The Mindful Creative

Sitting at a computer all day trying to do creative work is a surefire way to burnout. We’re recommending quality sleep, reducing stress and a daily break to recharge your mind and body. The courses in this collection will get you started on the right track to a more balanced way of working.

7 courses

Courses in this collection:

  • 1

    Why People Fail

    Four significant obstacles to success and how you can overcome them

    Mastering failure is surely a vital step in achieving your aims, hopes, and dreams. After all, success is often just a moment—a goal fulfilled, soon to be replaced with new goals. But failure is the ambitious person’s constant companion, often dogging us for months, years, or even decades. We need to understand and conquer failure if we are ever to master success. You’d never know it from our education system. At school we’re taught geography, history, mathematical formulas, and obscure facts never to be used for the rest of our lives, yet how many of us, in all our years of formal learning, were ever taught how to overcome obstacles to any goal?

    In this course, we explore four main causes of failure, in any field, and reveal solutions for overcoming them and creating a successful, happy life.

    The most important message in this course is that failure leads to success. Even if you have experienced countless failures in your life, it doesn’t mean you are destined to have success pass you by.

    This course, published in collaboration with Wiley, is based on the book Why People Fail: The 16 Obstacles to Success and How You Can Overcome Them by Siimon Reynolds

  • 2

    DIY Creativity Camp

    Exercises to help you flex your creativity muscle and be creative on demand.

    “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any,” said Alice Walker

    Can the same be said for creativity? Can we say that the most common way for people to dismiss creativity is to say they don’t have any? How many times have you thought of yourself as “not a creative” person? What is creative anyway? Is a painter creative? How about an accountant?

    Our opinion is that everyone can be creative - and that includes both the painter and the accountant. (Notice that we didn’t say artistic.)

    Michelangelo (the sculptor, not the ninja turtle) is believed to have said “In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and in action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.”

    What if we start from the premise that there is a creative person in every one of us, waiting patiently to be revealed in all its glory? And put to work. That creative person is no slacker.

    Not everyone may feel like that. In this course, we’ll start from the assumption that we are all creative. And you’ll have to start from that assumption too. If you don’t believe that (yet), then do us a favor and apply a little bit of suspension of disbelief for the next two weeks. If you do believe it, GREAT! Either way, we’ll have some fun together. Every day, you'll receive a creative exercise that will take ten minutes or less. Your only assignment is to have fun doing it.

    P.S. We promise there will be no Steve Jobs quotes in this course.

  • 3

    Negotiation for Creatives

    Negotiation Strategies for Creatives & Consultants

    As an entrepreneur, consultant, freelancer or small business owner, you are more than likely to be forced to negotiate on a monthly basis. This might include:

    • Negotiating a contract with a customer;

    • Negotiating price with a supplier;

    • Negotiating about the level of commitment between you and a business partner.

    Many people may not be aware of the multiple opportunities to negotiate on a daily basis. To some, this might sound like a hassle, and a bit scary. What this also means is that there are a lot of non-threatening situations where you can work on your negotiation skills.

    This course will teach you the basic of negotiations, the must-know tools to succeed and give you a clear action list on what you should, and should not do when negotiating. We recommend this course to anyone running their own business, but the tools from the course will help you get better deals everywhere and make it easier for you to express what you want.

  • 4

    The Science of Creativity

    Helping you and your coworkers become more creative

    The research is conclusive: creativity is a skill that everyone can learn because it's all about performing certain behaviors.

    In this course, you'll get some of the latest research findings on creativity and hands-on exercises that help you apply the science to your everyday life. You will learn how to increase your own creativity, as well as one of your co-workers. At the end of the course, you will get some tools for generating unique and useful ideas when you are in a hurry.

    This is a course for people who need to be creative at work on a weekly basis. It's also for those who wish to work more with creating ideas and who need a blueprint for creating an innovative workplace.

  • 5

    Recharge at night

    8 myths on sleep, health and productivity

    How does sleep - and lack of it - affect our health? How does jet lag work? Is it normal to be awake in the middle of the night? Can sleep deprivation make you fat? And what was Winston Churchill’s secret strategy to stay alert throughout the day?

    Sleep is something that concerns and affects all of us; no one can escape this basic, primal human need. Rich and poor, young and old - we all have to fit at least a few hours of shut-eye into our busy schedule each day. And perhaps because sleep seems so basic and so universally human, that we still believe in so many old "truths", prejudices and myths about its function. 

    In this course, we'll take a closer look at some of these myths about the role that sleep plays in affecting our health and well-being. Some of them are true, while others have no bearing on reality or modern research. 

    Are you curious to know more about how a better night's sleep can boost your health and promote learning, concentration, creativity, weight loss and well-being? 

    My name is Lina Bodestad and I am a licensed psychologist who lives and works in Sweden. I work with educational psychology and run my own company as an organizational consultant and trainer. 


    Said about the course:

    "I think I took seven out of the eight myths as truths before taking this course. Thank youLina!"

  • 6

    Everyday Ways to Stress Less

    Simple methods to reduce stress and live better

    A goal of nearly all my clients is to be less stressed. Do you fall into that group? Do you feel if you were just less stressed, you’d be able to reach your goals - personally and professionally? Would you be a better you with less stress? 

    While a little stress can help us self-motivate and achieve things we aim for, the chronic stress we face in the world today is both draining and unhealthy. But knowing we need to be less stressed isn’t what you need. You need to know how to be less stressed.

    This course breaks down 8 things you can do each day to lower your stress, along with actionable steps to get started today and start living your ideal life!

    Sign up with your email address and receive the first lesson within a minute.

  • 7

    Yoga for office workers

    Simple exercises for people who work infront of a computer all day

    How does your body feel right now?

    If you turned on your cell phone first thing in the morning, and then rushed off to work, you may not have had the time to notice. Your thoughts have been focused on the past or future instead of what’s happening right now. If that’s the case, there are probably feelings of stress, pressure or anxiety within you. Notice what happens when you instead direct your attention towards the sensations in your body. Are you more present in the moment? Perhaps you instantly feel more harmony, relief, happiness or love.

    This is exactly what yoga can help us with. Even though many now associate the word yoga with how the body looks during that handstand rather than how it actually feels, the yoga legend Patanjali defined it as “the calming of thought waves” or “the ability to control fluctuations of the mind”.   

    This free course will provide you with nine daily exercises that let you become more present in the here and now. As a bonus, your body will also automatically start to heal and open up.

    You’ll get one new exercise per day for nine days, which will then be put together into a 20-minute yoga sequence you can do at home or at the office.

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