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The Best Productivity Workshop in the World?

You know what I want to do?

I want to produce the best productivity workshop in the world.

And I think I know mostly how to do that.

I’ll tell you my plan, and then you can tell me your ideas.

It will be a 6-session workshop.

Each module will stand alone and be immensely practical.

Each module will give students a new super power.

Each module will help students simplify their lives, increase their productivity, and make their stress melt away.

Each module will build on the last, . . . until . . . by the end . . . students feel completely in control of their lives and are masters of low stress productivity.

Here’s my current tentative outline of the 6 modules:

Module 1: New Habits — How to train new habits, break old ones, and overcome procrastination faster than ever with a new scientifically tested method that’s easier than any method you’ve probably ever tried. There are two kinds of will power, most people use the hard kind. I’ll teach you how to use the easy kind. We will use this new skill to help us put new productivity habits into place during the rest of the workshop.
Module 2: Fractal Plans — which 2 lists you need to run your entire life, and how to break down almost any project in 5 minutes or less. Plus some other tools that all work together to seamlessly extend your brain’s natural planning powers.
Module 3: Clear Mind — How to clear your mind, and keep it clear from now on. (How to handle random thoughts, interruptions, interpersonal friction and unexpected complications)
Module 4: High Energy – How to set up work/rest rhythms that match your natural energy rhythms. How to manage your energy for a work day, a work week, and for a whole big project.
Module 5: Compelling Story — How to re-work your plans as you go so they continually present a clear, compelling story of how you will complete your project. How to be the Steven Spielberg of project planning.
Module 6: Relentless Drive — How to stay motivated during big projects with SCRUM for One and other tricks.

Each module will include classroom-style instruction in the form of a powerpoint presentation, practical examples with screen capture video and slides, and a question and answer teleseminar session (or the recording for students who can’t be there).

This is a big project.

It will take a while for me to produce all this.

But it’s important, so I’m intent on doing it. People need to know how to do these things. It will change their lives, as it has changed mine.

Many in-person productivity workshops like this go for $995 or so.

But I’m going to take a lesson from Eben Pagan.

He produced his “Wake Up Productive” program, made it conveniently digital so you could participate at home, and gave better content than many higher priced seminars for half the price — $495.

So I’ll try to one-up Eben.

I’ll try to present an online, digitally-delivered workshop that’s even more likely to result in new powers of low-stress productivity, and I’ll cut Eben’s price roughly in half.

I’ll probably offer the complete workshop as a 6 session workshop (one per week for 6 weeks) for something like $249.

But I don’t want you to wait for me to finish the whole thing and pay that price.

I want you to get the modules as I produce them, and pay a lower price.

Like I said, this is a big project.

And, in order to keep my head in the game, I’m going to have to go all “SCRUM for One” on it :-)

My plan is to produce each module, one at a time, and then offer each module to my current blog readers on an a’ la carte basis for something like $17 each.

This will allow me to get feedback along the way — and hopefully some good testimonials, too.

Since there’s a teleseminar call involved, I’ll probably have to limit the number to something like 50 students per module so everyone who wants to ask questions will have a fair shot of being able to do so.

So, that’s the current plan. I’ll say more as the first module get’s closer to completion.

So, what do you think?

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  1. Natalie
    Posted August 25, 2011 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Count me in! Looking forward to the workshop and getting more productive!

  2. Tim Johnson
    Posted August 25, 2011 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Sounds good Jim…Hit that ball out of the park :)


  3. Sebastian
    Posted August 25, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Count me in also. Its a very good Idea.

  4. Joe
    Posted August 25, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Great idea!
    Will participate in your project as you want.

  5. Posted August 25, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    You have a good grasp of several people’s systems and I think it will be well worth our time to learn how you’ve put them all together … in a new and improved program. The system.

    Looking forward not only to the program but to the opportunity to give you some feedback to make things even better!


    • Jim Stone
      Posted August 25, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Mel. And I will look forward to your feedback!

  6. Posted August 25, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Permalink


    1) Is the $17 price for Fractal Planner subscribers as well, or we do get preferred pricing?

    2) Are you going into more detail about how to use the F.P. system?

    • Jim Stone
      Posted August 25, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

      Hi Scott. I aim to make the workshop valuable no matter which fractal planning tool you use (though I don’t know of a better one to use :-) ). So it won’t require that students use the Fractal Planner, and it won’t specifically deal with how to use the Fractal Planner (though most of the examples will use it, since that’s my personal planning tool). With that said, if you aren’t already practicing the habits covered in the workshop, it will definitely help you use the Fractal Planner more effectively. Also, if you currently have questions about how to use the Fractal Planner, feel free to email me.

      As for a discount . . . I’m not opposed to the idea in principle, but it takes time to set up two distinct sales paths, and to do the extra customer service that comes from having preferred pricing. (“I didn’t know that I could get it for $12 instead of $17, can I get a refund and then buy it at the lower price” and stuff like that). I think it will be better for almost everyone if instead I spend that time and energy producing the new modules.

  7. Dennis
    Posted August 25, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    This would be huge! Count me in

  8. Joshua
    Posted August 25, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Permalink


  9. Posted August 25, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    Count me in, Jim. This sounds like a winner.

  10. Alan
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    Ok Mr Stone count me in
    where do I send the $17 buckaroos

    • Jim Stone
      Posted August 26, 2011 at 9:44 am | Permalink

      Hi Alan. Glad to have you on board! Unfortunately, you’re going to have to keep your money in a safe place for a couple weeks — try not to blow it all on a movie or lunch or something in the meantime :-)

      I’ll provide payment details for the first module when I get the first module completed.

      (Quick Aside: It’s a little quirk of mine that I don’t like taking payment for something before I’m ready to deliver. I know some marketers would advise differently, but it just doesn’t work for my personality type to do things that way. Normal delays and unexpected complications would be more frustrating if I take payment ahead of time because I’d have paying customers waiting and wondering what’s going on. That’s just me, though.)

  11. Posted August 28, 2011 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    Will this be something we can download and put on an iPod? I want to listen while I’m at work. :-)

    • Jim Stone
      Posted August 28, 2011 at 11:35 am | Permalink

      Hi Dawn. I can easily create an mp3 version of the presentation. I’ll add that into the mix.

  12. Posted August 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    This would be a great way to ‘hammer home’ all those great ideas you laid out in your ebook. Discovering more ways to ‘fractualize’ your life can only open you up to more effective ways of moving forward.

    Here’s an example of what I mean. Even though the ebook was good and it has helped me overcome procrastination (breaking goals down further), I’m still ‘dealing’ with it. Me thinks a workshop, working with other folks and getting more hands-on would, hopefully, put my need for procrastination into permanent retirement.

    So Jim, I’m ready for this workshop since yesterday :)

  13. Posted September 12, 2011 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    I’d register for a few of them at $17.

    I’m really bad at attending teleseminars, so you’d have to make the recordings available.



    • Jim Stone
      Posted September 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

      Sure thing. The plan is to make the recordings available afterward.

  14. Posted September 26, 2011 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    If it is helpful you are more than welcome to borrow my gotowebinar account for the teleseminars.

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