What webinars, videos, and exercises are available on optimizing engagement, productivity, work capacity, and well-being?
Card sorting exercise
As a way of exploring the opportunities in the 'inner game' of work, we can experiment with a mock work situation, and see what might be holding us back from peak performance--optimal productivity, quality, and satisfaction while doing a task. With this simple one-minute exercise, you can also experiment with the source of time pressure, and investigate how involvement relates to pressure. Instructions for the exercise are here. You could read Gambling with Deadline Pressure either before or after doing this exercise.
This is an exercise during which you observe the second hand of a large clock for 10 minutes with a special breathing technique to see how the feelings of time change, and to balance the energies of the three main energy centers.
Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Gw2dcJT4sM
Essential Time Mastery
A 22-minute prerecorded webinar. What's necessary and essential to master time pressures, anxiety about time, and time poverty--the feeling that we don't have enough time? This seminar introduces essential definitions; inquiry about the zone, personal time, and the source of time pressure; and two powerful methods that can be useful for mastering time. This seminar goes beyond conventional time management and gets to the heart of mastering time.
Go to http://www.tskassociation.org/mlt-course-materials.html Script is on the blog at http://wp.me/ss9h2-187
Going without Going exercise
A slow walking exercise that is excellent for balancing one's awareness, and minimizing the effort needed to accomplish things. Time, Space, and Knowledge (TSK) exercise 23, p. 185: Going without Going. From book Time, Space, and Knowledge by Tarthang Tulku (Dharma Publishing). Movie of PowerPoint slide with narration of exercise instructions. Go to
This introductory nine-minute video, produced by Dr. Steve Randall, is hosted on YouTube at Got Time? It depicts the habitual Western problems with time pressure and the feeling of not having enough time, identifies common ways of not dealing with the problem, and then suggests that there are ways to change our personal time (like a personal space). The script for this video is at http://wp.me/ps9h2-3a
Healing Pain and Time
A 20-minute narrated meditation exercise that explores these questions: How is the experience of time related to pain, stress, disease, and health? Are there ways to change the experience of stress and pain by changing our experience of time? There are two physician summaries for a comprehensive article on pain and its relationship to the experience of time, and a narrated exercise that directly explores different facets and ways of relating to pain and 'negative' sensation.
Available on demand at Pain Management Also available on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwpks7yEMxVNazqnAg4rxui0HVtTcLwO7. ]
go to http://wp.me/ps9h2-3C for the comprehensive article
Introduction to Mastering Linear Time
A 48-minute, six-part prerecorded webinar, and available on demand via Internet.
This seminar--"Time Management Doesn't Work, and What to Do About It"--introduces the Mastering Linear Time workshop, and points out some limitations of traditional time management. It also introduces the full range of benefits possible with time management and time mastery, and introduces some principles and a few of the many methods that can be useful for mastering time. If you've taken conventional time management workshops, you'll probably find that little or none of this seminar is covered by those workshops, in spite of the importance of this material for practical time management and for optimizing our well-being.
Go to http://www.tskassociation.org/mlt-course-materials.html
Introduction to TSK
A 20-minute, three-part recorded webinar. Free, and available on demand. Go to http://www.tskassociation.org/webinar-intro-to-tsk.html
What is at the heart of the TSK approach, and how does it work? Where is it documented? Does TSK really challenge any and all limits on knowing, acting, and being? What are the benefits of studying it, putting it into practice, and even 'embodying it'? Can TSK serve as "a visionary medium through which a common ground [can] be found in the pursuits of knowledge carried out by the various sciences and religions?”
The Most Important Time Management Practice
For most of us, pressure and anxiety about time are produced by an imbalance in the heart, head, and throat energies. But if these energy centers are balanced, experience becomes timeless--not that events in physical time stop happening, they just are no longer accompanied by pressure. How can you balance these energies? The best single antidote I’ve seen for time pressure and 'time poverty'--the feeling that we don’t have enough time--is a balanced way of breathing used in a number of martial arts. Available by request. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mastering Linear Time
This prerecorded webinar has 35 parts. Covering the material once takes 4.5 hours. Learning the material will probably take longer.
In this workshop, after seeing definitions of three types of time, you’ll practice a dozen exercises that are very effective for relieving time’s friction and relentless ﬂow. You'll learn a way of breathing that immediately relieves anxiety about time passing and begins to dissolve the associated physiological aspects of chronic dis-ease. You'll do this breathing exercise focusing on the second hand of a clock to see how your experience of time changes moment by moment, depending on your awareness and breathing. You'll watch moments as they flow by, and look between 'neighboring' moments to see if you can find additional moments. This opens up the rigid feeling of time passing, eliminates stress, and allows for an increase in productivity and creativity. Other exercises focus directly on various aspects of the way we normally feel time passing, gradually breaking up the rigid habit while improving our sense of well-being.
Available on demand, via Internet connection to YouTube. Go to http://www.tskassociation.org/mastering-linear-time.html where you will find links to the sections on YouTube. This workshop can also be presented for groups onsite. Private coaching is also available, and DVDs of the workshop are available for those who wish to study/practice offline.
The Moments between Moments exercise
Narration of Love of Knowledge (LOK) exercise 14, Moments between Moments. From book by Tarthang Tulku (Dharma Publishing). Movie of PowerPoint slide with narration of exercise instructions.
Originally published in Consulting Today, 2005. This exercise prevensts some side-effects of planning within linear time's structure.
The article appears on the lower part of the webpage.
Taking the Pressure Out of Deadlines
This seven-part, 83-minute prerecorded webinar on time pressures was presented live at the Annual Conference of the State Bar of California.
Is it possible to have a schedule full of deadlines, meet the deadlines, and actually improve your health and well-being in the process? Yes! The pressure and anxiety associated with deadlines are not features built into time, not 'facts of life' that we have to put up with. It’s how we handle deadlines that determines our stress level. You can actually increase your energy and conﬁdence under a deadline, but only if you know how to work with time, rather than struggle or race against it. If we can learn how to directly transform time pressure, we can realize signiﬁcant gains in both productivity and well-being. Where's the Pressure Come From? The primary factor is not what most of us would guess: our typical way of experiencing time flowing from moment to moment. The ordinary, yet relentless flow of time sets up the trap for deadline pressure. The trap is sprung by a triggering emotion, like fear of damaging one's reputation by not finishing something on time. The emotion intensifies the 'normal' sense of time passing so it usually feels that time's passing more quickly and the deadline is closing in on us. If we can become aware of such emotions, we can easily relieve a lot of the pressure.
Go to http://www.tskassociation.org/deadline-pressures.html
An excellent exercise to turn procrastination around.
Originally published in The Networker. January, 1998, 1, 5. The ASTD Reporter, January, 1998, 3. The Learning Curve, February, 1998, 4. North Bay Bulletin, March, 1998.
Making resolutions is often a matter of will power and guilt while ‘looking forward’ to the coming year. Instead, as much as possible, get into the experience that the year is over. Then write whatever happened in past tense. Besides insights about your goals and plans, you may get a sense of relief or peace while breaking through your habitually off-balance way of seeking happiness "up ahead," or “going forward.”
On my blog at http://wp.me/ps9h2-2T