Inner Productivity Intensive Workshop at EastWest Bookstore

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Inner Productivity Intensive Workshop – with Chris Edgar and Rosy Moon “I wanted to let you both know how much I enjoyed the workshop. It was a great experience – I learned a lot and actually enjoyed most of it! It may be the best single day workshop I have attended in my professional career.”

- Aidan C., San Francisco, California

Are you fully showing up in your work? You’ve got a lot to offer. You’re not just smart and creative — you care about people, and you have a unique vision for manifesting that creativity and caring in the world with the work you do.

So why, when you sit down to bring that grand vision to life, do you find yourself:

· Wasting time on e-mail and social media?
· Doing minor chores, instead of work that deeply matters to you?
· Arriving at the end of the workday and realizing nothing important got done?
· Constantly bouncing between tasks, unable to hold your attention on one?
· Feeling tired and sluggish whenever you try to work on your project?
· Criticizing and second-guessing your work so much that there’s no joy in it?
· Feeling paralyzed by a sense of “overwhelm” and too much to do?
· Obsessing over what other people might say about your work?
· Doubting that what you do can really make a difference?

I think we’ve all asked ourselves these questions at some point, and the answer often seems maddeningly unclear. What is clear, however, is that the usual organization and time management literature doesn’t shed much light on it.

Many people recommend making yourself “just do it” — but, as I think you’ve experienced, trying to force yourself to work usually just creates more resistance inside. Others offer neat tricks and “hacks” for organizing your e-mail, color-coding your folders, and so on. But as I think you also know, those tricks are useless if you aren’t focused and motivated enough to put them into practice.

So how do you deal with these issues? Let me tell you a story about a friend of mine that I think will be helpful. Like many people, my friend is in the habit of compulsively checking e-mail at work, and it’s been limiting how much he can get done. My friend recently took up a new strategy for getting rid of this habit. He committed to himself that he’ll only check his e-mail twice a day, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Sounds like a good idea in theory, right? Unfortunately, my friend has never been able to put it into practice. He still finds himself checking e-mail like crazy.

Why? This is what happens. My friend gets into work in the morning, and he’s usually able to get in about half an hour of focused work, even if he does have a nagging curiosity in the back of his mind about whether there’s anything interesting in his inbox.

But when that half-hour mark rolls around, my friend’s curiosity becomes so intense that he starts getting physically uncomfortable. He starts feeling tension in his chest, and maybe even a little shortness of breath. It’s actually kind of a scary experience for him in the moment.

So, to relieve the tension he’s feeling, my friend checks his e-mail.

What I’m going to suggest is that, whenever you’re doing one of the behaviors we talked about before – procrastinating, doing unimportant tasks, surfing the web, and so on – it’s because you, like my friend, are having some experience you find uncomfortable, and you’re trying to avoid that difficult experience.

This is totally understandable — after all, nobody wants to suffer while they’re working. Unfortunately, the price is that, whenever you distract yourself from your discomfort by checking e-mail, playing Minesweeper, or something else, you also take your attention off your work.

Now, suppose for a moment that, instead of running away from the discomfort you feel as you work, you could learn to accept, and even embrace, that discomfort, and keep moving forward in your project?

Learning how to do this is what the Inner Productivity Intensive is all about. This course is based on my book, Inner Productivity: A Mindful Path to Efficiency and Enjoyment in Your Work (, which Getting Things Done author David Allen called “a great read and a useful guidebook for turning the If daily grind into something much more interesting and engaging.”

In this full-day workshop, we put the book’s ideas and techniques into practice. This course will be all about how to:

· Bring your attention back to the task in front of you, when your mind starts to wander
· Reconnect with the sense of mission that drove you to be on your career path
· Choose to move forward in your work even when uncomfortable feelings, like anxiety and resentment, are coming up
· Dive into the projects that used to seem too intimidating for you to work on
· Become able to focus your attention on a single task for a long period of time, without constantly turning away from your project
· Let go of the ways you’ve been unconsciously sabotaging your projects
· Become able to set boundaries with others and protect the time you need to accomplish what you want to do
· Start actually experiencing work as fun, instead of burdensome or painful
· Bring more of the “real you” into your work, instead of constantly trying to please others
· Treat yourself and your work with respect, letting go of paralyzing self-criticism

I’ll be joined by yoga instructor and course leader Rosy Moon. Basing our approach on meditation, yoga and other mindfulness practices that have improved people’s lives for thousands of years, we’ll help you notice, and transform, the patterns of thinking and behavior keeping you from contributing to the world in the way you know you can.

This workshop is unlike any other seminar on organization or time management. I’ve designed the course to be small, to make sure each person gets the individual attention they need and the breakthrough they want. This won’t be a lecture — you’ll be diving right into exercises that make you aware of the places where you’re limiting yourself.

I’d recommend this workshop to people who are ready to take a deep look at what’s really holding them back in their work. If that’s what you’re interested in, this course will radically change the way you think about and relate to what you do.

What others have said “The Inner Productivity Intensive Workshop was amazing, maybe even transformational. I’ll use some of the practical techniques I learned pretty much every day for the rest of my life. At the same time, I also gained deeper insights into myself and my relationships that were incredibly valuable.”

- B.P., San Francisco, California

“Chris Edgar has taken an exploratory dive into the procrastination pit and come up with a cogent explanation of this phenomenon as well as an elegant set of techniques to transcend it. It’s a great read and a useful guidebook for turning the daily grind into something much more interesting and engaging.”

– DAVID ALLEN, bestselling author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

“Inner Productivity will show you how to clear your inner clutter and create a pathway to success!”

– MARSHALL GOLDSMITH, bestselling author of What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

“Real productivity doesn’t come from forced behaviors. Inner Productivity can help you connect with the inner state of being that can empower you to act in new ways, choose new perspectives and have a different experience. There is no greater productivity than connecting with your true self.”

– TAMA J. KIEVES, bestselling author of This Time I Dance!: Creating the Work You Love

“Inner Productivity is packed with practical examples of how to achieve greater results and peace of mind at work.”

– LAURA STACK, bestselling author of Leave the Office Earlier: The Productivity Pro Shows You How to Do More in Less Time . . . and Feel Great About It

“A wonderful guide for organizing both your physical and your head space.”

– PETER WALSH, bestselling author of Enough Already!: Clearing Mental Clutter to Become the Best You

Workshop Logistics

The workshop will be on Saturday, July 2, 2011, at EastWest Bookstore in Mountain View, California, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration for the workshop is $75 per person in advance, or $85 on the day of the event. Please call[masked] for tickets.

EastWest Bookstore is at 324 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041.

Wishing you the best in your work and elsewhere,Chris Edgar

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