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Work Consciously Audio Course Now Available

Ready to get off the “time management treadmill”?

You’ve tried all the usual productivity advice:  make to-do lists, reorganize your e-mail, color-code your folders, and so on.  You’ve probably bought more than enough books, CDs, planners, special notebooks, and “apps” as well.

So why do you still find yourself procrastinating, getting distracted, feeling anxious, and not making the kind of progress you want in your work?  Why does getting through your daily routine still seem like such a frustrating chore?

The answer goes deeper than planners and iPhone apps . . .

Although there’s a lot of sound advice out there, it usually doesn’t deal with the biggest obstacle we tend to face in getting our work done:  our own minds.  As I think you know from experience, arranging your e-mail subfolders in some fancy way won’t be enough to keep you on task if:

  • You keep getting to the end of the day, and feeling like you didn’t accomplish enough
  • You’re working from home, and it’s hard to stay on task when no one’s keeping tabs on you
  • You feel overwhelmed when you see a lot of items on your to-do list
  • Your mind keeps jumping around to all kinds of different ideas when you’re trying to focus on something
  • You struggle with a sense that you’ve got to do everything perfectly, or not do it at all
  • You have trouble starting a project you want to do, because you worry that it’s not going to be good enough
  • You have difficulty saying “no” to requests, and protecting your time, when you’re trying to do a task
  • You’re tired of beating yourself up and forcing yourself to work
  • You get bogged down in resentment, because it seems like people don’t appreciate what you do

Most of us are in the habit of running from uncomfortable feelings and sensations like these when they come up as we’re working.  To distract ourselves from them, we check e-mail, play Minesweeper, get up and pace around, or do something else.  Unfortunately — and this is key — when we distract ourselves from our discomfort, we also take our attention off our work.

What if, instead of running away from difficult emotions and sensations, you could learn to accept and allow them? What if you could choose to move forward in your work, even when discomfort is coming up?

That’s what the Work Consciously Audio Course is all about.

For thousands of years, mindfulness practices like meditation, yoga and qi gong have helped people learn to be with silence and discomfort, concentrate on one thing for a long time, and even find peace and joy doing it.  This program is about using practices like these “in real time” — while you’re at your desk doing a task — to stay focused and motivated as you work.

To get a sense of what this is about, next time you find yourself wanting to turn away from your work, pause instead, and notice what you’re feeling.  What kind of discomfort is there — tension, heat, itching, or something else?  Where is it in your body?

Now, see if you can keep breathing, relax your body, and just allow that discomfort to pass away on its own, without trying to fight it or flee from it.  Notice how, the more you welcome the uncomfortable feeling or sensation, without resistance, the easier it is to be with.

This is just a taste of the practices offered in the Work Consciously Audio Course.  In this program, you’ll learn how to:

  • Let go of anxiety that used to paralyze you in your work
  • Develop a longer attention span and feel less distractible
  • Stay focused even when you’re feeling the urge to procrastinate
  • Motivate yourself by getting in touch with your desire to contribute to the world
  • Return your attention to the present when it’s drifting off
  • Become aware of the unconscious ways you sabotage yourself in what you do
  • Set boundaries with others and protect the time you spend on your projects
  • Move through writer’s block, and even use it as a source of inspiration
  • Bring the “real you” into your work by letting go of the “work persona” you put on in what you do

What others have said

“I found Chris’s material in the course amazing!  And what I mean by that is the value that he provides, the wisdom he shares and the practical applications he leaves us with can literally transform our life and work.  And he does it all, with the most loving and authentic approach.”

- Evita Ochel, author of EvolvingBeings.com

“We all need some nudges along the way to keep our thinking, writing and designs fresh and refreshing.   The [Work Consciously Audio Course] is a good work out.”

Patricia Hamilton, author of PatriciasWisdom.com

And here’s some of the wonderful feedback I received about Inner Productivity:

“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 (How One Harvard Lawyer Left It All to Have It All)

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

Download the introduction

To get a sense of what the course is all about, you can listen to the introduction here free of charge.  If you’d prefer to read it, you can view a text version here.  Whether you buy the program or not, I’m confident that just listening to this section will fundamentally shift the way you think about your work and what’s possible for you in it.

One unique part of this course is that, if you download the program, you’ll also receive a 100-page document with the entire text of the course.  If you prefer reading to listening, or you’d like to review the exercises you’ve done in written form, this will be an ideal resource.

Buy the course

The audio course is available for $24.95.  I’ve tried to keep it affordable because I want everyone, including people who want help getting through the job application process — and who benefit a lot, I’ve found, from my book Inner Productivity — to have access to this program.

You can buy the course using this PayPal button:

Buy Now

If you’re done with buying fancy gadgets and notebooks, and you want to really get to the source of what’s holding you back in your work, this is the program for you.  I think you’ll find this course will help you bring your creative gifts into the world, find the efficiency you want in your work, and even have some fun in what you do.

Wishing you the best in your work and elsewhere,

Chris Edgar

25 thoughts on
Work Consciously Audio Course Now Available

  1. Patricia

    How exciting is this? I am impressed….let’s get the word out, because I think more folks will benefit from this than trying to get folks to read a book. Several of my neighbors have a big commute each day and are always listening to audio books with their ipods now…

    Thanks for putting this together…it is such important good stuff

  2. Robin Easton

    Dear Chris!!

    This is WONDERFUL!!!

    I am sooooo excited about this because I bought your book and am loving it. I could SO relate to how you were BEFORE you started to “work consciously”. It’s like you are describing me.

    All this is SO timely for me. I feel that your book and this audio will give me some of the skills I need to not only better organize my time, but move through this intense work/book promo time with more ease, more consciousness and attention to my needs, and the things that will keep me more centered and taking care of myself. There’s hope for me yet! :)

    I am already listening to this and not only is the information fantastic, but your voice is soothing and well modulated, which makes it much easier to take in the information. You have a great voice for recording or….radio….you know….for doing “THE SHOW: By Chris Edgar”!! You may think I’m kidding, but I am 100% serious. You have great potential, talent and insight, AND a phenomenal way with people, so relaxed and natural.

    I am very grateful, Chris, and excited to connect with you. How amazing when what we are seeking comes into our lives at the right time. I’ve felt very inspired since our talk. And your work is really going to help me. I thank you from my heart for this. It will help many others as well. Hugs, Rob

  3. Chris - Post author

    Thanks Patricia — I’m grateful that you see the importance of this work. I know there are a lot of people who prefer listening while jogging, or something else, to sitting down with a book, and I hope I can reach those people with this.

  4. Chris - Post author

    Hi Robin — I’m glad you’re finding the book helpful, and thanks for the reminder about The Show. I definitely felt acknowledged when you said you see my desire to help — sometimes the person who has the most trouble seeing that is me, so reminders are super-appreciated! :) More audio interviews are definitely coming up. I love that we get to hear Robin on the radio now too!

  5. Hilary

    Hi Chris .. as the others have said .. a real achievement. I love your summaries at the beginning .. and I will definitely be back to read/listen in quieter, less demanding times ..

    Thanks so much .. We all need help with working consciously and ensuring that we achieve satisfaction with our work ..

    Well done .. Hilary

  6. Sara

    Chris,

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    Anyone reading this comment should know that Chris has the most wonderful, yet simple ways to help you deal with a variety of issues and not just work issues.

    I tend to get anxious about things. He provided a great simple exercise that has helped me deal with this. If his work could help me with my anxiety, then I guarantee it’s bound to help you:~)

    I so pleased that you are offering this audio course, Chris!!!

  7. Chris - Post author

    Hi Hilary — I’m glad you found the summaries helpful. Those less demanding times — they never quite seem to arrive, do they? :) But perhaps that’s a good thing because at least we stay engaged.

  8. Chris - Post author

    Hi Sara — I’m really glad you’ve found the course helpful — like you say, I think a lot of the techniques and ideas I talk about in it are useful for situations outside of what we’d normally call “work.”

  9. Patricia

    Chris just started the audio series…it is great….I finished the 25th sit upon for Library Girl and still have some fabric remaining…I can listen and crochet….the 2 things at once gal!

    Thank you…I think my husband would enjoy listening to this in the car with all his driving too…he has an ipod we are just working on figuring out….from our youngest who got a new more amazing one, but failed to keep the directions…trial and error for us :)

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