We live in a time of high volume, high speed, and low clarity. Apps, planners, and other tools are insufficient. We feel a desperate need for a holistic and sustainable behavioral framework that enables order, ease, and creativity in both our personal and professional work.

There is an actual art to this.


A unique blend of ancient psychology and modern project management, it consists of four specific behaviors that, when habituated, reduce stress, create clarity, and stimulate creativity.

  • It is simple but subtle.

  • It is refined, but flexible.

  • It allows you to get a sense of control in your life without losing spontaneity.

  • It enables you to effectively engage with asymmetry, curved lines, and surprises as well as more "linear" projects and tasks.

  • It helps you plan a fun birthday party for your kid as well as an impactful strategic planning session for your company.


Explore the principles and mechanics of the Art of Workflow today, and begin to cultivate a life of rich relationships, deep thought, and total presence.

Learn:

  • How my wife and I stopped fighting with each other and started working together in managing the complex and fun dynamics of family life

  • The four specific behaviors which provide order and ease to any kind of work (personal or professional)

  • Why you haven't felt satisfied with organizing in the past, and the crucial step you need to do before trying to organize anything

  • Why grocery lists are pure genius, the unseen principles they rest on, and how you can apply those same principles to your other lists

  • Why workflow is much bigger than "productivity"



WHY | THE ART | THE COURSE | THE COACHES

THE SYMPOSIUM



Problem #1: High Volume, Low Clarity

  • In 2016, 90% of the world’s data had been created in the previous two years. It's now 2021.

  • Most of the information we are hit with is vague and disruptive.

  • The contextual lines of space and time are fading as work becomes progressively remote and asynchronous.

Solution: A Behavioral Framework for Clarity, Space, & Order

  • Standardize and streamline the process for defining and organizing information so that it can be habituated.

  • Boil all the theory and principles of workflow down to four specific behaviors so that people can move from reading about productivity to actually being productive.

  • Acquire a universal framework for efficient thinking, which allows you to navigate complex and rapidly changing environments with ease and confidence.


Problem #2: Superficial Hacks, Artificial Methods

  • Productivity gurus tempt us with easy wins and promise that their product will relieve our stress. Their solutions are overly simplistic and can't handle the fluid dynamics of real life.

  • As an alternative to the quick fixes, some adopt highly complex systems that blunt spontaneity and end up costing more time to maintain than to use.

  • There is a deep thirst for a simple, but effective methodology that can handle both the kitchen and the boardroom, that can restore balance and order in our lives.

Solution: Principled Productivity

  • Art of Workflow offers a deep, unique, and fresh perspective on the psychology of workflow, blending ancient, medieval, and modern thought. Fads have no home here.

  • Learn the most refined and effective way to manage both your personal and professional work. All the fat is trimmed off for you.

  • Because this is a behavioral framework and not a specific tool, you can apply this methodology to any app or planner. Countless new tools will be developed in the future. This methodology can be used for the rest of your life.


Problem #3: DIY is Expensive & Inefficient

  • Isolating ourselves from feedback and accountability exponentially prolongs our path to mastery.

  • Time is money, and we burn it through unnecessary trial and error.

Solution: Effective & Affordable Coaching

  • Avoid common pitfalls and costly frustrations.

  • Bulletproof your path to mastery by joining a small group of focused students. Leverage support and accountability to drive change.

  • Receive professional instruction by experienced coaches who are deeply passionate about the art of teaching. We've always taught live and we always will.


DO THESE PROBLEMS & SOLUTIONS RESONATE WITH YOU?
Explore the principles and mechanics of the Art of Workflow today, and begin to cultivate a life of rich relationships, deep thought, and total presence.


A Behavioral Framework for Clarifying & Organizing Personal and Professional Work

Art of Workflow is the habituation of four behaviors which creates clarity, enables order, reduces stress, and stimulates creativity. It is simple but subtle. It is refined, but flexible. It allows you to get a sense of control in your life without losing spontaneity. It enables you to effectively engage with asymmetry, curved lines, and surprises as well as more "linear" projects and tasks. It helps you plan a fun birthday party for your kid as well as an impactful strategic planning session for your company.




#1 COLLECT
Invest in your ideas by externalizing what is on your mind without worrying about its form.


When You Do It

  • Your mind is calm, clear, and engaged in the present.

  • New ideas and surprises are welcomed and explored.

  • Those really good ideas that come at really bad times aren’t lost.

  • You can interact with a flood of information and not get stressed out, fracture your attention, or break your flow.

When You Don't

  • You have a constant gnawing sensation in your head.

  • New and creative ideas stress you out.

  • You subtly avoid opportunities.

  • You miss meetings, forget to follow up, and struggle to transform ideas into action.



#2 PROCESS
Define what you have collected and organize it into lists.


When You Do It

  • You have a simple and standardized method for efficiently handling any kind of input.

  • Your lists are relevant, attractive, and easy to manage.

  • Projects move forward.

When You Don't

  • You play a never-ending game of organizing and reorganizing your work.

  • Your calendar is a place of stress and chaos rather than a source of order.

  • Your desk is covered with sticky notes.



#3 REVIEW
Keep your lists fresh and functional by regularly re-engaging with them.


When You Do It

  • No particular tool is necessary, all tools are sufficient.

  • Work is smooth, subtle, and dynamic.

  • You are balanced.

  • You have perspective.

When You Don't

  • Your system makes you rigid, awkward, stilted, and unable to effectively engage in dynamic environments.

  • You are driven by the latest and the loudest.



#4 MOVE
Make effective action choices with ease
by using your intuition and judgement in combination with your lists.


When You Do It

  • You know that efficient is sufficient.

  • Surprises energize you.

  • Flow is the norm, not the exception.

  • You effectively leverage your energy instead of frustratingly fighting it.

When You Don't

  • You let perfection delay execution.

  • You think productivity is the most important thing.

  • Your day is driven by email, slack, and zoom meetings.


WANT TO DIVE DEEPER?
Explore the principles and mechanics of the Art of Workflow today, and begin to cultivate a life of rich relationships, deep thought, and total presence.




"UNSCALABLE" 1:1 SUPPORT

  • Other courses care about 6-figure launches, we care about you mastering this art.

  • Enrollment includes 60-minute, 1:1 sessions every month

  • Dive into details and have Andy by your side as you set up your central system

  • Safeguard success with a full year of support.

100% LIVE, SOCRATIC-STYLE
LEARNING EXPERIENCE

  • Effective and clear teaching is our passion. We have a deep respect for the art of teaching and are committed to excellence.

  • Learn the art quicker through dialogue and thoughtful questions that stimulate insight.

  • Avoid the time-consuming mistakes and expensive trial and error of DIY.

INTENTIONAL CLASS SIZE

  • Sensitive to the advantages of small class sizes, we cap cohorts at 10 people.

  • Learn within a genuine community. Everyone knows each other's names and sees each other's faces.

  • Celebrate victories and catch up with the crew at your 1-year reunion!



A SUPERIOR COURSE MODEL



DESIGNED FOR MASTERY




INDIVIDUAL ENROLLMENT

Reservations for Cohort #4 are being taken. There are currently 7 spots remaining.

Note: Many organizations will reimburse tuition for professional development.
Click here to download a proposal template
or here for a one-page summary of the Art of Workflow course.


COHORT #4 - KEY DATES
Fri, Aug 20, Kick-off, 8:00pm-8:30pm ET
Sat, Aug 21, Immersion, 9am-5pm ET
Sat, Aug 28, Session, 9am-10:30am ET
Sat, Sep 4, Session, 9am-10:30am ET
6-month Session, TBD
12-month Reunion, TBD




Want to talk through some questions?
Want to enroll but need a different payment plan?




OTHER OPTIONS

Couple Enrollment

Special live sessions on:

  • How to use the Art of Workflow as a husband/dad and wife/mom

  • "The Silver Bullet": the blueprint for a weekly meeting that essentially makes you invincible as a couple

  • Budgeting (we are HUGE budgeting nerds and love to help make what is normally a very stressful and frustrating aspect of family life fun and winnable!)

Private Coaching

Includes:

  • Optimal scheduling: sessions are set around your calendar and can be re-scheduled as needed.

DIY

Not Recommended:

  • Most expensive

  • Frustrating and time-consuming learning experience

  • Delayed return on compounding interest



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DIY


WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Rapid acquisition of the fundamentals through an intensive immersion experience.

  • Accountability

  • Access to experts who can quickly answer your questions

  • Deep understanding of the four behaviors of workflow (there is more than meets the eye!)

  • Peer learning environment

  • 1-on-1 coaching

  • Sense of community and social support

  • Safeguarded success with a full year of support


WHY IT'S SO EXPENSIVE

There's an opportunity cost for everything, DIY included! DIY makes sense for a lot of things. Acquiring the Art of Workflow is not one of them! We cannot in good conscience recommend doing this on your own as it will truly be more expensive and less effective. The main reasons for this are:

  • The theory behind Art of Workflow is a unique blend of ancient, medieval, and modern thought and requires a significant amount time to simply read the books that inspired this methodology, let alone understand and integrate their content.

  • This is a particularly subtle art that entails increasing awareness of behaviors that have been subconscious for years. Just as a Crossfit trainer can help bring awareness to your body posture when exercising, a professional coach is able to help you see things that you may initially be blind to!

  • There are a host of common mistakes that are made when attempting to get this workflow off the ground without professional guidance. These burn a lot of time and can be very frustrating.

  • Parkinson's Law: "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion." When there is no one else outside of you enforcing deadlines, tracking your progression, and providing positive peer pressure, you will take longer to progress.

  • Loss of compounding interest. The sooner you master this art, the soon you reap its benefits of increased efficiency, creativity, and perspective. By taking the slower route of DIY, these crucial increases take effect much later down the road.


EXPENSE CHART

To help elucidate the hidden cost of DIY, here is an estimated expense chart.

Assumptions:

  • Average hourly rate of $25

  • Average reading speed of 30 pages per hour

  • The goal is to attain the same level of mastery one would reach with one of the professional coaching options

ExpenseHoursCost
Reading De Anima 8$200
Reading Summa Theologiae (I-II, 6-17)3$75
Reading The Effective Executive7$175
Reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People15$375
Reading Essentialism9$225
Reading The Power of Habit12$300
Reading Deep Work9$225
Reading Getting Things Done Twice (the author, David Allen, says that multiple readings are necessary to gain a full understanding)23$575
Reading Making It All Work10$250
Reading Ready for Anything 5$125
Processing, internalizing, clarifying, and integrating all the content from the books above (estimating 4hrs/book)40$1,000
Surfacing subconscious habits and behaviors40$1,000
Trial and error, fixing overall workflow after making common mistakes60$1,500
Delayed return on compounding interest (for more information, see the "WHY IT'S SO EXPENSIVE" section above this expense chart)75$1,875
TOTAL316$7,900


THE MORE AFFORDABLE, EFFECTIVE, & EFFICIENT CHOICE

Andy Hickman | Head Coach

Andy fell in love with sensing and articulating the structures behind ideas and behavior when studying philosophy at The College of William & Mary. Deeply passionate about the art of teaching, he has spent his entire career in education. After teaching middle school (don't believe the lies, it's great!) and serving as the assistant director for an educational non-profit, he used the Art of Workflow to found Art of Workflow.

What others say about Andy

Liz Hickman | Assistant Coach

Shout out to all the stressed-out moms reading this late at night! Yeah, I can't say I thought Andy was "on to something" when he first started talking about this. "Systems" is a very common word at our dinner table, so it seemed like par for the course. Even if it did work for him and his dorky apps, would it really work when our children are running around, the laundry is backed up, and dinner needs to be ready in an hour? I'm here to tell you that Art of Workflow is "wife tested, mother approved!"

A Message from Andy and Liz

Hi!! 👋

We are so excited you found this website and are poking around. If you were to look up "type of people who do not take risks and prefer to spend Saturday nights playing board games" in the dictionary you would see a picture of us! We were essentially forced out of our comfort zone after experiencing first hand the relief and order that this methodology provided us and knowing how much it would benefit others. We proudly live the fun craziness that is family life (the picture above makes us look pretty slick, but usually there is at least one kid on Andy's head and something broken around Liz's feet) and love helping others remove unnecessary stress and frustration from family life. We hope to have the opportunity to work with you in an upcoming cohort!

Cheering you on,
Andy & Liz


Art of Workflow is a behavioral framework which creates clarity, enables order, reduces stress, and stimulates creativity. It is simple but subtle. It is refined, but flexible. It allows you to get a sense of control in your life without losing spontaneity. It enables you to effectively engage with asymmetry, curved lines, and surprises as well as more "linear" projects and tasks. It helps you plan a fun birthday party for your kid as well as an impactful strategic planning session for your company.

This newsletter explores the principles and mechanics of the Art of Workflow via weekly emails designed to nurture reflection and generate actionable insight.

Thank you for confirming your subscription! You can expect the next email from me on Wednesday.
Grateful for your interest and excited for you to make managing work a lot easier,
-Andy


REFERRAL PROGRAM

Goals:

  1. Help more people experience the benefits of the Art of Workflow.

  2. Reduce course expense for qualified students.

  3. Decrease the time Andy spends on enrollment, so that he can invest more time researching, writing, and coaching (ultimately benefiting the students as this results in continual optimization and development of the Art of Workflow Course).


Rules:

  1. Referrals can only be made by currently enrolled students.

  2. When someone enrolls via a referral link, their first payment is reduced by $100.

  3. Every time a referral enrolls in a cohort, the referrer receives a $100 credit. For example, if the referrer earns 10 credits, the expense of the course for the referrer would be reduced by $1,000.


How it Works:

  1. Brainstorm a list of people in your life who would be interested in the course (close friends, co-workers, family members, etc. Scrolling through the contacts on your phone is an easy and effective way to generate a good list)

  2. Personally reach out to each contact and encourage them to read the weekly newsletter by using one of the pre-written blurbs provided below.

  3. Email me their names and email addresses so that I know they were referred by you.

  4. If your referral enrolls, I'll reach out to you and let you know :)


Pre-written Blurbs You Can Use:

  1. Default: Hey ____, I’ve been reading a weekly newsletter about workflow and thought you’d also be interested in reading it. It comes in the form of a single email every Wednesday. I’ve found it to be very clear, to the point, and full of insight regarding the best way to clarify and organize personal and professional work. It is refreshingly unlike other email newsletters. It is written in a logical sequence (almost like a book, but in the form of small bite-sized chunks) and, I have been really impressed by the depth of its content. You can learn more about it, see a list of topics it discusses, and sign up to receive it at https://artofworkflow.com

  2. If they happen to be Catholic: Hey ____, I’ve been reading a weekly newsletter about the theology and art of work called Laborare est Orare (To Work is To Pray) and thought you’d also be interested in reading it. It comes in the form of a single email every Wednesday. I’ve found it to be very clear, to the point, and full of insight regarding the spirituality of work as well as the best way to clarify and organize work. It is refreshingly unlike other email newsletters. It is written in a logical sequence (almost like a book, but in the form of small bite-sized chunks), and I have been really impressed by the depth of its content. You can learn more about it, see a list of topics it discusses, and sign up to receive it at https://artofworkflow.com/#leo

LABORARE EST ORARE
To Work is to Pray


Cultivate a more integrated spiritual life, and imbue your work with clarity, order, and ease.

Having received God's life through baptism, Christians are called to radiate God's love in every aspect of their being, including their work. Work ought to be a form of prayer. For many, this involves a reframing of both "work" and "prayer."

Laborare est Orare is both a guide for that reframing as well as an exploration of universal principles that create clarity and order in any kind of work.

  • Don't just pray while working, learn how to pray in and through your work

  • Glorify God by ordering your work, and enable yourself to better carry out His will.

  • Remove the constant nagging feeling in your head that you are forgetting something.

  • Relieve pressure from your mind and develop total confidence in how you manage your work.

  • Discover the art of workflow, a behavioral framework for clarifying and organizing personal and professional work.

Learn:

  • How my wife and I stopped fighting with each other and started working together in managing the complex and fun dynamics of family life

  • The four specific behaviors which provide order and ease to any kind of work (personal or professional)

  • Why you haven't felt satisfied with organizing in the past, and the crucial step you need to do before trying to organize anything

  • Why grocery lists are pure genius, the unseen principles they rest on, and how you can apply those same principles to your other lists

  • Why workflow is much bigger than "productivity"


QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:

How would the students' learning experience have differed if they had simply been presented the formal definition of collecting without ever first attempting to articulate it in their own words?

Does this teaching style resonate with you?

Noted!

I won't send you emails like this one anymore, but you will continue you receive the weekly newsletter.

My door is always open - feel free to still reach out if you have any questions! You can reach me directly at andy@artofworkflow.com

Grateful for your interest,
-Andy

Noted!

I won't send you emails like this one anymore, but you will continue you receive the weekly newsletter.

My door is always open - feel free to still reach out if you have any questions! You can reach me directly at andy@artofworkflow.com

Grateful for your interest,
-Andy

Noted!

You will remain on the newsletter and will be the first the hear about any new content I create.

Thank you for your interest!

-Andy

Noted!

Thank you for exploring the Art of Workflow with me.

You have been removed from the newsletter and will no longer receive any more emails.

Best regards!
-Andy

WHY | THE ART | THE COURSE | THE COACHES



You can learn more about the course by poking around on the course page. You may also find it helpful to explore the DIY page for context on why the course is the most effective, efficient, and affordable way to master this art.

Enrollment for Cohort #2 is now closed. Reservations are being taking for Cohort #3. There are currently 13 spots remaining. To reserve your spot, please visit the course page.

If you have any questions, don't be shy! You can schedule a call by clicking here.

Thank you for you're interest! I look forward to working with some of you in this upcoming cohort!

I am excited for you!
-Andy

WHY | THE ART | THE COURSE | THE COACHES



Thank you for your interest in the Art of Workflow Course!

After viewing the recording below, you can learn more about the course by poking around on the course page. You may also find it helpful to explore the DIY page for context on why the course is the most effective, efficient, and affordable way to master this art.

Enrollment for Cohort #2 is now closed. Reservations are being taking for Cohort #3. There are currently 13 spots remaining. To reserve your spot, please visit the course page.

If you have any questions, don't be shy! You can schedule a call by clicking here.

Warm regards,
-Andy

WHY | THE ART | THE COURSE | THE COACHES


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The Art of Workflow Symposium is a radically high friction, skin-in-the-game, quarterly learning event designed for generation instead of consumption.




Upcoming Talks:




Why?

The Art of Workflow Symposium was created in response to 3 main problems in online learning:

1. Fish-Hooked Information

  • The internet is becoming a carefully designed trap of endless distractions.

  • Clicks are becoming more important than content.

2. Objectification & Inefficiency

  • Students are being viewed as material objects to be stock-piled, rather than as persons.

  • Students are being abandoned and asked to navigate learning without live, professional support.

3. Consumption > Creativity

  • The very sources of learning are being designed to fracture and capture our attention for the sake of advertisement and financial gain.

  • Watching is replacing reading, subscribing is replacing writing, entertainment is replacing leisure.

Designed for the flourishing of the human person, this symposium deliberately leverages the freedom of constraints through these 4 features:

🚫 No Recordings

  • Speakers and participants give their undivided attention to each other in this 100% live environment.

😀 Face-to-Face

  • All participants are required to have their video on.

😇 De-Hooked

  • No hijacking or manipulation of your attention through an addictive UI.

🌱 Generative

  • Talks are designed to inspire action and creativity in the participants, rather than directionless curiosity or passivity.




This symposium is an educational outreach project of Art of Workflow.
Learn more:

WHY | THE ART | THE COURSE | THE COACHES