meaningful, playful & together
The Playground was born during lock-down between two strangers - Helery & Ida who to this day have never met in person. Coronavirus turned our lives upside down, but also showed us what really matters and how creative we can get in supporting each other, even from a distance. Concerts on balconies, online workouts or evening clapping were just some examples of solidarity and humor that helped us go through it together.
During one of the lock-down evenings we scheduled a Zoom call to talk about possibilities to work on something together. We discussed what meaningful work is and what is worth our time. In doing so, we saw that starting now and not just brainstorming works. We saw that leaning on each other works. Fueled by what worked for us, we wanted to connect people who are after the same goal and mix it with playfulness that we - adults, so often forget.
We do not know your story, experiences or current situation, but if you want to create or find work that fits your values, do something meaningful with your time, and believe that doing it together is more exciting, we welcome you to play. Are you in?
What other Playgrounders say..
Playground started spontaneously, during the lockdown, when I met a stranger online, Helery. While creating, I saw how much leaning on someone else who is in the same boat helps. That baby steps make you start. And how playfulness fuels our curiosity, our creativity and work that doesn’t even feel like work. Our plans diverged, but I wanted to see more people do what they love and show that we don't need to take ourselves too seriously, to do a seriously great job.
I do not know your story or current situation, but if you want to work on something that matters to you and believe that doing it together is more exciting, I welcome you to play. Are you in?
Helery's part of the story...
I started to look at life with a new pair of eyes after losing my fiancé unexpectedly in 2019. The value of time got a new meaning in my life. I got a new job in the beginning of 2020 but soon realized how different my mindset was after the life changing experience.
The lockdown made me realize even more the importance of being truly happy with my job and working on my dreams coming true, now. I quit my job in the middle of Coronavirus in Spain and fully dedicated myself to create the Playground. It was time to play with uncertainty.
...Ida's part of the story
What do you want to be when you grow up? Who knows🤷. So 10+ years after uni, I’ve lived abroad, developed a career & met colleagues who turned into friends. I was grateful but started to feel stuck. I kept wondering what I would truly enjoy creating. I kept over analyzing and also judging myself for feeling privileged to do so. As a consequence, I was only more tired & didn't make a real change.
..Until a sequence of events pushed me out of my comfort zone, and into quitting my job in March 2020. Then Corona struck and brought in a different level of uncertainty... and also broke ground for the Playground.
What other Playgrounders say..
Let go and let Playground take you on a journey of self-discovery! The Playground motivates you, entertains you and keeps you smiling from start to finish! I learned a lot about myself and my goals in life. I was also able to progress towards my goals quickly and efficiently. An experience I’ll always remember that taught me to look inside myself and use my key strengths. Thank you Playground, for improving my life in 5 short weeks! Amazing!
~ Bethany, USA
Maria's first month at Playground
Who is Playground for?Anyone who works alone and needs a bit of a support system. Previous Playgrounders where creators of all kind: entrepreneurs, freelancers, serial-course takers, podcasters, illustrators, coaches, small business owners, writers, PHD students and now you :)?
What is an accountability buddy??Imagine your want to run a marathon. You could prepare with a coach or find a friend who wants the same thing. You pick a friend, agree to meet regularly and commit to running. This is now your accountability buddy. At Playground buddies support each other by showing up for meetings, listening, being kind and playing.
What do I get when I join Playground program?🎈13 weeks of live anti-procrastination program 🎈A simple working system with weekly deadline & structure 🎈1:1 Accountability buddy. Meet a like-minded buddy online for commitment & support 🎈13 Experience meetings guided with a Playguide. Each Playguide has instructions to support you, spark connection &creativity 🎈 Monthly progress record 🎈Research-based productivity tips 🎈 Non-perfectionism vibe
What happens in 3 months?MONTH 1: BEGIN In the first month, we want you to move from that state of overthinking and procrastination to starting/ acting. Week 1: Figure out your 'why' + Welcome onboarding (90min) Week 2: Learn and set a WOOP plan (60 min) Week 3: Work with your strengths (60 min) Week 4: Play with different perspectives and ideas (60 min) Week 5: Reflect & Celebrate + Q&A (90 min) ✌️Benefits & Outcomes: You'll have a buddy to keep you accountable, listen and cheer you on Understanding your "why" will give you the motivation and focus you need to achieve your goals You'll learn a planning system & break down your goals to get you to act and see progress in your project You'll define and take weekly actions to secure clarity and the first steps Our gamified meetings will make working on your goals fun and engaging, helping you tackle challenges and make progress MONTH 2: STAY CONSISTENT Research shows that one month into any new goal, we start to doubt ourselves and often give up. But you won't :) You will secure progress and consistency because you follow a structured yet creative experience 👇 Week 6: Create a new plan (60 min) Week 7: Step out of your comfort zone & like it (60 min) Week 8: Investigate how your strengths support you in work (60 min) Week 9: Network& Reflect + Q&A (90 min) ✌️Benefits & Outcomes: You'll learn a new research-based productivity tip every week Working with your inner critique will help you to create a monthly plan You'll define weekly action to secure commitment and consistency Stepping out of your comfort zone in a gamified way will show you what you can do when you don’t take yourself tooo seriously You'll gain a better understanding of your strengths and how to leverage them You will receive your Month 2 progress notes so you can reflect on what you've learned and refine your approach You'll meet &connect with other members of the Playground community MONTH 3: DEVELOP In the final month, you will dig deeper into your project with the help of creativity and curiosity. Here is the breakdown: Week 10: Set a backwards plan Week 11: Wonder and wander with curiosity Week 12: Loading... creativity Week 13: Reflect & Celebrate + Q&A (90 min) ✌️Benefits & Outcomes: You’ll learn and apply backwards planning system to gain a new perspective on planning and stay organized You'll define weekly actions to secure clarity and commitment You’ll use creativity and curiosity to gain new insights for your project We will wrap up the process, celebrate and reflect on everything you achieved There is a small surprise at the end :)
What kind of games do you use?It's a mix of games with elements of imagination, deep questions and some silliness too. This is so that you get ideas, relax and find new solutions. Games are connected to your goals, but also support by sparking creativity and connecting you to your buddy.
What is the price for 3 months at Playground?It's 25€/weekly or in total 325€.
What payment methods do you offer?At the moment I offer: 1. Paypal 2. Card purchase or GPay via Buy me a coffee platform LINK HERE
What if I am unhappy with the programe?We offer a free 7 day change-your-mind option. If you cancel within a first month you will get a 50% refund.
What Playground is not- A therapy, coaching or mentoring platform - A personally facilitated session. You will meet your buddy 1:1 and be guided via a Playguide with prompts and games delivered prior to each session. - A matching platform for finding business partners, but if it happens 👍
Can I use anti-procrastination program for my remote team?I offer a 5-week accountability program for remote teams. Team-buildings are great, but they are a one-off event. If your coworkers enter Playground, they check-in weekly and play connecting games to build more lasting connections. Program also secures a support system to help them stay on top of a particular project or a development goal. Interested? Book a consultation call.