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30 Days of Getting Results Revisited

30 Days of Getting Results Revisited

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says ‘I’ll try again tomorrow.’” — Mary Anne Radmacher

I want to share with you that I’m testing out a new experience for 30 Days of Getting Results, my work-life balance training.  It’s more like a set of flashcards now, or like a visual calendar.

I’d love your feedback on it.

What’s in it for you?  Hopefully, peace of mind, better focus, unleashed productivity, more fulfillment, and spending more time doing the things you love.  It’s a powerful personal empowerment program. Seriously.

30 Days of Getting Results teaches you Agile Results, and Agile Results is the actual system I’ve been teaching people and teams inside and outside Microsoft to achieve more, in less time, with less effort, and better results. It’s catching fire.

If you’ve been through 30 Days of Getting Results before, you’ll notice that I’ve cleaned things up.  Actually, the first thing you’ll notice is the visuals.   Like Cracker Jacks, the visuals are the little toy surprise inside.  Each lesson has its own image to inspire you, and make the point in a more visual way.

BEFORE

This is a BEFORE example of my previous experience for 30 Days of Getting Results.  It’s a simple list of lessons, on a clean white page.  It’s simple and minimal.  In fact, I like it.  I am a fan of simplicity.

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AFTER

This is the AFTER experience.  As you can see, it’s more like a collection of flashcards, or a visual calendar where you can just hop to the lesson you want to explore.

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So please, take 30 Days of Getting Results for a test drive.  You don’t have to go in order — each lesson is self-contained (but it is “better together” if you do go through it end-to-end.)  Hop around and have fun with it.

And please let me know how you like the new experience, or whether you preferred the simple list of lessons.  It’s built with love, so it might just be the time management training you fall in love with.

15 Comments on "30 Days of Getting Results Revisited"

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  1. Alik Levin says:

    JD,
    This is so much more engaging using the flashcards than before – I found myself clicking through it and toying with it like a child. Very nice!

  2. JD says:

    @ Alik — Thank you.

    I also found myself playing with it, like a cat with catnip.

    It’s actually given me some ideas for some productivity games.

  3. Oh, the after DOES look uber-appealing and colorful. Good on ya, Mate!!

    You continue to shine up this Web!

    xoxo

  4. Evan says:

    Hi JD, on a large screen computer the pics are ok by me. On a smaller screen I just went into overwhelm (you can tell I’m not very good visually can’t you).

    With larger type and more spacing the text page could probably be as good or better – for just finding your way around.

    I guess it depends on what you want the pages to do.

  5. J. D. I loved and benefit from the original version. This one is even more fun and playful, but equally smart and effective. Thanks!

  6. JD says:

    @ Jannie — Thank you.

    Now I have to take a better look at visual vs. functional. I think the quick visuals are good for the hop around scenario, but maybe less effective for the stepping into each day.

    @ Evan — Good points on the “finding your way around” and “what you want the pages to do.”

    The original complaint I got from some folks was that it was missing visual appeal up front. The problem with adding the visual appeal is I think it might take away from the simple browsing experience.

    It’s that perpetual trade-off between focusing on the sizzle or the steak. I tend to focus on the steak to keep things meaty, but then ignore the sizzle. The problem with that is that many folks need the sizzle first, then steak. I’m playing around with the balance, but it’s definitely an art to do both well.

    @ Sandra — Thank you. I think there was something magic about the original in that it was in real time and each day was a new surprise (or at least a surprise to me.)

    I’m still surprised when I look back that I made it by carving out 20 minutes a day to write with might. I need to do a few more of these “30 Days of …” on some key topics. Magic happens.

  7. JD – This is Great! Gets my attention and draws me in.
    Thanks,
    Aj

  8. David Zinger says:

    JD
    I like the original one and I love the visual introduction of this version. I am featuring it on the Employee Engagement Network Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/employeeengagementnetwork
    David

  9. Fantastic new lens on what has long been for me one of the most exciting aspects of Getting Results!

    In fact, there are multiple frames to enjoy—courtesy of the dropdown under the title banner: Classic, Flipcard, Magazine, Mosaic, Sidebar, Snapshot, & Timeslide. Nicely done, J.D.!

  10. JD says:

    @ Aaron — Thank you. There really is something to be said for flash cards and visual information nuggets.

    @ Jimmy — Thank you. With the new view, page views are up from ~100 a day, to a ~1,000 a day, so I’ll test this experience for a month.

  11. JD says:

    @ David — Thank you!

    I have a feeling at some point I may be back to the original. I would like a hybrid as you point out, where I could have a visual intro + the simple pages.

  12. Catherina Chia says:

    Hi JD,
    Awesome work! I love the visual as I am a visual person. It’s interactive. I guess, perhaps keeping both options open to cater to both right-brain and left-brain inclined readers.
    ?Catherina

  13. JD says:

    @ Catherina — Thank you. I spent a lot of time finding the right pictures so I’m glad it pays off. The interactive part does make it fun. I’m still figuring out what’s possible with the template, but I would definitely like to have both options available. They each have their pros and cons.

  14. Micha? says:

    Umm, where is the AFTER version? When I go to http://www.30daysofgettingresults.com/ all I get is the BEFORE :(

  15. JD says:

    @ Micha — Unfortunately, I ran into user experience issues the more I tested, so I reverted back to the original, simple site.