I can't remember the last time I bought individual learning material that wasn't a book. I'd be tempted to the Learn Ulysses course from The Sweet Setup though.
Yesterday I attended the Nicholas Bate's Deep Productivity seminar in Oxford. It was a great chance to meet a fellow and much respected blogger and at the same use the course to gather up all the important bits about productivity.
The venue of the seminar was in the Magdalen College School. It was unlike any school I've ever visited and is also the oldest school that I've ever been in. If you like Harry Potter you will love this place.
I arrived a bit early being just around the corner for accommodation. I got speaking to Nicholas and a few other attendees to the seminar and then the hard work began at 9am.
The seminar was extremely valuable and it was a good opportunity to re-visit some strategies to help stay focused and productive. I also walked away with a number of books from Nicholas that have been added to the top of the reading list.
So what did I get from this seminar then?
Well, the whole point of this wasn't to learn something new. I'm a big fan of Nicholas Bate's blog and his material so I was already familiar with a number of strategies, but where I previously got this information over a long period of time, the seminar provided the opportunity to consolidate all of this information into a single form that I could digest more easily and refresh my brain.
It was also a great opportunity to meet Nicholas and other attendees.
All in it was a great investment of my time and I hope that it can yield some great results in the weeks, months and years to come.
Thank you Nicholas for putting on a superb event and it was great to finally meet you good sir!
For the attendees, I've managed to go my first 24 hours without bread as my first actionable item. Started yesterday during the seminar (thanks for the nudge NB) and made it to this morning by having cereal and a smoothie rather than toast. Yay!
Driving down to Oxford this afternoon for tomorrow's Deep Productivity seminar with none other than Nicholas Bate himself.
A great chance to meet and a great opportunity to learn.
If you're attending, say hi!
There's no shortcuts or life hacks to this. Just honest work, but it's the best way.