I surveyed past TEI participants to learn how much time they put into the publishing and research challenges. This is what they told me. (I anonymized this data by pulling out any PII.)
Q: How many hours/week did you spend on publishing during the TEI publication challenge?
Q: If you were speaking to a friend about the workload the TEI publication challenge required, what would you tell them about it?
- the hard part for me was perfectionism and emotional toil of spending a lot of time one morning and not feeling it was good enough to publish
- it was pretty significant. the writing needed to be a constant, scheduled, daily commitment and on top of that you will need time for projects, research, outreach, interviews each week
- need to time block 2 hours every day
- If the idea of writing (and/or publishing) is daunting, remember that the work you’re doing now will likely lead to incredibly valuable relationships in the future. That is, writing may be solitary and you may not feel connected to anyone on the receiving end, but the long term results of writing are just the opposite.
- Publishing frequently is hard, but only because you thinking and creating genuine value is hard. TEI provides the encouragement and accountability to do that hard work daily.
- You get what you put in.
- Expectation management and one’s own personality/writing experience/confidence is most important. IE: low bar for length & quality of content was only way I would publish daily. Yet, publishing less regularly actually harder
- About 2-10h/Week. Perhaps more. More difficult, IMO, is making the daily time.
- To set aside a fixed time every day that is reserved for writing and can’t be encroached upon my client work. First thing in morning worked for me.
Q: How many hours/week did you spend on research during the TEI research challenges?
Q: If you were speaking to a friend about the workload the TEI research challenges required, what would you tell them about it?
- i bet you could do it in a two week sprint or 10 hours a week
- For us, both X and i were doing research, sharing findings, making time to meet and discuss. We put a lot of time into it – we went very wide in our research – and we got a lot out of it – really deepened our knowledge.
- Again, it’s hard to overstate the value of the connections these challenges will create.
- Performing original research was great for two reasons. First, I learned how to reach out to and gather low-bias information from customers quickly to support quick, probably-accurate decision making. Second, I avoided creating a product nobody was going to buy.
- I wish I had forced myself to speak to more people
- I found this was more flexible as there was no daily commitment to publish so could not do any research one day and do more on another day.
Q: Any other thoughts/comments on the workload of TEI?
- The commitment to spend x percent of your time on long-term marketing/expertise building things is hard, especially as opportunities pop up. I wish I had opted to charge much more off the bat to naturally reduce the amount of time spent on inquiries that weren’t ideal. Some kind of more formal reflection on schedule, existing clients, breakdown of time and what was wasteful or could be more easily replaced would have served me well
- It is a pretty significant workload. And one should plan for a significant time investment to get the full benefit of the experience: to write (it helped me to schedule that), time to do outreach, time to interview, and time to read and investigate. It helped to have an internal accountability partner.
- TEI’s workload is worth it if you want to generate valuable, unique expertise.
- In terms of time investment, I think of TEI as doing a Phd. I’ve not done a Phd, but I looked into doing one many years ago. I know it takes a lot of time, sometimes years. TEI takes a lot of time too, but TEI has a huge return. I track my TEI time, but I don’t really cap how much I spend. I look at how much value my efforts are getting me, and it’s a lot.
- Like many things in life – the more you points in the more you get out!
- Yes it was about 33% of my working weekly hours, but this was good for me as it framed publishing in my mind as being the key practice I need to develop for growing my business.