Work retreat -Week

@Tribe Tampere 9-13.4.2018

If you wanna succeed:


  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. We work together in pomodoros, aka. 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 brake, you can skip it if you want to do two pomodoros at once, but when there is a normal brake, you must stop working for the duration of the brake (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 (~10min).

  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!


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.

External and internal distractions are minimized allowing you to become super productive and the positive social pressure will make you want to concentrate and make hard tasks feel easy to start. So join the work retreat -week, write a long todo-list of your own work and be amazed how productive you can be!


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Methods being used:

Predefined work goals:

Before starting the work retreat -week, you define your personal goals and track your progress during the week. This will concentrate your efforts to achieve goals instead of just logging in hours.

Predefined worktimes:

You decide and define when you can and can’t attend the work retreat. So you can skip a day or part of a day as you wish, as long as you decide it before hand.

Pomodoro -technique:

Work is done in 25 min intervals, called pomodoros. In the beginning of a pomodoro you define the work you’ll be doing during the pomodoro and concentrate doing that and only that for the next 25 min. During the pomorodoro perfect concentration is possible.

Common break schedule:

The responsibility of when to work and when not to work is delegated to a common brake schedule. This has a surprising effect of better concentration to whatever task is at hand.

To be able to combine the benefits of working together (better concentration, motivation and help from other), without the downsides (distractions). There is two types of brakes, silent and normal brakes. Silent brakes can be skipped if you want to work longer sets.

Communal work culture:

You do your own work, but are surrounded with like minded people who care about your progress and encourage your to continue doing your best work. Whenever you have a roadblock or a fear preventing you to make meaningful progress, others are there to help. The positive social pressure helps you to continue and the presence of other concentrating will make you concentrate as well.

Hands on workshop:

In the afternoon there will be a short hands on workshop where simple, easy to understand concepts are discussed that help you to become more productive.


10:00 Door open

10:15 1. work session

12:10 Lunch (outside of Tribe, self payed)

13:15 2. work session

15:10 Hands on workshop

15.30 3. work session

17.00 End of day

Exception: Monday morning the first work session is postponed by 10 min for a short introduction lecture about the method and the week in general.



Hands on workshop topics:

Monday: Morning routine challenge

Tuesday: Exercise on breaks

Wednesday: How to break through procrastination

Thursday: Winhoff Breathing method for increased focus

Friday: Feedback session



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!