Want to get a run of peak productivity to celebrate International Women’s Day?
We’re celebrating International Women’s Day with a special themed Work Cycles event. We’ll be hosting Work Cycles — a way to get a lot of work done using a mix of technology and social accountability — with special themed breaks, hearing from inspiring women in programming, business, and law about how they get their work done.
The big things you need to know —
(1) We’ll be doing Work Cycles. On Cycles, you bring work you want to accomplish. Then watch as it gets done faster and more enjoyably than you thought possible.
(2) During Work Cycles, we work for 30 minutes with 10 minute breaks in between, using technology and social accountability to help you get your work done faster and more enjoyably. To celebrate IWD, we’ll be having special breaks getting to hear insights into productivity and peak performance from some amazing top-performing women.
(3) You’re more than welcome to attend if you’re a guy! You’ll be hearing from some amazing women on the breaks, but Work Cycles are great for anyone getting their work done. So don’t be shy if you’d like to attend, get a lot of work done, and hear some best practices from some amazing women.
This event is 100% free. In the past, we've charged $140 for Work Cycles 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, celebrate IWD, and hit some peak productivity in the process.
You can sign up now to get some free training and peak performance on Friday 8 March from 7AM to 11AM Eastern Time (4AM-8AM Pacific Time). 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
“I had a painting instructor from Russia who would look at my work and always say, "Crystal, you must first paint the dog before painting the fleas." The Cycles planning questions are a chance to check every 30m if you are just getting caught up in painting fleas, or worrying about details that won't make or break the final product. You can add a question to the noteworthy / next cycle part of the Cycles review and change it depending on what you are doing. "If I had to finish this project today, would I be prioritizing this task?”” — Crystal Ge
“After an emotionally/energetically challenging weekend, this was really good structure to lean on to actually get things done. I wouldn't have worked today if it weren't for TWG. Work Cycles are always good. Need to schedule Cycles at least 3 out of 5 days a week (have these overlap with TWG as much as possible). Yay for TWG!” — Justine Pattantyus
My productivity was higher and I was more motivated to get stuff done. This program's format is awesome for productivity.
— Mark Bao
“As a programmer when I first heard of cycles I had some reservations. But after some real world experience, I went on to realize that if your tasks aren't divided into small enough pieces that they fit within 30 minutes, you probably don't know the problem well enough. So now I'm sold on using cycles for programming - it's saved me from a lot of wasted time and effort.” — Han Chang
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 International Women’s Day Work Cycles on Friday March 8th
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, 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 8 March, 7AM to 11AM Eastern time.
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 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 on Friday, and here's to leveling up alongside some great people.
Here’s the registration --