Maybe we’ve got the answer for you.
We built something that’s been working darn-near amazing for people to get their work done faster, more consistently, and more enjoyably.
But before we get into that, let’s take a step back —
Why are you on Reddit?
We love Reddit. We’re Reddit users. We’re delighted you found us through there.
When we really investigated the “Why are people on Reddit?”, we came up with three cases —
(1) People who are there to research very specific points. Y’know, you just started coding a project in Python, so you go to /r/python and sort by Best Of / All-Time to get Python best practices. That sort of thing.
(2) People who go for long-term community. Heading over to /r/paleo to swap recipes, /r/statistics to double-check that you’re not over-fitting your data, or heading to /r/nba to join like-minded people in complaining that James Harden flops too much.
(3) People who are wasting time on the internet. Umm, this one is a little less glorious. You know what we’re talking about. Actually, maybe complaining about James Harden fits here. (I think everyone outside of Texas can safely agree that he plays a very ugly type of basketball, though, no?)
Well, whichever of these three categories you fall into, we have something that might be totally marvelous for you.
Peak Performance via Best Practices and Fantastic Community
A difficult question —
“What’s it going to take to the next level of peak performance in life?”
It seems to us like most of the answers to “how do I be more productive” are the kind of stuff that people already know (goals, plan, scope, scheduling, etc)… but they’re not actually doing.
Most tech to increase productivity falls into the same trap — they just make… features. To the question, “What’s missing?”, their answer is something like — “Syncing! Collaboration! Commenting!”
We have a slightly different answer to productivity and peak performance.
We think the next level of technology has to get the hard human stuff right. When are you motivated? How easy is it to drop into that magical “flow state” where all the work just clicks and gets done?
We know what great work looks like — we’re talking Bell Labs inventing a lion’s share of modern computing, all those Nobel Prize physics types out in Los Alamos, the stuff they’re doing at Space X, that magical quality that early winning startups have…
That’s what we’re building for you — performance-enhancing software, focused on the hard difficult human stuff that helps work get done faster and more enjoyably. We’re obsessed with helping you be more effective — more great work getting done, faster and more enjoyably.
The Work Gym
For the last 10 years, we’ve studied just about everything related to peak performance — from biochemistry and the origins of fatigue, to industrial engineering and sociotechnical systems, to how elite individual athletes and elite teams perform, and we came up with a few dozen best practices.
Here’s the top two we think are missing —
1. Social accountability: For whatever strange reason, humans seem to very comfortable letting themselves down but very uncomfortable letting other people down. Heck, some people get a personal trainer not because they need help with their lifts, but just because it’ll make them show up.
So we built a framework for social accountability during work —
We generate social accountability via videoconferencing with,
-> Other great people working alongside you.
-> Typical attendees are programmers, business owners, attorneys, lots of creatives, some PhD students, accountants, engineers, even some medical doctors and a Professor of Medicine. Like, really driven people.
-> A great, highly-trained moderator always there to keep the session on track and ensure you’re planned and not getting distracted at regular scheduled intervals.
-> Optional socializing and feedback during 10-minute breaks.
2. Actually doing all the “known best practices” for great work: You’d be surprised at how many people “just start working” without asking the simple question, “How do I know this work is complete?” You’d be surprised at how many people don’t acknowledge likely distractions before starting — for just 10 seconds or so — and deciding in advance how you’d deal with them if they come up.
We built Work Cycles for that, a lightweight dashboard that you engage with during a multi-hour work session specifically designed to promote flow state and get work done quickly.
Don’t get intimidated by it — it takes 3-6 minutes to fill out and helps maximize the next few hours. After planning, you get right into work — and Work Cycles helps you navigate your work in real time:
During Work Cycles, we work in 30 minute blocks with scheduled 10 minute breaks for re-planning and recharging.
-> Your work is clearly defined and broken down.
-> You know exactly what your targets are.
-> Distractions and disruptions are minimized as you re-center every 30 minutes.
-> Flow state happens.
-> Work gets done much faster and more enjoyably.
“I was pleasantly surprised with my performance — at least 3x more productive than normal. I’ve read about productivity best practices and implemented some of them before, but you have to try something like this to really experience the benefits.” — Neil Taylor, Commercial Director at Mobedia; London, UK
It Works. Guaranteed.
We’ve got a few dozen pages of unsolicited reviews and testimonials, self-reports of performance increases ranging from +25% to +400%.
Getting +400% from a single work session sounds crazy until you realize that that’s merely getting 2 days of normal work done in a half-day — something we’ve all done when we’ve been on an intense deadline (like, college term papers) or when highly inspired and everything is just clicking.
”The biggest thing I realized is that when I focused during Work Cycles, I can get a workday done in 3 hours... By getting the work done in disciplined cycles, that then frees me up to work on bigger things, as well as showing me where I was wasting time in the past.” — Glennn Holman, Consultant, Dallas, Texas
We’re 100% guaranteeing it’ll work for you.
On the off chance it doesn’t work for you — hasn’t happened yet — you’ll get a prompt, no-questions-asked, courteous refund. Seriously. Heck, if it doesn’t double your performance on sessions you attend, ask for a refund. Yeah, that’s a strong claim but it actually works amazing.
“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, Programmer; San Francisco, CA
And a Special Promotion for Reddit
We’re all about having great work sessions, but not just that — we want to help you have an amazing life. Join TWG today and we’ll also give you a complimentary entry to the next Ultraworking Pentathlon — a 16-day competition designed to max out your nutrition, fitness, sleep schedule, planning… and ensure you get your Most Important Work done every day.
It’s designed to get you firing on all cylinders for 16 days straight, and take some permanent levelups with you forever.
The next Pentathlon is in January, shortly after New Year’s, to get 2019 started with a bang. If you can’t make January’s, still join and we’ll set you up with March’s Pentathlon (we do them quarterly), or otherwise hook you up somehow. We work really hard to treat our customers like gold.
We think The Work Gym is worth the price of admission alone, but you can read all the details about the Pentathlon and see if that’s a great fit for you — whether upcoming in January, or in March. Do remember to come back to this page for the special offer. The standard price for the Pentathlon is $300 per entry; today you’ll get a free entry when you join TWG.
Come Levelup and Get All Your Work Done Faster and More Enjoyably With Us
We’ve already got multiple moderator-led TWG sessions guaranteed for every weekend during North American hours, and every Wednesday and Thursday early in the USA that are geared for people in Europe (afternoon) and Asia (after work).
We’ll get to 24/7 coverage soon, but we’ve got every timezone covered already.
If you’re interested in our long-term roadmap for TWG, you can read more about it here — just do remember to come back to this page for the special Product Hunt rate and promotion.
(And note — we’ve already added another few dozen sessions per month that aren’t listed on that page yet; we’re growing really quickly and adding features and sessions every week.)
Come to as many sessions as you’d like — members routinely see +25% to +400% (really) boosts in performance from a single focused session. On any given session, there’ll be multiple programmers, multiple business owners, an attorney or two drafting contracts or opinions, a few people doing creative work, a PhD student, a researcher working on EU policy, an inventor, a freelancer, and really, a great mix of motivated and exceptional people — it’s hard not to be productive when you’ve got lightweight tech to keep you focused and you’re working alongside other great people.
Actual feedback from sessions in the last week —
“I've been putting this off for three weeks and there's no way I would have done it if not on cycles.“ — Business Owner
“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!” — Systems/Automation Expert
And those are both highly effective people already — TWG is there to help you consistently hit that next level of performance.
Join Today and Get Some Fully Guaranteed Peak Performance
"TWG is already past break even for me cost wise and net positive ROI in a single cycles session." — Gabriel Stein, Freelance Software Developer; Sacramento, CA
So here’s our special offer for Reddit —
Get three months of Work Gym for $49/month billed quarterly ($147 total), and get grandfathered into that price forever. Get the mix of accountability and structure to get work done fast and easily. Seriously, it’s like magic.
Get a $300 Pentathlon entry for free. People regularly pay $300 and say it was one of the best things they bought in a given year. 45% of people who attend a Pentathlon repeat-attend. A great way to enter into a high-performance period of life.
We 100% guarantee it. If this doesn’t lead to really exceptional performance, get a courteous refund with no hassles. Seriously, even if it’s just okay, then ask for a refund and we’re happy to oblige. For most people who join, TWG is life-changing — and that’s how we intend it.
“Work cycles has been the most dramatic and unexpected improvement to my working life that I've had in awhile. Seriously - my output has gotten more consistent, more fun, less tiring, and (most importantly) more thoughtful.” — Mohnish Soundararajan, Host and Producer of Moonwalk; New York, NY
You want in? A lot of smart and driven people think it’s really, really, really good…
You can join here if you’d like to get all your work much faster and more enjoyably —
Special promotion for Reddit: Promotional Pricing of $49/month, paid quarterly. ($147 for three months).
Get grandfathered into promotional pricing forever.
Free entry in January Pentathlon for more peak performance.
100% guaranteed with no hassles — if it doesn’t make your work life-changingly better, let us know and we’ll courteously refund you. Our aim is for it to be life-changing.
See you at The Work Gym, regards,
Sebastian Marshall, Kai Zau, and the whole team at Ultraworking