients (and myself!) organize their lives around what matters most, make the difference they’re called to make, and feel more settled, grounded, and focused.

I’m excited to share these tools with you in my upcoming course.

Here’s what we’ll cover in Scheduling Boundaries:

Five Necessary Tools for Setting Priorities & Getting

the Important Stuff Done

1. The To-Do List System

In Getting Things Done, David Allen writes, “Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.”

Unfortunately, far too many people write their tasks on sticky notes or random pieces of paper strewn everywhere. Or they expect their brain to hold it all, not consistently writing down their tasks at all.

Without a to-do list system they trust, most people adopt a reactive approach to requests, trying to get things done immediately or not feeling settled until they complete all their tasks (which they rarely do). They’re plagued by constant angst that they’ve forgotten something important.

With a well-organized system that holds all your to-dos in one place—and a practice of consistently using it, you achieve a sense of thoroughness, stop perseverating about unfinished tasks, and focus on the task at hand.

2. Conscious Calendaring

Many people resist schedules and calendars because they fear being boxed in or overcommitted.

But without a practice of conscious calendaring, most people end up making decisions by the seat of their pants, constantly feeling behind, never on top of things, and exhausted from constantly context-switching from one task to another.

Fortunately, we can reclaim our schedules.

Our calendars can become sacred structures that hold space to get our lists done and safeguard time for what nourishes us most. By reminding us of our priorities and showing us what we can (and cannot) realistically fit in, our calendars can help us set goals that serve us, say no more easily, and stay accountable to our commitments.

3. Monthly(ish) Goals

One of the many reasons people feel defeated by goal-setting is that they don’t set right-sized goals:

  • Too small goals can keep us myopically focused on the short-term, lead to decision fatigue, and often don’t help us discern whether to shift focus when interruptions inevitably arise.
  • Too big goals can be hard to stay focused on and get lost in the fray of life.

In contrast, monthly-ish goals can help us get clear about—and stay focused on—right-sized priorities and shift from impulsively reacting to demands that come our way to proactively discerning where we’ll invest our energy.

4. Your Core Values

With so many important places to invest your energy, it’s hard not to feel torn between priorities. It can hurt to say no (to ourselves and others). So, too often, people say, “Sure! I’ll do that!” without reflecting on their capacity. Then, they wonder where their time has gone.

To stop living at the mercy of the outside world and focus on what matters most, we need to clearly articulate our core values and priority needs. When we hold them front and center, they become beacons that guide us toward the life we long for.

5. A Rhythm of Reflection

The practices above become habitual through a consistent rhythm of reflecting on what we need and what our people need, choosing priorities, and organizing our lives accordingly.

By consistently reflecting on what’s needed and implementing our insights on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis, we hone our ability to discern what is truly needed, what is realistic, and what schedule will support us.

Over time, we become experts about what works for us, develop the ability to set boundaries, and make each practice our own.

Together, these practices form an elegant, integrated system to help you focus on what’s most important, get more important stuff done, and experience the inner peace of a life well-lived.

I learned to say “no” and create boundaries that work for me. I now have better control over my time, and I take myself more seriously in my work and my relationships with my clients.

As a result, my nerves and my being are more settled and comfortable in my life.

And now, when life is starting to feel unsettled, I change how I respond to it and regain control and a sense of calm.

Marcie Cormier

You’ll come away from Scheduling Boundaries
with an increased ability to:

  1. Stay true to your own needs (while also showing up for others)
  2. Identify your priorities and focus on them
  3. Make decisions with efficiency and ease
  4. Organize your life to honor your commitments, without getting overwhelmed
  5. Safeguard the areas of your life that often get ignored
  6. Dedicate more time to rest, laughter, connection, nourishment, nature, and doing nothing
  7. Say no, even when you wish you could say yes
  8. Find that imperfect balance between all your -conflicting priorities
  9. Empty your mind of all your to-dos
  10. Focus on what’s most important on rather than getting sucked into other things
  11. Maintain a schedule that includes exercise and consistent self-care
  12. Complete your most important projects with the freedom to tend to spontaneous opportunities
  13. Experience more patience with the things that take a lot of time
  14. Actually get the most important stuff done

The monthly-ish goals and weekly reviews have been so helpful for managing the myriad projects on my plate. I used to worry a lot about getting everything done. Now, I know what needs to get done and when I will get it done. And I have moments where I say “No need to worry about that project, I’m doing that on Wednesday afternoon.”

In addition to my newfound peace of mind, these practices have enabled me to be a better supervisor. I put time aside to prepare to meet with my staff, and I have a better map to help me delegate projects.

Meghan

Scheduling Boundaries will help you create an integrated system tailored to your unique needs.

By the end of the three sessions, you’ll have clearly articulated values, a comprehensive to-do list, monthly(ish) goals, a conscious calendar, and a regular discernment practice.

The following class components will help you get there:

One: Three Live, Interactive Classes

In each class, you’ll learn immediately-implementable practices and receive support to navigate bumps in the road. You’ll come away with fresh perspectives, a plan of action, and tangible next steps.

Each class includes brief lectures, a chance to apply the practices to real life, question-and-answers, and a chance to learn from others.

We meet at 10-12:30 EST on Sundays—March 3, 10, and 24, 2024.

Two: The Scheduling Boundaries Ebook (step-by-step guidance)

You’ll be able to refer to the workbook for support between classes and long after the class ends.

Three: Scheduling Boundaries Online Forum (and all your questions answered!)

In addition to the live sessions and practice prompts, you will have access to me through an online group forum. There, you can share your insights and ask me any question that arises, and I will respond to every question, either live or in writing.

That way, you can receive the personalized guidance you need to deepen your learning.

Four: Weekly Practice Prompts

I will send you an email each week with practice prompts and audio recordings to support your learning between live sessions.

This is your opportunity to share celebrations, challenges, questions, and next steps. This offers compassionate accountability and supports your learning and implementation between sessions.

Five: MP3 Downloads & Transcripts of All Live Classes

We’ll share video and audio recordings and a written transcript by Tuesday after the live class. That way, you can follow along in case you can’t make every class. And you’ll have lifetime access, so you can access the teachings long into the future.

Bonus Class: Setting Up Google Sheets & Calendars

In the Scheduling Boundaries course, I’ll guide participants to use a digital to-do list and calendar.

If you don’t yet know how to use Google sheets or calendars, I invite you to join a bonus session after our first session to learn these tools—12:45 on Sunday, March 3, 2024.

Now I’m able to say “no” to the small stuff, stop the interruptions, set my priorities, and stay on the right path.

I’ve done a lot of therapy with a lot of different people, but what makes this work different is that it’s task-oriented. I put what I learn into practice.
 
Laurie Johnson

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this course not for?

In this course, I help participants to develop the following:

  • A trustworthy to-do list system,
  • A consistent practice of discerning current priorities and keeping track of to-dos,
  • Realistic monthly(ish) goals, and
  • A calendar system that helps them tend to what’s most important.

If you already have these tools in place and feel good about them, this class is probably not for you.

If this is you and you still feel overwhelmed and exhausted by everything you have to do and long for better boundaries, you might benefit more from another one of my classes or coaching programs which could help you get clear about what’s next in your career, build your self-trust, or communicate more skillfully.

What will I need to do to get the most out of this class?

To get the most out of this class, you’ll need to do the following:

One: Devote time each week integrating the practices into your life.

Learning new skills and setting up new systems requires an initial input of energy, and it’s normal to feel reluctant about investing this time, especially if you’re already overwhelmed by everything you have to do.

And yet, to set boundaries that help you take back your time and energy in the long term, in the beginning, you’ll need to invest an initial chunk of time.

The amount of time each person will choose to dedicate will be different. Some people might do fifteen minutes a day. Others will devote a chunk of a few hours each week. You get to choose how much will work for you.

Across the board, I’ve seen that when my clients invest this time upfront, they save lots of time in the long term. I’ve never seen a client regret the initial investment.

Two: Experiment with using an online spreadsheet and calendar.

In this course, I will teach you to use an online spreadsheet for your to-do list and an online calendar for your schedule, and you will need to experiment with these systems to get the most out of the course.

I realize that many people prefer paper, but I’ve found these online systems to be more effective tools for the shifting demands of modern-day life. Unlike paper, these online tools allow for easy iteration—you can move tasks around, delete items, add new ones, change colors and categories, move tasks to your later list, add additional tabs, and so forth.

In case you do not already know how to use Google Sheets or Google Calendars (or another online calendar or spreadsheet such as Excel), I will host a bonus session after our first session to help you get oriented, and I will ask that you watch an orientation video before coming to the first session.

If you’re unfamiliar with these online systems, you may have a learning curve, but I’ve taught this system to many clients who were once convinced they were a lost cause and now thrive on the systems to keep themselves organized.

Will this course teach me productivity hacks that help me find or make more time?

Capitalism’s insistence that we should be able to manage, make, or find time does not reflect reality. Time is the big one; we are the little ones. We mortal humans lack the power to manufacture time on a factory assembly line or find it hiding beneath the couch cushions.

Even with all the right tools, we cannot do it all. Life is a constant process of letting go. Every single moment of our lives, we are devoting a portion of time to one thing and sacrificing countless others. We can resist this fact or learn to face it well.

Rather than attempting to hack time, our human-sized assignment is to choose where we focus our attention and what we’ll say no to. Over and over again.

And so, no: This course will not offer overly simplistic productivity hacks or magic wands.

But it will help you develop a healthier relationship with time. And make choices that make you proud.

What if I want more personalized support or accountability?

Although I will answer all your questions either in the live sessions or on the Slack channel, people often want more individualized support and accountability for sticking to the practices than they can receive in a three-week course. If that’s you, I strongly encourage you to check out my leadership coaching, career clarity coaching, or small group coaching program, where you’ll receive lots of personalized care and attention.

What are your refund, cancellation, and payment plan policies?

Cancellations & Refunds: You may cancel the program before the program start date, and we will refund your money in full. We will not offer refunds after this date. 

Custom/extended payment plans: Due to the administrative work it would take, we cannot offer payment plans other than what you see on this page.

I’m just not sure.

Well, if you were my coaching client, I’d encourage you to do the following:

  • Check in with your body: In your mind’s eye, I invite you to imagine participating in the course. How does the idea feel in your body—good and exciting? Good but scary/exhilarating? Those are good signs.
  • Explore the cost: With nearly every choice, we must let go of something to say yes to another. Ask yourself: What is the cost of doing the course? What is the cost of not doing the course? Which is greater?
  • Turn toward your Voice of Doubt with love and kindness. Our Voice of Doubt is the part that says Yeah, but… and What if… when we get closer to making a decision. Do your best to turn toward your Voice of Doubt with love and kindness and ask what it needs. Then, get curious: How might you move forward in a way that meets your many needs?
  • Reflect: What are your intentions for the next phase of your life? Does doing the course feel well aligned with your intentions, or not? What does your inner knowing say?

If your inner knowing says no or maybe, honor that.

And if your inner knowing says yes, I invite you to sign up. I would be thrilled to share the course with you.

I’m having technical trouble signing up.

We can help! Email info@callingsandcourage.com, and we’ll get you all set up.

I’ve taken so many classes on self-growth, and two main things set Katherine apart.

First, she has a style that’s zero judgment. Many people in the “coaching” field have a certain vibe that makes it hard for me to feel like I can be my full self. Katherine, on the other hand, is completely accepting and real, and working with her has allowed me to get to a place that is super authentic.

Second, the tools and teachings she offers are much more practical and easy-to-apply than a lot of the other stuff out there. Many classes give you the background and theory, but then you don’t know what to do with it.

Katherine explains the research behind the practices she teaches and then tells you how to apply it to your own life. Her teachings get you results.

Tess

How Solidarity Pricing Works

Solidarity Pricing is my attempt to make the course affordable to all who want to participate. Please read the guidelines below and choose the rate that applies to your situation.

Solidarity.
$220

Sustain.
$185

Discounted.
$150

Equity.
$115

  • $220: Solidarity Rate. Choose this option if you have the means to do so and want to support access to others to help balance systemic inequity.
  • $185: Sustainable Rate (Requested Standard Contribution). Choose this option if you have sufficient financial resources and can pay fair value for this learning experience.
  • $150: Discounted Rate. Choose this option if you sometimes struggle with limited financial resources and would benefit from supported access to this learning experience.
  • $115: Equity Rate. Please pay this rate if paying more would be a financial burden and any of the following apply to you:
    • Are Black, Indigenous, Latine, Asian (APIDA), or a person of color
    • Are trans or nonbinary
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    • Have a hard time finding work due to immigration or incarceration status
    • Recently experiencing housing instability
    • Live in a country where earning power is less

Practical Tools for Overcoming Overwhelm

& Staying Focused on What Matters Most

Scheduling Boundaries

Sundays, 10-12:30 EST
March 3, 10, 24
Online Course | Solidarity Pricing

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The Accountability

Money-Back Guarantee

Here’s my promise:

If you participate in every class session, set up each tool, and implement them for a month, and you’re not satisfied for ANY reason, just let me know, and I’ll refund your money.

I call this the accountability guarantee because most of my clients long for more accountability when they come to me.

The accountability here is that you must tell me you’ve done the work. (You don’t need to prove you’ve done the work. Your to-do list and schedule are private, and I trust you to be honest with me.)

Just email support@callingsandcourage.com by April 7, let us know that you’ve done the work but are still unsatisfied, and we’ll refund your payment.

No questions asked.

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