How to work for 6 weeks, then take off for 2

For entrepreneurs and business owners, 6-week cycles offers a new perspective on productivity, corporate culture, and an understanding that family should always come first. Receive your copy in two days by ordering on Amazon today.

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6-week cycles offers a new perspective on productivity, time management and understanding that family should always come first.

Boost your team’s morale and productivity through clearer project direction, improved communication, and regularly scheduled breaks. This book takes you through my step-by-step process on how one Chicago company implemented Basecamp’s idea of 6-week cycles over the last 3 years.

A workplace methodology for happier employees

Increase Productivity

By allowing time for goal setting and detailing project tasks, you'll find that you and your team move faster through tasks. Implementing visualization techniques and talking through tasks helps employees and managers stay on task.

Improve Company Culture

"More money" is not a strong enough motivator for the millennial workforce. But time off, the ability to work independently — see what this does for your team's morale. Would you work harder for 6 weeks knowing you get a break for 2?

Change the World

I want to see what happens when we start giving people time. Time to take their kid out of school for the day go the zoo. Time to get their home in order. Time to have an impact in their community.

6-Week Cycles are just planning

Seriously! That's it. You don't even have to buy the book. The whole point is to simply plan for 6 weeks of work. But then, you need to actually do it.

All I did was take a concept I heard from Jason Fried, blend it with ideas from other thought leaders like Robert Cialdiani, Charles Duhigg, Clayton Christensen, Oren Klaff, Momoko Price, Casey Clark, Angela Vitzhum, Mig Reyes, and many others. I added in my experience of running a creative agency and combined it with principles in conversion-rate optimization. Put all that together, and we arrive at this book.

What I found, however — that’s big. It started to feel like the kind of stuff that could really change lives. And if it effects lives, maybe it can effect communities. If more people are involved in their communities, there's a chance it could shape cities.

From cities to states, states to countries.
That maybe, maybe, there's a chance to make some real change happen in this world — with something as simple as changing our work environment.

Which, I will admit, I tend to take things to a grandiose scale. I’m a dreamer! But, in its simplest form, what if it's just a better way to work?

Even if it doesn't have this giant effect on the world, it still helps set better expectations, understand your capabilities, increase productivity, and create an innovative culture.

Joe Martin, Author


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About the Author

Joe Martin

A Chicago entrepreneur passionate about building real-world communities and improving corporate culture.

Joe Martin has worked in the creative industry for 18 years gaining experience in design, marketing, and leadership. He's is an active voice in Chicago serving as a judge for Google Startup Weekend events, mentoring undergraduate students through DePaul University's entrepreneurship program, and the founder of The Entrepreneur's Workshop. He has worked on website and UX projects for McDonald’s, Microsoft, Hampton Inn, and Anheuser-Busch among other corporations and small businesses. Joe's ideas on experience & design have been featured in The Observer and Website Magazine.

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