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Issue #269  (The 10,000 Hour Rule is a Myth) 04/08/24


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I've shared links and other resources in this newsletter plenty of times on the topic of burnout. What it is, how to avoid it, how to recognize it. One thing that I don't recall sharing is a more neuroscientific approach to the topic, preferably one that is not too difficult to follow.

To that end, some time ago I saved an X/Twitter thread by Emma Cartisano, who describes, in layman's terms, what happens to our brain when we're burnt out. Emma has done neuroscientific research in the past and, interestingly, has experienced burnout herself.
X/Twitter thread on burnout

A thread on X on the brain's behaviour during burnout

The part of the thread on the brain's response isn't long, and she immediately gets into some practical advice that you might find helpful if this is something you're concerned about.

Like I said, this is a topic that comes up a lot. When I search this newsletter's archives, I see the word "burnout" appearing in 57 different issues. That naturally suggests this is a topic people continue to write about (which is good), but it's also indicative of the gravity of the problem (which isn't good).

I hope the thread above will help you, but if you want further research on the subject, go to this newsletter's archive page and do an on-page search for the word "burnout". (As a side point, while the entire archive is now online on my website, search engines haven't indexed all the pages yet, so a site-specific search won't currently turn up many results).

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


Tools & Apps

Loop — An elegant window management app for Mac users that lets you effortlessly choose your window direction using a radial menu triggered by a simple key press, customizable according to your preferences.

Ready to Send — A Gmail plugin that lets you send auto-generated email replies using AI, with customization options to personalize the responses.

Free Your Newsletters From the Inbox — Meco is a newsletter aggregator for Gmail or Meco Mail users that allows you to move your newsletters to a space built for reading, allowing you to declutter your inbox in seconds.     sponsor  

Aboard — An AI-powered browser extension and iOS app that lets you organize browser tabs, photos, documents, and more, into organized and collaborative boards.

Huly — A task, project, and time management solution, an open-source alternative to tools like Linear, Jira, Slack, Notion, etc.

Speech to Note — An AI-driven voice-to-text tool that instantly transforms your spoken words into summaries, with customizations to choose the length and details for the summary (i.e. quick summary, bullet list, or comprehensive).

SuprForms — A tool to quickly turn your Google Forms into WhatsApp conversations, to help you collecting responses quickly, with options features like anonymous submissions, team collaboration, and Zapier or web hooks integration for your apps.

Articles & Resources

I'm a Programmer and I'm Stupid — Some honest expressions for one software developer that feels inferior even though he's been getting paid to write code for 15 years.

The Morning Paper for Tech — Want a byte-sized version of Hacker News that takes just a few minutes to read? Try TLDR's free daily newsletter. It covers the most interesting tech, startup, and programming stories in just 5 minutes. No sports and no politics.     sponsor  

How I Turned My Open-Source Project Into a Business — One developer's foray into open-source over the years and how making some different choices on a new project helped him run it profitably.

Micro Self-Discipline: How Small Wins Lead to Big Rewards"It’s not about the big things we aspire to achieve. It’s about the small, consistent things we do every day that contribute to our progress."

10 Ways Minimalism Will Change Your Life — Another series of reminders from Josh Becker's blog on why minimalism can improve your quality of life in a variety of ways.

The 10,000-Hour Rule is a Myth — This delves into Malcolm Gladwell's famous theory on mastering a skill, which the author believes has caused confusion over the actual research it was based on.

9 Strategies to Unlock High-Performing Teams — Lots of really good in-depth suggestions gathered from a variety of leadership coaches, speakers, authors, CEOs, executive consultants, and others.


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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