If You're Busy, You're Doing Something Wrong: The Surprisingly Relaxed Lives of Elite Achievers - Study Hacks - Cal Newport🔒 www.calnewport.com
Newport is taking a number of different threads here and putting them together well. The idea of deliberate practice was something I read about in Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise and appreciated a lot.
In fact, the more elite the player, the more pronounced the peaks. For the best of the best — the subset of the elites who the professors thought would go on to play in one of Germany’s two best professional orchestras — there was essentially no deviation from a rigid two-sessions a day schedule.
It’s not the total duration that matters as much as the duration times the focus. Lots of time spent messing around will not move you forward.
To me, this is one of the most sinister aspects of social media and mobile devices. The ever present attention economy flitters your time in a way that leaves you never relaxing, and never being deliberate. I’ve found myself in this space at times, having finished a busy day at the office and feeling like I need recovery time, and then sitting down to messing around on my phone and realizing that my brain and body isn’t getting any recovery at all, and the value of what I’m doing is precisely zero.Posted on November 18, 2019 →