WHEN by Daniel Pink

WHEN by Daniel Pink

WHEN by Daniel Pink
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THE BLUE TREE

Personal
Productivity

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Intermediate

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warm up

  • When do you feel the most energized during the day?
  • What do you do when your energy levels are dropping?
  • How well do you know your body as regards your circadian rhythm?
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part one

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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 00:39 When do people perform the worst during the day according to research?
  • ⌚ 00:49 What is the most unproductive time in the UK?
  • ⌚ 01:07 Why does Daniel Pink call this time the Bermuda Triangle?
  • ⌚ 01:18 What is the daily Circadian Rhythm?
  • ⌚ 01:43 What are the three stages of our attention and mental ability during a day?
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part two

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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 1:58 What is the best thing you can do at the beginning of a trough?
  • ⌚ 2:14 How long should our naps be?
  • ⌚ 2:25 What effect does a 10 minute nap have?
  • ⌚ 3:05 What is Nappuccino and why is it so effective?
  • ⌚ 3:17 If you cannot take a nap, what should you do during a trough?
  • ⌚ 3:32 If we absolutely have to do important work during a trough, what should we remember about?
  • ⌚ 3:44 When should we do our most important work?
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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 4:00 What are the two categories of important work?
  • ⌚ 4:17 What are some examples of logical work?
  • ⌚ 5:18 What makes the Linda Problem a logical problem? Did you get the answer right?
  • ⌚ 5:18 When did people answer this problem correctly more often?
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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 5:34 Which side of the brain does insight work rely on?
  • ⌚ 5:40 What are some examples of insight work?
  • ⌚ 6:19 Why was the coin fake?
  • ⌚ 6:25 What is required to solve insight problems like the Coin Problem?
  • ⌚ 6:25 When did people answer this problem correctly more often?
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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 7:01 How should we organize our work taking the above information into account?
  • ⌚ 7:16 Who are the people who have a late chronotype? Is this you?
  • ⌚ 7:38 How can we know if we have a late chronotype?
  • ⌚ 8:30 What is the ultimate goal that can help us be most productive?
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POLL

Which is more true about you?

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COMMENTS

Do you agree that it as important to know when your trough? What do you do when your energy levels are dropping? How well do you know your own Circadian Rhythm?

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12 RULES FOR LIFE by Jordan Peterson

12 RULES FOR LIFE by Jordan Peterson

12 RULES FOR LIFE by Jordan Peterson
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THE BLUE TREE

Personal
Productivity

CEF B1

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Intermediate

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  • Do you sometimes compare yourself to others? How does it make you feel?
  • Which is worse, lying to yourself or others? Why?
  • What would be your main rules for life? Think about 2 or 3 at least. 
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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 0:18 What are the all 12 rules meant to help us with?
  • ⌚ 0:39 What motivated Natan to read Jordan Peterson’s book?
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  • ⌚ 0:55 What was the first rule?
  • ⌚ 1:12 Why do people compare themselves to others?
  • ⌚ 1:30 What are the disadvantages of comparing yourself to others?
  • ⌚ 2:18 Is social media good for our self-confidence and health? Why?
  • ⌚2:27 Who should we be comparing ourselves to?
  • ⌚2:52 What 4 questions can you ask yourself regarding your progress?
  • ⌚ 3:27 What are the benefits or comparing yourself to your past self rather than others?
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  • ⌚ 3:33 What is the second rule and what makes it so difficult?
  • ⌚ 3:45 What can lying to ourselves do to our progress?
  • ⌚ 4:47 Why is it so important to know and admit to yourself what you really want from life?
  • ⌚ 4:47 What is another way of telling the truth?
  • ⌚ 5:22 Why did Peterson avoid an uncomfortable conversation with his neghbour?
  • ⌚ 5:50 How did the man react at first and what happened later?
  • ⌚ 6:43 What question we might ask ourselves at the end of each day?
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DISCUSSION

  • Which of those two rules do you think is harder to follow?
  • Which is worse, lying to yourself or others? Why?
  • Do you have a working strategy for dealing with  uncomfortable situations?
  • Do you think you could stand your ground like Jordan Peterson while confronting the ex-con biker?
  • What do you think might have happened if Jordan had shown any sign of weakness to the ex-con?
  • What do you think of the idea of giving ourselves scores like Natan does for himself?
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POLL

Which of the Peterson's 12 Rules for Life do you think are the most practical and relevant for you?

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What do you think of the ideas presented in this lesson? Do you think the Rules for Life are practical and relevant for you? Do you have your own Rules for Life?

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Atomic Habits by James Clear

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Atomic Habits by James Clear
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THE BLUE TREE

Personal
Productivity

CEF B1

CEFR B2

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Intermediate

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warm up

  • Are you interested in personal development?
  • Have you ever set yourself any goals and achieved them? How did it feel?
  • What is the benefit of having clearly defined habits?
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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 00:34 What are the Four Laws of Behaviour Change?
  • ⌚ 01:30 How do these four factors work in the context of going to a gym?
  • ⌚ 01:45 What are the benefits of adopting these Four Laws of Behaviour Change?
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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 1:49 What is the first strategy for developing a new habit?
  • ⌚ 2:13 How does Habit Stacking work?
  • ⌚ 2:35 How did Natan build a habit of flossing his teeth?
  • ⌚ 2:57 How is Habit Stacking like riding a bike downhill?
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  • ⌚ 3:01 What do we need if the initial effort for the new habit is too daunting?
  • ⌚ 3:30 How did Twyla Tharp adopt the Starting Ritual?
  • ⌚ 3:48 Why was it a good strategy?
  • ⌚ 4:03 What should we focus on when we are creating the Starting Ritual?
  • ⌚ 5:04 How can we use Habit Stacking and Starting Ritual to build a habit of going to the gym?
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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 5:17 What two strategies will help us make our habits attractive and satisfying?
  • ⌚ 5:48 How did Ronan Byrne adopt the Sync strategy to exercise more?
  • ⌚ 5:59 When will we look forward to doing out new habit?
  • ⌚ 6:31 What will the craving for the reward counteract?
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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 6:43 What is the final strategy that will help us make the new habit satisfying?
  • ⌚ 7:00 How do such visual proofs reinforce our habits?
  • ⌚ 7:32 How important is tracking our progress?
  • ⌚ 8:06 How will adopting these strategies help us stick to out goals?
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POLL

Which of the Four Laws of Behaviour Change appeal to you the most?

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COMMENTS

What do you think of the ideas presented in this lesson? Have you got your own strategy for setting and meeting goals and targets? What has been your biggest achievement in this regard so far?

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