un-Productivity Focus Sessions

For info on my motivation for these groups, check out The Practice of un-Productivity.


Come test out a work and life support program I am developing. It is about practice and showing up. Pretty easy, right? Maybe…hopefully…possibly not at first…but that is why we are here.

Not really sure what any of this is about? That’s understandable, as I haven’t told you anything yet. Read on (and also check out my post) and find out how maybe, just maybe, this un-Productivity group might be just the thing to help you get out of your stressful life and work malaise.

What’s going on

Though this is a fully formed support group, it is also the very early stages of some much bigger plans I have for this type of program. I am more interested at this point to get something going and have it and you grow along with me.

The details may change and develop as the program progresses, but my first offerings are the following:

What

Like “work with me” literally says, I am using a Zoom Meeting Room for people can join and work along with me and others. You do your stuff, we’ll do ours. It’s really not any more complicated than that. The power of this group is in the structure. A focused time and space to just work. Mindful support to keep you on task.


Signing Up!

Check the calendar for available dates.
Additional sessions may be added as I am inspired!… so keep checking back in!


Pricing

Initially, these will be offered for free, because the point is to provide a space for everyone to show up and get work done.


Structure of Focus Sessions

  1. The Zoom Meeting Room will open 10 min before the starting time, giving everyone time to arrive and get settled.
  2. A few suggestions will be offered to help you work more effectively over the hour and any questions will be answered.
  3. At the starting time for the session, I will see if there are any final questions, offer a few deep breaths to get focused and wish everyone a good hour of work.
  4. Any important questions can be submitted to the group chat, but I encourage limiting any activities that will take you away from your work.
  5. Partway and at a few other random points through the session, a mindfulness bell will chime to bring any wandering attention back to the task at hand.
  6. A 5-minute warning will be given near the end of the work session and we will wind up the session at 10 am.
  7. Move on with your day. Come back and visit!

What

A meditation retreat I was to attend recently was cancelled. Not wanting to miss out on more structured meditation, I am filling my days with more meditation opportunities to both keep up my practice and keep me accountable to do it!

I am happy for anyone who wants to practice their own meditation to join me. I am mostly just going to be doing my own stuff, so there will be very little instruction. Therefore, this is probably a better session if you have at least basic experience meditating.


Signing Up!

Check the calendar for available dates.
Additional sessions may be added as I am inspired!… so keep checking back in!


Pricing

These meditation sessions will be offered for free, as I am providing a space for us all to do our own practice.
Additional, paid sessions, with more instruction, may be added later.


Structure of Meditation Sessions

  1. The Zoom Meeting Room will open 10 min before the starting time, giving everyone time to arrive and get settled.
  2. A few suggestions will be offered to help you work more effectively over the hour and any questions will be answered.
  3. At the starting time for the session, I will see if there are any final questions, offer a few deep breaths to get focused, maybe a short getting comfortable and grounded exercise and then wish everyone a good meditation session.
  4. Partway and at a few other random points through the session, a mindfulness bell may chime to bring any wandering attention back to the task at hand.
  5. Meditate for the full 30 minutes or whatever shorter length of time you desire. As you will be muted, you can silently depart whenever you need to. You may leave any text comments before you go, should you desire.
  6. I will bring the session to a close at the end of the 30 minutes and you can move on with your day. Come back and visit!

What

An open group (come for any or all sessions) for a 4 week period.

We will do a go-around and talk about any issues people have with their working lives. I will have some tips and tricks and will encourage those in the group to share theirs. There will always be time for Q&A and we can all set a doable challenge for the next week.


When

Thursdays, 1 pm


Signing Up!

Check the calendar for available dates.


Pricing

Initially, these sessions will be offered for $20/, which may change after the first 4-week block.


A bit on Kurt

You can read more about me in other places or just ask, but I come from a background, way back when, as a Professional Engineer. Ensuring things did not fall apart, were done on time and within budget were all in a day’s work. It was the exacting nature of my engineering education and professional work that at least partly moulded me into who I am.

Kurt Frost

I also have a Masters in Educational Psychology (long story) and am a Registered Psychotherapist (Ontario, Canada). Though the offerings here are definitely not “therapy” (and I do want to be clear about this!), there are certainly therapeutic benefits that can be had. I have years of facilitation experience with groups of various kinds and have worked as both a psychotherapist, coach or sometimes just a good listener for countless individuals.

But, even though I consider myself an experienced professional who has much to offer, I also know that I struggle with many of the same things like the people I work with. This is why, especially in this program, I am taking a “teach what you need to learn” approach. I have much to offer, but I am excited to see what others can teach me. Seems fair.