Post-vacation blues is real. Some say the best way to overcome it is to plan another vacation. But we think the smartest way to bounce back into full productivity mode is to practice self-compassion, prioritize ruthlessly and fend off time-consuming work meetings. We'll teach you how in these free courses.
Courses in this collection:
First Things First
Prioritize accurately and say no with a clear conscience
I have noticed that many find it difficult to prioritize.
We have our to-do list, we have a decent overview of all the things we need to do, and we empty our inboxes (both physical and metaphorical) on a regular basis, but what is the right thing to do next? And if something lands on my desk, does it mean that I have to deal with it right away rather than continue doing what I was working on?
This course is for you if you are ambitious, have the best intentions, say “yes” to others more than what might be good for you in the long-run, and then have to suffer the consequences of doing so. It is also for all of you who want to prioritize consciously and be able to accept or decline offers and requests without regrets. Prioritization is more a skill than a talent, and we can all do a handful of things to make it easier for ourselves to prioritize deliberately and accurately – not only do what might feel good and seem appropriate at the moment but what will be beneficial in the long-run as well.
Said about the course:
"Enjoyed every single lesson, got time to try three of the exercises but looking to implement at least two more of them. Love David's system"
How to be kinder to yourself
Many of us have quite a critical attitude toward ourselves. Some of us might even address ourselves with a harsh, demanding voice inside, constantly reminding ourselves that we’re never good enough. Or telling ourselves "Now, pull yourself together!”.
These are the words we’d never ever say to anyone else, not even to our worst enemy. Are you one of us? Do you ever listen to the voice inside or to how it makes you feel? Self-criticism, researchers have found, can be as stressful as being criticized by someone else.
By practicing self-compassion, you can calm yourself down and cultivate a far more sustainable sense of well-being than the thrive for self-esteem. It does even make you perform better than motivating yourself with your inner critic.
The number of scientific papers on self-compassion has increased exponentially since 2003, when the research was initiated by professor Kristin Neff at the University of Texas. And since Kristin Neff and psychologist Christopher Germer established the program Mindful Self-compassion in 2010, it has spread all over the world. Starting this year, you can become a self-compassion teacher not only in English but in German, Spanish, Chinese and Korean.
In this e-mail course, you will meet these pioneers as a bonus along the way. Swedish author and journalist Agneta Lagercrantz, who has created the Daily Bits of Self-compassion, has interviewed them all: psychology professor Kristin Neff, psychologist and mindfulness instructor Christopher Germer, meditation teacher Tara Brach, MSC- (Mindful Self-compassion) teachers Christine Braehler, Michelle Becker and Steven Hackman. The course is based on Agneta Lagercrantz’s book Self-compassion (in Swedish) and her public talks on the subject.
Shorter, Fewer and Better Meetings
Simple tips and methods for more effective and productive meetings
–Meeting? Again? Am I really going to sit through this hogwash once more? I’m assuming the same two people will take over the meeting, as always. Was there, by the way, something I should have done before the meeting? Yikes, now I’m getting nervous…
Does that feel familiar?
Sign up to learn how to contribute to more effective and productive meetings for everyone!
Said about the course:
"Pro tip: make sure your entire team takes this course – your calendar will thank you for it!"
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