Getting a group to move forward on a project can feel impossible early on. Emails, meetings, and busywork get in the way. For a speed boost, get your collaborators together for a “one-dayer”.
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As minimalist publishing platform Medium’s company blog suggests, a “one-dayer” involves getting everyone who’s working on a project in the same room for an entire day, tackling challenges together, and developing a plan for future work. Under normal circumstances, work that could be accomplished in this type of single day could take weeks due to conflicting schedules. By getting everyone in the same room — not just to talk, but to actually get work done — you can build momentum for a project:
As in: “Should we do a one-dayer on this on Thursday?”
When might you say this? Perhaps:
When you’ve been kicking around an idea for a while, have discussed several different directions, but aren’t sure which is best yet.
When you have a project that’s been going for a while and you just want to get it out the door (and it’s not inconceivable to do it in a day).
When you have a crazy hunch you can’t get out of your head.
It might even make sense to have a one-dayer at the beginning and end of big projects.
The less tangible advantage here is that getting work done as a group can motivate everyone. While this type of setup won’t work all the time, getting work done as a group can ramp up a team’s energy and enthusiasm for a project. Then, when the day is over, each member of the team goes back to their usual routine with a solid plan for where to go next.