Good Life Engine is a unique nine-month routine and time management course that creates a framework for personal growth by providing dynamics and models for structuring time. In addition, the course addresses global trends of wellbeing, life design and self-development, helping students to build stamina and habits to cope with both successes and failures of life.


Self-improvement is not a miracle. It’s the result of small daily practices and decisions that require more than just patience. At Aalto Ventures Program (AVP), we offer a multidisciplinary course where students of any level learn the importance of psychological and physical balance to prepare for challenges, achieve goals, and maintain a positive attitude in life. Over 9 months, students will build a routine activity, learn how to maintain, iterate and develop it, and in the long-run apply the methods and know-how to bigger goals and aspects in life.  One important element of the course is the courage and ability to disassemble the unwanted dysfunctional structures without burning bridges or causing damage to oneself or to others.


AVP’s Professor of Practice Lauri Järvilehto speaking at the course’s opening session

About the course

This course aims to familiarise students with the concept of steady, daily process and incremental changes. The course introduces wellbeing, mindfulness, design-thinking themes and topics that support and encourage students to manifest ideas.  

We are often told to be flexible and adaptive, to be creative and innovative. However, the ability to either adapt or ideate requires a massive set of skills that can take years to build. One has to know their ambitions, strengths, weaknesses, values and goals. Additionally, one has to be in good health and strength with an open mind, to be able to see what’s important and filter out the irrelevant. Simply speaking, it all comes to daily behavioral patterns that are in line with our goals and values. 

In this course, we introduce different themes and advice that encourage students to manifest their inspiration and ideas from wellbeing coaches, psychologists, and business managers. The course covers practical topics to do time management and self-reflection on a very fundamental level, to mind-caring topics helping students to prioritise key elements that lead towards the goal. In order for something new to grow, something old needs to go. 

Over the course, there are various wellbeing and self-development concepts introduced to students. Each concept provides various foundational aspects in life, including for example. self-reflection, mind-body connection, time management and self-compassion. Along with the knowledge, students learn to build a routine activity that is suitable to their personal goals. Once the base has been built, students can start to apply the methods to other aspects or goals in life, as well as to encourage others to build proactive behaviour.

What students say about the course:

“So far, it has been an interesting and unique experience to attend such a course. The content is very useful and setting up the routines was very helpful in improving my life.”


“Basically, since a university is a research facility for gaining expertise, task management and scheduling are outside the scope of university education. However, we students sometimes do too many tasks or might lose the rhythm of life. So I feel that this kind of course is very rare and meaningful for all students at Aalto University.


“I like the course. This course should be introduced at the beginning of university studies everywhere.”



For more information, contact the course staff:

Course teacher

Lidia Borisova

Lidia B.

Course teacher

Johannes Kaira