Waves of Focus: Guiding the Wandering Mind

There’s too much to do, you’re drowning in your Inbox...what if there was a way out?


Kourosh Dini, MD

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Kourosh Dini, MD

Clinical psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, Author

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In this course, you will have exercises to get out from under the overloaded lists, chaotic desktops, and a sea of sticky notes to start guiding your powerful and creative mind to where you want it to go.

See what people are saying

        It was a really great course! I loved the kind and gentle approach and the care of describing what having a wandering mind is like as a description and not a judgement. The philosophy and tools introduced here were and are incredibly helpful. I think about them and use them throughout the day.
Beverly
Beverly
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        The Anchor Pad and other techniques have been revolutionary.
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Student
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        What especially enabled was being part of a group: recognizing that I had membership in a global tribe that shared this poignant condition, this procrastinating-not knowing how to bring into focus condition (whatever its causes), that we wrote and read about in the shared posts, that we shared on the screen.
Gurleen
Gurleen
Productivityist
        Kourosh I think you are on to something wonderful. This course does not tell one how to live their life but gives one the tools to figure out how to live with dignity. I needed to figure out how to get myself out of my chaotic existence. You presented the materials with respect to all, no judgements .
Student
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        The premise of the class is grounded on presence. How simple but difficult for one to maintain. The course gives one a method on how to get back sane living after losing their way. Having an exact technique to gather up ones ideas, goals and actions is invaluable. The emphasis on being honest with ones self is an important part of this method.
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        I loved the course.  As with most of your work you leave the student to make their own path. My guess is that your background as a psychiatrist leads you to provide information for people to be help themselves rather than you just giveing them the answer you think is the answer.
Scott
Scott
        What struck me with the cohort was what accomplished, brilliant and productive people identified with having a wandering mind and struggled with many of the same things I do. I learned so much from the others in our group. This approach seems like a basic life skill for me that I didn't get until now. Thank you!
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Who is this course for

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You’ve been struggling with your attention, constantly fighting yourself rather than finding flow

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You get into the flow of something and then lose track of other important commitments

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Your relationships are burdened by needing to keep you on track


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You find flow but don’t know how you get there


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You fear taking on commitments because you can’t keep promises to yourself

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Your inbox is constantly flooded

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You get lost chasing one inspiration after another, leaving a trail of incomplete things

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You’re open-minded about learning in an online class setting

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You’re willing to put in some time and effort to watch the lessons, engage in the class, and practice the exercises


Topics covered

Anchor

Using the Anchor Technique, you’ll be able to more consciously decide what to do and when to stop.


Organize

Discover fundamentals of organization that work in physical, mental, and digital realms alike.

Raise Sails

Set up your environment to guide yourself into the things you need to do so you can get to the things you want to do.

Change Course

Design your environment so you can shift from one thing to the next. That way you don’t lose sight of the things you need to hold on to while also giving yourself permission to fully get into what you want.

Stay the Course

Discover ways to use the messages your mind tells you when doing “hard work” to decide if you want to continue or not.

Craft Messages

Give your Future Self a leg up with well-crafted messages. Convert tasks into realistic invitations.

Chart Distant Voyages

Further strengthen your Future Self so you can even start building habits where you may not have been able to before. Begin charting courses for distant voyages.

Clear Decks

Design your lists to be workable, engaging, and meaningful.

Restore

Having built structures with the previous modules, you can now take on the Inbox and more fully be the captain of your ship. 

Meet your instructor

Kourosh Dini, MD
Kourosh Dini, MD

As a clinical psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and author of several successful productivity books and a self-paced course, I’ve built a series of exercises and best practices, with and without tools to help thousands of readers get to their goals.

But the fundamentals of a good solid system are sometimes not the issue. Several clients and readers would come to me, despite having put in their best efforts, having collapsed into an exhaustion of messy apps and lists. They felt they were unintelligent or weak.

“Why can’t I just focus?!” 

But it wasn’t about the system, and it wasn’t about intelligence.

In fact, working with clients like these directly, I often see strengths like creativity and intelligence go hand-in-hand with such problems. Instead, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not about being bright or using a particular tool or method.

In working through their systems, from simple to complex, we would often run into several common blocks to getting things on track.

I built this course to bring together the exercises that help a wandering mind not only find focus but to bring their inherent creativity into play.

Course syllabus

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The Voyage - An Introduction to the Wandering Mind

A wandering mind is a powerful and creative mind. We’ll orient ourselves to these strengths and consider how we can begin building on them. We’ll outline the ideas and exercises that you’ll be learning and practicing along the way.

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The Anchor Technique

Knowing how to stop and start should be easy, right? Not really. And definitely not when you have a powerful creative mind. The playful mind hardly likes being told what to do, whether that’s from someone else or yourself. By using the Anchor Technique, you’ll be better able to make clear decisions as to what you want to start and stop.

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Organizing – Pillars & Foundations

Knowing is rarely enough. More than explore the fundamentals of organizing, we need to consider our motivations to do so. We’ll apply the principles of organizing to simple objects, but these foundations will reverberate throughout the rest of the course.

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Changing Course - Guides & Transitions

Reminders are a great way to create a mess. Each tries to shout louder than the next one to get your attention. It can be quite easy to brush them off without even realizing you’re doing so. By knowing the principles of the mind’s momentum, you can start creating meaningful guides so when they appear, you not only see them but you welcome them.

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Raising Sails - Engaging & Breaking Barriers

You don’t have to wait for a deadline to do something. Getting into something is not about forcing yourself. Faking deadlines never seems to work. But there are ways to bring yourself to work or play that is genuine. By learning the natural waves of your mind’s ability to engage, you’ll be honest with yourself and still make things happen.

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Staying on Course

Hard work doesn’t have to be a misery. In fact, by knowing how to pay attention to your reactions, you might even find that moment where the work changes from “hard” to “neat puzzle”. When something falls into the right window of challenge, the sails align and you’re often off and flying with the wind.

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Crafting Messages - Writing Tasks

Writing something down is more than just getting it off of your mind. It’s about setting up your Future Self for success. Having the skills to craft them well gives you a tremendous advantage and makes the likelihood of something actually getting done.

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Distant Voyages

Too often, a trail of unfinished projects and ideas can follow in your wake. It can be a struggle to keep track of what you have been doing and what you'd like to get to. Building workable homes for your projects can make a tremendous difference in moving forward and bringing things to conclusion.

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Clearing Decks – Options & Flow Lists

Continuing from Distant Voyages, we now examine alternate types of lists. When cultivated and balanced well, they can support the details of the day while staying out of your way so you can see and guide a larger picture.

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Working Through – Buckets & Overflow

Whether its an Inbox or an email client, their unread badges can number in the hundreds, if not thousands, terrifying. By bringing the principles of course together, you’ll have the exercises to not only start clearing these, but to use them as powerful pieces of machinery for your systems.

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Active learning, not passive watching

We’ll build each component, one at a time. At every step, you’ll be able to engage, bring up what has and hasn’t worked for you, and practice the skills.

Learn with a cohort of peers

Throughout the course, you’ll be engaged in a discussion with a group of like-minded individuals, all interested in guiding themselves. Any challenges you are facing are quite likely faced by others willing to find a path forward together. The classroom can provide a unique environment to begin and strengthen a path forward together.

Accountability and Feedback

You’ll have a direct connection over regular meetings where you can report back on your work. One of the useful levers for those with wandering minds is that of accountability. When you have somewhere to report to and a time to be there, you’re that much more likely to engage and make things happen.

Additional Benefits

The building and exercising nature of the course means that, at any point, you can always pull back to rebuild more fundamental levels. In fact, it needs to happen for any real mastery to occur. Mastery, after all, does not simply go in a straight line. The course lays out building from the fundamentals to advanced tactics so you know exactly where to return and rebuild.

Schedule

Schedule
Module 1 - The Voyage - An Introduction

Thursday, February 3rd

5:00p-6:30p

Module 2 - Anchoring

Monday, February 7th

5:00p-6:30p

Q&A and Implementation

Thursday, February 10th

5:00p-6:00p

Module 3 - Organizing

Monday, February 14th

5:00p-6:30p

Q&A and Implementation

Thursday, February 17th

5:00p-6:00p

Module 4 - Changing Course

Monday, February 21st

5:00p-6:30p

Q&A and Implementation

Thursday, February 24th

5:00p-6:00p

Module 5 - Raising Sails

Monday, February 28th

5:00p-6:30p

Q&A and Implementation

Thursday, March 3rd

5:00p-9:00p

Module 6 - Staying on Course

Monday, March 7th

5:00p-6:30p

Q&A and Implementation

Thursday, March 10th

5:00p-6:00p

Module 7 - Crafting Messages

Monday, March 14th

5:00p-6:30p

Q&A and Implementation

Thursday, March 17th

5:00p-6:00p

Module 8 - Charting Distant Voyages

Monday, March 21st

5:00p-6:30p

Q&A and Implementation

Thursday, March 24th

5:00p-6:00p

Module 9 - Clearing Decks

Monday, March 28th

5:00p-6:30p

Q&A and Implementation

Thursday, March 31st

5:00p-6:00p

Module 10 - Restoring

Monday, April 4th

5:00p-6:30p

Q&A and Implementation

Thursday, April 7th

5:00p-6:00p

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