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Work retreat -week is a week long productivity experiment based on the Work retreat -method that has proven to increase productivity and decrease work related stress. (’AIKAJÄRJESTYS ASIANTUNTIJATYÖSSÄ’ -HANKE KYSELYTUTKIMUS, TYÖTERVEYSLAITOS 2015)
In the work retreat -method few focus and productivity increasing methods are combined to achieve highly productive environment for individuals to do their own individual work, together.
1. Create a todo list for the week before hand.
2. Decide on which days you will attend and not attend the event. Commit to your plan.
3. Do your work in pomodoros, in 25 min sets. Before each pomodoro you decide what item on the todo list you will tackle for that pomodoro. Do not do anything else during a pomodoro.
4. When there is a silent break, you can skip it if you want to do two pomodoros at once, but when there is a normal brakbreake, you must stop working for the duration of the break (5 min).
5. Midday there will be a common lunch hour (1h 5min) .
6. At 15.10 There is a longer break (20 min) during which there is a short hands on workshop about productivity.
7. On Friday afternoon we will collect feedback from all attendees, what we were and were not able to achieve during the week, reasons for these and development ideas.
8. On Friday evening it’s time to celebrate our success after hours!
You need to define the work goals you strive to achieve during the week. So, do the following pre-assignment before the start of the week.
Make a quick brainstorming session (5 min) where you write down all tasks that you think you could, would and need to get done. After listing out everything you might do, try choose the most important tasks and projects you want to achieve during the week. What would make the biggest difference if you would get it done? What are the task/projects you procrastinate the most? Can you make the week about one single goal, a product launch or writing a master thesis? Be realistic, but optimistic about how much you can do.
Then list your goals in clear and understandable fashion into a list that you will hold by your side for the rest of the week. To help you keep focus, do only tasks that are listed in the todo-list. Of course you can add and remove items from the lists during the week.
You can have this list in paper or in digital form and don’t lose the list or delete any done items on it. We need it on Friday when we celebrate our success!