Step 2: We set up your scope of work

Our intake team helps you define expectations for your work with us, identify your goals, and establish an ideal time frame.

Slothzero’s system relies on establishing expectations early. Clients can only be successful when the whole team is on the same page about the agreed-upon system, goals, and approach.


Goal clarification

Our coach uses your message as a jumping off point to set up weekly or long-term goals for the client. For example, clients might have goals like:

  • Getting an A in chemistry
  • Keep their room clean
  • Finishing the first draft of a novel
  • Losing 20 pounds by their sister’s birthday

We attach deadlines to goals and break them up into manageable chunks


💡 Slothzero’s coaches boost executive functioning to promote behavioral change that leads to task completion and goal achievement.


Together, coaches and clients decide when each goal should be accomplished. They list the specific steps or habits that it will take to reach the goal, then add them to the client’s calendar.

For new clients, we work with you to set up a task management system.

  • If you’re already using a task management system (like a calendar, app, or paper planner), we work within that tool.
  • If you don’t have an organizational system in place, we help choose the right tool for you first.

No matter the format, having scheduling tasks is crucial for productivity. Slothzero helps you place each task on the calendar so you can visualize their time and pre-commit to doing each task. This process ensures you are sticking to your schedule and keeping your word to yourself.

People with ADD find it overwhelming, at first, to learn how to use productivity software like Asana, Todoist, Monday, or Clickup. It’s mentally exhausting, because they need all their attention just to decide what to do, let alone figure out how to write it down.

On the back-end, we use sophisticated tech to track everything you need to do and ensure nothing falls through the cracks.

But on the front end, we use low tech (like text messages and phone calls) to keep things simple for you. All you have to do is sit back and take it one task at a time.

Two thirds of our clients move on from this stage and learn to use the technology themselves — at their own pace. As they express an interest, we give them more and more control, until around a third of them don’t need us any more.

We do not give our clients homework—in other words, we don’t give them tasks to do on their own. The typical Slothzero client gets overwhelmed by “homework” and avoids completing it. They then become embarrassed of their failure and avoid talking to the person—like their teacher, parent, or boss—who assigned it.

This cycle would turn your Slothzero coach into just another parent, teacher, or boss you avoid facing because of your failure.

Shame is a relationship between the self and the self. In this negative relationship, the person is upset with or disappointed in themselves, and they don’t like advertising it to other people and try to pretend that it’s not really happening—which only makes things worse.

Thus in an almost perfect reverse of what you see at work or in school; our default assumption is that the client will do their work with us.

  • If you need to cook dinner, you’ll cook with us.
  • If you need to write a paper, you’ll write it with us.
  • If you need to exercise, you’ll exercise with us.
  • If you need to do an errand, you’ll do it with us.

Client tasks are always self-assigned, and we always approach them in a completely neutral way. We encourage you to reach out to us if you have trouble completing a task, but if you do not complete it, we can discuss it next time. We go out of our way to ensure you don’t feel like you’ve failed when you don’t do something by yourself.