Just joined the Founder Institute?
This is the ultimate-minimalistic-get-!@#$-done-framework
that will get your arse to graduation and your startup to the moon
The Founder Institute curriculum can be brutal, but so is real life. You need to be at your A-game and be on top everything you have to do. Less than 10% of applicants get to graduate, and 2/3 of the enrolled founders (like you) will fail the curriculum. One of the most common excuse for dropouts is "lack of time". Not only that, but even a single missed deadline for an assignment will get you into the "Bonus Assignment Train" designed to make you want to drop out. This guide will help you be among the top performers. In the end, every single assignment you do, you do for your startup... so let's get started!
About the curriculum
- 3.5 Months or 14 Weeks
- 8-15 assignments per weeek
- 2 hours average assignment duration
- 16-30 hours of work/week
- More than 300 hours of work total
Focus and peace of mind is critical here, else you burnout and fail. This guide will help you plan, execute and track each of those hours.
My name is George, I graduated early 2016 from Europe. Some of you may have met me at FounderX in the US this October. I am obsessed with productivity, personal growth and artificially intelligent assistants.
This guide is based on some brilliant books, such as Essentialism, The Laws of Simplicity, Time Management that doesn't suck, The Lean Startup and a couple others.
P.S. I never got a bonus assignment, so can you.
Your 3 essential weapons
The Task List
This is where you save and track progress of your assignments
For Android users: Todoist
Alternatives: Any other digital todo list
This is where you assign the time for action for your assignments
Alternatives: Any other digital calendar
This is where you work or record the work from your assignments, before you send it to the Founder Institute
Alternatives: Google Keep
Each week (usually Wednessday) you receive a bunch of assignments all of which you have to submit within 7 days (next Wednessday). Each of these assignments is clearly described and has an estimated duration which is surprisingly accurate - use it to your advantage.
I received my weekly assignments, now what?
You pretty much have two options:
Add them to your Task List
- You have a clear step-by-step overview of everything you have to do
- You can break big tasks into smaller actions
- You can easily keep track of your progress
- Takes 20 seconds of your life, per task
(to save you many more)
- "Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them"
- David Allen
Assign time for action, for each task, in your Calendar
- Add the "When" to your "What"
- A calendar will help you find the ~25 hours you need for your assignments each week
- Durations of Tasks are already provided by the Founder Institute
- You can sleep at night knowing you have enough time for everything you have to do, and more
"If you talk about it, it’s a dream, if you envision it, it’s possible, but if you schedule it, it’s real."
- Anthony Robbins
Input your work in your Notepad
- Make a note for each Week
- Record all the data you collected (text,images,links,resources)
- Write down your assignment
- Respect your calendar and move on whether you're ready or not
Keep your head in the game
- Most founders have full-time jobs
- Some founders have families
- All founders struggle with work-life-startup balance
- Distractions, procrastination and doubt are always 'round the corner
- Your 3 weapons will help you conquer your time and get to the results you want
- When times get tough, your Peers and Mentors are there for you
- Share & collaborate with your Working Group
- Create a channel for each project to share ideas & feedback
- Share news, tools & resources
- Get as much help from Mentors as possible
Communicate & Collaborate
Submit your assignments, enjoy the FI session, and buy your peers and mentors a beer
Use this framework to get your traction...