Week 3: Thrive OCourse with Arianna Huffington

I just completed the third week of Arianna Huffington’s 6-week Thrive OCourse, an online course based on her book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. Are we really half way through the course already?! I like that she keeps reminding us that we don’t have to do it perfectly, and that there should be no judgment when we get off course. We just need to course correct as quickly as possible.

Lesson’s intention: This week’s intention is to evaluate our priorities and let go of what we no longer need.

Reading assignments: primary reading 143-155; supplemental reading 130-139

Life audit: Identify 3-5 key priorities. List all of the other priorities that I’m obligated to deal with on a daily basis.

Keystone habits: Two new habits that we’re encouraged to start practicing.

Set priorities: Let go of something I no longer need, something that is draining my energy without benefiting me. It could be resentments, negative self talk, or a project I know I’m not going to complete. It could also be toxic people in my life.

Breathe: Be mindful of my breathing. Focus on the rising and falling of my breath for 10 seconds whenever I’m feeling tense, rushed or distracted. Breathing coach Joan Witkowski took us through a breathing exercise.

Trackers: This week’s tool was a 24-hour pie chart where I indicated how I spent an entire day. The purpose is to see how my time is being spent.

Guest teacher: Arianna interviews Dave Gilboa, co-founder and co-CEO of Warby Parker, an eyewear company. Both he and Arianna share their priorities, how they spend their time, and how they manage people who don’t fit into their core value system.

Community board: A place to communicate with our thrive tribe, or community of supporters.

Live “office hours”: I’ve really enjoyed the office hours where Arianna is available to answer our questions.

This week’s key points: It’s important to identify the priorities in our lives so that we can give them the time and energy they require. These should be the things that are important to us and that give our life joy, meaning and purpose. We should try to drop as many things as possible that drain our energy and don’t add value. This includes people that don’t support our priorities and core values. Adrianna calls this “Letting people off the train.”

This was a great exercise for me and helped me focus. I identified my top five priorities and dropped a membership that I wasn’t really using. I had been thinking of doing it for awhile and felt a sense of relief when I finally did.

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