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Tech Productivity

Issue #43  (Asynchronous Communication) 12/09/19

One of this week's articles (see links below) includes a brief post from 2011 based on a 1990s study looking at why some violinists are elite at their craft, while others (who apparently spent the same amount of time practicing) are not nearly as good.

Why are some violinists elite at their craft?

Some of the findings include:

  • While all spent the same amount of time practicing, the elite players were spending almost three times more hours than the average players on deliberate practice.
  • The average players spread their work throughout the day, while the elite players, by contrast, consolidated their work into two well-defined periods.
  • The elite players slept an hour more per night than the average players.
  • Based on time spent in leisure activities, the elite players were significantly more relaxed than the average players, and the best of the best were the most relaxed of all.

As both a hobby musician and a web developer, this was an interesting set of conclusions and I'm sure some of this is helpful to those of us trying to be better at something, whether it's a technical skill or something outside of our field of work.

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

Tools & Apps

Claro - The to-do app you’ll want to use. Simple as paper with all the benefits of being digital.

Walling - A better way to organize and refine ideas. Makes it easy to break down your ideas, refine them, and visually organize them.

Flock - Organizes all your conversations, productivity tools, and apps in one place, so your team can focus on what they do best.

Leantime - Open source project management system to manage the entire project life cycle from idea to delivery.

Big Timer - A full-screen countdown timer for workshops, meetings, and presentations. Use the on-screen buttons or the keyboard shortcuts.

Articles & Resources

Structure Your Work Day Like A Football Coach To Get More Out Of It - Six productivity tactics from winning football coaches, who are time management and productivity masterminds.

Asynchronous Communication: The Real Reason Remote Workers Are More Productive - The benefits of remote work aren’t necessarily the result of location independence, but rather giving employees control over when they communicate with their teammates.

How I side project - Some thoughts from Linus Lee on how he pushes out new products on the side quickly and successfully.

‘It’s a superpower’: how walking makes us healthier, happier and brainier - Neuroscientist Shane O’Mara believes that plenty of regular walking unlocks the cognitive powers of the brain like nothing else.

If You’re Busy, You’re Doing Something Wrong: The Surprisingly Relaxed Lives of Elite Achievers - Article from 2011 on a study on elite vs. average violinists.


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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