If you've got a company, organization, or social group that wants to get a ton of work done in a short span while learning something cool, I'm happy to host some free or close-to-free(*) Work Cycles in North America in the next few weeks.
We regularly host events at Ultraworking, and of the most popular is Work Cycles. Work Cycles is a way to get an immense amount of stuff done in 4-5 hours.
A round of Cycles regularly leads to 20% to 400% increase in measurable performance, even for people who are already very effective. We've got literally hundreds of reports back like this,
"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
"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
"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
Work Cycles looks to take around a dozen best practices of how to have a peak effectiveness work session, and layers them all together. They're great for getting that type of difficult maximally-important abstract work done that leads to huge gains, or alternatively, it's great for buzzsawing through a bunch of boring routine work that you'd like to get done quickly.
I'm happy to host some free or close-to-free(*) Work Cycles in North America in the next few weeks.
The format is that we'll block off 4-5 hours together, attendees will bring work they want to accomplish, we'll set up quickly, and we'll run out the work. Attendees will be amazed at how much they get done, and learn a new skilled way of working that's potentially valuable forever.
SPECS, REQUIREMENTS, DETAILS
Number of attendees: If you have 20+ in your organization or group, I'll do it for free if your city is on my travel schedule. If you have below 20 but want some Cycles, say for your executive team, I'll do it at nominal cost. Maximum attendees we've had at Work Cycles is in the ~150 people range and that can be easily accommodated.
Who Should Do This: Anyone that wants 20%-400% more effectiveness in a given work session for themselves and their colleagues/friends/team. I’m not exaggerating that those are the order of magnitude of gains possible. We’ve had thousands of people on Work Cycles at this point, and regularly get “I got the next two days of work done in 4 hours.” Yes, it’s that powerful. This is specially valuable for scaling companies, government, and education — but we’ve had rave reviews from a variety of people in creative fields, pure inventors, attorneys, accountants, programmers, and many more too. Quite simply, it’s for people who want to get a lot more work done. I'm happy to do them if you're at a private company, a nonprofit, a governmental organization, or if it's just an informal social or industry group.
Requirements: To run Cycles, we'll need on-site... (1) Decent-to-good internet and full computers and desk or table space for all participants. Attendees should have their normal work computers; tablets and mobile devices don't cut it don't cut it in most cases. (2) A/V and a projector can be a nice bonus if you’ve got it, so we're all looking at the same thing — but it’s not strictly essential. (3) On the off chance your team members can’t use Google Sheets at work (high-security environment, government, etc) do please let me know in advance since we’ll have to make alternative arrangements. (4) And then — just having motivated people who want to get a lot of work done quickly while learning something new and cool.
Where: I'll do these for free for 20+ people in any of the following cities: Boston, MA; New York, NY; Austin, TX; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA. If you're in another city that I wasn't planning on visiting, I'm possibly able to do it depending on timing if you've got a great group and travel expenses are covered.
Why: For you and your attendees, because you'll get a bunch of work done faster and easier than you thought possible, and get a new tool in the toolbox for effectiveness. Why do I do it? First because I love doing it, I want everyone in the world to be maximally effective, and maybe you or your organization will become customers down the road. But there’s no sales pitch at all — it’s just, like, getting a ton of stuff done and learning something cool. I super enjoy running Work Cycles, it’s one of my most favorite ways to spend a few hours.
When: The next 2-3 weeks; the end of July 2018 and first week of August 2018 is ideal. Work hours are fine; oftentimes we do the afternoons which are typically when people are lower productivity — it's amazing what you can do from 1PM-5PM in a structured setting. I'm happy to do them after work, in the morning, or on the weekends as well. Timing is flexible.
Ready to get started? You can fill out this (very short) form to inquire about doing one of these together — and I'll be in touch promptly.
Any questions? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to seeing you on Cycles soon, regards,
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1. We're hiring at Ultraworking.
We're growing like crazy and delivering some amazing results to maybe the best customerbase ever, brilliant people across 25+ countries. We're hiring for our Tech team and Growth team. You can get an idea of what it's like to work at Ultraworking and apply here —
2. Next free Ultraworking event is scheduled for July.
We're doing Monthly Planning the last weekend of July, to set you to max out in August. There's 744 hours in August... maybe it'd make sense to spend 2-3 hours to set yourself up to maximize the month? You can register for free here —
A round of free Work Cycles are scheduled for June. People always dig these, a good way to get a lot done —
Hello old friend,
We're offering perhaps the most unique and cool Valentine's Day gift ever at Ultraworking —
The Pentathlon's been terrific for married and dating couples to compete in together in the past, and for Valentine's Day, you can get a spot for you and your loved one for less than the price of a normal full-price entry. Great way to thrive together, support each other, and potentially learn some life-long lessons about how to communicate and support each other forever.
The New Year's Pentathlon runs from January 6th to January 21st. It's the 6th Pentathlon we've held, and each one gets rave reviews. (Check the page for many testimonials.) It's a great way to start 2018 off with a bang and have two weeks of peak performance to start the year, as well as take lessons and skills forward with you all year.
For Cyber Monday only, when you get your spot on the Pentathlon, you get a +1 to give to whoever you'd like: a friend, family member, coworker, or colleague. The Pentathlon works great when you do it alongside someone you know and care about — we've had cofounders come together, husband/wife teams come together, we've had brothers do it together and connect more through it... it's pretty great.
Also potentially a great holiday gift. Normal price is $300, so it's a snazzy thing to be given. (You can inquire in advance if the person is available from Jan 6-21.)
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