FAQ – What is a Thinking Day?

Power Forward with a Thinking Day

This event is inspired by a “Do It Day” that I participated in a couple of years ago. My mentor declared the date, and everyone in his group cleared the day to work on our businesses. Every hour, on the hour from 9-4, we called into his bridge to report what we had intended to do in the last hour, what we actually did, and what we were planning to do in the next hour. In between, he was available on Facebook to answer questions and send links to resources.

I found this format to be highly productive. It helps you to focus on one project and keep at it for the whole day. I continue to run my own personal “do it days” once a quarter with a friend.

I have added quarterly work days (“Thinking Days”) to the Thinking Lab schedule as part of the major change in the program to promote self-study and self-development.

The the passworded member site for the Thinking Lab includes nine self-study courses, including “Tap Your Own Brilliance,” “Just-in-Time Planning,” “Non-Fiction Writing,” and “Smarter Execution,” plus all the courses on essentialization that I developed from 1998-2002.

Any member of the Lab can work through them at his or her own pace. However, I recognize it takes time and discipline to work through them. Deluxe and VIP members can use their consults with me to structure their approach. But I wanted everyone in the Thinking Lab to have  additional support to go through the classes.

Moreover, I’ve discovered that the only way to properly learn most of these skills is to develop them while working toward challenging goals. You need some real, tangible goal that you are lusting after to see how to use the tactics in your own life.

The purpose of a Thinking Day is for Thinking Lab members to concentrate on one project or one issue all day, with the support of the materials in the Thinking Lab plus my real-time coaching. I am on the phone bridge to answer questions and offer coaching and encouragement at the beginning, middle, and end of the day:

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. ET
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET

In between, I am available by email to answer questions. I  encourage everyone to check-in periodically by email, even if they don’t join us by phone.

What makes or breaks this event for members is their choice of issue to work on.  Hence, I recommend everyone picks a project or skill to work on before the day. They can email me in advance, so I can then suggest one of the self-study courses that would be most appropriate to help guide the work. Here’s the rough correspondence:

  • Plan a complex project: Go through Just in Time Planning
  • Stop procrastinating on a project: Go through Smarter Execution
  • Write something: Go through the Non-Fiction Writing Course
  • Solidify your general skills: Go through Tap Your Own Brilliance or Making Thinking Tactics Second Nature
  • Improve your time management: Go through Evolving a Scheduling Infrastructure
  • Improve your precision: Condensation

Most of these courses are offered as “supervised self-study” on the Thinking Lab site. This means that you need to do one exercise before you get the next. However, in conjunction with the Thinking Day you get complete access to one course all at once. This is another reason to email me in advance–to get access in advance.

Thinking Lab members can read detailed descriptions of the courses at: http://www.yourthinkinglab.com

Anyone who would like to know all of the benefits of the recently upgraded Thinking Lab can read the marketing page:

New members get a 50-minute onboarding consult with me when they join.


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