Cross It Off Day: a No Excuses Event


“What an inspiring day!  Thank you for creating the format and facilitating such a successful event.  I hope you’ll do it again as I’d love to come back!” – past attendee

“GAME CHANGER!!! I’m having the most productive and happiest Monday I’ve had in awhile.” – past attendee

Do you have something on your To Do List that’s been there for far too long and is now a source of stress, guilt, or feeling like a failure?

Do you keep pushing back the “deadline” of a task or project?

Are you really good at finding things to work on that aren’t THE thing you actually need/want to be working on?

Have a hard time reaching completion? Are you constantly stopping and starting and hamster’ing in the hamster-wheel?

Do you enjoy working solo but amongst others whom are also working?

Are you ready to finally cross “it” off?

Focus. Feedback. Camaraderie. Distraction free. Progress. Feel good.

An entire day to get it done. Amongst a fire in the fireplace, slippers, and mugs of warm drinks.

Bring your unfinished projects, the guilt-ladened items glaring at you from the fridge post-it or that abandoned list of your 2017 2015 1999 goals. It’s much more fun (and effective) to work on your to-do list when everyone around you is also hunkering down.

You’re tired of your excuses. We are too. No more excuses.

Primary Goal

Remove the big, hairy task from your To Do List.

Secondary Goals

  • Get feedback and support on specific tasks/projects or big picture’ness
  • Meet other motivated individuals who may turn into friends, clients, collaborators
  • Utilize a space outside of your normal space
  • Access professionals in a laidback, economical manner
  • Set yourself up for future success


  • Group kickoff
  • Individual work
  • Lunch
  • Individual work
  • Group wrap-up including your progress report and “So, now what?” discussion

Who Is Your Facilitator?

Saya has run a business since 2004, providing a variety of offerings rooted in helping individuals and groups find fulfillment. Applicable to Cross It Off Day, Saya is a productivity maven with solutions on everything from which app will fix your inbox to how to plan that vacation in record time at her fingertips and is the ultimate connector — people to people, people to opportunities, people to themselves, people to success.

What’s Included

  • A full day of access to Mac & Cheese Productions℠ – a cozy and peaceful ambiance that’ll allow for individual focus and group camaraderie
  • Brain food – flowing coffee (thanks Kauai Coffee Company!), tea, cocoa, and snacks
  • Group strategy sessions so you start off right and finish strong
  • Other people just like you, looking to get it done
  • A facilitator there to do one thing: help you make quality progress
  • Resources to help you continue your productivity post-event including access to Saya’s popular productivity webinar

We’ll even take your cell phone and/or not give you the WiFi password if that’s what you need to finally:

  • Write those thank you notes
  • Update your website
  • Create a budget spreadsheet
  • Research & plan your next vacation
  • Study for the GMAT or PMP or…
  • Plan 12 weeks worth of meals
  • Organize your taxes
  • Digitize your receipts
  • ??? …


Location: Mac & Cheese Productions℠, Wicker Park [near Ashland & Division, exact address provided upon registration]


Who is this for?

Nice humans with a task that needs completion.

What if I don’t have a task or project?

Really? Really? Nothing on your To Do List?! That’s impressive and we aspire. If this day appeals anyway, come. Read a book. Doodle. Lend support to others. Teach us how to not have a To Do List.

What if I don’t have a big or sexy project, like writing a book or dropping an album?

Size and sexiness doesn’t matter. Anything is welcome as long as it won’t disturb other people (no noise, no smells, no animals) and doesn’t take up too much room (think the size of a desk).

What if I want to work with other people?

This is more of an individual work day. Chatting is kept at a minimum outside of Group Time.


What should I bring?

Everything you need to work on your project (notebooks, pens, your laptop, files, box of receipts, etc). Headphones if you want to block out ambient noise. Lunch/lunch money.

What if I can only come for part of the day?

That’s ok but you’ll be cheating yourself. We highly suggest making this (and yourself) a priority and blocking out the entire day.

What if I’m an introvert?

Introvert-friendly environment. Saya is a master facilitator and host who is kickass at making everyone feel welcome and at ease. 

Should I register now or later?

Limited space so instead of adding “register for that awesome event” to your To Do List, just go ahead and register now. Then you don’t have to worry about it later and you can guarantee a spot. Bonus: Early Bird Discount.

Can I get a refund?

There are no refunds or credits. You may transfer your spot to someone else via your Eventbrite account.

Why are you doing this?

No matter how successful we are, how many TEDx talks we’ve given, what magazines we’ve been in, how “happy” we are, it’s a constant challenge to feel productive, balanced, and fulfilled. When we do accomplish something or cross something off the list though, oh my goodness what a feeling. We selfishly want more of that for ourselves. We lovingly want more of that for you. We also are head over heels with the vibe and infectiousness that manifests when you get a diverse group of nice humans together all working towards a goal and wanting one another to succeed.

Lunch – where and what should I eat?

Bring your lunch. Have lunch delivered. Go out to eat. We’d suggest stretching your legs and giving your brain some air; some options —