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The Zen Of Productivity: Use Your Brain To Be Productive

Learn to skyrocket your productivity and understand the concepts behind popular techniques of productivity.
Iulian Gulea
506 students enrolled
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Create your own, personalized action steps to boost your productivity.
Understand the principles that stand behind most productivity techniques.
Analyze your working environment for what hinders your productivity.
Analyze your learning environment for what hinders your productivity.
Identify subtle distractions that decrease your productivity.

–> This course will teach you a simple, yet very effective way to improve your productivity while WORKING or LEARNING.

Our Brain is very complex. In fact, it is so complex, that scientists haven’t fully understand it yet. There are, however, things that are well understood and documented and during this course we will dive into some of these concepts that will demonstrate you how easy it is to be productive.

There’s a lot to say about the Brain, but during this course we’ll focus on 4 aspects of the brain that will help us become efficient. The first one will reveal the general structure of the brain and will lay the foundation for the rest 3 of them, which are: Attention, Memory and Senses.

–> Productivity has nothing to do with mythology.

In this course, we will debunk some very popular myths about our brain and productivity. 

–> Controlling attention is the key to productivity.

In today’s world that is full of information, notifications and alerts, it is pretty easy to get distracted from the tasks that we are working on. But at the same time, we need to do more work than never. After taking this course you will know what attention is, how it affects your productivity in a positive or negative way and how to control it.

Have you ever had a great idea come to your mind? And have you later forgotten it and regretted that you could not memorize it? After taking this course you will know how to solve this problem, so the next time an awesome idea comes to you, it will stay with you forever.

Note that you have a 30-day, 100% money-back no questions asked guarantee so you have nothing to lose and tons of time saving and personal discovering to gain.

Click on the Take This Course button in the upper right hand side of your screen and get started now. 

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On baking cookies and productivity

As with cookies, you can learn a specific recipe, or, you can learn the framework on how to bake cookies. This lecture shows the difference between a productivity recipe and a productivity framework that we'll learn during this course.

Course structure

In this lecture, students will learn about how this course is structured, what will be covered in each chapter and how the last chapter will aggregate everything into one thing.

The first chapter will be about the general structure of the brain. After that, there will be 3 chapters:

1. Attention - what it is and how it works. How it can affect our productivity in a positive or negative way.
2. Memory - types of memory and what happens after we focus on something.
3. Senses - these are the ways we receive information from the outer world. They have a tremendous impact on our productivity.

Human Brain in a nutshell

Neurons and patterns

Learn why you are productive at some tasks and why you aren't productive at other tasks.

In this video we'll address the general structure of the brain and make an exercise that will explain how our knowledge and skills are "stored" in the brain.

The difference between knowledge and skills

You will learn that there are different patterns that are responsible for knowing and performing the same thing. Also you'll become familiar with "neuroplasticity".

Brain User's Manual

There is no user manual written on how to use our brains more efficiently. There are, however, things we do know about the Brain, that will help us increase our productivity.

In this lecture, students will find out how much energy the brain need to function properly and will learn some tips on how to be more productive based on just the brain's physiology.

Our Brain uses more than 10% of its resources

Do you still think that we are using our brain on 10%? Watch the video and learn why that's nothing more than a myth.

Psychology and Physiology

No matter how different we are on psychological level, on the physiological one we are the same. So, the principles we learn throughout this course are absolutely true for every person.

Patterns analogy

A simple analogy on how our brain works and how easy we can be distracted from doing the things the right way.

Chapter conclusions

Wrapping up the Brain chapter and extracting conclusions that will be used in framing the Productivity Framework at the end of the course.

Attention, Attention!

The Satellite Dish

Being surrounded with an enormous amount of information, only attention gives us the possibility to focus on the things that are really important in a certain moment of time (just like a satellite dish). So, make yourself familiar with Goal Directed and Stimulus Driven Attention as this knowledge will be an integral part of your productivity's increment strategy

Our ancestors weren't thinking, they were running!

A short explanation of the fight or flight response and the principle of our Stimulus Driven Attention at work. 

Later in this course, students will see how huge the impact on productivity the Stimulus Driven Attention has.

Stimulus Driven Attention and curvy shapes

Some fairly simple scientific explanation of the processes that happen in our brain at every moment. This lecture helps explain the processes that stand behind the Stimulus Driven Attention at work.

Your environment affects your productivity

With better knowledge of what Stimulus Driven Attention is and how it works, describe its effect on productivity in the context of working on a simple task while some common things like a flashing bulb or a broken plate happen.

Goal Directed Attention is narrow

Productivity requires us to focus on the task, but in this lecture, students learn that the Goal Directed Attention is pretty narrow. Thus, by our own nature, productivity is harder to achieve, because besides being easily distracted, our attention is very narrow.

Attention! Conclusions!

The dark and bright sides of Memory

Memory is Associative

Introduction to Memory. Students will rehearse what happens when we form a new memory and will learn by recalling own experiences the fact that memory is associative.

Exercise: Memorize 2 sequences of characters

Productivity can be in many areas, one of which is learning. This lecture is based on an exercise that will later help explain important concepts on productivity in general.

Exercise: Memorize 2 sequences of digits

This lecture is based on a similar exercise that will later help explain important concepts on productivity.

We are tuned to patterns

Learning two conclusions from the previous exercises.

We are tuned to patterns and, when no patterns found in place, we seek to optimize our productivity by creating rules that we further follow.

Two types of Memory

This lecture addresses the fact that there are 2 types of memory: Working Memory and Long Term Memory. Both of these affect our productivity and in this lecture students will get to know these 2 types.

Exercise: Recall your 10+ years old memories

An exercise lecture focused to demonstrate the longevity of our memories. It shows how strong some of our memories can be, as the students will be recalling 10, 20 or even more years old memories.

Shortly about Emotions and Memory

One of the key elements in strong memory formation are emotions. Attitude is also important in efficiently learning new material

Working Memory capacity + Exercise

An introduction to the theories about Working Memory capacities and an exercise that demonstrates the processing capacity of our Working Memory and how it affects our productivity. 

Working Memory working processes and how it constrains productivity

A simple and clear demonstration of how our Working Memory functions based on an exercise of learning to program from a snippet of existing code.

Debunking The Biggest Productivity Myth - Multitasking does not work

In this lecture, students will debunk the biggest myth about productivity. Multitasking does not work. In contrast, it even hinders one's productivity by switching between tasks and not actually doing them in parallel.

Multitasking from the third person perspective

A short video on productivity from Fast Company that addresses the same multitasking myth and how it affects our productivity.

One important detail of Multitasking

This lecture addresses an important detail of multitasking - it doesn't work if there are 2 tasks that both require our attention. In case there's one that requires our Goal Directed Attention and one that doesn't (walking, running, eating ice-cream), then it's perfectly fine. However, when we need to accomplish 2 tasks that require our attention - we have a problem and we are not being productive at all in this case.

Paper can improve your Productivity

In this lecture, students will learn a simple, yet effective advice on how to boost your productivity. By using a piece of paper where they can write their ideas and thoughts, they free up their Working Memory capacity to be able to process the task and at the same time the ideas on the paper won't be forgotten. This tip is present in a lot of productivity techniques that promote organizing your thoughts on paper.

On Productivity and big tasks

In this lecture, students will learn another important productivity tip that can be explained using the knowledge they've learned so far. When there is a huge task someone should work on, consider splitting it into smaller subtasks, so that the Working Memory can efficiently process one subtask at a time. This tip alone can have a huge impact on one's productivity if used regularly.

That feeling when you forget a brilliant idea that came to your mind earlier

In this lecture, students learn how to cope with the situations when we forget a brilliant idea that we came up with earlier. This explanation is based on the knowledge about how Working Memory works.

Memory quiz

This quiz strengthens the information regarding human memory.

Remember the Conclusions

Wrapping up the Memory chapter and extracting conclusions that will be used in framing the Productivity Framework at the end of the course.

Next steps

This lecture describes what comes next in the course.

Senses - our connection to the World

Introducing and counting senses

This lecture introduces human senses. Students will learn how many senses are there and some interesting answers from other students to the question on "How many senses a human has."

Senses throughput and what's important for your learning productivity to be high

Conscious throughput is high for vision and hearing. So, to increase our learning productivity, students need to combine several senses in the learning process.

Senses throughput and what's important for your working productivity to be high

Students will learn that the unconscious throughput has a tremendous impact on productivity, as unconsciously we receive tons of information that may distract us from the task, so we won't be as efficient and productive as we can.

Simple and effective solutions to boost your productivity

This lecture contains concrete solutions for increasing one's productivity. The specific tips are based on each sense out of 5 human senses and each tip acts toward decreasing distractions and focusing better on the task at hand.

See the conclusions, hear them and feel them

Wrapping up the Senses chapter and extracting conclusions that will be used in framing the Productivity Framework at the end of the course.

Productivity Framework

Economic Productivity

Students will find out that there is no Wikipedia page on Personal Productivity. There are, however, many pages that describe other types of productivity.

Personal Productivity

Defining what Personal Productivity is. Making an analogy to the Economic Productivity and then adjusting the concept to fit better how people work, learn and generally speaking are being productive.

The Productivity Framework

Aggregating everything what we've learned into The Productivity Framework. Students will see how Attention, Memory and Senses combine together into a diagram, based on which the framework is built. In the end - productivity is simple, given you know how it works behind the curtains.

The Productivity Framework document

In this text based lecture, students learn what they can do with the Productivity Framework document.

The Productivity Framework in action

A framework means that we can explain how existing techniques work and create our own productivity techniques.

In this lecture, students will learn how existing productivity techniques can be explained using The Productivity Framework that they've just learned.

A final message

This lecture makes an important point to the students - they must implement everything they've learned so far. 

As knowledge does not equal skills, they need to implement the productivity tips and techniques that they have learned during this course in their lives. Even if they will implement only a part of what they have learned in this course, they will become much more productive and efficient in their work.

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