ZARVANA Virtual Productivity
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How Work Will Be Different After This Course

Less time spent in meetings

Most companies spend too much time in meetings and get too little in return. When they shift to remote work, this only gets worse, but it doesn't have to. Shifting to remote work is an opportunity to right-size the amount of time spent in meetings.

Reduced redundant and inefficient communication

As team-based communication platforms have grown in popularity, short, inefficient, and often low-quality communication has overrun the modern workplace, causing the average professional to experience interruptions every 11 minutes.

Effective and efficient use of the latest online collaborative tools

In the office, much of the most important work - problem-solving, innovating, and planning - happens collaboratively with the help of a whiteboard. In the shift to remote work, this work doesn't have to diminish; in fact, it can produce even greater results if your people know what tools exist and how to use them.

Increased ability to remain focused and productive despite distractions

Most of your people's homes are filled with endless distractions they don't have to contend with in the office, causing them to lose focus often or slip into procrastination. By making simple changes to their environment and develop a few skills, they can learn to focus better than they did in the office, multiplying their productivity.

Improved job satisfaction and work-life balance

The number one challenge remote workers report is difficulty unplugging from work when working from home. Working from home erases the prompts that cause your people to necessarily disengage from work and refuel at home so they can give work their best the next day. In this course, they'll learn how to re-establish those boundaries and seize the benefit of increased flexibility while increasing their productivity.

Increased connection and diminished feeling of isolation

The #2 most common challenge for remote workers is the feeling of isolation. Most companies try to solve this by throwing more meetings on the calendar. But meetings alone don't prevent isolation. In this course, employees will learn the 5 dimensions of social isolation and preventive measures for each.

New to remote work?

If COVID-19 has pushed you into remote work or you're otherwise new to working from home, you may be worried that your productivity, job satisfaction, and work-life balance are going to take a hit. You've heard the stories of those who can't get anything done because there is nothing to keep them away from Netflix, or their kids, spouse, housemate, or neighbor's dog are just too loud to focus on anything important.

Or maybe you're worried that without the commute to and from an office, work will slowly take over your whole life. This is the most common struggle remote workers report. You'll wake up, reach for your phone (as 80% of people do), see that work email, and voila, your work day has begun.

Even if you think can maintain your productivity at home and keep the lines clear between your job and your life, you might be worried that you'll be the victim of "out of sight, out of mind." You'll find yourself isolated from your coworkers and the very things that motivate you to wake up for work every day.

These challenges are real as the 43% of Americans who work from home at least part of the time confirm. It's not every day that you completely change how you work.

But the often unspoken truth is that it doesn’t have to be that way. You don't have to simply survive a bout of remote work. You can actually exceed your in-office performance and satisfaction with your job and life. Working remotely offers you the unique opportunity to rethink and redesign how you do your work.

This course is about seizing that opportunity using the best research.

Have you downloaded our free Virtual Productivity Toolkit yet?

If not, you may want to read it before beginning the course.


43 Video Lessons

This is one of the most comprehensive sets of lessons on the topic. In these 5-15 minute long videos, we walk you through in detail how to build the skills needed to excel in this area.

We'll show you step-by-step how to apply evidence-based practices to improve your performance.

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Practical Action Steps After Every Lesson

Most people end up wasting time on courses because they can't figure out how to apply what they just learned. Not in this course.

We invested a lot of time to identify what you should do after watching the video and how to prioritize if you don't have time for everything.

Detailed How-To Guides

For the more involved actions, we've built a whole guide on how to make them part of your professional routine, complete with a step-by-step process to ease you into it.

Detailed How-To Guides
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Habit & Progress Tracking

Doing something that works once and then never again wastes more time than never doing it at all. Habits are the key to efficiently sustaining behavior change.

We employ strategies from leading habit development experts – Stanford Professor BJ Fogg, founder of The Habit Academy James Clear, and author of The Power of Habits Charles Duhigg – to you turn behaviors into lasting change.

Remote Work is Not New to Us

Zarvana is a fully remote team, spanning three continents, focused on helping professionals become more productive. Founder and CEO Matt Plummer has spent the last 3.5 years working remotely, first at strategy consultancy, The Bridgespan Group, and then Zarvana.


Course Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does the course start and finish?

    The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.

  • How long do I have access to the course?

    How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

  • Do you offer corporate rates?

    Yes! Please email us at or call us at 530-691-0434 to learn more.

  • What if I am unhappy with the course?

    We have worked hard to ensure this course will exceed your expectations. But, if you are unsatisfied with your purchase for any reason, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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