Get things done without forcing yourself to do them!
Pace and Kyeli, peaceful and productive
You have big dreams. It’s going to take some time to turn them into reality – you know that, you get that. But where is that time going to come from? You’re so busy you can hardly find any time for your Great Work, and when you finally do… (this is the embarrassing part) you get overwhelmed, so you procrastinate and waste time instead. Then you beat yourself up and doubt yourself. You think, “If my Great Work were really that important to me, I’d be able to just sit down and do it.”
It’s enough to get you down. It’s almost enough to make you want to give up. To think you’re not cut out for this.
I know, because I’ve thought those same things myself many times.
But the truth is that there’s nothing wrong with you – there’s something wrong with the entire productivity industry.
Tell me, how many books and courses have you seen with titles like these?
- Kick The $%&@ Out Of Your Fear
- Overcoming Your Resistance By Punching It In The Face
- Tie Yourself To A Chair And Write, Dammit!
- Self-Discipline – The Revolutionary “Shame Yourself” Method
Okay, so maybe they don’t all come right out and show their true colors in their titles, but their advice basically boils down to those 3 hateful words I loathe with every fiber of my being: “Just do it.”
And when you read those books or take those courses, the message you take home with you is:
- “You should feel ashamed of feeling afraid and overwhelmed.”
- “You should feel ashamed of procrastinating and resisting.”
- “You should feel ashamed if this doesn’t come easily to you.”
- “You should feel ashamed because you can’t ‘just do it’.”
Shame, shame, shame. Animal trainers figured out that praise works better than shame in the 1900’s – why haven’t our authors, teachers, and leaders caught up to the current century?
So let’s set that shame aside. (Don’t kick it in the face – just set it aside gently.)
Let’s choose compassion over shame.
Let’s choose peace over violence.
Let’s choose love over fear.
Peaceful Productivity is a 5-week course taught online and on the phone, where you’ll learn how to get things done peacefully – without violently forcing yourself to do them.
The way to become awesome at anything is to practice it. The way to practice it is to have the time and motivation to practice it.
You’ll learn how to amplify, channel, and bottle your passion so you’ll actually feel like being productive. You’ll harness your procrastination as a motivational force, like a spaceship slingshotting around the moon. You’ll build peaceful habits to make difficult things effortless. You’ll find time for what’s important to you even if you’re moonlighting or super busy.
And you’ll apply all these techniques to your life by completing several bite-sized exercises with guidance, support, and accountability. At the end of the 5-week course, you’ll have the knowledge, the skills, the support, and the setup to go forth and be peacefully productive!
When you’ve completed the Peaceful Productivity course, you’ll be able to:
- Motivate yourself peacefully instead of with brute force
- Find time to do what’s most important to you
- Find peace when you’re feeling overwhelmed
- Finally stop being so hard on yourself for not being able to “just do it.”
You’ll get the most out of Peaceful Productivity if:
- You’re sensitive
- You’d like to connect more deeply with your heart and your soul
- You want to do something meaningful with your time – either meaningful to the world or meaningful to you personally
Here’s how it works.
Peaceful Productivity is a 5-week course taught online and on the phone.
Each week, we’ll have 1 class and 1 Productivity Boost. You’ll call in via phone or Skype.
- you’ll learn one key topic of peaceful productivity (45 minutes)
- and you’ll have a chance to ask questions (15 minutes)
During the Productivity Boost:
- We’ll create sacred space and explain the week’s exercise. (15 minutes)
- You’ll hang up and get to work! (60 minutes)
- If you get stuck or have questions, call back in – I’ll be available for the entire productivity hour to help you. (during productivity hour)
- You’ll call back in at the end so we can all share how it went for us and celebrate our successes! (15 minutes)
Knowing that your fellow students are working alongside you, even though we’re all in different places, is very powerful and a hefty productivity boost. And having the support to call in if you get stuck can make the difference between thrashing and creating.
Each week, you’ll learn a key topic of peaceful productivity, and you’ll take one concrete action to apply what you learned to your life.
Week 1: Peaceful Self-Care
First, we need to clean out the encrusted gunk that has accumulated from violent productivity techniques. Gunk like “I’m a lazy slacker if I’m not productive” and “I must earn love and worthiness by doing useful things.” We’ll clear out that crud and replace it with peaceful truths like “I am worthy of love for who I am, not what I do” and “I am enough.”
Action: You’ll put what you’ve learned into practice by taking good care of yourself and being completely, totally unproductive for 1 hour. I’ll be there to help you work through any resistance that comes up for you.
Week 2: Peaceful Habits
You’ll learn how to establish habits peacefully, in a way that works for you. You’ll learn the 7 principles of peaceful habit-building and how to apply them to your situation.
The wonderful thing about habits is that once they’re in place, you don’t have to push. You just do it, like you’re on autopilot. And that’s the last thing you’ll learn: when it’s good to be on autopilot, and when it’s dangerous.
Action: You’ll begin building 1 habit that will help you be peacefully, effortlessly productive. You’ll continue building it throughout the rest of the course.
Week 3: Peaceful Motivation
You’ll learn the three principles of peaceful motivation – all carrot, no stick. You’ll learn why having goals isn’t enough, and what the missing ingredients are. You’ll learn when to motivate your mind and when to motivate your brain. You’ll learn how to make it easy for yourself – and how to NOT make it hard.
Action: You’ll make 3 small changes in your life (one for each of the 3 principles of peaceful motivation) that will help you feel inspired and motivated every day.
Week 4: Peaceful Time Management
You’ll learn how to find time for what’s important even if you’re super busy, which will include digging into a common time-killer: perfectionism. You’ll learn how to use Pace’s 3-tier to-do list system to help manage your time and put your perfectionism in perspective.
Action: You’ll work through a “what’s on your plate” exercise that will help you align your life with your true priorities – and then keep it that way.
Week 5: Peaceful Mind Management
You’ll learn the two most common causes of procrastination, and peaceful techniques for healing each one. You’ll learn how to stop thrashing and how to escape from overwhelm (which is not always what it seems).
Action: You’ll work through an “overwhelm management” exercise that will leave you feeling peaceful, organized, and on top of things.
Connect with other students
Last but not least, you’ll also have access to an online community where you can connect with the other students, tell stories of what works for you (and what doesn’t), share tips and tricks, and support each other.
My sacred vow
When I first started working for myself, I thrashed. I got overwhelmed. I procrastinated. I avoided. I felt too busy most of the time, and too exhausted whenever I wasn’t too busy.
I took some productivity courses and read some books. I learned a few useful things, but most of the techniques I learned felt too violent. I didn’t want to force myself to do what I loved – that just felt wrong.
I realized that I would rather fail peacefully than succeed violently.
So I made a sacred vow to myself. I vowed that I would never force myself to do anything.
That was six years ago. I didn’t fail. I didn’t give up. And I didn’t break my vow. Here I am, peaceful, productive, and prosperous.
I had to learn peaceful productivity the hard way – by trial and error. And that’s why I created this Peaceful Productivity course – so that you can learn it the easy way. So that you can find a clear path to peace instead of blundering about in Thrashland and falling headfirst into Overwhelm Lake.
When you register for Peaceful Productivity you’ll receive 4 added bonuses to help you be peaceful and productive. You can download two of them immediately, and the other two will be made available during the relevant topic of the course. We want to keep it peaceful and not overwhelm you!
Bonus #1: Peacefulness Meditation
A 6-minute guided meditation. I’ll lead you through a short practice you can use to return to your center whenever you feel out of balance. It’s in MP3 format, so you can download it and listen to it whenever you could use some calm peacefulness in your life.
Bonus #2: The Treasury System: Pace’s Guide to Peaceful Money Management
Over the years, we’ve tried many different systems of tracking and managing our money, often with horrifying results. After much trial and error, I finally hit upon a system that works for me, me family, and my business. It’s worked well for my clients, too. It’s called the Treasury System, and you’ll learn all about it in this step-by-step guide.
Bonus #3: How to Complete a Large Writing Project, with Charlie Gilkey
Charlie Gilkey of Productive Flourishing is an expert in productivity, time management, and creativity management, so I interviewed him about how to complete a large writing project. His advice is helpful for completing any large project peacefully and productively, so we’re including this interview (originally recorded for the World-Changing Writing Workshop) as a bonus for you!
Charlie will guide you through the steps that will help you make consistent progress on a large writing project without beating yourself up or squishing yourself into a rigid schedule that doesn’t work for you. Charlie will show you how to get around common obstacles like procrastination, writer’s block, and feeling drained of creative energy. After learning from Charlie, you’ll be ready to complete a big project of your own!
Bonus #4: Building Habits That Support Your Writing, with Leo Babauta
Leo Babauta has become a rockstar in empowerment and minimalist circles through his writing on Zen Habits and Mnmlist. His books, Focus: A Simplicity Manifesto in the Age of Distraction and The Power of Less, help readers be peaceful and productive.
In Building Habits to Support Your Writing, I interview Leo on how to build good writing habits that you’ll actually stick with. Though we use writing as an example, his advice is solid and applies to any other type of habit you’d like to build.
If you’ve tried to change your habits, but you’ve given up because it was too hard, Leo has some advice that will help you. Building habits doesn’t have to be hard, you just have to know how to go about it.
What people are saying
Pace is the Jedi master of getting things done without the tears and teeth-gnashing so much of us go through when trying to stay productive. As both a coach and a friend, she has given me practical tools that have kept me from getting sucked down by overwhelm and a high-level approach that has helped me break my cycles of overwork. As a recovered task-master herself, she knows all the tricks that us overachievers get up to in the quest for perfection, and she can see clearly what we don’t – that when you’re at peace, you get more done.
– Kelly Kingman, visual entrepreneur, kellykingmanmedia.com
You should pay attention to this testimonial, because it’s coming from a guy who says a lot of things that are the total opposite of what Pace says. Like, she said that the way to get yourself to do things that you don’t want to do isn’t to just “make yourself do it anyway,” and I was like, “WTF, PACE? I JUST WROTE LIKE THREE THINGS SAYING THE OPPOSITE!” and then a slap fight ensued. But in spite of all of this? I’m still totally willing to swear that she knows her shit, and if someone said that there was nothing to this “Peaceful Productivity” thing, I’d totally be willing to get into a slap fight with them on her behalf.
– Johnny B. Truant, very productive and not very peaceful, sterlingandstone.com
The last class of 39 students, on average, reported improvement in all 5 areas of peaceful productivity: self-care, habits, motivation, time management, mind management, and being more peacefully productive overall.
This stuff really works!
My promise to you
If you don’t get the results you’re hoping for, you get your money back with no hassle. It’s as simple as that.
How to register now
When you sign up for Peaceful Productivity, you’ll get:
|Five 1-hour-long teleclasses, one per week, consisting of teaching, interaction, and Q&A|
|Recordings of the teleclasses in MP3 format, edited to reduce noise and balance speaker volume|
|Productivity Boost sessions each week to put what you’ve learned into practice. I’ll be available to help you and answer your questions.|
|Connection with other students in the class, via online discussion prompts to help you practice and integrate what you’ve learned|
|Bonus #1: Peacefulness Meditation Recording, a 6-minute audio MP3 to listen to whenever you need some peace|
|Bonus #2: The Treasury System: Pace’s Guide to Peaceful Money Management (a 20-page eBook)|
|Bonus #3: How to Complete a Large Writing Project, with Charlie Gilkey (audio interview and transcript)|
|Bonus #4: Building Habits That Support Your Writing, with Leo Babauta (audio interview and transcript)|
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Wishing you buckets of peace, productivity, and prosperity,
Pace & Kyeli