There’s too much to do,
You’re drowning in your Inbox…
…What if there was a way out?
Getting there is a matter of practice, building from smaller to larger efforts. Eventually, you know how it all flows together, and you can travel to places you didn’t think were possible.
Meet Your Instructor
Kourosh Dini, MD
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 these strengths 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.
A New Type of Online Course
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.
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.
What People Are Saying
The depth of your work allows me to change how I meet the moment
Thanks so much for all of your work. I used GTD for many years. It was helpful. I then used Mark Forster’s work. It was even more helpful. Then I discovered your work. It is simply transformational; the depth of your work allows me to change how I meet the moment in front of me, as well as create a structure to guide those moments.
It’s changing my relationship with my work
I can’t praise @Kourosh’s Being Productive enough.
Dini’s course takes an approach that lives up to its subtitle, Simple steps to calm focus. This might be expanded to be Simple, yet profound, steps to calm focus. It’s changing my relationship with my work.
…Dini’s course comes across as well thought out and built on foundational research. This makes sense, as Dini has years of medical and other training that enables him to build this foundation.
I would challenge anyone not to be able to pick up any new tips and tricks from this book
What Kourosh has been able to do with this publication, is nothing short of stunning…
…you really can be at ANY skill level to read through this book.
From contexts to projects, perspectives to meta-tasks, I would challenge anyone not to be able to pick up any new tips and tricks from this book.
I always refer to Getting Things Done as my productivity bible and I go back to it regularly to ensure that I still follow the sage advice given within. Well, I’ve now got a second book that deserves to sit alongside GTD and I really cannot give it any higher praise than that.
…you saved my company… and because my life is my job, you probably saved my life.
I do a creative job, but with going freelance I met the struggle of running a business and all duties and responsibilities that come with it. I was totally overwhelmed by all these things I needed to do to keep the business running. I had this moment, when my workflow stopped, I felt frustrated and depressed. I thought about closing my company. I was using the Things app at the time and all the tasks were in one big bag, without contexts, groups, anything. I knew there was this Omnifocus system, but the app seemed too complicated and not legible at first sight. I watched some tutorials—still not excited about Omni. Few days ago I decided that I can’t go like this and I have to switch to Omni and decided to give it one more try. I found your book. Read it in 2 days.
Now I feel like I have been blind and I can see. All these things, personal, business, family, everything is organized, I don’t need to think about a million things to remember. I can focus on designing. I feel really free.
If not for your book, I would never encourage myself to learn Omni, it just feels not intuitive at first contact. You made a huge effort to create this great book. I really feel you saved my company. And because my life is my job, you probably saved my life. From all my heart – thank you. I’m sure I will buy your other book about workflow soon.
Learn with a comprehensive curriculum
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I get when I sign up for Waves of Focus?
Waves of Focus – Guiding the Wandering Mind is an online course. You will receive:
1. Two live Zoom classes with peers per week over four weeks
2. Exercises to practice the lessons
3. A forum to interact with your fellow students
How do I know if this course is for me?
You may have been through several books and courses and felt that you haven’t gotten far.
Waves of Focus is not about turning you into someone who looks like they are organized to others. For example, you could do very well with sticky notes. Some may even have a very solid system of creativity and work that involves them. Maybe you find piles of books and papers inspirational. That’s fine, too.
This is more about building the mental muscles to guide and re-guide your focus in a way that is about caring for your natural rhythms of mind. The hope is to reach a sense that you can rely on having what you want in front of you when it is useful and ready to be acted on with only the friction that could be inspirational.
Consider the following to help you decide if this course is for you:
- You’ve been struggling with your attention, constantly fighting yourself rather than finding flow
- Your relationships are burdened by needing to keep you on track
- You find flow but don’t know how you get there
- Your Inbox is constantly flooded
- You get into the flow of something and then lose track of other important commitments
- You fear taking on commitments because you can’t keep promises to yourself
- You’re open-minded about learning in an online class setting
- You’re willing to put in some time and effort to watch the lessons, engage in the class, and practice the exercises
How do I know if this course is not for me?
- You are looking to do more than is actually possible
- You don’t have time to make an effort to improve your attention
- You already have a solid system of work
- You are looking for a replacement for therapy or medication
- You are looking for shortcuts and quick fixes
- You are being forced by someone else to take the class
Will this help me if I have ADHD?
Please do note that I will not be functioning as a psychiatrist, physician, or therapist in this course.
More accurately, have you ever found yourself doing something you didn’t mean to be doing? Have you ever caught yourself doom scrolling for longer than you intended?
Whatever that distinction is—that part of you that says “do this thing!”, and that part of you that says “nope!” and vice versa, that’s the relationship I’m trying to help you with.
Can’t I learn this on my own?
Several powerful systems like Getting Things Done, the Pomodoro Technique, Zen to Done, Don’t Break the Chain, Deep Focus, and more, all promise a depth of focus. And they often deliver. But they depend on an approach that doesn’t take the wandering mind into account.
All of them require several important mental muscles to build. Once you have those muscles, those systems and more can blossom.
Quite likely, you can find these principles on your own. But doing so, piecing together different systems, and designing something that works for you, can take a tremendous amount of time and effort.
How much time does Waves of Focus require?
Including the classes and exercises, I would encourage setting aside 3-4 hours per week. The most demanding of these will be the live classes as they would need to be scheduled. Of course, you can watch the recorded live lectures later, but nothing quite beats being in sessions yourself as they are going on.
What if I’m too busy right now?
There’s a wonderful saying that you should meditate for twenty minutes per day unless you are busy, in which case you should meditate for an hour per day.
I recognize the snideness in the comment, too, but the sentiment is important.
Will you turn this into a book or self-paced course?
I haven’t decided yet. A class-based course offers immersion and accountability that is hard to come by elsewhere. While the concepts can be translated into self-paced words or videos, nothing quite replaces live interaction.
Still, having written several books and a self-paced course, I’ve grown quite fond of them. Many readers have been quite happy with them.
I expect changes and adjustments to Waves of Focus as I teach the course. As I bring them into a more solidified shape that lends itself well to a book or self-paced course, I’ll certainly consider it.
How different is this from your books and course?
Waves of Focus is probably closest in nature to Being Productive – Simple Steps to Calm Focus.
Being Productive is a self-paced course that takes the user through the individual, foundational steps and habits that shape a solid working system. It is adaptable to just about any other system out there. Many people wrote in to say that they found it transformational and that they refer back to it regularly.
However, there is a subset of people for whom the principles don’t quite take. Their Inbox still overflows, procrastination continues unabated, and it is difficult to even make it through the course itself. Whether creative, with ADHD, anxiety, or otherwise, there is a continued tendency to skip past whatever the intended focus is. Overwhelm and frustration pervade.
In working with clients, one on one, we would try to find where the tires just weren’t connecting with the road. Waves of Focus is the result of those discussions. The years of frustration can build in such a way as to stand in one’s own way and atrophy certain muscles.
While there are several tips and tricks to share, there is a process of exercise that seems to be helpful. More than just a change of perspective, a person needs to be able to practice a care for the Future Self. Waves of Focus is about doing just that in the context of meaningful work.