As Director of Product for an international software company, Joe had the chance to test his framework with a distributed team. The 6-week cycles system helped to dramatically improve communication, generate a more inclusive culture, and deliver projects on-time.
An automated 6-week email program to help you start planning and working more effectively.
Easy to follow sheet for organizing your tasks.Access Sheet
45min video to help you plan for a productive week.Watch Video
List of 2020 cycle names, dates, and breaks.View Cycles
Send this overview to your team at the start of each cycle.View Template
How to run a meeting that builds company culture.View Meeting
Google sheet for planning your Sept/Oct 2020 cycle.Access Sheet
Easy to follow list for organizing your weekly tasks.View Guide
This type of forward-thinking is not innate; it’s a practice. It's a skill you can be taught and improved upon over time.
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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.
I originally heard this concept from Jason Fried at Basecamp. Then I blended it with ideas from other thought leaders like Robert Cialdiani, Charles Duhigg, Clayton Christensen, Oren Klaff, Momoko Price, Casey Clark, Angela Vitzthum, 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 a new way to productive while still having time to live life.
What I found through this — it's big. Tthe 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