Work Sprint: Let's do better work in less time, and love it.

Get more done in less time (and have fun doing it!) When you're your own boss, you're in charge of managing your time. Unless you're really disciplined, that means you're susceptible to losing focus and letting distractions drag out your day. It also could mean you get too hard on yourself. You let yourself believe that if you put in lots and lots of time into your work, you'll be doing a better job. The reality is, the opposite is true. 

More hours does not equal more work. It certainly doesn't equal better work, and it's certainly not healthy for you on an ongoing basis. The beauty of working for ourselves is that we get to make our own rules, so why not be intentional about how we do that? 

Let's resolve to get a crap ton of good healthy creative work done, together. If we set goals, focus on what we really need to get done, get an early start, and keep each other in line, we can get better work done faster. We can feel better about ourselves, what we're accomplishing, and the free time we've bought for ourselves along the way. 

During this session, we'll set up blocks of time to focus exclusively on an important task at hand. We'll work on that, without interruption, until we break. Then we'll relax, talk, unwind, and get back down to business. By the time we hit lunchtime, we should have a solid day's worth of important work under our belts. 

(Read more in this blog post!)

The game plan

• 07:30 - 08:00 - Arrive, icebreak, discuss, caffeinate.

• 08:00 - 09:00 - Work Sprint #1. Bust ass on something important. 

• 09:00 - 09:10 - Break for 10 minutes. Celebrate how awesome this feels.

• 09:10 - 10:10 - Work Sprint #2: Continued ass-kickery on important work.

• 10:10 - 10:35 - Break for 25 minutes. Feel the burn. 

• 10:35 - 11:35 - Work Sprint #3: Continue cranking.

• 11:35 - 11:45 - Break for 10 minutes.

• 11:45 - 12:45 - Work Sprint #4: The home stretch. Go go go!

• 01:00: Eat lunch. Rejoice in the feeling that you've done more work by lunchtime than most people do in a whole day, if not several days. High five your neighbor. Compliment a stranger. Smile. 

(Inspiration for this scheme: The Pomodoro Technique, Tony Schwartz's Energy Project, and the original Coworking model.)

How it will work

In advance of the gathering, I'll send out a planning outline so you can get the most out of your time. I'll also be on-hand to help keep everything running smoothly. (Who am I? I'm Tony. I've been working on projects to help independents support each other in various ways for the past six years.)

$20 buys you 4 hours of highly productive, highly energetic, highly enjoyable work time alongside 10 other people committed to the same, a super handy worksheet to help you set priorities and stick to your goals, access to a bunch of handy resources, and one excellent coffee product of your choice.

Only 10 spots. Grab one now!

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  • Margo W.

    Got a lot done - Great idea

    1 · October 3, 2013

  • Kacia

    I love this idea - what a great way to focus. I'd love to come try it out but am not free this Thursday. Is this a regular event? Also, do they always take place in Brooklyn? I live in Morningside Heights, and would be interested in any that take place nearer to me. Thanks!

    October 2, 2013

    • Tony B.

      Kacia, actually, if you'd like to help get the ball rolling... do you know of a great cafe where people could get online and plug in near where you live? Perhaps we can start planning a venue and poll for interest!

      October 3, 2013

    • Kacia

      I'm new to the area, but I'll keep my ears and eyes open! I know of one space (Joe Cafe at Columbia University) that has steady wifi, but it's FREEZING there and I can never stay for more than a few hours. If I come across another great space, I'll let you know!

      October 3, 2013

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