Productivity Masterclass: A Guide To Personal Effectiveness

Everything you need to know about radicalising your personal effectiveness, decisiveness, productivity and confidence
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Published 9/2015 English

Course Description

When pursuing success and personal achievement, there are plenty of roads to choose from and many mountains to climb. But what would happen if you reached the top of your mountain, only to discover that you've been climbing the wrong one?

In life, most people commit the best of their time towards pursuing goals that when reached, often prove to be empty or completely unfulfilling. The good news is that you don't need to learn this crucial life lesson the hard way.

Your work is going to fill a large element of your life, and the only way to become fully satisfied is by doing what you love, and loving what you do. Because once you understand what your core values and main priorities are, every decision that you make will be wiser, less impulsive and of far sounder judgement.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Make Wiser Decisions that Align With your Core Values.
  • Be Certain About How to Best Invest your Time & Resources.
  • Prioritise your Goals to Maximise your Productivity & Effectiveness.
  • Overcome Indecisiveness & Procrastination With Greater Ease.
  • Manage your Priorities for a far Healthier Work-Life Balance.
  • Pursue your Primary Goals With Boldness, Confidence & Clarity.
  • Understand the Motives Behind all of your Decision Making.
  • Make a Positive Influence in the Lives of Other People


This thought-provoking course will open your eyes as we explore your core values and priorities to gain more clarity, maximise your productivity and fulfil your maximum potential. You'll soon discover how understanding what drives you is crucially important for transforming your personal effectiveness, decisiveness, productivity and self confidence.

You'll be guided through a process of evaluating your routing decision making, your career, lifestyle choices, finances and even your closest relationships. You'll develop the confidence to take greater risks, explore unchartered territories, and go beyond the limits of what most people believe to be possible.

There's no time like now to become clear on what you want in your future, to transform your productivity and build more purpose into every future decision that you make. So, forget what you think you know about success or productivity and enter a new way of thinking that will completely revolutionise your entire way of life.

Productivity Masterclass: A Guide To Personal Effectiveness comes with a Full Money Back Guarantee, and if you're less that 100% satisfied, you can get a full refund within 30 days of purchase.

What are the requirements?

  • Before starting the course, students should have a notebook and pen available for taking appropriate notes on various lectures (although this is not a necessity).
  • Access to a Smartphone, Computer or Tablet.
  • Having access to a printer is recommended to make the most of the course workbooks and other downloadable resources

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Get Clear About What Your Main Priorities in Life Are.
  • Make Wiser Choices About How You Invest Your Time.
  • Prioritise Your Goals & Evolve Your Personal Productivity.
  • Stay Inspired, Motivated & Overcome Procrastination With Ease.
  • Have Clarity About Who You Are And What You Stand For.
  • Waist Less Time & Develop a Healthier Work/ Life Balance.
  • Develop the Confidence to Pursue Your Main Life Passions & Goals.
  • Understand The Core Motives Behind All of Your Decision Making.
  • Have Lifetime Access to the Full Video Course, 11 Graphically Designed Workbooks & an MP3 Audio Version of the Course to Listen to When Your On the Go.

What is the target audience?

  • ENTREPRENEURS: Those who need to maximise their effectiveness in a business or professional context.
  • CEO'S AND MANAGERS: This course is suitable for mid- to senior-level leaders, entrepreneurs, supervisors, managers, and coaches who want to become clear in their priorities.
  • HELPING SPECIALISTS: This course can be used as a practical tool for helping professionals, such as therapists, counsellors, psychologists, teachers, and social group leaders.
  • COUPLES: If you've been married for longer that 1 day, you'll know that there's always room for improvement in our relationships!
  • STUDENTS: Including graduates and young professionals who want to further develop themselves before making their mark in the world.
  • ASPIRING LEADERS: Those who are interested in understanding human values before entering a leadership or managerial position.
  • ANYONE: Who has a passion for self development and personal growth.​

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introducing A Guide To Extraordinary Productivity
02:29

“How different our lives are when we know what is deeply important to us, and, keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to know what matters most.” - Quote by Unknown

In this video, I'll give a complete overview of what you can expect to have learned by the end of the course.

00:45

Download and print off your course learning log book to make note of any A-haa moments you have throughout the rest of the course.

02:11

There's a striking difference between having a lot to do and being busy.

There's an even greater difference between being busy and getting important things done, i.e. being effective.

When asked "how are you?" how often do many of us respond, "Busy, so busy!" Our current culture and ever-connected super-fast times have made 'being busy' one of the highest valued currencies throughout Western society. We use it to pad our egos by saying "I'm busy" ... kind of like a proxy for saying "I'm important", or "I'm a valuable person" and "I'm living working life that means something."

Whether we are genuinely busy, or just pretending to be busy, busyness is often considered a valid excuse for almost any of life's demands. It can often be considered a justification for not listening, not speaking genuinely, being late, being inconsiderate, and, perhaps most ironically, for not getting much done at all!

Being “busy” is just an excuse that we give ourselves (and others) for not doing the necessary tasks, the scary stuff and the difficult things that we know we should be doing!

05:38

As you consider making more efficient progress in your life, it's inevitable that you'll think about success.

  1. Was last year a successful year?
  2. Is this year being a successful year?
  3. Do you feel as though you accomplished what you wanted?
  4. Where did you fall short?
  5. And perhaps most importantly, how can you make next year, even more, successful?

Some of those answers, of course, depend on how you define success. Like many, I grew up equating money and power with success, and for a time, that framed my definition. But as I've grown in my understanding of what success is, that has changed.

You see, success is a very personal thing. What drives one entrepreneur may be radically different for another.

And understanding how others measure success can help you better understand your definition.

01:13

Before we make any huge commitments in life, it's crucial that we establish our definition of success and then figure out how to achieve it.

Admittedly, this exercise might seem a little bit 'pointless' to some people, however for the sake of investing 15 minutes today, you might just begin saving yourself years of wasted time in the future.

Only a few of us ever stop for long enough to define what success would look like. So… how would we know how to achieve it? Or how would we know when we’ve eventually arrived?

Use this workbook to help you answer some of these big questions ...

09:26

While countless numbers of people would define success by the size of their bank balance, the size of their business or even by the scale of their achievements.

In this lesson we'll consider whether there's anything in the World that could ever possibly fulfil us?

Section 2: Stepping Outside Of The 'Productivity' Box
06:07

She's sold 100 million albums globally, done TV and film work and launched her own line of clothing.

Her career has spanned more than 4 decades and she's won multiple ASCAP Awards, Golden Globes, and Grammys. But Madonna still can't seem to capture satisfaction or self-respect….

In 1991, when Madonna was in the heyday of her cultural significance, she gave a now-famous interview with Vanity Fair. Across the many pages and glossy pictures of the magazine, the Queen of Pop bared her soul – and inner demons – to thousands and thousands of readers. Her words were both sobering and grim:

“I have so many [regrets]…and I have none. I wish I hadn't done a lot of things, but, on the other hand, if I hadn't I wouldn't be here.

But, then again, nobody works the way I work. I have an iron will. And all of my will has always been to conquer some horrible feeling of inadequacy.

I'm always struggling with that fear. I push past one spell of it and discover myself as a special human being and then I get to another stage and think I'm mediocre and uninteresting.

And I find a way to get myself out of that. Again and again. My drive in life is from this horrible fear of being mediocre. And that's always pushing me, pushing me. Because even though I've become somebody, I still have to prove that somebody to others.

My struggle has never ended and it probably never will.” Madonna, 1991

Madonna tried to capture wealth, fame & influence by working long hours, making huge sacrifices, and even compromising her character and values. She was willing to do anything to be somebody & avoid mediocrity.

01:14

To follow on from the previous lesson, complete this worksheet as a self reflection exercise to review the things that you've done in pursuit of 'success' over the years.

07:00

“Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be.”

I've heard the statement “just be yourself” so much. It sounds like an amazing thing to do, and I have wished many times that I could just do that. What I've wondered, though, is what in the world does that mean?

What if someone is a jerk to other people? Is it okay for them to just be themselves and go on being a jerk to everyone? How about people who are fearful of being around others and live a hermit-like life, avoiding people?

In my quest for answers, I've found that it is very much possible just to be yourself. The person who is a jerk to others and the person who is afraid of social situations are, in actuality, not being themselves. Their real self is just being covered up with conditioned, fear-based thinking.

Our real self is who we are when we let go of all of the stories, labels, and judgments that we have placed upon ourselves. It is who we naturally are without the masks and pretentiousness.

04:58

In this video, I've defined 'preferences' as the things that people would like to have if they had the choice.

Preferences are people's wishes and desires that deliver short lived happiness and satisfaction when fulfilled. However, preferences can very easily be confused with needs.

Needs are the issues that are necessary to perform well and to achieve individual goals. Preferences, on the other hand, are not necessarily needed to complete a task. In practice, an element of the work environment can, of course, be both a necessity and preference at the same time.

A distinction between preferences and needs can also be made based on their effect. We could say that needs do not increase satisfaction when fulfilled, but they can cause dissatisfaction when left unfulfilled. Preferences, on the other hand, do not cause dissatisfaction if they are not met, but they do increase satisfaction when they are fulfilled.

11:16

Sometimes, no matter how experienced we are or how much we have accomplished, we all can use a little help to keep going (a little bit of motivation if you will).

In the face of the inevitable obstacles we are going to encounter, here are ideas that have worked for me, and also for a lot of reasonably productive people that I know.

04:57

In this lesson, I'm going to go mathematical on you.

There's an equation: Stress = TIME + Limited Space.

TIME: there is never enough of time when in stress + Limited space is limited allowed time to accommodate the goals of others (or their personal wants - this also includes our desired achievements).

An interesting fact in Einstein's Law of Relativity E=mc2, time speeds up through motion, the more you speed up, the less time you have to complete the task.

So do you slow down to complete the task? No, not at all, the Key is to plan and find the balance.

Stress = TIME + Ltd space: the fruit or the baby is WAR is the conflict of an imbalance in the body,

Body + Soul + Spirit must all be balanced by a desire to win.

Desire to win + Plan = Victory

Over Time, there is no time for stress.

03:58

There's a striking difference between having a lot to do and being busy.

There's an even greater difference between being busy and getting important things done, i.e. being effective.

When asked "how are you?" how often do many of us respond, "Busy, so busy!"

Our current culture and ever-connected super-fast times have made 'being busy' one of the highest valued currencies throughout Western society.

We use it to pad our egos by saying "I'm busy" ... kind of like a proxy for saying "I'm important", or "I'm a valuable person" and "I'm living working life that means something."

Whether we are genuinely busy, or just pretending to be busy, busyness is often considered a valid excuse for almost any of life's demands. It can often be considered a justification for not listening, not speaking genuinely, being late, being inconsiderate, and, perhaps most ironically, for not getting much done at all!

Being “busy” is just an excuse that we give ourselves (and others) for not doing the necessary tasks, the scary stuff and the difficult things that we know we should be doing!

Use this workbook to reflect upon whether you're to be productive!

08:45

To be honest, some folks just don't care about making a difference in the world. For whatever reason, they are perfectly content to go about their day doing their best to enjoy themselves and have a nice time.

They get fulfillment from their happiness, or, at least, try to, and they don't feel it necessary to have any lasting impact on society or future generations.

Is this a cynical view? Sure it is. Is there a broad swath of the population who live their lives like this every single day? Absolutely! So, what makes a genuine difference?

Who determines who or what makes a difference in the world? One way of looking at it is that everyone makes a difference in their way. Some have a more lasting impact (Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Dalai Lama, Edison) while others like the guy who decides to separate his garbage into recyclables and make a contribution on this different level.

Who's to say that volunteering at a soup kitchen is any more or less important to society than founding a startup that lets people find financial sustainability through pursuing their unique passions in life?

What about the individual who decides to be the best parent possible to their children, spending quality time with them vs. a startup founder who builds a successful company but never sees his/her, kids? Who decides which is the better approach to living life?

Just walking around the city smiling at people trying to improve their day has a positive impact on society. I don't think anyone sets out to be complacent. Your personality and circumstances play a large role in how you go about your life.

We all make a contribution in our way, and that's what makes the world go round. Contribution.

Section 3: A Productive Life is all About Balance!
08:47

Values are built from our life experiences: what we learned at home, in school, at work, and anywhere we have spent time. Politics, religion, and culture, can affect our values.

Those closest to us often influence our values, whether they try to do so or not. Parents and immediate family members are often the first to impact on our values, but friends, peers, and even teachers will also have an effect.

Teens and children often test or question the values that they are taught in the family as part of the normal adolescent development process, and it is possible that theirs may differ from yours.

03:11

When it comes to owning or acquiring certain things, people would often use the terms 'want' and 'need' interchangeably.

In many cases, the way in which people use these two words can lead one to perceive that these two have similar meanings, if not mean just the same thing. But actually, these two terms are very different from each other.

To know whether what you desire for is a 'want' or a 'need', is to ask one fundamental question: “Have you been able to survive without this?” If your answer is 'yes', then what you desire for is a want, no matter how much you crave for it right now.

03:06

Print off and work your way through this Life Balance Workbook to begin evaluating and assessing the various areas in your life that you'd like to begin making more progress in today!

01:58

Someone with a healthy Life Balance can be recognized through their transparent prioritization between their 'Work' and 'lifestyle.'

No one in life is perfect, and no-one will ever achieve 100% fulfilment and contentment in every one of their life areas. However, it is 100% possible to find a healthy Balance.

When our life isn't balanced, we can never be at our most productive, and this can cause us no end of problems! Download and work your way through this Problem Solving Workbook to begin solving your current problems, and as a result of this, balance out your life and start getting 10X more productive.

08:28

No matter what our job might be, every one of us has assignments, tasks, or projects that are relevant to our businesses and our everyday lives.

Unfortunately, when we've got something important to do, it can often be difficult to focus on the task at hand and get it done. Instead, we procrastinate, put it off for later, or just ignore it.

Doing this, of course, does not move us forward on the road towards success.

(Download the mini-workbook in the addition materials for 7 tips on how to get more of the important things done)

02:32

Motivational experts frequently challenge people with this question of how you'd spend your life if you only had twelve months left.

Some think it impractical, since usually what we'd do wouldn't involve our day jobs or other responsibilities we can't suddenly abandon in our real lives.

But think about it. What would you do if you MIGHT only have 365 days left? In this imaginary scenario, like with any illness, there's a chance of cure - so you can't blow all your money or gorge yourself into a 100-pound weight gain you'll later regret.

But if these really might be your last days, what would you allow into your life, and what would you finally have the strength and absolute clarity to say NO to?

If you spend as much of your time as possible doing what's the very most meaningful, invigorating, joyful and fulfilling, you'll infuse your cells with that joy and likely dramatically increase the years that you get here (and improve your health, energy and quality of life in doing so).

Say yes to life! Say no to anything that drains it away from you.

03:43

What quality differentiates high-potential people from ordinary people who float their way through life?

Continuously observe what is going on in the now (present) to see if you can find an opportunity to grow (future). Once you have highlighted the opportunity for growth, look at previous successes and failures (past) to help you begin to move forward.

This way of thinking helps you to be mindful of the present and what possibilities and opportunities surround you each minute of the day, but also keeps you learning from the past while simultaneously moving forward.

02:30

4 Power Questions for highlighting an area in your life that you'd like to be more productive in today:

Use this worksheet to apply to any area in your life that you've identified some potential for improvement in - refer back to the Life Balance Workbook if necessary.

Section 4: The Productivity Secret: Motives and Core Personal Values
09:43

When we think of our values, we think of what is important to us in our lives (e.g., security, progress, wisdom, honesty, authenticity, fulfillment).

Each of us holds numerous values with varying degrees of importance. A particular value may be paramount to one person, but then completely unimportant to another.

Much like company core values, your personal core values are there to guide behaviour and choice. Get them right and you'll be swift and focused in your decision-making, with clear direction.

Get them wrong or leave them ambiguous, and you'll constantly wonder how you got into this mess!

11:56

Although your personal core values may not exactly match anyone else's, they still help you determine your surrounding culture.

Most smart people consciously or unconsciously use personal core values to select friendships, relationships and business partnerships.

Your core values also help you wisely manage your personal resources such as time and money.

Simply put, I use my personal core values as decision guidelines that keep me true to myself, and out of trouble!

10:04

Values are a set of beliefs or views that people hold about what is right or wrong in the world while also reflecting a person's sense of what is 'good' or 'bad'.

They can have a strong influence on an individual's attitude and behaviours, acting as a set of guidelines or rules for how to behave in different situations.

In this section, we will explore a large batch of humanities greatest and most prominent core values (although we may all prioritise the values differently, we all value them none the less!).

14:00

We can summarise the concept of core values as follows:

  • Values are beliefs tied inextricably to emotion. They are not objective or random ideas.
  • Values are a motivational construct. They refer to the desirable goals people strive to attain.
  • Values transcend people's specific actions, behaviours and situations. They are abstract goals.
  • Values guide the selection or evaluation of actions, policies, people, and events.
  • Values serve as our unique personal standards or preferred criteria.
  • Values are ordered by importance upon comparison to one another.
  • People’s values form an ordered system of value priorities that characterize them as individuals.

Understanding what values are is one piece of this puzzle, however understanding how we prioritise these values is a whole different ballgame!

07:32

“Until you make peace with who you are, you will never be content with what you have.” - Doris Mortman

In this lesson, we will explore and discuss more of our most outstanding core values and begin to consider how they are all inherently linked.

People’s life circumstances provide opportunities to pursue or express some values more easily than others: For example, wealthy individuals can seek power values more efficiently, and people who work in the liberal professions can represent self-direction values more transparently.

Life circumstances also impose constraints against pursuing or expressing values. For example: Having dependent children will limit parents to their pursuit of excitement by avoiding risky activities.

Values ... once you understand what motivates you, you'll also understand what motivates other people too!

09:59

The primary benefit of knowing your values is that you will gain tremendous clarity and focus, but ultimately you must use that newfound clarity to make consistent decisions and take committed action.

So the whole point of discovering your values is to improve the results you get in those areas that are truly most important to you. Values are priorities that tell you how to spend your time, right here, right now!

'Values are not like laws – you cannot break them. You can only break yourself against them' - Mark Wright

This video lecture is part one (of two) that will conclude this section on core values.

11:23

The primary benefit of knowing your values is that you will gain tremendous clarity and focus, but ultimately you must use that newfound clarity to make consistent decisions and take committed action.

So the whole point of discovering your values is to improve the results you get in those areas that are truly most important to you. Values are priorities that tell you how to spend your time, right here, right now!

'Try not to become a person of success but rather try to become a person of value.' - Albert Einstein

This video lecture is part two (of two) that will conclude this section on core values.

02:31

Once you have become clearer on what your core values are, every single decision that you make in your life becomes easier!

Please feel free to start a discussion or ask me a question if there's been any element of this section that doesn't make complete sense to you.

01:08

Values exist, whether you recognise them or not. Life can be much easier when you acknowledge your values – and when you make plans and decisions that honour them.

By living out your Core Values, not only will you become more successful, you enjoy your success more. You also achieve your outcomes with less effort and less internal conflict.

Use this workbook to define a list of your own core values and priorities.

01:53

The main benefit of knowing your values is that you will gain tremendous clarity and focus, but ultimately you must use that newfound clarity to make consistent decisions and take committed action.

The whole point of discovering your values is to improve the results you get in those areas that are truly most important to you.

Use this worksheet to help you to understand why sound core values are the foundation of a truly successful life:

Section 5: The Productivity Secret: Summary & Close
02:27

By living Your Core Values, not only are you more successful, you enjoy your success more. You also achieve your outcomes with less effort and conflict.

Thank you once again for enrolling on this course and I hope that you've found it to be insightful!

Kain Ramsay

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Instructor Biography

Kain Ramsay, Innovator in Psychology, Life Coaching & NLP Interventions

In the last decade, Kain Ramsay has influenced his following towards developing themselves in confidence, character, leadership and strength.

Kain has worked his unique brand of personal transformation with top business achievers, sports people, musicians, entrepreneurs and ex-military personnel by teaching how to live with greater intentionality, integrity and purpose.

He consistently astounds his audience by demonstrating how small changes in people’s thinking, can yield massive results in people's lives. He is one of the UK’s most trusted life coaches with over 25,000 people enrolled in his unique range of self improvement courses.

Beginning his career in the military, Kain spent 9 years in the British Army and served on Operational Tours in Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Kuwait and Gulf War II before terminating his service in 2004. Beyond the Military, he also developed successful careers in the finance sector, sales, marketing and in business communications.

He studied psychology and sociology in Edinburgh, before continuing in further study of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), Counselling and even Theology. Today, he serves as an influential leader in the personal development industry.

A successful entrepreneur and philanthropist, Kain serves as Chairman of Solid Grounds, a Scottish veterans charity, which serves and guides Ex-Military personnel through the often problematic transition from military to civilian life.

Kain's commitment to creating life-changing self improvement resources, is surpassed only by his passion for family as a dedicated husband to his wife, Karen.

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