Zen &
The Art of Work

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Are you overwhelmed?

Finding it difficult to focus?

Feeling stressed?

Having trouble finding things?

Are you always late?

Forgetting appointments?

Can’t seem to meet deadlines?

Are you not living up to your potential?

Feel like you’re letting others down?

Are you drowning in work?

There is a solution.

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Zen & The Art of Work

Find calm
in work and play.

Our worlds can be chaotic.

At home or at work, we can have many demands placed on us. Meeting our responsibilities can leave us with little room for our own desires and goals. Particularly in our tech-filled world, we can easily be hit from multiple directions. How can we ever find calm? How can we ever pursue our own goals?

Finding a way to pursue our dreams with any peaceful focus might seem a myth.

But it is possible. 

When you learn to guide your attention well, you can find a calm and creative focus, at work or at home. Even in chaos, you can have a way to anchor yourself and make solid decisions to move forward and build your life and dreams.  

Zen & The Art of Work gives you the exercises to help you on that path…


"I cannot recommend this video series enough. There is content here for everyone, no matter what your level of prior exposure to productivity techniques..."

— Lee Garrett, Productivityist.com and MyProductiveMac.com
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Zen & The Art of Work is one of (if not the) best demonstrations of how these principles can lead to the calm, intentional practice of getting work done that matters.

— Joe Buhlig, Working with OmniFocus
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Course & Books

The course and books below can help you find calm focus in your play and work. Each stands on its own and integrates  well with the others.

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A 30-day money back guarantee is available. If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, please contact me.

– Kourosh


… my anxiety is ratcheting downwards exponentially.
Thank you very much.

— Michelle, customer

Zen & The Art of Work

Zen & The Art of Work gives you the exercises to find calm focus at work and at home. You’ll get a set of 16 video modules, each with a simple, but powerful,  exercise to build into your day.

You’ll start the course with a project of your choice. Use Zen & The Art of Work to help you tackle that long-term homework assignment, that thesis, your taxes, cleaning a junk room, or for fun things like taking on a new hobby like gardening or exercise.

No task system knowledge or computer applications are necessary.

 

Includes:

  • Course: 16 Zen & The Art of Work video modules
  • Bonus: Zen & The Art of Work Audiobook companion
  • Bonus:  Zen & the Piano Soundtrack album
  • Sample chapter: Creating Flow with OmniFocus: Mastering Productivity
  • Sample chapter: Workflow Mastery: Building from the Basics
  • Learn exercises for finding relaxed, heightened attention.
  • Form useful habits gradually.
  • Learn ways to dive deep into work.
  • Build a simple trusted system.
  • Find calm even with due dates.
  • Take large projects along a path of mastery.
  • Integrates easily with most any productivity method or task system, though neither are required.

Creating Flow with OmniFocus: Mastering Productivity

Winner of 2015 Gold eLiterature Award for the category of Education/Academic/Teaching.

Creating Flow with OmniFocus helps you to easily guide your work, play, and productivity throughout the days, weeks, and years using the strength of the task and project manager, OmniFocus. Creating Flow with OmniFocus guides you from the basics to the most advanced uses one step at a time.

Required: a licensed copy of OmniFocus. The book centers on the OS X version, though the principles can be applied to the iOS versions.

Includes:

  • 110,000+ words
  • Numerous screenshots and images
  • DRM-free ePub, Mobi, and PDF formats
  • Many examples and tutorials
  • Learn from the most basic to the most advanced concepts.
  • Build a trusted system and get things off your mind.
  • Create a streamlined singular workflow.
  • Take control of OmniFocus at a much deeper level by mastering perspectives.
  • Build a dashboard system to manage responsibilities and tasks easily.
  • Take on the projects you want to, knowing you have a way to do them day to day.
  • Grasp basic and advanced concepts of OmniFocus through real examples.
  • Gain mastery and integrate maintenance tasks, new tasks of the day, as well as larger projects.
  • Have daily tasks and year long projects rest easily side by side.

Workflow Mastery

Winner of 2014 Bronze eLiterature Award for the category of Education/Academic/Teaching.

Workflow Mastery takes a step back to study the workflow’s entirety. Workflow Mastery is a deep dive into what it takes to develop mastery and meaningful work. It describes, at both practical and psychological depth, how vision develops, how we can organize meaningfully, and ultimately how we can create the conditions for our work and play. The material is structured so you can decide where and how to improve your individual workflow to whatever degree you may wish. It, too, builds from the very basics up through the advanced.

Includes:

  • 550+ pages
  • DRM-free ePub, Mobi, and PDF formats
  • Many examples and exercises

Learn how to:

  • Organize meaningfully.
  • Guide technology, rather than be controlled by it.
  • Understand motivation.
  • Do what you feel is important without procrastination.
  • Master the universals of workflows to build your own unique system.
  • Avoid bouncing from one task to the next without getting anything done.
  • Build the foundations to develop mastery and meaningful work.


Just finished listening to the Zen and the Art of Work audiobook. …

I think you have done a great work to marry human psyche into the productivity equation. I personally benefited and learnt a lot, particularly from the simple yet subtle step at the beginning of the work to pause and choose my work. This really helps to calm the mind to get started for a playful flow state.

  I fully agree that the ultimate productivity is to be in the playful/flow state during work that leads to our goals and meets our responsibilities. And, you’re absolutely right that the flow state is achievable when we genuinely trust ourselves and our systems. You have clearly demonstrated how to orchestrate our thoughts across the four elements of the toolset: Day’s List, Inbox, Action List, and Calendar. There are many overlaps with GTD, but your emphasis on the soft areas such as our feelings during the process really makes your work valuable. The subtle ‘consider to do …’ option is a great way to build habits, and start small and grow big. Lots of scientific methods to combat procrastination…

— S. ArBabian, customer

The Author

Kourosh Dini | Psychoanalyst, Writer & Musician

Photograph by Dan Pullman for Bitter Jester Studios

Kourosh Dini, MD

PRODUCTIVITY EXPERT, PSYCHOANALYST, & MUSICIAN
Education
  • Northwestern University Integrated Science Program with a focus in the neurosciences.
  • Medical degree and residency in adult psychiatry at University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • Child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Chicago.
  • Psychoanalytic training at the Institute for Psychoanalysis.
  • Currently, Kourosh Dini, MD maintains a private practice in Chicago involving psychotherapy, meditation, and medication management.
About Kourosh

Throughout my schooling years, I was never organized.  I would jokingly say that I was allergic to checklists.

Now don’t get me wrong, I had my talents.  In fact, I relied heavily on those. Creativity and some smarts helped me out.

But, I can’t tell you how many times I would write an assignment on some scrap of paper and shove it into my already heavy and messy backpack hoping I’d remember to do it—that is, if I even heard the assignment in the first place.

This was in the days before the Internet, too, so I couldn’t check later.  My friends would get sick of me calling them and asking for the next assignment. Other times, I’d show up to class only to find out that there was something due that day. Oops. Well, more than oops.  I’d have the pit in the stomach horrible feeling. I’d feel embarrassed, ashamed, and totally disorganized.

Still, I managed to get to some good schools and even do well, though still with a few friends getting upset here and there.

But, around the time I got to medical school, I realized I had to change.  This was no longer about grades. There would soon be people who’d rely on me.  I couldn’t just rest on my creativity. I’d need to get things done well and reliably.  I couldn’t always ask someone to help or catch me if I missed something.

The thing is, I still felt allergic to lists.  They seemed perfectly dreadful.  All I could see them do was crush my spirit.

It wasn’t until I read David Allen’s Getting Things Done that I really got it.  That book is a work of brilliance.  The idea of creating a trusted system, a system that could allow you to hold onto your ideas so you could fully focus on what’s in front of you was mind-blowing.

I realized that lists can be there to support me. It sounds obvious,… but it wasn’t to me!  Once I made this realization, I realized that being organized wasn’t about crushing my creative spirit.  It was about supporting the strengths I had.  It wasn’t obvious how to be creative and organized together, but that’s exactly the system I realized I could build.


Praise for Previous Books

…a bit like a Trojan horse in that suddenly you realize that this clearly constructed system is being created almost without trying that hard. …Brilliant.

— Stephen, Reader

I started to get things together. Using a task program, the Getting Things Done method, and my own interests in mindfulness and creativity, I threw myself into building a solid system that could work for me.

I became much more reliable. It felt great. I felt in control, able, and even confident.  Wow! I was now really on top of things.

Meanwhile, I was confused adapting to this new role. I was never the guy on top of things. But, now here I was, the guy who knew how to get things done and be relaxed doing it. I had people asking me, “How do you do it?”

So, I started to describe how I work. As I became more successful, and more organized, I was able to write how I integrated these ideas into books and then teach them to my clients. In the course of our work, some of them have even needed less medication for ADHD and anxiety.

But there was still something missing. Most of the productivity books and courses missed that vital part of the creative spirit. How can you combine creativity and productivity and still be successful?

The thing is that I was doing this intuitively. I refused to drop that playful spirit even as I became organized. So, I set out to figure out how to describe that. And I wanted to do it simply and clearly.  I had developed my workflows in a complex computer application, but I knew that the ideas could work anywhere, even with only pen and paper. Breaking the ideas down into their most vital components was key.

And a funny thing happened. As I described how I worked, the teaching helped me, too. I felt more peaceful and successful, all the while staying on top of my work and helping others. The ideas of the playful spirit and organization fell into a harmony that I continue to practice and teach.

Now certainly, there are still days that I get stressed. But, I have a way to get on top of things: to take those things that are on my mind and put them where they best belong, to feel like I can do them in the time that I arrange, to be able to focus and feel like the other things will wait for me.

If I can go from overwhelmed and disorganized to on top of things and confident, so can you. It is possible.


"Zen & the Art of Work is a guided exploration as well as quite a hard core set of instructions into optimizing your work. But rather than focusing on productivity, as most approaches do, it focuses on the quality of the work you can do, by working on the entire set-up around and about your work which will lead to better, deeper, more meaningful and ultimately more productive work. Because at the end of the day, what does productivity matter if it does not lead to more relevant results for you, right?

"In this approach, Kourosh Dini, the author of Zen & the Art of Work, goes beyond some of the ideas that are presented in Getting Things Done (more commonly known as GTD) by David Allen. In my opinion, he comes closer to the essence of the Taoist thoughts that underlie the GTD approach."

Ben Broeckx, Exploring the Black Box

Along the way, I’ve written a course and two books as to how I got here and how you can get there, too. Each stands on its own but also integrates well with the others:

Zen & The Art of Work is an eCourse that helps you eliminate overwhelm, work efficiently, and achieve your goals. No tools are necessary other than pen, paper, a calendar, and an alert. It takes several productivity techniques and distills them into small but powerful exercises.

Creating Flow with OmniFocus helps you build a system to organize even large amounts of work so that it you stay on top. The book helps you create a task system from the ground up using the powerful task manager OmniFocus, created by the Omni Group. Creating Flow has won an eLit gold medal.

Workflow Mastery is a deep academic dive into the principles that rest behind Zen & The Art of Work and Creating Flow with OmniFocus. If you prefer to understand the theory behind productivity, mastery, and meaningful work, this is your go to guide. Workflow Mastery has won an eLit bronze medal.

As a side note, my first book was Video Game Play and Addiction: A Guide for Parents. It describes how important play is, that video games are not necessarily bad and can even be very beneficial.  Still, we need to learn how to be responsible with them as they can be problematic if we’re not careful. The book has won a Mom’s Choice Award and a National Parenting Publication Award.