Dec
6
8:00 PM20:00

Free Training: Build a More Analytical Framework to a Thriving Career

Want to squeeze more satisfaction, thriving, growth, and success out of your career?Here at Ultraworking, we're all about taking a max-rational, max-pragmatic approach to not just work but everything. That's why we were really thrilled to meet Lindsay Gordon, a rather unusual career coach — her background is in engineering, and she brings a hyper-practical approach to ensuring you have an absolutely fantastic career.

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Lights Spreadsheet Training: Best Practices and Build Your Own
Oct
28
12:00 PM12:00

Lights Spreadsheet Training: Best Practices and Build Your Own

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If you’d like to build more consistency, get more peak performance, and establish stronger habits permanently, then we’d like to cordially invite you to our free…

Lights Spreadsheet Training Event

Here’s the deal -- on 28 October 2017 at 12PM Eastern time, we’re holding a free event. We’re going to teach you the theory and practice of building a Lights Spreadsheet that's personally customized to really help you thrive going forwards. You'll learn the theory and best practices briefly, and then learn to set up and run from Lights to have greater consistency in your life.

It’s free. It’s going to be fantastic. If you know our events, you’re going to love it because it’s going to be epic. You can get the gist of it if you come for an hour, but we’ll hang out for three hours total and give feedback to whoever wants it. Very interactive, hands-on, and useful. You can register here:

Wait a minute, what’s a Lights Spreadsheet?

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It’s a very effective way to lock-down your habits and do more of what matters. It helps with adherence -- aka actually doing what you’re supposed to do -- and it helps with analysis, it’s very satisfying, and it’s dead simple to use.

Ultraworking Cofounder Sebastian Marshall has been using a Lights Spreadsheet for over 180 weeks, since April 2015. In that time, he’s ran a Lights Spreadsheet basically every single week. (He missed a couple weeks after surgery, but runs it the rest of the time.)

It came from a really ridiculously simple idea. Marshall had just finished speaking and organizing across 14 different cities at universities and tech spaces on the Gotta Be Good Tour in just over a month, and his habits were a mess. Wasn’t hitting the gym reliably, sleep schedule was messy, lots of emails in the inbox, etc, etc -- if you’ve been through a hyper-busy period, you know how sometimes your habits can get messed up.

So Marshall sat down at a hotel in Toronto and wrote down on a piece of paper,

“What should I be doing every single day?”

He wrote a list of 10 things he should do every day -- morning routine, exercise, walk, progress on biggest current thing, plan the next day, sleep well, etc -- added a couple more aspirational things, and threw it on a spreadsheet.

It worked great. Marshall started getting much more consistency on his habits and doing more of the right stuff.

When Marshall first blogged about Lights a few years ago, many people adopted it -- and reported it went great. Lots of programmers, engineers, business owners, students, creatives, and professionals have adopted Lights in their own life, and gotten some great results out of it.

We’re holding a free live training to go over all these lessons, give you the best practices, and give you a supportive context with some cool people to build yours in real-time.

A Lights Spreadsheet, basically, is an easy "container for your habits" -- it helps you get much greater consistency, every single day, in what matters most to you. It builds on some best practices in psychology and motivation and is a very powerful tool.

There's no "one size fits all" for Lights -- you want one that's customized for you and what matters to you, specifically. That's why we're having this event: you'll learn some general best practices, but then we'll also help you set you set yours up specifically.

You’ll learn a lot of little nuances that we've discovered over the years -- for instance, Marshall originally tried to hit “True Inbox Zero” for email every single day, but now uses “No emails older than 7 days” as his goal for email, which is a more realistic target given his email volume, life, and priorities.

Both Ultraworking cofounders, Marshall and Kai Zau, have been using Lights weekly for many years, and have seen many other people set them up and had discussions about best practices and tweaks to be made. During this event, you’ll work to get the right mix of Lights down, of the right difficulty level, learn how to stay consistent with it, and learn best practices for making adjustments and doing analysis over time.

It should be fun and very practical. It’ll start with some very brief theory about why Lights are so motivating according to what we know of current psychology and motivation, but then we’ll get right to practical stuff. You’ll learn all you need to do run Lights within an hour, but Marshall and Zau will hang out for another couple hours after that and give live critique so you can get real-time feedback on what you’re working on.

This is a very powerful tool for greater consistency and performance -- it’d be our pleasure to show you how it works and get you running on Lights. Please register here, for free, and we look forward to seeing you on 28 October from 12PM to 3PM Eastern Standard Time (9AM-12PM Pacific Time).

Register here --

We're very excited for this event. It's entirely free, so register now, mark your calendar for Saturday October 28th, and come learn and build a powerful tool for greater consistency in and thriving in your life.

Highest regards,

Sebastian Marshall and Kai Zau
Ultraworking

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Work Cycles - Max Out Your Productivity on Saturday September 30th
Sep
30
12:00 PM12:00

Work Cycles - Max Out Your Productivity on Saturday September 30th

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Feeling like having a maximally productive Saturday?

While everyone else is binge-watching Netflix next Saturday, you could instead be doing the most meaningful and important work to you, in a maximally supportive and structured environment.

This event is 100% free. In the past, we've charged $140 for this type of training and people have happily paid it, given rave reviews, and come back repeatedly. We're doing this for free to get the methodology out in the world, connect with more great people, and hit some peak productivity in the process.

You can sign up now to get some free training and peak performance on Saturday 30 September from 12PM to 4PM Eastern Time (9AM-1PM Pacific). Click below to sign up, or read more below if you want more details --

 

Work Cycles: A Reliable Way To Get An Immense Amount Done

This session was REALLY helpful. The accountability practices plus the group work setting was tremendously focusing. Will have to spend some more time thinking about the second and third order elements that contributed to that outcome. This is the first time I've done long- period work tasks in an "accountability group". This setting has been eye-opening and extraordinarily valuable. 
— Gregg Jones, Georgetown Professor, CEO of Strategic Applications, retired U.S. Army Special Forces Officer; Washington, DC, USA
I was pleasantly surprised with my performance — at least 3x more productive than normal. I’ve read about productivity best practice and implemented some of it before but you have to try something like this to really experience the benefits.
— Neil Taylor, Commercial Director at mobedia; London, UK

My productivity was higher and I was more motivated to get stuff done. This program's format is awesome for productivity.
— Mark Bao, Programmer; New York, NY, USA

Work Cycles is a simple concept, but don’t be fooled by the simplicity — you show up and we walk you through how to plan and complete difficult work in real-time.

People report anywhere from a 25% to 400% boost in effectiveness from attending these cycles. Yes, on the higher end, people report getting 4x more stuff done than they do working alone. 

The Methodology

First thing’s first — this isn’t a seminar. You don’t sit there and listen to a “blah blah blah” — you actually bring your Most Important Work you want to get done. You then do very some brief planning and laying things out with guidance from one of our trainers — Marshall himself will be hosting this one — and then you break your work down in a simple spreadsheet we set up with four starting questions:

“What am I trying to accomplish this Cycle?”
“How will I get started?”
“Are there hazards present?”
“Energy/Morale (High/Medium/Low)” 

At the end of each 30-minute Work Cycle, you assess:

"Goal completed?”
"Were there any distractions?”
"Things to improve for next cycle?” 
"Energy/Morale (High/Medium/Low)”

Do not be fooled by the simplicity of this methodology.

This is an incredibly reliable way to troubleshoot and complete work in real-time, see what’s effective and what isn’t, manage your energy and morale when work gets hard, reset and adjust if you run into a roadblock, and otherwise get over any procrastination or anxiety and get work done.

It works really, really, really well. 

Live real-time guidance, training, feedback

Every 30 minutes, you take a break from your work, assess how the last cycle went, and plan the next one.

By itself, this methodology works well and is very popular. Many attendees of past Work Cycles adopt the format verbatim for their own lives and use it consistently going forwards to great effect.

But over and above that, you’ve got Marshall and Zau there to give you feedback, help troubleshoot, help make small adjustments. For instance, the difference between “write my book” and “finish outlining chapters 3, write the opening hook, and transition to the next scene” is actually night-and-day for productivity. 

After having run Cycles for elite professionals performing at the highest level, students at top universities, entrepreneurs, and people who are looking to break through on creative work — Marshall and Zau have some good insights and tweaks to help you navigate your own work.

If you happen to get stuck at any given point on what to do next, you get real-time feedback to get unstuck. It’s very valuable. 

The Community

There’s a lot of known science about how people perform better in groups than by themselves, and in supportive groups best of all. You’ll be working with your video camera on, in real time, with other participants working away. You know you’re going to be reporting back your results in 30 minutes.

This gives surprisingly huge boosts to productivity. In athletics, sports scientists have seen that people training in groups get as much as 13% higher power output while feeling less fatigued than when working out alone — which, you know, is kind of incredible when you think about it.

Work Cycles is the same sort of thing. The people are terrific. It’s also neat to learn lessons by seeing how, for instance, a programmer goes about writing and debugging difficult algorithms, a top attorney goes about writing a white paper on changes in the tax code, or how a bilingual creative translates an opera from French into English (all real examples).

It’s very cool to be working alongside terrific people doing interesting things. You learn a lot, you get a boost of motivation, you get more done, you feel less tired, you might learn and build some new mental models about how other people organize their work, and — very cool to see — we’ve seen new friendships and relationships come out of this sort of thing when attendees follow up with each other. 

Free Work Cycles on Saturday September 30th

In the past, we’ve charged $140 for Work Cycles alone, people came, and we’ve had literally a 100% satisfaction rate. Seriously, no joke, we survey people afterwards in an objective survey, and everyone has always said it was worthwhile. We’ve also ran these with open attendance at some top universities — not a partisan crowd, y’know? — and got across the board 100% positive rave results there too. 

So how much is this going to cost you?

Well, how about free?

We're looking to get the methodology out into the world and connect with more great people. We'd love to have you here, for free, to max out your productivity on a Saturday, to learn a lot in the process, and with some amazing people working alongside you.

Neat, huh? 

Why are you guys doing this?

(1) Because we think it’s cool,

(2) Because we think it’s a really powerful thing that the world needs more of,

(3) And because the type of people likely to come — ie, you — are probably our type of people, and we always want to get to know more of our type of people. 

Okay, sounds great. What do I do?

Simply register below and mark your calendar for Saturday 30 September, 12PM to 4PM Eastern time (9AM-1PM Pacific). 

The only thing we ask is that if you sign up, you actually come. If you’re not sure you can make it, pass on this one and keep an eye out for the future. We've got strong tech underpinning this but don't have infinite capacity, so please be courteous and only sign up if you can make it.

You’ll actually be working live, in real-time, so pick the work you’re going to do in advance. Two types of work are good to do during Cycles: the first is very boring rote work that you don’t want to do, like getting your taxes done or answering a ton of email. The second type is deep, hard, creative work that often gets procrastinated. Either one is a good candidate, but we’ve found “in-between” work to not be so great… for instance, if you need to answer a few emails, then call someone back on the phone, and then wait for a while, etc, obviously that doesn’t work as well for a heads-down focused burst of Cycles. If you’re debating between two different things, that’s fine, we can help you choose and get set up for Saturday if you simply reply to the confirmation email we send after you register.... but again, you’ll definitely benefit if you’ve thought this through a little beforehand.

See you Saturday, and here's to leveling up alongside some great people.

Here’s the registration --

We're jazzed to have you and very excited for September 30th -- until then, yours,

Sebastian Marshall and Kai Zau
Ultraworking

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Grumo Work Cycles - Max Out Your Productivity on Saturday September 16
Sep
16
12:00 PM12:00

Grumo Work Cycles - Max Out Your Productivity on Saturday September 16

Welcome Grumers! Feeling like having a maximally productive Saturday with Miguel Hernandez and his friend Sebastian Marshall?

While everyone else is binge-watching Netflix next Saturday, you could instead be doing the most meaningful and important work to you, in a maximally supportive and structured environment.

Back in July, Miguel launched his first 12-week challenge on course creation. Over the last six weeks, dozens of people around the world have been working together with some great accountability and guidance to create an online course -- with some epic results so far.

In early September, Miguel asked Sebastian if he'd like to host a Work Cycles event together: Work Cycles is a way to reliably get a ton of work done in just a few hours by harnessing best practices: it's a methodology of breaking down work into pieces and rapidly marching them to completion, managing and tracking your energy and morale in the process, and doing it in a maximally supportive context.

This event is 100% free. In the past, Sebastian's company Ultraworking has charged $140 for this type of training and people have happily paid it, given rave reviews, and come back repeatedly. Sebastian and Miguel are putting this event on for free to help people doing some cool things to get their work over the line, learn some great things, and connect with some great people.

You can sign up now to get some free training and peak performance on Saturday 16 September from 12PM to 4PM Eastern Time (9AM-1PM Pacific). Click below to sign up, or read more below if you want more details --

 

Work Cycles: A Reliable Way To Get An Immense Amount Done

This session was REALLY helpful. The accountability practices plus the group work setting was tremendously focusing. Will have to spend some more time thinking about the second and third order elements that contributed to that outcome. This is the first time I've done long- period work tasks in an "accountability group". This setting has been eye-opening and extraordinarily valuable. 
— Gregg Jones, Georgetown Professor, CEO of Strategic Applications, retired U.S. Army Special Forces Officer; Washington, DC, USA
I was pleasantly surprised with my performance — at least 3x more productive than normal. I’ve read about productivity best practice and implemented some of it before but you have to try something like this to really experience the benefits.
— Neil Taylor, Commercial Director at mobedia; London, UK

My productivity was higher and I was more motivated to get stuff done. This program's format is awesome for productivity.
— Mark Bao, Programmer; New York, NY, USA

Work Cycles is a simple concept, but don’t be fooled by the simplicity — you show up and we walk you through how to plan and complete difficult work in real-time.

People report anywhere from a 25% to 400% boost in effectiveness from attending these cycles. Yes, on the higher end, people report getting 4x more stuff done than they do working alone. 

The Methodology

First thing’s first — this isn’t a seminar. You don’t sit there and listen to a “blah blah blah” — you actually bring your Most Important Work you want to get done. You then do very some brief planning and laying things out with guidance from one of our trainers — Marshall himself will be hosting this one — and then you break your work down in a simple spreadsheet we set up with four starting questions:

“What am I trying to accomplish this Cycle?”
“How will I get started?”
“Are there hazards present?”
“Energy/Morale (High/Medium/Low)” 

At the end of each 30-minute Work Cycle, you assess:

"Goal completed?”
"Were there any distractions?”
"Things to improve for next cycle?” 
"Energy/Morale (High/Medium/Low)”

Do not be fooled by the simplicity of this methodology.

This is an incredibly reliable way to troubleshoot and complete work in real-time, see what’s effective and what isn’t, manage your energy and morale when work gets hard, reset and adjust if you run into a roadblock, and otherwise get over any procrastination or anxiety and get work done.

It works really, really, really well. 

Live real-time guidance, training, feedback

Every 30 minutes, you take a break from your work, assess how the last cycle went, and plan the next one.

By itself, this methodology works well and is very popular. Many attendees of past Work Cycles adopt the format verbatim for their own lives and use it consistently going forwards to great effect.

But over and above that, you’ve got Marshall and Zau there to give you feedback, help troubleshoot, help make small adjustments. For instance, the difference between “write my book” and “finish outlining chapters 3, write the opening hook, and transition to the next scene” is actually night-and-day for productivity. 

After having run Cycles for elite professionals performing at the highest level, students at top universities, entrepreneurs, and people who are looking to break through on creative work — Marshall and Zau have some good insights and tweaks to help you navigate your own work.

If you happen to get stuck at any given point on what to do next, you get real-time feedback to get unstuck. It’s very valuable. 

The Community

There’s a lot of known science about how people perform better in groups than by themselves, and in supportive groups best of all. You’ll be working with your video camera on, in real time, with other participants working away. You know you’re going to be reporting back your results in 30 minutes.

This gives surprisingly huge boosts to productivity. In athletics, sports scientists have seen that people training in groups get as much as 13% higher power output while feeling less fatigued than when working out alone — which, you know, is kind of incredible when you think about it.

Work Cycles is the same sort of thing. The people are terrific. It’s also neat to learn lessons by seeing how, for instance, a programmer goes about writing and debugging difficult algorithms, a top attorney goes about writing a white paper on changes in the tax code, or how a bilingual creative translates an opera from French into English (all real examples).

It’s very cool to be working alongside terrific people doing interesting things. You learn a lot, you get a boost of motivation, you get more done, you feel less tired, you might learn and build some new mental models about how other people organize their work, and — very cool to see — we’ve seen new friendships and relationships come out of this sort of thing when attendees follow up with each other. 

Free Work Cycles on Saturday September 30th

In the past, we’ve charged $140 for Work Cycles alone, people came, and we’ve had literally a 100% satisfaction rate. Seriously, no joke, we survey people afterwards in an objective survey, and everyone has always said it was worthwhile. We’ve also ran these with open attendance at some top universities — not a partisan crowd, y’know? — and got across the board 100% positive rave results there too. 

So how much is this going to cost you?

Well, how about free?

We're looking to get the methodology out into the world and connect with more great people. We'd love to have you here, for free, to max out your productivity on a Saturday, to learn a lot in the process, and with some amazing people working alongside you.

Neat, huh? 

Why are you guys doing this?

(1) Because we think it’s cool,

(2) Because we think it’s a really powerful thing that the world needs more of,

(3) And because the type of people likely to come — ie, you — are probably our type of people, and we always want to get to know more of our type of people. 

Okay, sounds great. What do I do?

Simply register below and mark your calendar for Saturday 16 September, 12PM to 4PM Eastern time (9AM-1PM Pacific). 

The only thing we ask is that if you sign up, you actually come. If you’re not sure you can make it, pass on this one and keep an eye out for the future. We've got strong tech underpinning this but don't have infinite capacity, so please be courteous and only sign up if you can make it.

You’ll actually be working live, in real-time, so pick the work you’re going to do in advance. Two types of work are good to do during Cycles: the first is very boring rote work that you don’t want to do, like getting your taxes done or answering a ton of email. The second type is deep, hard, creative work that often gets procrastinated. Either one is a good candidate, but we’ve found “in-between” work to not be so great… for instance, if you need to answer a few emails, then call someone back on the phone, and then wait for a while, etc, obviously that doesn’t work as well for a heads-down focused burst of Cycles. If you’re debating between two different things, that’s fine, we can help you choose and get set up for Saturday if you simply reply to the confirmation email we send after you register.... but again, you’ll definitely benefit if you’ve thought this through a little beforehand.

See you Saturday, and here's to leveling up alongside some great people.

Here’s the registration --

We're jazzed to have you and very excited for September 16th -- until then, yours,

Sebastian Marshall and Miguel Hernandez

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