Last Monday, I wrote that I was going to try doing 7 Mindvalley quests at one time. In case you are not sure how I can afford to take so many courses at once, it’s because I have the Quest All Access Pass from Mindvalley which gives me full access to most of their quests and courses for one price.
Most people recommend only doing one course at a time. But I wanted to challenge myself and push myself. Here are my thoughts after one week of doing all these Mindvalley courses at once.
It Takes A Ton Of Mental Energy
I’m doing all the courses like quests, meaning instead of waiting a week to do the next lesson in a course (because Mindvalley’s courses go week by week instead of day by day like the quests), I’m just doing it the next day. That means I always have 7 courses to tackle each day.
Sometimes I have a few webinars on the same day, which means more time needs to be devoted to the courses. Sometimes I have a few integration days on the same day, which means less time needs to be devoted to the courses.
I’ve been attempting to do all of my courses first thing in the morning – one after the other. They are at the top of my to-do list.
On day 1, I was exhausted by 11:30 am and I still had Uncompromised Life by Marisa Peer to do. I started at around 7:30 am. However, I did all the warm-ups and all the first days of all the courses on this day. I also had to put all the workbooks for the first week into OneNote.
As my routine each morning, I do the Yoga Quest as soon as I wake up, so that burns a little bit of physical energy. Then I sit down and try to do the rest of the courses, which definitely burns a ton of mental energy as I contemplate, do the homework, and try to focus on what’s being said… which brings me to my next point.
I Need To Focus In Order To Get Through The Courses Quickly
Focus is not always a strong suit for me. I ‘ve always been a person who asks a lot of questions. Therefore, I can easily get distracted by thoughts and questions I have in my head and burn energy on useless things, which takes away some energy from things I want to do.
For example, while I’m watching a video by Marie Diamond on Feng Shui, I can easily start to wonder about this or that (it doesn’t always have to do with Feng Shui) and pause the video to go find out the answers I need.
During the first few days, I made things really hard on myself. I would get sidetracked with a question and search for an answer on YouTube, and then I would end up watching some of my subscription channels on YouTube, and before I knew it I had wasted an hour and still hadn’t gone through a short 15-minute course video.
It was so frustrating because there were a few days where I still had some courses to do in the evening, and I don’t normally get on my computer in the evening.
As the week progressed, though, I found myself more able to focus on the content. I created a page in my planner for dumping down questions I have, and I use it to quickly write down anything that I feel like I want to learn more about. Then I get back to the video.
Yesterday was my best day yet. I had a couple of webinars to go through as well as some longer classes. I banged it out quickly and efficiently first thing in the morning.
I Watch A Lot Of Videos at 1.5x Speed
Most of the teachers I can listen to at 1.5 times speed. Besides Robin Sharma, they all seem to speak very slowly. Often, I feel like they are speaking slower than 1x. It’s as if the video has been slowed down.
Marisa Peer, Katherine Woodward Thomas, and Denis Waitley speak very slow, so I can watch them at 2x speed. I know that sounds fast, but I actually find this better for my comprehension and focus. My brain moves quickly, and the quicker people talk, the less likely I am to get bored and start thinking about something else. So, 2x speed can work very well for my focus.
The Courses Are Fitting Together Nicely
So far, this is my biggest benefit of taking so many courses.
I didn’t think the courses would have much in common, but they do. For instance, in The Yoga Quest the other day, the instructor was talking about the sacral chakra. On that same day, I was learning about the sacral chakra in The Chakra Quest.
I find a lot of concepts from the courses play off each other and help boost my retention of what’s being taught and what I find most valuable. I can apply what I learned in one course to another course and ideas being taught become clearer in my mind.
It’s Starting To Feel Normal To Do 7 Quests At One Time
In regard to watching the videos and doing the work, I’m improving my speed, focus, and comprehension each day that I go along with this challenge.
I find that I’m waking up and looking forward to taking the quests. I have them scheduled in first thing, so I know how my morning is going to look and it doesn’t take much effort to get down to things.
In Marisa Peer’s Uncompromised Life, she mentions that you can make anything that is unfamiliar, familiar. Well, taking 7 quests at one time was definitely unfamiliar to me a week ago but is starting to feel more familiar, as if I’ve been doing it for a long time.
I’m Still Getting Some Writing Done
I’m still getting some writing done for my website. I’m still able to answer questions and go through emails and read books and do other things that I normally do in my day.
In fact, I still have time to do unproductive things during my day. So, I know going forward I could be even more accomplished during my days. I guess we will see how this goes.
Robin Sharma says in his Hero, Genius, Legend course, “You can get what you want done… it’s about rolling up your sleeves and doing it.’ This is a mantra that is floating around in my head as I contemplate what I have to do and what I want to do.
So Far, So Good
So far, I think it’s worth it to take the time to do as many courses as you can at once. My mind is reeling from all the ideas I’ve been learning this past week.
I feel lighter.
I feel smarter.
I feel expanded.
Everything is working well together and I’m retaining the information better than I ever have.