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.
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?”
At the end of each 30-minute Work Cycle, you assess:
"Were there any distractions?”
"Things to improve for next cycle?”
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.
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.
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