The Zen Of Productivity: Use Your Brain To Be Productive
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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.
4.7 (22 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.
492 students enrolled
Created by Iulian Gulea
Last updated 7/2016
English
Price: $95
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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.
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Requirements
  • A pen, something to write on and an open mind to learn fascinating things about productivity and your brain.
  • A willingness to take action and apply the acquired knowledge for maximum results.
  • No prior knowledge is required.
Description

--> 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. 

Know that You are special! Take this course and find out HOW special you are!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course fits great with people who strive to get their work done fast and efficient.
  • This course also fits great with people who want their learning to be more efficient.
  • This is not a course on time management, as productivity is far more than just managing your time.
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Curriculum For This Course
43 Lectures
01:49:03
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Welcome
2 Lectures 04:05

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.

Preview 02:04

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.

Preview 02:01
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Human Brain in a nutshell
7 Lectures 18:37

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.

Neurons and patterns
05:47

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".

The difference between knowledge and skills
03:53

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.

Preview 02:32

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.

Our Brain uses more than 10% of its resources
03:15

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.

Psychology and Physiology
01:19

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

Patterns analogy
00:27

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

Chapter conclusions
01:24
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Attention, Attention!
6 Lectures 12:17

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

Preview 03:35

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.

Our ancestors weren't thinking, they were running!
01:30

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.

Stimulus Driven Attention and curvy shapes
02:09

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.

Your environment affects your productivity
01:22

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.

Goal Directed Attention is narrow
02:33

Attention! Conclusions!
01:08
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The dark and bright sides of Memory
17 Lectures 40:09

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.

Memory is Associative
01:56

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 characters
02:54

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

Exercise: Memorize 2 sequences of digits
02:05

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.

We are tuned to patterns
01:24

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.

Two types of Memory
01:08

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.

Exercise: Recall your 10+ years old memories
02:55

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

Shortly about Emotions and Memory
02:17

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 capacity + Exercise
04:52

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.

Working Memory working processes and how it constrains productivity
03:21

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.

Debunking The Biggest Productivity Myth - Multitasking does not work
06:23

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

Multitasking from the third person perspective
00:10

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.

One important detail of Multitasking
02:59

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.

Paper can improve your Productivity
01:43

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.

On Productivity and big tasks
00:46

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.

That feeling when you forget a brilliant idea that came to your mind earlier
02:00

This quiz strengthens the information regarding human memory.

Memory quiz
3 questions

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

Remember the Conclusions
02:52

This lecture describes what comes next in the course.

Next steps
00:24
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Senses - our connection to the World
5 Lectures 14:40

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."

Introducing and counting senses
01:35

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 learning productivity to be high
02:18

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.

Senses throughput and what's important for your working productivity to be high
03:38

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.

Simple and effective solutions to boost your productivity
05:34

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

See the conclusions, hear them and feel them
01:35
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Productivity Framework
6 Lectures 19:17

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

Economic Productivity
02:50

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.

Personal Productivity
04:44

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
05:59

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

The Productivity Framework document
00:14

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.

The Productivity Framework in action
02:29

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.

A final message
03:01
About the Instructor
Iulian Gulea
4.7 Average rating
22 Reviews
492 Students
1 Course
Professional Trainer | Freelancer | Web Developer | University Lecturer | TEDxChisinau Speaker

---[ Soft-skills training delivery ]---

As a professional trainer, in over 7 years of my activity, I developed and delivered soft and hard-skills trainings in companies for employees and middle management and in NGOs to their members as well as to their top management.

Achievements:

1800+ hours of training
6000+ people trained in face-2-face trainings

Mastered Skills:

adult learning processes
group dynamics

---[ eLearning courses development ]---

Besides face-2-face trainings, I've developed internal courses on an online eLearning platform for several companies.

Achievements:

developed 2 brand new courses and migrated 1 existing offline course
over 1500 employees have taken these courses

Mastered Skills:

information architecture
online courses building

---[ Teaching at University ]---

For the last 4 years, I've been teaching at university, so besides informal education techniques, I involve and use formal education techniques as well.

Achievements:

4 generations of students taught

Mastered Skills:

students' attention control