OUR INTEGRATED PROGRAMME

Do you want to be the best version of yourself - personally and professionally? Are you trying to increase your efficiency, effectiveness, productivity, and performance in certain aspects of your life?

ACADEMIC LIFE COACHING

WHEEL OF LIFE


In today's 'too much to do and not enough time' reality, you may find yourself paying attention to only a few areas of life - at the expense of other equally important areas. The Wheel of Life is a simple and powerful tool that gives you a clear visual representation of the way your life is currently, and the gaps you need to fill to live a well-balanced, healthy, productive and happy life; free of unnecessary stress, disease, and regrets.




WELL-FORMED OUTCOMES


It is estimated that only five percent of people set their life goals in a clear and achievable manner, yet proper goal setting is a vital first step to success. Our Well-formed Outcomes process goes far beyond mere 'goal setting' by recruiting and reprogramming your all-important (and more powerful) subconscious mind; even your most logical, well-planned life goals will not become reality if your subconscious mind rejects them.




PRIORITY MANAGEMENT


Research shows that 20% of what we do gets us 80% of our results. Successful people adopt this principle when deciding how to productively use the 86 400 seconds that we all have each day. Unlike Time Management, which helps you plan and control how much time you spend on specific activities (regardless of whether they are low or high-yield), Priority Management goes a step further by allowing you to identify and remove [or outsource] tasks that do not respect the 20/80 rule, making your time on the planet more productive and rewarding.




BELIEFS & VALUES


Your acceptance that something is true (or untrue) without 'scientific' proof, and your closely held generalisations about the causes; meaning; and boundaries of things around you, drives what you think you can or cannot do. Your beliefs ultimately drive what is important to you: your values. These beliefs and values are either empowering or disempowering. Ultimately, one should determine which ones drive you towards your goals; and which are obstacles.




GHOST BUSTING


Your past experiences, be they failure or success, have a profound effect on your future. The tendency to stick to what brought you success previously can get in the way of finding and adopting more efficient new behaviours and systems. Conversely, failure often leaves psychological scars, and if you do not consider that your capabilities and context have changed over time, you may find yourself avoiding things you can do today that may have been difficult or impossible when you had less mental, physical, and financial resources. Moving beyond your limiting beliefs and habits formed by past experiences – good or bad – is an essential first step to moving-on and getting ahead.





MEMORY TRAINING

MEMORY SYSTEMS


How well you can remember affects how well you think. Your memory is also a strong predictor for both personal and academic success. You use your memory to keep track of things that unfold over time such as reading, writing, and planning. Your ability to interrogate relationships between various pieces of information to determine general principles, or see new connections between concepts also depends on how good your memory is.

The good news is we can help you quickly increase your memory with our training.




MIND MAPPING


Mind Maps are a powerful information recording and organising tool. A single diagram connects a central idea to branches of related information, making it easier for you to comprehend, analyse, and identify relationships. In addition, information storage and recall also increases because – like your brain – Mind Maps work radiantly.





ACCELERATED LEARNING

EFFECTIVE NOTE-MAKING


Making notes that help you learn faster, understand more in-depth, and remember for longer is an essential skill for both the classroom and the workplace. You should know how to separate and organise information based on levels of importance, relevance, and connectedness. When you study and master the most effective note-making systems, learning becomes more relaxed, enjoyable, and productive.




POMODORO TECHNIQUE


Breaking down the time spent on deliberate mental activities, like thinking and learning, into specific 25-minute bite-sized chunks improves your focus, retention, and recall. This time-tested Pomodoro Technique allows your brain to rest and recover during the breaks between your thinking and learning activities. We teach you how to use the Pomodoro Technique in conjunction with other Optimised Learning systems to get the most out of your time when learning or working.




SPACED REPETITION


Research shows that the common practice of hoping that you will remember large quantities of information by reading it over and over again is not aligned with how your brain works. It is tedious, boring, and ineffective. Good long-term memory requires reinforcement through proper Spaced Repetition; which increases the strength of your brain's connections by revisiting information at specific set intervals.




INTERLEAVING


The overwhelming majority of students practice Blocked Learning: focusing on one subject or topic before moving to the next. In contrast, Interleaving: mixing multiple subjects or topics during your study periods, has proved to be a more effective way of learning. While sufficient time should be devoted to each area of study, interleaving helps you focus better, increases engagement, and uncovers connections between different subjects and topics.





EFFECTIVE THINKING

CRITICAL THINKING


By default, the average person is not a critical thinker. For the overwhelming majority, the disciplined process of thinking – free from personal or social group biases and blind spots – is a learnt skill. Critical Thinking aims for thought that is purposeful, focused, consistent, clear, accurate, relevant, fair, and based on solid evidence. Ultimately, the critical thinker's mind operates at a broader, more in-depth, and productive level.




THINKING MODELS


Greater flexibility when making decisions is one of the areas of life where more is better. The quality of your thinking is determined by your thinking models, their task-appropriateness, and how you apply these models in specific situations. It's always best to have an extensive toolbox (full of a variety of high-quality tools to chose from). We teach a variety of Thinking Models that can be interwoven to help you get to sound decisions quicker, easier, and cosistently.




SYNTHETIC THINKING


At any given point in human history, the number of people who create anything of importance is a tiny fraction of the total population. All people do a great deal of thinking, yet few truly understand how things work; and how they can be brought together to create new products, services, and ideas that are truly useful. Our Synthetic Thinking programme puts valuable tools in your hands, and moves you towards becoming part of that small 'genuinely creative' group.





NUTRITION, HEALTH, & WELLBEING

PRIMARY & SECONDARY FOODS


Nutrition in the form of food, beverages, and supplements enter our bodies through our mouths and is a secondary source of energy. Non-food sources of nourishment such as our studies or career, relationships, physical activity, spiritual practice, sleep, and finances are the things that really fuel and nurture us on a deeper level. These things we can call primary food.

When we take the time and effort to focus on our primary food, we become less dependent on secondary food. When we turn to secondary food to fill our lives, we have less space for primary food. It is therefore essential to explore the balance between primary and secondary food in our lives and to find ways to restore balance where it is lacking.




BIO-INDIVIDUALITY


When it comes to our eating needs to be healthy, each one of us is different. No one diet will work for everyone, nor will a single eating programme be the solution to our peculiar needs. Our individualistic nutrition requirements are influenced by factors such as our genetics, blood type, metabolism, and lifestyle. You need to know and understand what your unique nutrition needs are, explore various dietary theories, and develop a programme that works for you. You should test various food types, portion sizes, frequency of meals, food combinations, preparation methods, and other variables to arrive at the diet that works best for you. We help you identify YOUR optimum diet.




CROWDING OUT


Most people do not maintain healthy nutrition because of the 'hard work' they associate with monitoring long lists of foods to avoid and foods to eat. We all resist giving up the things 'we like that are not good for us' and replacing them with things 'we don't like that are good for us'. It is easy to understand and overcome this resistance when we realise that some of the 'bad' things we eat fill emotional gaps in our lives. Instead of giving up something you enjoy eating, it is easier to add a few healthier food options; in this way, you simply 'crowd out' the unhealthy choices. This works particularly well when you consume healthy, nutrient-dense foods earlier in the day, leaving little room for unhealthy foods. Gradually, your cravings for unhealthy foods will lessen and disappear.




FITTING OUT


Too many of us try too hard to 'fit in' rather than be comfortable to 'fit out'. We are under constant pressure from the media, our peers, and society generally to conform and be accepted by others. This approval addiction fuels how we look, what we wear, where we eat, how much we earn etc. We develop poor nutritional habits, over-materialistic lifestyles, unhealthy work routines, and increasing dependency on addictive stimulants such as coffee, sugar, energy drinks, and amphetamines etc. Escaping the 'matrix' requires us to be steadfast against other people's opinions and fixed on what matters to us. We need to 'dare to be different' and be comfortable fitting out. We should be able to make healthier food choices and not shy away from sharing our preferences with other people for fear of being ridiculed. This is an essential step towards lasting health and happiness, paving the way to make other more suitable choices in our studies and career, relationships, etc.