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Issue #205  (Zero to Marathon in Six Months) 01/16/23

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It's always interesting to see how individuals make progress in different fields of work, or even in fields of athletics. One such example is marathon running. Marathon runner Pete Rea wrote an article called How to Go From Zero to Marathon in Six Months, that's worth a look even if you have no interest in the sport.

If you plan to start marathon running, then of course the advice is directly applicable. But even if you're not, the pattern of suggestions is interesting to consider as a set of basic principles that can be applied in so many areas.
Marathon Runners

The article breaks down a long-term approach toward marathon training into the following sections:
  • Weeks 1 to 6: No true "long run", just training to prepare for later runs, including some running and other activities.
  • Weeks 7 to 12: A less-than-gradual ramp-up in work but some "uncomfortable" training to prepare for what's to come later.
  • Weeks 13 to 19: A transitional block that is essentially a true period of more direct marathon training.
  • Weeks 20 to 25: A period to prepare you physiologically for race day.
  • Week 26: A final week or so of training with a reduction in race volume, with no long run.
This approach to training can be generally applied to many things we want to accomplish. I often read about success stories for creators in various fields, claiming to gain hundreds of thousands of followers in just a few months, leading to MRRs in the 6-digits or more.

I find these stories somewhat implausible and hard to believe. Maybe they're true, I don't know. But for most of us, success is a slow grind and takes long hours, days, months, and years of hard work and dedication — similar to training for a marathon.

Now on to this week's hand-picked productivity links!


Tools & Apps

Worklog — Seamless time tracking for software professionals, with autocomplete and predictions, status sharing, mentoring, approvals, and reporting.

Mem — An AI-powered self-organizing workspace that's personalized to you. Amplify your creativity, automate the mundane, and stay organized automatically.

Excel & Google Sheets Templates — A set of spreadsheet templates from Blake Burge that includes a habit tracker, monthly budgeter, reading tracker, and bundles that offer multiple templates for a single purchase.

Meet the Tesla of Productivity Apps — Sunsama helps you create the daily planning routines and atomic habits that lead to working less each day while getting more done! Stay on track with your goals and prevent burnout.   sponsor  

Jota — iOS app to save all your links to a single place that's fast and has strong findability and categorization.

Magical — Chrome extension that's a text expander and autofill helper that works in any web app, so you can expand what you type and automate your repetitive tasks.

AB-Task — An all-in-one real-time team communication app with item tracking, file sharing, bulk editing, role-based access management, and more.

Articles & Resources

I Record Myself on Audio 24x7 and Use an AI to Process the Information. Is This The Future? — Developer and entrepreneur Rober Dam with an experimental look at using AI to analyze our every-waking-moment habits and how this might help us.

U.S. Workers Have Gotten Way Less Productive. No One Is Sure Why. — According to the article, in the first half of 2022, productivity plunged by the sharpest rate on record going back to 1947.

To Be Productive, Be Prepared — Martin Rue encourages going beyond just motivation for being productive, but also knowing how to make progress so we're not stuck halfway when trying to accomplish a task.

Receipt Cat — Scan and organize all your receipts in one place. Tracking your business expenses will save you a ton of money come tax time. Plus, our advanced AI will auto-capture the merchant name, taxes, totals, and date—doing all the work for you.    sponsor  

Need to Get More Done? Try These 8 Productivity Hacks Today — An easy-to-follow list of suggestions with probably what amounts to more in the area of reminders than anything really all that new or groundbreaking.

▶ Flow State: How To Trigger the Best Performance of Your Life — A 7-minute video from Big Think to help you learn how to achieve what's called 'flow state', or a peak performance mental state.

Good Hydration Linked to Healthy Aging — According to an NIH study, adults who stay well-hydrated appear to be healthier, develop fewer chronic conditions, such as heart and lung disease, and live longer than those who may not get sufficient fluids.


Have a suggestion for a productivity-related tool, article, or other resource? Send me a direct message via X (@LouisLazaris) and I’ll consider including it in a future issue.

Stay productive!


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